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

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 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

Fabio Capello confident on Wayne Rooney Form

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney remains an important part of the international team, according to former manager Fabio Capello.


The recent form of the striker has led to doubts about his importance within the squad. Even though he still remains the official captain, there have been signs of discontent within the national team about his inability to score goals in important matters. Roy Hodgson has been put forward the question of dropping Rooney for the upcoming Euro 2016. If it happens, it would be the first time Rooney misses a major international tournament for reasons other than injury since the Euro 2004.

Capello had a lot of belief in Rooney but then he was scoring a lot back then. The former Russian national team boss believes that the United striker has such an immense amount of experience that he will be invaluable to the team ever when he is not at his best. A return of just 11 goals from 35 appearances at club level has been a major factor in Rooney’s position being questioned. However, he has not been playing as a central striker in all of the games for United. Capello says that the role of Rooney has changed in recent years, as the 30-year-old is capable of playing in a number of positions. Continue reading Fabio Capello confident on Wayne Rooney Form

Joe Hart may get Replaced with Younger Players in Club soon

Manchester City and England number one goalkeeper Joe Hart has not been in the best of form for the last couple of years.

This has led to speculation that England manager Roy Hodgson may consider some of the younger alternatives like Jack Butland or Fraser Forster. After all, the former Liverpool boss has brought in a number of young players into the first team since the disappointing World Cup 2014. Replacing Hart would be a major decision since the 28-year-old has been the stable first choice since Paul Robinson’s decline in the last five years.

England tried out a number of goalkeepers like Scott Carson and Ben Foster before settling on Hart. He has so far been able to repay his faith without contributing in spectacular fashion. Hence, Hodgson does not see the need to change the goalkeeper prior to such a major tournament. After winning 10 out of the 10 qualifying matches, England are in great shape going into the tournament. They further cemented their position as one of the rising forces by getting a 3-2 win against world champions Germany in a friendly game. The national team will be hoping to produce another good performance when they entertain Netherlands on Tuesday night. Continue reading Joe Hart may get Replaced with Younger Players in Club soon

Roy Hodgson is expected to step up his preparations for the Euro 2016

England boss Roy Hodgson is expected to step up his preparations for the Euro 2016 by calling up around 40 players who are expected to be involved in the preliminary squad. Around 30 players will be travelling with an extensive staff for the Euro 2016.

However, the manager will take a look at around 40 players before trimming down his options. The players are expected to be called up for action at the training base in Burton. This meeting is going to be a discussion for the upcoming major event. Hodgson is expected to convey his ideas to the team about matters like objectives and playing style.

It has been reported that Hodgson may convey the upcoming tournament while also looking at the recent international friendlies against France and Spain. While the friendly against France ended in positive fashion with a 2-0 win, the friendly against a confidence less Spain was rather disappointing. England were defeated 2-0 and will be hoping to avoid such poor results at the tournament itself. There are a number of strong favourites and dark horses to win the Euro 2016. Despite their strong performance in the qualification rounds, England are not considered as potential challengers for the title. Getting past the quarter-finals will be seen as a successful tournament for starters. Continue reading Roy Hodgson is expected to step up his preparations for the Euro 2016

ROONEY TO CAPTAIN ENGLAND

Wayne Rooney might be appointed as the captain of the England national football team pretty soon.

After England’s disastrous campaign in the FIFA World Cup 2014, the two senior most players of the English side i.e. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are believed to be planning to quit international football.

Gerrard is 36 years of age at the moment; while, Lampard is a couple of years older than him and the next big assignment for the Three Lions is the Euro Championship 2016. Neither of these two players can be backed to remain totally fit and in peak form to make the squad for that tournament.

In fact, you could have bet with William Hill on World Cup 2014 that Lampard wouldn’t even make the squad this time around, let alone 2016!

So, perhaps, this is the perfect time for both of them to hang their boots. If they do so, which is highly expected, it’s Rooney who is tipped to be given the responsibility of captaining the side.

Currently, at 28 years of age, Rooney is a senior member of the Three Lions squad and he is also at the peak of his game. He has received his fair share of criticism for his recent World Cup performances, but, no one would argue that he is still one of the best attacking options that England has. So, he deserves captaincy at least till the next Euro Championship.

If the sources are to be believed, Rooney himself is also interested in taking over as captain and he has made the manager Roy Hodgson aware of his desire.

Rooney has led England a couple of times in the past. The most recent occasion when he had gone on the ground to represent his country with the captain’s armband on was in 2012. It was the game against San Marino.

Rooney, in total, has played 95 matches for England in which he has scored 40 goals.

ROONEY WILL BE MISSING

The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that the England striker Wayne Rooney will be missing for the next few matches for the club. The 27-year-old is regarded as one of the best players at the club and he will be sorely missed during this period. Games are coming thick and fast during the January period, which could have certainly left Ferguson kicking at the injury to one of the best players at the club. Even though Rooney has been overshadowed by the goals by Robin van Persie, his seven assists and seven goals have provided United with a lot of points over the first half of the season.

Rooney was absent for the 4-3 victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day. He had played in the 1-1 draw with Swansea just a few days ago, and he had injured himself in a bad way according to the manager. Rooney was not at his best in the match, which was surprising to the manager because he had come into the match in good form. Ferguson also said that he was hoping Rooney will be fit for the Newcastle match because he needed to show that the Swansea match was a one-off. United’s victory over Newcastle means that they have the same seven-point lead on New Year’s Day over archrivals Manchester City.

“It was a volley towards the end of training. He did a ligament at the back of his knee and could be out for two to three weeks. After his performance on Sunday I think he would have been brilliant today. You don’t have two performances like he did on Sunday. Unfortunately we couldn’t risk him,” said the manager, who also confirmed that both Ashley Young and Phil Jones have injured himself during the Swansea match the finished 1-1.