Hart or Foster - who should be England's first choice? | Stats Comparison

Hart or Foster - who should be England's first choice? | Stats Comparison

Danny Welbeck | Overrated or England international? | Stats Analysis

Danny Welbeck | Overrated or England international? | Stats Analysis

Danny Welbeck splits opinion, even between Manchester United fans. Some would say that his lack of goals and clumsy, somewhat erratic style means that he is an overrated player. However, many would point to his hard-working, athletic performances and his ability to harrow a defence as signs that he is worth a place in both the Manchester United and England set-ups. Welbeck has made 19 appearances this season, 9 of which have come from the bench – more than any …
Can Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard Play Together? | Stats Analysis

Can Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard Play Together? | Stats Analysis

For many years, pundits and fans alike have claimed that Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are too similar to play together for England and it should be one rather than both that make the starting line-up. However, after playing the second half together against Brazil, and with both player's changing their role this season, is this still the case? Frank Lampard has played in a much deeper role this season along-side a defensive midfielder in Chelsea’s 4-2-3-1 formation, compared to previous years …
Could Leighton Baines be England's

Could Leighton Baines be England's "Gareth Bale"? | Stats

The form of Leighton Baines  has not gone unnoticed, with Manchester United again linked with a possible transfer in January. Despite quashing these rumours, Baines has admitted that not playing in Europe is hampering his chances of establishing himself as an England regular, with Hodgson favouring the more experienced Ashley Cole at left-back. Baines, however, offers a completely different dimension. As the first player out of  the top five leagues in Europe to create 50 chances this season (Luke O'Farrell), …

"Put me in, Coach" | Grant Holt compared to England strikers via stats

Norwich striker Grant Holt recently made headlines, when he criticized England manager Roy Hodgson’s team selection. Holt, an uncapped 31 year old from Carlisle, was coming off a season in which he had helped Norwich finish a surprising 12th in the English Premier League, bagging an impressive 15 goals in the process. While many players are often unjustly left out, Holt was not afraid to verbalize his displeasure with Hodgson. "I gave up on that, said Holt. I think I'll …
Shawcross vs England's other centre backs | Sats Comparison

Shawcross vs England's other centre backs | Sats Comparison

The Stoke City captain's recent call up to the England squad under Roy Hodgson begs an obvious question: is Ryan Shawcross good enough for international football? If many Stoke fans are correct in arguing that Shawcross should have been a part of the squad a long time ago, then why has his second call-up been such a long time coming? Shawcross has undoubtedly been a towering figure in the Stoke defence over his past five seasons with the club (both …
England 0 Italy 0: Post-Match Analysis & Stats

England 0 Italy 0: Post-Match Analysis & Stats

England were always up against it with one win over Italy in 35 years. Despite their record, the opening stages suggested England might end Italy’s stranglehold. However, despite the early signs of life, the game settled into a familiar pattern with Italy dominant. De Rossi’s early volley left Hart stranded as the post rescued England. Roy Hodgson’s side came close, soon after, with Johnson forcing an instinctive save from Buffon. Rooney nodded a Johnson cross over as England started well. Buffon’s anger was …
England 1 - 0 Ukraine: The Talking Points | Stats Analysis

England 1 - 0 Ukraine: The Talking Points | Stats Analysis

Winning is what matters and winning is what England are doing. Another hard-fought, battling win came on Tuesday as England recorded their first win over a Euros host. This is becoming a tournament for English firsts with a first competitive win over Sweden already in the bag. The all-important Group D decider pitted England with Ukraine. England struggled with only Steven Gerrard approaching his best. Fortunately, the result is most important thing and England achieved the right one. Whilst England …
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