Having suffered a broken fibula during pre-season, Jack Wilshere would have been delighted that his original diagnosis only ruled him out for a matter of months. However, as we find ourselves nearing the end of the season, the Arsenal midfielder has yet to play a single minute of first team football this year.
After almost nine months out with the injury, Wilshere is stepping up preparations for a return to first team duties with run outs for the Arsenal under 21 side. With England boss Roy Hodgson failing to rule out a place in his squad for Wilshere for the upcoming European Championships, the midfielder must now impress in the remainder of the campaign to be sure of his place.
Wilshere was undoubtedly one of his country’s strongest performers, with two goals
The hopes and expectations of an entire nation will once again surface as England begin preparation for Euro 2016, with Roy Hodgson's side hoping to do themselves proud in a tournament that could point towards a bright or dark future for the national team.
While the focus should remain on a Premier League season that has been the most unpredictable, yet dramatic and exciting, in recent history, the players will undoubtedly have one eye on this summer and will look to make an impression at their respective club in order to make the 23-man squad. It remains to be seen who Hodgson selects to represent England, but although the Three Lions are dark horses with Bookies.com to come back from France victorious, history would suggest that it will take a monumental effort to not only
Updated 25th February 2016 at 10:45 PM by 11v11
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
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
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
Updated 5th June 2015 at 09:41 AM by Veritas
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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
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.
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
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.
Italy and Costa Rica's have never before met in the World CupCosta 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)
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.
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 01:55 PM by 11v11