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England: Victory in the Making

Started on 27 February 2014 by Verdinho
Latest Reply on 23 May 2014 by Verdinho
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England Squad


Joe Hart Manchester City
Fraser Forster Celtic
John Ruddy Liverpool


Kyle Walker Tottenham Hotspur
Glen Johnson Liverpool
Phil Jagielka Everton
Steven Caulker Cardiff City
Phil Jones Manchester United
Gary Cahill Chelsea
Leighton Baines Everton
Luke Shaw Southampton


Frank Lampard Chelsea
Jordan Henderson Liverpool
James Milner Manchester City
Jack Rodwell Manchester City
Adam Lallana Southampton
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain Arsenal
Aaron Lennon Tottenham Hotspur
Andros Townsend Tottenham Hotspur
Raheem Sterling Liverpool


Wayne Rooney Manchester United
Jay Rodriguez Southampton
Rickie Lambert Southampton
Some very good players and nicely set out :)


England manager Paddy insists his side are fully prepared for the threat Ukraine can pose on Friday night at the NSC Olympiyskyi

The 26-year-old believes Ukraine have all the capabilities to defeat England, but trusts his side can avoid that from happening, revealing he feels prepared for what the home team has in store.

”I’m under no illusions that it will be a easy game and we will have to be on our toes on Friday versus Ukraine if we wish to come away home with three points.

“I expect Ukraine to counter attack at every given opportunity, as well as trying to stretch the play. They often have a lot of joy out wide with Andriy Yarmolenko and Eugene Konoplyanka, so we will have to be wary of that.

“Whether that means our wingers will have to double up or not remains to be seen, but I’m confident we can halt their threat when called upon.”

A win for England would more or less guarantee they qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, meaning they would have to lose all three games versus Poland, Moldova and San Marino to not progress through the qualifying group stage.
good luck countering those threats, it should be an interesting match!

Ukraine v England

Ukraine – M. Koval – M. Ischenko, E. Khacheridi, Y. Rakitskyi, A. Fedetskyi, V. Shevchuk – R. Rotan, Admar, A. Tymoschuk – A. Yarmolenko, E. Seleznyov

Manager: Mykhaylo Fomenko

England – J. Hart – L. Baines, P. Jagielka, G. Cahill, K. Walker – F. Lampard, J. Henderson – A. Townsend, A. Oxlade-Chamberlain, R. Sterling – W. Rooney

Manager: Paddy

Seleznyov (21), Yarmolenko (28), Zozulya (82) – Sterling (23), Jagielka (62)

The Verdict

It was a really poor performance from England and one we’ve unfortunately become accustomed to seeing. My tactics haven’t quite sunk in with the boys and it makes it extremely difficult that I often have to mesh a month’s training into one with regards to team cohesion. Nevertheless, it’s the same for all national team coaches and we were poor against Ukraine.

Ukraine surprised me in truth, leaving out Eugene Konoplyanka and opting for a five man defence with wing backs, deploying Yarmolenko. This set them up perfectly for the counter attack and we failed to cope. Our midfield was very disappointing and that is where we failed. Lampard just wasn’t good enough and he is one player I’m seriously thinking of dropping him ahead of the World Cup.

On the other hand, we were very unfortunate not to get anything out of the game, firstly raking in 19 shots at goal to Ukraine’s 10, and secondly, Wayne Rooney had a bizarre goal disallowed that would have placed us 3-2 up. The referee alleged that Rooney had pulled the shirt of Yaroslav Rakitskyi before the goal, a strange assumption to make considering Rooney was already on the floor for quite some time before the defender hit the deck.

Overall, there will be much work ahead for us and our home clash versus Poland is a must win, with both Poland and Ukraine just three points behind us in our qualifying group.

Star Man: Phil Jagielka

Once again, I’d have to say Jagielka was the best English player on the night. Adding a goal to a solid performance, Jagielka was great throughout and had our midfield been stronger, perhaps we’d be walking out of Ukraine with a clean sheet and three points.

2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Group 8

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