Big Club Bias: Refs, Roy and Match of The Day

Big Club Bias: Refs, Roy and Match of The Day

Refereeing decisions, England call ups and even the Match of the Day running order. There is discrimination against smaller clubs wherever you look in football and there’s no sign of change. Refereeing decisions are a huge part of the modern game and when a game changing decision goes against your team it can ruin the whole weekend.  I can’t help but feel this happens more frequently against smaller teams. I also can’t help but feel that bigger sides with big …
Do Colback and Delph Deserve England Call?

Do Colback and Delph Deserve England Call?

England have given midfield pair Jack Colback and Fabian Delph their first call ups to the national side in the first squad after the World Cup. Given the retirements of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, Roy Hodgson will be experimenting with different combinations in the middle of the park. Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere will be favourites to become key players in the England side, but there is now an opportunity for some of the other English midfielders playing regularly …
Is Current England Side Over-Rated? A Comparison With Italy

Is Current England Side Over-Rated? A Comparison With Italy

Over-rated, over-valued or magnified, no matter how you rate this English team they have gone into this tournament with no expectations at all from inside, or from outside their country. Before his opening match with England, Pirlo exclaimed that the English are over-rated as always. In a view that has also been expressed by the current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, English players have always been under scrutiny in big tournaments. As the current English side draws no comparison with …
Hodgson's Headache: Who Will Miss Out? Henderson? Lampard? Carrick?

Hodgson's Headache: Who Will Miss Out? Henderson? Lampard? Carrick?

So, it's World Cup year. The Premier League is filled with the extra inspiration for players that they have to catch the eye of their national team managers. For England, there have been quite a few names that have come out of the woodwork, and so Roy Hodgson has been given the cliched 'selection headache' that graces every England manager before a big competition. The main area where some of the most expected big names are in danger of facing …
Mourinho cast doubt on Cole's future

Mourinho cast doubt on Cole's future

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has spoken about Ashley Cole's future at the club and it wasn't positive news for the England international. Cole 33, is out of contract in the summer and he has also found himself out of the team as Cesar Azpilicueta has taken his position in the side. When asked about Cole's future, Mourinho said  "I don't know. I'm happy with the way Azpilicueta is performing." With Cole no longer guaranteed first team football at Stamford Bridge then …
Adam Lallana - Impressive Enough For The World Cup?

Adam Lallana - Impressive Enough For The World Cup?

World Cup Hopefuls Wilshere, Cleverley, Henderson and Barkley Compared

World Cup Hopefuls Wilshere, Cleverley, Henderson and Barkley Compared

With the 2014 World Cup now glittering in the distance it is standard procedure for every football fan in England to select their own England squad. Their own formation. Their own route to glory. However, this time it seems slightly harder. England are not exactly blessed by world class squad depth, nor are they blessed with a world class starting XI. But, and this is a big but, the Three Lions are blessed with a potentially promising crop of young …
The Ox eyes Arsenal and England return

The Ox eyes Arsenal and England return

Arsenal and England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has his eye on returning to the Arsenal team as they attempt to win the Barclays Premier League and then forcing his way back into Roy Hodgson's plans for this Summer's World Cup in Brazil. Oxlade-Chamberlain is targeting a return to first team action soon, he has missed all of the season so far after picking up a knee injury in the opening day's defeat to Aston Villa. His return from injury will be …
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