Author Archives: England Players

Southgate reveals he spends evenings swotting up on Panama and Tunisia

England manager Gareth Southgate has already started doing his homework on World Cup rivals Panama. Southgate said following the draw on December 1 that he knew “a lot less about” Panama and Tunisia compared to his knowledge of group top seeds Belgium, who feature a host of Premier League stars. And in the week that has passed since England learned ...

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Panama won't be in awe of England, former coach Stempel warns

Former Panama coach Gary Stempel has warned England not to underestimate the World Cup debutants next summer or risk suffering an upset that would trump any in their history. Panama will be gracing the finals for the first time after qualifying in third place from the CONCACAF section and their impact in Russia is expected to be limited. Not only ...

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Banks support invaluable for Butland ahead of World Cup year

Jack Butland hopes he is back on track for the World Cup – with a little bit of help from Gordon Banks. The Stoke goalkeeper made a surprise return from a broken finger suffered on England duty last month for Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Swansea. The injury prevented Butland from playing in England’s friendly against Brazil and furthering his claim ...

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Gareth Southgate secure as England boss regardless of World Cup results

England manager Gareth Southgate has been told his job is safe even if the Three Lions lose all their group matches at next summer’s World Cup. Southgate took up the reins on a permanent basis 12 months ago on a four-year contract and oversaw a successful qualification for the 2018 showpiece event, where England will face Belgium, Tunisia and Panama ...

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England discover their group opponents in Russia World Cup

England were handed a favourable draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after being chosen to face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G. After avoiding Argentina, Brazil and Germany, England were the penultimate team picked from Pot 2 by Diego Maradona in the draw ceremony in the Kremlin’s State Palace. Gareth Southgate’s side will face Tunisia in their ...

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How social media reacted to England’s World Cup draw

England were handed a favourable draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after avoiding Argentina, Brazil and Germany. Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions were the penultimate team picked from Pot 2 by Diego Maradona in the draw ceremony in the Kremlin’s State Palace. Here it is: the #ThreeLions‘ group for the 2018 @FIFAWorldCup! pic.twitter.com/srnnOP9AmQ — England (@England) December 1, 2017 ...

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Russia 2018 organisers urge supporters to get online for free trains and visas

England fans at next summer’s World Cup in Russia will not need expensive tourist visas and can enjoy free transport on match days – but only if they get organised, the hosts have warned. Trialled at this year’s Confederations Cup, all ticket-holders at Russia 2018 will also need a ‘FAN ID’ to gain entry to the stadiums. A small, laminated ...

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Nothing for England to fear in World Cup draw – Hodgson

Former England manager Roy Hodgson believes the Three Lions should fear no-one in Friday’s World Cup draw. Gareth Southgate’s side are in pot two for the draw in Moscow and could face a host of top nations next summer. Hosts Russia as well as holders Germany are potential opponents from pot one, as are Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and ...

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5 of the most lethal World Cup groups of death

The 2018 World Cup finals draw takes place in Moscow on Friday, with England hoping to avoid a so-called ‘group of death’ against tough opponents who could feasibly end their interest in the tournament after three games.Here Press Association Sport looks at five other such groups in World Cup history. 1970 (Brazil, Czechoslovakia, England, Romania) The best of luck to ...

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Vardy and Kane could be effective front two for England, says Puel

Leicester manager Claude Puel has urged England boss Gareth Southgate to play Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane together as a strike partnership. Kane is first choice for the national team, understandably given the Tottenham man has been the Premier League’s top-scorer for the past two seasons, with Southgate often opting to play him as a lone striker, meaning Vardy is ...

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England striker Harry Kane does not fear anyone ahead of World Cup draw

Harry Kane insists England are not running scared of anyone ahead of this week’s World Cup draw in Russia. The groups for next summer’s tournament will be decided at the Kremlin on Friday, with England among the second seeds. Potential ‘groups of death’ have already been drawn up and Gary Lineker, a predecessor of Kane’s with Tottenham and England, will ...

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Gary Neville to be a part of ITV’s World Cup coverage

Gary Neville will be part of ITV’s team of pundits for next summer’s World Cup in Russia. The former Manchester United and England defender, who also works for Sky Sports, will work with the terrestrial broadcaster’s studio team based in Moscow. The deal was made with the agreement of Sky Sports, who cannot cover World Cup matches live. We’re delighted ...

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