Hello friends, welcome to this special report on my England job. I took over the England job on 22nd July 2018 after Martin Jol was sacked due to a poor campaign in the World Cup when they lost to Mali and went out in second round.
The first task i had to do when i took over is to slowly overhaul the squad. Martin Jol relied mainly on experienced players to do the job for him while i like to draft in youngster for future competitiveness. Still, we have to rely on some of the real life key players.
Below are players whom i think is key to our success.
Goalkeeper – Joe Hart
Defenders – Phil Jones, Ryan Shawcross
Midfielders – Jack Rodwell
Strikers – Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney is 34 now but still possesses awesome attributes especially his mental department. He is the current record goal scorer with a few goals to go before he hit the century mark for his country.
Most of you who play FM know the regens that England produced don’t look as good as their South American counterparts. I feel there are plenty of youngsters climbing up from the back and front department. My only concern is the middle where we seriously lack of a good playmaker but we will see as we get along.
I am using exactly the same formation which served me well with West Ham, a 4-5-1 tactics. I am going for very fluid strategy with a mind of controlling the game. The players are allowed to express themselves when they have the ball and should work hard to close down the opposition when don’t.
Two friendly game were arranged before the commencement of the European Championship qualifying group stage. My first game in charge was against my former team Holland. I know them too well and work towards their weakness to win the game 2-0. I was disappointed with the draw against Chile as they scored a late goal to claim a draw.
European Championship Qualifying Group B
I thought we had a good draw when our oppositions were revealed. We were placed in group B with Russia, Bulgaria, Albania, Kazakhstan and San Marino. I guess only Russia and Bulgaria could provide us some problems while we should have no problem beating the rest.
We kicked off the competition with a 3-0 thumping of San Marino with Wayne Rooney getting closer to his 100 goal mark. Bulgaria provided stronger challenge in the next match as we required a Ryan Shawcross header from a set-piece to win the game even our dominance of the game. No problem against Kazakhstan, we won 3-0 easily with Rooney getting another goal.
It was another straight row of wins in 2019 as we marched on to the European Championship final. The game which surprised me is the game played in Moscow. We were leading 1-0 in the first half but the coming on of Jack Wilshere change the picture of the game. What an impact he was playing on the right wing and getting into good position to score a hat-trick.
10 games, 10 wins, what more can i ask for? A total of 36 goals scored and only conceded 1. It was a brilliant qualifying campaign for us. We actually qualified with three games to go. Not surprisingly, Russia proved to be stronger than Bulgaria and joined us in the Championship final.
European Championship Final Draw
We managed to avoid some of the big teams and were drawn with Turkey, Israel and Ireland. Turkey seems to have some good regen players in their side and will pose the biggest challenge to us but overall i believe we have a good chance of qualifying into the next round.
This will kick off in June 2020 and i will introduce our 23 man squad when the competition starts. That’s all from me for my England updates. I will update again when we finish our results in the European Championship final. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, please leave your comments behind.