England secured their second win in as many Euro 2016 qualifying matches as they did enough to see off their lowly opponents. Goals from Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Andros Townsend and an own goal from Alex Della Valle helped England cruise to a 5-0 win over San Marino last night. England manager Roy Hodgson still felt his side could have done more, “I canai??i??t fault the players for their application throughout the game and Iai??i??m really pleased weai??i??ve got this game behind us. Theyai??i??re never easy games to play but weai??i??ve won it very comfortably and weai??i??ve added five goals to our tally.” England made four changes from the Switzerland game last time out including a first start for Calum Chambers who was visibly delighted with his full England debut. “It was a good result, we can take things out of the game that we thought went really well and that we practiced and worked on on the […]

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, who was the only fitness concern for the England squad is available for selection against San Marino, confirmed Roy Hodgson. Hodgson now has a fully fit squad to choose from for tomorrowai??i??s European Championship qualifier. “We’ve been lucky with injuries,” Hodgson told a press conference. “Fabian Delph, we spared from yesterday’s training because he took a knock at the weekend but he trained fully today.” San Marino are the joint lowest ranked country in world football and hence England are expected to win the game easily. But the coach is not planning to rest key players as he wants to keep the momentum going. “We’re not planning on wholesale changes,” he said. “We are keen to keep the momentum going. I think the players who played against Norway and against Switzerland did a good job and deserve a further confidence. “But on the other hand there are a lot of players who are knocking on […]

Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie left Guus Hiddinkai??i??s training session early raising concerns about possible injury ahead of Hollandai??i??s crucial Euro qualifier against Kazakhstan. Reports suggest the pair trained for half an hour with the main squad but left after that raising doubts about their fitness. There has been no official confirmation regarding this from the Dutch national camp but Van Persieai??i??s sluggish start to the new campaign does raise concerns regarding his fitness. Van Persie has been showing signs of improvement with every match he is featuring in but is still not having the same influence he had in his title winning debut season with the club. The Manchester United striker was given an extended summer break by former Holland manager Louis Van Gaal following his contribution in the World Cup. While the break was no doubt fully deserved, it meant that Van Persie was short of match fitness during the start of the new Premier league season. […]