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A Stain On A Summer Of Brilliance - England 1-1 Ukraine

    Countless excuses will roll off of various tongues over the coming days – tales mainly about a terribly extensive injury list and a sordid refereeing performance – but there is little doubt in the abjectness of England’s performance here at Wembley against Ukraine. And it had to, unfortunately for those involved, come ....


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Rollercoasting Is Simply Not Roy's Style...

  Hope and defensive solidity. Neither are eternal. At times, though, as Italy battered against the door of English resilience, you couldn’t help but feel both were dependent on each other. After an initial twenty minute spell in which the Three Lions looked like an impressive outfit, capable of breaching a seemingly weakly-formed Italian back line, Roy ....


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Sporit Of Adventure Serves England Well Against Swedes

  You could have predicted, with the weight of a not-so-flattering history on their shoulders, that England would not make beating Sweden easy for themselves.  At the interval, 1-0 up, there was a distinct sense of security to Hodgson and his men but as the second half commenced it quickly evaporated into the evening air of Kiev. That stability never returned to ....


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Not Bad England. In Fact A Bit Better Than 'not Bad'...

  The score line itself against France offered little more than most had expected. One goal a piece was a just outcome from all reasonable perspectives but, under the surface at least, some of the pessimism began to peel away. It was, by no means, replaced by some heady belief that England can go close to conquering the greatest test that Europe provides but there was a ....


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So Does That Mean We're Now The World's Best?

No, sadly not. It was, however, the first time we have beaten a World champion side since 1980 and that was Argentina. I wasn’t wholly behind Capello going into the game and I never am. Nevertheless, going into this game, sat down on the sofa in a relaxed state, I was mildly optimistic. Within the space of forty-five minutes, that mild optimism turned to being mildly impressed.Capello's ....


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England 1-0 Wales: Itís The Result Thatís Important, Apparently

Let’s not delude ourselves: England were unimpressive for the first half an hour, then most of the second half, and were lucky to hold on for the three points. But three points they got and all the clichés in the we-won-one-nil-against-a-side-we-should-have-thrashed book came out. It’s the result that’s important, apparently. Even if the result is uninspiring.   At ....


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England Almost There As The Future Begins To Arrive

Bulgaria 0-3 England. A result that means England would still realistically qualify with only one point from the last two games. No wonder captain John Terry has confidently stated “we are almost there.” And why? Because the team of the future is beginning to form already.   Even without the injured Jack Wilshere, Danny Wellbeck and Andy Carroll, as well as the ....


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2-2: Class Of í11 Graduate With Drinkersí Degrees

Known more commonly as a ‘Desmond’, after Archbishop Tutu, the lower second class honours are also referred to as ‘drinkers’ degrees’ by university graduates, awarded as they often are to those students who missed out on more acclaimed grades due to off-the-field distractions. And that’s probably the best way of looking at England’s final game of a ....


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England Add Something New To The Old, Borrowed And Blue

The marriage of Fabio Capello’s management with John Terry’s captaincy may not have been made in heaven, but as the Italian gives his star players back to their clubs this week, he can reflect not only on an important three points gained against the Welsh, but also the success of “the new system”. After a professional performance against a very mediocre side on Saturday, ....


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England 1-2 France: Bless Ďem For Trying

  Well, the kids might not be as good as the golden generation, yet, but at least they give it a good go, bless their sweat-soaked cotton socks. After dismal World Cups for both nations, the French have developed into a classy and confident passing side. And England, well…   On the positive side, this was not England’s best eleven. And it wasn’t a total disaster. ....


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England 0-0 Montenegro: The Score Pretty Much Sums It Up

If you were planning to watch the ‘highlights’ of this dross, then let me save you the bother: there aren’t any. Unless, of course, you count the moment Montenegro had a shot. And it hit the bar. That’s about it.   It would be an exaggeration to call it dreadful. I’ve seen worse from England; the World Cup match against Algeria, for instance. But like that ....


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Switzerland 1-3 England: Now Thatís More Like It

  Remember what it was like to support a decent England side? An England side who played well, got good results and looked like they might be capable of taking on the very best and giving them a real run for their money? Sure you do. Especially if you watched this England side.   You know, I’m starting to fall for it again. Switzerland may not be Spain, but they did beat them ....


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England 4-0 Bulgaria: Panic Over; Weíre World Beaters Again

So, we’ve beaten the mighty Bulgaria 4-0. What were we worried about? We’re top of our Euro qualifying group, we’ve found our goal-den touch and kept a clean sheet too. Cue heightened expectations and much burying of heads in the sand. It’s time for a return to optimism, of course, but let’s not get carried away.   It was a good result after a good ....


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England 2-1 Hungary: Same Old England Enter New(ish) Era

  On a night that Fabio Capello appears to have called time on David Beckham’s international career, while giving four players their England debuts, and trying out a brand new system, there was still enough of the same old England to keep the purists happy. Yes, we’re moving forward, but not necessarily up. Or at least, not quite yet. Just one look at the England team sheet ....


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Under-19sí Tournament Experience Perfect For Senior Disappointments

The England Under-19s squad find themselves blaming a disallowed goal for their defeat while on the brink of exiting a major tournament. This is evidence, if ever it were needed, that such junior competitions provide the ideal experience required by England’s youth in preparing them for the agony, heartbreak and eventual failure of representing their disappointed nation on the biggest ....


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Useless England Take One Hell Of A Beating

Whether it be today, tomorrow, next week or in four years’ time, don’t let anyone tell you we were unlucky in this tournament. We weren’t. We were terrible.   There will be a lengthy post-mortem after our exit from the World Cup at such an early stage. But I doubt it will be enough. There’s something very wrong with the England team and there will be a lot of ....


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England 1-0 Slovenia: Capelloís Changes Help England Squeeze Through

Why did we ever doubt? Capello made three changes to the England team that were so poor against Algeria. In came James Milner, who provided the cross to the other big change, Jermain Defoe, to score the only goal of the game, thanks to a fantastic late tackle from final change Matthew Upson. So that’s it; we now have the team to go and win the tournament. Well, perhaps not, but let’s ....


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Sorry England

Once again the nation's hearts sank as England put on a sorry display against a very poor Algeria side on Friday night. With the USA game now at the back of the fans' minds the stage was set for England to deliver and get their campaign going once and for all. The Algerians however had different plans.   Article continues below     // --> // ....


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England 0-0 Algeria: What Went Wrong

Even the cynics and the critics thought we’d win this. A bad result would have been a narrow victory. But a 0-0 draw was just unthinkable. It still is. So what went wrong?   We may have had our own ideas about the team selection, but it was still good. Easily enough to beat Algeria. As Rooney put it, we wouldn’t even have to be at our best to win it comfortably. But we did ....


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England 1-1 Usa: The Good, The Bad And The Goalkeeping Gaffe

  The first half couldn’t have started any better, or ended much worse. But it was in an under-whelming second half that England failed to break down a decent American side. So where does this leave us going in to the rest of the tournament?   A fact you’re likely to be hearing a lot of in the next six days is that in both 1966 and 1990, our two most successful World Cup ....


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England 3-1 Mexico: Positives To Be Taken From Patchy Performance

On a night of many questions, most of the answers were positive. Could an England side missing many key players still outshine a decent footballing side? Yes. Could many of the fringe players step up and prove themselves? Yes. Have we now got a firm first eleven, with quality cover in all departments? Well, no. But you can’t have everything.   In wasn’t England’s best ....


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England 3-1 Egypt: Crouch Stoops To Conquer Yet Again

As the football cliché has it, this was certainly a contest comprised of an irreducible fraction causing a dichotomy. A minority of morons did their best to unsettle England in the first half by booing John Terry, but some inspired substitutions at half-time changed the shape of the game.   Much to Terry’s delight, it will be Peter Crouch who will take the headlines for a few ....


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Weakened England Exposed By Brazil

A makeshift England side were defeated 1-0 in Qatar by Brazil thanks to a smartly taken goal by Nilmar. Brazil also missed a penalty and Ben Foster was fortunate not to see red in a game the five time World Cup winners largely controlled.England started the match with Rooney, captaining the team for the first time, partnered with Darren Bent but the Sunderland striker saw few opportunities to get ....


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England 3-0 Belarus: The Reserves Shine

Two goals from Peter Crouch and one from Shaun Wright-Phillips, as well as assists from Gabriel Agbonlahor, David Beckham and Carlton Cole helped England to a 3-0 home win over Belarus and also gave Fabio Capello plenty to think about for future squad selections. “Some players played very well,” he told ITV, no doubt with reference to those who he brought in and gave an impressive ....


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England Undone By Ukraine

England went down to a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Ukraine with Nazarenko scoring the only goal in a game that also saw Rob Green sent off and Shevchenko miss a penalty.The first half was a horror show for England with the hostile Ukrainian atmosphere seemingly rattling the away side. The game was delayed just minutes in with flares raining down on to the pitch. The pitch was cleared and the ....


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