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Roy Hodgson : Frank Lampard And Steven Gerrard Are Future Coaches Of Club and Country

Roy Hodgson wants Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to be part of the England coaching staff when they retire from playing. England manager Roy Hodgson has lauded departing Premier League stars Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard and predicted that both players will enjoy successful coaching careers once they stop playing. Gerrard, 34, plays his last game for Liverpool at Stoke City on Sunday before joining the Los Angeles Galaxy, while former Chelsea stalwart Frank Lampard, 36, tackles Southampton with Manchester City in his final competitive match before linking up with City’s sister club New York City. Hodgson awarded both players their 100th England caps and while success eluded them in their country’s colours prior to their international retirements last year, he feels they will leave tremendous legacies.Seventeen years after making his debut, Gerrard will turn out for Liverpool for the final time at Stoke City and Lampard’s two decades in the top-flight end with Manchester City’s home game against Southampton. […] Read more »

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Oscar Set To Miss Copa America Owing To A Training Ground Injury

Agony for Chelsea FC’s star midfielder Oscar, as he has been left out of the 23 member Brazil squad for the Copa America which is scheduled to happen next month. The national team manager Dunga confirmed the news today. Oscar did not feature in Chelsea’s game against Crystal Palace on Sunday which the team won 1-0 and clinched the Premier League title. The club doctors have reported that the Brazilian youngster got injured while training with the club. Regarding Oscar’s exclusion from the squad, Dunga said: “We spoke with Jose Mourinho and the doctor at Chelsea. Oscar’s recuperation will take time and he won’t be at his best during the Copa America. “After the Copa America we have the World Cup qualifiers, and we thought it best for him to be ready for the qualifiers.” The Brazil squad features four Premier League players which include Oscar’s Chelsea team mates Willian and Felipe Luis. Liverpool FC’s Phillip Coutinho and Manchester City’s […] Read more »

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Italy vs England: Rooney and Co. Put In A Spirited Display In Turin

International friendlies are seldom criticized by club managers who at times lose their best players through injury during these games. Yet, they represent an opportunity to managers of the national teams to try new formations, players and tactics. And if there ever was a game where they did exactly that, it was England’s game against Italy last night. The match ended with the score tied at one apiece, but with a little luck, England could have snatched the game in the dying minutes as Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane, who was making his first full appearance for his country, forced veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon into a superb save. Yet, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for The Three Lions who couldn’t quite adjust to their manager’s team selection and tactics early on. Phil Jones maybe a lot of things, but is definitely not a midfielder Starting with Phil Jones in midfield and Theo Walcott as a forward, England manager Roy Hodgson […] Read more »