Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Misfiring England leave Hodgson exposed

21 June 2016, 13:40

Saint-tienne - England's frustrating 0-0 draw with Slovakia at Euro 2016 has left manager Roy Hodgson facing a wave of criticism over his inability to make his talent-packed squad click.

Despite 29 attempts at goal, England had to settle for a draw in Saint-Etienne on Monday, consigning them to second place behind Wales in Group B and setting them on a quarter-final collision course with hosts France.

Having made six changes to his starting XI, Hodgson came in for strong criticism in the British media on Tuesday, accused of taking a "gamble" that had failed to pay off.

The Times, The Sun and The Daily Mirror all branded England "second rate", while The Daily Express dubbed Hodgson's men "Toothless Lions".

The BBC said Hodgson's decision to disassemble the team that had edged Wales 2-1 in Lens last week was "astonishing" and "almost smacked of arrogance".

The stalemate at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard came just two days after outgoing Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said Hodgson would only be offered a contract extension if England "do well" in France.

The 68-year-old had actually aligned himself with popular opinion by fielding Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge, after they came off the bench to score the goals that sank Wales last Thursday.

But they proved no more effective than Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, whose places they took.

Hodgson also rested his full-backs, Danny Rose and the in-form Kyle Walker, with Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne stepping in.

But it was the decision to bench skipper Wayne Rooney, who has been revitalised in a midfield role, that was to prove the most contentious.

Jack Wilshere, Rooney's replacement, continues to look off the pace after playing just three times for Arsenal last season due to injury and he lasted only 56 minutes before the captain was summoned from the bench.

Also read: Police use tear gas to disperse English soccer fans

"I would have started Wayne Rooney," former England winger Chris Waddle told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"Unfortunately for Jack Wilshere, he was off the pace and couldn't get his passing going. He lost the ball cheaply."

- 'Heroic defending' -

Kane and Dele Alli also entered the fray in the second half, but despite frantic scenes in and around the Slovakian penalty area in the closing stages, England struggled to carve out clear chances.

"Do England have a system at the moment? Or is everyone trying to score as an individual?" asked former England right-back Danny Mills. "There is no pattern of play."

The consolation for Hodgson, aside from the fact of England's qualification, was that beginning with the 1-1 draw against Russia in Marseille, his side dominated all three of their group games.

"Soon we will make someone pay," he said, before adding, a little forlornly: "We will score goals one day."

Former England striker Gary Lineker voiced optimism that Hodgson's men could benefit from playing stronger opposition in the knockout phase, tweeting that it is "sometimes easier against sides who have a go".

There are no guarantees that England will face an attacking team in the last 16, however, with either Hungary, Iceland, Portugal and Austria their potential opponents in Nice next Monday.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart, at least, is confident that England's group-phase displays will make them a feared prospect for rival teams.

"We are into the next round and nobody will want to play us," said the Manchester City man.

"I haven't had anything to do in the whole tournament, to be honest. We have been playing very well as a team.

"There are good chances being made. I couldn't criticise anyone. There's been some heroic defending against us. It is frustrating, but we are through."

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.



Mathieu adds to Barca injury problems

26 October 2016, 20:17

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...