Roy Hodgson announced the shirt numbers today for his 23 man England squad.
Whilst there are no guarantees, numbers 1 to 11 look very much like Hodgson’s first choice team…
- Joe Hart
- Glen Johnson
- Ashley Cole
- Steven Gerrard
- Gary Cahill
- John Terry
- Theo Walcott
- Frank Lampard
- Andy Carroll
- Wayne Rooney
- Ashley Young
- Leighton Baines
- Robert Green
- Phil Jones
- Joleon Lescott
- James Milner
- Scott Parker
- Phil Jagielka
- Stewart Downing
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
- Jermain Defoe
- Danny Wellbeck
- Jack Butland
Obviously England will be without Wayne Rooney for their first 2 matches of Euro 2012 and it may be a case of shuffling a couple of players to accommodate that rather than just a straight swap. Or could it be that the squad numbers aren’t indicative of the starting XI at all? Joleon Lescott, Scott Parker and Jermain Defoe will be among many others hoping that is the case.
Love him or hate him, Joey Barton is never far from controversy – here’s a look at all his controversial incidents…
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The team are back after a short break to recap on Manchester City’s victory, Chelsea lifting the Champions League and take a look at England’s chances in the Euros.
Borussia Dortmund expect Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa to join Manchester United this summer after he rejected their latest contract offer.Dortmund are reported to want £5-7 million for the 23-year-old but United are still to finalise a decision.
It’s evident that the Red Devils will be looking for a creative midfield player who can score goals especially with the fact that Paul Scholes can not be relied on forever. This summer will undoubtedly see the Old Trafford side dip into the transfer market for a marquee midfielder.
There’s the obvious benefit of marketing potential the Japanese star provides, given the fact he’s a major celebrity in his home country. That’s something United will look to take advantage of just like they have done with Park Ji-Sung, who has made tens of millions for the club across Far East Asia.
It is clear Kagawa will be moving on this summer after declining contract negotiations with Borussia Dortmund and what better club is there to sign for?
After missing last week the pod team return to talk about Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager, Chelsea’s Champions League Heroics and talk about the Premier League title run-in…
Chelsea has come into much criticism lately for the tactics they used to defeat Barcelona. So should they do all they can to win the match no matter how ugly it looks or go out and lose to entertain the fans? Well the last time I checked, Football was a competitive sport right? A game of two sides in which one could ultimately be the victor – progressing exponentially over time, gaining commercial, reputable and prestigious acclaim while it grew; Developing rules, regulations, set matches, teams, fixtures, leagues and so on. But is the basis of the game still not to win? Every club is a business, and sure playing the more attractive football will ultimately win praise and help to obtain more fans, of the game or the club, but why shouldn’t it be acceptable for a team that are aware of their shortcomings in quality and talent to try and put in the extra effort that’s needed and win by defending and hitting on the break?
So how well can Ireland do? Its hard to judge how the Irish will fare seeing as international tournament football has been so rare for so long. But have no doubt, these are experienced Premier League players who are more than capable of springing a surprise. Trapattoni faces home country Italy once again, and in 2009 qualifying Ireland drew home and away with the Azzuri, including a sensational game in which Ireland scored what they thought to be a winner in the 87th minute, only to concede a 90th minute equaliser. Ireland also play Spain again for the first time comptetivly since the 2002 World Cup final in which penalties were needed to separate the teams, while neutrals will be hoping for a better game between Croatia and Ireland, both seeking to cause an upset and seize second spot, managed to serve up in the 0-0 friendly in August. The draw was tough on Ireland, but anything is possible when it comes to this country, and even if group stages is a hurdle too high, you can bet the fans will enjoy themselves anyhow. (more…)
The title race is back on (sort of but not really), Liverpool’s season may yet prove to be successful and Pele comes out with another cracker…
Coming at you live from the toilet, it’s the Football Banter podcast! We look at the big results from the Easter weekend, talk about our disappointment at the season’s anti-climax and notice an uncanny similarity between John Fashanu and Alexandra Burke….
Since sacking manager Mick McCarthy and installing his number 2 (no, not that number 2 – although it is debatable whether McCarthy’s excrement may have done a better job than Terry Connor) Wolves have gone into free fall and now sit ominously at the foot of the table.
The truth is Wolves deserve to be relegated. Had Steve Morgan and Jez Moxey shown a little bit more faith in the man that guided them into the Premier League and then to safety last season, then maybe, just maybe things would be different. Maybe football fans around the UK wouldn’t have to face the prospect of listening to big Mick’s punditry work at Euro 2012 in a few months time. That’s right, no doubt everyone’s go to football channel ITV will snap up the silky tones of the Yorkshireman and sit him alongside the likes of football super brain Andy Townsend. What a combination.