Southgate Wants England to Do Much Better in Order to Improve World Rankings

England manager Gareth Southgate believes that the national team should do a lot more in order to bridge the gap between the England national team and the world’s best.


Southgate recently took charge of the national team on a permanent basis after impressing on an interim basis following the departure of Sam Allardyce. The former Bolton manager step down from his role after just one game. However, it appears that the managers alone are not responsible for the poor performance of the team for several decades. Southgate says that the players will also have to step up if England are to become a force in world football.

The club go to the World Cup qualifying games in March consistently falling behind the top teamsin the world ranking tables. England are 13th in the world ranking and it is one of the lowest positions that the national team has occupied in recent memory. It has been down to a combination of poor form coupled with the Euro 2016 being a disaster. Continue reading Southgate Wants England to Do Much Better in Order to Improve World Rankings

ROONEY ASKS FOR BETTER RELATIONS WITH FOOTBALL WRITERS

Three Lions skipper Wayne Rooney has asked for better relations with the Football Writers Association when he was honoured in a special event after he broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s record at Manchester United.


Rooney said that the English national team would have a higher chance at succeeding in their endeavours if the rife between the players and the media dissipates. When players and the team in general succeed there are praised but when they fail there is widespread ire. Of recent the English team have not been in good form, earning them various labels by the writers.

Rooney himself has been in the public eye since 16-years old. He has been praised when he achieves feats like breaking the 249 goal barrier for United but he has also been ridiculed badly when his form drops below par.

“The younger players now have to understand that the media are a massive part of football. I have seen firsthand since becoming a captain of United and England, players have to realise that the media has a huge influence on the game, and especially on the young England players, they are the ones who have to go out and perform under the huge pressures. Continue reading ROONEY ASKS FOR BETTER RELATIONS WITH FOOTBALL WRITERS

Gareth Southgate Appointed As New England Manager

Gareth Southgate has been confirmed as the new England boss and he will be appointed on a permanent basis.


The former Middlesbrough manager was recently involved with the national team on an interim basis after Sam Allardyce had to step down following just one match in charge of the national team. Allardyce was involved in a scandal as he reportedly used his position to gain an advantage and money. Southgate has been involved with the national team in the under 21 levels for several years now, and managing the senior team was seen as a natural step forward.

The 46-year-old recently had an interview with the English FA. Even though there was widespread criticism of this decision, the English FA back to this decision to hold an interview with a manager who helped the national team for four games. Under the regime of Southgate, England managed to beat Scotland and Malta, but there were disappointments along the way with draws against Spain and Slovenia. Continue reading Gareth Southgate Appointed As New England Manager

GERRARD RETIRES FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Former Liverpool and England international Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from football after 19 years.


The 36-year old is the fourth most capped Three Lions player with 114 games under his belt. He was the captain in three of six international tournaments.

“I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career. I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my life at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy,” Gerrard said.

Gerrard featured in over 700 games for Liverpool, winning nine trophies before moving to America to play in the Major League Soccer for Los Angeles Galaxy in 2015.

“I fulfilled my childhood dream by putting on the famous red shirt of Liverpool,” ‘captain fantastic’ as he is fondly called said.

Gerrard would not be going straight into football management as he said a move to manage MK Dons came too soon. The proposal to manage MK Dons came as he announced that he would be exiting LA Galaxy at the end of the season.

The player has been linked with a move to Celtic and Newcastle. There are reports of a coaching offer at Anfield – Gerrard is working towards getting UEFA A coaching license, the second-highest qualification required to manage a club.

For now, Gerrard says he would ponder critically about his future before committing.

“I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be,” he said.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has downplayed an immediate move for Gerrard to join the coaching crew at Anfield but admits that something would come up in future.

“When something is announced, then we will talk. It is clear that one day in the future there will be something to announce, that is pretty sure too, but until then there is nothing to say.”

Lallana Calls for Southgate’s Permanent Appointment as England Boss

Adam Lallana has expressed his desire to see interim boss Gareth Southgate appointed on a permanent basis.


The England under 21 coach has been appointed as the stopgap solution after the sudden exit of Sam Allardyce. The former Bolton Wanderers manager lasted just one game in charge of the national team before having to step down due to several allegations against him. Southgate has been working with the national team for several years now. He has been in charge of the under 21s since 2013 and many of the current senior team players were introduced into the England setup by him.

After having managed a couple of decent results in the last two World Cup 2018 qualification games, England will be having their biggest test in November when they take on Scotland in the home nations game. One of the biggest disappointments in Southgate’s time with the national team would be the draw with Slovakia in the previous match.

It is widely expected that the former Middlesbrough coach will not be handed the job on a permanent basis, but it is exactly what Liverpool midfielder Lallana would prefer. The statement from Lallana is a major surprise considering that he was never introduced to the England setup by Southgate.

Lallana’s England debut came under the regime of Roy Hodgson.“It would be nice for Gareth, and for us, quite soon to know whether he’s going to get the job on a permanent basis so you can build towards having a certain identity that your manager wants you to have.That’s what a manager is there for. I’m sure over the next few days the manager will be telling us what he wants for the Scotland and Spain games. Eventually it would be nice for him in the longer term to put a structure in place,” said Lallana.

CLARKE: ALLARDYCE WAS PAID OFF

Chairman of the English Football Association Greg Clarke has said that the former Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce was paid off after his contract was “mutually terminated,” reports say.


The job of the former Sunderland boss lasted only 67 days as investigations by the Daily Telegraph reporters revealed Allardyce making indiscreet remarks.

The MPs challenged the FA for their lack of due diligence on Allardyce before he was appointed in July. The FA director of strategy Robert Sullivan joined Clarke to face the House of Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport committee.
“I wasn’t there because I have only been in this post for five weeks but I am assured by board members that they did do due diligence on Mr Allardyce,” said Clarke. He added that significant queries were made before announcing the appointment of Allardyce.

“Significant inquiries were made, we spoke to his former clubs and the League Managers Association – no issues were raised,” Clarke explained in the two-hour session. The FA boss consistently reminded the House that his time in the FA overlapped with Allardyce’s appointment by two weeks. Continue reading CLARKE: ALLARDYCE WAS PAID OFF

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Gareth Southgate Wants Exciting Play From the England Team

As caretaker manager Gareth Southgate¬¬¬ prepares to take charge of his first match with the national team, he says that the players should try to excite fans when they step onto the pitch to face Malta.


After the resignation of Sam Allardyce following just one game, Southgate has been placed in charge of the team at least until the end of 2016. It will mean that the former Middlesbrough boss has the capability to impress the England FA in at least four matches, the first of which will be against Malta. This is expected to be an easy encounter for the English, but Southgate will be cautious given the team’s fragile confidence at the moment.

The problems with the national team in terms of the manager has started to affect the player’s morale. A sold out crowd is expected for game with media focus completely upon striker Wayne Rooney. However, there is the possibility that the 30-year-old will play as a midfielder rather than as a forward. The use of Rooney has been one of the much criticised aspects at club and international level over the last few months due to the poor form of the player. However, he has also received backing from a number of players like John Terry who feel that his performances are a result of not being played in the best position.
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Sam Allardyce wants his team to recover from the 2014 World Cup

England’s disappointing campaign in the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw them finishing in the last spot of group D which consisted of: Costa Rica, Uruguay, Italy and of course England which is currently being guided by Sam Allardyce.


Sam Allardyce wants the English national side to forget about this forgettable tournament for England and just try to focus in what lies ahead.

Besides the mediocre run that England experienced in the past edition of the World Cup, their campaign in the 2016 UEFA EURO’s was also a disaster as they lost to Iceland in the rounds of 16.

The 61 year old manager is giving many of the players who were part of the squad that lost to Iceland, a chance to redeem themselves for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Gary Cahill, Eric Dier, Raheem Sterling, Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane all performed against Iceland and they are expected to play a big role for the upcoming qualifiers match for England as Sam Allardyce has faith that they can recover from their recent string of underwhelming performances and defeats. Continue reading Sam Allardyce wants his team to recover from the 2014 World Cup

England national team finding Shortage of Players

A new statistic has revealed that the Premier league only has 34% of players eligible for the England national team.


Manager Sam Allardyce came in as the replacement for Roy Hodgson only now. He has already given a warning that he may be forced to pick reserve players in the hope of filling up the England squad. Even though there is a rule to have a minimum number of homegrown players in a Premier League squad, clubs have largely been utilising English players as reserves. Clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have spent large sums of money the season, but most have been on foreign players.

The debate of the Premier league preventing the national team’s success has been going on for several years now. The success of the Premier League has largely been built on foreign managers and players. Allardyce says that it is about time there is a switch in order to benefit the national team. England have not gone beyond the quarter-finals of the major tournament in the last two decadesContinue reading England national team finding Shortage of Players