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England - The Roaring Lions

My new story which will see Roy Hodgson hopefully guide England to World Cup Success
Started on 27 March 2014 by Josh_MU
Latest Reply on 18 July 2014 by Josh_MU
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Johnson faces the World Cup curse

Liverpool full back Glen Johnson will miss this years World Cup after sustaining a torn calf which sees him out for up to 4 months.

Glen Johnson looked set to be Hodgson's number one right back for the World Cup in Brazil, however the Liverpool fullback is set to miss the World Cup after picking up a bad knock on his calf in Liverpool's 2-0 loss against Arsenal, and further scanning showed that Johnson has badly torn his calf and will be out for up to 4 months, meaning he will miss the rest of the season for Liverpool and miss the plane to Brazil.

Johnson's injury comes at the worst time as Liverpool are entering the 'business end' of the Premier League and won't be able to aid Liverpool as they try to push up to the Champions League places as they are sat in 7th place and need 15 points to level with Arsenal who are 4th.

Johnson's reaction on the pitch after he picked up his injury was very emotional as he knew that his injury was a bad one and he left the pitch on a stretcher, with reports later showing he was crying as he went down the tunnel at Anfield. He also got a standing ovation from the Liverpool fans as he exited the pitch.

Hodgson can turn to Tottenham left back Kyle Walker, who is having a decent season for Spurs, getting 2 assists and one MoTM rating. Hodgson can also take a look at Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne, who Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino said that 'he should be starting for England as he's really impressed me this season and deserves a chance to play for his country'.

Chance: Nathaniel Clyne(left), and Kyle Walker(right), have a big chance to get a place in Roy Hodgson's squad after the news of Glen Johnson's injury.
A shame. But hopefully Clyne or Walker will cover effectively.
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9 yearsEdited

Hodgson names 23 man squad for the World Cup

Roy Hodgson has named his 23 man squad for this years World Cup, having to leave out 7 unlucky players which he named in his preliminary squad which contained 30 players.

This England team looked to be one of the hardest to pick for Roy Hodgson, with many players in good form throughout the season and wanting to secure that World Cup place.
However some players are left heart-broken as Roy Hodgson announced his 23 man squad:


Foster, Hart, Ruddy


Shaw, Caulker, Cahill, Jagielka, Jones, Baines, Walker, Clyne.


Chamberlain, Wilshere, Carrick, Lallana, Rodriguez, Gerrard, Barkley, Sterling, Henderson


Welbeck, Rooney, Sturridge
Mate, I must admit that I don't recognise all the players by should write their names also! :)
2014-04-05 13:51#167395 AAN : Mate, I must admit that I don't recognise all the players by should write their names also! :)
Thanks for the advice, added names now!
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9 yearsEdited

England squad arrives in Brazil.

Roy Hodgson and his England squad have arrived safely in Brazil following a choppy flight in bad weather across the sea.

The plane arrived around 9:00am this morning and the media were already at the terminal waiting for the players to flow out of the plane, the players all looked well and were lead off the plane by manager Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson decided to opt for some experienced players like Steven Gerrard and Michael Carrick, but also brought some in-experienced players to taste World Cup action such as Southampton's Luke Shaw and Everton's Ross Barkley.
Hodgson was applauded by pundits and fans a-like for his squad selection and balancing the books from experience and in-experienced players.

The squad will be staying in The Royal Tulip Hotel, which is situated close to their training ground. We spoke to Roy Hodgson after he landed:

"It was a decent flight here, the weather across the sea was poor but we've arrived here safe and sound and that's all that matters. When your here now, you know that you'll be playing in the World Cup, which is very exciting for me and the players a-like. We can't wait to start training here and we'll hopefully do our country proud."
Good luck mate and thanks for writing the names! How come that Clyne and Barkley are in the squad?
2014-04-06 09:21#167485 AAN : Good luck mate and thanks for writing the names! How come that Clyne and Barkley are in the squad?
Very good seasons for Southampton and Everton alike, deserved to go IMO.
Just read this story! Amazing! Good luck in the World Cup!

Rooney hat-trick inspires England to first group win.

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick to help England secure a first group stage win against Qatar.

England were set to face Qatar in there first group stage match at the São Paulo and were the heavy favourites to demolish Qatar according to the main English bookies such as Sky Bet and William Hill, making them 2/1 to win.

Hodgson was hoping that the squad he decided to pick for the tournament was the correct one and named a very strong starting XI with a number of well-known British players starting even though they have to play Italy next.

England XI vs Qatar

(4-3-3)Hart; Walker, Cahill, Jones, Baines; Gerrard(c), Henderson, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Rooney.

Subs: Ruddy, Caulker, Carrick, Sturridge, Jagielka, Barkley, Shaw, Welbeck, Rodriguez, Sterling, Clyne, Foster.

Qatar XI vs England

(4-2-3-1) Salaheldin(c); Salman, Hassan, Al-Sharif, Askar Ali; Mossad, Taleb; Al-Kuwari, Zaga, Al-Khalfan; Al-Maliki.

Subs: Al-Thani, Shammari, Saad, Muhammad, Yasser, Al-Sada, Yazidi, Abduwahab, Hamdy, Mahmoud, Salmeen, Al-Aqib.

Roy Hodgson included some very experienced international players and introduced a solid midfield three of Gerrard, Henderson and Wilshere which look set to dominate proceedings in the centre of the park. Chamberlain and Lallana set to provide pace and dribbling skills to try and provide the ball to Rooney up-front.

Qatar kicked off rather nervously and immediately gave the ball away to the on-rushing Jordan Henderson, who was able to cleanly tackle the ball from Taleb in midfield and run at Qatar's back four. Henderson timed a perfect reserve pass to Lallana who was able to cut inside and whip in a delightful ball to Wayne Rooney at the back post who hit the ball sweetly on the volley and the ball rifled into the top of the net.

England immediately gain confidence and were all over Qatar in the first 10 minutes. Steven Gerrard dominated most of the possession and tried to release Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left who wasn't able to get his first touch correct and the ball went safely back to Salaheldin, however the Qatar number one didn't clear the ball well as it landed straight back to England, and Jack Wilshere picked up the ball 40 yards from goal and played a lovely weighted ball to the feet of Wayne Rooney, who was able to turn and fire a shot into the top right corner to give England a 2-0 lead.

Steven Gerrard continued to dominate proceedings, the ball seemed as if it stuck to his feet as he went on a darting run past two Qatar defenders and played some lovely one touch football with the front three of Chamberlain, Lallana and Rooney however when the ball fell to Lallana, he couldn't get his angles right and dragged the ball just past the near post.

Involed: Steven Gerrard(above), had the most touches of the ball than all of the Qatar team combined.

England continued to dominate possession and created one final chance before the break, when Rooney won a free-kick 25 yards from goal after getting pulled back by Hassan. Steven Gerrard measured his angles and curled the ball around the 4 man wall and hit the top of the crossbar before the ball bounced clear and out of danger.

The referee blew his whistle to start the second half and England were caught sleeping as Zaga picked up the ball 35 yards from goal, drifted past a lazy challenge from Walker and fired a shot which bounced infront of Joe Hart but the England number one wasn't outfoxed by the effort and comfortably collected the ball and got it clear.

England again had possession and Wilshere picked up the ball, laid it off to Henderson who played a lovely pass up towards Rooney, he took a lovely first touch and hit the ball on the half volley which went through the legs of Salaheldin and into the back of the net which Rooney celebrated with the England fans as he got his hat-trick.

England continued creating more chances however the only key moment was when Rooney picked up the ball from deep and expertly found the on-rushing Leighton Baines who drilled the ball into the six yard box and Chamberlain just wasn't able to stretch far enough to convert the chance.
The referee blew the whistle to signal the end of the match which England thoroughly deserved to win.

Hat-trick Hero: Wayne Rooney(above) has scored the most goals in the competition so far, getting 3 today.

Roy Hodgson's Post Match Comments:

"It was a very good win to start our campaign. I am very happy with the amount of chances we created and how we combined as a team. Wayne was excellent today and it proves how good he is as not every player you meet is able to score a hat-trick in a World Cup game. Overall, I am very impressed with the whole performance and now we look ahead to playing Italy in a few days time."

Hat-trick Hero Wayne Rooney's Post Match Comments:

"I am very happy that my goals won us the game, and I'm also happy that I scored a hat-trick today, but you have to praise the performance of the whole team, we played very well and we can't wait to play against Italy in a few days. Hopefully we can continue this kind of form throughout the competition."

(The awesome banner at the top was made by Nick! Thank you!)
@EdenHazard17 - Thanks mate!

Italy snatch late draw after Rooney heroics.

Alessandro Matri scoring a dramatic late equalizer to cancel out Wayne Rooney's goal to save Italy from defeat.

After England beat Qatar 3-0, they were ready to face a much harder test, Italy. The Italians drew 2-2 against Morocco heading into this tie and looked the odds on favourites to beat England.

England fans were very pleased with England's performance against Qatar and hope that they'd continue the good form when they face Italy, and hope that Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney can add to his tally of three goals already.
The scene was set for this to be a very tight affair.

England XI vs Italy

(4-3-3)Hart; Walker, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Carrick(c), Jones, Wilshere; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Rooney.

Subs: Ruddy, Caulker, Gerrard, Sturridge, Henderson, Barkley, Shaw, Welbeck, Rodriguez, Sterling, Clyne, Foster.

Italy XI vs England

(4-3-1-2)Buffon(c); Abate, Bonucci, Barzagli, Santon; Florenzi, De Rossi, Marchisio; Rossi; Pratto, Balotelli.

Subs: Sirigu, Montolivo, Candreva, Matri, Chiellini, Bonaventura, Aquilani, Bocchetti, Crisito, Poli, Ogbonna, Consigli.

Roy Hodgson made two changes to his England squad, brining in Jagielka for Henderson and Carrick for Gerrard, and they were going to face a very solid Italian team lead by the man himself Mario Balotelli who wanted to impress out there and get one over his former team-mate Joe Hart.

The Italians kicked off and immediately set out to dominate possession, with De Rossi playing many passes left and right to try and expose England on the wings, which didn't work for them and almost cost them a goal as Kyle Walker was able to steal the ball from Rossi on the right and ran down the wing before playing a delightful cross into the 6 yard box for Buffon to smother before Rooney could get there.

Italy continued to dominate possession and created a huge chance when Santon played the ball to Marchisio who ran Baines to the byline and crossed the ball in towards the head of Mario Balotelli, but the strong Italian forward could not beat his former team-mate Joe Hart as he acrobatically tipped the ball over the crossbar which the England fans applauded.

England then were able to carve open an area of the Italian defence and Jones weighted a delightful pass towards the on-rushing Wayne Rooney who appeared to be taken down by Bonucci in the penalty box but the linesman ignored it which left Rooney furious and the England players protested to the referee but he didn't pay any attention and waved play on.

Shot-Stopper: Joe Hart(above) has not conceded a goal for England since playing Ukraine in the qualifying stages.

Mario Balotelly then got booked before the break after going in with his studs up against Adam Lallana, in which the Southampton star man was lucky to come off without hurting himself, and Roy Hodgson showed his anger to the fourth official on how Balotelli only escaped with a yellow card.

England restarted the game and put a string of passes together with Michael Carrick being heavily involved in each phase of play, he experience in confined areas proved useful as he was able to rescue England from a fast Italian counter-attack by tackling the on-rushing Pratto who looked to be through on goal.

England then created a piece of brilliance. Wilshere ran from the halfway line and passed the ball to Chamberlain, who evaded the challenge of Santon and played the ball towards the edge of the box where Wayne Rooney was waiting and fired England ahead with a neat volley into the bottom corner of Buffon's net.

England then set up defensively with Hodgson telling his team to fall back and go on the counter when they regained possession which worked very well, with Phil Jones getting in a vital challenge on Rossi and plsying the ball to Lallana, who ran towards the byline but couldn't direct his cross towards Wilshere who was waiting in the box.

England looked set to win the game, but then Marchisio got hold of the ball and played it to Balotelli who laid it off the De Rossi as he ran into the box, De Rossi then played it back to Balotelli who made it into a good area in England's box and headed the ball into the crossbar, Joe Hart couldn't get a touch on it and Matri was able to bundle the ball in to earn Italy a draw.

Engine: De Rossi(above) covered the most distance out of any player on the pitch, 11.95km.

England were hard done by as they deserved to win the game but without a doubt Roy Hodgson will take this draw and hope they can defeat an in-form Moroccan side in a few days time.

Roy Hodgson's Post Match Comments:

"Credit to the team today, they played very well and quite frankly deserved to win the game. It's a shame to not win the game but a draw against a team like Italy is a very good result, and we can build from this as we take on Morocco in a few days time. Overall, pleasing performance by everyone on the team and they should all be proud of themselves."
Unlucky about the late equaliser but such nice and detailed match reports zomg!
Great update, and you look to be in a very strong position now.
Unlucky about the Italy result, but these updates are fantastic! Keep it up mate!

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