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England’s ‘worst ever squad’ facing familiar exit

5 Jun 2012

One by one they drop: Ruddy, Barry, Lampard, and Cahill. One by one, they’re replaced: Butland, Jagielka, Henderson, and Kelly. The first list was hardly cause for confidence. Barring Lampard – racked by injuries...
 

England need Roy Hodgson's pragmatism

5 Jun 2012

After two games in charge, Hodgson is already facing growing discontent amongst the England fans over the team’s style of football and I for one am appalled. It is time these England fans decide what they really want from our national team and stop giving voice to their negative opinions.
 

Who will replace Frank Lampard?

5 Jun 2012

Frank Lampard’s thigh injury has not only ended his hopes of appearing at Euro 2012, but has surely signalled the end of his international career. The midfielder will be 35 by the time England fly out to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup (assuming they qualify), and inclusion in the squad would be a significant surprise.But who could be his long-term replacement? Here are some potential contenders.
 

Euro 2012 primed to be England fans’ lowest turnout in years

5 Jun 2012

England fans look set for a low turnout at Euro 2012 as concerns over their safety and welfare in Poland and Ukraine heightens in the build-up to the tournament. The FA have sold only a small proportion of their allocated tickets...
 

Is Roy Hodgson right in selecting Steven Gerrard as Three Lions captain?

5 Jun 2012

Steven Gerrard possesses a wealth of experience in wearing the arm band for both club and country. As skipper of Liverpool the talismanic midfielder has helped the club win the Carling Cup, the FA Cup and the Champions League. ...
 

The players who could end England’s Euro 2012 dream

5 Jun 2012

There is no guarantee England are going to get out of Group D at Euro 2012. France are one of the tournament favourites, Sweden will be no pushovers and Ukraine have home advantage. Here's what England are up against... ...
 

Ferdinand's representative slams Hodgson

3 Jun 2012

Rio Ferdinand's representative Jamie Moralee has slammed the FA and Roy Hodgson for showing a "total lack of respect" towards the defender.
 

Now Cahill misses Euro 2012 through injury

3 Jun 2012

Gary Cahill will miss Euro 2012 after scans confirmed a double fracture of his jaw. The Chelsea man was substituted during yesterday'd 1-0 victory over Belgium when the visitors' Dries Mertens needlelssly shoved him into the onrushing Joe Hart.
 

Superb Welbeck strike allows Hodgson's England to build momentum

3 Jun 2012

Danny Welbeck's first international goal was enough to secure a dull but disciplined England a 1-0 victory over Belgium at Wembley. England picked up where they had left off against Norway by giving away very few chances to claim a second consecutive clean sheet as Welbeck showed Hodgson that the squad has striking options despite Wayne Rooney's two-game suspension.
 

Euro 2012: England starting line up v Belgium

2 Jun 2012

So, two wins and two clean sheets for Roy Hodgson in his first two games in charge as England manager. With Chelsea's players missing, the friendly against Belgium was a chance for England's new manager to try out some of his fringe players.
 

Wrighty inspires the England squad on YouTube

1 Jun 2012

Former England goalscoring legend Ian Wright has shown his passion for his country in a new YouTube hit video. Wright, who won 33 caps for the Three Lions during his playing career has adapted a video reading the classic poem ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling.
 

Changing priorities of the modern footballer

1 Jun 2012

In recent times the priorities of the modern footballer seem to have drifted more towards club football over internationals, with a greater number of players ‘retiring’ from international football when they are still at their peak. It can be argued that some have valid reasons, such as wishing to spend more time with their families however, it is also clear some opt out of international football for reasons that do not sit so well.
 

Scan confirms Lampard will miss Euro 2012

1 Jun 2012

Frank Lampard will miss Euro 2012 after scans on Thursday revealed the severity of a thigh injury sustained on Thursday. Liverpool's Jordan Henderson will be called up as a replacement subject to clearance from UEFA.
 

England still lack that spark

31 May 2012

After one game in charge, it's unfair to dismiss Hodgson’s England's chanced of winning the upcoming Euros, but a dire 1-0 display against Norway was all too typical of England.
 

Thigh injury threatens to ruin Lampard's Euro 2012

30 May 2012

England's Euro 2012 preparations were dealt another blow on Wednesday as Frank Lampard suffered a thigh injury during training and had to withdraw from the session.
 

England’s fate will be made in Chelsea

29 May 2012

Despite England beating Norway 1-0 on Saturday, something was definitely missing from a performance that can only be described as lacklustre. As encouraging as it is that Roy Hodgson got off to a winning start against a side that...
 

Brooking hails youth development

29 May 2012

The FA have been busy discussing the future of the game in recent weeks, with player development continuing to be a hot topic of discussion. The rhetoric coming out of the FA headquarters is that training for youngsters must be...
 

Jack Butland – An emerging talent

28 May 2012

Roy Hodgson sprang a few surprises on us with his squad for Euro 2012, but perhaps the biggest was the inclusion of 19-year-old Jack Butland on the standby list and his subsequent promotion to the squad following John Ruddy’s injury. ...
 

Who's on the plane for England?

28 May 2012

Roy Hodgson has confirmed his final Euro 2012 England squad - and Glen Johnson and Danny Welbeck are both included in the 23, despite doubts over their fitness.
 

England's injury table

28 May 2012

Every club and nation is faced with the difficulties presented by injuries and, with the modern game becoming forever more unforgiving on the bodies of players due to packed fixture schedules and an increasing level of fitness, career threatening...