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.

 

Redmond apologetic following England’s Under-21s Euro exit

Southampton forward Nathan Redmond has issued a heartfelt apology to the England faithful following the Young Lions’ penalty shoot-out loss to Germany at the semi-final stage of the European Under-21 Championships.


The 23-year-old missed the crucial penalty kick of the game which saw England crash out via a 4-3 defeat.

Redmond and co. had battled through most of the game as they held onto a 2-2 scorelinefor 120 minutes under the immense pressure from their German counterparts. Eventually, two of England’s best players in Tammy Abraham and Redmond missed their spot-kicks which guaranteed Germany a route to the final against Spain.

The former Birmingham and Norwich winger was distraught and in tears following the Tuesday night result, but he appeared to have overcome some of his disappointment while releasing a heartfelt apology on Twitter, he wrote: “Gutted to have lost the semi-finals last night on pens! Sorry. I will continue to keep learning from these experiences and try to improve as a player every day as usual.There is work to do and I’m OK with the mental and physical challenges that lie ahead. It’s sad to close a chapter on my England youth team football in that way but I’ve gained more than I’ve lost from the U16s right through to the U21s.” Continue reading Redmond apologetic following England’s Under-21s Euro exit

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

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