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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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Why do English football fans put more into their clubs than their country?

That’s not to say that English fans don’t support the national team. They obviously do. You just need to look at how well attended England games are (when fans are allowed in of course). Even when it is only a friendly, England games regularly get attendances of 50,000 or more. Tournaments are also very well… Continue reading Why do English football fans put more into their clubs than their country?

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Do England now have a selection problem?

This current international break is one of the few remaining chances for players to stake a claim to spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the European Championships. And there is a debate amongst fans about who should be in that squad come the summer. In particular, who should be in the midfield slots. England are… Continue reading Do England now have a selection problem?

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A footballing week in review.

Despite there being no crowds, this has been a very good season. The football season continues on as we are forced to watch from afar. It will be wonderful to be able to go to live football again whenever it is deemed feasible. But despite the continued lack of supporters at grounds, it has been… Continue reading A footballing week in review.

Politics, Sport

Tuchel is up and running and deceny returns to the American leadership.

Chelsea’s outcasts now have a second chance. That’s usually true when a new manager comes in to a club. Everyone wants to work their way into the new man-in-charge’s plans, especially if they were not playing regularly under the previous coach. Thomas Tuchel has already publicly stated he will give every player in the squad… Continue reading Tuchel is up and running and deceny returns to the American leadership.

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COVID restrictions are to stay for now, and Lampard sacked as Chelsea manager.

For once, Boris Johnson has made the right decision. Boris Johnson confirmed today that England’s schools would remain closed until at least the 8th March, adding that there was not yet enough data to make a decision on taking the country back out of lockdown. This was absolutely the right call. This wave of coronavirus… Continue reading COVID restrictions are to stay for now, and Lampard sacked as Chelsea manager.

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Lampard still deserves time. Chelsea need to stand by their manager.

It’s been a poor run for Frank Lampard and Chelsea throughout much of December. Only one win in six Premier League games has seen them fall out of the top six and, for the first time, has seen serious questions raised about Lampard’s future as manager. But I think it would be a mistake to… Continue reading Lampard still deserves time. Chelsea need to stand by their manager.