Category: Match Reports- England

Holland 0-1 England: Lingard’s Dutch Delight

It’s fair to say an England friendly went well when the mood an hour after full-time was distinctly more positive than what we experienced in the build up. Pundits have lined up endlessly to point out this is the weakest England squad in living memory with Alan Smith even pointing out it felt like the

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England 0-0 Brazil: England Rearguard frustrates Samba Boys

England’s draw with Germany last week saw an encouraging all round display but this always looked a sterner test for England’s experimental side. Whereas Joachim Loew used his Wembley friendly to experiment and fine tune his squad, Brazil manager Tite picked his strongest 11 (Jurgen Klopp may take a dim view of Coutinho starting the

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England 0-0 Germany: Entertaining England hold World Champions

When an MP declared last month unsold England tickets should be given to school children many wondered if that was meant as an alternative to detention. England’s last 4 outings were largely drab affairs as England laboured past defensive negative sides on their way to the World Cup. Gareth Southgate had little option but to

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U-17 World Cup Final: England 5-2 Spain

Wow! England have won the World Cup!! The under 17s Final was not only a huge triumph for England’s developing players it was a great watch. World Cup Final’s are usually pretty awful- the last good one at senior level was 1986. This match was a revelation, in front of 60,000 in Kolkata England started

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Lithuania 0-1 England: Baby steps of progress

With World Cup qualification confirmed in Thursdays snoozeathon at Wembley this dead rudder was a friendly in all but make. Gareth Southgate’s pattern as manager has been to go low risk in qualifying and experiment in the friendlies. For the qualifiers Southgate has identified his best players (Kane, Lallana, Walker, Alli and latterly Rashford) and

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England 1-0 Slovenia: Kane sends England stumbling to St Petersburg.

This was supposed to be a party- the moment Gareth Southgate’s England would play some flowing football and storm to Russia. But England qualifying games are rarely that simple. For those who’ve been living on Mars since Sunday night a win would take England through and a draw would be enough if Slovakia failed to

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Malta 0-4 England 3 points and not much else.

These are the least fun internationals to watch, it’s literally a Premier a league club playing a full strength aside away to Crawley Town. Gareth Southgate sought to even the odds by selecting Joe Hart in goal. Southgate made the point that this doesn’t mean Hart is guaranteed to start going forward and 3 Premier

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