England Wiretap

Bulgarian Police Arrest Six In Connection To England Match

Oct 16, 2019 1:44 PM

Six people were arrested by Bulgarian police for their connection to racist chants during Bulgaria's Euro 2020 match against England.

“It is unacceptable for Bulgaria, which is one of the most tolerant countries in the world – and people of different ethnicities and religions live in peace – to be associated with racism and xenophobia," said Bulgaria prime minister Boyko Borissov.

The arrests were part of the fallout resulting from the match, with Bulgaria football president Borislav Mihaylov resigning on Tuesday.

The Guardian

Tags: England, UEFA Euro

Bulgaria, England Charged By Uefa Over Supporter Behavior

Oct 15, 2019 1:54 PM

Uefa charged the Bulgaria football union and England's Football Association over fan behavior during their Euro 2020 qualifying match on Monday.

The Bulgaria football union have been charged with racist chants and salutes by their fans.

The incidents lead BFU president Borislav Mihaylov to resign on Tuesday. 

Both football associations were charged with disrupting their opponent's national anthems.

“Believe me, Uefa is committed to doing everything it can to eliminate this disease from football. We cannot afford to be content with this. We must always strive to strengthen our resolve. More broadly, the football family – everyone from administrators to players, coaches and fans – needs to work with governments and NGOs to wage war on the racists and to marginalise their abhorrent views to the fringes of society," said Uefa president Aleksandr Ceferin.

Ed Aarons, Simon Murphy & Rowena Mason/The Guardian

Tags: England, IQ

Aaron Wan-Bissaka Leaves England Squad With Back Injury

Sep 3, 2019 1:22 PM

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was forced to leave England's camp ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers due to a back injury.

Wan-Bissaka was set to make his senior debut. 

“Aaron Wan-Bissaka has withdrawn from the England squad. The Manchester United right-back has returned to his club due to a back issue. With Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier already included in Gareth Southgate’s now 24-man squad, no replacements are planned," released the FA in a statement. 

The Guardian

Tags: England, Injury

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Mason Mount Earn First England Call-Up

Aug 29, 2019 1:35 PM

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Mason Mount each earned their first national team call-up for Gareth Southgate's England squad.

"We tracked him very closely last year and thought he had an outstanding season but we wanted him to stay with the under-21 group, he has adapted well and quickly to a high-profile move," said Southgate of Wan-Bissaka.

Wan-Bissaka moved to Manchester United this summer in a $60.9 million deal.

Tyrone Mings could also earn his first cap for England.


Tags: England, IQ

England To Report Montenegro For Racial Abuse Following Match

Mar 25, 2019 11:24 PM

England will report Montenegro for racial abuse following their 5-1 in Podgorica.

"It is unacceptable. I definitely heard abuse of Danny Rose when he got booked. There's no doubt in my mind it happened. I know what I heard. We have to make sure our players feel supported, they know the dressing room is there and we as a group of staff are there for them," said Southgate.

Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi were also subject to abuse.

"There should be a real punishment for this, not just the two or three people who were doing it - it needs to be a collective thing. This place holds 15,000. The punishment should be, whatever nation it is, if your fans are chanting racist abuse then it should be the whole stadium so no-one can come and watch. When the ban is lifted, the fans will think twice. They all love football, they all want to come and watch their nation so it will make them think twice before doing something silly like that," said Sterling. 

BBC Sport

Tags: England, UEFA Euro

Jadon Sancho On Sterling: He's Showing The Youngsters What It's About

Mar 24, 2019 11:04 AM

Jadon Sancho praised the influence of Raheem Sterling on the youth of the England squad.

“His numbers are crazy this year, and he’s showing all the youngsters what it’s about. I’m just happy that I’m sharing a pitch with him," said Sancho.

The 24-year-old Sterling has the second-highest number of cap on the squad, highlighting the side's youth.

Gareth Southgate added that the emphasis on youth reflects wider English culture.

“I think young people in all walks of society have a little bit more belief. I think bosses in all industries are less draconian in the way they work, and I think that helps youngsters to come in and be more creative and believe they can make a difference. They don’t baulk at anything. I just think, generally speaking, given an opportunity, they’ll go and surprise people.”

Sean Ingle/The Guardian

Tags: England, IQ

Gareth Southgate On Raheem Sterling: He's A Role Model For Players

Mar 23, 2019 11:43 AM

Gareth Southgate praised Raheem Sterling's hat-trick performance following England's 5-0 win over the Czech Republic.

“Raheem was brilliant, electric all night. He’s in a really confident moment, not only on the field but off the field he’s so mature and comfortable in himself. So I’m delighted for him to get the reaction that he did from the crowd," said Southgate.

The manager added that Sterling has become more simple and decisive in his approach.

"His finishes there and tonight were finishes that he was just taking on without thinking too much. At times you could almost see the thought process in the past but he’s hungry for those goals. I know he’s spoken about that before, of how he’s added that incentive to his game, and I thought he was devastating tonight. He’s a role model for the younger players coming in and he’s enjoyed that extra responsibility as well.”

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Tags: England, Game Recap

Callum Hudson-Odoi Receives England U-21 Call-Up

Mar 18, 2019 11:15 PM

Callum Hudson-Odoi expressed his shock after being called up for  England's U-21 side.

"I thought the manager was joking. I was shocked and then when I heard that I actually had to go over, I couldn't believe it. I was delighted. It's a dream come true. Now I've got to work hard, enjoy every moment and keep working to just hopefully make an impact when I get the opportunity," said Hudson-Odoi.

Hudson-Odoi has yet to start a match for Chelsea.

BBC Sport

Tags: England, Chelsea, IQ

Declan Rice To Play For England

Feb 13, 2019 11:58 AM

Declan Rice has submitted a request to transfer his international allegiance from Ireland to England.

The 20-year-old Rice had played 3 friendlies with Ireland before making the switch.

“I have equal respect and love for both England and Ireland and therefore the national team I choose to represent is not a clear-cut, simple selection. Particularly not for a young lad who never dreamed of being in this position. Like so many people around the world, I consider myself to be of mixed nationality. I am a proud Englishman, having been born and raised in London. However, I am just as proud of my family’s Irish heritage and my affinity and connection with the country. Ultimately it is a personal decision that I have made with my heart and my head, based on what I believe is best for my future. I fully accept that some Irish supporters will be disappointed … My pride at wearing the Irish shirt was always 100% genuine," posted Rice on Twitter.

The Guardian Football

Tags: England, IQ

Kieran Trippier Groin Injury Blamed On England Match

Dec 6, 2018 6:53 PM

Mauricio Pochettino has blamed Kieran Trippier's recurring groin injury on England's third-place match against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League. 

Trippier left that match with the injury, and was subbed off most recently against Southampton in the 87th minute.

Pochettino added that without full treatment, Tripper needs "to accept that situation and live sometimes with some pain and play”.

Daniel Sandford/Talk Sport

Tags: England, Injury

Gareth Southgate Calls For More English Talent In Premier League
A record low 54 English players started for their club sides in matchday 14.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Gareth Southgate Expects England To Top Euro 2020 Qualifying Group
England open their qualification stage begins next March against the Czech Republic.

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Wayne Rooney To Play One Final Match With England
Wayne Rooney is likely to start among the substitutes but the intention is to bring him on to earn his 120th cap.

The Guardian

Gareth Southgate To Sign Extension Through 222
Gareth Southgate's pay was believed to be around 1.8 million and will be nearer 3 million.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

UEFA Backs England's Joint Nations Bid For 2030 World Cup
The Football Association is understood to have promised its Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland counterparts that it will consult with them before making any bid.

Martha Kelner/The Guardian

FA Confident Of Signing Gareth Southgate To Extension
England reached the semifinals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Martha Kelner/The Guardian

Gareth Southgate Advocates For Clubs To Give Young Players More Time
Gareth Southgate advocated for clubs to give younger players more of a chance as he did with England in the World Cup.

Niall McVeigh/The Guardian

Croatia To Play France In World Cup Final
Ivan Perisic equalized in the 68th minute and Mario Mandzukic scored the winner in the 109th minute to give Croatia the win.

RealGM Staff Report

World Cup Snapshot: England 6, Panama 1
England has qualified for the knockout stage with their convincing win against Panama.

RealGM Staff Report

Raheem Sterling Calls Treatment From English Media 'Unbelievable'
Raheem Sterling was critical of the coverage he receives from the media in England.


Gareth Southgate Suffers Dislocated Shoulder
Gareth Southgate suffered a dislocated right shoulder while running near England's base on the Gulf of Finland.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

World Cup Snapshot: England 2, Tunisia 1
Harry Kane scored two goals in England's opening match win over Tunisia.

RealGM Staff Report

Harry Kane: England Will Be Aggressive, Brave In Possession
Harry Kane promises England will be aggressive as they enter the World Cup.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Harry Kane Named Captain Of England
Gareth Southgate spread the captain responsibilities around during qualifying.


Joe Hart Left Out Of England's World Cup Roster
Joe Hart spent the season on loan at West Ham.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Out For World Cup With Knee Ligament Injury
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has flourished with Liverpool since leaving Arsenal.

The Guardian

Gareth Southgate 'Desperate' To Take England To World Cup
Gareth Southgate remains focused on preparing his England team for the World Cup despite the increase in political tensions with Russia.

Press Association

FA To Use Rooney Rule For Future England Manager Interviews
England hired Gareth Southgate last year.

Martha Kelner/The Guardian

Gareth Southgate Given Complete Job Security Regardless Of WC Result
England's Group G is considered fairly easy as they will play Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.

Martha Kelner/The Guardian

Harry Kane Credits Improved Nutrition For Current Form
Harry Kane recently began taking his nutrition more seriously.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian