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C’est Fini: World Cup 2018 Review

And so here we are, the World Cup has ended-it was filled with moments that will be long-remembered. Croatia stood tall and then taller still, reaching the final via power of will. Germany went home after only three games, England won a shootout and home, football came. There were penalties, […]

Tea motherf***er!

I saw this photo on Twitter on Friday and, I gotta say, try as I might I quite simply cannot in good conscience let this one go through to the keeper. Is that tea he’s drinking??? By joves old bean I think it is! The coach of the New Zealand […]

Euro 2016: The ‘English Disease’

The truth is, we’ve gone so long without a tournament that’s been close enough to contract it that we forgot just how awful the English Disease can be when the symptoms manifest. Marseille 1998, Charleroi in 2000, Portugal 2004 and even the supposed bliss of Germany 2006. But in between […]

Early Doors

I didn’t want to go. I’d spent the last six weeks explaining why England have a great player problem, why England expect nothing and generally dismissing the tournament because it wasn’t available to me as a FanPass subscriber to Sky Sports. There was no good reason, no simple way, no […]

Throwback Thursday: The 90’s

New Zealand have faced England twice in international football. Given the apparently unending Union, League and cricket matches between the two, it’s surprising to find that the only encounters in football took place in 1991 as part of the New Zealand football’s centenary celebrations. 1991 wasn’t the best year for either side. […]

England Expects (Nothing)

It’s been four years since Roy Hodgson announced his first England squad as manager. In football terms, that’s an eternity. When you consider that 58 of the 92 English football league clubs changed manager in the 2015 – 16 season, four years is infinity for a manager. I checked back […]

England’s ‘Great Player’ Problem

Consider an international footballer. A striker. Having been picked for four international tournaments in succession he has scored a total of two goals. Time has not been kind, stripping him of pace and making him vulnerable to injury. There’s a major tournament in 2016. Do you pick him a fifth […]

In Search Of Lost Time: Euro 2004

As the twenty five year mark rolled around for Italia ’90, those who were there and old enough to recall dusted off their memories and flocked to YouTube where, inevitably, the pre-digital footage didn’t seem quite as vibrant as their emotion soaked memories. It’s a strange thing isn’t it, the […]