Future England Stars?

Future England Stars?

With the 2018 World Cup in Russia slowly approaching, Gareth Southgate is having to rotate and experiment with the huge national pool of English players available to him, especially the new batch of young English prospects coming through as well as young players establishing themselves in the Premier League after making their way through the EFL leagues. This article will analyse some of the most promising and likely call ups to Southgates next international squad for the first time. Dominic …
Frank Lampard: The five most influential moments of his career

Frank Lampard: The five most influential moments of his career

Frank Lampard announced his retirement from football this week following a hugely successful 24-year career as one of England's most prized midfielders. The 38-year-old will forever be compared to Steven Gerrard, who he had so many battles with for club and country but rivalries aside, Lampard delivered some of the best moments in Chelsea's history before leaving the Premier League in 2015. He was unable to translate his talent onto the international stage but Lampard was at the heart of …
Graham Taylor: A Loss To The Game

Graham Taylor: A Loss To The Game

Last week saw the death of the former Watford, Aston Villa and Wolves manager Graham Taylor at the age of 72. Tributes – some of them downright hypocritical from the very paper who lampooned him when he was England manager – poured in throughout the football world. He will be mourned as a loss to the game. Graham Taylor was born in Worksop in 1944 and began playing professional football in 1962. His playing career was nothing to write home …
Big Sam for England?

Big Sam for England?

The way certain sections of the UK media built themselves up for the inevitable disappointment at Euro 2016 with England, it seems they really haven’t learned from history and after the departure of the beleaguered Roy Hodgson, it seems the FA haven’t learned either. Portugal winning Euro 2016 was really a victory for tactical prowess over superior talent.  Despite having a genuine world superstar in their midst and some talented players in their squad, Portugal probably shouldn’t have been able …
The Aftermath of England's and Hodgson's Euro 2016 Exit

The Aftermath of England's and Hodgson's Euro 2016 Exit

For the second time in a week, England have managed an ignominious exit from Europe and Roy Hodgson, much like the hapless politicians, oversaw it without any cohesive plan. The humiliating defeat to Iceland was Hodgson’s final act as England manager and summed up his handling of this tournament. Yes, England did not have the best squad of players heading into Euro 2016, despite the hype, and their ceiling was probably a semi-final at best, but the way they were …
Slovakia v England Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Slovakia v England Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Slovakia and England will play their final group game against each other at St.Etienne on Monday to decide who books their place in to the next stage and who could potentially miss out on progression. Slovakia, who are currently third in the group with three points on board, thanks to a crucial win in their previous game against Russia. A win against England will definitely see them finish in the second spot (on head to head record), while a draw …
England vs Wales Preview | Team News & Stats and Key Men

England vs Wales Preview | Team News & Stats and Key Men

This is the match that everybody has been looking forward to since the draw, and is one of the standout fixtures of the group stages. It has been made even more interesting by the first round of results in Group B. Wales managed to win their opening fixture against Slovakia and looked very accomplished throughout. Meanwhile England played extremely well against Russia, dominating the game, but they failed to kill the match and were punished as a result. Wales are …
England are still England

England are still England

After attention was inevitably drawn to the disgusting scenes on the streets of Marseille, it did eventually switch to events on the pitch at Stade Velodrome, where England were very….. well, England. After using the pre-tournament friendlies to unsuccessfully try out Wayne Rooney behind Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy in a 4-4-2 diamond, Roy Hodgson opted for, what on paper, was a 4-3-3. However, as it turned out, it was too often more like a 4-5-1 for England that left …
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