England prepare for the game against Spain with a number of key players out injured. It presents a lot of difficulties for manager Roy Hodgson, who has taken the situation in a positive frame of mind.
Roy Hodgson will leave the England team into the Euro 2016 despite his future being uncertain. The contract of the former Liverpool boss comes to an end after the tournament.
Negotiations are yet to begin over an extension and it is largely believed due to Hodgson’s poor performances in major tournaments. After being in charge of the national team during the Euro 2012 and World Cup 2014, Hodgson will not be satisfied with his own performances. The Euro 2012 finished respectably with England reaching the quarter-finals but they could not get past even the group stage at the World Cup.
Alex Ferguson is of the view that Ally McCoist, the previous manager of the Rangers FC, actually went about his job quite well in the duration he was in charge and he does not deserve all the criticism that has been poured on him in the last few months.
Rangers suffered a number of defeats under McCoist the previous season and their bid to make it to the top tier of Scottish football took a hit.
Aston Villa’s good run of form towards the end of the campaign has also been a major boost for the England national team.
Traditionally, Villa have always had a number of English players in their squad. To see them doing extremely well under the management of Tim Sherwood is a boost for manager Roy Hodgson, who looks to have turned the corner with the national team. After a very poor World Cup had put his future in doubt, Hodgson has seen England go on a spectacular winning run that will see them qualify for the Euro 2016 without any trouble.
Aston Villa secured a 3-3 draw at home against one of their relegation rivals – Queens Park Rangers – and this result was largely down to the brilliance of striker Christian Benteke. He scored his second Aston Villa hat-trick to help the club get at least a point from the encounter.
After having been injured for much of the season, Benteke has been making a huge difference in the last few matches. He has already taken his tally to seven goals in the last five matches, but none were more important than the three at Villa Park during the weekend.
England failed to make it eight consecutive victories after only managing a 1-1 draw against Italy in a friendly match, but manager Roy Hodgson was very pleased man after this match.
After coming under heavy criticism following a disappointing World Cup, the former Liverpool boss has managed to oversee spectacular run of form. England had won all their matches – since the World Cup – leading up to this friendly. Andros Townsend provided the equaliser on the night and England appeared to be disappointed by the draw. Still, it is eight matches unbeaten for the national team.
The Premier League is already known as one of the most marketable football leagues in the world with receipts of just over £ 3 billion from TV companies for the next two years.
Another milestone has been achieved after the league announced the results of TV money agreed for the period starting from 2016-17 and going to the next three years. A 70 % jump in the amount agreed has been seen as the TV companies will now be paying just over £ 5 billion for three years. This is an astronomical sum of money that will help the league attract the best players in the world.
Since the 2014 World Cup reached its end a few months ago, Roy Hodgson has gone on saying that his squad of players of England should learn from their opponents they faced in the worldwide competition and stop being so ‘’honest’’.
The English manager is referring to the fact that many teams have players that usually opt to take a dive for the possible outcome of a penalty kick or any other set-piece.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has claimed that he feels defender Phil Jagielka is one of the best England have right now, but he cannot understand the reasons for the former Sheffield United man having to take most of the blame for England’s poor showing at the World Cup 2014.
England defender Gary Cahill has stated that he is extremely happy with the spirit shown by the national team to get a 2-0 win over Switzerland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. England came into the match with a lot of pressure due to poor performances in the World Cup 2014. They were playing away from home, but after having seen the home crowd at its lowest since the new Wembley stadium opened its doors several years ago. Many former players said that the fans cannot be blamed for the poor turnaround since they appear to have lost the faith in the team.