Remembering England’s Euro Under 21s of 2009

With England currently flush with youth team trophies I’m writing a series of articles on successful England youth teams of the past and how far they went at senior level, starting with the most recent- Stuart Pearce’s Under 21s who made the European Championship final in 2009. England arrived in Sweden that summer with reasonable […]

World Cup Draw Review: Groups G & H

Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England So the nation whose golden generation have failed to live up to their immense individual talents have drawn a group with…England, the irony. Belgium will arrive in Russia for another shot at lighting up a major tournament, this isn’t this Belgian sides last chance but with Toby Alderweireld (aged […]

World Cup Draw Reaction (Part 1)- England Suddenly Expects

It’s fair to say fate slipped Gareth Southgate an ace yesterday in The Kremlin. With the seeding system revised to reflect World Ranking rather than geographical location a repeat of the Uruguay- Italy- Costa Rica scenario from 2014 was never likely but this draw was pretty much everything England could have hoped for. Firstly they […]

World Cup Draw Countdown: The Groups of Death. Brazil 2014- Spain crash, Van Gaal entertains and Cahill’s corker

A final look back at the infamous groups of death from tournaments gone by. Brazil 2014- Spain, Holland, Chile, Australia How did it go? Defending champions Spain flew into Brazil on the back of a three-peat (Euro 2008, World Cup 2010, Euro 2012) and many were confidently predicting a quadruple with many of the same […]