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Capello: I Believe The Children Are Our Future

With the golden generation proving to be more of a fake-tan-orange, Fabio Capello is continuing to leave his legacy on English football by providing the opportunities needed for Stuart Pearce’s Young Lions to shine ahead of next summer’s Euros, the first chance for many to step up to the big stage and burst out the sort of power ballad Whitney Houston would be proud of.   With ....


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Capello, He Pick The Player To Win The Football

Needing only a point to qualify for Euro 2012, Fabio Capello has picked the squad from which he hopes to select a winning side away at Montenegro on Friday. Confident that England play better away from home, the Italian is keen to go all out for victory, rather than risk a “mistake” by settling for the single point England need. It is for this reason that he has taken no chances with ....


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England Vs Wales News Plus Twitter Updates

Fabio Capello has made two changes to the victorious side that beat Bulgaria 3-0 on Friday, replacing the in-form Scott Parker with the previously dropped Frank Lampard. James Milner also comes in for the hamstrung Theo Walcott.   The Lampard decision has already raised a number of eyebrows, especially as Capello received much praise for leaving the experienced player out against Bulgaria ....


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Don’t Worry, It’s Only Wales

A victory against Wales on Tuesday night would make England all but mathematically sure of a place at the Euro 2012 finals. And it’s at Wembley too. Absolutely nothing could go wrong… In fact, Fabio Capello is so confident in England’s capacity to not cock things up that despite losing three of his squad to injury, he’s not going to replace them. And he’s going to ....


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England Vs Switzerland: Dragging Out The Season With One Last Fixture

Most footballers started their summer holidays a couple of weeks ago, but even with the Champions League final and the play-offs all done and dusted now, the nation’s elite have got one more match to keep them from the beaches. And football’s widows have one more game to put up with before the summer break can properly begin and minds can turn to other things, like wild transfer ....


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Wales Vs England: A Pint Of Brains Or Not Everybody’s Cup Of Tea?

After the World Cup debacle last year, England needed a fresh start. We may have kept with the same manager, (and with the size of his contract we had to) but fresh faces were needed. So, with the injury-hit Rio Ferdinand forced to step down from captaincy this week, who else would provide us with a new direction, a way forward, a new found sense of belief? It’s a no-brainer ....


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Denmark Vs England: At Least Lamps Will Enjoy It

Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard are both out, so Frank Lampard will captain England for the first time against Denmark on Wednesday, for a friendly match that is probably about as crucial to the rest of the team as a vat of veal at a vegetarian barbeque.   “I am very proud,” said Lampard. “It is quite unexpected. I've been in the squad for quite a long time time now and ....


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Switzerland Vs England: Key Fixture Of The Group?

Despite all the talk of ‘allegations’, there’s one thing few people in England will have any dispute about. The away fixture in Basle should be Rooney et al’s toughest fixture in the whole group stage.   Fabio Capello is in no way being controversial when he states that “Switzerland are the strongest team in the group,” and so for England to avoid ....


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Euro 2012 Preview

The recent World Cup could be likened to England’s last European Championship qualifying campaign. A total embarrassment? A complete let down? These are a few familiar phrases that come to mind. So let’s hope this is a fresh start, and when England walk out on the Wembley turf on Friday, we see a revolutionised side, installing the passion and pride back into our disheartened ....


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England Vs Hungary: To Boo Or Not To Boo

  Fabio Capello expects it. Steven Gerrard thinks he deserves it and would do it himself. So is it right to boo the new-look England team in their first post World Cup game? This is the existential dilemma facing the dozen or so fans who decided they would actually pay to watch this bunch of losers.   Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of ....


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England In European Under-19 Championships Preview

With attention now turned to the future after the failures of the senior side in the World Cup, England have a chance to restore some hope and pride in the European Under-19s Championships, which kick off today in France.   England face Austria this (Sunday) evening, then Holland on Wednesday and the hosts, France, next Saturday in the group stage. And in terms of the issues facing our ....


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England Vs Germany: Stick Or Twist In Defence?

Capello’s teams against USA and Algeria caused much debate, and though not everyone agreed with the changes made for Slovenia, we all accepted that change was required. And it worked. The new boys Milner, Defoe and Upson all made match-winning and match-saving contributions. So will Capello stick with a winning team, or tinker a little more?   The fans wanted to see Joe Cole brought ....


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The Showdown

So, it has arrived. Judgement day. The most important 90 minutes in recent English history. Does it seem worrying (a) that it takes place in a group stage, or (b) that’s it’s against Slovenia? I suppose it’s keeping with the times in the FIFA World Cup 2010. Since our dire goalless draw with Algeria on an ultimately depressing night for those in red and white, Wednesday is a day ....


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England Vs Slovenia: A Bigger Game Than It Was Meant To Be

If told before the tournament that we’d only have to beat Slovenia to qualify, then you would have been forgiven for thinking ‘no problem’. But at present it is more of a concern that we do indeed need to, or we’re probably out. It could happen. Surely this is not something that we need to worry about though, is it? If only. The ups and downs of being an England fan, the ....


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England Vs Algeria: Squad Show Little Respect For Opponents

If we want to win this group (which we obviously do) then this is a must win game. Simple as that. But are we taking our opponents lightly? Well, yes, apparently.   Wayne Rooney has stated that we don’t need to be at our best to win and that the squad haven’t particularly prepared for our opponents. A bit worrying perhaps, or maybe just a sign of supreme confidence and a ....


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England Vs Usa Preview

Gone are the days when the USA ruled the world at most sports but were a laughing stock when it came to the beautiful game. There is now a genuine chance of them causing an upset on the opening weekend of the World Cup tournament, and it would certainly be upsetting to any Englishman if they did. Either way, it’ll be a crucial encounter, and one with plenty of needle at this point in ....


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Platinum Stars Vs England Preview – The Big One!

  To win the World Cup, England need to beat the world’s best, but before all that, England’s best will face the Platinum Stars in a warm-up game on Monday, designed to give Capello’s first eleven a decent run-out together.   One wonders what the Mexico and Japan games were meant to achieve, if not this, but with only five days remaining before what’s expected ....


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Algeria Team Review

The Algerian national football team is possibly the most unpredictable team in this year’s tournament by a great margin. Over the years the nation has lifted trophies in some competitions and failed to qualify for others. Sequences of inspired performances are forgotten by embarrassing defeats and humiliating losses.   This year’s African Cup of Nations saw The Desert Foxes ....


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Slovenia Team Review

Slovenia pose arguably the weakest threat to England’s optimistic World Cup campaign.   As the balls for pot four were released in the heart of South Africa, eyes were glued to television screens all across the country. Our channel neighbours, France, were the most feared but I’m sure Portugal wouldn’t have been anymore welcomed. Serbia could easily stand their ground and ....


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Usa Team Review

It seemed a straight-forward task for Capello’s men as the draw was made for this year’s World Cup Finals. Group C revealed England’s fate; Algeria and Slovenia look like easy enough tasks, but what about USA? On paper we should frankly stuff them, but maybe The Yanks will pose a bigger threat than was first thought?   The Americans, managed by Bob Bradley, kick off their ....


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England Vs Egypt: A Welcome Distraction?

England fans are set to be disappointed this week, with the distraction of an actual football match to deflect attention away from the feuding of players. The visit of African Nations Cup champions Egypt is welcome to Fabio Capello, however, who sees this as a good opportunity to prepare for the World Cup, which is happening this summer, apparently. Just in case you’re confused by matters, ....


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England Vs Brazil Team News

If a team of the unavailable England players played the team that Fabio Capello is now likely to put out against Brazil, then it might make for a more balanced game than the one expected in Doha on Saturday. However, despite an injury crisis, confidence in the camp is still high.   Doubts around the fitness of captain John Terry epitomise the problem facing Capello’s side at the ....


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Capello Announces ‘different Style’ And ‘different Players’

England boss Fabio Capello has responded to questions about his team against Belarus by announcing that “It's possible you'll be surprised.” With injuries ruling key players Rooney and Gerrard out, this will be an opportunity for the Italian to experiment, like it or not. Therefore, he is planning to make the most of the chance. Article continues below     // ....


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Capello Makes Striker Decision For Croatia

  England coach Fabio Capello has decided which striker to partner with Wayne Rooney for the important World Cup qualifier at Wembley tonight. And it is the player best suited to play against the Croatians, in this particular home game.   “I’ve decided,” he told the press yesterday, but refused to comment on who it was, other than to acknowledge that both Emile ....


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10 Things You Might Not Know About Slovenia

Bordering Croatia and sitting third in their qualifying group, ahead of Poland, the Czech Republic and San Marino, Slovenia provide England with an ideal warm-up opportunity ahead of our crucial game with neighbours Croatia on Wednesday. So here are ten facts about the small Adriatic state. Five are about the country itself. Five are about the team.    Article continues ....


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