Rio Ferdinand back in England squad for footballing reasons

Posted on March 14, 2013  by Stretford-end  in International, Man United, Players, Premier League   1 Comment »
Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand has been called up to the England squad following his superb form for Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand is back in the England squad to face San Marino and Montenegro as Roy Hodgson finally rewards United’s number five for his tremendous form this term. This time the news wasn’t announced to passengers on the London tube, nor did the England boss not want to hear questions about Ferdinand, as he remarked following England’s victory over Brazil last month – but its official, Rio is back playing for his country.

Although I thought it was mind numbingly obvious pre Euro 2012 as to why Ferdinand was so ridiculously omitted from the squad, some of the contributors in the comments thought otherwise. Everyone is entitled to their say (although I’m not sure how many of them turned a computer on to angrily type their response), but surely now, it is obvious, Hodgson was wrong not to include him in the first place?

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United fan confession: I think I might like England again

Posted on September 03, 2011  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, International, Man United, Youth   13 Comments »

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United > England. It’s what I’ve always believed and what I’ve always been told. Perhaps though, my interpretation of that belief needs amending somewhat now though. I am English and despite my lack of passion towards the national team, I can see myself having something of an affair, cheating almost on my beloved Man United. The freshness brought into the club this year by youth seems to be transferring itself onto the national team and for the first time in 15 years, I’m almost excited to watch my country play. Almost.

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Want Better Mens Teams? Treat Them Like Women…

Posted on July 01, 2011  by Bricki  in Bricki, International, Man United, Premier League   3 Comments »

England Women Football Team

AUTHOR: – Bricki

Following England Under 21s dismal exit at the hands of the Czech Republic at the Euro Championships in Denmark, the debate has again turned to the youth development of players in this country and what is going wrong.

In the team that was defeated by the Czechs on Sunday were 4 Man Utd players (Smalling, Welbeck, Cleverley and Jones). Producing youth players has been an important part of the fabric of United since the days of Busby and Murphy with most of the generations since producing at least 1/2 players of genuine class. It was the appointment of Sir Alex Ferguson though that saw the Academy given an importance again in the club and the development of our own players was placed at the heart of everything the club did.

So what does the future hold for the junior players of today and how do we look to improve and develop them to become a force at International Level again?

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Stretty Debate: Do Man United need a ‘John Terry’?

Posted on March 29, 2011  by Bricki  in Bricki, International, Man United, Stretty Debate   26 Comments »

John Terry

AUTHORS: - Bricki & Stretford-end

Every now and then we get involved in a Stretty debate where we look at a particular subject and offer counter arguments. This blog looks at the current England captain John Terry and whether or not Manchester United could use such a player in the side. Both arguments are honest and thought provoking and we welcome your comments on whether ‘Manchester United need a John Terry’.

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The Enigma of Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick

AUTHOR: – Bricki

Michael Carrick used to always be on the bench for England. Last night he wasn’t even in the squad. Its a position he seems to have been stuck in since the middle of last season. The question is what has happened to the player who was an integral cog in 3 championship winning teams and a team that reached consecutive Champions League Finals?

The introduction of Carrick into the United team from Spurs gave the midfield a more composed look and protection for the back four. This allowed Fletcher, Scholes and the newly signed Anderson to play further up the pitch and support Rooney and Ronaldo. After several quiet displays early on in his United career he excelled against Chelsea at Old Trafford, snuffing out attacks and giving more presence in Midfield.

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Could Chris Smalling be the next big thing?

Posted on November 15, 2010  by Stretford-end  in International, Man United, Man United News, Players   1 Comment »

Chris Smalling

Recently, I predicted that within eighteen months Chris Smalling would be called up to the England squad following what I believe to be an impressive couple of outings for United since his move from Fulham that was agreed in January of this year. However, I was quite shocked, considering I made this prediction a mere month ago, to find that our young centre half has been called up to the full England squad to face France this week. Smalling is yet to start a Premier League match for United but has in three of United’s four Champions League matches. So I’m asking the question – is Smalling the next big thing?

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11 October 2010 | Stretty Stories

Posted on October 11, 2010  by KDill_MUFC  in International, KDill_MUFC, Man United, Press, Stretty Stories, Transfer Targets   2 Comments »

Today’s stories: Rio Ferdinand should put club before country, Gary Neville admits to Manchester City are title contenders, Chris Smalling looks to Rio as a role model, and United continue their interest in Ander Lindegaard.

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10 October 2010 | Stretty Stories

Posted on October 10, 2010  by KDill_MUFC  in International, KDill_MUFC, Man United, Players, Press, Stretty Stories, Transfer Targets   No Comments »

In today’s edition: Sir Alex challenges Nani, Chris Smalling scores winner for England U21, Alexis Sanchez interested in United move, Manuel Neuer targeted as Van der Sar replacement, and Wes Brown’s United career is in jeopardy.

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7 September 2010 | Stretty Stories

Posted on September 07, 2010  by KDill_MUFC  in International, KDill_MUFC, Man United, Press, Stretty Stories, Transfer Targets   2 Comments »

As expected, the end of the transfer window has resulted in a decrease of United news, and thus less frequent Stretty Stories posts. However, today we have quite a few stories in the press. Ryan Giggs is a candidate for the soon-to-be-vacant Wales job, Rooney will play for England today, Nike stand by Rooney, and United have their sights set on Ninis.

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Lilian Thuram slams French Captain Patrice Evra

Posted on July 03, 2010  by Stretford-end  in International, Man United News, Players, Press, Quotes   1 Comment »

Patrice Evra

Despite being one of the best left backs in the world and one of the most consistent performers in recent seasons for United, ex-French defender Lillian Thuram has called for a life time ban for our number three after his conduct as captain was called into question at the World Cup finals in South Africa. Evra, along with Malouda and Anelka were harshly criticized for their actions following Anelka’s criticism of the inept head coach Raymond Domenech. Anelka was sent home, whilst Evra and Malouda were left out in their final group game, a 2-1 loss to host nation South Africa. Lillian Thuram is France’s most capped player ever and was a fine fullback for Les Blues over the years, whilst performing constantly at a high level in Serie A for Parma and Juventus – however, is there a tinge of double standards from Lillian?

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