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England 1-0 Norway: Three Lions Player Ratings

England’s self proclaimed new era got off to a stuttering start, as the Three Lions put in an unconvincing performance against Norway at Wembley.  Wayne Rooney spared Roy Hodgson’s blushes with a second half penalty, and the hosts eventually ran out 1-0 winners. Just 40,000 people—the lowest ever for an England […]

Frank Lampard Announces Retirement From International Soccer

New York City FC footballer Frank Lampard has announced his retirement today from the England national team. Lampard is “hanging up his boots” from international soccer before England begins its first Euro 2016 qualification game. The gifted midfielder made 106 appearances for the England national team, at the senior level. […]

Top 4 Tactical Innovations in Soccer

Following the impressive performances – most notably the 5-1 victory over the defending champions Spain – of Louis van Gaal’s Dutch side in the World Cup, a new formation seems to be in vogue…the 3-5-2. In reality, many sides have utilized a back four in the last decade with Marcelo […]

England and Costa Rica Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

For England, there’s not much left except pride and a chance to watch a young England team against an exciting, up-and-coming Costa Rica team. First the TV news and starting lineups: • English language: ESPN2 and WatchESPN • Spanish language: UniMás, Galavision and Univision online • Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes or ESPN Deportes+ Starting lineups: […]

England Vs Costa Rica Preview: England Plays Final Game as Costa Rica Looks Ahead to Knock Out Rounds

The final games in Group D take place tomorrow and both sides in this fixture find themselves in a somewhat unexpected situation. Costa Rica go into the match-up with no pressure after winning convincingly and playing fast tempo, pressing football in their opening group games against Uruguay and Italy. They […]

Roy Hodgson and Vicente Del Bosque Won’t Be Sacked, Say FAs

Despite elimination from the 2014 World Cup,  The English FA are still fully supportive of manager Roy Hodgson. Hodgson’s contract extends until 2016, and with qualifiers for the 2016 European Championship around the corner, the FA has no desire to change coaches. Feeling he has assembled the best English side in […]

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Spurs’ Dele Alli was left ‘speechless’ by his quick England call-up

Tottenham’s Dele Alli was left “speechless” by his maiden England call-up, just five months after playing in League One. This has been a remarkable year for the highly-talented 19-year-old midfielder, having secured a £5 million move to Spurs, achieved promotion with MK Dons. Now he has earned his first senior […]