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Oh so near, and yet so far for England.

But this was always going to be a matter of progress. And as much as it will hurt the players right now, they have shown tremendous progress. When Gareth Southgate took charge of the England team, did anyone think that England would make a major final? Because I certainly didn’t. England announced a ten-year-plan back… Continue reading Oh so near, and yet so far for England.

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For the first time in 55 years, England gear up for a major final…

'So many jokes, so many sneers. But all those oh so nears wear you down, through the years.' That has been how it has felt to be an England fan ever since 1966. And those words written by Baddiel and Skinner 25 years ago have still held their power, because that has continued to be… Continue reading For the first time in 55 years, England gear up for a major final…

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How do you solve a problem like the England football team?

This England side is not very good to watch. I know, real hot take there, but it just isn’t. It’s not a free-flowing attacking side that blows teams away. No England side in my lifetime ever has been. But, as I’ve said previously, this is the most talented England squad in years; so why aren’t… Continue reading How do you solve a problem like the England football team?

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Who might win the Euros?

Italy have put in two extremely impressive performances so far at Euro 2020. So much so that they are starting to look like real contenders for the crown. But that might not be as surprising as some would think. While Italy faced a real crossroads after shocking the football world by failing to qualify for… Continue reading Who might win the Euros?

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The Barmy Army showed what sport has been missing for over a year.

Live sport is nothing without the fans. And that’s been demonstrated this week in Birmingham as England host New Zealand in the Second Test Match at Edgbaston. A crowd of 18,000 will be allowed in across the five days as England look to claim the first series win of the summer after the drawn match… Continue reading The Barmy Army showed what sport has been missing for over a year.

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Let the game of manager musical chairs begin.

Now that the football season is over, the usual roundabout of transfers will kick into life again. But it’s the manager’s market that is looking like the more interesting. Quite a few top clubs are looking for new managers this summer, and this could have a very big impact on how next season will play… Continue reading Let the game of manager musical chairs begin.

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Did the European Super League actually have a point?

I mean, the structure of the competition is not something I could ever abide by. A closed shop of self-chosen elite, with a few invited guests, who would be constantly reminded of their luck to be invited into the club. It was an arrogant plan executed by old men who have a lot of money,… Continue reading Did the European Super League actually have a point?

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The Champions League final should not be held in Istanbul this year.

These are exceptional times, and plans have to change quickly. Istanbul has held European finals before, very successfully. Liverpool’s incredible comeback in the 2005 final against AC Milan. That was in Istanbul. The stadium is great, even if the pitch is a little far away for my liking. And there is no doubt that a… Continue reading The Champions League final should not be held in Istanbul this year.

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The fallout of the Super League.

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? The extraordinary 48 hours that football fans witnessed earlier this week was really something to behold. The collapse of the European Super League is a victory for football fans, preserving the structure that has allowed the game to flourish into the global enterprise it has become. But it has… Continue reading The fallout of the Super League.

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You can stick your “Super League” up your …

I could not give a damn about the commercial opportunities for this new “European Super League.” I don’t care at all. Because this cabal of club owners conspiring in a corner behind closed doors have sold the last of the integrity left in the sport I love down the damn river. And my club has… Continue reading You can stick your “Super League” up your …