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 …
England's Squad - What Does It Tell Us About Potential Tactics?

England's Squad - What Does It Tell Us About Potential Tactics?

The news that Andros Townsend, Fabian Delph and Danny Drinkwater have been dropped tells us a lot about the possible tactical plans of Roy Hodgson. It is generally agreed that England will play a 4-3-3, or a 4-4-2 diamond, in France this summer. Both formations have been tested in the warm up games and the squad announcement suggests that Hodgson is leaning towards the 4-4-2 diamond. He has included five strikers, while the decision to drop Townsend is particularly interesting …
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 …
Ross Barkley - Should He Go to the Euros?

Ross Barkley - Should He Go to the Euros?

The big shocks in the England squad were Marcus Rashford and Andros Townsend being included after both finished the season strongly. However, the inclusion of Ross Barkley hasn't warranted a mention, as he has been a member of the squad throughout qualification. The Everton midfielder has been touted as one of our most talented players for a long time, but he hasn't pushed on as expected. This leaves the question about whether he deserves to make the final 23 man …
Andros Townsend - Should he be on the plane?

Andros Townsend - Should he be on the plane?

Since leaving Tottenham to join Newcastle, the England international has been playing every week and his performances are improving as a result. He is central to Newcastle's chances of survival and he is relishing in such a role. After hardly playing in the first half of the season, he would have thought his chances of getting into Roy Hodgson's squad this summer were slim. However, a combination of other's poor form and his own resurgence, support for Townsend is beginning …
Dele Alli - The Next Big Thing?

Dele Alli - The Next Big Thing?

Dele Alli's career has been on an upwards trajectory since his move to Tottenham Hotspur and his performance for England against France has put him amongst the headlines again. He scored a wonderful opening goal and grabbed the man of the match award, which is one of the biggest moments of his career to date. It was a shock to many when Alli was called into the full England squad, but he has shown his quality and is now likely …
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 …
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