What Is England's Best Strike Force? Welbeck, Sturridge, Rooney...

What Is England's Best Strike Force? Welbeck, Sturridge, Rooney...

England have had some great strike partnerships in the past, like Gary Linekar and Peter Beardsley, Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham and finally Michael Owen and Emile Heskey. They haven't had an established pair for a good number of years, but now they have options: Roy Hodgson needs to make a decision soon and let that pair develop over qualifying. Wayne Rooney is obviously captain, but many would suggest the side would be better off without him in the side, …
Is Current England Side Over-Rated? A Comparison With Italy

Is Current England Side Over-Rated? A Comparison With Italy

Over-rated, over-valued or magnified, no matter how you rate this English team they have gone into this tournament with no expectations at all from inside, or from outside their country. Before his opening match with England, Pirlo exclaimed that the English are over-rated as always. In a view that has also been expressed by the current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, English players have always been under scrutiny in big tournaments. As the current English side draws no comparison with …
Mourinho Was Close to England Job

Mourinho Was Close to England Job

Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has revealed that he was on the brink of taking the England job in 2007, only for his wife to convince him otherwise. She cited the lack of a busy routine as the main reason why Jose would not enjoy it, as he later went on to coach Inter Milan. "I was almost, almost, almost England manager." the Portuguese said. "My wife was right. She told me not to take it. "I cannot wait two years …
Andrea Pirlo & Steven Gerrard - Who Will Come Out On Top In Manaus?

Andrea Pirlo & Steven Gerrard - Who Will Come Out On Top In Manaus?

If being placed in the group of death was not enough, then being held back against teams like Honduras and Ecuador have further detested English claims of getting out of it. At a stage where everybody expected them to be at their level best, Roy Hodgson’s men have let their manager down in a tense situation. Steven Gerrard is expected to be the pivotal point of the English team in the World Cup and surely he will face a stern …
Steven Gerrard Left Frustrated After Draw

Steven Gerrard Left Frustrated After Draw

Liverpool and England captain, Steven Gerrard, has revealed his frustration following his national side's 0-0 draw with Honduras. The 34-year old cited poor refereeing and a lack of killer instinct in front of goal as main reasons for their poor result in Florida. "I think if you look at the chances we had the better, but we're quite frustrated," Gerrard told ITV 1. "I'm quite frustrated. I thought the ref was poor, the game was interrupted, there was a big …
Welbeck Rebuffs Moyes Criticism

Welbeck Rebuffs Moyes Criticism

England international and Manchester United forward, Danny Welbeck, has hit back at former manager David Moyes' criticisms of his work ethic in training. Welbeck, who hopes to be a key feature in Roy Hodgson's Summer plans in Brazil, says he is surprised at what the former Everton boss had to say about him back in December. "We had a word with Welbeck about a month ago and we said that he needs to be the last off the training field. …
Rodgers: Gerrard Will Be Focused

Rodgers: Gerrard Will Be Focused

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has disclosed that Steven Gerrard will not carry the disappointment of failing to win the Premier League into England's World Cup preparations. The England skipper will no doubt feel the effects of losing his first league title to City aided by his high-profile slip against Chelsea three weeks ago, but the 33 year old will have to show his mental resolve in the build up to Brazil. "I've no concerns whatsoever about Steven," Rodgers said. "I …
Wilshere Takes Scholes' Advice

Wilshere Takes Scholes' Advice

England international and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has accepted the criticism hurled at him by former Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes. In a broadcast live on Sky television, Scholes hit out at the Arsenal number ten for having stagnated in his progress the last few years. Wilshere said "It was a bit strange, out of the blue. I remember watching it, he was having a go at Arsenal, and I was thinking 'Is he going to come for me?' "I …
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