Big Win For England Against Italy

A wonderful strike from substitute Jermain Defoe has given England a 2-1 victory over Italy in their friendly international in Berne.

England are still unbeaten in 90 minutes under Roh Hodgson and he was happy with his sides performance tonight, especially coming back from Daniele De Rossi’s 15th minute header.

“I don’t think there was a great difference between what we did in the Euros and what we did tonight. Perhaps we just played with that little bit more composure,” insisted Hodgson of the 2-1 win.

This was the first time England had beaten Italy since another 1997 friendly on neutral turf.

News, World Cup

The Woy Era In England Starts With A Win

The Roy Hodgson era as England manager has began with a 1-0 victory at Norway, but the fee good feeling was slightly marred by a double injury scare ahead of Euro 2012.

Manchester United winger Ashley Young scored the only goal to give Hodgson victory in his first match in charge.

But there are concerns over ­Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry and Spurs’ Scott Parker, who both came off.

Parker had missed Spurs’ final game of the league season with an Achilles problem and ended this match with his leg in ice after playing 56 minutes.

Hodgson said:


Roy Hodgson Introduced As England Manager

England’s new manager Roy Hodgson had his first press conference today where he called for supporters to back the national side.

“It is a very proud day for me, I’m a very happy man to be offered the chance to manage my country,” Hodgson said. “I’m looking forward to the task ahead. Everyone knows it is not an easy one but I’m hoping that everyone, fans and supporters will get behind the team.

“It’s the team that counts, they go out and win football matches. What I’ll do is try to make sure the team is well prepared for the challenge ahead.


Roy Hodgson To Be The New England Manager

In an amazing snub of fan favorite Harry Redknapp, the English F.A. are getting set to name West Brom boss Roy Hodgson as England’s new national team manager.

The FA revealed on Sunday evening that it had been granted permission by West Bromwich Albion to hold talks with their boss Hodgson.

It was widely believed Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp was the favourite to be named as Capello’s successor, but, it appears that the FA prefer Hodgson due to his international experience.

The current West Brom manager has managed Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland and could be confirmed as the new England manager as early as within the next 24 hours.

Europe, News

Fabio Capello Out As England Manager

I wrote yesterday that Fabio Capello And FA were set for a fireworks meeting today with neither site apparently ready to concede ground over John Terry.

Well after meeting today, it became apparent that the two sides could no longer work together and the FA has announced that Fabio Capello has stepped down as England manager.

An FA statement read:

“The Football Association can confirm that Fabio Capello has today resigned as England manager. The discussions focused on the FA Board’s decision to remove the England team captaincy from John Terry, and Fabio Capello’s response through an Italian broadcast interview.

Premier League

Does Rooney Have An Anger Management Problem?

Wayne Rooney is often considered one of England’s brightest talents, however, there is one thing that stands in his way of following in the footsteps of fellow legends Allan Shearer and Paul Gascoigne –  his temper.

After last month’s horror lash out on Miodrag Dzudovic during the 2-2 draw with Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier, it became apparent that Rooney has a problem handling his anger.

Of course his action on the night saw him banned for England’s3 opening  group fixtures. However, after receiving a statement from UEFA earlier this week, The FA are considering appealing to the governing body on behalf of the striker for a reduced ban.

Premier League

Paul Gascoigne’s Reaction To Rooney’s 3 Match Euro Ban

Reaction is still pouring in after UEFA disciplinary committee announced that England forward Wayne Rooney has been banned for all of England’s Group stages in the Euro 2012 tournament.

No one expected such a hash judgement and you can be sure that the ruling is the beginning of a debate that will not end any time soon. Even often quiet greats like Paul Gascoigne has spoken out on the matter.

Gascoigne came to Rooney’s defense asking with a rather sarcastic tinge what the striker had done. Speaking to talkSPORT, Gascoigne was quick to say that he was not overly worried by Rooney’s sending off.


Rooney Sent Off As England Struggle Again

England have qualified for the Euro 2012 finals after a 2-2 draw in Montenegro. A match that saw England throw away a two-goal lead and have Wayne Rooney sent off, a dismissal that means Rooney will miss at least one group match at next years Euros.

England got off to a great start when they scored after only 11 minutes when Rooney released Walcott on the right, with the Arsenal winger teeing up Young to head his fourth international goal from close range. Twenty minutes later it was 2-0 England. This time Young was the provider, surging into the area and playing Bent in for a simple finish.

World Cup

Japan And England Well Positioned At World Cup

It was a good day for Japan and England at the Women’s World cup with Japan qualifying for their first Women’s World Cup quarter-final since 1995, while England are on the cusp of the last eight thanks to a hard-fought comeback victory over New Zealand.

Japan totally overwhelmed Mexico 4-0, with veteran superstar Homare Sawa grabbing the first hat-trick of the tournament. Japan jumped all over Mexico from the opening whistle, scoring twice in the opening 15 minutes and they were 3-0 up by the interval, while Sawa completed her hat-trick in the final ten minutes.