England v Italy | Match Preview | The Final

England v Italy | Match Preview | The Final

For starters, Monday should be a national holiday.  The European Championship Final at Wembley will have the nation gripped until late Sunday evening, and either utter jubilation or remorse will follow, Monday morning. The amount of people not in for work the next day will far exceed those attending Wembley, probably. England have not won a major competition since the Wold Cup in 1966. The years of hurt, the thousands of caps given & endless failures of teams could end …
How To Tackle Ukraine

How To Tackle Ukraine

Gareth Southgate takes his England side to Rome to face Ukraine this Saturday in the European Championships Quarter Finals. The draw has worked out somewhat kind, but decisions must be made as to how they approach this vital knockout game. Ukraine have become this competitions version of Greece, grinding their way into an impressive position against the odds. With no elite players, manager Andriy Shevchenko has managed to orchestrate an admirable run thus far. To look beyond this Ukraine side …
Raheem Sterling proved why he is first choice for England against Croatia

Raheem Sterling proved why he is first choice for England against Croatia

It seems every international tournament is filled with debate about Raheem Sterling. This will now be his fourth as part of the England squad and his experience will be considered vital by Gareth Southgate. In hindsight, it seems obvious that he would be starting against Croatia, despite his questionable club form. He is trusted by the manager and he adds much needed tournament experience to a youthful squad. There is rightly excitement about the generation coming through now. Marcus Rashford, …
Are Manchester City Under-Represented At The POTY Awards?

Are Manchester City Under-Represented At The POTY Awards?

I am a Liverpool supporter and hugely appreciative of Jordan Henderson. In fact, I wrote a piece on his value to the Reds more than a year ago. Well before he got to lift four trophies and made the Hendo-shuffle such an attractive proposition to kids everywhere. He’s an all-round good egg and as Adam Lallana highlighted this week in an emotional farewell interview, a captain who takes responsibility for the club in good times and bad. Given his backstory, …
Leroy Sane Hugely Missed By Manchester City

Leroy Sane Hugely Missed By Manchester City

All the talk of crucial absences in the clash between Liverpool and Manchester City centred around Aymeric Laporte and Ederson. The Frenchman has left a big void in the centre of defence and the Brazilian’s distribution and shot-stopping abilities were definitely missed in the 1-3 defeat at Anfield. Liverpool though would have been happier that another player who has tormented them more than most was not going to take the field.  In this burgeoning rivalry between the two best teams …
Man City vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Man City vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Tottenham face a very difficult trip to face Premier League champions Manchester City this weekend. Both teams managed to win their opening fixture, but Pep Guardiola’s team were far more convincing. They put five goals past West Ham United with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick. Meanwhile, Tottenham had to come from behind to beat Aston Villa. They managed to do so thanks to a great display from their talisman, Harry Kane. Those two players will be vital to their respective …
Manchester City vs Tottenham | Champions League Preview

Manchester City vs Tottenham | Champions League Preview

Manchester City face their biggest game of the season so far on Wednesday as they welcome Tottenham to the Etihad Stadium for the second leg of the Champions League semi-final. They will need to overturn a one-goal deficit, following Son Heung-min’s winner last week. It was a strange affair, as Pep Guardiola’s men offered less attacking threat than usual, which gave a chance to their hosts. Although Spurs lead, it is a narrow one and the home side will be confident …
Tottenham vs Manchester City | Champions League Preview

Tottenham vs Manchester City | Champions League Preview

The Champions League quarter-finals will be played this week, with all four English teams remaining in the competition. Two of them will face off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night, as Manchester City travel to face Spurs. These two teams have differing ambitions this season, but they must be looking at this competition as one they can win, now they have reached this stage. In the previous meeting this season, Pep Guardiola's men came out on top, but …
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