Tag: Roy Hodgson

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Palace to park the bus against champions Chelsea?

Bottom of the table and without a league goal this campaign, we assess Crystal Palace’s chances against Antonio Conte’s men.

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England to miss out on the fruits of Guardiola’s labour

And so when the worst kept secret in football was revealed, that Pep Guardiola would become the manager of Manchester City next season, the inevitable questions followed. How many points will Man City win the title by next season? Are they now

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Does Hodgson need to look beyond Rooney, Welbeck and Sturridge?

England fans are relatively sheepish when discussions of the recent World Cup crop up, but since the debacle in Brazil, when England were eliminated after just two matches, Roy Hodgson has got his three lions roaring with six consecutive victories. Four

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Why England should consider moving their games away from Wembley

Now, we all know that the bigwigs at the FA have a widely perceived lack of intelligence when it comes to serious football matters. However, there is a prominent problem staring them in the face, namely a discernible lack of

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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 reports and transfer

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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 be that this is the weakest England team for

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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 national team. One thing Roy

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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 players such as Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw,

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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 international retirement after the World Cup in

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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 many England fans chirpy after

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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 function; a

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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. Another way of airing your disagreements is on social media or picking up

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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 strongest at this