Surprise Surprise…Wayne Rooney Started For Manchester United vs Crystal Palace!

Wayne Rooney was a starter for Manchester United in their early Saturday kick-off against Crystal Palace just days after being ‘ruled out’ for England. England limped home to a goalless draw away to Ukraine during their midweek World Cup 2014 qualifying clash after looking toothless in attack with striker Wayne Rooney ruling himself out after suffering a head injury. Alas, four days later ‘Wazza’ was in full swing sporting a black headband and playing against Crystal Palace ... Continue Reading →
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Reasons We Should Not Criticize England After Ukraine Draw

England played out a 0-0 draw away to Ukraine to keep their qualification for World Cup 2014 on track. But despite this, Roy Hodgson’s men have come under heavy criticism. Typical. No sooner had they even walked off the pitch in Kiev had old big ears Gary Linekar tweeted his visceral dissatisfaction at England’s performance. For the record the BBC pundit sarcastically tweeted: ‘Good result for England… Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina et al, you’re in big trouble! What happens ... Continue Reading →
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England Fans Knifed In Ukraine By Kiev Based Hooligans

A group of England fans have fallen victim to a nasty knife attack by hooligans in Ukraine ahead of England’s crucial World Cup qualifier in Kiev. Details at the moment remain sketchy although according to the Daily Mail up to 30 Ukrainian hooligans attacked English fans situated in a coffee shop in the Ukrainian capital. The incident occurred late at night with a blood splattered pavement the only thing local police had to use to investigate the shameful happenings. Speaking on the events, ... Continue Reading →
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Wayne Rooney ‘Horror Movie’ Head Injury

Wayne Rooney apparently suffered a horrific head injury which is keeping him out of England’s crunch World Cup double-header qualifying match against Moldova and the Ukraine. Reports suggest that ‘Wazza’ sustained the injury on Saturday after a gruesome collision with fellow Manchester United compatriot Phil Jones during training. Rooney suffered a three-inch cut to his dome prompting Arsenal striker Theo Walcott to call it ‘something out of a horror film’. Although Rooney’s cut was fixed ... Continue Reading →
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A History of The English FA – 150 Years On

The FA is 150 years old this year and In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu looms back at the creation of England’s governing body of football. It all started in the heart of Britain’s capital when postindustrial revolution London was filled with smog, dirt, children up chimneys, oil lamps, large hats and very messy football matches. It was also the year Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation led to slavery being abolished in the United States of America and the ‘Croix Rouge’ – that ... Continue Reading →
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The Daily Rant…Hope Powell Is Washed Up & England Women Need A Change

After watching England Women crash and burn after a disastrous Euro 2013 campaign, In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu asks some tough questions. In essence one couldn’t believe how poor England’s Women were. To call it embarrassing would be too meek an insult, yet there was something eerily worrying about the way Hope Powell’s girls crashed and burned at the very first hurdle in Sweden. Granted France are quite justifiably amongst the, if not the favourites to lift their maiden European trophy ... Continue Reading →

Are The FA Right To Let England Under 21 Boss Stuart Pearce Go?

The English FA have confirmed that they will not be renewing the contract of Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce. But are they right to let him go? Rolly Pelovangu asks the tough questions. It’s been six long years, I don’t deserve it! So cried a desperate Stan in his final emotion-fueled rant to Marshall Mathers before launching his car over the bridge. If Stuart Pearce’s last plea was or is to be as dramatic as Stan’s then news of his imminent departure from all duties concerning ... Continue Reading →
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“Depression, Injury & Fitness Caused Me To Retire” Reveals Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed that depression, injuries and poor fitness forced him to call time on his England career. Ferdinand was at the centre of a well publicized club v country row after he sensationally pulled out of England’s World Cup 2014 qualification double header against San Marino and Montenegro in March. The 34-year-old ace claimed he did so in order to continue a specialist rehab programme set up for him by medics at Manchester United although the argument ... Continue Reading →
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Latest FIFA Rankings Puts Spain 1st, England 9th & Brazil 22nd!

England have dropped to ninth in the latest official FIFA rankings. Elsewhere, Spain held top place whilst Brazil plummeted to an all time low of 22nd! Five-times world champions & World Cup 2014 hosts Brazil plummeted further down the rankings as they hit a record low of 22nd place in between Ghana and Mali. 2010 World Cup runners-up the Netherlands rose four places to fifth whereas the ever impressive Croatia stayed in fourth place behind Germany, Argentina and number one ranked Spain. Here ... Continue Reading →
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I Missed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Goal As I Was Asleep Says Father!

Mark Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted that he missed his son Alex’s cracking strike against Brazil because he fell asleep! Alex seized on Wayne Rooney’s pass to shoot Roy Hodgson’s men level after coming on as a second-half substitute during England’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Brazil at the newly refurbished Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Reflecting on his son’s exploits, father Mark Chamberlain, who played in England’s well-documented 2-0 victory over the Selecao ... Continue Reading →
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Brazil vs England, Maracana Stadium: 5 Things To Look Out For

Brazil host England in an eagerly anticipated friendly at the newly refurbished Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro in an match which promises much in terms of excitement, prestige and glamour. Memories of past encounters between the Samba boys and the Three Lions have come flooding back with John Barnes’ wonder goal in the corresponding fixture being relived by nostalgic commentators and the like. And of course there was of that incredibly accurate tackle by Bobby Moore on Jairzinho in 1970 which ... Continue Reading →

Relive John Barnes’ Goal vs Brazil At The Maracana

Ahead of England’s eagerly anticipated trip to the Maracana Stadium to face Brazil In The Stands looks back at John Barnes’ amazing run and finish in 1984. Back when English players actually had technique, players like John Barnes, Gary Lineker and Chris Waddle would chip in with some wonderful goals both at club level and then go on to replicate things at international level. This fact reached its apogee in 1984 when during England’s friendly match with the Selecao, Liverpool ace ... Continue Reading →