Lingard Lights up Russia as England Qualify for the Round of 16

Lingard Lights up Russia as England Qualify for the Round of 16

On Sunday, England put six - yes, six goals - past Panama to seal qualification to the next round in a manner they have arguably never done before at the grandest of stages. It was a blend of contrasts throughout.  For it was reticent, yet an impressively flamboyant display at times. It was in some ways, imperfect and error-strewn yet incredibly clinical and ruthless when it really mattered. It was a matured performance; coming from a bunch of mostly wild …
Four Premier League players that could catch the eye at the World Cup

Four Premier League players that could catch the eye at the World Cup

There will be a lot of players that catch the eye over the next month at the World Cup. It is important not to overrate any individual based on their performances in Russia. The Premier League will have a number of players involved in the tournament, which isn’t a surprise considering the money involved in the English game now. The majority of signings are internationals and a lot of those will be representing their country at the World Cup. Here …
Five big decisions Gareth Southgate has got right

Five big decisions Gareth Southgate has got right

England boss Gareth Southgate has defied expectations since taking over as national team boss. The former Middlesbrough and England Under 21 manager has done much more than ‘steady the ship’ since Sam Allardyce’s ill-fated short stint came to an end and is rightly earning plaudits for his stewardship as the World Cup approaches. There is – of course – time for all that to change once the games kick off, and the tabloids might already have their cruelly Photoshopped front …
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 …
Jonjo Shelvey: From Liverpool Reject to the England Squad

Jonjo Shelvey: From Liverpool Reject to the England Squad

When Jonjo Shelvey signed for Liverpool in 2010 he was considered to be one of the bright young midfield talents in the English game. He put pen to paper at Anfield no doubt hoping to learn from one of the games greats, Steven Gerrard, and eventually be a key feature in Liverpool’s midfield. Sadly, things never worked out for Shelvey at Anfield. There never seemed to be a plan for the former Charlton Athletic man. His 6 goals in 10 …
Battle To Be England's Future Striker Heats Up

Battle To Be England's Future Striker Heats Up

Never before has England's national team had such an abundance of strikers to choose from as they do now. England are one of only three nations to win all four of their Euro 2016 qualifiers this year, with Czech Republic and Slovakia for company. With this being the case, it can be argued that England are the only highly seeded country to be doing their ranking any justice, with nations like Netherlands, Belgium and Russia all slipping up early on. …
Raheem Sterling Runs the Risk of Getting Burned Out

Raheem Sterling Runs the Risk of Getting Burned Out

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, …
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