World Cup: Cherries boss Eddie Howe believes signs are encouraging for England

ENGLAND BOSS: Roy Hodgson

ENGLAND BOSS: Roy Hodgson

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CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe believes Roy Hodgson's meticulous preparation could be a key factor in England progressing in the World Cup.

Howe also insists the nation should back manager Hodgson's decisions, especially the major talking point over where Wayne Rooney should play.

England, beaten 2-1 by Italy in their Group D opener on Saturday, tonight meet Uruguay in Sao Paulo - with the losers likely to face elimination (8pm kick-off).

Previewing the clash for the Daily Echo, Howe said: “I think Roy Hodgson did a really good job in the build up to the tournament. The team were very well prepared and you could definitely see a different shift this year.

Expectations were lower and there was only talk of football which certainly helps in the lead up to a big tournament.

“I would say it was as good a preparation as the national team has had for a long time and probably the least talked-about we had been in the build up to a tournament. I know we lost our first game but it was always going to be very difficult and, for long spells, we performed pretty well.

“The Uruguay game is going to be crucial. I think we can still qualify and, if we do, I think we could be considered real dark horses to go far because of how well the manager has done in preparing the team.”

Rooney's position - on the left-hand side playing behind lone striker Daniel Sturridge - against the Italians was the subject of much debate among supporters and commentators.

Asked for his opinion, Howe replied: “The only person who can answer that is Roy Hodgson. He works with the players and watches them week in, week out for their clubs. There will always be debate and opinion on football matches. People will always discuss systems, formations and where players are played.

“In my opinion, you have to pick the right manager and then back his decisions. I think we have the right manager so it is a case of backing him and his staff to get the right results. I am certainly not going to be one to say he should do this or that.”

Howe added: “It could be win or bust against Uruguay. Defeat would probably end all chances but a draw still conceivably could be enough. I think we have to try to win the game and see no reason why we can't when you look at some of the players we have.

“I commend Roy on giving young players their opportunity. We have some really exciting young players and, even if it isn't for this World Cup, things are looking good on the international front with the age of the squad he has taken.”

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7:42am Thu 19 Jun 14

afcbtintin says...

Looks like Alex O-C won't be fit tonight, so that might be one gamble we got wing !

UTCIAD utEiad
Looks like Alex O-C won't be fit tonight, so that might be one gamble we got wing ! UTCIAD utEiad afcbtintin
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7:47am Thu 19 Jun 14

Lord Spring says...

On a more serious note was that Boscombe's former goalkeeper Ken Bird in the Obits today many of us will remember Ken.
On a more serious note was that Boscombe's former goalkeeper Ken Bird in the Obits today many of us will remember Ken. Lord Spring
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7:59am Thu 19 Jun 14

afcbtintin says...

afcbtintin wrote:
Looks like Alex O-C won't be fit tonight, so that might be one gamble we got wing !

UTCIAD utEiad
PS "wing" = "wrong"
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: Looks like Alex O-C won't be fit tonight, so that might be one gamble we got wing ! UTCIAD utEiad[/p][/quote]PS "wing" = "wrong" afcbtintin
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8:32am Thu 19 Jun 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Please, please, please Roy! Rooney either no.10 or on da bench!!!
BTID
Please, please, please Roy! Rooney either no.10 or on da bench!!! BTID TedMacsCherryPants
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9:28am Thu 19 Jun 14

coops1965cherry says...

Seriously Eddy, do not embarrass yourself with anyone that thinks Wayne Rooney is a left winger and that Jordan Henderson is the answer over anyone you choose and that Danny Wellbeck is a better player than Lallana.

I think Hodgson is negative and should be hung out to dry for his team selection.
Seriously Eddy, do not embarrass yourself with anyone that thinks Wayne Rooney is a left winger and that Jordan Henderson is the answer over anyone you choose and that Danny Wellbeck is a better player than Lallana. I think Hodgson is negative and should be hung out to dry for his team selection. coops1965cherry
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9:30am Thu 19 Jun 14

Noel. says...

What's with this "the Uruguay game is crucial" baloney?

It's simple - lose and we're out, draw and we might get through if we beat Costa Rica 25-0

I'm afraid I have the "40 years of hurt" feeling about tonight.
What's with this "the Uruguay game is crucial" baloney? It's simple - lose and we're out, draw and we might get through if we beat Costa Rica 25-0 I'm afraid I have the "40 years of hurt" feeling about tonight. Noel.
  • Score: 1

10:02am Thu 19 Jun 14

dc addict says...

Now here's what will happen.
England will score 2 goals, one of which will be unfairly disallowed by an anti-England ref .
Uraguay will score twice, one from an England defensive error, a la Italy, and the other from a penalty won by our buck toothed friend from Liverpool when he dives in the area.
England return home to a barrage of unfair insults from the press.
Yours truly, Mystic Meg,
Now here's what will happen. England will score 2 goals, one of which will be unfairly disallowed by an anti-England ref [aren't they all]. Uraguay will score twice, one from an England defensive error, a la Italy, and the other from a penalty won by our buck toothed friend from Liverpool when he dives in the area. England return home to a barrage of unfair insults from the press. Yours truly, Mystic Meg, dc addict
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10:02am Thu 19 Jun 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

afcbtintin wrote:
afcbtintin wrote:
Looks like Alex O-C won't be fit tonight, so that might be one gamble we got wing !

UTCIAD utEiad
PS "wing" = "wrong"
EVEN A FOOTBALL FAN CAN WORK THAT ONE OUT
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: Looks like Alex O-C won't be fit tonight, so that might be one gamble we got wing ! UTCIAD utEiad[/p][/quote]PS "wing" = "wrong"[/p][/quote]EVEN A FOOTBALL FAN CAN WORK THAT ONE OUT RED LETTER DAY
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10:20am Thu 19 Jun 14

devon fan says...

its an age old problem for England does not matter who plays where we always seem to end the match with 4 wingers and no one getting into the box, if coaches would spend less time in worrying over tactics and formations and just ask the players to go and play football we might see some genuine talent in the England team
its an age old problem for England does not matter who plays where we always seem to end the match with 4 wingers and no one getting into the box, if coaches would spend less time in worrying over tactics and formations and just ask the players to go and play football we might see some genuine talent in the England team devon fan
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11:26am Thu 19 Jun 14

elite50 says...

We are in transition (again).
However, the latest bunch of "future stars" look pretty good.
Take a look at Spain, past their "use by" date.
We will be great at the next World cup.
We are in transition (again). However, the latest bunch of "future stars" look pretty good. Take a look at Spain, past their "use by" date. We will be great at the next World cup. elite50
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11:52am Thu 19 Jun 14

coops1965cherry says...

elite50 wrote:
We are in transition (again).
However, the latest bunch of "future stars" look pretty good.
Take a look at Spain, past their "use by" date.
We will be great at the next World cup.
Kind of agree with you to the point of the younger talent, still no excuse for Hodgeson playing world class players out of position.

I mean, you would not play Ballotelli in center mid, would you ?

So why is Rooney scapegoated every bloody time and do not get me going on Wellbeck and Henderson, Elite you could do a better job than them.
If they are world class then lets go home.

Meat pie sausage roll come on England give us a goal.
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: We are in transition (again). However, the latest bunch of "future stars" look pretty good. Take a look at Spain, past their "use by" date. We will be great at the next World cup.[/p][/quote]Kind of agree with you to the point of the younger talent, still no excuse for Hodgeson playing world class players out of position. I mean, you would not play Ballotelli in center mid, would you ? So why is Rooney scapegoated every bloody time and do not get me going on Wellbeck and Henderson, Elite you could do a better job than them. If they are world class then lets go home. Meat pie sausage roll come on England give us a goal. coops1965cherry
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12:17pm Thu 19 Jun 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

coops1965cherry wrote:
elite50 wrote: We are in transition (again). However, the latest bunch of "future stars" look pretty good. Take a look at Spain, past their "use by" date. We will be great at the next World cup.
Kind of agree with you to the point of the younger talent, still no excuse for Hodgeson playing world class players out of position. I mean, you would not play Ballotelli in center mid, would you ? So why is Rooney scapegoated every bloody time and do not get me going on Wellbeck and Henderson, Elite you could do a better job than them. If they are world class then lets go home. Meat pie sausage roll come on England give us a goal.
STOP PRESS

BBC reporting that poor old Rooney is to play in goal, while Joe Hart is moved up just behind Studddidge in the no.10 slot ;-}
;C'mon Engerrland!!
[quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: We are in transition (again). However, the latest bunch of "future stars" look pretty good. Take a look at Spain, past their "use by" date. We will be great at the next World cup.[/p][/quote]Kind of agree with you to the point of the younger talent, still no excuse for Hodgeson playing world class players out of position. I mean, you would not play Ballotelli in center mid, would you ? So why is Rooney scapegoated every bloody time and do not get me going on Wellbeck and Henderson, Elite you could do a better job than them. If they are world class then lets go home. Meat pie sausage roll come on England give us a goal.[/p][/quote]STOP PRESS BBC reporting that poor old Rooney is to play in goal, while Joe Hart is moved up just behind Studddidge in the no.10 slot ;-} ;C'mon Engerrland!! TedMacsCherryPants
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12:18pm Thu 19 Jun 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

^ OMG I mean Sturridge - typo nightmare :-(
^ OMG I mean Sturridge - typo nightmare :-( TedMacsCherryPants
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2:17pm Thu 19 Jun 14

alasdair1967 says...

As an Englishman I honestly want to see us succeed tonight sadly I fear the worse,it's time for the old guard to step aside and let the young guns step up to the mark,also I feel the FA need to look to the lower divisions it should not be a god given right to pull on an England shirt solely because you play in the premiership
As an Englishman I honestly want to see us succeed tonight sadly I fear the worse,it's time for the old guard to step aside and let the young guns step up to the mark,also I feel the FA need to look to the lower divisions it should not be a god given right to pull on an England shirt solely because you play in the premiership alasdair1967
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4:10pm Thu 19 Jun 14

coops1965cherry says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
coops1965cherry wrote:
elite50 wrote: We are in transition (again). However, the latest bunch of "future stars" look pretty good. Take a look at Spain, past their "use by" date. We will be great at the next World cup.
Kind of agree with you to the point of the younger talent, still no excuse for Hodgeson playing world class players out of position. I mean, you would not play Ballotelli in center mid, would you ? So why is Rooney scapegoated every bloody time and do not get me going on Wellbeck and Henderson, Elite you could do a better job than them. If they are world class then lets go home. Meat pie sausage roll come on England give us a goal.
STOP PRESS

BBC reporting that poor old Rooney is to play in goal, while Joe Hart is moved up just behind Studddidge in the no.10 slot ;-}
;C'mon Engerrland!!
Ted, I thought it was funny mate !

Nobody on here has a sense of humour.

Come on England.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]coops1965cherry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: We are in transition (again). However, the latest bunch of "future stars" look pretty good. Take a look at Spain, past their "use by" date. We will be great at the next World cup.[/p][/quote]Kind of agree with you to the point of the younger talent, still no excuse for Hodgeson playing world class players out of position. I mean, you would not play Ballotelli in center mid, would you ? So why is Rooney scapegoated every bloody time and do not get me going on Wellbeck and Henderson, Elite you could do a better job than them. If they are world class then lets go home. Meat pie sausage roll come on England give us a goal.[/p][/quote]STOP PRESS BBC reporting that poor old Rooney is to play in goal, while Joe Hart is moved up just behind Studddidge in the no.10 slot ;-} ;C'mon Engerrland!![/p][/quote]Ted, I thought it was funny mate ! Nobody on here has a sense of humour. Come on England. coops1965cherry
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7:18pm Thu 19 Jun 14

holdinkæft says...

We lost to a really bad Italien side, says it all i think.
Roll on august, bored with WC already.
Holidays in Austria.
We lost to a really bad Italien side, says it all i think. Roll on august, bored with WC already. Holidays in Austria. holdinkæft
  • Score: -3

10:08pm Thu 19 Jun 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Maybe a game of tiddlywinks could be winnable!! Oh dear oh dear. Other team seem to read us like a book and score goals at will and make it look so much easy (it is Italian side not Italien) Come on you mighty Cherries the rest does not matter.
Maybe a game of tiddlywinks could be winnable!! Oh dear oh dear. Other team seem to read us like a book and score goals at will and make it look so much easy (it is Italian side not Italien) Come on you mighty Cherries the rest does not matter. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 0

10:21pm Thu 19 Jun 14

your having a laugh111 says...

Oh dear Ed, have you watched the same games I have. I can't believe how awful England have been.
Oh dear Ed, have you watched the same games I have. I can't believe how awful England have been. your having a laugh111
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