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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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Hodgson: "Barkley will be given a chance against Morocco."

England manager Roy Hodgson has told the press that young Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will be starting against Morocco in England's final group stage match.

With England needing to beat Morocco to progress in the last 16 of the World Cup, Roy Hodgson has announced to the press that Ross Barkley will be starting as he wants to give him 'a chance'.

Barkley, who is only 20 years old, was a surprise inclusion to Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, and hasn't started in either of England's group stage matches currently, however he will be given a big opportunity to impress Hodgson against Morocco.
Barkley is rated highly by many England fans and they think he has a big future and hope that this World Cup brings him some well needed experience at international level.

English pundits Robbie Savage and Alan Hansen have both spoke highly about Ross Barkley whilst being in the studio on BBC's coverage of the World Cup, and both hope that he will impress Hodgson and improve as a footballer.

Roy Hodgson's comments on Barkley:

"Ross(Barkley) will be given a chance against Morocco as I feel he needs a chance to impress me. He's a magnificent young player with bags of potential and hopefully his performance against Morocco will show me and the world how good he can be at International level. He should be very proud that he has made my team but I hope that he doesn't get too excited to hear that he is playing as I want him to stay focused and help us secure the win."

@Zapdos - Haha thanks mate! Takes a long time but I love to put as much detail as possible in my reports ;)

@LFC - Thanks mate! Yeah, progressing through our group looks very likely now.

@EdenHazard17 - Yeah, we were unlucky but a draw is okay! Thanks too!
You're doing well! I hope you defeat Morocco and finish 1st place!
Loving this story so far Josh, read it from start to finish and can't wait for the next update. Some great updates and graphics, looking forward to seeing how you do mate!
Another amazing update! This story is so good man! Probably my fav on the site :)

England progress to round of 16 after dispatching resiliant Morocco.

Goals from Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines and Daniel Sturridge helped England progress into the round of 16 after beating Morocco 3-1.

England needed to beat Morocco to progress into the round of 16 as they were level on points with them in 2nd place, with just goal difference seperating both teams. Morocco had impressed throughout the group stage after drawing 2-2 with Italy and beating Qatar 4-1, it looked set to be a nervous affair.

England impressed after drawing 1-1 with Italy in their previous game, with their work defensively being very impressive. Wayne Rooney scored yet again in that game and increased his tally to 4 goals in 2 games. Pre-match, Hodgson told the press that Everton youngster Ross Barkley will be starting against Morocco.

England XI vs Morocco

(4-3-3)Hart; Walker, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Gerrard(c), Jones, Carrick; Barkley, Sturridge, Rooney.

Subs: Ruddy, Caulker, Wilshere, Lallana, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaw, Welbeck, Rodriguez, Sterling, Clyne, Foster.

Morocco XI vs England

(4-4-2)Amsif; Chreiten, Benaita, Abdelhamid, Bergdich; El Aduoa, Obbadi, Belhanda, Kharja(c); Amrabat, El Arabi.

Subs: Leglib, Achenteh, Jebbour, Bellarabi, Morabit, El Ahmadi, Labyad, El Hamdaoui, El Assas, El Zhar, Sinouh.

Hodgson stook by his word and gave Ross Barkley his first ever start in the World Cup, and made two other changes, he recalled Steven Gerrard back into the starting XI after he had fitness issues at the expense of Jack Wilshere and called up Daniel Sturridge and removed Adam Lallana from the starting XI to freshen up the team.

England kicked off and tested out the pitch by playing some passes around the back, with the recalled Steven Gerrard coming deep to collect the ball and try and find his team-mates who were forward, however Morocco had their defence well covered and took away any danger that came in their way.

England tried to open up the narrow back four when young Ross Barkley turned past Obbadi and ran at the back four, he expertly took the ball past Abdelhamid and fired his shot which was tipped away by Amsif to deny the debutee a first goal, however his work impressed the England crowd and when he got the ball, he applauded him and gave him lots of confidence.

Morocco gave England a very nervous moment as the skillful Belhanda was able to wriggle out of Gerrard's challenge and play the ball into Amrabat, who took the ball on his chest and fired it low and hard to Joe Hart's left, but the reliable England number one watched the ball the whole way and held the ball with care and immediately tried to find Daniel Sturrdige who mis-controlled the ball out for a Morocco goal kick.

Then England produced a piece of brilliance, Ross Barkley was able to find space to run at the Moroccan back four, he played a delightful weighted ball to Sturridge on the right, Sturridge turned, looked up and saw the advancing Wayne Rooney, he played it to Rooney, Rooney returned the ball back to Sturridge and continued his run, Sturridge then chipped the ball over Benaita and found Rooney who struck the ball on the volley to give England a deserved lead.

Involved: Ross Barkley(above) played the most passes then any other player on the pitch, 100.

England finished the half strongly and doubled their lead when Rooney gained possession, played it forward to Barkley who was able to time his run well and beat the offside trap, he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper from a tight angle and un-selfishly played the ball across the 6 yard box for Leighton Baines to tap in.

Morocco restarted the game and tried to keep hold of possession but they struggled due to England's pressing game which put Morocco under pressure, and Gerrard was able to steal the ball 30 yards out and tried to test the goalkeeper but his shot went agonisingly wide but it was a sign that England were still in control.

Not much happened throughout the second half with Morocco trying to break down England's defence but failing each time and England kept a neat and tidy passing game around the back to frustrate the Moroccan players, causing them to lunge in and get booked for unnecessary tackles, which again wasted more time.

Mind-reader: Michael Carrick(above) broke down more phases of play than any player in the whole competition.

However Belhanda gained possession in the 88th minute and went on a darting run past three England players, he cut inside Kyle Walker and ran towards the 6 yard box when Cahill brought him down and gave away a penalty.
Belhanda stepped up and expertly tucked the ball past Joe Hart to give Morocco some hope and make England very nervous for the last few minutes.

You would think England would drop back and defend but Daniel Sturridge broke the offside trap after Rooney picked him out and went past the goalkeeper to tuck the ball in the back of the net and send England through into the last 16.

Roy Hodgson's Post Match Comments:

"The lads were great out there today and fully deserve to be 1st in the group. It's been a very good group stage for us and now we look ahead to possibly more tougher opponents and hopefully if we perform as well as we have done throughout this group stage, we could advance further in the competition."
Another fascinating update, every update makes me fall more in love with the story! Keep it up and good luck man!
Really awesome updates man! Love your indepth writing style!
And good luck for Round of 16 :D
@AAN - Cheers man!
@Bantams - Thanks man, glad your enjoying it!
@EdenHazard17 - Thanks man! Comments like that really motivate me to update more!
@AS4 - Thanks pal! Hopefully we'll do well!
I'm loving these updates. I'll miss it when your exams happen, like you said on the opening post.
Sorry for the lack of updates. Coursework has got me tied down currently and I haven't been able to do an update on here due to that.
However I will try and get an update out tomorrow, if not, expect a few at the weekend.

Sorry for the inconvenience

I'm only picking my subjects in a couple of weeks! Anyway, it's a good story so far.

England draw runners-up Holland in the Last 16

England are set to face 2010 runners-up Holland in the last 16 after being drawn with them last night.

England fans will wake up with gloomy looks on their face as they have drawn Louis van Gaal's Dutch side in the last 16 of the World Cup, and are seen as the huge underdogs for the tie according to Sky Bet and William Hill.

England will have to be at their best to try and gain anything against Holland who have the likes of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie in their team who can cause havoc in and around the England back line, however the in-form Wayne Rooney can cause Holland real problems if he plays to the best of his ability.

The main battle will be in midfield, with the likely England trio of Gerrard, Henderson and Carrick trying to dominate possession but will be against the likes of de Jong, Strootman and Fer, which on paper, looks like England will edge possession but Strootman has been in great form for Holland this World Cup.

On Target: Wayne Rooney(above) has had more shots on target than any other player in the tournament so far.

Roy Hodgson's Comments:

"Holland are a very good side and it'll be very tough to get past them into the quarter finals, however we have played very well so far throughout this competition and I hope we can continue against Holland. They have some remarkable players such as Robben and van Persie however we do as well and it'll be a very exciting game."

Louis van Gaal's Comments:

"England have been good so far and look a real danger when they go forward. We have played very well in our group stage and I think we can really hurt England if we play with enough pace and skill to beat their solid back line." will be very hard to defeat Holland! They play a very offensive style of football

Outstanding England shock Holland to a 1-0 win

Chelsea's Gary Cahill scored the winner to allow England to progress into the quarter finals at the expense of Holland being knocked out which ends a disappointing campaign for the Dutch squad.

England were drawn against Holland which seemed a very one sided game with many people backing Holland and classing England as the underdogs, with many bookies making England the least likely to winning the World Cup at this stage.

Hodgson however was disappointed pre-match as skipper Steven Gerrard had to be pulled out of the game after getting a knock on his upper thigh so he was without his number one central midfielder.
Holland had worse fitness issues with their start players Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie also missing this game with injury problems.

England XI vs Holland

(4-3-3)Hart; Walker, Jagielka, Cahill(c), Baines; Carrick, Jones, Henderson; Lallana, Sturridge, Rooney.

Subs: Ruddy, Shaw, Chamberlain, Caulker, Welbeck, Wilshere, Rodriguez, Clyne, Barkley, Sterling, Foster.

Holland XI vs England

(4-2-3-1)Cillessen; van der Wiel, Douglas, Vlaar(c), Blind; Clasie, de Jong; Narsingh, Fer, Elia; Huntelaar.

Subs: Krul, Janmaat, Vorm, de Jong, Willems, Indi.

Hodgson included some very good players in his starting XI and has named Wayne Rooney yet again, meaning the Manchester United forward has played every single game of this year's World Cup. Hodgson also brought in Jones to replace Gerrard in the centre of midfield.

Holland kicked off and the stadium erupted in roars, Leroy Fer got hold of the ball quickly and went on a driving run but failed to even make it past the first player, as Phil Jones advanced forward and regained possession for England, and played it towards Cahill at the back who started some nice passing moves at the back.

Holland were having the majority of possession, with Leroy Fer again dominating possession in midfield for Holland, he gained the ball and flicked it on towards the sprinting Elia, Elia turned past a lazy challenge from Leighton Baines but got his angles all wrong and scuffed his shot wide from 15 yards.

England then showed their attacking intent as Wayne Rooney arrived from deep and picked up the ball from Cahill, he looked up and saw a big space for him to run into, with most of Holland's midfield being pushed up, the Manchester United forward ran into that space and found the run of Sturridge, who picked up the ball and had a curling shot saved by Cillessen for an England corner.

Colossal: Gary Cahill(above) won the most headers out of anyone on the pitch, 25.

Holland tried to push for an equaliser before half time and came really close when Huntelaar got the better of Jagielka, turned and shot the ball towards the top corner but Joe Hart was able to tip the ball away and keep England's lead in tack for the second half.

England kicked off and tried to hold up possession for as long as possible, with Michael Carrick keeping a cool head after narrowly avoiding the advancing Fer with his passes, England didn't really want to attack and looked to be more defensive, however Lallana was played through from a long Phil Jones ball but couldn't get a good first touch.

Holland started to press England even more as the half progressed on, with Nigel de Jong regaining possession from Jordan Henderson, passed it to Narsingh who cut inside and drifted in a great ball but Gary Cahill again cut it out with his head and got the ball to safety.

Then came Holland's best chance of the night, Rooney cheaply gave possession away and Elia was able to sprint down the pitch, evading the challenge of Baines and getting to the byline. Elia curled in a cross towards the head of Huntelaar but he couldn't hit it on target and wasted a glorious chance for the Dutch.

Saviour: Joe Hart(above) saved three one-on-one situations, 2 of them were against Huntelaar.

The clock was ticking down and England kept the ball in the corner flag to grind out the last few minutes, Holland tried to get possession but kept conceding throw-ins and England held on to advance into the quarter finals! The England fans erupted in applause and cheers as Roy Hodgson ran onto the pitch to celebrate with the players.

Roy Hodgson's Post Match Comments:

"I can't believe it! We played very well and all the lads deserve a chance in the quarter finals. Holland gave us a really good game but our defensive work was top notch and the players should be really proud of themselves for this achievement."

"Looking ahead to the quarter finals, I don't really mind who we get because at this stage of the competition all of the best teams are left in the tournament so it'll be tough however we draw tomorrow."
Another great well detailed update Josh, really enjoying this story! Hopefully you can go the distance and win it :)

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