Why Everton’s stars are vital to England’s World Cup chances

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Originally posted on Metro:

Ross Barkley can make his name in Brazil (Picture: Getty Images)

For the first time since maybe the 1980’s, the success of England will depend on the ability of several Everton players.

Over the past decade Evertonians have always been on the fringes of the England National Team. It took Leighton Baines a good six years to become
the starting left-back.

Phil Jagielka has had to wait for age and injury to seduce England’s center backs. Ross Barkley will be in Brazil, but England may not have a coach with the ability to utilize him.

But the performance of these three players will determine England’s success. The Three Lions have some talent up front, but in back the squad has been suspect for much of the past four years. Glen Johnson isn’t going to set anyone on fire, and Phil Jagielka is likely to be covering for the Liverpool man a lot.

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The World Cup 2014

Originally posted on only1brokegirl:

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So I watched a documentary on BBC3 the other day about David Beckham going to Brazil. And in it, he explains to a man in the Amazon rainforest what a footballer does. He basically says ‘there are two teams and you have to kick a ball in between the other teams two posts’. This highlights exactly how pointless the ‘beautiful’ game is! You are kicking a ball. In between two poles. For billions of pounds a month. What?!
What I’m trying to say here is that if they are getting paid so much money to do something as trivial as that, we better win the World Cup. Why pay billions to LOSE at such a simple game?
Anyway, here’s a link to a summary of Beckham’s documentary (it was really good) and if you want to watch it on iplayer, click here. (The link will expire eventually!)

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The World Cup is NOT Fixed

Originally posted on Escaping EddieS:

Despite the actions of the referee in Thursday’s Brazil vs Croatia game, I do NOT believe that the World Cup is fixed. I also believe in unicorns, honest politicians, friendly DMV employees and ethical insurance companies.

On most days during corner kicks you can see choke-holds, arm-bars, full-nelsons, half-nelsons, eye-gouges, bear-hugs and players even popping each other with tazers from time to time, but fouls are rarely if EVER called. It’s curious to me…wait, I mean “mind-boggling” oops, I mean “suspicious” to me that the referee in Thursday’s World Cup opening match would call a penalty kick against Croatia and IN FAVOR of the home team for something so innocuous as a little hand on the shoulder.

NOBODY and I mean NOBODY thinks it was a penalty kick. But the “man in the middle” did and that is all that matters. And that, is a major problem. After Neymar buried…

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BRASIL 2014 ~ Colombia vs. Greece #5

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Originally posted on FromTheTurnstiles...:

This was the most boring game so far. Mind you there’s a 4:00 a.m kick off for Ivory Coast and Japan. ..

FINAL SCORE : COLOMBIA 3-0 Greece (Armero, Guitierrez, Rodriguez)

Forget the score for a minute because I just have to point out that Greece are just too bloody good. Sokratis and co. are so solid at the back. They all have good enough pace, strength, they’re good in the air and they can all tackle. Slap Argentina’s attacking options in front of them and we’d have favourites for the entire tournament. Don’t get me wrong, Colombia also defend really well and look likely to progress in the shittiest group of the entire tournament. I don’t give Greece a chance because they don’t look very dangerous when they attack. Whether Japan or Ivory Coast can do it, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Colombia did pick up an early…

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Lionel Messi’s Argentina are ready to make World Cup history in Brazil

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Originally posted on Metro:

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scored twice when Argentina last met Bosnia-Herzegovina (Picture: AP Photo)

The beginning of Argentina’s World Cup draws ever nearer. On Friday Lionel Messi and company flew down from their training base in Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro, where they’ll open their campaign in the Maracana on Sunday evening against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In the days before the game, nothing has been left to chance, with manager Alejandro Sabella taking the side through thorough training drills with the aim of getting things just right for a win in this opening match; the whole squad are united in their public pronouncements that they must only take things one match at a time.

Although some fans have looked at the number of defenders for past friendlies and decried a negative outlook without waiting to see how things actually work out, Sabella has stuck to his guns and looks set to play a 3-5-2…

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Liverpool prepare £27million offer for Chile World Cup star Alexis Sanchez

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Originally posted on Metro:

Alexis Sanchez played brilliantly against Australia (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool are set to make a £27million bid for Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez after watching him tear apart Australia at the World Cup.

The Reds had scouts in attendance as Sanchez scored one and made the other as Chile beat the Socceroos 2-1 in the opening match at Brazil 2014.

And now Brendan Rodgers wants to launch a bid to bring him to Anfield, with Liverpool poised to make a £27million offer.

Brendan Rodgers is a huge Sanchez fan (Picture: PA) Brendan Rodgers is a huge Sanchez fan (Picture: PA)

Reports in Spain say Barca would part with the player if the price is right, with new manager Luis Enrique keen to build a new-look squad.

Manchester United are also keen on Sanchez but he has made it clear that he wouldn’t move to a club that is not in the Champions League.

Liverpool are on the lookout for at least…

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