Balotelli Rumours Spark Social Media Frenzy

Balotelli Rumours Spark Social Media Frenzy

Liverpool's latest "Bad-Boy" forward, Mario Balotelli, has been at the heart of a social media storm following leaked pictures of a behind closed doors friendly between his new club and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rumours circulated on Friday afternoon as various Twitter accounts tweeted screenshots of an apparent discussion with referee Chris Foy, in which Balotelli was at centre-stage. As these images continued to spread across the Internet, captions were being added to the picture and soon it was believed that Balotelli …
Five England Internationals Who Must Move Clubs To Get Their Careers Back On Track

Five England Internationals Who Must Move Clubs To Get Their Careers Back On Track

The 2020/21 season is only weeks away and it will be a season where many players are playing for their places in their national team squads ahead of the rescheduled Euro 2021 competition. England will go into that tournament as one of the favourites and Gareth Southgate will have many hard decisions to make. His squad, as currently constructed, is a little uneven. He has great depth at right-back, but left-back isn't so strong. The central defensive options aren't at …
The Evolution of the World Cup kit

The Evolution of the World Cup kit

The World Cup in Russia is underway and it certainly started in emphatic fashion with the hosts putting in a top display to destroy a very weak Saudi Arabia side. This was a 5-0 victory so they will now be hoping to progress through to the knockout stages. We are heading in with confidence high following qualifying for the competition for the first time since 2006. We have been drawn in Group F against the defending champions Germany but expectations …
Lingard Lights up Russia as England Qualify for the Round of 16

Lingard Lights up Russia as England Qualify for the Round of 16

On Sunday, England put six - yes, six goals - past Panama to seal qualification to the next round in a manner they have arguably never done before at the grandest of stages. It was a blend of contrasts throughout.  For it was reticent, yet an impressively flamboyant display at times. It was in some ways, imperfect and error-strewn yet incredibly clinical and ruthless when it really mattered. It was a matured performance; coming from a bunch of mostly wild …
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 …
Can England Really Win Euro 2016?

Can England Really Win Euro 2016?

The bookies currently have England as fourth favourites for winning this summer’s European Championships, a price no doubt influenced by people using their hard earned cash to back Roy Hodgson’s side for victory in France. Two clichés spring to mind for me: “a fool and his money are soon parted” and “you never see a poor bookmaker”. Despite the best efforts of the ITV commentary team to build this England side up as the second coming of the Brazil 1970 …
Jonjo Shelvey: From Liverpool Reject to the England Squad

Jonjo Shelvey: From Liverpool Reject to the England Squad

When Jonjo Shelvey signed for Liverpool in 2010 he was considered to be one of the bright young midfield talents in the English game. He put pen to paper at Anfield no doubt hoping to learn from one of the games greats, Steven Gerrard, and eventually be a key feature in Liverpool’s midfield. Sadly, things never worked out for Shelvey at Anfield. There never seemed to be a plan for the former Charlton Athletic man. His 6 goals in 10 …
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