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 …
2015-16 Premier League Season Review: Part Two

2015-16 Premier League Season Review: Part Two

Read Part One here... European success On the whole, it’s been disappointing for English clubs competing in Europe in the last five years but this year brought a little bit more success. Last season, not a single English club made it through to the quarter finals of the Champions League – although Sergio Aguero finished 9th in the top goal scorers list for the competition with 6 goals. In 2013-14, Manchester United were knocked out by Bayern Munich in the …
What do Tottenham need to become Premier League champions?

What do Tottenham need to become Premier League champions?

Its easy to see why Leicester City won the Premier League. They produced some of the best football seen in the top flight in recent years and combined as a team of in-form players to maintain relentless pressure on their opponents. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez' season was exhilarating but Tottenham had their fair share of success too, despite not securing any silverware. But what are Pochettino's side missing and what do they need to do in the summer to …
Premier League's Top Five English Players This Season

Premier League's Top Five English Players This Season

Ahead of the upcoming international friendlies which England's national football team will be playing during the weekend in what will be called a 'friendly' against bitter rivals and reigning world champions Germany in Berlin - a dress rehearsal of the European Championships in France, in June 2016, it's only fair that we looked at Roy Hodgson's best performing players in the Premier League. This list will rank players based on their importance to the side and their overall contribution to …
The Most Shocking managerial appointments

The Most Shocking managerial appointments

With Jose Mourinho recently getting the sack at Chelsea and rumours surrounding the futures of Van Gaal, Mancini and Wenger, the Premier League could see a whole host of managerial changes. And with talk of Mourinho, the former Chelsea manager, potentially moving to Manchester United, it could be one of the most unexpected employments of recent seasons. Brian Clough's appointment at Leeds United is perhaps the most famously controversial decision of the football age but there's been a fair share …
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

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