Hodgson Congratulates Van Gaal

England national team boss Roy Hodgson has sent out his congratulations to his Dutch counterpart Louis van Gaal, who has been named as the next manager of Manchester United. The club have been conducting discussions with the 62-year-old ever since they parted company with David Moyes while some even have suggested that United have been talking with van Gaal even before Moyes was sacked. Either way, he will now lead the club into the new season hoping to be much more successful than his predecessor. He has already given out the firm objective of winning the title next campaign.

NO CLUB RETURN

Roy Hodgson has dismissed suggestions that he would be returning to club football after the end of the World Cup 2014. The former Liverpool and West Brom manager was appointed as the England national team manager just ahead of the Euro 2012.

He managed to guide the team to relative success – considering that he had been appointed only a few months ago – in that competition. However, many feel that he is not the right manager for the national team ahead of the World Cup 2014. England are not even the favourites to qualify for the knockout stages after being given a tough group containing the likes of Italy and Uruguay.

BERTRAND MOVES TO VILLA

Ryan Bertrand made his move to Aston Villa in January as he was transferred from Chelsea to Villa on a loan deal that will last until the end of the current campaign. His chances of playing with Jose Mourinho are being limited with Ashley Cole and Cezar Azpilicueta being the preferred players that Mourinho utilizes.

POSITIVE DENMARK RESULT

Even though England did not create much opportunities in the 1-0 win over Denmark, it was a positive outing for the national team. Manager Roy Hodgson decided to use a number of young players for this international friendly, which will be one of the last matches to test players ahead of the World Cup 2014.

Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the game and Southampton’s Adam Lallana helped create this goal. Liverpool’s Sterling was also one of the impressive players on the pitch. Such displays have meant that Hodgson will have a selection headache when he names his 30 man squad for the World Cup in a short time.

TERRY RETIRES

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.

STILL HOPE

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.

QUALIFIED

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.

ROONEY WILL PERFORM

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.

HODGSON STAYS

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.

ROONEY LEFT ANGRY AND CONFUSED

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.

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