The Cleverley Debate | Compared to Henderson, Wilshere, Noble, Carrick & Huddlestone

The Cleverley Debate | Compared to Henderson, Wilshere, Noble, Carrick & Huddlestone

A lot has been written in a negative sense about Tom Cleverley in these past few months, much of which in my opinion has been very unjust. Tom Cleverley is a very, very good footballer who Roy Hodgson, his national team manager, likes for good reason. To have people starting and then over 10,000 people signing a petition to not have him playing for his national team is not only pathetic but also a damning reflection on the mindset of …
Lucas eyes World Cup spot

Lucas eyes World Cup spot

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is hoping to play his way into the Brazilian World Cup squad. Having returned from injury for Liverpool U21's last week, Lucas is hoping to end the season on a high and wants to play his part in Brazil's World Cup campaign. "I was lucky that I wasn't out for a long time and I'm now looking forward to first-team action," Lucas told his club's official website. "Hopefully, I'll be able to help the team again …
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 …
Danny Welbeck | Player Performance Analysis Vs Aston Villa

Danny Welbeck | Player Performance Analysis Vs Aston Villa

Robin Van Persie's boots are big boots to fill and Danny Welbeck appears to have accepted the challenge with open arms scoring  a brace vs. Aston Villa on Sunday. With Manchester United losing their last two consecutive Premier league games, both at home, an away trip turned out to be a relief as the red devils claimed a 3-0 win at Villa Park, an important 3 points closing the gap between them and spurs to only 2 points. The England …
Scotland 2 Croatia 0 | Tactical Analysis - Snodgrass & Naismith Star

Scotland 2 Croatia 0 | Tactical Analysis - Snodgrass & Naismith Star

Swagger Verb.
“Walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way: "he swaggered along the corridor".
It’s been a long time since Scotland displayed any confidence or arrogance in their play yet there were fleeting moments of such quality last night. Brief glimpses that under Gordon Strachan there is belief in both the system and the players themselves. Scotland claimed one piece of unwelcome history during the course of this qualifying campaign - they lost more than …
England 4-1 Montenegro | Tactical Analysis - Townsend impresses on debut

England 4-1 Montenegro | Tactical Analysis - Townsend impresses on debut

England beat Montenegro 4-1 at Wembley on Friday night in a must-win qualifier which earned them 3 points and took them another step closer to Brazil 2014. Daniel Sturridge was back available after returning to fitness, which saw Jack Wilshere dropped to the bench to allow Rooney and Sturridge to work as a two, and Gerrard and Lampard to continue their partnership in the holding roles. This meant another bench-warming role for Carrick, and a surprise start on the right …
Croatia 1 Belgium 2 | Post Match Analysis - Lukaku Shines

Croatia 1 Belgium 2 | Post Match Analysis - Lukaku Shines

On loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku lead the line for Belgium in place of Premier League counterpart Christian Benteke. Steven Defour and Axel Witsel formed the holding duo, allowing Marouane Fellaini to push on to support Lukaku. Belgium’s back four and goalkeeper remained the same, Thibaut Courtois keeping in form Liverpool stopper Simon Mignolet on the bench. Mario Mandzukic lead the line for Croatia, hoping to increase his tally of 12 goals in 42 games for the Eastern Europeans. Former …
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