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Is Lionel Messi's Copa America triumph too little too late?
08:00 Tuesday 13th July 2021

While England remained optimistic about ending their 55-year major trophy drought at Wembley Stadium against Italy prior to Sunday evening, Lionel Messi was watching teammates exorcise his international demons in another fabled ground, half…

European Championships
Has Gareth Southgate reached his limit as England manager?
16:31 Monday 12th July 2021

Fear of losing is the fat tabby who whiles away summer afternoons in the barnyard toying with the mouse between his paws. On Sunday, Wembley Stadium was the barnyard and Gareth Southgate was the mouse. The semifinal round offered England fans…

England National Team
England won; get over it
08:00 Friday 9th July 2021

Famous last words. Yesterday, I wrote with tongue in cheek about fear of losing being the “one thing” that ruins football. Then, being in the US, I spent the afternoon viewing a particularly enjoyable semi-final between England…

Should Pep Guardiola reconsider selling Raheem Sterling to finance Harry Kane's transfer?
08:00 Thursday 1st July 2021

If you wish to know the difference between player movement in American sport versus global football, viewing corresponding scenes from a pair of iconic films will make it clear.  About midway through Dances With Wolves, after the…

Premier League
Can a relieved Harry Kane propel England to EURO 2020 glory?
14:00 Wednesday 30th June 2021

As Harry Kane made it two, England's goalscorer was undoubtedly the most relieved man in the building. Three goalless games, three pretty drab performances. The pressure was starting to build on the Three Lions talisman. What better way…

Why England v Germany is a one-sided rivalry from oddly different perspectives
08:00 Saturday 26th June 2021

Ages ago when I was married, my wife and I found a cocker spaniel tied to a post and abandoned at a flea market. The poor thing’s food and water dish was infested with ants and he was trying to sit both out of the hot Florida sun and…

Premier League
What's not to like about more seats at Anfield?
09:00 Friday 25th June 2021

The last twenty years have seen a number of iconic English football grounds close their turnstiles for the last time, making way for state-of-the-art megastructures typical of the increasingly astronomical investments in the modern game. The…

England National Team
Are England really better finishing as runners-up in their EURO 2020 group?
09:00 Tuesday 22nd June 2021

England were supposed to be two wins from two, breezing their way into the knockout phase of EURO 2020. A drab performance against Scotland has certainly halted the 'It's Coming Home' shouts, that's for sure. Next up, a game…

European Championships
Can Scotland cause the upset against England at EURO 2020?
09:00 Friday 18th June 2021

November 30th, 1872. The date international football began. Scotland would take on England in front of 4,000 fans at Hamilton Crescent, Partick. The match would finish 0-0, though it'd be the start of one epic sporting rivalry. From breaking…

League One
Raging Bull: Can Oxford United gore Manchester City?
15:01 Thursday 5th December 2019

The EFL Cup is much maligned by Premier League and Championship alike. Teams rotate. Fixtures pile up. Most involved consider it a blessing in disguise to be eliminated as soon as possible. Oxford United buck that trend in 2019. A stuttering…

EFL Championship Playoff Preview
12:00 Wednesday 8th May 2019

For the majority, the curtain has come down on the 2018/19 Football League season. However, the show goes on for a few select clubs. Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Derby County all seek the same ticket to the Premier…

League Two
EFL League Two Play-Offs Preview
12:00 Monday 6th May 2019

For the majority, the curtain has come down on the 2018/19 Football League season. However, the show goes on for a few select clubs. Mansfield Town, Newport County, Forest Green Rovers and Tranmere Rovers all look to progress in the League…

England National Team
Declan Rice was wise to not rush into his decision on international future
12:00 Saturday 16th February 2019

On Wednesday, West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice announced via his social media channels his intention to switch his national allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England. The 20-year old has played in three friendly games for the…

Champions League
Tottenham Hotspur outclass Real Madrid to advance in Champions League
08:30 Thursday 2nd November 2017

Wednesday night saw Tottenham Hotspur take on Real Madrid for the second time in two weeks. The game didn't disappoint, with Spurs running out 3-1 winners to book their place in Champions League last 16. In the reverse fixture, Tottenham left…

Non League
Non-League Finals Day at Wembley on Sunday
17:00 Saturday 20th May 2017

Non-league fans attention turns to Wembley Stadium this Sunday for the FA Trophy and FA Vase finals which take place back-to-back.