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A Good Win, But Questions Must Still Be Asked

Latest from    This was every bit the stroll in the park we all hoped it would be. Moldova, ranked 141st in the world, failed to put up anything that resembled resistance and, even with an English history of making things infinitely more difficult than they need be, the eastern Europeans were very much as poor as Roy ....

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Team Gb Have Performed As If This Is Truly Their Last Chance

Latest from   If things are put into the most damning perspective, London 2012 will mean very little to the Great Britain men’s football team. There are many competitions which, despite appearing on their calendar with quite some regularity, would mean more to Stuart Pearce’s team. The Champions League, the ....

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Liverpool Legend Emlyn Can Teach Ferdinand A Thing Or Two...

Latest from ++++   Reading comments about Rio Ferdinand's omission from the England squad speaks volumes about the modern player's attitude to England. I remember the late Liverpool legend Emlyn Hughes once saying that what discredited Don Revie in the eyes of the England squad was when at their first meeting he said: ....

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Perhaps Hodgson's England Possess The Most Important Quality Of All...

Latest from ++++   It was an arid affair – in fact, both of Hodgson’s England escapades have been so far – but as the old football proverb goes, a result is a result. Belgium, quite clearly, do not provide the most troubling conundrum to an England side that is seemingly ever-dwindling in size, but a job needed ....

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Old Guard, Led By Liverpool’s Gerrard, Given One Last Chance

    There were a few contentious decisions thrown in there for good measure but you get the feeling that Roy Hodgson, a conservative man at the very best of times, has picked a Euro squad based almost solely around the requirement of avoiding huge risk. The likes of Steven Gerrard, who Hodgson has appointed captain, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole ....

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Redknapp Playing His Press Card Wasn't Enough. Thank Goodness...

    Before you read this, I admit it: I don’t like Harry Redknapp, I never have and, short of his dog paying off the balance of my mortgage, I can’t imagine I ever will. And I’m a Pompey fan – but that should not detract from the necessity of this polemic… It’s been interesting to watch the collective outpouring of ....

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Saint Le Tissier Has It Wrong Over Roy

    Matthew Le Tissier doth protest too much, and so do many others. Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager is all but certified and, with an irritating sense of inevitability, the doubters have been irked and were in no mood to sit back quietly. Instead, they’d rather grumble, lament and bemoan in the vain hope that, maybe, just maybe, ....

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Why Team Gb Offers The Chance Of Shared Humiliation

In sport, as in politics, many believe that it stands to reason that Great Britain is stronger together than apart. Much like a sandcastle. In fact, much too much like a sandcastle, inasmuch as we have the capacity to crumble with tidal regularity every time there is a major tournament, regardless of the sport. And also because the very term ‘castle’ implies that we are in constant ....

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Is England Right For Harry?

Watching the marvellous transformation of Tottenham Hotspur from a distinctly average mid-table side into a charismatic Champions League-challenging force has seen one man plastered to everyone’s lips – Harry Redknapp. Whether it’s the most coveted job in English football or the most poisonous chalice in the game seems irrelevant as many tip Redknapp to take the England ....

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The All-conquering Fa, Wayne Rooney And The Mystery Letters

England will now crash out of Group D with Wayne Rooney, it emerged this week. It had previously been thought that the England striker, who statistically makes England more likely to lose when playing, would miss The Three Lions weakly limp out of Euro 2012 after drawing 0-0 with co-hosts Ukraine, to register a grand total of two points. However Rooney’s three-match ban, given ....

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Choose Your Xi

It seems that whatever Capello does the fans moan and it may be justified. Football has an everlasting trait: It has a characteristic that every fan shares; a common denominator among all that criticise from the terraces. The beautiful game can, at times, seem like it would better suit the title ‘the blame game’.I personally agree with all the fans who call for Capello’s head, ....

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Ready-likey: The Ronnie Corbett Monologues Tackle England

My editor asked me to write something funny. Well, I was going to keep it very short and explain that there was a period of time when Carlton Cole was playing as a centre forward for England. Although the West Ham man does have the touch of a tetraplegic and never ceases to amuse playing for both club and ahem… England, I fear this wouldn’t suffice.   My ....

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Unique Opportunity

England have the unique opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games for the first time in 52 years this summer and with the appointment of Stuart Pearce as the man to manage the team, the current head coach of the England u-21 squad, the much inhibited path to competing has seemingly come to an end and participating finally looks like a dead cert. Yes, I said England here, mirroring the ....

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Why The Rooney Ban Is Not Such A Headache

As we dwell on Wayne Rooney’s enforced absence from the first three games of next summer’s UEFA European Championships we miss the chance to rejoice in qualification from what could have been a group of discontent, and the chance to admire an improved England side that would still provide nine or ten of the Great Britain team that may take to the field in the 2012 Olympics. Rooney ....

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Barton Could Bring Bite To Big Boys

On reading the BBC’s chief football writer Phil McNulty’s blog, entitled, “Capello faces Euro 2012 squad dilemma” and watching Dan Walker’s frank interview with Joey Barton, two things struck me with perfect clarity. Firstly, McNulty hit the nail on the head in the line that read, “England’s task of turning themselves from convincing qualifiers to ....

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How To Lose Friends And Alienate People

If I was a fan of any other team in the Top 10 in the World, according to FIFA, I would’ve stopped watching the England game at 2-0 and called it a night. However England could make a bore draw worth watching - providing you are an England fan - purely because you know one minute they can have you up on the chairs like a patriotic nutter and the next you’re crying, cursing Italians ....

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Strings To His Bow Give Owen Hidden Value

As Eddie Irvine once proffered at a time when he was widely regarded, albeit by some margin, as the second best grand prix driver in the world, “It’s better to be the number two driver at Ferrari than number one at any other formula one team.”   It is with this rationale and ethos that Michael Owen has accepted that at Manchester United he is currently the fifth choice ....

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Could Football Finally Be Coming Home?

England haven’t enjoyed international success for decades now; they’ve never won the upcoming European Championships and their last World Cup success was in 1966. 2012 could be the year that football comes home to England, well at least Great Britain. Next year will provide two opportunities for the nation to see some sort of silverware come home on the footballing ....

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In The Kingdom Of The Corrupt, Sepp Blatter Stays King

The life ban from football given to former Fifa presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam was so inevitable that even Bin Hammam himself was expecting it, but conspiratorial waters run deep at football’s governing body and the Qatari is claiming that the decision was made “weeks ago”, before his official hearing. So is current president Sepp Blatter stamping down on corruption ....

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Penalty Policy Needed As England Lionesses Join The Club

There was another triumph for gender equality in sport on Saturday night, as England’s female international football team bombed out of a World Cup on penalties to France. An experience perennial to the best males England can muster at playing football, and one that owing to the quarter finalists’ sloped shoulders in volunteering to take the set pieces, and subsequent shell shocking ....

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Sepp Blatter: A Man On A Mission

After 13 years as President of FIFA, 75-year-old Sepp Blatter seeks just four more years to complete his “mission” in football. And as to what that mission is, I couldn’t possibly comment. Oh wait, hang on. Yes I could… Blatter’s yearly salary is “$1m(£598,000), perhaps a bit more,” and as former President of the World Society of Friends of ....

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4-3-3/9-1: New System, New Players, Same England

Inspired by Barcelona, the Three Lions almost, yes almost, played like it at times. Well arguably for 90 minutes, but most games last at least 93, and it was in these last three that we remembered that we’re not Barca, we’re England. And victory after victory just isn’t right. For the most part, Capello’s new system has proven to be a success. When in attack, we play a ....

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He's Mentally Unstable And We're Better For It.

The Sun sat him down, The Mirror tightened the straps and The Daily Mail flicked the switch. All over the shot, Sir Alex Ferguson's worst fears are coming true; Wayne Rooney is undergoing yet another media-fuelled electrocution.   You could easily say he deserves this onslaught, though, as his actions credit it. His frivolous on-field behaviour, such as his inexplicable attack on Wigan's ....

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England's Future Made In France?

Cast your mind back about 6 months and you’d be forgiven for thinking that England’s chances of winning a major tournament any time soon were pretty miniscule. Fast forward to now and we suddenly have a team of young, confident ‘world beaters’. Joe Hart has been a revelation since his move to Manchester City and characterises our new belief that England can beat the best ....

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Gray Error Leads To Gray Area

Assistant referee Sian Massey has been kept out of the spotlight for three weeks now, in order to deflect attention from that fact that she is, dare we mention it, a woman, as well as a qualified official. However, she makes her return to Premiership football today, now that the scandal and focus has died down a bit. But should the FA have done more than just stop her from doing her job, like ....

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