Redknapp puts pressure on Hodgson

The former manager of Queens Park Rangers, Harry Redknapp believes that Roy Hodgson has to at least reach the semi-finals of the 2016 Euro’s and if he doesn’t go so far then Hodgson will be considered as a failure.

Harry Redknapp is certain that the England national side has so many good players that they should be able to reach the advanced stages of the international competition.

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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

KEEP HODGSON?

Terry Butcher reckons Football Association should persist with Roy Hodgson regardless of how the Three Lions perform in European Championships. A clear ultimatum is believed to have been given to Hodgson that if England falters in the tournament, he will have to be ready to take the axe in the aftermath.

And, it has also been reported that if Hodgson goes, the association would not look to sign another English manager to replace him and take the charge. They would instead be going for a foreigner.

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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

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

PROVE YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH

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.

CONNOR BACKS HODGSON

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.