England national team finding Shortage of Players

A new statistic has revealed that the Premier league only has 34% of players eligible for the England national team.


Manager Sam Allardyce came in as the replacement for Roy Hodgson only now. He has already given a warning that he may be forced to pick reserve players in the hope of filling up the England squad. Even though there is a rule to have a minimum number of homegrown players in a Premier League squad, clubs have largely been utilising English players as reserves. Clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have spent large sums of money the season, but most have been on foreign players.

The debate of the Premier league preventing the national team’s success has been going on for several years now. The success of the Premier League has largely been built on foreign managers and players. Allardyce says that it is about time there is a switch in order to benefit the national team. England have not gone beyond the quarter-finals of the major tournament in the last two decadesContinue reading England national team finding Shortage of Players

COLE SAYS WENGER IS THE BEST MAN FOR ENGLAND

Former Arsenal player Ashley Cole said that Arsene Wenger is the best man for the coaching job of England amidst the announcement that Sam Allardyce has been named the successor of Roy Hodgson.


The player, who is currently plying his trade in the Major League Soccer, opines that the Frenchman should have been convinced to take over the team as he was the one who could really turn things around for the team.

The 35-year old plays with LA Galaxy in the United States but reckons that the panel set up to select the next manager of England should have worked around his former boss at the Emirates. He played under Wenger for seven years before his controversial move to Stamford Bridge in 2006. The player who has earned 107 caps with the Three Lions has the info on how things work.
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England draws with Slovakia despite dominating the game

England draws 0-0 with Slovakia despite dominating large portions of the game. Roy Hodgson made 6 changes to the team that beat Wales but this did not prevent England from taking control of the match.


In fairness, Slovakia did not come on the pitch to attack and was happy to sit back and to absorb the pressure.

As it is often the case with England when faced with this kind of opposition, they find it difficult to create clear-cut chances. England, who started with Vardy and Sturridge, up-front struggled to have shots on target as Slovakia put all their players behind the ball.

Roy Hodgson defended his decision to make changes to the team by saying that the team was good enough to win the game. He said that if England had won the game people would not have said anything about the changes he made and that they are criticizing just because they failed to score.

The England managed added that it would not have mattered which players were playing as they would have still come against 11 players in defence. He said it was not easy to play against a team that wanted to get a 0-0 draw and did not try to attack. Continue reading England draws with Slovakia despite dominating the game

Danny Drinkwater has been one of the biggest success stories

Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been one of the biggest success stories of the 2015-16 season.


He would have been an unlikely candidate to feature in the England squad at the Euro 2016, but this is now a possibility after helping Leicester City win the league title. Drinkwater was one of the important members of the league campaign and he could have even won the PFA Player of the Year had it not been for the presence of names like Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. However, there are suggestions that Roy Hodgson may actually drop Drinkwater from the final squad in favour of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Wilshere is now once again fit and available for the national team after having spent almost the entire season on the sidelines. In fact, he has had a very poor fitness record over the last two years. Yet, his inclusion in the provisional squad has been surprising to many especially Drinkwater, but the midfielder claims that he will not find faults with the manager if he is not included in the final squad. Drinkwater has been one of the great characters in English football over the last 12 months and his latest statement is a testament to this fact. Continue reading Danny Drinkwater has been one of the biggest success stories

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

Roy Hodgson claimed that John Terry may be the ideal partner for Chris Smalling

Roy Hodgson claimed that former captain and defender John Terry may be the ideal partner for Chris Smalling.

Terry retired from international duty in 2012 after he claimed to have not been given enough support from the English FA in the incident involving Anton Ferdinand. The latter claimed that Terry racially abused him during a match between Chelsea and QPR. The English FA punished the defender with some stringent measures, but he was not found guilty of racial abuse by a court of law. Quoting the latter, Terry said that the English FA had been extremely tough with him and retired from international duty immediately.

Terry later said that he has not regretted the decision to quit the national team, as it has allowed him to focus on his club career more. He has been able to stay fit for Chelsea even at 35. Rio Ferdinand played with the England national team well into his 30s and he had to retire at this age. Terry, meanwhile, is expected to carry on playing at the top level for a couple of years. Continue reading Roy Hodgson claimed that John Terry may be the ideal partner for Chris Smalling

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

England recently learned about their opponents in the Euro 2016

England recently learned about their opponents in the Euro 2016 group stages after being paired up alongside the likes of Wales, Slovakia, and Russia. The game between Wales and England will be the most anticipated encounter. Manager Roy Hodgson revealed that he is satisfied with the outcome of the draw. He expects an intense competition with Wales, who are one of the arch rivals. Wales have done extremely well in the last 12 months under the regime of Chris Coleman. Qualifying for such a major competition was itself seen as a huge achievement, but Coleman says that there’s more to come from the team.

Russia have been true turmoil in recent times, but they are expected to be competitive as well. The same can also be said about Slovakia. The major advantage for Hodgson in terms of the games against Wales is that most of the opposition players currently ply their trade in England and in the Premier League. This gives him a great opportunity to study their strengths and weaknesses. Just like England, Wales were also one of the top teams in the group stages. Hodgson is fighting for his future despite reports that England FA are considering offering him a new contract to the former Liverpool manager. Continue reading England recently learned about their opponents in the Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson has warned Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge

Roy Hodgson has warned Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge that he cannot expect to walk straight back into the team after a long spell on the sidelines.

The England boss has been criticised for providing international caps for a number of players during their Euro 2016 qualification campaign. He has already used more than 30 players in this qualification campaign, which has seen England become extremely successful. One player who has missed a major chunk is striker Sturridge, who recently returned to action for Liverpool. The 26-year-old has played in only three league matches so far.

As a result, other players may question the reason behind including the 26-year-old. Other players like Andy Carroll and Harry Kane have made a name for themselves during this period. Sturridge has been recalled to the Liverpool team without any doubt, as he remains one of the key centre forwards in the Merseyside outfit. It is a totally different case with the England national team. Especially given that the team has completed qualification for Euro 2016, Hodgson is likely to experiment with a few players in order to be completely ready for the major tournament. He Sturridge must start scoring goals in order to prove himself that he is ready once again. Continue reading Roy Hodgson has warned Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge