The Premier League influence on Spain

The Premier League influence on Spain

Ever since Rafa Benitez took over as Liverpool manager in 2004 and brought the likes of Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia with him, there has been a steady stream of Spanish players plying their trade in the Premier League. Whilst Barcelona and Real Madrid caught most attention as Spain enjoyed their golden period that saw them win the 2008 and 2012 Euros, along with the 2010 World Cup, the Premier League also contributed towards those squads. Whilst many of the …
The Premier League Influence for Germany at Euro 2016

The Premier League Influence for Germany at Euro 2016

Reigning world champions Germany will understandably be amongst many people’s pre-tournament favourites for this summers’ Euros. Despite them often underperforming in friendlies and even flattering to deceive at times in qualifying, it’s tournament football where they really come alive. The Bundesliga is now recognised as a breeding ground for talent and the place where most of the squad play their football, but the Premier League is also represented and here I look at what the English-based contingent could play for …
Can England Win Euro 2016?

Can England Win Euro 2016?

UPDATE Roy Hodgson has announced his 23 man squad of as follows: Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley). Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal). Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester …
Can England Really Win Euro 2016?

Can England Really Win Euro 2016?

The bookies currently have England as fourth favourites for winning this summer’s European Championships, a price no doubt influenced by people using their hard earned cash to back Roy Hodgson’s side for victory in France. Two clichés spring to mind for me: “a fool and his money are soon parted” and “you never see a poor bookmaker”. Despite the best efforts of the ITV commentary team to build this England side up as the second coming of the Brazil 1970 …
Euro 2016: Can Spain Win the Third Consecutive Title?

Euro 2016: Can Spain Win the Third Consecutive Title?

Euro 2016 will kick off on June 10, when host nation France will face Romania in the opening match of the tournament. Spain will be seeking a historic third consecutive triumph, an achievement that no team has ever reached before. Despite having won the last two editions of the tournament, Spain are not the top favorites this time, at least according to the bookmakers. We recommend before placing any bets to check your book makers reputation at LCB. Most bookies are backing France …
Is Wayne Rooney's Injury Good for England?

Is Wayne Rooney's Injury Good for England?

It is approaching the time when everybody begins to start speculating about who is going to be in England's tournament squad and the excitement builds about our chances. Our success has been attached to Wayne Rooney since Euro 2004, and the expectation has engulfed him. He has failed to find the form he showed in that tournament since, and we have never looked likely to challenge the likes of Spain and Germany for major honours. The Manchester United captain is …
England’s Forgotten Injured Stars: Daniel Sturridge

England’s Forgotten Injured Stars: Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge’s partnership with Luis Suarez, during the 2013-14 season, lit up the Premier League and boosted Liverpool into their greatest title chase since the turn of the Millennium. However, since that season, Sturridge has spent more games on the side-lines than the number of goals he’s scored for Liverpool (after joining in January 2013). His goal-scoring record is impressive; the striker has netted 37 times in 60 league appearances for the Reds and has notched up a further 7 goals …
England's Forgotten Injured Stars: Danny Ings

England's Forgotten Injured Stars: Danny Ings

The ex-Burnley striker completed a move to Liverpool on the 8th June 2015 after a successful spell with the relegated northern side. His partnership with Sam Vokes at Burnley was emphatic and the two were crucial to the Clarets' rise to the Premier League. The Vokes-Ings partnership was never fully unleashed in the top flight as Danny’s strike partner suffered an ACL injury, the same fateful set-back Ings now suffers with, before Burnley kick-started their Premier League contest. During the 2013-14 …
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