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Viper (Manchester United) 2 weeks ago
You guys seen the cost of the new England shirt? 90 fecking quid because of the 'new cooling technology' haha!
RedFace (Manchester United) 2 weeks ago
Won't be paying £90, just on principle. Shocking price.

It's not like all the fat, bar dwellers need cooling technology to drink pints
2halves (Liverpool) 3 weeks ago
England's best 11?

Flanagan, Cahill, Jones, Baines
Lalana, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling
Rooney, Sturridge

Hodgson has to use Liverpool as his template for England.

Key players from Liverpool as outlined in my team. Rooney and Lalana could interchange. Barkley is an option there too.

He may choose johnson over flanagan.
Deffyduck (Arsenal) 2 weeks ago
Flanagan is pretty raw for international level, although he is having a beastly season for you guys right now.

I do like your selection of younger players though.

Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines
Walcott, Gerrard, Lallana, Sterling


Is something I would like to see us try. The majority of this team will still be around and maturing in time for 2016 and 2018. If we give them tournament experience now they will hopefully not be overawed by the occasion and will do us proud in the near future.
Kayteo (Manchester United) 2 weeks ago
Pool don't play 4-4-2 like that. And I think we could use three central midfielders like everyone else in the world
XMan9 (Liverpool) 1 month ago
Petition that Rooney doesn't start in Brazil anyone? I want to sign it.  He's flopped and stifled England at every single major tournament.
Deffyduck (Arsenal) 1 month ago
I don't know anymore. I think he needs to be made to stick to his position more. I've noticed it a lot over the last couple of seasons with Utd, he drops too deep just so he can get on the ball but he doesn't influence the game from that area.

People keep saying "oh he's Englands best player" and extolling the virtue of "wanting to be on the ball" but a striker is no good if he sees more of the ball on the half way line than in the opposition box.

I think we were much more dangerous when he was subbed off. If we had to pick one player who seems to have had a guaranteed spot over the last few years it has definitely been Rooney. Perhaps he shouldn't be such a sure thing any more....

It might be interesting to start him on the bench for a change and see how things go. We surely can't be any less inspiring than we have been with him in the starting XI....
2Class4U (Manchester United) 1 month ago
I think Sturridge is a definite starter for sure as the central striker, Rooney should change his mindset to that of a forward so he can come in from the wings, for that to happen he needs to stop being hungry for the ball often
Kayteo (Manchester United) 1 month ago
Rooney's done I think, he peaked four years ago
Kayteo (Manchester United) 1 month ago
Here's the thing about rooney - he's a striker. Yes he can pass, he has other qualities, but he's a striker. Moving him to #10 was a mistake - trying to get him more involved in the game only makes him less effective as a striker.
England do not and have never produced a proper european #10 so rooney, who is just a striker with his head up, got shoved in there. Mistake
Deffyduck (Arsenal) 3 weeks ago
I'm absolutely with you Kayteo - Rooney is first and foremost a striker. The more he drops deep, the less he contributes in the box.

ScouserDan (Liverpool) 1 month ago
How was Sterling's performance? Did he play the full 90?
XMan9 (Liverpool) 1 month ago
He got MOM. Very good he got subbed at the very end.
The problem is Wayne Rooney. As soon as he went off England started to play it looked like a weight was lifted off the ENgland team
Colinmc (Liverpool) 1 month ago
Surprise omissions?    I'm going Carrick, Lampard, Cole, and Townsend
XMan9 (Liverpool) 1 month ago
I wish Rooney was included in that
RedFace (Manchester United) 1 month ago
I noticed Hodgson talking about getting some psychological help for a potential penalty shootout(s) at the world cup. As we have been knocked out of competitions on penalties SIX times since 1990 we need to try something!

I have a 'never going to happen' idea. How about after each friendly we play, we invite the opposition to a penalty shootout afterwards - regardless of the result. Granted this would be difficult at away games but surely it could be done at wembley.

If the opposition don't want to participate we can use the rest of the squad split into two teams. It would give the players more exposure taking penalties in a stadium full of fans and may help with confidence. Practicing penalties in training is OK but in front of thousands of fans and walking from the halfway line would be a completely different matter. The players would obviously be under less pressure but it could help with nerves in the future. Even if at wembley we have 70, 000 fans cheering the penalty taker it would still be a tense situation and far more useful penalty practice.

We could even all boo them to help create an atmosphere lol.

Never going to happen I know lol. Just thought I would share my silly idea. I think we probably just need to win one and start to believe. Every time a game goes to penalties the entire country sighs and assumes defeat. Surely the players must think the same way.

Anyone else have any suggestions for woy? Lol
Deffyduck (Arsenal) 1 month ago
I think half the problem is the immense pressure on the players from the fans and the media. Its like we know we're going out as soon as it goes to penalties....

I'm not sure a psychiatrist will be able to cure this. Surely the success of a penalty shoot-out is a combination of technical ability and self-confidence?

I'd place extra emphasis on penalties in additional training sessions to make sure they can bury the ball in all four corners.

No idea how to tackle confidence, I guess you can try and impose a media blackout to avoid the negativity of the press at least. I like the idea of speaking to winners from other sports to give them motivational talks.

None of our players have much success and have no idea what mentality is needed to be a winner. Get them talking to Wiggins, Wilkinson, O'Sullivan etc. These guys have won major honours in their respective fields under extreme pressure. Surely they would be better at preparing/motivating the players than old Owl-face?
Kayteo (Manchester United) 1 month ago
The problem with england is they don't practice relevant things. For instance, they don't drill penalties regularly. They just expect the players to be able to take penalties.
They don't practice how to break down oppositon, they just talk about 'attacking football' and cross the ball all the time.
The spanish practice movement, creating space, quick passing, etc. England don't drill that at all
Kayteo (Manchester United) 1 month ago
Easiest possible group surely?
RedFace (Manchester United) 1 month ago
Blood the youngsters!  
ScouserDan (Liverpool) 2 months ago
With Walcott injured surely Raheem Sterling has a shout to be in the squad for Brazil?
RedFace (Manchester United) 1 month ago
He would make my squad, especially over young, milner and lennon. I think adam johnson is in with a long shot. He has been fantastic since the turn of the year. Townsend should get the first team spot just on previous england performances
DontBlameRamsey (Arsenal) 2 months ago
Need a better right back than Walker
Colinmc (Liverpool) 2 months ago
Flanagan. At the moment he's better than Glen Johnson
SKool (Arsenal) 2 months ago
Flanagan for the number 2 shirt all the way !
Pukaki (Chelsea) 2 months ago
I'd like to see richards get game time. He was a beast when fit a couple of years ago and his defensive strength is amazing.

Flanagan is too young and too inexperienced to play right back at a world cup. He would get torn apart
RedFace (Manchester United) 1 month ago
Walker, flanagan then johnson for me. Johnson is never going to be good enough but the other two have a chance to settle into the position for many years to come.

As posted by pukaki, richards looked like a first choice right back a few years ago. He was immense back then. The injuries and lack of game time has really stunted his development. If he can get first team football (unlikely) then I would like to see him get a chance in the upcoming friendlies
ScouserDan (Liverpool) 1 month ago
Richards is always injured, otherwise I'd also like to see him in the squad
Kayteo (Manchester United) 2 months ago
Rooney - wilshere - lallana
Huddlestone - henderson
Baines - cahill - jones - walker

Suck on that for a WC side
FromRaaange (Chelsea) 2 months ago
Barkley over Henderson
Pukaki (Chelsea) 2 months ago
I would rather Barkley at CAM and wilshere alongside huddlestone instead of henderson

But knowing hodgeson, we're gonna' have rooney and welbeck upfront with ashley young on the wing and gerrard in the centre...
Colinmc (Liverpool) 3 months ago
Chances Henderson is in the squad?
Kayteo (Manchester United) 2 months ago
Decent shout, he's had a good year. Better than cleverley who's had a shocker
RedFace (Manchester United) 1 month ago
Henderson would make my squad
J007eY (Arsenal) 3 months ago
Walcott out for 6 months, will probably miss the world cup.    There goes our best hope!
Dom1878 (Manchester United) 4 months ago
Good luck England!
DontBlameRamsey (Arsenal) 4 months ago
If England wants to seriously challenge for the World Cup they need heskey to show the same form he showed in 2010, he was far and above the brightest player for them at the tournament.

And Walcott should be left out again, no pace whatsoever. Roy Hodgson should ring up Fabio Capello on the matter, he will set him straight
Come510 (Manchester United) 4 months ago
Moe66 (Manchester City) 3 months ago
If this is what you mean then yes, Heskey needs to be called into the 23 man squad, I mean what more is better then his skills that pay the bills.
Ratboi75000 (Arsenal) 5 months ago
Oh no! In-ger-Land.... What happened?!

Not only can you not pronounce your own county's name properly.

You lost a game of kick-ball to your rival(for reasons that are not adequately explained)
Ozilgunnergetya (Arsenal) 5 months ago
It wasn't exactly there "rival"      It was Germanys be team :/    Lol
Come510 (Manchester United) 4 months ago

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