Ah, the 2014 World Cup. It was a good'n, wasn't it? Remember when Robin van Persie decapitated Louis van Gaal? Or when Arturo Vidal planted a hunting knife in Charles Aranguiz's cranium? Remember how we all laughed when Steven Gerrard had to move that baby out of the way so he could take a corner?
The Premier League is lauded by its proponents as the best league in the world. While many do not believe the World Cup is the best competition this sport has to offer (the UEFA Champions League is arguably a higher quality), it is a high-level indicator as to a league's strength. What we have seen from the World Cup is that the Premier League simply isn't measuring up to the hype.
Former Fulham player Brian Ruiz hammered the final nail in England's coffin earlier today during a shocking 1-0 victory over a one-dimensional Italian side. It is now impossible for the Three Lions to qualify for the last 16 of the tournament.
Costa Rica have been the embodiment of this year's World Cup spirit and surprised all when they advanced after only two group games at the expense of England.
Uruguay 2-1 England: Luis Suarez breaks English hearts with his 2 goal return - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England repeat the scoreline of their opener against Italy, again going behind twice, and this time it is very likely to have sent them home from South America, waiting on other results in Group D to know their fate.
Uruguay v England Preview: Suarez desperate to rescue Uruguayan WC hopes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England's second World Cup game takes place tomorrow at 4pm local time in Sao Paulo, against a wounded Uruguay who will be desperate for Liverpool hitman, Luis Suarez, to be at full fitness and on top form in front of goal.
World Cup Roundup: Gerrard and Sturridge lead England birthday prank! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England masseur gets the ice bath treatment
Oracle Camel plays it safe
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Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge lead England ice bath prank
To celebrate team masseur Paul 'Smally' Small's 50th birthday, a few mischievious members of the England team, including captain Steven Gerrard, thought it fun to play a wee prank on the staff member, with an ice bath dunk the climax of what turned into a team bonding session in the Brazilian heat on Tuesday.
Upset at the levels of stick his punters were giving the England team after Saturday night's performance against Italy, Bognor Regis-based taxi driver Kai Ward decided to show his support by having an impressive yet ever-so-slightly terrifying image of Steven Gerrard's face shaved and dyed into the back of his head.
England Captain Steven Gerrard who played just 45 minutes on Saturday in England's 0-0 draw with Hondurasin Miamimissed the Three Lions training session today. Gerrard has been suffering from a groin injury for about a week now.
"I had a tight groin in midweek so it was always the plan for me to play just 45 minutes," Gerrard said Saturday night to reporters following the Honduras match.
FA President Prince William wished England and their referee's all the best in this Summer's World Cup Finals following their Peru win last week and went to meet the players after, who must have been oblivious to the fact he was coming as Steven Gerrard was almost caught in his Birthday suit! lol
England 3-0 Peru How did England play in final game on home soil before Brazil? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England were led out by Steve Gerrard who, at 34 years of age, is desperate to hit the highs that have eluded his illustrious career. He came so close to achieving one of those goals this season when Liverpool looked set to win the Premier League, only to let things slip (oh man, I can't believe I used that word in that sentence!
England camp defend Wayne Rooney from Scholes attack - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Wayne Rooney remains an enigma for England in major tournaments. The promise that has failed to deliver on the biggest stage over recent years has another chance to prove his world class in Brazil. If England get the player who seems to don England's shirt like a cement-overcoat rather than the bustling force-of-nature in the red of Manchester United however, would, or even should, Roy Hodgson drop him?
Would James Milner to Liverpool transfer be pointless for both parties? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
James Milner has been rumored to be on Liverpool's list of transfer targets, but what could Brendan Rodgers give the England midfielder that Manchester City don't already offer? IE a place on the bench.
Steven Gerrard retires from international football who do England turn to next? is a post from: Just Football
After a dazzling 14 years and 114 caps at international level, England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement. As we pointed out in England's World Cup Post-Mortem an ongoing series on Just Football looking at World Cup flops given his age Gerrard's international career was always likely to die out after a disappointing tournament in Brazil.
Steven Gerrard: England's loss is Liverpool's gain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
England captain and Liverpool player Steven Gerrard has retired from international football after representing his country for 14 years. The 34-year-old Gerrard won 114 caps and scored 21 goals during his time at the national team.
Liverpool have named their 33-man squad for the pre-season tour to Boston, Chicago, New York, Charlotte and potentially Miami.
The Reds will depart for the United States from John Lennon airport in Liverpool on Sunday afternoon (July 20). The squad, led by captain Steven Gerrard, will include new signings Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.
Liverpool has announced their squad for its US summer preseason tour.
The club has named a 33-man squad, which will play in games in Boston, Chicago, New York, Charlotte and possibly Miami.
The Reds will depart from John Lennon Airport in Liverpool on Sunday afternoon (July 20). The squad, led by captain Steven Gerrard, will include new signings Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.
A New England: After a woefully inadequate World Cup, how can England be resurrected? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
ForRoy Hodgson, the Costa Rica game was the very beginning of themammoth task ofrebuilding his demoralized England team, and begin plans for a brighter future. It's almost unheard of to be using a World Cup game for such a purpose, but the disappointment of this campaign has been felt at every level, so sticking with the tried-and-failed plan made even less sense.
PHOTO: Emotional Steven Gerrard bids farewell to Luis Suarez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has written a heartfelt Instagram message to the departing Luis Suarez, thanking the Uruguayan for his contribution to the club, insisting that it had been a pleasure playing with him,and wishing him all the best in the future.
England Captain Steven Gerrard spoke to the media in Miami on Friday afternoon following a training session at Barry University. The Three Lions have a final World Cup warm-up friendly tomorrow against Honduras before leaving for Brazil.
Liverpool's captain was in a positive mood ahead of the friendly against Honduras and the World Cup.
England 2014 World Cup squad is a post from: Just Football
Roy Hodgson has named England's second youngest ever squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, whilst also keeping a solid backbone of experienced players. English goalkeepers have become renowned for high-profile errors in recent tournaments, but having won the league with Manchester City after an early season dip in form Joe Hart will be hoping to live up to his potential in Brazil.
Though it is certainly tempting to call Liverpool's 2ndplace finish in the 2013-14 Premier League season a capitulation, it was not that. Despite not winning the title, Liverpool pushed Manchester City all the way – a situation few could have predicted after the previous season's 7thplace finish.
Arqueros: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Bromwich), Fraser Forster (Celtic). Defensores: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United).
England v Italy Preview: Azzurri the ultimate first test for Hodgson's boys - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The long wait is finally over, with Roy Hodgson's England to kick start their 2014 World Cup campaign tonightagainst 2006 champions Italy inManuas.
The Three Lions will be desperate to get off to a cracking start in Group D with a win against European rivals Italy, but it will be no walk in the park against Cesare Prandelli's side, who look have a strong squad, with former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli set to lead the line for the Azzurri this evening.
Well, it's not been great. Should we just focus on the good times, then?
It's not been easy to put together the not-bad things of the season just gone, but there are a few that stand out: David Moyes' reckless – or pioneering? – use of his official Manchester United mouse mat, the 4-1 opening day win over Swansea, Robin van Persie's triumphant celebration against Arsenal, Danny Welbeck's goalscoring form over Christmas, the sight of Tom Cleverley and Alex Buttner standing over a free-kick in the Cup, the fans in general, Anderson leaving in January, Juan Mata and David de Gea's burgeoning friendship, like an old photo of a young couple kissing amidst the wreckage of war, Juan Mata's blog, Steven Gerrard hitting the post and missing out on an Old Trafford hat-trick, and United's brilliant and baffling away form.