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Thursday, October 1, 2015

England Men's National Soccer Team News

October 1, 2015 - roster named for Estonia and Lithuania matches
  • Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
  • Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton)
  • Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
  • Forwards: Danny Ings (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
September 8, 2015 - Harry Kane & Wayne Rooney score in win over Switzerland
"England 2-0 Switzerland. Wayne Rooney became England's 50-goal all-time leading scorer with a late penalty against Switzerland as Roy Hodgson's men maintained their perfect record in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E. On target from the spot in the 6-0 defeat of San Marino, the Manchester United forward kept his cool in the pressure situation once again to take outright ownership of the record he shared with Sir Bobby Charlton for all of three days. Harry Kane had broken the deadlock after 67 minutes at Wembley. From Luke Shaw's cut-back across the Switzerland area, the Tottenham Hotspur man struck a crisp, low shot inside the near post of Yann Sommer's goal." - UEFA

September 5, 2015 - Wayne Rooney scores (and ties record) in win over San Marino
"San Marino 0-6 England.... England have become the first team to qualify for UEFA EURO 2016 following a 6-0 win against San Marino in Serravalle, their seventh victory in seven Group E games. Captain Wayne Rooney opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 13th minute after San Marino defender Marco Berardi was penalised for an infringement in the box. Rooney's low finish was his 49th goal for England, drawing him level with Sir Bobby Charlton as England's all-time leading international goalscorer. It was 2-0 after 30 minutes, San Marino defender Cristian Brolli heading into his own net following Luke Shaw's cross from the left. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain nearly made it 3-0 before half-time, but San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini pulled off an impressive save from point-blank range.... a minute after coming on for Arsenal team-mate Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott notched the fourth, converting Fabian Delph's low centre. Second-half substitute Harry Kane added a fifth for Roy Hodgson's visitors in the 77th minute, calmly chipping Simoncini after being fed by Jonjo Shelvey, and Walcott scored his second of the match 90 seconds later, placing a shot into the far corner." - UEFA

August 30, 2015 - roster named for San Marino & Switzerland
  • Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
  • Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Phil Jagielka (Everton)
  • Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), James Milner (Liverpool), Ross Barkley (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Fabian Delph (Manchester City)
  • Forwards: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
June 14, 2015 - Jack Wilshere brace & Wayne Rooney winner 3-2 over Slovenia
"Wayne Rooney scored an historic winner as England charged to a thrilling 3-2 defeat of Slovenia in their Group E European Championship qualifier on Sunday. Rooney's goal, his 48th in an England shirt, tied striker Gary Lineker for second on England's all-time scoring list. Slovenia were first to strike, getting the home fans out of their seats in the 37th minute. Milivoje Novakovic received a Josip Ilicic through ball behind a high England back line and rolled a right-footed effort into keeper Joe Hart's far corner. England responded 12 minutes after the break. Jack Wilshere collected a loose ball at the top of the box and unleashed a thumping left-footed shot past Slovenia keeper Samir Handanovic. The goal was the Arsenal midfielder's first for the England senior side in 28 career appearances. Wilshere then doubled his international tally in the 73rd minute, latching on to a Adam Lallana flick and driving a perfectly-placed strike into Handanovic's top corner. The hosts didn't drop their heads, however, and got an equalizer through substitute Nejc Pecnik's header in the 84th minute. But Wayne Rooney settled the score just two minutes later, sweeping home from the top of the penalty area." - ESPN

May 21, 2015 - roster updates
"Uncapped trio Tom Heaton, Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin have been called up to the England squad for the first time. Austin has scored 17 goals for Queens Park Rangers this season and Vardy has hit decent form for Leicester City, scoring three times in his last nine games to help the Foxes complete their unlikely escape from relegation. Heaton has performed well for Burnley this term even though they were relegated from the top flight two weeks ago. They now have a chance to make their international debuts in the friendly against the Republic of Ireland on 7 June or the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier in Slovenia seven days later. It is perhaps Vardy's inclusion that has caught the eye the most. With Harry Kane in the U-21s and Daniel Sturridge out through injury, manager Roy Hodgson has turned to the striker who was playing non-league football with Fleetwood Town three seasons ago." - FIFA

March 31, 2015 - Andros Townsend scores equalizer in draw with Italy
"Andros Townsend's spectacular strike gave an experimental England line-up a creditable draw against Italy in Turin. Southampton striker Graziano Pelle's first-half header looked to have put Italy on course for victory in this friendly as England struggled to get to grips with the changes made by manager Roy Hodgson after Friday's Euro 2016 qualifier win against Lithuania. England, however, were lifted by the introduction of several substitutes and Townsend capped a second-half display that merited a draw. The Tottenham winger's rising 20-yard drive 11 minutes from time gave Italy's veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon no chance." - BBC

March 27, 2015 - Kane, Rooney, Welbeck & Sterling score in win over Lithuania
"Harry Kane scored 80 seconds into his England debut and Wayne Rooney moved a step closer to Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goalscoring record in a routine Euro 2016 dismissal of Lithuania at Wembley. Kane - with 29 goals for Tottenham this season - emerged as a substitute after 70 minutes with England already on the way to fifth win from five qualifiers with goals from Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling. The stage was set for the 22-year-old but even the man with Midas touch in front of goal this season would have struggled to believe he would score with his third touch as a full England international, heading in Sterling's cross at the far post. It was the final flourish on an England win that was little more than a formality in a group that surely provides the safest of passages to France next summer for Euro 2016. Rooney got the night off to the perfect start when he headed his 47th goal for England after only six minutes, leaving him just two adrift of Charlton's tally ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Italy in Turin on Tuesday." - BBC

March 19, 2015 - call-ups for Lithuania & Italy matches
"Harry Kane has been called up to the England squad for the first time. The Tottenham Hotspur striker's return of 26 goals in 42 matches has earned him a place in the 24-man party for the upcoming internationals against Lithuania and Italy. Daniel Sturridge, Fabian Delph and Kyle Walker were named in the squad, which was announced on Thursday lunchtime at Wembley, but there was no place for Danny Ings, Ryan Mason or Charlie Austin." - FIFA

November 18, 2014 - Wayne Rooney scores brace in win over Scotland
"Wayne Rooney moved to within three goals of Sir Bobby Charlton’s England scoring record on Tuesday night when he netted twice in his national team’s 3-1 away win over Scotland. The Manchester United striker beat the Scots’ substitute goalkeeper Craig Gordon with a bullet header just two minutes after the break, when a wayward shot from Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere ricocheted around the home side’s penalty area. Rooney later side-footed in England's killer third strike, just two minutes after Scotland had pulled a goal back. The Three Lions had entered the interval at an electric Celtic Park in Glasgow with a slender but deserved 1-0 lead after Wilshere set up club colleague Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a header just past the half-hour mark. " - Manchester United

November 15, 2014 - Wayne Rooney & Danny Welbeck score in 3-1 win over Slovenia
"Wayne Rooney helped England survive a scare against Slovenia on his 100th international appearance as they came from behind to make it four wins from four in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Rooney was presented with a golden cap by England and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton before kick-off in honour of his landmark but underdogs Slovenia threatened to spoil the celebrations when Jordan Henderson's own goal gave them the lead just before the hour. England's captain quickly restored order with his 44th goal for his country from the penalty spot, putting him joint-third with Jimmy Greaves in the all-time standings and moving him to within five of Charlton's record. With Slovenia's resistance finally broken, Danny Welbeck struck twice to bring his tally to an impressive five goals from England's four straight wins in qualifying." - BBC

November 6, 2014 - roster updates
"Saido Berahino, Theo Walcott and Stewart Downing are the surprise names called up to Roy Hodgson's latest England squad for the fixtures against Slovenia and Scotland. Walcott made his return from a serious knee injury against Burnley on Saturday, coming on as an 80th-minute substitute in the 3-0 win to end a nine-month absence, but did not feature in the midweek 3-3 draw with Anderlecht. Nevertheless, Hodgson has seen fit to include the 25-year-old in his 26-man party for the upcoming double-header, with Walcott joining West Brom youngster Saido Berahino in the squad. Berahino has enjoyed a stunning season to date, scoring eight goals in 13 appearances in all competitions so far, and the 21-year-old, who was born in Burundi, will provide competition to fellow strikers Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck. Downing, meanwhile, returns to the England fold, having played a key role in West Ham's rise into the top five. The winger, who has earned 34 caps, last featured under Hodgson in the 1-0 win over Norway on May 26, 2012, but will join the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling and Andros Townsend in providing a wide option for the 67-year-old." - Goal

October 12, 2014 - Wayne Rooney scores in win over Estonia
"Wayne Rooney curled in a 73rd-minute free kick to earn England an uninspiring 1-0 win over 10-man Estonia and a third straight victory in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship on Sunday. Playing in his 99th international, the England captain made up for squandering two decent first-half chances by whipping a shot over the wall and inside the near post, with goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko parrying the ball against the upright but unable to keep it out." - Wichita Eagle
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October 9, 2014 -  Jagielka, Rooney, Welbeck & Townsend score in win over San Marino  
"England 5 San Marino 0: Wayne Rooney edges closer to Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record in routine win.... England recorded 32 efforts on goal, 16 on target, bringing goals for Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Andros Townsend and an own goal for Alessandro Della Valle bizarrely credited by the announcer to Rooney. It came from a Rooney cross but clearly diverted in off the San Marino defender. It was a significant moment not in the match but for the statisticians as Rooney sought to add to his international tally.The man chasing Jimmy Greaves’ third-placed all-time England goalscoring mark of 44 had immediately been involved. Rooney had spoken in advance that he was not focusing on Greaves but he certainly tore into San Marino’s defence as if he wanted to turn the pages of the history books." - The Telegraph

October 2, 2014 - roster updates
"Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne has won his first England call-up for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia. Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs and Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey are recalled to the squad. But there are only three strikers in the squad, with Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge out with a thigh strain. England play San Marino at Wembley on 9 October before traveling to face Estonia on 12 October. Arsenal's Danny Welbeck, Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Liverpool's Rickie Lambert are the only three forwards in Roy Hodgson's 21-man squad." - BBC

September 8, 2014 - Danny Welbeck scores brace in win over Switzerland
"Danny Welbeck scored twice to give England respite from criticism and a deserved 2-0 win at Switzerland in their European Championship qualifying opener on Monday. Welbeck finished off Raheem Sterling's pass on a fast counter-attack in the 58th minute and slotted in a right-footed shot deep into stoppage time.... The 19-year-old Sterling took Rooney's weighted pass in his speedy stride, advanced into the left side of the Swiss penalty area and slid the ball across goal for 23-year-old Welbeck to score. Though it was Welbeck's shin connecting with the ball, Arsenal's new 16 million-pound ($25.8-million) signing from Manchester United was perfectly positioned to strike." - Star-Telegram

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September 5, 2014 - Daniel Sturridge injured
"An FA Spokesman said: 'Daniel Sturridge picked up an injury on his thigh in training. 'He has had a scan and will now return to Liverpool FC for treatment. He will play no part in the forthcoming Switzerland match.' The FA also confirmed no replacement would be called up for Sturridge, who started the Norway game up front alongside captain Wayne Rooney. England will travel to Switzerland on Sunday morning with just 19 players, two of whom are goalkeepers." - The Herald

September 3, 2014 - Wayne Rooney scores in win over Norway
"Wayne Rooney has marked his first game as captain with a goal as England overcame Norway 1-0 in a forgettable friendly game at a half-empty Wembley Stadium. The Manchester United striker smashed home a 68th-minute penalty won by the impressive Raheem Sterling to give England victory on Wednesday in their first game since they limped out of the World Cup at the group phase. It was his 41st goal for his country, taking him above Michael Owen in the all-time scorers' list, and brought England's run of five games without victory to an end ahead of Monday's opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland. England manager Roy Hodgson also gave debuts to Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph and Arsenal defender Calum Chambers, whose new teammate Danny Welbeck caught the eye as a second-half substitute." - Sydney Morning Herald

August 26, 2014 - Frank Lampard retires
"Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football. The 36-year-old midfielder has called time on his England career which has spanned 15 years and earned him 106 caps. Lampard said in a statement released by his management company: 'I have taken the decision to retire from international football. It has been a very tough decision for me to make which is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup.' Lampard ended his 13-year stay at Chelsea in the summer and is currently on loan at Manchester City from Major League Soccer side New York City.... Lampard made his England debut in 1999 at the age of 21, but it was not until UEFA EURO 2004 that he played in a major championships. Since then he has appeared at every major tournament England have qualified for, including three FIFA World Cup™ finals. He is the joint sixth most-capped player in England history, level with Bobby Charlton, while his 29 international goals puts him joint ninth on the country's list of top goalscorers." - FIFA

July 21, 2014 - Steven Gerrard retires
"The 34-year-old made his debut in 2000 in a 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley, and the Liverpool captain went on to play 114 times for England, score 21 times and represent the Three Lions at six major tournaments. Gerrard’s first tournament came under Kevin Keegan when he was part of the squad for Euro 2000. It was the first of three UEFA European Championship Finals he would play a part in, with Portugal in 2004 and Ukraine and Poland in 2012. Though he missed the 2002 World Cup through injury, he played in three FIFA World Cup Finals, his first in Germany 2006, then as captain for both South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. In all Gerrard played 12 World Cup Finals matches, scoring three goals. A winner of countless prizes at club level, both team and individual awards, Gerrard won the England Player of the Year award, voted for by the fans, in both 2007 and 2012. Gerrard was captain of the England team 38 times, and was the third most capped player of all time behind Peter Shilton (125) and David Beckham (115)." - TheFA

June 7, 2014 - nobody scores in draw with Honduras
"England finalised their World Cup preparations with a disappointing goalless draw against 10-man Honduras in Miami on Saturday. Daniel Sturridge had opportunities in each half to break the deadlock, while Honduras played the final 25 minutes with a man less after Brayan Beckeles was dismissed, but England were still unable to make the breakthrough at Sun Life Stadium. The international friendly, which was the first meeting between the two teams, also came to a temporary halt in the first-half, when referee Ricardo Salazar suspended the game due to lightning." - Goal

June 4, 2014 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injured during Ecuador match
"Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s hopes of representing England at the World Cup are hanging in the balance after the Arsenal winger sustained suspected ligament damage to his right knee in the draw with Ecuador. Oxlade-Chamberlain, making his first appearance since 20 April after his involvement in the run-in to the domestic campaign was hampered by a groin complaint, and one of England’s best performers here in Miami, was injured in a second-half tackle with Carlos Gruezo and limped gingerly from the turf for treatment. He departed the stadium in clear discomfort and will undergo a scan on Thursday to ascertain the extent of the damage. If the medical assessments rule him out, Roy Hodgson can call up a replacement into his squad for the tournament." - Guardian

June 3, 2014 - practicing penalty kicks
"Steven Gerrard has revealed England ARE practising penalties to try to avoid another shoot-out nightmare at the World Cup in Brazil, writes John Cross in Miami. Gerrard, the Three Lions' captain, admitted the pressure of penalties does affect them, and said they are desperate to avoid more of the misery that came at the end of the 1990, 1998 and 2006 World Cups and the 1996, 2004 and 2012 Euros this summer. In an interview with BBC, the Liverpool midfielder said: "It's difficult to describe what it is like, unfortunately for me I failed in that situation when I took a penalty in a World Cup environment and it was a difficult atmosphere to be in. 'I learned my lessons from that and a couple of years ago I scored the penalty I was asked to take. We are going to practise penalties a lot but it is a difficult situation to put into words and describe it. There is a lot of pressure'." - Mirror

May 30, 2013 - Sturridge, Cahill & Jagielka score in win over Peru
"Defence was the best form of attack for England as they kicked off their World Cup preparations with a 3-0 win over Peru. After Daniel Sturridge had opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half, defensive duo Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka found the net to send England on their way with a comfortable victory. Boss Roy Hodgson included six players who ply their Premier League trade on Merseyside in his starting XI,and it was the Liverpool pairing of Glen Johnson and Sturridge who combined for the opener. Johnson's quick-thinking from a throw-in opened the door for Sturridge to shoot from the edge of the penalty area and he made no mistake in curling the ball into the top left-hand corner in the 32nd minute." - Goal

May 12, 2014 - World Cup roster named
  • Joe Hart (Manchester City)
  • Fraser Forster (Celtic)
  • Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion)
  • Leighton Baines (Everton)
  • Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
  • Phil Jagielka (Everton)
  • Glen Johnson (Liverpool)
  • Phil Jones (Manchester United)
  • Luke Shaw (Southampton)
  • Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
  • Ross Barkley (Everton)
  • Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
  • Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
  • Adam Lallana (Southampton)
  • Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
  • James Milner (Manchester City)
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal)
  • Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
  • Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
  • Rickie Lambert (Southampton)
  • Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
  • Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
  • Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United)

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