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
England boss Roy Hodgson has been getting a lot of praise for the way he has been able to reduce the age of the England team and still get results.
Since the early exit from the World Cup 2014, England have been on a winning streak and this has been achieved even after the inclusion of several young names to the squad. The team has been going through on a positive note, but Hodgson says that it will not be before 2022 that this current team achieves the peak. The recent run of form has raised expectations ahead of the World Cup 2018.
More importantly, England will be one of the favourites – on this form – for the Euro 2016. The next match is a qualifier against Lithuania in March.
This will be followed by friendlies in the summer and it will provide Hodgson with an opportunity to take a look at new players like Charlie Austin and Harry Kane. A number of experienced stars like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and Ashley Cole have left the national team in the last 12 months. However, Hodgson has been able to seamlessly replace them with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, and Phil Jones. Continue reading Roy Hodgson getting Praised after Changing England Team
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.
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