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Get the save on! Is Pickford good enough for England?

Get the rave on. This is what England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has printed on his England football boots. Last summer, many England fans would argue that after his sublime saves against Colombia and Sweden at the 2018 Russia World Cup, followed by saving and even scoring a penalty against Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League, […]

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Southgate’s striker woes increase as injury list mounts up

As the 12th of June and the start of Euro 2020 draw ever closer, England manager, Gareth Southgate’s selection headache grows, and his striker woes persist. As in previous tournaments,  England have been led by captain Harry Kane, who secured himself the Golden Boot at the FIFA World Cup in 2018, however due to a […]

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Time to get tougher on racism after horrific hostility in Sofia

England’s recent 6-0 drubbing of Bulgaria was overshadowed by disgraceful scenes of racism from the home crowd, causing play to be stopped twice as officials even looked into abandoning the game. Before the match England players expressed their concern that they may be victims of such abuse, especially given previous racist incidents in Sofia as […]

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Huge gulf in class between England and Scotland as Euro qualifiers commence

England 5-0 Czech Republic; Kazakhstan 3-0 Scotland. The contrast could not be starker.  Less than 24 hours after Scotland slumped to what many have deemed their worst defeat in history, England hit five at Wembley for the first time since 2014.  A plastic pitch, a long way to travel – the Scottish excuses are simply […]

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FA’s position on Phil Neville’s tweets symptomatic of broader indifference towards Women’s game

There have been better first days on the job. Phil Neville was never going to be the most popular candidate for the England women’s manager, but the emergence of his past sexist tweets has compounded his problems, strengthening the convictions of those who insist he is unsuitable for the job. The 40-year-old, presumably in a […]

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Best and worst football stadiums

With the proliferation of standardised sterilised stadia, which ones are the best, and which ones are the worst? Best Everton – Goodison Park Oh I do love pillars me, and there’s genuinely something quite brilliant about knowing that there is a chance of only seeing 30% of the pitch. It remains one of the best […]

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Defoe sets realistic target of making the 2018 World Cup

Last month I wrote an article about British boxer Nicola Adams and argued that, despite her age of 34, she still had a lot to achieve. England footballer Jermain Defoe is just 19 days older than Adams and he too looks to be blossoming into his 30s. Prior to his recent goal against Lithuania in […]

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Realistic expectations required for the Southgate era

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. That is the prospect that befalls every England manager charged with keeping expectations at a manageable level and Gareth Southgate is no exception to that, particularly when it comes to squad selection. The very people who chastise England for picking players based on reputation are the same […]