Long-standing England midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were asked by manager Roy Hodgson to speak to the Three Lions players and staff ahead of the nation’s second World Cup match of the tournament.
Facing certain elimination with a second loss after falling to Italy in the opener, Hodgson thoughts their words could help spark England in its Thursday match against Uruguay (which should have Luis Suarez but will be missing two key players).
Plus, there is a certain “warn the youngins exactly how hellish the English media can make their lives” factor at play.
“It wasn’t to scare any of the lads but a wake-up call to everyone – staff and players,” captain Gerrard said.
“I have had that feeling of going out of a major tournament. I know what that feeling is about and that is the feeling I don’t want come Friday morning.
“A lot of people in the dressing room already know that,” said Gerrard. “But we have a few young lads and it was important for them to realise what is at stake and how important this game is.
“There is no hiding place for a player when you go out of a tournament. You go home earlier than you expect. It can be tough as a player and it can take an awful long time to get over it.”
The idea that any World Cup player needs to hear such a thing given the circumstances is unnecessary, but Hodgson feels the need to push every media and motivational button possible.
England hasn’t been eliminated in the group stage during its last six World Cups and last two European championships. Uruguay lost its tournament opener against Costa Rica, the CONCACAF nation set to square off with the Italians on Friday.
After failing to qualify for the playoffs in each of their first eight seasons, 2015 saw the Reds venture into the postseason for the first time ever, only to be thumped in the knockout round, 3-0, by their 401 derby rival Montreal Impact, of all sides.
This is the year, though, or so we’ve said and been told all season long. While it remains to be seen how deep of a run TFC can muster in 2016, they’ll always have the Jozy Altidore‘s terrible first touch; Altidore’s wayward second and third touches; Altidore’s overhead cross; and Sebastian Giovinco’s strike, all of which you can watch in all its hilarity glory below.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) United States international Julian Green scored in his first official start as title holder Bayern Munich eased to a 3-1 win over Augsburg to reach the third round of the German Cup on Wednesday.
Green’s first goal in a competition match for Bayern came in the 42nd minute with a header off a cross by Thomas Mueller.
The 21-year-old American winger played in the previous German Cup round, coming off the bench in a 5-0 win over Carl-Zeiss Jena. Green has been in coach Carlo Ancelotti’s squad several times this season but this was his first start.
Manchester United will take on West Ham United at Old Trafford, while Arsenal will welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium. All quarterfinal fixtures will be played the week commencing Nov. 28.
As for the other two matchups, Liverpool host Leeds United at Anfield, and Hull City will face one of the three clubs they replaced in the PL this season, recently relegated Newcastle United, at the KCOM Stadium.
Full EFL Cup quarterfinal draw
Liverpool vs. Leeds United
Manchester United vs. West Ham
Hull City vs. Newcastle United
Arsenal vs. Southampton