Tag Archives: England

Time for Jack to step up

Jack Wilshere, the player famously described by Arsène Wenger as having a “Spanish technique with an English heart”, will be captain and talisman for both club and country for a generation. Substituted after 67 minutes in Kiev on Tuesday night following his worst showing in an England shirt, Wilshere returned to the home comforts of […]

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Gazza downfall a warning to young players

When a young Paul Gascoigne was asked for his footballing hero, he gave an unequivocal answer. Bryan Robson, captain of England, was his choice but the reasoning was troubling. He had not chosen ‘Robbo’ for his bravery, goalscoring from midfield or inspirational leadership. Instead, Robson was hailed above all others because of his ability to […]

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Ronaldinho is back!

Of all the various methods Ronaldinho is reported to have found to irritate the coaching staff at Paris Saint‑Germain during the early days of his soon-to-be stratospheric European career, my favourite is the story of Ronaldinho being spotted, in the wee hours of a weekday morning, playing the bongos on stage at the Club Bikini […]

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Gary Neville – TV Pundit

Presumably now those people who threatened to cancel their subscriptions when Gary Neville was appointed as Sky Sports’s main pundit have come to realise, whether they like to admit it or not, that if they can just detach themselves from the endless slog of club allegiances for a few moments and listen, without prejudice, there […]

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Is Rio past it?

As Gareth Bale brushed aside Rio Ferdinand to score Tottenham’s second goal during their famous win at Old Trafford, most football fans were beginning to understand why Roy Hodgson continues to ignore Rio for national team selection. The England boss is due to announce his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, and might have […]

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Is Cleverley the answer?

With Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs edging closer towards retirement and players like Anderson not living up to their potential, Sir Alex has put his faith in the young midfield player to grow into the position by gaining first team experience amongst the more experienced players. England Manager Roy Hodgson has also been impressed with […]

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Rooney on…Ronaldo: The truth behind THAT wink and my red card

The Manchester United star reveals all in this exclusive extract from his new book. The papers decide we’re not going to work together because of an incident that happened during the 2006 World Cup.  In England’s quarter-final against Portugal – I got tangled up with their defender, Ricardo Carvalho, and accidentally stuck a boot on […]

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Talent equals Success. Or does it?

If you were wondering where that godawful music is coming from, it’s the soundtrack to the latest Lucas Moura highlights reel on YouTube that has Manchester United fans glued to the screen. But unlike the immediately acquired knowledge that Basshunter was sent to this earth to poison our ears and, in severe cases, induce comas, […]

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