The new England manager Roy Hodgson is looking to give a number of younger players a chance in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with a view of preparing them for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Roy Hodgson recently announced the squad that will be taking on Moldova and Ukraine in the World Cup qualifiers. Even though he used a number of experienced veterans like Michael Carrick and Frank Lampard in the friendly match against Italy, he has called up a number of youngsters for these two matches. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Butland are the two prominent names to be included in the squad for these two matches.

This coupled with the absence of Wayne Rooney means that Roy Hodgson will have only one fit striker at his disposal in the form of the Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe. Andy Carroll has played very little football in the last few months, but he has been included in the squad as well. However, it is expected that Roy Hodgson will begin the match with Jermain Defoe up front. Ashley Cole was a major absentee in the match against Italy, but he is now called up once again. Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand is also included in the squad.

England will be travelling to Moldova on Friday, followed by the visit by Ukraine on Tuesday. This is extremely crucial matches for the England manager Roy Hodgson, who only managed to get to the national team to the quarter-finals of the Euro 2012. However, expectations will be much higher this time around and England need to start of the World Cup nullifying campaign in the best possible manner in order to avoid any possible problems towards the end of the campaign. England’s next World Cup qualifiers will be in October when they face San Marino and Poland.


The chairman of the recently developed St George’s Park football facility in England –David Sheepshanks – has said that this facility has the capability to become the best in the world, according to the Tottenham news website.

England have been extremely criticised in the last few years for their inability to develop their own coaches, who have then gone on to manage them internationally. Due to the lack of good quality local managers, the England national team has had a number of foreign managers including the previous one – Fabio Capello. As a result, the England football Association decided to step up their efforts in bringing a football facility that is very similar to the one used in France.

The project was recently completed after a gap of more than 10 years due to various disputes arriving at various stages. However, the chairman is confident that the time and money spent on the football facility is going to make the England national team one of the best in the world. The football facility has been built on a 330 acre site and will house a lot of training facilities and coaching facilities. The former Ipswich town chairman David Sheepshanks has been placed in charge of the facility and he has expressed his delight at this honour.

“Hopefully the rest of the world will see this as a statement of intent by English football, which we will go on seeking to improve. It is a nerve-centre, a think-tank. I could almost say, if I was allowed to, a Mecca. It is a meeting point for the game, a congregating nerve centre where it doesn’t matter whether you are coaches, chief execs, physios, commercial directors, nutritionists – it is a place where the game can come together,” said David Sheepshanks. England were eliminated in the quarter-final stage at the Euro 2012.


The former England international Gareth Southgate has left his role as the head of elite development within the English football Association. The former Middlesbrough manager has been in charge of the technical aspect of the football Association for the last 18 months. However, he has left the post all of the sudden, while also stating that he does not want to be considered for the role as the technical director of the English football Association. Even though he has left his role as the elite development manager at the English football Association, Gareth Southgate has revealed that he will continue to remain in football by working as the pundit for ITV.

The 41-year-old was one of the influential members of the football Association in their efforts to bring in the national training academy. The reasons for his departure from the post are not clear yet. One of his main duties was to bring the better young players and also better coaches, which would aid England in doing well at the major tournaments. The English national football team has not been competing against the likes of Brazil and Spain when it comes to the international trophies. Further, the quality of the domestic managers has also decreased drastically and Gareth Southgate was brought in the improve it.

“I’d like to place on record just how much I’ve enjoyed working at the FA over the past 18 months. It really has been an honour and a pleasure. Hopefully, I have been able to play some part in delivering important changes to the way children play at the youngest levels. It has also been a tremendous experience to work on the delivery of St George’s Park. I would like to thank them for their support throughout my time with the organisation,” said Gareth Southgate.

Who will win the Championship?

It has crept up on us again, fixture lists are out and the football leagues will be back underway in just four weeks. The quality in The Championship is ever-growing and competition is fiercer than ever for promotion as well as a spot in the play-offs.

Last season saw Reading, Southampton and West Ham, who finished in that order respectively, promoted into the Premier League – all three clubs were among favourites to be promoted but West Ham were predicted to arrive first but actually finished third.  The top clubs for promotion this season are Bolton, Leicester and Wolves respectively.

Bolton slipped out of the Premier League for first time since 1995 and will be very keen to make their way back to the top flight where they now feel they belong. Up until now the club have been able to keep hold of key players and with Owen Coyle at the helm Bolton will be looking to play strong, authoritative and attacking football. With the crop of players that Bolton have at their disposal they should find themselves in the top six, at the very least, come the end of the season. Continue reading Who will win the Championship?

Rooney strike sees England top Group D

It was simple for England at the start of the game; Win or draw against Ukrainian, shorn of potent striker Andriy Shevchenko at the start and they were through. England recalled their own talisman in the shape of Wayne Rooney for Andy Carroll but Hodgson’s men were firmly on the back foot for much of the first 45 minutes.

The host nation gave everything, knowing they had to win and at one point had seven attempts on goal before England had registered a shot of their own. At every opportunity, the ball was being sprayed out on to the flanks and as the crosses rained in on Joe Hart’s goal, Andriy Yarmolenko had the best opportunities to open the scoring but the Three Lions keeper was equal to his efforts. Continue reading Rooney strike sees England top Group D


England manager Roy Hodgson has said that he wants the players to prove that they have the ability to do well at a major tournament like the Euro 2012. England will be taking part in the Euro 2012 after missing out on the Euro 2008.

It seemed that former Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello would be in charge of the team at the Euro 2012, which could have been his final major tournament with England. However, he offered his resignation from the job just a few months ago, which jeopardised the preparations for the tournament from the players.

The English FA only recently appointed former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson as the successor for Fabio Capello. The former West Brom manager has said that he wants the players to prove that they have the ability to do well at a major tournament by giving their all in the opening match against France. England have been drawn in the group that also contains France, Ukraine, and Sweden. It is estimated that France and England will be competing against each other for a place in the quarter finals of the Euro 2012. The two sides have already met each other in a friendly match when Fabio Capello was in charge.

“I’d like to think I have the experience and knowledge to lead that nation into the future. But football’s played by the players. They have to do a good job. There are a lot of people who, after the World Cup in South Africa, will want to prove they are good enough, and I’ll be expecting performances from the players. It’s an opportunity for them to prove they should be involved,” said Roy Hodgson ahead of the preparations for the Euro 2012.

The former liverpool manager began his reign with a 1-0 win over Norway recently.


Once again, Europe and the entire world will be joining together in one spirit of sportsmanship for the EURO 2012 final tournament, which is a sporting event, organized by UEFA every 4 years. This year tournament will be hosted by two European countries; Poland and Ukraine which will be the third successful joint bid for the tournament between 8th June and 1st July. It is the first time either nations will be hosting this tournament.

This year’s final competition will feature 16 European countries that qualified from a total number of 51 countries that entered for the competition; both hosting teams had automatic qualification for the tournament. The event will be hosted in 8 major cities across both countries to also include 16 team base camps will act as accommodation and training camps or the teams. The Popular teams that qualified for the tournament includes: Spain, Germany, Portugal, Italy, France, England and Greece.

Adequate preparations are being made for the sporting event which includes the new match ball which is the Adidas Tango 12 which gives better dribbling and ball control over the unpredictable Jabulani, new soccer boots by Nike the ‘Nike clash Collection soccer boots’, twin mascot named Slavek and Slavko with the song “Endless Summer” by the German singer Oceana as the official Euro 2012 song.

Spain national football team which is ranked 1st in FIFA World ranking and currently the European and World champions after winning both trophies in 2008 and 2010 respectively will be in the tournament to defend the title. Featuring players like David Villa (most international goal scorer with 51 goals from 82 caps, top scorer at Euro 2008 with 4 goals in 4 matches), Cesc Fabregas, Fernando Torres, Xavier Hernandez (UEFA Team of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2011; IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), Andrés Iniesta (UEFA Team of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2011) and other top quality players will definitely make them a team to watch. Spain is placed in Group C along with rival counties like Italy Croatia and Republic of Ireland after a qualifying campaign with a 100% winning record.

Germany, another top team in this competition with 3 European champions’ titles (1972, 1980 and 1996), runners up (1976, 1992 and 2008) winning all 10 games to qualify for this tournament. Having top notch players as Miroslav Klose with 63 goals from 114 caps, Luska Podolski (UEFA Euro 2008 team of the tournament and UEFA Euro 2008 silver boot) and Philipp Lahm (UEFA team of the year: 2006, 2008; FIFA team of the year: 2008; FIFA world cup all star team: 2006, 2010). The qualities of the German defend and their goalie Manuel Neuer will definitely make the team a formidable opponent.

Nike has introduced the new Nike clash Collection soccer boots that are a set of colorful boots engineered for best performance on the pitch also giving each player an outstanding look. The boots were debuted at the just concluded UEFA championship finals in Munich. Notable players will be using this exquisite soccer boots for this tournament and you can ‘stand out on the pitch in style with your very own pair of Nike Clash Collection soccer shoes’.


Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Terry Connor has said that the English FA have chosen the right manager in the form of Roy Hodgson for the England managerial position.

England have been without a manager ever since the resignation of Fabio Capello following the sacking of John Terry as the captain of the England team. It was very much expected that Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp would take over the position after the end of the season, but it is now announced that West Brom manager Roy Hodgson would become the permanent manager till Euro 2016. There has been a lot of support coming on for former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson and Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Terry Connor has been the latest.

Terry Connor arrived at Wolverhampton Wanderers in order to replace Mick McCarthy, but he has been extremely unlucky in the job. He is yet to win the Premier league match with Wolverhampton Wanderers and he has also relegated the club to the Championship. However, they showed a lot of pride in the most recent match against Swansea, in which they managed to pull themselves from being 4-1 down to draw the match 4-4. Connor reckons that he is certainly not worried about his future, but he would like to manage the club if he is offered the opportunity.  He’ll be waving his England Flag with pride to support Hodgson.

“His credentials and CV stand up and speak for themselves and his knowledge is second to none. Like everybody else, we were seeing what was happening at Tottenham, how they were playing. That was all credit to Harry Redknapp, who was doing really well, his teams were playing really expressive, really expansive football and that’s what we all want to see. But the FA have taken their time, maybe with the bigger picture in mind and Roy’s the best man for it,” said Connor.


Ex-England striker Tony Woodcock has said that there is every chance that England can be successful at this summer’s Euro 2012, which promises to be very exciting.

Even though England head into the competition without a permanent manager as of yet, Tony Woodcock believes that England can perform well at the Euro 2012 because they have some great players in the team. Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will miss the initial two matches of the campaign, while Jack Wilshere is a major doubt for the Euro 2012, despite having ruled out by Arsene Wenger for the rest of the season.

The tournament will be taking place in a matter of just 52 days and the excitement has been building up. Fabio Capello recently handed his resignation in the wake of the captaincy being stripped off John Terry. The English football Association, however, are yet to name his replacement.

Stuart Pearce has been named as the caretaker manager of the England national team, but is unlikely to continue. Harry Redknapp is one of the big names being linked with the job, while the likes of Roy Hodgson have also been spoken about for leading England at the Euro 2012. Woodcock played for England back in the 1980’s. He has compared the current England team with the Danish side of 1992, which won the European Championships.

“Maybe this is the right time, with the pressure off a little bit, to just go out there and play. There is hope – there will be a lot of teams who will not relish playing against England. I have been encouraged with the way Chelsea have been playing in the last few weeks, where the so-called experienced players [John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard] look to be refreshed and are up for the challenge in the Champions League,” Woodcock said.

According to the latest Football Betting odds, England are third-favourites.


Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has said that he is not interested in taking the England job after it has been rumoured that he is one of the contenders for the job amongst the English FA ranks.

José Mourinho was one of the favourites to take over from Steve McClaren the last time the opportunity opened up, but the then out of work Mourinho, did not take the job. Hence, the English FA are not considering him seriously this time around, as José Mourinho is currently managing one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Even though there have been reports that he is set to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, the former Chelsea manager dismissed speculation linking him with the England job.

One of the reasons for José Mourinho to be linked with the England job is the recent house hunting by the Portuguese manager in London. However, José Mourinho has many times said that he believes that the international teams should be coached by the managers from the respective regions. He also has said that managing the Portugal national team will make him a complete man, although he is not ready for such a job as of now.

“There is no way Jose will coach England. He loves the football in England but there is no chance of this at all. What he wants is a club,” a close friend told The National. José Mourinho is looking to capture the Spanish league title for the first time in three seasons. They are currently the leaders in the Spanish la Liga, and hold a significant 10 point advantage over Barcelona. Even though Real Madrid are yet to play Barcelona at the Camp Nou – where they have lost numerous times in recent seasons, Real Madrid are the favourites for the title.