John Terry has retired from international football, but England have been struggling without him since then. As the World Cup approaches in the summer, England will be without two of the world's best defenders like John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, as both have decided to retire from international football.
The replacements have not been able to match the standards set by the partnership. Terry is still one of the leading players in the Premier league after rediscovering his form that made him one of the world's best under Jose Mourinho.
With the 2014 World Cup being 6 months away, Roy Hodgson as well as many other coaches have a tough task ahead of them. These next few months will be the most important for the head coach of England as he has to analyze and determine who to pick for his 23 man World Cup squad which has to be ready by June 2nd.
Roy Hodgson has managed some high profile clubs such as Inter Milan and Liverpool but none of them come close on having to be the main men behind a country, a nation as his decisions will be the decisive factor on who makes it into the team.
England has scheduled a friendly match which will be played on the 13th of May and this will be a perfect chance for Hodgson to dish out a provisional team prior to the World Cup itself.
England recently managed to secure qualification to the World Cup automatically after winning the group. The win over Poland meant that England will be finishing top of their group ahead of Ukraine.
After sealing qualification, manager Roy Hodgson said that fans should be confident of winning the World Cup after what they have seen in the last few qualifiers. England have managed to overcome the likes of Montenegro and Poland with relative ease. Manchester United's star striker Wayne Rooney has been performing in exceptional manner for the national team.
Wayne Rooney is aware of the fact that he hasn’t performed that well for England in big international competitions so far and he wants to improve that track record of his. He is quite determined to help the Three Lions achieve the glory in Brazil next year.
Rooney’s outings in the last couple of World Cups haven’t been impressive at all. He struggled in the previous edition of Euro Cup as well which was played last year, but, the form that he has shown in the World Cup qualifiers recently, it seems he is back to his peak and that’s definitely a great sign for England.
The chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, has made it clear that the manager of the national team Roy Hodgson is not going to be sacked in the near future.
England’s performance in the World Cup qualifiers hasn’t been impressive so far and there is a possibility that the Three Lions might end up not qualifying for the finals in Brazil.
There were speculations that if England fails in making it to the finals, Hodgson might find himself being sacked. But, Dyke’s statements suggest that it’s not likely to happen.
The comments made by Manchester United manager David Moyes are thought to have angered star striker Wayne Rooney, who is more keen than ever to leave Manchester United. The latest sports betting odds show that Rooney is evens to leave, and now over 2-1 to stay at United.
The striker has been speculated to leave the club before the end of the transfer window, but there was some hope that Rooney could be persuaded to stay at Old Trafford to extend his nine-year spell at the club. However, it appears that he is extremely hurt by the comments made by David Moyes that he could be a backup for Robin van Persie in the coming season.
England manager Roy Hodgson is certainly struggling for options upfront due to several injury problems for his strikers, while the fit strikers have also been on poor run of form.
This could certainly derail the hopes of England qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. They are already several points behind Montenegro in their group, and they need to win the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches September in order to stand any chance of qualifying for the World Cup. The top teams from group qualifies directly for the World Cup, while the second place team has to go through a play-off.
Arsenal will be without the services of their star midfielder Theo Walcott for up to a week after the 24-year-old suffered injury while on international duty with the England national team.
Walcott was one of the players called up for the England duty by the manager Roy Hodgson. He was expected to be involved in the matches against San Marino and Montenegro, which will be crucial to the World Cup qualifying. However, Walcott suffered an injury just before the San Marino match. The pelvic injury will see him be sidelined for up to 10 days according to the England doctors.
The former Manchester United defender and the current England assistant coach Gary Neville has revealed that he is extremely pleased to work alongside the manager Roy Hodgson.
The former West Brom, Fulham, and Liverpool manager was appointed as a replacement for Fabio Capello ahead of the Euro 2012. Despite being in the job only for a few months, Hodgson managed to achieve a respectable finish at the Euro 2012. He has now set the objective of winning the World Cup at Brazil. Neville has spoken about his challenges as the assistant coach Roy Hodgson, while also revealing the personality of the England manager.
The England national team manager Roy Hodgson believes that the former managers of the national team will still be able to contribute in a significant way. England has had several high-profile managers over the last few decades. This includes the likes of Fabio Capello, Sven Goran Eriksson, and Kevin Keegan.
Recently, the English FA celebrated its 150th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, several former managers were invited to take part in a function. Speaking at this function, the current manager Roy Hodgson has praised the former managers by saying that they still have a lot of expertise that could help improve the England national team.