Tag Archive: Roy Hodgson

Ross Barkley's impressive start to the season has earned him a surprisingly rapid elevation to the senior England squad (Image | Liverpool Echo)

Ross Barkley’s impressive start to the season has earned him a surprisingly rapid elevation to the senior England squad (Image | Liverpool Echo)

After my commanding performance in central midfield during game 3 of our works tournament last month (my first two efforts were poor), I was contacted by a man named Roy who asked if I wanted to appear in the Scotland friendly. He didn’t use the word “desperate”, but the tone of his voice was telling. Unfortunately, I was unavailable due to a family dinner.

The above may not be entirely true, but if England’s selection policy continues to develop along its current trajectory, I won’t be letting go of my phone any time soon.

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Roy Hodgson takes his frustration out on a football on possibly the world’s wettest patch of grass last night (Image | Action Images)

Last night in international football: one game out of a scheduled two for England’s senior and under-21 sides, a Polish farce and a Serbian tragedy.

The senior England team will belatedly kick off last night’s World Cup qualifier against Poland in Warsaw this afternoon, after stunning scenes in the new National Stadium last night, while if Stuart Pearce and his squad have their voices heard, it may be some time before an international kicks off in Serbia again.

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Surprise | John Terry‘s decision to retire was an unexpected move late last night. (Image | Telegraph)

Chelsea captain John Terry brought his England career to an end yesterday evening by retiring from international football at the age of 31.

The defender claims that his decision was made because of the Football Association (FA) trial into his alleged racial abuse of Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

Terry feels the FA has made his position as a member of the national team “untenable”, which paraphrased seems to suggest that Terry believes himself to be the victim of a malicious smear campaign, designed to make it as difficult as possible for him to return to his duties for England.

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A familiar tale | England‘s penalty defeat cannot be allowed to mask the deficiencies in player development and technical ability. (Image | Yahoo)

Listening to BBC Radio 5 Live last night was rather masochistic on my part, as unlike the somewhat jingoistic commentators on television, callers in to the show seemed to accept England’s latent failings far more readily. The host, Alan Green, was typically honest about the nation’s footballing shortcomings, and once again called for root and branch reform. While many find the Ulsterman to be a deeply off-putting, often infuriating presence on the radio, he is right. We cannot carry on like this.

It has been said time and time again, but the FA operates not on a long-term basis, but the worst type of short-termism. Please the fans, reach the quarter finals, suffer a heroic exit on penalties and we can forget the dearth of young talent in the English game, the fact that we were entirely outplayed by a far from vintage Italy for 120 minutes, and our inability to keep the ball and dominate matches at the pinnacle of European football.

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They might be getting used to this feeling, but will Spain be standing atop another winners’ podium come July 1? (Image | http://www.9footballshirt.com)

After last night’s nervy performance from Portugal, we already know one of the four teams headed to the European Championships’ final four. After Germany presumably cruise past Greece tonight, the last two places will be set by the two most intriguing quarter final encounters.

Spain, reigning European and world champions, have failed to reach their own heady heights thus far at this tournament. They will face a France side looking to bounce back from an unlikely defeat at the hands of Sweden, while the last quarter final features the resurgent England and the ever unpredictable Italy.

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Sharp shooter | Antonio Di Natale proved he at least has a cool head, converting Italy’s first after Mario Balotelli had missed a golden chance against Spain. (Image | NBC Sports Media)

The European Championships have been in motion since Friday, and already the tournament has dispelled a few myths, and confirmed a handful of uncertainties. Last night’s victory for Ukraine verified the extraordinary power of the talisman: Andriy Shevchenko is his country’s all-time leading goalscorer, and netted twice against Sweden to send the joint hosts top of Group D. A remarkable achievement, and one entirely against that old footballing cliché, the “run of form.”

Furthermore, it became apparent on Sunday that Spain are not the indestructible force some pundits have painted them as. Italy dominated against the World and European champions, who in the absence of the injured David Villa played an unconventional 4-6-0 formation which was predictably ineffective.

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Get used to this sight: Roy Hodgson’s bold selection of Andy Carroll could prove to be one of the wisest managerial decisions he has ever made. (Image | The Guardian)

Andy Carroll will perhaps be the most contentious striking selection any England manager has made since Sven Goran-Eriksson elected to include youngster Theo Walcott in his 2006 World Cup squad. For very different reasons, mind. The British press has already tarnished the reputation of a player who, through no fault of his own, cost Liverpool £30m. The past season has proven that this was not an accurate reflection of Carroll’s ability, yet still it has been left to hang around the 23-year-old’s neck like the heaviest of millstones.

For the first half of the season, Carroll did indeed resemble a cart horse and was barely worth a place in Kenny Dalglish’s starting line-up. However, his late winners against Blackburn Rovers and Everton have at least appeared to rejuvenate the forward, who after all, is still developing as a player even now.

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So often maligned for its incompetence, and misguided attitudes to managerial appointments for the national side, has the FA got this one right? (Image | The Guardian)

The news of Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager certainly came as a surprise to the nation; many fans, pundits and journalists greeted the announcement with confusion and disbelief, some even expressed anger.

Much of the negative reaction towards the selection of Hodgson has not been driven by an examination of the qualities of the West Bromwich Albion manager, but more by the disappointment that the FA did not select Harry Redknapp, the “people’s choice.” I certainly share the disappointment felt by so many, but this should not detract from Hodgson’s abilities as a manager.

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Gary Neville joins England coaching staff

In a move that will surprise many, Gary Neville has been signed to a four-year contract to join the England coaching staff (Image | Reuters)

Recently-appointed England manager Roy Hodgson has sparked much conversation and pulled off a major surprise today by adding Manchester United legend and current Sky Sports co-commentator Gary Neville to his coaching staff ahead of the forthcoming European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

“At my first meeting with The FA, I explained that  Gary was someone I wanted as part of my staff,” Hodgson said in a statement. “I think it is very important we have a younger coach who knows the dressing room and is very experienced at international level.”

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Following successful stints with Fulham and West Brom – and earlier international careers managing across Europe – Roy Hodgson was named yesterday as the new England manager (Mirror)

Just one day into his England managerial tenure, then, Roy Hodgson has already received the most damning condemnation possible – public backing from Sven-Goran Eriksson.

The Swede, talking to BBC Sport, spoke of Hodgson’s “huge experience of international football” and expressed his beliefs that the West Brom boss will “do a good job” with the England side.

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