Arsenal long time coach Arsene Wenger has backed the current interim manager of the Three Lions, Gareth Southgate to get the job on a permanent basis.

Wenger was tipped as the top choice to replace former manager Roy Hodgson after he resigned following a dismal Euro 2016 showing. However, Wenger opted to avoid being considered, deciding to rather focus on his club management career. Wenger says that Southgate has the required experience to manage the team despite not being a ‘big name.’

“Yes, he is. The difficulty in England is that there’s always the demand for big names,” said Wenger when asked if Southgate was a great choice for England. Southgate is standing in for four games following Sam Allardyce’s exit. He is widely expected to become the manager on a permanent basis if England defeat Scotland in the World Cup qualifier next month. The Three Lions will be hoping to give their 2018 World Cup dream a boost with a victory when they play Scotland at Wembley.

Wenger brushed off speculations that he would ever take up the job despite the concerns if Southgate can truly manage the team. Under Southgate, England played a lacklustre match against Slovenia and only managed to thrash Malta 2-0. The next two games would be key if Southgate is to get the job on a permanent basis.

England needs to win fans

Sam Allardyce has stated that the England team should first win the fans back. He said that there is a deception in the England camp at the moment after the performance at the Euros 2016, and it is up to the players to ensure that they turn things around.

The new England manager said that it is perfectly normal for the fans to behave like this as the England team has deceived them. He said it is important that the players deliver a passionate performance and fight for the country. It is only at this moment that they will be able to reconnect with the fans and win back their support.

Sam Allardyce has stated that there is nothing wrong with the England fans and the problem lie with the England team. He said that the fans have always been supporting the team at every major tournament, and it is the players that have constantly been unable to deliver the goods. He said that he would do everything he can to change this situation and make sure that the team becomes great again.
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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson favours the coaching job of the Three Lions to go to Sam Allardyce, according to reports.

The former tactician, who was busy at the Euro 2016, wants the role given to the Sunderland boss.

Allardyce is set to be interviewed by the Football Association (FA) representatives this week to see if he is suited for the role he was snubbed for back in 2006. Reports say the former Bolton Wanderers boss will have the opportunity of convincing the FA if he is the best person for the job ahead of the other five people that have also been linked to the role. The other top contender for the role is United States (US) men’s national team coach Jürgen Klinsmann. The German, some believe will be better at the role considering what he’s done with the US team. He is also likely to manage the numerous influences at the job better considering he is from the outer circle.

The FA will be hoping to complete the process in a couple of weeks after their initial plan failed. Reports say they had hoped that the manager of the Under 21 English team Gareth Southgate would manage the team in the interim, especially with the 2018 World Cup qualification on the line. They also hoped that current manager of Arsenal FC, Arsene Wenger would agree to coach the Three Lions when his contract with the club expires next year but both options have failed to materialize, forcing the panel picked out for the job to find a suitable candidate on time.

Roy Hodgson doesn’t desire to leave the English set up presently.

He reckons no coach would will to break the association with a team that is set up beautifully and is about to peak.

But, he admits his future involvement is not something that would be his call and it is up to how the top brass sees it.

Speaking on the occasion of unveiling the squad which he would be travelling to France with, Hodgson said, “England can be a very, very special team in the close future and nobody, as a coach, would like to be going out at such stage.”

“But, you don’t always have it in your own hands and more than your keenness, it’s the opinion of the others who are above you matters.”

“Having worked in the coaching field for forty years, I can’t shy away from the fact that showing the returns is important as well and at the end of the day, that’s what everyone sees.”

The FA has not given away too much in terms of what is the least stage they want the team to get to in the Euros. Continue reading Roy Hodgson doesn’t desire to leave the English set up presently.


Leicester City are just a step away from the English Premier League after winning their last encounter against Swansea City.

The team sits atop the league with 76 points garnered from 35 matches. If they defeat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, they will lift the title after successfully fighting off the title threat from second-placed Tottenham Hotspurs.

The Spurs were the team who could have piped The Foxes to the title but they lost the golden opportunity with the 1-1 draw with West Brom at home on Monday. Even if Leicester City fail to defeat the Red Devils, they would now require just two points from three matches to be sure of finishing top.

Spurs are now seven points adrift with three games left, but head coach of the team, Mauricio Pochettino, still hoping for a slip or just not wanting to give up till the end, said:

“We still need to believe. We are not going to give up.”

Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester squad started the race this season with the aim of just avoiding relegation or at most finishing in the first half but the team are now set to claim their first top-flight success after leaving Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and defending champions Chelsea in their wake.

Former Foxes defender Matt Elliott told BBC Radio 5 live. Continue reading LEICESTER CITY SET TO INSPIRE OTHERS IN ENGLAND WITH EPL TITLE

Roy Hodgson is considering bringing back John Terry

Roy Hodgson has recently talked about the possibility of luring John Terry into the English national football team as the head manager wants to reinforce the defensive section of the national squad and he is viewing the already retired John Terry as a possible option.

“There are, in my opinion, no left-sided centre-backs who are English playing in the league who are at least at the level of the ones we are choosing and that’s a fact of life and there’s not much we can do about it’’

“The point that we haven’t got the left-sided one is quite right, but there is nothing I can do about that unless suddenly in the next five weeks some brilliant English left-sided centre-back appears on the scene and I don’t anticipate that. I had a long chat with John the other day; he’s a very nice guy. But because he retired so long ago, he retired four years ago. He doesn’t feature in my thinking too often.But I can’t deny that is a valid point.’’ England’s Roy Hodgson said. Continue reading Roy Hodgson is considering bringing back John Terry