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Young's goal gives England victory in Norway

26 May 2012

Roy Hodgson got off to a winning start as England manager, as Ashley Young's early strike gave the visitors a 1-0 victory in Norway. Hodgson went for a 4-4-1-1 formation, with James Milner and Stewart Downing in the wide midfield...
 

Euro 2012 - The Group D lowdown: How do England, France, Sweden and Ukraine measure up?

26 May 2012

England fans are beginning to get a few clues as to their nation’s chances of progressing beyond the Euro 2012 group stage. And Scandinavian nations are prominent in the build-up to the tournament for the Group D teams. ...
 

Wayne Rooney could also miss out against Belgium

26 May 2012

Wayne Rooney was not included for the friendly in Norway - and the Manchester United striker could also sit out England's final Euro 2012 warm-up game against Belgium at Wembley next Saturday. Rooney, who will miss England's first two...
 

Euro 2012 - England: Who is Jack Butland?

26 May 2012

Following third choice goalkeeper John Ruddy’s injury, Birmingham City’s 19-year-old keeper Jack Butland (pictured) has been called into Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad. He was previously on the standby list. Butland has spent the...
 

Goal-line technology to get Wembley testing

26 May 2012

Hawk-Eye technology will be put through its paces by FIFA’s independent testers - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) - during England’s final warm up game against Belgium at Wembley on Saturday. ...
 

Euro 2012: Hodgson hopes for Chelsea influence

26 May 2012

Roy Hodgson believes Chelsea’s against-the-odds victory in the Champions League could help England at Euro 2012. Chelsea’s victory over Bayern Munich in the final saw inspirational performances from the likes of Ashley Cole, Gary...
 

England expects, just don't expect too much at Euro 2012

26 May 2012

There’s nothing quite like an international football tournament to brighten up the British summer days, but there’s no-one quite like England in bringing the mood down again. If history tells us anything, it’s not to become...
 

England starting 11 v Norway

26 May 2012

Stewart Downing and James Milner started for England against Norway in Oslo - with Steven Gerrard captaining his country and Andy Carroll playing as a lone striker in a 4-5-1 formation. Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck were ruled out with...
 

Norway ready to frustrate England again

26 May 2012

England have not won against Norway in their four previous meetings. Norway have supplied players to the English Premier League for a long time. Players like Ole Gunnar Solskjear, Henning Berg, John Carew, John Arne Riise and Claus...
 

Kidd backs England for Euro 2012 success

24 May 2012

As the UEFA Euro Championships draw near, football legend Brian Kidd has teamed up with Manchester college children to help raise money for charity, by literally ‘putting his shirt’ on England to win the tournament in Poland and Ukraine this...
 

England Euro 2012 squad: Has Hodgson got the balance right?

22 May 2012

So Roy Hodgson has named his squad for Euro 2012 and there were some surprises. The inclusion of uncapped Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy and Liverpool winger Stewart Downing (pictured), and the absence of Rio Ferdinand, were three...
 

Andy Carroll - the best thing since sliced bread?

21 May 2012

What on earth was all the fuss about? I said last week that Andy Carroll is the best thing since sliced bread and that it would be better to leave Rio Ferdinand at home. No surprises with the sacking of Kenny Dalglish at...
 

Will Rio Ferdinand join other big names on England's scrap heap?

19 May 2012

Following Rio Ferdinand’s omission from Roy Hodgson’s England squad, it seems that the Manchester United centre back's England career is over? Tom Coleman takes a look at other big names to have been left behind, for clues as to...
 

The men who should have been included in Roy Hodgson's England squad

18 May 2012

Poor old Roy Hodgson. He’s been in the England hot seat for less than two weeks and already ‘Roy OUT’ has trended worldwide on Twitter. Sadly these days, that type of backlash comes with the job title. Not necessarily always...
 

England Euro 2012 song: '7th best team in the world'

17 May 2012

Two of England’s most popular football impressionists, Darren Farley and Paul Reid, have joined forces with a host of celebrities to produce this year’s unofficial Euro 2012 song ‘7th best team in the world.’ The rap...
 

Does pro-Liverpool selection show Hodgson's lack of vision for England?

17 May 2012

What a cruelly ironic world we football types immerse ourselves in. On the day that Liverpool sacked manager Kenny Dalglish, predecessor Roy Hodgson shocked the nation by including in his first England squad the very flops that cost King Kenny...
 

Parker a doubt for Euros

17 May 2012

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker is a doubt for Euro 2012. The 31-year-old midfielder is suffering from an Achilles tendon injury and has undergone injections in a bid to be ready for this summer’s tournament. ...
 

Has Hodgson played it too safe with his England Euro 2012 squad?

17 May 2012

The phrase “what’s (X player from the team they support) got to do to get in the England squad” will be said more than a few times in the next couple of weeks as Roy Hodgson named the squad he will take to the European Championships in...
 

Carroll, Terry, Lampard included in England squad, Gerrard named as captain

16 May 2012

Rio Ferdinand has been left out of Roy Hodgson's first England squad - but Chelsea captain John Terry and Liverpool striker Andy Carroll have been included. Steven Gerrard has been named as captain. ...
 

England Euro 2012 squad: Who should make the plane to Poland and Ukraine?

16 May 2012

Euro 2012 is a few short weeks away and England look set to travel to Poland and the Ukraine with uncharacteristically low levels of public expectation. This is understandable considering the pessimism that met the departure of Fabio Capello and...