Tag: Wayne Rooney

England 3-0 USA: Three and easy as Rooney rides off into the sunset

Wayne Rooney’s farewell to England turned out to be a game all about dynamic new talent as England brushed aside the USA 3-0 at Wembley. Gareth Southgate opted for a youthful starting line-up who had fewer caps between them than Rooney has to his name, whilst England’s fabled number 10 started on the bench. The

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England vs USA Preview: Rooney’s last rodeo

When Wayne Rooney departed English football this summer is was a strangely muted affair. A year on from rejoining boyhood club Everton, England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer slipped out of Finch Farm and headed to Washington DC. But his one-off return tomorrow night, makes England’s encounter with the USA their most talked about friendly

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England suffer Ox Blow

It’s 7 weeks until the start of the World Cup and international managers are dreading their players calling them the day after limping out of a game. Yesterday Gareth Southgate received one such call from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and now has an extra selection headache. For the player who’s reinvented himself as a dynamic central midfielder

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Managing a fading star

As Gareth Southgate moves on from Wayne Rooney I’ve delved into the archives to look back at how other managers handled fading stars either easing them towards the door or trying to keep them in the room. Bobby Robson & Kevin Keegan When- 1982. Incoming England manager Bobby Robson felt it was time to put

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6 England Squad Takeaways

The most fitting adjective I can think of for Gareth Southgate’s squad is sensible, I’d have preferred scintillating but sensible will have to do for now. With such exciting prospects at youth level ‘doing for now’ seems to be where England are right now. There were few surprises so what can be read into this

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Farewell Wayne

  Imagine my surprise when the article I was writing about the merits of Wayne Rooney’s imminent England recall were torpedoed by the announcement Rooney was retiring from international football. It’s the right decision for Rooney, for Everton and probably England too. Rooney has got himself in condition, found form and is rekindling his old

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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

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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

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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

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England’s 10 greatest qualifiers

For all England’s tournament woes they remain Europe’s leading qualification experts- 1 defeat in their last 46 (and that was a dead rubber) is an enviable qualification record.  I’m counting down here their 10 best qualification performances I’ve witnessed; 10. England 3-0 Poland (Sep 1993/ World Cup 1994) The game that almost saved Graham Taylor,

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