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King Can Rise To The Challenge

For some, the end of Rio Ferdinand’s World Cup also sent a blast across the bows of English hopes of winning the trophy. One of the squads truly great players being forced out simply weakens the side is the consensus, but me I’m not so disillusioned by the news. Yes […]

England Name Final 23-Man World Cup Squad

The Football Association (FA) has just announced the final England 23-man squad for the World Cup. They are: David James Joe Hart Robert Green John Terry Jamie Carragher Glen Johnson Rio Ferdinand Ashley Cole Stephen Warnock Matthew Upson Ledley King Joe Cole Gareth Barry Aaron Lennon Shaun Wright-Phillips James Milner […]

Bob Bradley’s Theory on How to Beat England

Bob Bradley is a strategic thinker.  He has to be.  He coaches a mid-level national soccer team whose first game is against one the top ranked teams in the world – England.   Bradley knows that the US does not have enough talent to win on talent alone.  If the Founding […]

England vs USA, Is It Just Another Game?

Ever since the World Cup draw was made back in December, all eyes in the United States have been on the first game in Group C. The match against England is widely anticipated in America, but here it’s just another group game. There’s not the same level of excitement, sure […]

Should Fabio Capello Take a Risk or Two?

Throughout the whole qualifying campaign, Capello always had an idea how his team were going to play and how the personnel he brought in suited his style and blueprint very well. Fast forward a few months later, he is facing a conundrum regarding the squad he is going to take […]

Fantasy Premier League Tips: Gameweek 36

It’s the final countdown duh duh duhhh duh etc. So now is your last chance to make a difference to that all important fantasy football position. The Premier League season may be effectively done and dusted but there’s still plenty to play for in fantasy land, so walk this way […]

The England Outsiders #5. The Strikers

2006 was a disaster for England’s much vaunted strikers in so many ways it was depressing. It was clearly Sven Goran-Eriksson’s nadir as the England supremo as his eccentric choices left England woefully short of options. Michael Owen was so off the pace as to be redundant and his World […]

The England Outsiders #4. The Midfielders

It was often said through out much of the last ten years that England’s midfield was its strongest point. With Beckham in his pomp and Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard ably assisted by a constant rotation of players wedged in to the left midfield position, it often felt a little […]

Fantasy Premier League Tips: Gameweek 34

It’s FA Cup semi-final weekend which means that for three teams the Premier League will cease to matter, at least for a few hours. Of course for Portsmouth the Premier League ceased to matter some time ago and as such, any manager who still has Pompey players in their side […]

The England Outsiders #3. The Centre Halves

Well it’s not been the best season for either of England’s first choice centre halves so far. Enough has been written about John Terry’s problems and Rio Ferdinand’s chronic back injury to have caused meltdown on Google through searching for both issues. Thankfully, Terry’s form seems to be picking up […]

The England Outsiders#2 Full-Backs

With less than 3 months to go until England’s first group game against the U.S.A on June 12th in the World Cup and one particular pair of positions are causing more problems than anyone envisaged. At full strength, the English full-backs picked themselves with Ashley Cole easily making a case […]

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Premier League News Of The Day, Sept. 14

The UEFA Champions League group stage kicked off yesterday, but FIFA president Sepp Blatter stole the headlines. Today’s “Daily Ticker” will look back at Arsenal and Chelsea’s matches, look ahead to the games the Manchester clubs play today, and see why and when Blatter may step down. EPL Teams in […]

Weekend Review Show: EPL Talk Podcast

The races for first and fourth places in the English Premier League took unexpected turns this weekend. On this episode of the EPL Talk podcast, myself, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer reconvene to discuss the weekend that was in the EPL, moving from Manchester’s Derby to Chelsea’s disappointment at White […]

2008/2009 Premier League TV Schedule For UK Residents

Sky Sports and Setanta Sports today announced their schedule of live games on TV for the first few months of the season: Saturday, August 16 Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion, 12:45pm GMT, Sky Sports Sunderland v Liverpool, 5:30pm GMT, Setanta Sports Sunday, August 17 Chelsea v Portsmouth, 1:30pm GMT, Sky […]

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