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Liverpool wonderkid Ben Woodburn earns Wales call-up

Ben Woodburn initially gained recognition for his standout performances for Liverpool at youth level, which saw the youngster fast-tracked into the senior side at the beginning of this campaign. After being included in the latest Wales squad for the first time, the 17-year-old is now in the process of developing his career for both club and country. Read More »

Bruce Arena Versus The World

Bruce Arena looks even less like Michael Cera than Gareth Southgate. Like the England manager, however, Arena finds himself up against it in his second stint as United States Men’s National Team boss. After the USMNT dropped its first two matches in CONCACAF’s final World Cup qualifying stage, under Jürgen Klinsmann, the American has been brought in to defeat the ... Read More »

Gareth Southgate Versus The World

Gareth Southgate drinks from water bottles rather than kicking them

Gareth Southgate is no Scott Pilgrim. There’s a slight facial resemblance but he isn’t a guitar hero with magical powers hoping to break out of the garage band scene into the mainstream. Although, given the challenges he faces as England manager, the former Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough defender-slash-midfielder probably wishes he had similar talents.  Read More »

Lallana is the key for club and country

Liverpool travel to St Mary’s tonight to face Southampton in the first leg of their EFL Cup tie, many of the Liverpool starting 11 will be visiting their old club considering the players that Liverpool have purchased from the Saints in recent seasons, however it is Adam Lallana that has been one of the signings of the last few years. Read More »

FIFA Club World Cup: Kashima Antlers vs. Auckland City Preview

It’s that time of the year again: the fascinating World Club Cup. The best teams from around the world compete in a knockout competition to see who can call themselves the best club side in the world. The preliminary round sees the host nation’s Champions take on the OFC Champions League winners. Read More »

England and the United States: Out of tune partners in the World Cup waltz

It’s said everything in life is cyclical, including football. One team peaks as another reaches its nadir, even when the two trends don’t appear linked. It’s as though the football gods are in fact, rich housewives uncertain where they want the piano.  Read More »

England vs. Spain: New approach, Same England.

I don’t want to be negative and say ‘same old same old’ but I’m struggling not to. Yes, the result was disappointing as normal, but I suppose the performance did offer some signs of encouragement. Read More »

England v Spain – Why Not Get Our Hopes Up?

Let’s forget Iceland, forget the Euros and forget the last 12 years since Ronaldinho spectacularly lobbed 6”3 David Seaman from 30 yards out – lets forget all of that. Maybe this is a new leaf for English Football? Maybe we can get excited about our 3-0 win over rivals Scotland? A win against the best International side of the last ... Read More »

Tite’s effect all over Brazil, fun Belgium is back and four other lessons from the World Cup qualifiers

The November international break, which happens to be the last for the year was very special – particularly because it was all about the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Teams from across the five Confederations took part in this campaign which will eventually produce the 31 teams to join hosts, Russia, at the Mundial in less than two years time. Read More »

2018 World Cup: As things stand for European Qualification

The European nations are fighting it out, with the target to secure their place at the 2018 World Cup. Matchday four of the qualification campaign came to an end on Sunday night; we look at the groups and which teams have the best chance of qualifying. Read More »

The biggest winners of the international break

Loathe it all you want, the international break provides some good entertainment in the round-and-white game. This past week, some teams enjoyed resounding victories in their world cup qualification campaigns – let’s talk about the biggest winners of the international break shall we? Read More »

The Argentine national team: All stars, No shine!

The Albiceleste were once again put to the sword on Thursday, when they squared up against Brazil in the 2018 World Cup Qualifier played in Belo Horizonte – once again the star-studded Argentine national team just couldn’t shine on the biggest of stages. Read More »

The Auldest of Enemies: England vs. Scotland.

The International break is often noted as a general bore for football fans. However, this coming Friday, two nations go head to head in a game of football which is soaked in British sporting history. It’s the two teams first competitive meeting of the millennium; who will come out on top? Read More »

Gareth Southgate set to get the England job.

In a surprising turn of events, breaking reports suggest that Gareth Southgate is set to be given the England job on a permanent basis. Southgate who has only been in charge of the England national team for two games, has been given a massive vote of confidence by his employers. The Daily Telegraph suggest that the appointment will be made ... Read More »

2018 World Cup Qualifiers: 5 Fixtures you shouldn’t miss

The FIFA international break is upon us again! How did that statement make you feel? Come on, cheer up, there is still plenty of exhilarating football fixtures to look forward to this weekend. Read More »

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