Ronald Koeman Backs Wayne Rooney for England Once Again

Ronald Koeman has given his backing to Wayne Rooney to make a return to the international side, after recently losing his place in the England national team.

Since the appointment of manager Gareth Southgate as the replacement for Sam Allardyce on a permanent basis, Rooney has been sidelined. However, it has largely to do with his lack of regular first-team football with Manchester United, while he also do not score too many goals at the Red Devils last season. Manager Jose Mourinho preferred using Rooney in the midfield, but it is widely expected that he will make the switch back to the striker’s position at Everton.

Rooney joined the Merseyside outfit as part of the deal that took Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford. The England international joined a free transfer to his former club and he is expected to be the face of the team going forward. Manager Ronald Koeman has expressed his happiness at being able to possess a player like Rooney in the first team. Still only 31 years old, Rooney has the ability to make a difference for several years to come. Rooney’s first major task will be to help Everton progressing to the latter stages of the Europa league, as they take on Ruzomberok in the qualifying rounds.

“First of all, if you play really good football and produce great performances for your club it is possible that he will come back to the national team. But it always starts with the club, his performances for the club and then it’s reasonable that he will go back to the national team,” said Koeman. “The great thing for Rooney is that he will probably be playing more regular football, so it’s as simple as that,” said Southgate when enquired about the possibility of recalling Rooney to the national team.

 

Gareth Southgate wants English players to be tested with their clubs

 The head coach of the England national football team, Gareth Southgate has recently stated that he wants English players to get prepared as much as possible by their respective clubs.


According to Gareth Southgate, if his national comrades get to perform rigorously at the biggest stage possible at a club level then this will have a significantly big and positive impact to how those players perform at the international stage.

“I think for all top players there will always be the next challenge, like the Champions League and major tournaments. Look at Cristiano Ronaldo. You could see when he was running the team from the touchline last summer after being injured, what it meant to him to be a European champion with Portugal´´

“Lionel Messi is similar. We couldn’t have had a player over the last 30 years that has had a bigger impact on the game. Yet we’re all questioning because there’s a missing piece of success with Argentina´´ Continue reading Gareth Southgate wants English players to be tested with their clubs

UNITED MUST RESIST OLD COOKIE RONALDO

 “Get him on a plane and bring him back,” the United faithful sang the last time Cristiano Ronaldo revealed he wasn’t happy at Real Madrid, citing that the club chiefs knew “why.”


It says so much for the fondness the Portuguese still has in the memories of United fans who Ronaldo has repeatedly said were the only group of football fans that genuinely love him.

In the wake of his latest silent mudslings with Madrid administrators over their inability to shield him from Spanish tax authorities, the 33-year old appears certain that this time he really truly wants to leave the Galaticos.

As expected, Franchise-loving Ed Woodward and his board members in charge of the Red Devils transfer dealing have started pulling every available string to make the Portuguese’ inner boy’s heart desire and those of the stand occupants at Stretford End come to pass.

But do they really need him? Does a club on the journey to build a sustainable squad capable of at least winning major trophies need an ego-massage-needing prodigal son that will of course grant them goals and maybe a couple of trophies but will likewise end up impeding the growth of the coming generation of Old Trafford’s beacon bearers? Continue reading UNITED MUST RESIST OLD COOKIE RONALDO

Paul Scholes Backs Spaniard for the England Managerial Role

Pep Guardiola has not had the best introduction to English football in the current campaign.


He has struggled to achieve a level of consistency required to win the league titles. Even though he has been immensely successful wherever he has been, Guardiola has not been able to produce the goods so far at Manchester City. Former Manchester United star Scholes, though, reckons that it is only a temporary phenomenon and that Guardiola should be back among the trophies sooner rather than later. He has also surprisingly backed the Spaniard to take over the England managerial role in the future.

England have had a tradition of appointing foreign managers without second thoughts. The likes of Eriksson and Fabio Capello are some of the high profile foreign managers to have coached the England national team. Even after these two names did not achieve major successes, the England FA did try to go after names like Luis Felipe Scolari and Jose Mourinho before failing to get both. Continue reading Paul Scholes Backs Spaniard for the England Managerial Role

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

England could only manage a 1-1 draw with Italy

England could only manage a 1-1 draw with Italy. This match was seen as a big test for the team that had won every match since the World Cup 2014.

Up until now, they have not faced any serious competition apart from the Switzerland team. A victory would have made Hodgson extremely happy as the team had won the last seven matches, but it was not to be. Southampton forward Pelle give the home team the lead within half an hour and it took England a long time to get back into the match through a goal from Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.

One of positives from the match was the impact made by Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who came on as substitute for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott after just 55 minutes. As he played almost the entire second half, Barkley was able to provide a major impact on the pitch. Hodgson admitted that the first half was not really the best, as England failed to get control of the match. Striker Wayne Rooney also admitted that it was the case and that the players were extremely disappointed after the first 45 minutes. The second half was much better and England deserved the equaliser. The team will be facing Republic of Ireland in a friendly match in June. Continue reading England could only manage a 1-1 draw with Italy

Micah Richards Performance fall Apart after Roy Hodgson

The last match that Fiorentina’s Micah Richards has played for the English national football team was back in 2012 when the caretaker coach Stuart Pearce was in charge of the team but things started to fall apart for Micah Richards when Roy Hodgson was appointed as the new manager of the squad as he replaced Fabio Capello who had already resigned.

Micah Richards is another football figure that has slammed Roy Hodgson for some of his decisions and the English defender believes that Hodgson has a biased preference when it comes to picking his own players.

Continue reading Micah Richards Performance fall Apart after Roy Hodgson

EURO 2012 JUST DAYS AWAY

Once again, Europe and the entire world will be joining together in one spirit of sportsmanship for the EURO 2012 final tournament, which is a sporting event, organized by UEFA every 4 years. This year tournament will be hosted by two European countries; Poland and Ukraine which will be the third successful joint bid for the tournament between 8th June and 1st July. It is the first time either nations will be hosting this tournament.

This year’s final competition will feature 16 European countries that qualified from a total number of 51 countries that entered for the competition; both hosting teams had automatic qualification for the tournament. The event will be hosted in 8 major cities across both countries to also include 16 team base camps will act as accommodation and training camps or the teams. The Popular teams that qualified for the tournament includes: Spain, Germany, Portugal, Italy, France, England and Greece.

Adequate preparations are being made for the sporting event which includes the new match ball which is the Adidas Tango 12 which gives better dribbling and ball control over the unpredictable Jabulani, new soccer boots by Nike the ‘Nike clash Collection soccer boots’, twin mascot named Slavek and Slavko with the song “Endless Summer” by the German singer Oceana as the official Euro 2012 song.

Spain national football team which is ranked 1st in FIFA World ranking and currently the European and World champions after winning both trophies in 2008 and 2010 respectively will be in the tournament to defend the title. Featuring players like David Villa (most international goal scorer with 51 goals from 82 caps, top scorer at Euro 2008 with 4 goals in 4 matches), Cesc Fabregas, Fernando Torres, Xavier Hernandez (UEFA Team of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2011; IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), Andrés Iniesta (UEFA Team of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2011) and other top quality players will definitely make them a team to watch. Spain is placed in Group C along with rival counties like Italy Croatia and Republic of Ireland after a qualifying campaign with a 100% winning record.

Germany, another top team in this competition with 3 European champions’ titles (1972, 1980 and 1996), runners up (1976, 1992 and 2008) winning all 10 games to qualify for this tournament. Having top notch players as Miroslav Klose with 63 goals from 114 caps, Luska Podolski (UEFA Euro 2008 team of the tournament and UEFA Euro 2008 silver boot) and Philipp Lahm (UEFA team of the year: 2006, 2008; FIFA team of the year: 2008; FIFA world cup all star team: 2006, 2010). The qualities of the German defend and their goalie Manuel Neuer will definitely make the team a formidable opponent.

Nike has introduced the new Nike clash Collection soccer boots that are a set of colorful boots engineered for best performance on the pitch also giving each player an outstanding look. The boots were debuted at the just concluded UEFA championship finals in Munich. Notable players will be using this exquisite soccer boots for this tournament and you can ‘stand out on the pitch in style with your very own pair of Nike Clash Collection soccer shoes’.