Tag: england

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In defence of Roy Hodgson

Given that it’s international week and the transfer window has just closed, it’s only natural that the knives are out on Fleet Street. Newspapers and websites can’t sell copies or harvest clicks with the usual fill of club match report

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England’s latest squad: cause to be excited?

Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad has generally been met with a huge amount of apathy. From Wayne Rooney’s appointment as permanent captain, to the inclusion of Fabian Delph, the general opinion seems to b

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Are England better or worse off without Steven Gerrard?

There will be much more cross examination on whether 34 year-old Steven Gerrard fulfilled his potential for England, but I think the more pressing issue is whether his retirement from international football will help or hinder the

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Win £3000 sponsorship for your local team

It’s been exactly 13 days since Italy lost to Costa Rica and we found out that England was well and truly without a hope in Brazil. Not sure about you guys, but we’ve been slowly recovering from the heart-wrenching d

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England manager Roy Hodgson: a good man out of his depth

Expectations were low heading into the World Cup in Brazil and understandably so after our horrific showings in previous major competitions. Despite that though, we still have an abundance of hyped up Premier League pl

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Steven Gerrard’s England future: retirement not the end of the world

After England’s dismal showing in Brazil, despite a few positives no doubt, futures are coming into question. The standout one of the lot is arguably captain Steven Gerrard’s, who could potentially announce his inter

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England are on the right path under Roy Hodgson

England’s World Cup campaign finally got under way on Saturday night with a 2-1 defeat against Italy. It wasn’t ideal, of course, but the post match positive reaction was somewhat surprising and refreshing. Why were so man

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Unseen footage: Joe Hart absolutely loses the plot after Pirlo’s free-kick

After opening their World Cup Group D campaign with a 2-1 loss against Italy, England’s players will be relaxing and focussing on their next winnable game against Uruguay. Joe Hart, England’s goalkeeper, might need a tad

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Roy’s boys – a selection dilemma for the England manager

It happens in the run up to every major tournament, questions are asked, rumours are spread and opinions are vented – just who should be on the plane representing England at the World Cup in what promises to be an

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If I was Roy Hodgson…

The title of this post is a line that will be heard from pubs to offices to schools to kitchen tables to pretty much anywhere and everywhere up and down England over the next month. World Cup year is a time

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Does England have a natural finisher?

How would you define natural? Its dictionary definition is of a person having an innate skill or quality; he was a natural entertainer. In a footballing sense, a skill that comes instinctively, suited by nature for a certain purpose or

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Why Roy Hodgson should take a young England to Brazil

Football is all about opinions. Passionate fans gathering around boasting and waxing-lyrical about their teams, players and managers. Refereeing decisions are scrutinised, pundits on your television criticised and supporters mocked.

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England don’t need Ashley Cole

With the World Cup fast approaching and Roy Hodgson running out of time to decide who should be in his 23-man England squad, the left-back spot, an area Ashley Cole has been occupying successfully for years, is arguably England’s

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Five things Roy Hodgson could try against Denmark

Wednesday night’s friendly against Denmark represents England manager Roy Hodgson’s last chance to examine his options before naming his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup. Here are five ideas he could experiment

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Time for Hodgson to back the kids

With the World Cup fast approaching rumours as to who could be on the plane to Brazil are on the up. However, instead of the likes of Luke Shaw, Jon Flanagan and Jonjo Shelvey being touted as potential England representatives