England’s disappointing campaign in the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw them finishing in the last spot of group D which consisted of: Costa Rica, Uruguay, Italy and of course England which is currently being guided by Sam Allardyce.
Sam Allardyce wants the English national side to forget about this forgettable tournament for England and just try to focus in what lies ahead.
Besides the mediocre run that England experienced in the past edition of the World Cup, their campaign in the 2016 UEFA EURO’s was also a disaster as they lost to Iceland in the rounds of 16.
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.
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. Continue reading COLE SAYS WENGER IS THE BEST MAN FOR ENGLAND
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.
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
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
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.