Found September 05, 2013 on Soccerlens:
In England’s Defense… - originally posted on Soccerlens.comCentral defence is a burden on this current England squad and for coach Roy Hodgson, filling the gaping hole between ‘old’ and ‘new’ is vital. Out the retirement door went Rio Ferdinand and John Terry. Before them, Sol Campbell, Tony Adams and Martin Keown. All world class defenders in their heyday. Nowadays, the pressure is on Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka, who seem to be the first choice at the heart of the back four. Both are good players, but not quite world class like those mentioned above. Cahill, who was at fault for Kenny Miller’s goal against Scotland at Wembley, has put in some good displays for Chelsea since. Against Bayern Munich in the Super Cup, he was superb. Jagielka has forever been prone to injury. And when he has been fit, hasn’t always been used a centre half. He is now indispensable to England. The Three Lions no longer have the strength in depth in certain positions that they once had. There was a time ...

Lambert to start Moldova game

Striker Rickie Lambert will make his first England start in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Moldova, manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed. Lambert came off the bench to score the winning goal against Scotland on debut last month. Now, with Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge both injured, the 31-year-old will get his first start at international level on Friday night when England...

England stars canoodle with their WAGs on the eve of important Moldova clash

England's players have seen their WAGs on the night before their key clash with Moldova – with the full blessing of the FA. Boss Roy Hodgson allowed wives girlfriends and families to visit the players at their five-star hotel – even though a crucial World Cup qualifier was only one sleep away for the national team. The FA stressed they were allowed to stay over at their...

Suspension upsets Welbeck

Danny Welbeck couldn't hide his disappointment at the controversial booking that has ruled him out of England's World Cup qualifier in Ukraine. Friday night's game was never going to be a case of if Roy Hodgson's side would beat Moldova, rather by how much. The one-sided clash eventually finished 4-0 , with Steven Gerrard's fine effort followed up by a Rickie...

England topples Montenegro from top of WCup group

Two goals from Danny Welbeck helped England go top of World Cup qualifying Group H with a 4-0 victory over Moldova on Friday, with Montenegro toppled after drawing in Poland. Welbeck struck either side of halftime at Wembley Stadium after captain Steven Gerrard scored his first England goal in three years and Rickie Lambert marked his second cap with a second goal. But it was a...

Routine win overshadowed by Welbeck’s suspension

Routine win overshadowed by Welbeck’s suspension - originally posted on Soccerlens.comIf ever there was a routine win for England, then this was it. From the first kick, to the final whistle, the Three Lions remained professional and, vitally, got the job done. Credit to Moldova though, they were a much improved side to the one that was hammered by England in Chisinau a year ago...

Welbeck's suspension adds to England striker woes

England has a shortage of strikers for Tuesday's key World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, with Danny Welbeck now suspended for the match in Kiev. Spearheading the attack on Friday against Moldova, Welbeck earned his second booking of the qualification campaign during the 4-0 win before scoring twice. The yellow card was given in the first half at Wembley Stadium for shooting...

Villa manager Lambert fined by FA

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has been fined 8,000 pounds ($12,500) by the Football Association after accusing a referee of bias toward Chelsea following a Premier League match between the teams last month. Villa lost the game 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Aug. 21 after having a penalty appeal turned down when Chelsea defender John Terry appeared to handle the ball inside his area...

Dyke’s long-term plan might just work

New FA chairman Greg Dyke’s ambitious target for England to win the World Cup in 2022 may sound like pie in the sky to some, but football betting fans should applaud him for his confidence and clear strategy. ****, in his first speech since taking on the key role overseeing English football, admitted there is plenty of work to be done if the Three Lions are to become much more...
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