England is one of the few nations that does not have a winter break and it is affecting the international team according to manager Roy Hodgson. There have been several calls for a winter break to be introduced for quite a while now, but in the Premier league has been resistant to the calls so far.
Teams in England have to compete on four fronts due to the presence of a competition called the League Cup. This, in turn, puts a lot of strain on the players at the end of the season according to Hodgson. International tournaments are usually held in the summer from June to July.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to have used his powers to prevent Rio Ferdinand from going to the national team for the recent World Cup qualifying matches.
Only after a few days of being extremely excited about being announced in the squad, Ferdinand pulled out of the England squad by citing reasons that seemed baffling. There has been a suggestion that the press conference given by Ferguson about the international career of Ferdinand is thought to have been the main reason behind this pull out.
There has been a lot of talk surrounding the club future of the England midfielder Frank Lampard, but the England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that the midfielder is even more worried about his international future.
Lampard is out of contract with Chelsea at the end of the season and there has been no new offer from the club. At 34 years of age, he has been linked with a move to the MLS in order to get one final payday. Hodgson has revealed that Lampard should stay closer to England in order to continue featuring for the England national team.
The former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole is thought to be demanding around £ 3.6 million in a pay-off if the Merseyside club Liverpool wants to sell him in the January transfer window.
The midfielder moved to Liverpool back in 2010 on a free transfer from Chelsea. He was expected to be one of the major signings for the club, who would transform the fortunes after the arrival of players like Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. However, things have not worked in the same way as people hoped and Joe Cole has been one of the major disappointments for the club.
The England manager Roy Hodgson has said that he feels that the star players Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard still have a lot to offer for the national team. He has said that they have the potential to enable England to win the first World Cup since 1966.
The England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger certainly has a lot of trust him, despite the public criticism over the selection of the 20-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere for the friendly match against Sweden this week.
The England manager Roy Hodgson has said that he is extremely disappointed with the decision taken by John Terry to retire from international football. Despite being the manager of the England national team for only a few months, Roy Hodgson has always backed the Chelsea captain in troubled situations.
England manager Roy Hodgson has said that he is extremely confident that the Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney can be even more beneficial to the team if he is used in a deeper role.
The 26-year-old striker is regarded as one of the best in the world when it comes to finishing. However, he has had a poor record when it comes to performing for the England national team. He recently scored his first goal in a major tournament after a gap of eight years.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has said that the English fans should lower their expectations when it comes to the national team because they are simply not good enough to beat the top teams.
England were once again eliminated in the quarter-final stage at a major tournament after losing on penalties to Italy, who went on to reach the final of the competition.
Rio Ferdinand’s omission from England’s Euro 2012 squad appears to have signalled the end of his international career.
He described his reaction to the blow as being “gutted”, but went on to wish the England side well in the tournament. He spoke about representing England in the past tense giving strong indications that his international days are behind him.
Ferdinand has been included in England’s last four World Cup squads was left out of Hodgson’s first squad and will now end his career having never played in a European Championships.