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  1. Will England’s Lionesses be Cinderellas or pumpkins?

    Well if you want to find out you’ll have to risk staying up beyond midnight on Saturday evening to find out!

    And if you do, will England’s fairy Godmother deliver the team on a golden coach into the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup or will it all turn messy like over-ripe seasonal vegetables?

    England take on the host nation Canada, always a difficult task in major competitions, in Vancouver in a game to be screened live on BBC 1. Finally, some proper recognition for the status of the event and the performances of the Lionesses.

    Interestingly, the man plotting to stop England in their tracks has his own fairy-tale dream, which is to coach his beloved Newcastle United.
    John Herdman, a lad from County Durham, began his coaching career at ...
  2. England’s women hoping to land a knockout blow

    England’s Women achieved their first World Cup target when safely negotiating their way out of Group F.

    They started rather conservatively in the opening game of the group, going down narrowly 1-0 to the fancied French but bounced back with 2-1 victories over both Mexico and Columbia.

    The victory over Mexico courtesy of goals from Fran Kirby and Karen Carney and the win over Columbia thanks to strikes form Karen Carney and Fara Williams from the penalty spot.

    The positive performances in the latter two group games provide optimism for the Lionesses as they move into the knockout stages of the competition.
    However, they have landed themselves a tough challenge as they take on Norway, runners-up in Group B, at the Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa ...
  3. Can England win the Women’s World Cup?

    As the old cliché goes ‘one game at a time’ or more precisely three games to hopefully see us past the Group Stage.

    England open up on Tuesday 9 June with a tough test against France, followed by a bit more of a journey into the unknown on Saturday 13 June when they face Mexico, concluding on Wednesday 17 June when Colombia are their opponents.

    England couldn’t face a much trickier task kicking off against France, as recent results have favoured our old foes from across the Channel.

    France have accounted for England in the last two major tournaments – winning a tense penalty shoot-out in the 2011 Quarter-finals before winning convincingly, 3-0, in a Euro 2013 group game.

    Incidentally England drew 1-1 with Mexico in those group stages ...

    Updated 5th June 2015 at 08:41 AM by Veritas

    Categories
    World Cup , Competitions
  4. England v Slovenia preview - free 11v11 Bet

    11v11 has teamed up with TailorBet, the first peer to peer betting network, to create 11v11Bet which allows you to create your own bets. As part of the promotion for this new way of betting, TailorBet are offering a number of "free" £5 bets and "guaranteed odds" on certain outcomes which are better than you will find elsewhere.

    No better time to try this new service out than now - so let's take a look at the upcoming England Slovenia game to see what is on offer.

    England march in to this Group E qualifier full of confidence. Sitting top of the group with three straight wins and nine points they play a Slovenian side that have already stumbled once. Although the Three Lions had a narrow win against 10 man Estonia in their last game, their record now reads Won 3, Lost ...

    Updated 12th November 2014 at 02:20 PM by 11v11

    Categories
    Betting , international games
  5. Costa Rica v England preview stats

    England have, of course, been eliminated at the first group stage of a World Cup for the first time since 1958.
    Costa Rica are already through to the next round. If Costa Rica draw they will definitely top group D. If they lose they could still top the group, depending on goal difference.

    Stats:


    • This will be the first ever match between Costa Rica and England.
    • Costa Rica have scored in all 7 previous World Cup matches v teams from Europe.
    • England have not lost all 3 group games at a major tournament since the 1988 European Championships.
    • Should England lose this would be the first time they have ever ended with zero points in a World Cup group.
    • Roy Hodgson has lost his last 4 games at the World Cup, (including 2 with Switzerland).
    • This is the first
    ...
  6. Italy v Costa Rica – Forza Italia

    Italians and England fans will be cheering for an Italian win which is a statistical likelihood.
    England just need a decent win against Costa Rica and for Italy to win this game and against Uruguay to go through to the next round. We find this a perfectly reasonable scenario and worth a punt at the bookies.

    Factoids:

    • Italy and Costa Rica's have never before met in the World Cup
    • Costa Rica have scored in each of their 6 World Cup games against teams from Europe.
    • Italy have scored in their last 15 World Cup game, the best current run of any side.
    • Other than Mexico and the USA, no CONCACAF team has ever won consecutive games at the World Cup.


    Head to Head games

    11/06/94 Costa Rica v Italy 0-1 (International) ...
  7. Uruguay v England preview stats

    Uruguay v England

    England played well against Italy but lost the game. Against Uruguay they need to get a decent result or they will be following Spain out of the competition.

    The stats omens are mixed:


    • England have scored in every one of their last 8 World Cup encounters with South American sides.
    • Daniel Sturridge has scored 3 goals in his last 4 appearances for England.
    • Wayne Rooney has not yet scored a World Cup goal. If he plays, this will be his 10th game.
    • They last met in a friendly in March 2006 at Anfield. England won 2-1 with goals by Peter Crouch and Joe Cole.
    • Only 4 teams have progressed to the last 16 after losing their opening game since the current World Cup format was introduced in 1998.


    ...
  8. England v Italy preview stats

    England v Italy stats

    The only previous World Cup meeting was the 1990 3rd place play-off: Italy won 2-1
    England won the last encounter 2-1 in August 2012
    England have lost only 1 of 15 matches played abroad under Hodgson (W6, D8)
    England have scored all eight World Cup penalties they have been awarded (excl penalty shoot-outs)
    England have only lost 2 of their last 16 World Cup games (W7, D7), excluding penalty shoot-outs
    Wayne Rooney has failed to score in 594 minutes of World Cup football for England
    Luke Shaw is the youngest player at the World Cup apart from Cameroon's Fabrice Olinga
    Since 3 July 1998 against France, Italy have scored in every one of their last 14 games at the World Cup (the best current run)
    7 of Italy's last ...

    Updated 14th June 2014 at 12:55 PM by 11v11

    Categories
    world cup , England , National Teams
  9. Theo Walcott’s injury a blow for Arsenal and England

    Despite speculation that a pioneering surgical technique using an internal brace could help Theo Walcott recover within four months, after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Tottenham on Saturday, the Arsenal and England player is out for the rest of the season and realistically speaking won’t be traveling to Brazil for the World Cup.

    Walcott’s injury came towards the end of a crucial FA Cup win, in which he again demonstrated his value to the Gooners as a stand-in striker, and at the moment when his standing amongst the North London fans has reached an all-time high.

    For Arsene Wenger, the search for a striker now has even greater importance, and where he spends his money may be decisive in whether Arsenal’s title challenge can ...
    Categories
    England
  10. Post Euro 2012, the why`s and the why nots

    Leaping out from the deluge of post Euro opinion are two basic questions which seem to be swamped by all the expert, and not so expert, punditry. From a national perspective, why did England not do better? Let`s get the easy one out of the way, answer, because England were not good enough, deeper analysis and dissection for a later time. The second and more pleasant question is, why did Spain win. Again that`s quite an easy one, because they were the best team.

    Why were Spain the best team, basically because they lifted the trophy and in the record books for all time they will be listed as winners, as they will be for the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 European Championships. And therein lies the rub as Will Shakespeare wrote. You see we keep hearing and reading phrases like ...
    Categories
    England
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