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Ryan Ferguson: The Unorthodox Approach

For most, the battles stay on the pitch. For Ryan Ferguson, his battles are off it.
Started on 7 May 2017 by Justice
Latest Reply on 21 October 2017 by Aaron
Aren't I just brilliant at bets? ;) A very successful season for you there, however some very strange things going on in the world of football also. Arsenal winning a Premier League title, under the guidance of Slavan Bilic, you actually having a somewhat decent cup run ;) , Portugal winning another European Championship, Arsene Wenger retiring as England manager... you couldn't have really guessed any of it, could you? Here's to a further improvement... my guess is you'll win the title and get to the Quarter Finals of the Champions League. :P
Another stunning season and getting Champions League football from not only finishing in the top 4 but winning the Europa League is a magnificent achievement!

However most importantly, Robbie Savage would be very happy to see Mark Hughes getting a chance to manage a big club in Chelsea!
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7 yearsEdited

Season Nine: Season Review

An Overview Of Whitehawk FC In Season 2024/2025

Ryan Ferguson: UEFA Champions League football was upon the club, and nobody was more excited than myself. It was an opportunity to compete against the top sides of Europe at the greatest stages. The prospect of competing at the Santiago Bernabéu, the San Siro, the Parc des Princes, the Allianz Arena - it was a dream come true for any football manager.


Whitehawk Paid Record Fee For An English Player As Osagie Joined

A number of fringe players were moved on to make way for a new set of stars. While Chris Smalling (DC) retired from football, wide attackers Emil Forsberg (AML - £1M), Luca Paganini (AML/R - £5.75M) and Marvin Stefaniak (AML - £8.5M) were among the exports, while Luke O'Nien (MC - £400K), Riccardo Cappa (ST - £1.3M) and Emil Krafth (DR - £2.7M) also found themselves being shuttled out. The January window also so Ben Pearson (MC - £1.6M) and Anton Kresic (DC - £2M) move on to play more regularly.

June brought two young English stars to the club, as Arsenal defender Stephen Lacy (DC - £26.5M) and eighteen year old Chelsea wonderkid Kingsley Osagie (AMC/L - £60M) arrived. The latter became the most expensive English player in history. Other promising youngsters were brought in as eighteen year old Turkish defender Erkan Aktaş (DR - £30M), former Chelsea defender Danny Wickenden (DC - Free) and eighteen year old Gradimir Lucic (AML - £3.5M) of Serbia joined up with the club.

The most exciting signings, however, were of more experienced players. Belgian super star Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (AML/R - Free) joined Whitehawk following the expiration of his contract with AS Monaco, and the fans were certainly excited by the signing of such a world class talent. Jeisson Vargas (AML/R - £3.1M) arrived for an absolute bargain price. The Chilean international was regarded as one of the most dangerous inside forwards around, and would add some much needed quality to our attack.

The vast majority of the new signings brought direct upgrades to the starting eleven. While our club captain, Andrea Punzi (DC), was not due to return to action for several months following a severe foot break, Stephen Lacy and Danny Wickenden would fit in seamlessly in to the team. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, Jeisson Vargas and Kingsley Osagie would all form part of a new look attacking midfield.

UEFA Super Cup

Whitehawk Made Easy Work Of FC Bayern Munich In The Super Cup

It was all too easy. We set up to hit the Germans on the counter attack, and all three of our goals came from quick counter moves. We soaked up all their pressure very well, and attacked the spaces even better. New signing Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco was among the goals, and starred as we tore FC Bayern Munich to shreds.

Premier League

Whitehawk Began & Ended The Season With Rampant Winning Runs

We were absolutely majestic in our performances this season. An opening day 4-1 hammering of Liverpool had set the tone, and we recorded eight wins and one draw in our opening nine league matches. defeats to Everton and Manchester United in November did little to upset our form, as we then marched on to an eighteen game unbeaten run, before being beaten by José Mourinho's Manchester United AGAIN! However, we picked ourselves up once more, and won each of the remaining six league fixtures.

We lacked goals at times, while they came in abundance at other times. However, it was our defending which, as always, caught the eye. We conceded a league best seventeen goals throughout the season, and much credit had to be given to new signings Stephen Lacy and Danny Wickenden for making that happen for us.

Doing the double over Manchester City, and over Chelsea, set the tone for a remarkable season, but we continued to struggle against Manchester United in the league. Our results had put us on top of the league by two points going in to the final fixture, but with a far lesser goal difference to chasers Arsenal, and the final game brought much excitement. We went behind against Newcastle due to an early goal, but fan favourite Jeremie Boga struck twice in the final twenty minutes to secure the league title in dramatic circumstances.

League Table

Whitehawk Topped The Table By Just Two Points

Just three defeats all season, thanks to a fantastic defensive record, was what put us in top position. Improvements were made in every single game, and that culminated with us finishing as Premier League champions. It was a dramatic Premier League season for us, and we were delighted to finish in the position we did!

Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City finished in second, third and fourth respectively, and would join us in the UEFA Champions League next season. Chelsea and Everton claimed the two UEFA Europa League spots, through league play, while Aston Villa, Southampton and Burnley found themselves relegated to the Sky Bet Championship.

UEFA Champions League

Whitehawk Marched To Champions League Glory In Competition Debut

We were drawn in to a group which included Polish side Legia Warszawa, Dutch team Feyenoord Rotterdam an Spanish mega giants Real Madrid. We proved too strong for the trio, as we on six games out of six. This run included a brilliant victory at the Santiago Bernabéu, where Neal Maupay scored the winner with two minutes remaining.

Finishing on top of our group, we were put against Bayer Leverkusen in the first knockout round. We set up to score as many goals as possible in the away leg, which came first, and a 3-1 victory on the night set us up to finish the tie with a 4-1 aggregate win. A similar plan of action against Dynamo Kyiv in the quarter finals proved just as successful. Arsenal proved stern opposition in the semi finals, but a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium set us up to win 4-1 in the return leg, booking our place in the final at the Stade de France.

We were competing in the final in France against reigning French champions Paris Saint-Germain. We were very much the underdogs in this fixture, having played in far fewer European fixtures than our opponents. However, we utilised the same counter attacking system which worked so well against FC Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup this season, and against Inter Milan in the UEFA Europa League last season, and we earned a similar result. We soaked up the pressure applied by our opponents, and goals on the counter attack from Anton Nyman, Luciano Cabral and Jeisson Vargas handed us the Champions League title. HOORAH!

FA Cup

Jeremie Boga Was The Star Of The Show In A Final Clash Against Chelsea

In truth, we were not drawn against the most difficult of opponents in the early rounds. We made easy work of Birmingham City, Swansea and Watford, before playing against Bournemouth in the quarter finals. We scored two early goals against them, but they produced a dogged performance and scored late to put pressure on us, but we held out to earn a pace in the semi finals.

Our big test was, on paper, in the semi final against Arsenal. However, the result on the day proved otherwise. Luciano Cabral and Jason Coffey each scored a brace as the Gunners were made look like school children. This set up a clash in the final against Chelsea. With the score set at 1-1 with no more than four minutes remaining, Whitehawk's hero of the final Premier League game came up with the goods and scored a late winner to break Chelsea hearts.


Whitehawk Continued To Struggle In The EFL Cup

It was a poor season for us in this competition. It took a penalty shootout for us to progress against Blackburn Rovers, before being knocked out by a much weaker Tottenham Hotspur side.

Whitehawk Football Club

New Signing Stephen Lacy Was The Star Of The Season

Nobody came close to performing on the same level as English defender Stephen Lacy. He came in from Arsenal in the summer, and put down one of the best defensive seasons in Premier League history. On the ground, in the air, he was impenetrable. Along side him in defensive duties, Danny Wickenden, Tyrone Mings and Erkan Aktaş were instrumental in our success, making the job easier for a fantastic Predrag Rajkovic in goals. In midfield, young Anton Nyman continued to progress in his development, while Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco was instrumental in attack.

World Football

FC Barcelona Were Successful In Their Europa League Charge

FC Barcelona were relentless in their run to win the UEFA Europa League, setting up a UEFA Super Cup clash against ourselves. The Catalan side tore VfL Stuttgart in to shreds in the final.

Barcelona's star man Neymar was, once again, the recipient of the Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards, and was included in the FIFA World Team of the Year alongside fellow La Liga players Diogo Dalot of Real Madrid and Ángel Correa of Atlético Madrid. Paris Saint-Germain's Thibaut Courtois, Marquinhos, Daniel Bragança and Thomas Lemar, and AS Monaco's Aymeric Laporte, represented Ligue 1. Manchester United's Luke Shaw and Leroy Sané, and FC Bayern Munich's Lautaro Martínez made up the rest of the team.

Ryan Ferguson's Message

Ryan Ferguson:
"Champions of Europe, that's what we are! It's been a tremendous season for us, both on and off the pitch. Notably, on the pitch, we won the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Super Cup, all in one incredible season! The players have been sensational! We've worked hard in training every day, and we performed to the best of our abilities when it mattered.

Once again, the fans have been tremendous for us. We may only have eleven players on the pitch, but it feels like one hundred thousand players when our fans are with us. Without them, I don't know what could have happened this season. They have helped to create some fantastic memories, and they can take pride in their accomplishments this season.

We've made fantastic strides and we're always looking to make more. We have a set of young players who will certainly become stars of the future, and we are very excited about what we could achieve next. We will be competing in the FIFA Club World Cup in December to try become the best football club in the world, and we look forward to this fantastic opportunity."

Comment Section

MJK46, thank you!

ScottT, well you were correct on both accounts!

mgriffin2012, I'm sure Robbie would have plenty to be delighted for anyway, he's a peculiar individual! :P

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A brilliant season, a league title, a Champions League, an FA Cup and a Super Cup win, can't believe you didn't win the EFL Cup... ;) I honestly don't see how you can improve on that really, let's hope you can retain all you've won this season.
I really don't know what to say apart from...WOW! Another incredible season and surely you have to be somewhere near the top of the Hall of Fame already?
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England: Season 2024/2025

An Overview Of England In Season 2024/2025

Ryan Ferguson: Following England's defeat in the final of the UEFA European Championship in the summer 2024, Arséne Wenger retired from football, leaving England without a manager. I was approached by the FA, asking if I would be interested in taking the role, and I accepted without hesitation.

It was not an easy decision to make, but I made it with the understanding that I would continue in my role as manager of Whitehawk Football Club, and I would resign from my role as England manager following the FIFA World Cup in Canada in 2026, should we qualify for the competition. As of the summer of 2024, I was manager of Whitehawk Football Club and England.

England Results

England Defeated Arch Rivals Germany In The International League Final

My first game in charge of England was away to Belgium in the European League Division A. I was looking to implement similar football philosophies to those used with Whitehawk, but with more emphasis on attacking play. We were very successful against Belgium, as we marched away with a 5-1 victory. My home debut was not so successful, as we succumbed to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Serbia in a friendly. However, we were victorious in our remaining European League Division A group fixtures, with two wins over Bosnia & Herzegovenia and another victory over Belgium. We rounded 2024 up with a friendly victory over China.

2025 brought the beginning of our FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. We were expected to top our group and qualify with ease to compete in Canada in the following year, and we started well with comfortable victories over Belarus (H) and Austria (A). June brought the semi finals of the International League, which we qualified for through our performances in the European League Division A. A 4-0 thumping of Spain set up a clash in the final against arch rivals Germany, where we were triumphant. Captain Harry Kane lifted the trophy at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

England's Best Eleven (2024)

Luke Shaw Was England's Star Performer In 2024

In a year which England reached the final of the UEFA European Championship in Italy, Luke Shaw (DL) proved to be England's talisman. The left back who played his club football at Manchester United was in the peak of his powers, and was a reliable quantity in the back line. Other star performers included Calum Chambers (DR) and John Stones (DC), while the young Tim Skinner (AMC) had begun to shine in the England side. Harry Kane (ST) was beginning to lose his pace and fitness with age, and found himself being substituted more and more regularly as the years wore on.

Ryan Ferguson's Message

Ryan Ferguson:
"It has been an absolute pleasure to manage my country over the last season. The players showed great character and professionalism to top our group in the European International Division, and we were absolutely rampant against Spain and Germany in the International League semi finals and final. We come home with a well-earned trophy which, while not as reputable as the World Cup or European Championship, is a fantastic achievement for these players.

There are a number of young and exciting players coming through who will shine for England in the qualifying campaign for the World Cup. Stephen Lacy, Danny Wickenden and Kingsley Osagie will all play a part in this campaign, which we have already started well. These three players have performed well for Whitehawk, and certainly deserve to be involved with their country too. This is not personal bias, but personal belief in their abilities.

We have six points from six in our group, and we hope to win the remainder of our games to assert our presence. Should we qualify for the World Cup in Canada, we will be fully prepared to battle it out to win the competition. There are a lot of contenders for the title, with a lot of them being European, but we are confident in our own abilities to contest the competition with them."

Comment Section

ScottT, well, unfortunately we couldn't quite do that this season :(
mgriffin2012, 2025 brought us quite close to breaking in to the top 20 of the global Hall of Fame, if I recall. We broke in to the global Hall of Fame in 2026, but that's a story for another day!

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As I didn't get to comment on the last update congrats on a very massive season. I am very impressed how dominant Whitehawk has been in less than a decade.

Now onto the current. Congrats on winning the International League. I feel you will bring the Three Lions back to the glory days of the 20th century. Its crazy you have pretty much finished the first quarter of the century!! Can you make it to 2050?
Ahh yes the UEFA Nations League, a concept I'm not all too keen on but congratulations on winning it especially against the Germans! Qualification for the Euros appears to be going well too and that best XI is damn strong!
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Season Ten: Season Review

An Overview Of Whitehawk FC In Season 2025/2026

Ryan Ferguson: As Premier League and Champions League champions, the expectation was for us to compete for the top honours once again. The media had picked uas one of the favourites in either competition ahead of the season, and we certainly expected ourselves to be vying for more trophies again.


Seven Teenagers Were Paid For By Whitehawk To Build For The Future

Plenty of money came in from the sales of Nahuel Leiva (AML - £25M) and Stephen Kingsley (DL - £5.5M). This money was to be put back in to the market as the club looked to bring young talent to Whitehawk. January and February brought more high profile sales, as Marcos Llorente (MC - £5.5M) and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco (AML/R - £2.7M) were sold to Atalanta and New York City respectively. I did not wish for these transfers to occur, but relevant circumstances forced my hand.

Just one player came in who was not a teenager, in the form of Jeff Reine-Adelaide (AMR/L - £9.5M) from Juventus. The French wide player was to add depth to our attacking positions. Sixteen year old English prodigy Michael Quinn (MC - £4.5M) joined from Bournemouth, while other notable signings included eighteen year old Argentine/Italian Facundo Foti (DL - £5M), eighteen year old Claudio Rotariu (AML - £6.25M) of Romania and highly revered teenage midfield sensation Ricardo Barbosa (AMC - £32.5M).

The squad was already in strong condition, while Foti and Reine-Adelaide came in to strengthen the depth of the senior squad. The other signings came in to join the youth ranks of the club, with the hope of breaking in to the senior squad in the future.

FA Community Shield

Whitehawk Were Victorious In A Penalty Shootout Against Arsenal

League runners-up Arsenal proved a stern challenge in the FA Community Shield. All four goals came in the final twenty minutes, forcing a penalty shootout to occur in the season opener of English football. We were victorious in the end, as we usually were in shootouts, and we lifted our first trophy of the season.

UEFA Super Cup

Whitehawk Triumphed In Yet Another Penalty Shootout

Another game, another penalty shootout! Barcelona had taken the lead in the first half at Helsingin Olympiastadion, but Neal Maupay came to the rescue to force a penalty shootout. Once again, we were successful, lifting our second trophy of the season.

FIFA Club World Cup

Whitehawk Were Crowned As World Champions In Japan

A semi final draw against Club América of Mexico was a stern one, which was settled by a single goal. Neal Maupay fired us in to the final, where we faced Brazilian giants Corinthians. Having won the competition twice before, Corinthians were no walkover, and the game was tense. Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco scored the match winner with eight minutes to go, and Whitehawk lifted their third trophy of an already successful season.

Premier League

Whitehawk's Failed To Win In May, Costing The Club Crucial Points

The season started brightly as we remained unbeaten until a trip to Leicester City in November. Two defeats in November woke us up a little, and we then went on an unbeaten run which stretched all the way to April. However, things turned sour then, as we failed to win any of our final five league games of the season.

Our goal scoring had certainly improved from the previous season, but we were not so great defensively. We still recorded one of the best defensive records in the league, but it was not what we expected of ourselves at the beginning of the season.

Memorable victories included a 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace in August, and a 4-1 thumping of Arsenal in April. Less memorable results included a bad 3-1 defeat at the hands of Leicester City in November, and conceding three late goals to drop points against Watford in March.

League Table

Whitehawk's Poor Run In May Saw Them Slip To Third

Our run of form in the middle of the season saw us top of the league by April. However, we dropped eleven points in our final five games, which told as we dropped to fourth. Manchester United won the league, four points ahead of ourselves, while Manchester City finished above us on goal difference.

Everton finished fourth to claim the final Champions League spot, while Arsenal and Chelsea had to settle with Europa League football after finishing in fifth and sixth respectively. Bristol City, Huddersfield Town and and Crystal Palace were relegated to the Sky Bet Championship.

UEFA Champions League

Whitehawk Stormed To A Second Consecutive Champions League Title

We were drawn in to a very difficult group, which contained Spanish giants FC Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund of Germany and Greek side Olympiakos. However, strong opening performances against Dortmund and Barcelona set the tone for a successful group stage for ourselves, as we waltzed to six wins from six.

We deployed a similar tactic to last season, looking to score as many goals as possible in the away legs of the knockout rounds. This worked fantastically well as we defeated Roma 5-2 on aggregate in the first knockout round, before defeating Bayer Leverkusen 5-1 in the quarter finals. FC Bayern Munich were our opponents in the semi finals, and two 2-1 victories proved to be enough for us to reach the final, where Manchester City awaited.

The final, in Old Trafford, was a very one-sided affair, truth be told. We ran the show from the first minute to the last, and goals from young stars Jason Coffey and Kingsley Osagie killed Manchester City's dreams of lifting the title, as we retained our title of European champions.

FA Cup

Blackburn Rovers Cut Open Whitehawk In Surprise Victory

......I hate Blackburn.....


Whitehawk Suffered Extra Time Heartbreak Against Watford In QFs

We were triumphant in high-scoring victories over Everton and Arsenal in the early rounds of the EFL Cup, before meeting Watford in the quarter finals. In yet another game full of goals, the game was tied at 2-2 at the end of ninety minutes. West Ham then took the lead in extra time, but Kingsley Osagie equalised for Whitehawk with five minutes remaining. However, in the 120th minute, Serbian attacker Miroslav Novakovic struck gold for Watford - knocking us out of the competition.

Whitehawk Football Club

Stephen Lacy & Danny Wickenden Had Formed A Strong Partnership

Stephen Lacy & Danny Wickenden were the star performers of the season in the middle of our defence. The two Englishmen were fantastic in the air, and on the ground, as they gave the team a solid base. Jason Coffey scored an incredible 32 goals in all competition, while Kingsley Osagie enjoyed a profitable season from attacking midfield, finding the back of the net 15 times.

World Football

Chelsea Were Crowned UEFA Europa League Champions

Chelsea were victorious in their UEFA Europa League campaign, as they stormed to the final where they won against fellow English side Stoke City. They would compete against us in the following season's UEFA Super Cup, as a result.

Manchester City's Croatian midfielder Damir Sipus claimed the Ballon d'Or award, while Barcelona's Neymar was the victor in the race for the FIFA World Player of the Year. Both were included in the FIFA World Team of the Year, which also most notably included Athletic Bilbao's Luken Díez, AS Monaco's Kylian Mbappé and Arsenal's Álvaro Morata.

Ryan Ferguson's Message

Ryan Ferguson:
"We may have suffered Premier League heartbreak as we missed out on the league title, but we certainly have much to celebrate from this season. We end the campaign having won four trophies, including another Champions League title, and we played some fantastic football in the middle.

The players have played very well, and we were unlucky that both Manchester clubs had two fantastic seasons as well. Hopefully we can perform even better next season and win back the league title.

A big thank you to the incredible fans for showing their undying support for the football club throughout the seasons, and we can enjoy the summer knowing we are European and world champions!"

Comment Section

MJK46, 2050 would be quite an impressive target to reach! Hopefully we will make it there, but nothing is certain!

mgriffin2012, yeah beating Germany in the final was a sweet victory, hopefully the first of many on the international scene!

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England: Season 2025/2026

An Overview Of England In Season 2025/2026

Ryan Ferguson: Following an incredible first season charge of my home nation, England, we were set to continue in our efforts to secure qualification to the FIFA World Cup 2026, which was to be hosted in Canada, for a second consecutive tournament. We were victorious in our two opening fixtures of the qualifying campaign, with wins coming against Belarus and Austria. While we were clear favourites to top our group, we knew we had plenty of challenges to overcome, and that there would be no free meal ticket awaiting us.

England Results

Goals Galore: England Scored An Impressive 26 Goals In Six Qualifiers

We were truly rampant in our qualifying campaign, truth be told. The September internationals brought fixtures against Israel and Finland, where Tim Skinner starred for us. The Manchester United attacking midfielder scored four of our eight goals over the two games, including a hat trick against Finland. Unfortunately, the fixture against Finland saw us concede our only goal of the qualifying campaign.

October brought our second meetings against Belarus and Austria in the campaign, and they were attempting to be as difficult to beat as possible. Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson inspired us to victory on both occasions, even scoring in each, while debut call-up Kel Rogers scored twice in the fixture against Austria.

Our remaining two fixtures would come against Israel and Finland in November, and we were keen to round up the campaign in style. Whitehawk star Kingsley Osagie scored twice in Jerusalem as we secured our qualification with victory over Israel, and our final fixture against Finland at Wembley proved to be a goal fest. Captain Harry Kane scored a hat trick in the opening twenty nine minutes to set the tone, while Dele Alli and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both recorded braces in the game. Kel Rogers, who replaced Harry Kane as a substitute, rounded off the scoring with a goal of his own.

2026 brought three friendlies, including two in preparation for the World Cup. The March friendly against Italy saw us suffer defeat, as Roberto Mancini's men seemed to be far more up for the game. The two World Cup preparation fixtures, against Switzerland and Uruguay, proved far more fruitful. Wide attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and striker Josh Pilkington had made the World Cup squad, to the surprise of many, but proved their worth by showing incredible form with a week to go to the beginning of the competition.

FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group

England Averaged Four Goals Scored Per Game In The Qualifying Round

No word could describe our performance in qualifying better than rampant. We were on an absolute demolition streak for the second of the qualifying campaign, as shown by our 32 goals scored in eleven games. With an average of four goals scored per game, we showed that there was a true difference in quality between us and our opposition. One negative was that we conceded once, and couldn't keep a perfect defensive record, but we didn't care all too much in the end.

England's Best Eleven (2025)

Dele Alli's Experience Proved Invaluable As England Dominated

A very successful 2025 for England saw Dele Alli selected as the nation's best performer on the international stage. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was incredibly reliable from a deep lying playmaker role, but that did not stop him from finding the back of the net on five occasions in a prolific year for him. Other star performers included Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson, Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, Manchester City defender John Stones and Whitehawk defender Stephen Lacy.

Ryan Ferguson's Message

Ryan Ferguson:
"It's been a very strong year for England once more. We secured passage to the FIFA World Cup with eight wins from eight in qualifying, and demonstrated just how deadly in front of goal we can be. We have a group of fantastic players, who have the belief that they can go on to lift the nation's first World Cup trophy since 1966.

Sixty years is a long time since England were last crowned World Cup champions. While we did lift the European Championship trophy in 2020, we are hungry for success, and we will work our socks off in pursuit of the prize that matters.

We know the fans will be behind us all the way, and we look forward to an exciting tournament. It is the second time in a row the World Cup will have been hosted by Canada, so we head there with experience from the last campaign. Hopefully it proves to be a little more fruitful than four years ago, where we bowed out at the group stage."

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A huge shame on missing out on the league title in the previous update, but it was nice to see you retain the Champions League. In the most recent update then... Amazing to see you as the new manager of the England national team, an actual decent appointment from the FA for once :P Good to see you qualify so comfortably, hopefully you can now take that good form and do as well in the World Cup. I have a feeling you could be bringing it home :P
Stoke in the Europa League Final? Hopefully qualifying so comfortably for the World Cup won't have a hindrance on England's chances going into the Finals like it seems to in real life.

On the club scene another brilliant season and great to see you beating Man $ity in the Champions League Final to retain your trophy!
Man England was on fire. I feel bad for Finland.
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England Achieve World Cup Progression

England Were Victorious In Each Of Their Three Group Stage Fixtures

Ryan Ferguson: My first, and only, major tournament as English manager was set to be an exciting experience. Nothing I had achieved as manager of Whitehawk could have possibly prepared me for the challenges and the emotions brought by an international tournament.

However, I knew I would not have the time to sit back and take in all these new experiences. My job was to lead England to the title. That's why I was hired. That was my only objective - any less would be considered failure.

Group Stage Results

England Scored Six Goals In Three Victories, Conceding None

Three wins from three gave us the perfect group stage. We collected maximum points against teams we were expected to defeat, without so much as a single goal conceded. We needed a helping hand in one of the fixtures, but everybody needs a bit of luck sometimes!

3-0 Win vs New Zealand (Group Stage) - 14/06/2026

Reiss Nelson Completed A Hat Trick In England's Opening Fixture In Canada

England's first fixture of the competition came against a much lesser New Zealand side at the Mississauga (ON) Community Arena. In one of Canada's major football stadia, Reiss Nelson proved to be the hero of the game. The Arsenal winger was on hand to score a fantastic hat trick to secure all three points for England, and begin our campaign with aplomb.
Reiss Nelson (England) - 9.6/10

2-0 Win vs Chile (Group Stage) - 20/06/2026

Dele Alli Inspired England To A Hard-Fought Victory Over Chile

Chile were a team prepared to battle it out for the top spot in the group. With top class players in the form of Ignacio Guerrero (DC) and captain Jeisson Vargas (AML/R), they had the ability to beat anybody on their day. However, we were more than prepared for this fixture. Our first goal of the game came from an Enzo Roco own goal, and this set us on our way before the hero of the day, Dele Alli, secured victory with a thumping finish, and his celebrations epitomised the importance of the win.
Dele Alli (England) - 8.0/10

1-0 Win vs Serbia (Group Stage) - 24/06/2026

Predrag Rajkovic's Own Goal Conceded All Three Points To England

Any game against Serbia was never going to be pretty, especially with top place up for grabs in this fixture. Anything but defeat would secure top spot for ourselves, but we wanted all three points. We hustled and we harried, but Serbia refused to be beaten. Eventually, it was a moment of madness from Serbian goalkeeper, and captain, Predrag Rajkovic which settled the game. The Whitehawk goalkeeper bundled a cross in to the back of his own net to give England all three points, and the top spot in the group.
John Stones (England) - 7.7/10

World Cup Group D

England And Serbia Advanced To The Second Round Of The World Cup

We had a brief moment to celebrate as we topped the group in style. Fellow Europeans Serbia went on to join us in the next round, as they recorded two wins from two. New Zealand settled for a very respectable third pace finish, while Chile slumped to a devastating last place, scoring just one goal as they recorded zero points.

Our first place finish in the group handed us a fixture against Ivory Coast, who were runners up in their group which contained Italy (1st), Spain (3rd) and Saudi Arabia (4th). The Ivorians had a strong squad at their disposal, led by captain Assane Gnoukouri (DM/MC). We were prepared for a tough challenge, and we were excited about the prospect of competing in the knockout stages.

Ryan Ferguson's Message

Ryan Ferguson:
"The World Cup has treated us very well so far. I could not have asked for any more of the players, and of the fans, as we recorded three victories from three, and in some style too. Our performances on and off the pitch has to be commended, and we hope to continue this form in to the knockout stages.

Next up for us is a strong Ivory Coast outfit, who finished above Spain in their group. We expect a strong physical display from them, as well as a very high work rate to contend with. We will be prepared and focused, and we aim to continue our progression in this competition."

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ScottT, yeah it was a shame to miss out on the league title, but a reality call to sign some proper ready-made talent, in truth. Let's find out if England can take the spoils! :P

mgriffin2012, yes I'm hoping for no slip ups when it matters! As for Man €ity, there's nothing sweeter than beating the money bags, is there? :P

MJK46, yeah, a massive win was on the cards, but unfortunately for Finland they just got completely steamrolled!

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Fantastic group stage from you there. Very nice to see how well Reiss Nelson has progressed, considering he's currently playing for MK Dons in my save albeit being one of the better players in the division on loan :P Hopefully you can see off the Ivory Coast and continue en route to the final.

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