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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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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 →
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England Are ‘In The Football Dark Ages’ Blasts Gary Lineker

England legend Gary Lineker has blasted Roy Hodgson’s men after an uninspiring 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland at Wembley last night. The Three Lions struggled to prise open the Irish defence before limping home to a 1-1 draw in a performance which impressed few. Reflecting on the game, Lineker had some choice words for coach Roy Hodgson who he insists did not line up his side correctly, even suggesting that the 4-4-2 system used on Wednesday night is regressive. “Don’t like ... Continue Reading →
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Ashley Cole’s Career Rap Sheet

England boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Ashley Cole will captain the Three Lions against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley for the first time ever. The move comes as somewhat of a surprise to many for a player who has a football rap sheet almost as long as my arm. Make no mistake we at In The Stands respect, value and fully appreciate everything that Cole has done as well as achieved in the game. The Stepney-born star has bagged all that is possible at club level, including the Champions League ... Continue Reading →

England Should Eye Double Figure Victory over San Marino!

It is almost impossible to preview the upcoming World Cup qualifier between England and San Marino this week without reminding ourselves of that San Marino goal that inflicted a final ignominy on Graham Taylor when he was the England manager that ended England’s hopes of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup. The goal in question was scored by Davide Gualtieri and came just 8.3 seconds into the match after full back, Stuart Pearce, under hit his back pass to David Seaman and Gualtieri was on ... Continue Reading →

England’s Old Guard Should Now Be Stood Down by Hodgson

Now that the “dust has settled” following England’s departure from Euro 2012, manager Roy Hodgson, must decide the way forward for the team. Hodgson will know that with World Cup qualification fixtures beginning in September, he must consider the make-up of the squad that not only ensure that England head to Brazil in 2014 but can also go deep into the tournament. In doing so, he will surely realises that it is time to say goodbye to a number of the “old guard” that the ... Continue Reading →

Italy Through England Out – Justice Was Done At Euro 2012

After yet another quarter-final heartbreak In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu celebrates the fact that footballing justice was done as Italy progressed at the expense of England. You can’t always get what you want in life. That is a common fact and even with all the grafting and passionate fervor inimical to achieving success, it cannot and will not be the overriding guarantee to winning a major tournament. The significance of it all? Look no further than England’s elimination at the ... Continue Reading →

Nicholas The ‘Psychic’ Llama Predicts England To Win Euro 2012!

The spirit of Paul the Octopus has reincarnated in the form of Nicholas the Llama who has predicted that England will win Euro 2012! The Llama from Sussex has history having correctly predicted Chelsea to win both the FA Cup and the Champions League final (well so did I – in fact I put a £15 stake on it!) and having been ‘consulted’ about England’s prospects come Euro 2012, has, well…brought forth good news. As well as predicting an overall England win, the Llama has ... Continue Reading →

Video: Best Ever Football Manager Celebrations

After Patrick Vieira bemoaned the fact that England and England bosses lack the passion to win major tournaments, In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu looks back at some great managerial celebrations from recent years. Speaking to the Daily Mail French and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira insisted that the Three Lions lack pride and, in recent years, have not been led well by the man in the dugout. ‘When you look at the kind of midfield that England have had, with Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard and ... Continue Reading →

DEBATE: Will Mental Weakness Hinder England Again?

In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu muses on one major obstacle England must overcome if they are to triumph at Euro 2012 – the mental barrier. So the balls have been drawn, the groups decided, the path has been set and all roads now lead to Ukraine/Poland as the summer’s footballing bonanza looms. Aside from penalties, dodgy refereeing decisions, fluky free-kicks, Spain and an injury to key striker Wayne Rooney, what could possibly stop England from lifting their first Henri Delauney trophy ... Continue Reading →

English Players Have No Technique & No Dribbling Skills

In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu salutes the FA’s plan to introduce smaller pitches, smaller side games and smaller goals for kids football in England whilst expressing concern for England’s lack of dribbling ability and technique. So it ended Norway 0-1 England. Hmmm…you would think that after a game of such little significance most comments would be swept under the carpet after a day or so. For the most part this has been the case, but a few choice words from radio, as well as ... Continue Reading →

Full England Euro 2012 Squad

England boss Roy Hodgson has named his 23-man England squad for Euro 2012 with Rio Ferdinand left out and Steven Gerrard being named as captain. The squad was announced on Wednesday afternoon with the biggest talking points being the exclusion of Rio Ferdinand and the inclusion of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ferdinand has is involved in a very public dispute with John Terry with Terry accused of racially abusing Rio’s brother Anton Ferdinand during a fiery match between Queens Park Rangers and ... Continue Reading →