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International
On John Stones and the risk of playing from the back
17:00 Monday 10th June 2019

Playing from the back is the new mandate in football. ‘Anywhere will do’ has gone from sensible to foolish almost overnight. Ice hockey went through the same transition a few years ago. Dumping and chasing into the opponent’s…

England National Team
The hole in the middle of Southgate's England squad
17:00 Friday 7th June 2019

What is it about England and semi-finals, eh? The Three Lions had the opportunity to end their last four hoodoo in the UEFA Nations League last night, but once again, after starting well, England predictably handed it to their opponents on…

England National Team
Is Gareth Southgate working with best possible England squad?
10:00 Thursday 6th June 2019

England take on the Netherlands tonight at the Estadio D. Afonso Henriques. Victory for the Three Lions in Guimaraes would secure a place in Sunday’s inaugural Uefa Nations League final, against hosts Portugal. Gareth Southgate announced…

Premier League
Is the cost acceptable when building from the back
09:00 Friday 14th September 2018

We've entered a new era in the beautiful game. Most teams now play with three or five in defence, changing how the game is played. The major annoyance is passing out from the back. Errors are harshly punished, begging the question…

Premier League
Premier League Preview: Can Manchester City do it again?
08:00 Thursday 9th August 2018

Manchester City tore the Premier League apart last season. Pep Guardiola masterminded a complete annihilation of the opposition as City left every other team for dead. Even second-placed Manchester United were so far behind they seemed to have…

World Cup
John Stones: A player reborn at the World Cup
17:00 Tuesday 10th July 2018

John Stones' relatively young career has been remarkably successful. The England international is only 24. He has played in the Champions League, won the Premier League and the League Cup. More recently, he has helped his country reach…

World Cup
England are through Group G; Can Three Lions roar in knockout rounds?
09:30 Friday 29th June 2018

England, for all the quality within their ranks, have been consistent underachievers on the international stage. Despite thi though, there is a surge in belief across the country. The Three Lions are finally starting to justify their…

World Cup
World Cup Group G: England, Belgium, Kane, Lukaku, time to settle this
12:30 Thursday 28th June 2018

The two European sides have all the pressure off them coming into the final game, having already secured a place in the last 16. This battle is about who'll clinch top spot in group G. Belgium and England were expected to cruise through…

Premier League
Manchester City's Squad Review: Who stays or goes in defence
15:00 Saturday 2nd June 2018

Manchester City had the best defence in the Premier League this season. In 38 matches, they conceded only 28 times. Praise was attributed largely to the rapid pressing once they lost the ball. However, the Citizens' back four did a…

England National Team
England World Cup squad: Has Gareth Southgate made the correct calls on defence?
08:00 Friday 25th May 2018

England’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup was announced last Wednesday. The pressure is mounting on Gareth Southgate. The Three Lions manager has only two friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica to perfect his system…

England National Team
The top 10 English footballers
12:00 Tuesday 1st May 2018

England invariably find a way to disappoint in major competitions. The Three Lions’ players, however, shine regularly for club sides. So, who are the best English footballers?    Based on ability, form, and potential, here…

International
International Friendlies: England v Italy: A Combined XI
17:28 Tuesday 27th March 2018

The Three Lions are set to face Italy at the Wembley tonight. England have won only one of their last seven matches against the Azzurri. Their last encounter ended in a 1-1 draw in 2015. Gareth Southgate’s side has been unbeaten in last…

Opinion
What next for Vincent Kompany at Manchester City?
09:00 Saturday 24th March 2018

There is only one reason Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is not rated alongside Nemanja Vidic, Tony Adams, and John Terry as legendary captains in the rearguard. It is not because he isn't as domineering. It's the injuries.…

Premier League
What next for John Stones at Manchester City?
14:00 Friday 2nd February 2018

John Stones has long been heralded as the next best thing in England's defence. His qualities have seen manager Gareth Southgate compare him to Gerard Pique and Jerome Boateng. The 23-year-old isn't the archetypal English centre-back…

England National Team
Is Gareth Southgate's England better than Roy Hodgson's last World Cup side?
14:00 Friday 12th January 2018

Four years ago in Brazil England produced its worst performance at a World Cup. Finishing bottom of a group including Costa Rica, Uruguay, and Italy, the Three Lions only point was a goalless draw in the dead rubber fixture with group…