Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has admitted that he has not been performing to the best of his abilities despite contributing three goals for Spurs since the season started. The England international has been deemed to be struggling with his fitness after making a quick return from the summer World Cup and he has now personally accepted that he could have done better in the games which have passed.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Kane stressed that the pressure is on him to perform at a high level, given he has already set his standards over the past few seasons. He added that the Brighton & Hove Albion game was probably his best performance of the campaign, though he only found the scoresheet from the penalty spot. (more…)
Former Manchester United star Phil Neville says England women can extend the World Cup fever into 2019. The popular pundit and now England women manager believes that with the women team qualifying for the World Cup finals set for next year in France, the Lionesses can extend the passion for international football that started since when Gareth Southgate took over.
England U-18 and U-20 have done well of recent. With the men’s team reaching the semi-finals at the World Cup, and now the women team looking at their own achievement; it has capped a string of successive and infective success in the country after years of underachievement. (more…)
Former Manchester United and England midfielder David Beckham said that he is proud of what the England team has achieved under Gareth Southgate. He said that there were some doubts that the team might struggle at the World Cup in Russia given the inexperience of both the players and the manager.
He said that the current England team has been sensational in their performance and that has brought back a sense of proud for the whole nation. He said that it has been a long time since an England team managed to make such a performance and he is sure that they will be able to repeat this kind of performance at the Euros. (more…)
Burnley manager Sean Dyche claims that England boss Gareth Southgate will determine if James Tarkowski is good enough for the England national team. Ben Mee has been in the England over the last couple of months after some impressive performances with Burnley, who have been excellent at the back in the Premier League. Very few teams have been able to score past the clarets this season, as Mee has formed an excellent partnership with Tarkowski at the back. Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are the only three teams to have kept more clean sheets than Burnley in the Premier league this season.
In terms of the headed clearances and blocks made by players over the course of the campaign, Mee and Tarkowski are in the top five list. Speaking with regard to the potential call-ups for the England national team, Dyche says that it is up to Southgate in order to determine the ability of the two players in the next few months. Southgate has major decisions to make with regard to the players who will be traveling with the squad for the World Cup 2018. After a comfortable qualification campaign, England have a major job ahead of the tournament after their failures in recent events. (more…)
Gareth Southgate has revealed that four or five of the young players he gave international debuts to over the last two friendly games are now options for the World Cup squad next year in Russia.
The England boss introduced Jordan Pickford, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Joe Gomez and Harry Maguire to the global stage and all of them impressed during the games against Germany and Brazil. There were also first caps for Tammy Abraham, Dominic Solanke and Jack Cork. (more…)
Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney is set to retire from international football after the 2018 campaign in Russia, if England makes it there. The England international has disclosed his intention of ending his career at Old Trafford, but he hasn’t placed a time limit.
On his international career, he claims he would retire after the World Cup tournament, adding that it would be 15 years then. “I will carry on playing, certainly at club level. I will have a year left at United then . I’ve said to United I want to stay there, finish my career there, so it’s a case of sitting down with United when the time’s right. I’ve still got three years left. I obviously, hopefully, want to finish my career at United,” Rooney disclosed.
On his retirement, Rooney said: “Going into the World Cup, hopefully we qualify, the time will be right. It will be my 15th season playing for England, and in anyone’s terms, it’s a long time, so I just felt the time would be right then. The physical factors in basketball, football and other sports mean that continuing at the very top once you pass 30 years old is very difficult, and only a few have managed to retain that level of performance at the highest level whilst playing both domestic and international football” Rooney added.
Rooney admitted that he could do better for the team, and he said he hopes to use the next two years well. “Realistically, I know myself that Russia will be very last opportunity to do anything for England. Hopefully, I can end my time with England on a high,” Rooney revealed.
England manager Sam Allardyce says he plans to play the skipper in the No. 10 role, and as captain. Rooney seem to be happy with the arrangement when he said: “It brings consistency [considering United coach Jose Mourinho has restored Rooney to the same role] in terms of where you are playing. Sometimes, it is difficult to go from one position to another and keep changing.”
Ukraine have been one of the surprise packages of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign for far. They were not expected as one of the contenders in the group, especially when they opened the campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Slovakia. Since then, however, Ukraine have notched up three consecutive victories and it has propelled them to a great position in the table. Manager Mykhailo Fomenko, who took charge of the team during difficult circumstances, says that he is extremely happy with the discipline shown by the players. The latest win came in the form of a 3-0 score against Luxembourg.
Admittedly, Luxembourg were not expected to get anything from the match, but still Ukraine played well and will be taking a lot of confidence into the upcoming matches. Slovakia continue to lead the table after getting four consecutive wins. They have a three-point advantage over Spain, who are only ahead on goal difference. Ukraine are stll rank outsiders for the European Championships, at 100/1 (England can be backed at odds of 12/1). (more…)
South Korea, Ghana, Iran, Honduras, Japan, Australia, Cameroon and England were the nations that endured going through the worst campaigns during the 2014 World Cup as any of those squads managed to claim a single victory in the group stages of the worldwide event that concluded a few months ago.
England’s recent string of disappointing results in big tournaments and matches is a factor that has really started to affect the nation as fans are getting increasingly agitated towards their performances.
This is a nation that has well known players such as: Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge, Joe Hart and Gary Cahill just to name a few. These are players that are performing in some of the top clubs in Europe and play high level matches every single week but when it comes to representing and perform for England everything comes crashing down as they are not able to pick up good results.
Michael Owen is a retired football player who managed to make over 80 appearances for England during his playing time as well as performing in top European club such as: Real Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool. He has voiced out his opinion concerning the current situation of England.
Owen stated that the fans and supporters of the English national football team have lost faith in them due to all of their series of underwhelming performances.
“Everyone in this room, the fans, us, we have all lost belief in the national team. I don’t think we will get that back until we do something significant at a major tournament. It has been pretty poor for a while now. One good result doesn’t just change that. But there were chinks of light there against Switzerland and the encouraging thing was there were players that will be around for many years to come.” Former player of Liverpool, Michael Owen said to the media.
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu says that he is astounded by the fact that England have not achieved success in the last four decades despite having some of the best facilities in world football. Barcelona recently brought in defender Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia for £ 16 million, thus making him the world’s most expensive defender about the age of 30. He is also the club’s first signing in the centre back position since 2009. He has been part of the Barcelona team that trained at the St George’s complex – a purpose-built training facility by the England football Association.
It is reported to have cost the England FA more than £ 150 million, thus making it one of the most expensive in the world. After having been amazed at the facilities on offer, Mathieu says that he is lost for words considering that England have not achieved anything at the international stage since the 1966 World Cup victory. England were recently knocked out of the World Cup at the group stages, which was their worst performance in a World Cup since 1958. St George’s complex was built in order to replicate the success achieved by Germany, who had built a facility of their own following disappointments in the late 20th century.
“I don’t know why, having these lovely facilities, England haven’t done well – it is something I cannot answer. The English team would be the right people to answer that question. We only can say that we have enjoyed so much the great facilities and the amazing pitch. All the team have been so happy to train together and to get to know each other much better,” said the 30-year-old. It is expected that Mathieu will be replacing former Barcelona captain Carlos Puyol. He will partner Gerard Pique at the back.~
Rio Ferdinand has claimed that England manager Roy Hodgson does not have the key ingredient that is required to win a major tournament like World Cup or European championship. Hodgson was appointed as the replacement for Fabio Capello before the Euro 2012. England suffered an early exit at the Euro, but there was no criticism of Hodgson since he had been appointed only a few months before the tournament. He was expected to do much better and show his true quality at the World Cup 2014. However, England have once again suffered an early exit.
They were knocked out of the World Cup at the group stages for the first time since 1958. This has asked a lot of questions about Hodgson, who will be staying on in his role. The English FA and the manager himself have confirmed that quitting is not an option right now. However, former England international Ferdinand says that Hodgson may not have the qualities required to win a major tournament. After having played under top managers like Sir Alex Ferguson, Ferdinand seems aware of the qualities that a manager needs in order to be successful.
Hodgson has had little success at club level without lifting any major titles like the Premier League the Champions League. “It was always likely England might struggle, as I wrote before the tournament. And there are all kinds of underlying issues to be addressed, as I outlined a fortnight ago. A visionary manager would help. Hodgson is a pleasant-enough man, extremely intelligent and has a CV with enough clubs and countries to show how widely he is respected. But if I’m brutally honest then, for me, he lacks that extra ingredient to set him apart,” said Ferdinand.
Interestingly, Ferdinand was brutally axed from the squad by Hodgson a few years ago.Ferdinand