News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the England national football team

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd., Premier League

This Is The Age Of The Manager In England

BPL ManagersThe Barclays Premier League might not have Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo but we’re about to enter the age of the Super Manager.

Look at some of the top name managers who will be in the Premier League next season. Mourinho. Guardiola. Klopp. Wenger. Pochettino. Conte. Ranieri.

I doubt that there has even been a better collection of managers in one league. These are giants of the game, more famous than their players, known throughout the world. They each have their own identifiable characters to ensure this soap opera will get top ratings.

World Cup

World Cup Qualifying: Belgium Close In On Brazil While Portugal and England Win

world cup 2014In a big night of European World Cup qualifying, five of the nine group leaders closed in on Brazil with wins. Belgium, Italy and Germany all took a giant step towards Brazil, as did the Netherlands, despite being held to a shock draw in Estonia. Montenegro, who secured a useful point in Poland, were joined at the top of Group H by England, while Portugal, despite coming from behind to win in Northern Ireland, can still feel Russia breathing down their necks.

Europe, World Cup

Ibra Scores Four As Sweden Beat England 4-2

The British press has always downplayed the skills and accomplishment’s of Zlatan Ibrahimovic because he has never played well against an English team.

Well that all changed in Stockholm tonight as Ibra scored all four goals, including a goal of the season overhead kick, to give England boss Roy Hodgson his first defeat over 90 minutes as England manager.

After a pretty boring timid opening the game was brought to life on 20 minutes with Sweden’s first goal. Martin Olsson was too strong for Raheem Sherling and his cross was converted at the second attempt by Ibrahimovic, after Caulker had blocked his first effort.
Their lead lasted only 15 minutes when Ashley Young’s cross was converted Danny Welbeck.

Chelsea, News

John Terry Retires From International Football

Chelsea captain John Terry has announced that he will no longer play for England effective immediately. The decision comes just hours before the Football Association begins a disciplinary hearing into Terry’s alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand, a charge he was cleared of at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in July.

“I am today announcing my retirement from international football,” Terry said in a statement.

“I would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps.

“I have had great pleasure in sharing that honour with all the players that I’ve played with.


England Squeak Out Draw With Ukraine

The day after a parade of Team GB athletes drew over 1 million people into the streets of London, and Andy Murray ended Britain’s 76-year wait for a major singles tennis title, the England footballing stars threw some cold water on the euphoria that England sports fans were feeling.

A late penalty from Frank Lampard spared Roy Hodgson the ignominy of becoming the first England manager since Kevin Keegan to lose a World Cup game at Wembley.

The game could have been much easier for England if Tom Cleverly had converted any of his three first half chances or if Jermain Defoe’s goal had been allowed.

News, World Cup

Terry Back In England Squad For World Cup Qualifiers

John Terry has been included in Roy Hodgson’s 24-man England squad for September’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Terry missed Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday with a neck injury, but is in the squad, while Manchester United’s Ashley Young has been dropped.

With Wayne Rooney out due to injury Hodgson has called up Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge to bolster the England attack.

Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland and Norwich’s John Ruddy will be back-up to Manchester City’s Joe Hart, meaning there is no place for Queens Park Rangers’ Robert Green who has been poor so far this season for QPR.


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.