“Southgate has first pick” says England manager

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England senior boss, Roy Hodgson has announced that he will give England U21 manager, Gareth Southgate first dibs on any players who are eligible for the Euro 2015 U21 championship. The likes of Jack Wilshere, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are eligible for the finals in the Czech Republic in June. However, the senior squad also have a …

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Should Raheem Sterling be criticised for “feeling tired”?

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There has been a lot of criticism falling on the shoulders on teenager Raheem Sterling after it was discovered that the Liverpool winger asked not to start as he said he was feeling tired. Sterling was complying with the warm-up just before the game and turned to the managing staff and asked to be rested. England manager, Roy Hodgson revealed …

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Stones out for England, Chambers comes in

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Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has been called up to the senior side from the U21’s after Everton defender, John Stones suffered an ankle injury in the Toffee’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. Chambers had been selected for the U21 squad, but Hodgson’s arm has been twisted with the news of Stones’ injury and has had no choice but …

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Jonjo Shelvey – back in the fold

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Swansea City’s Jonjo Shelvey has been welcomed back into the England fold after falling out of favour with the U21’s and senior squad. Caught in a state of limbo, Shelvey was ousted from the England set-up and told to prove his worth for Swansea and change his attitude. Yesterday, Roy Hodgson revealed that after several conversations with U21 manager, Gareth …

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Saido Berahino – ready for England

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5 goals in 8 games from the 21-year-old has put West Brom striker, Saido Berahino in the lime-light once more. Yesterday, England manager Roy Hodgson stepped up to announce his Three Lions squad just past midday and everyone was waiting in expectation to hear the name Berahino in the list. Not to be. Berahino had instead be re-called by the …

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Should Tom Huddlestone be in the England squad?

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Hull City midfielder, Tom Huddlestone has revealed he feels he is being overlooked along with the rest of the Hull City squad for international duty. The former Spurs midfielder said he thinks he and a number of other Hull City players could be in the reckoning for their country should Hodgson take a look. “I don’t think Roy Hodgson’s been …

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Rooney starts “players only meetings” for England

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New England captain, Wayne Rooney has revealed to BBC Sport that he has set up “players only meetings” for England as the players look to voice their opinions and have time to gel as a team. “We have had meetings among ourselves, just players in the rooms, watching videos and discussing how we can do better as a team,” Rooney, 28, said. …

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Jack Wilshere – “I will watch videos and be more like Pirlo”

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England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed his plans to watch more videos of Andrea Pirlo to try an replicate his quality and positioning on the pitch. The remarks come in the light of Wilshere’s new role of a deeper midfielder. According to the Express – Wilshere was told by England coach Gary Neville, to be deployed as a deeper lying …

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Switzerland v England – Preview

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England face Switzerland in their opening game of the Euro 2016 qualification campaign tonight. Roy Hodgson’s side warmed up for the tie with a 1-0 win over Norway which was heavily criticised for its lack of entertainment in-front of a half-full Wembley. Switzerland will pose a tougher test for England with the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri who will look to …

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England win but remain uninspiring

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Last night saw England overcome a resilient Norwegian side 1-0 at a subdued Wembley Stadium. A single Wayne Rooney penalty was enough to secure the win for Roy Hodgson’s men, but work is still required if the Three Lions wish to improve. An experimental squad was selected ahead of the Norway and Switzerland games during the international break, with four …

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England v Norway Preview

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England take on Norway in tonight’s International friendly match at Wembley (20:00 k/o). It is the Three Lions first match after succumbing to a 0-0 draw against Costa Rica; enough to put them out of the World Cup in the Group Stages. Manager Roy Hodgson has selected a youthful side to start against the Scandinavian outfit, Hodgson last night confirming …

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BREAKING NEWS – Roy Hodgson announces England squad and new captain

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Today, Roy Hodgson has announced his England squad for the Euro 2016 qualification and there are a few surprises in store. Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City) Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Everton) Midfielders: Jack Colback (Newcastle United), …

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Frank Lampard retires from England duty

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Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from England at the age of 36. Lampard has won an impressive 106 caps for his country and has been a fine servant for the Three Lions. Frank Lampard retires from International football. A fine player, an outstanding finisher and a credit to the game of football. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 26, 2014 …

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