Four Premier League players that could catch the eye at the World Cup

Four Premier League players that could catch the eye at the World Cup

There will be a lot of players that catch the eye over the next month at the World Cup. It is important not to overrate any individual based on their performances in Russia. The Premier League will have a number of players involved in the tournament, which isn’t a surprise considering the money involved in the English game now. The majority of signings are internationals and a lot of those will be representing their country at the World Cup. Here …
Five big decisions Gareth Southgate has got right

Five big decisions Gareth Southgate has got right

England boss Gareth Southgate has defied expectations since taking over as national team boss. The former Middlesbrough and England Under 21 manager has done much more than ‘steady the ship’ since Sam Allardyce’s ill-fated short stint came to an end and is rightly earning plaudits for his stewardship as the World Cup approaches. There is – of course – time for all that to change once the games kick off, and the tabloids might already have their cruelly Photoshopped front …
Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Gareth Southgate's Dilemma

Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Gareth Southgate's Dilemma

If Southgate was looking for a response from Dele Alli - after the midfielder was dropped out of the latest England squad, then he bloody got one on Sunday. Dele Alli has been having a mixed season for Spurs this year. In a rather eventful campaign so far that includes suspensions, diving incidents and the odd viral video or two. His performances have dropped relative to the high standards he had set for himself since stepping in for Spurs as …
Future England Stars?

Future England Stars?

With the 2018 World Cup in Russia slowly approaching, Gareth Southgate is having to rotate and experiment with the huge national pool of English players available to him, especially the new batch of young English prospects coming through as well as young players establishing themselves in the Premier League after making their way through the EFL leagues. This article will analyse some of the most promising and likely call ups to Southgates next international squad for the first time. Dominic …
Frank Lampard: The five most influential moments of his career

Frank Lampard: The five most influential moments of his career

Frank Lampard announced his retirement from football this week following a hugely successful 24-year career as one of England's most prized midfielders. The 38-year-old will forever be compared to Steven Gerrard, who he had so many battles with for club and country but rivalries aside, Lampard delivered some of the best moments in Chelsea's history before leaving the Premier League in 2015. He was unable to translate his talent onto the international stage but Lampard was at the heart of …
Graham Taylor: A Loss To The Game

Graham Taylor: A Loss To The Game

Last week saw the death of the former Watford, Aston Villa and Wolves manager Graham Taylor at the age of 72. Tributes – some of them downright hypocritical from the very paper who lampooned him when he was England manager – poured in throughout the football world. He will be mourned as a loss to the game. Graham Taylor was born in Worksop in 1944 and began playing professional football in 1962. His playing career was nothing to write home …
Big Sam for England?

Big Sam for England?

The way certain sections of the UK media built themselves up for the inevitable disappointment at Euro 2016 with England, it seems they really haven’t learned from history and after the departure of the beleaguered Roy Hodgson, it seems the FA haven’t learned either. Portugal winning Euro 2016 was really a victory for tactical prowess over superior talent.  Despite having a genuine world superstar in their midst and some talented players in their squad, Portugal probably shouldn’t have been able …
The Aftermath of England's and Hodgson's Euro 2016 Exit

The Aftermath of England's and Hodgson's Euro 2016 Exit

For the second time in a week, England have managed an ignominious exit from Europe and Roy Hodgson, much like the hapless politicians, oversaw it without any cohesive plan. The humiliating defeat to Iceland was Hodgson’s final act as England manager and summed up his handling of this tournament. Yes, England did not have the best squad of players heading into Euro 2016, despite the hype, and their ceiling was probably a semi-final at best, but the way they were …
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