Hodgson's England Keep It Blunt

Hodgson's England Keep It Blunt

I think I may have been one of the few not that impressed with England’s performance against Russia. ITV were ready to release a DVD box set of the game, whilst pundits got themselves hot under the collar with Roy Hodgson’s side. Although England started the game well, things quickly dropped off in the second half and they lacked any cutting edge. To compound a performance that rapidly lost energy, the substitutions, or lack of them, from Hodgson were extremely …
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 …
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 …
Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal - Europa League Match Report

Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal - Europa League Match Report

It was another famous European night at Anfield as Jürgen Klopp incredibly guided Liverpool to the final of the Europa League in his first season in charge; something that would’ve seemed unimaginable when he took charge in October. There was no doubting how amped Klopp was for this game and his team matched his desire in this emphatic win. Liverpool were handed a huge boost before kick off with the return of Emre Can from injury and that positivity was …
Does Sturridge deserve a start against Villarreal?

Does Sturridge deserve a start against Villarreal?

Much has been spoken about Daniel Sturridge’s supposed rocky future at Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge had the opportunity to be Liverpool's next big player, but right now, the story is anything but that. For weeks and months, Anfield fretted over Sturridge's health. Injury updates were followed by tentative comebacks and then the inevitable setbacks. However, every time he played when he was fit, he looked like a mighty opponent and aided Liverpool’s goal-scoring attacks. Liverpool fans breathed a sigh of relief …
Swansea City vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Swansea City vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Swansea begin their final month of the season by welcoming Liverpool on Sunday in their next fixtures. While some fans might be disappointed with the side's league position given the talent pool at hand, many of them will be relieved that their side is well clear of the relegation zone. Liverpool on the other hand come into the game on the back of a disappointing draw at Newcastle and a heart breaking loss at Villareal in the Europa League semi …
Liverpool vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Liverpool vs Newcastle United Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

This fixture has delivered some classics down the years and this weekend has some very interesting sub-plots. Newcastle need to get a result to enhance their survival chances, while their manager Rafael Benitez will be returning to the club where he won the Champions League in 2005. It's expected that Benitez will get a good reception at Anfield, but there won't be any sympathy shown to the situation he finds himself in at Newcastle and Liverpool will be keen to …
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