World Cup qualifying Part 2: Rest of the World

Europe will take 14 places at the World Cup, who might get the other 18? South America (Top 4 qualify, 5th place playoff vs Oceania winner) Brazil are officially through with 2 points separating the next 4 (Colombia, Uruguay, Chile & Argentina) and Ecuador 2 points adrift. It’s fortunate for 5th placed Argentina their trip to […]

World Cup Qualification update Part 1: European dreams

World Cup qualification is now entering the home stretch, so who should be booking hotels in June for St Petersburg and who can slope off to Santa Monica? Of course hosts Russia will be playing but nobody else is guaranteed a place just yet. It’s business as usual in places (i.e. Germany) but elsewhere there […]

Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: It’s grim up North London

It’s Groundhog Day at Arsenal, after the usual loss at Stoke came the gutless first visit to a top 6 rival. The build up was dominated by two selection shocks, Liverpool dropping of keeper Simon Mignolet and Arsenals’s of record signing Alexandre Lacazette. The early skirmishes saw Arsenal struggle to cope with Liverpool’s pace and […]

England’s winner and losers Premier League Week 2

Winners Phil Jones Who’d have thought it, Phil Jones has been excellent this season. Fitting neatly into Mourinho’s land of the giants Jones has benefited from his manager’s unwillingness to trust new boy Victor Lindelof. He’s kept 2 clean sheets almost got a goal and has yet to do anything clumsy or stupid. Yet. Harry […]

England Squad Announcement- Why fans should care

On Thursday lunchtime Gareth Southgate will announce his first England squad of the season. International squad announcements are usually followed by a collective groan. It’s the signal that a fledging season whose narratives we’re becoming engrossed in is shortly to be paused in order for England to take on the footballing powerhouse of Malta. It’s […]

Man City 1-1 Everton: Rooney makes his point

The first Monday Night Game of the season started with fireworks before kick off leading to a hazy smog around the Etihad Stadium. But the expected fireworks on the pitch gave way to a tactical chess match between ex Barca teammates Guardiola & Koeman, City as expected dominated possession with Guardiola bravely opting for Leroy Sane […]