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May 2013
Hodgson Steps Down!

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Roy Hodgson has today announced he will step down from his role as England manager after minor health difficulties. The 65-year old Englishman has been manager of the England national side for a year now - having been appointed in May of 2012.

The head of the English Football Association, David Bernstein, sat alongside the former West Bromwich Albion manager this morning at a press conference held at Wembley in which he explained he had been having 'minor health difficulties' since around February. Doctors initially expressed concern amid chest pains for Hodgson - and then advised him to step down. After two and a half months of talks with David Bernstein, he decided it was best for himself and the national team if he were to step down.

The 65-year old has vast managerial experience - having managed 21 teams over a 37-year period. His managerial career started in 1976 when he took over at Swedish club Halmstads BK. He remained in Sweden for four years - winning two league titles while in charge. England was the fourth national team Hodgson had managed - while his club employers include the likes of Inter Milan, Liverpool, Udinese and Fulham.

Hodgson initially took charge as England manager in May of 2012 after months of speculation following Fabio Capello's resignation at the beginning of the year. Current Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp was immediately installed as the bookies' favourite for the job despite still being employed at Tottenham Hotspur before Bernstein stopped all speculation with the appointment of Hodgson. Despite only taking charge a short time before the 2012 UEFA European Championships started, Hodgson led the team to several fine performances before being knocked out at the quarter-final stage to eventual runners-up Italy on penalties.

Due to the awkward timing of the announcement, England coach Gary Neville has been put in charge for the next two games. On the 7th of June, England host Montenegro at Wembley in a World Cup qualifier before Paraguay travel to Wembley on the 11th for a friendly. Neville will remain in charge for both fixtures and a statement will be released from the English FA at a later date.
Good luck with this mate. Nice to have you back. What happened to Stoke story? Either way I'm following as always. :)
Good luck with this mate. Nice to have you back. What happened to Stoke story? Either way I'm following as always. :)

Thanks a lot mate - needed some time off. I never really got into the Stoke game; things got on top of me and I just wanted to start afresh. Thanks for the comment! :)
Thanks a lot mate - needed some time off. I never really got into the Stoke game; things got on top of me and I just wanted to start afresh. Thanks for the comment! :)

Thats ok mate, hope everything's ok now. :). Love your stories and hope you can bring some success finally to the 3 lions.
Look forward to an International story. Different spin on it all
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31st of May, 2013
Neville Announces First Squad

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Temporary England manager Gary Neville has announced his squad for the upcoming games against Montenegro and Paraguay. The 38-year old was placed in temporary charge of the team following Roy Hodgson's resignation earlier this month.

The former Manchester United right-back had limited resources to choose his squad with - as several key players, such as Steven Gerrard, were injured and many youngsters who Neville was rumoured to be interested in selecting had already been taken to the under-21 UEFA European Championships. Due to the current instability surrounding the squad, goalkeeper Joe Hart was selected as temporary captain for the two games.

Neville's Squad:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Fraser Forster and John Ruddy.

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling, Phil Jagielka, Ryan Shawcross and Gary Cahill.

Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Tom Huddlestone, Frank Lampard, Aaron Lennon, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Scott Sinclair.

Forwards: Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.
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7th of June, 2013 | FIFA World Cup Qualifier
England 7-0 Montenegro

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Temporary manager Gary Neville guided England to an impressive win over qualification contenders Montenegro tonight at Wembley as his side ran out convincing winners thanks to goals from Ryan Shawcross, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Scott Sinclair and Wayne Rooney.

On this warm Friday evening, England produced a scintillating display in front of goal to blow contenders Montenegro out of the water. Neville started with a mix of experience and youth as he gave debut caps to goalkeeper Fraser Forster, defender Ryan Shawcross and winger Scott Sinclair. An crowd of just over 88,000 watched on as England dominated a game in which they could so easily have found themselves on the wrong end of an upset.

The scoring was opened on 12 minutes when winger Theo Walcott beat three men before cutting inside and passing to Scott Sinclair who took the ball in his stride before striking from just outside of the area. Ten minutes later, the lead was doubled. A long ball forward from goalkeeper Fraser Forster was taken down delicately by lone-striker Wayne Rooney who laid it into the path of Arsenal man Oxlade-Chamberlain who slotted home. In the 29th minute, Scott Sinclair cut inside - beat four opposition defenders - and smashed a wonder strike into the top corner. On the stroke of half-time, Oxlade-Chamberlain made it four. He picked the ball up in the middle of the park, passed into Rooney and continued his run; playing a one-two which he calmly finished under pressure from an opposition defender.

In the 66th minute, wing-back Kyle Walker floated a ball into the area for Wayne Rooney who chested it into the path of Oxlade-Chamberlain who completed his hat-trick. Six minutes later, England scored another to the delight of the Wembley crowd. Star man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain knocked a corner into the penalty area which was nodded home by defender Ryan Shawcross. In the 76th minute, winger Scott Sinclair cut inside and played the ball to Rooney who curled the ball home from 20 yards out to complete an impressive win in Neville's first game in charge. England currently sit second in their qualifying group - two points behind leaders Poland and one point ahead of third placed Ukraine with four games left.

Starting Eleven: Fraser Forster, Kyle Walker, Ryan Shawcross, Chris Smalling, Leighton Baines, Michael Carrick, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Frank Lampard, Scott Sinclair and Wayne Rooney.

Substitutes: Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Aaron Lennon, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jagielka, Tom Cleverley and Tom Huddlestone.

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England 4-0 Paraguay

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Gary Neville ended his temporary stay as England manager with another emphatic victory as his experimental side ran out victors at Wembley over South American side Paraguay thanks to an impressive performance from Daniel Sturridge.

On this scorching Tuesday night, England turned up the temperature leaving Paraguay unable to resist the delicacy of England's attacks as an experimental England team were impressive going forward. Neville made several changes to the team which comfortably beat Montenegro four days ago - including moving Wayne Rooney to a more unfamiliar role in the centre of the park as Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge started as the lone-striker while defender Leighton Baines was pushed into midfield.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in the 5th minute. Temporary midfielder Leighton Baines crossed a free-kick into the box which Rooney nodded home. Just seven minutes later, Daniel Sturridge doubled the lead. Leighton Baines' cut back was successfully turned in by the Liverpool striker as he appeared for the first time under Neville. In the 37th minute, winger Theo Walcott got the the by-line and his low cross was drilled home by Evertonian Leighton Baines. Just 20 seconds into the second-half, Daniel Sturridge completed the scoring for a rampant England side. From kick-off, the ball was played to wing-back Glen Johnson who crossed for Daniel Sturridge to coolly tap home to conclude Gary Neville's temporary time in charge of the England squad with two wins out of two.

Starting Eleven: Fraser Forster, Kyle Walker, Ryan Shawcross, Chris Smalling, Ashley Cole, Tom Huddlestone, Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney, Tom Cleverley, Leighton Baines and Daniel Sturridge.

Substitutes: Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Scott Sinclair, Michael Carrick, Phil Jagielka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Frank Lampard.
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