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What Now For David Beckham?

Fabio Capello was always going to have a challenging decision to make about David Beckham.  After an up and down season with the LA Galaxy and a more down than up loan stint with AC Milan, Beckham was hoping that his experience and dressing room leadership would allow him to […]

The Club v Country Debate

He’s my hero of sorts, the integral piece of the attacking puzzle to my beloved Manchester United and my (adopted) country of England. He’s the bulldog who never gives up, the born leader with enough natural footballing talent to make the recently departed Cristiano Ronaldo raise an eye in disbelief […]

The England Outsiders#1 The Goalkeepers

The halcyon days of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s were apparently a boom time in England’s glorious history of great goalkeepers. From the benchmark that was the great Gordon Banks and his understudy, Peter Springett, to the rotation of Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton in the 70’s and early 1980’s, […]

Can Joe Hart Become England's Number One?

With just over 15 weeks left until the 19th World Cup begins in South Africa and one player is making a real case to force his way in to the starting line up. Joe Hart could have been put out by Manchester City signing Shay Given last January, a smack […]

David Beckham Will Not Be Going to South Africa

Hello.  My name is Fabio Capello.  Over the past 18 months, I have been hailed as the savior of English football.  Under my stewardship, England easily qualified for the World Cup Finals next year in South Africa.  Granted, our qualifying group was fantastically weak, and in our friendlies against other […]

Can Defoe Finally Realise His Full Potential

One thing that has never been in question about Jermaine Defoe is his undoubted ability. Since West Ham United nicked him off of Charlton Athletic as a 15 year old, Defoe has scored goals. Be it for AFC Bournemouth on loan, West Ham United, Portsmouth, both spells at Tottenham and […]

Bullard’s Resurgence Can Lift Hull City

Things are very rarely simple at the K.C. Stadium, not while Phil Brown is there. Back in January, he raised eyebrows when he paid £5 million for the effervescent Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard. Not that there is any doubting the quality that Bullard offers, but that a player who had […]

EPL Talk Meets Patrick Barclay

Patrick Barclay is one of Britain’s best known and respected football journalists. With a career of over 30 years working for a variety of publications and numerous appearances on television talking about the game, Patrick is always worthy of attention.Currently writing for the Times, Patrick has a wide knowledge of […]

Can Ledley King Keep Going?

The sight of Ledley King pulling up when Didier Drogba was running towards the Tottenham goal in Sunday’s London derby left me with a resigned feeling of deja vu. Even on one leg, a training regime of swimming twice a week and the frailties of the midfield formation that wasn’t […]

Defoe Continues To Shine For Club And Country

Jermain Defoe has had a fantastic start to the new season, with goals for England and Spurs; including his 50th for the club in the 2-1 win at West Ham. His hat trick and all round performance against Hull City was clearly his best performance in a Spurs shirt in […]

Fabio Capello’s England FC

“Capello was exactly what we needed!” —Frank Lampard “He is one of those managers in that handful around the world who are the best!” —Steven Gerrard “He’s given the players confidence and the team a huge amount of respect!” —David Beckham “Who knew?” —Steve McClaren Okay, so I made up […]

Can Peter Crouch Deliver Against Top International Sides

Well, there’s one thing you can’t hold against Fabio Capello and that’s that he keeps his cards close to his chest. Today he’s announced that Peter Crouch will lead the England attack against Ukraine tomorrow night and deservedly so. Crouch has been the victim of some vicious criticism over the […]

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Euro 2008 Semi Final Preview Spain v Russia

Tonight could give us one of the tournaments great games and after yesterday’s dramatic 5 goal thriller anything else will be a disappointment. It is impossible to gauge who can take the game tonight, such is Russia’s improvement after Spain spanked them in the opening game of Group D. Russia […]

South Africa-Mexico, France-Uruguay: World Cup Buzz Podcast

Four years of waiting is over, and Richard (me) is a little choken up. He, Laurence McKenna and Kartik Krishnaiyer stop to reflect on World Cup 2010’s significance amidst discussion of South Africa’s tie with Mexico, France’s draw with Uruguay, and Saturday’s matches: Greece-Korea, Argentina-Nigeria, and England-United States.

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Arsenal and Tottenham have halted their race for Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi

Things are heating up in North London between Arsenal and Tottenham, with last weekend’s results leaving Spurs only two points behind the rival Gunners, who sit in fourth place in the English Premier League. But it is not just on the pitch where the competition is picking up. Both teams […]