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Redknapp Resignation Rumours Untrue

Rumours are circulating that Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has resigned as manager of Spurs. News is breaking on twitter as we speak that ‘Arry has had enough.

After missing out on the England managers position, Redknapp’s future has been in doubt with Redknapp only having a year left in his contract.

Update – Redknapp has not resigned
In an interview with ESPN, Redknapp said “No, I haven’t resigned, this is an outrage…for people to be putting around this rumour on the internet.”

Looks like Spurs fans can sleep easy for now.

England Scrape A Draw With France

English: Roy Hodgson as a head coach of Fulham...

English: Roy Hodgson as a head coach of Fulham F.C. Русский: Рой Ходжсон на посту главного тренера ФК «Фулхэм» (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Euro 2012 got underway for England today with a 1-1 draw against France. England looked lively to begin with giving every bit as good as they got, getting their results on the half hour mark after Gerrard crossed for Lescott to head in.

The french responded well to going a goal down and it wasn’t long before they were level. England retreated to a more defensive stance and the pressure from the French paid off. The England defenders pegged back couldn’t push out quick enough and Manchester City’s chief bench warmer Samir Nasri had enough time to beat an unsighted Joe Hart at his near post.

The second half was all France, England conceding possession, looking to hit on the break. Oxlade-Chamberlain given a surprise start by Roy Hodgson looked lively at times and a little naive at others.

England without Rooney look a little short creativity but it was a workman like performance and England will be happy with a point from a difficult first fixture. Roy Hodgson’s England side could never be accused of being exciting, but difficult to beat they will be content with for now.

Holding Out For A Hero

Today marks the third day of Euro 2012 and sees defending Champions Spain take on an Italian side that has not yet found its identity. Italy have failed to win any of their last 3 friendlies and boss Cesare Prandelli seems unaware as to what his best starting XI is.

Today’s other game features Slaven Bilic’s Croatia taking on underdogs Republic of Ireland who will surely be many people’s second team at the championship particularly among Italian fans who will be keeping one eye on former manager Giovanni Trapattoni as he attempts to make his mark on the tournament.

So far we haven’t seen any stand out performances at Euro 2012. Russia swept aside the Czech Republic, Holland failed to produce and now find themselves in a difficult position and Germany didn’t live up to their pre-tournament hype, struggling to break down a resolute, if slightly dull Portugal.

This tournament is waiting for a player to grab it by the scuff of the neck and say to the rest of Europe ‘look at me’ because so far, albeit early days – Ronaldo, Ozil, Robben and many others haven’t been able to do that.

Meanwhile, a certain Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick against Brazil in a friendly last night which Argentina won 4-3.

Here’s hoping an English player steps up to the mark on Monday. Jordan Henderson perhaps?

Is Grant Holt Dyslexic?

If you’ve been following Norwich City’s most lethal player on Twitter for any length of time then you just may be wondering if Grant Holt is dyslexic.

Holy was subject to a lot of mocking following his announcement that he would like to leave Norwich via the social networking platform. It read “I have loved my 3 years at the club and it sadness me to right this but want use to here it from me first. #lovedmytime”

Holt then recently followed this tweet with a tweet to bookmakers Coral saying “@Coral Going to take some money off use tonight.”

It is not known whether Holt suffers from dyslexia.

Terry, Cole and Gerrard All Carrying Injuries

Roy Hodgson has some difficult decisions to make over the coming days. Three of England’s most experienced players, including captain Steven Gerrard are all carrying injuries and have not been in full training over the past few days.

With the injury situation already less than ideal, England could realistically field a team on Saturday with up to 6 first choice players all out through injury and suspension.

John Terry’s injury (tight hamstring and a groin problem) is perhaps the most difficult to deal with for Hodgson and the FA as his former England team mate Rio Ferdinand was left at home to accommodate the inclusion of Terry. If Terry does not feature in any of England’s matches at Euro 2012 then the FA will find themselves with some very difficult questions to answer upon England’s return home following the conclusion of Euro 2012.

Since taking up tenure as England manager, Hodgson has lost Gareth Barry, Gary Cahill and John Ruddy all to injury. Roy will be keeping his fingers crossed that Terry, Cole and Gerrard all recover for Monday’s match against the French.

Football Banter – 2 Days Until Euro 2012

There’s just 2 days to go until the start of Euro 2012 so the team reflect on England’s 1-0 victory over Belgium and offer their opinions on the Ferdinand/Terry/Kelly debacle…

Cahill Injury Leaves Hodgson With Egg On His Face

Rio Ferdinand, English footballer. Plays in th...

Rio Ferdinand, English footballer. Plays in the defender position for Manchester United in the FA Premier League and at the international level for the England national football team. Taken in Belfast in 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gary Cahill has been ruled out of Euro 2012 and joins Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry on the injury list.

Cahill will be replaced by the inexperienced Martin Kelly rather than two of the more obvious replacements in Rio Ferdinand and Micah Richards.

Ferdinand was left out of the squad for ‘football reasons’ although this is now very debatable and puts England manager Hodgson in a very difficult position. Are we seriously to believe that Hodgson rates Martin Kelly as a better defender than the experienced Rio Ferdinand? Hodgson will have to face some difficult questions from the media in the coming days.

Micah Richards we are led to believe did not want to be on the initial stand by list alongside the likes of Henderson and Kelly, both of who are now in the 23 man squad. It is appalling behaviour from the Manchester City defender and few will see his side of the story when it all unravels in the press.

The FA once again are found to be controlling the England team from behind the curtain. I wonder how much longer the fans will stand for their meddling?

The Most Disappointing Thing About England

After another uninspiring England performance against Belgium this evening I started thinking about the expectations that we place on our national team. The fans and media are often criticised for expecting England to win things but this really isn’t the case. We’ve been misinterpreted. (more…)

Betting Tips For Euro 2012

English: Dick Advocaat coaching with the Russi...

English: Dick Advocaat coaching with the Russia national football team in 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Euro 2012 will be with us in under a week so it’s time to start thinking about placing a few cheeky bets, here’s our roundup of the best…

Win Outright

Spain enter the tournament as favourites but offer little value at 13/5. The shrewder bets for outright winner would be Germany at 3/1 or Holland at 7/1.

If an each way bet is more your thing then you’re likely to get half odds to get to the final. The French have a strong squad and could surprise a lot of people, current odds on France are 11/1. Following their comprehensive 3-0 victory over Italy last night Dick Advocaat’s Russia might be worth an each way bet at 22/1.

Top Goalscorer

If you watched the Champions League final then you’ll probably be stunned that Germany’s Mario Gomez has the shortest odds to lead the scoring at 8/1. Our money would be on either Robin Van Persie or Cristiano Ronaldo at 10/1 and 14/1 respectively.

Alternative Bets

Finally just for fun, how about placing a bet on the team to receive the most red cards? Holland at 6/1 are the favourites, presumably after kicking Spain around in the 2010 World Cup final but our money would be on England at 10/1, you’ve got to have at least one patriotic bet haven’t you?

Euro 2012 Podcast

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iPod Shuffle Earphones (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Regular listeners will already know that the focus of the Football Banter podcast has switched since the end of the season. Over the next few weeks we'll be talking about all the action from Poland and Ukraine in our own unique way.

The shows will be released following England’s matches at Euro 2012 and should be quite entertaining as some will be recorded under the influence of a continental strength lager or two.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes by visiting the following link… http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/football-banter/id502859866