James Nalton

James is a football writer and reporter for the Morning Star newspaper, reporting mainly on Liverpool, Manchester City, & Everton, as well as a weekly column on European/world football. He is the editor of The Botafogo Star, Crossing The Pond, and World Football Index

Scouse Showman Barkley Eases Everton's Blues

Scouse Showman Barkley Eases Everton's Blues

Just moments after Everton’s 3-0 win at home to lowly Newcastle United on Wednesday, Roberto Martinez was waxing lyrical about his star player Ross Barkley. The 36,000 fans who’d turned up at Goodison Park on a tired midweek evening will tell you that this wasn’t Barkley’s best performance in an Everton shirt, but despite this he still managed to be the outstanding player on the pitch in a match low on quality. He was often hesitant when it came to …
Barkley Impresses City as Everton Exit Cup Feeling Blue

Barkley Impresses City as Everton Exit Cup Feeling Blue

Everton should have every right to feel hard done to as they exited the League Cup at The Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night. Replays have shown that the ball had gone out of play before Raheem Sterling set up Kevin de Bruyne to score what Roberto Martinez called the key goal of the tie. But although luck has certainly played a part of late - City’s equaliser from Fernandinho and Jordan Ayew’s winner for Swansea on Saturday both came via …
Delight in Pellegrini's Plight Ignores First Season Success

Delight in Pellegrini's Plight Ignores First Season Success

Where now for Manchester City? Runners up in the Community Shield, out of both domestic cups in the fourth round, seemingly out of the title race, and now out of the Champions League at the hands of a Barcelona side who rarely looked troubled by City’s high earning stars. The future looks bleak for their manager, but if the target of five trophies in five years is to be believed, then he just might be given the chance to turn …
High Drama in Brazil Saves Hodgson's Blushes

High Drama in Brazil Saves Hodgson's Blushes

England went into the 2014 World Cup with a good squad combining youth, experience, and one which was free from the hype that has surrounded previous “Golden Generations”. This might have been partly thanks to Hodgson, who showed as little ambition off the pitch as he did on it, playing down chances from the day England qualified. England were handed a tough group on paper, but were given the chance to play Italy first. Notoriously bad starters when it comes …
A Battle on Common Ground: Liverpool and Manchester, United

A Battle on Common Ground: Liverpool and Manchester, United

They’re not really used to this. During the 2013/14 season, fans of the two biggest clubs in English football have ridden a rollercoaster ride of emotions, which many of their supporters won’t have experienced before. Even the well trodden fan will have forgotten what it's like to suffer these feelings of expectation, disappointment, disbelief, or unbridled joy, as both teams ask the fans to step up to the plate in different ways. Its almost a role reversal, but not quite, …