England reaching the Euro 2016 may be a foregone conclusion

England reaching the Euro 2016 may be a foregone conclusion due to the team’s impeccable form in the qualification campaign.

However, former Liverpool midfielder JonjoShelveyhas revealed that manager Roy Hodgson has asked the players to step up their game. This is likely to be a response from the manager after seeing his team perform well in qualification campaigns only to disappoint in the actual tournaments. England have been very poor in the Euro 2012 and World Cup 2014 – two tournaments that Hodgson was in charge. The upcoming Euro 2016 is widely believed to be Hodgson’s last opportunity to impress as a national team manager.

Even though the former Liverpool and West Brom manager has stated that he would love to remain in charge of the national team until the next World Cup, poor form is unlikely to see the England FA continue with him in the job. One of the big challenges for Hodgson will be to provide quick experience of a major tournament to the young guns within the England squad. They include the likes ofJonjoShelvey, who has made a major impact after making a permanent move to Swansea. He may be seen as the permanent successor to the injury prone Jack Wilshere at international level. Continue reading England reaching the Euro 2016 may be a foregone conclusion

Tottenham forward Harry Kane recently made his debut for the England senior team

Tottenham forward Harry Kane recently made his debut for the England senior team and marked it with a goal. He has been regarded as the next big thing to lead the England line-up.

However,Kane took the strange decision of joining up with the England under 21 team even after making his senior debut. Apart from potentially causing a burnout in the summer,Kane is also risky his place in the senior team. It could be taken up by strikers like Berahino and Charlie Austin, who have had excellent campaigns themselves. Kane was close in the running for the PFA player of the year award after having scored 30 goals in all competitions.

Kane’s goal tally is mightily impressive considering that he had not been a first-team regular at Tottenham until midway through the first half of the campaign. England under 21 manager Gareth Southgate says that he has seen a lot of promise from the young Tottenham forward, who he expects to thrive at the European under 21 Championships. One of the primary reasons forKane to join up with the U21 team is to complete the job that started with his goals. England are taking a very promising team to take part in the U21 championships. Continue reading Tottenham forward Harry Kane recently made his debut for the England senior team

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

Roy Hodgson getting Praised after Changing England Team

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

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.

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