Tag: Misc

Under 21 Disaster: What Went Wrong for Boothroyd’s Boys?

After the huge build up England’s Under 21s are out of Euro 2019. A highly talented squad, packed with World and European Champions at junior level are out after two calamitous defeats in four days. So what went so badly wrong? Who’s to blame? And what impact will this have on the senior squad? A

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Southgate’s Selection Headaches

It’s been a heady week for English Football after back to back nights of European thrillers put four Premier League clubs into the Champions & Europa League finals. England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his delight for those Liverpool and Tottenham players who will compete for club football’s ultimate prize, but conceded it will leave him

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Southgate’s New Boys Ranked

Since his bow as England manager back in October 2016, Gareth Southgate has handed debuts to 26 new players from his 33 games in charge. Here we rank those 26 new players from worst to first, it’s been a mixed bag. 26. Jack Cork, 1 cap (Debut vs Germany 10-Nov-17) The workmanlike midfielder will almost certainly

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Montenegro 1-5 England: Barkley inspires blazing comeback

After the high of a five-star showing at Wembley on Friday, there was always a danger of this trip to Podgorica being a case of after the Lord Mayors Show. England’s previous trips to Montenegro had ended in frustrating draws and injury doubts saw Southgate pick a much changed lineup. Dele Alli was passed fit

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Seven On Southgate’s Radar?

In little over two weeks time international football returns as Euro 2020 qualification begins. England will take on the Czech Republic and Montenegro, but which players have impressed enough to be added to Gareth Southgate’s expected England squad? Tom Heaton (Burnley) Having seen off one England goalkeeper to regain the number one spot at Burnley

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Spain 2-3 England: Sterling wins The Thriller in Sevilla

“I can only see a Spain win” predicted the oracle that is Paul Merson. For once most agreed, Spain came into this game unbeaten in 38 straight competitive games at home, a run stretching back to 2003, their last home game being a 6-0 hiding of Croatia last month. England meanwhile hadn’t won in Spain

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Croatia 0-0 England: A strange night in Rijeka

This morning I took my toddlers to play football at ‘Mini Shooters’ and the crowd watching the tots run around with a ball was larger than the one England played before last night. UEFA’s decided the best form of punishment to the Croatian FA for that infamous Swastika in the grass incident, was to play

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England’ Late Bloomers (Part 2)

The usual path of an England career is youth teams, under 21s (or Under 23s as it used to be) and then to the seniors at around 23. But some take a much longer route to the England team. In honour of the retiring Jamie Vardy who took the scenic route to an England career

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England’s Weekly Winners & Losers Week 5

A look back at last week’s England winners and losers… Winners Jadon Sancho In a week that saw his old youth team coach compare him to Neymar, Sancho produced an inspired 32 minute appearance to help Dortmund to a 3-1 win. With the game at 1-1 Sancho delivered a perfect cross fit Marius Wolf to

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