Manchester City and Chelsea, England`s nouveaux riches, appear poised to dominate the Premier League in 2015, with traditional powerhouses Manchester United and Liverpool working their way through periods of transition.
England ended their year on a high when they chalked up a sixth successive win with a 3-1 friendly victory over Scotland on Tuesday but coach Roy Hodgson says he expects even better as they approach Euro 2016.
When two national keepers meet up, it's bound to make some news. England and Manchester City goal-keeper welcomed England and Lancashire wicket-keeper Jos Buttler for a training session at the Manchester City training ground on October 31.
Having launched their 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign with an impressive win in Switzerland, England face a thankless task on Thursday when perennial whipping boys San Marino visit Wembley Stadium.
England manager Roy Hodgson has declared that he will continue to dictate his players` training schedules despite Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers`s reservations about his handling of striker Daniel Sturridge.
Wayne Rooney was named England captain on Thursday, taking over the leadership role of an inexperienced team in a rebuilding phase following its worst-ever World Cup. "He certainly deserves it, his commitment to the cause," England coach Roy Hodgson said at Wembley. "He is prepared to accept the pressures the England captaincy brings."
England stepped up its World Cup agonizing Sunday with Premier League manager Harry Redknapp claiming some young players had sought to avoid international duty as he raised doubts over their commitment.
Cooler temperatures in Sao Paulo could help the England team when they meet Uruguay on Thursday, manager Roy Hodgson said, after the sapping heat and humidity of their first game in Manaus took its toll on the team.