Leicester City manager Claude Puel sees a deadly partnership if Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur combine with Jamie Vardy. England manager Gareth Southgate prefers a lone wolf to lead the attack and Kane is the likely man for the job. However, Puel insists that Kane and Vardy can combine in attack at the forthcoming World Cup. Vardy has been on a decent goal streak this season even though Kane has been on a much more impressive one, currently leading the chart in the Premier League.
There’s perfectly solid reasoning to back a number of nations as World Cup winners but not many are priced as high as Belgium, who currently sit with odds of 12/1 but are arguably just as capable as some of the favourites.
After what felt like a lifetime of waiting, World Cup 2018 is almost finally upon us and one site that have been waiting as anxiously as us are Footy Accumulators, who’ve already put together World Cup odds pages> for every qualified nation, opening the door to recommended bets and tips on every aspect of the highly-anticipated competition. Continue reading Belgium looking enticing to win the World Cup
Gareth Southgate has been appointed as the permanent manager at the England national team and he has been able to get some positive results. However, there is a sense that he would be judged a lot upon the performances at the World Cup 2018 – a tournament that England have been able to qualify for in style. England have been unable to make much of an impact at major tournaments in the past. Hence, the consensus is that Southgate will be judged on the performances at this World Cup in order to make a decision with regard to his long-term appointment, but FA chief executive Martin Glenn has rejected those suggestions.
He claims that Southgate will be in for the long term irrespective of the results at the World Cup. It is likely that Southgate will be in a similar situation to that of Roy Hodgson, who took over just before the Euro 2012 only for a disappointing tournament. Hodgson went on to last as the England manager until the World Cup 2014 when he was replaced by Sam Allardyce, whose reign at the national team lasted only for the one match. England have long-term issues and Glenn believes that keeping Southgate for the long-term will ensure consistency even after the World Cup. Under the management of Southgate, England have achieved successes at the under-17 and under-20 levels.
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England head coach Gareth Southgate has insisted that Jack Wilshere is unlikely to get a reckoning in his squad unless he earns regular Premier League action with Arsenal. The 25-year-old has earned 13 minutes of top-flight football this term with manager Arsene Wenger preferring to utilise him in the League Cup and Europa League outings.
Wilshere has always been regarded as one of England’s finest midfielders, but his constant injury concerns have hampered his chances of earning a regular call-up. The playmaker last featured for the Three Lions during the European championships in France in 2016, and Southgate has now suggested that he will have to gain more game time to the Premier League to knock on the national team door.
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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 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
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
With Euro 2016 less than three months away, Roy Hodgson has begun formulating his plans for the upcoming tournament in France by selecting a 23-man squad ahead of the upcoming international friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.
Facing two of the strongest sides in Europe may be considered a baptism of fire, but not only does it provide the Three Lions with the type of competitive matches that they did not experience during a relatively straightforward qualifying campaign, but also offers a good barometer of where England stand in terms of matching their strengths against two strong footballing nations. Continue reading Roy Hodgson selects 23-man squad
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
The 2016 Euro’s is on the horizon and England has actually turned into one of the favorites of reaching the advanced stages of the competition and maybe even in winning it all. Expectations are high for the England national side on making a good run in the approaching competition and this is mainly due to the current form that the players of Roy Hodgson are going through and of the top class skills that they have been displaying in this season.
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City is a goal-scoring machine who has managed to reach the top of the goal-scoring list of the Premier League, Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling all are going through a superb form and this has given added pressure to Roy Hodgson who has to reach far in the 2016 Euro’s or his time as managing England will be over.
Roy Hodgson’s contract with the England national side expires in the summer and whilst the English coach has already confirmed his desire to stay beyond the stipulated time on his contract, he will only get offered a contract extension if his team performs well in the 2016 Euro’s. He is being linked with the permanent Chelsea role on transferrumours.co.uk
“I have spoken to Roy. We are all on the same page. Roy is a really good manager and if and I don’t think it will happen we had a bad Euros, he would not expect to be kept on. He is a proud man. It is a bit of a storm in a teacup. But I spoke to him about it, the position I thought was clear anyway, so yes the air has been cleared’’ The FA chief executive Martin Glenn said.
From the looks of it, Roy Hodgson is well aware that his managerial role in England is at risk and his stay in the national team will ultimately depend on how his team performs and how far they go in the competition which resumes in June.