Category Archives: National Football Teams

Dark horses for the 2022 World Cup

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is just around the corner as defending champions France go into the tournament to become the first nation since Brazil to win back-to-back titles. Unfortunately for head coach Didier Deschamps, Les Bleus' performances in 2022 have been far from inspiring, derailing their hopes of retaining the crown. According to these odds from bestbettingsites.com, France are still the betting favourites for the tournament alongside Brazil and Argentina, but current evidence is not in their favour. Deschamps…
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Can Ireland return to international competition at Euro 2024?

For anyone who grew up during the 1990s watching the Irish national team, it must have seemed like they belonged at the top table of international competition. Unlucky not to make the semi-finals at Euro ‘88, they then qualified for two World Cups on the bounce, and racked up some significant scalps on their way. At the beginning of the new millennium, there they were again, one penalty shoot-out away from a quarter-final berth. For a good 14 years, Irish…
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England vs Ivory Coast preview & team news

Wembley Stadium will play host to the first-ever encounter between England and Ivory Coast. Tuesday's fixture in London will serve to drop the curtain on the Three Lions' international break. Gareth Southgate's side came from behind to beat Switzerland 2-1 on Saturday as goals from Luke Shaw and Harry Kane either side of half-time cancelled out Breel Embolo's opener. If you are betting on the Ivory Coast game, make sure you use the freetips.com NEWBONUS promo code to help you…
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Harry Kane future in doubt as he closes in on international goalscoring record

Once again, the future of Harry Kane is a subject of discussion and the striker has refused to rule out a move away from Tottenham Hotspur. Kane was heavily linked with a switch to Manchester City last summer, but a move failed to materialise as the English champions were unable to reach an agreement with Spurs.Manchester City are currently the favourites with bookmakers to complete a treble this season as they lead the betting odds for the Premier League, Champions…
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England vs Switzerland preview & potential line-ups

Saturday's encounter between England and Switzerland at the Wembley Stadium will serve to get both nations' warm-up campaigns for Qatar 2022 underway. The Three Lions cruised to a top-place finish in 2022 World Cup qualifying Group I, going unbeaten in all ten qualifying fixtures (W8, D2) to lock an automatic berth at December's showpiece event with a game to spare. Despite suffering a heartbreaking Euro 2022 grand final defeat to Italy, 2021 proved successful for Gareth Southgate's team as they…
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England’s one-cap wonders

Scoring a goal for England is what most schoolchildren dream of when they're emulating their heroes on the playground. For those lucky enough to become professional footballers, representing their nation is the pinnacle of their career. But unfortunately for some players, running out in the white of the Three Lions doesn’t always go to plan. With the European Championships just a few months away, some players are already guaranteed to be in Gareth Southgate's squad. There are still plenty of…
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Can Southgate convince Vardy of Three Lions return?

The clamour for Jamie Vardy to return to the England set-up is growing and it looks like it will only get louder based on the Leicester City striker’s current form. The Foxes star has made an electric start to the campaign and was once again prolific as he helped Leicester secure a 4-1 win against Leeds United at Elland Road at the start of the month. Following that win in West Yorkshire, Vardy had been involved directly in 13 goals…
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Norway’s Golden Era: Inspired by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer established a reputation for being one of the era’s most prolific impact substitutes. Having been the face of Norwegian football for a decade during his spell at Old Trafford, the now 47-year-old was the catalyst in bringing the second striker role to the forefront of football.   Following his match-winning goal in the 1998-99 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, Solskjaer has inspired numerous players in Norway’s existing golden generation, including Erling…
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Predicting England’s Euro 2021 line-up

With a young group of players, as well as a manager who seems to be adept at getting a sense of cohesion like few of his predecessors, most pundits agree that the sky is the limit for the current England team. Indeed, when we look at the squad of young players, as well as those knocking at the door, it seems there is room for this side to improve. And, make no mistake – England are already one of the…
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Will England look any different at Euro 2021?

The news that football fans have been expecting has finally arrived. The Euro 2020 Championships will be moved to the summer of 2021 to allow domestic leagues the time to finish their fixtures this summer. This is all due to the current lockdown around Europe because of the coronavirus outbreak.  From a purely footballing standpoint, this move has the ability to change things for a number of countries that are taking part, but how will the delay affect England and…
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