Tag Archives: England

England: The Blame Game, Part One

As reported this morning, John Barnes has spoken of the “blame game” that inevitably follows an England exit from a major tournament. Never one to disappoint, Nathan’s World Cup takes a look at the various possible explanations for England’s dismal … Continue reading

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Gerrard, Rooney Pull Out Of £1m Skills Show

England captain Steven Gerrard and star striker Wayne Rooney have pulled out of a planned soccer skills show, saying their participation would have been “inappropriate” following their dismal showing at the World Cup. The players would have earned £500,000 each … Continue reading

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John Barnes: England Team Need Socialism

Former England winger John Barnes has claimed the national side will never be a success until it embraces socialism. “Football is a socialist sport,” he said. “Financially, some may receive more rewards than others but, from a footballing perspective, for … Continue reading

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Slovenia 0-1 England

In a word: better. This was a spirited performance, and one in which the pampered brats of the Premier League showed the world that yes, they can in fact play as a team. The scoreline flattered a Slovenian side who … Continue reading

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England 0-0 Algeria

Where to begin? This was horrible stuff from the first minute to last. England can still qualify with a win over Slovenia and may yet top the group, but that is not the point. The point is why, after the … Continue reading

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Has Capello’s Halo Slipped Already?

When Fabio Capello was appointed as England manager he spoke of a selection policy based on form and fitness. This was music to the ears of English supporters who had suffered through the Eriksson and McClaren days of players being … Continue reading

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England 1-1 USA

Robert Green was the safe choice. There were questions over David James’s fitness after a season that saw his club side relegated. Joe Hart had a great season on loan at Birmingham City but there were valid concerns over his … Continue reading

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Injurywatch

Didier Drogba is still in the Ivory Coast squad. The Chelsea striker left the field after just 15 minutes of Ivory Coast’s 2-0 friendly win over Japan on Friday with a suspected fractured elbow. In a statement the Ivory Coast … Continue reading

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World Cup News Roundup, Sat 5 June

Rio Definitely Out Of World Cup Won’t be news to anyone but this was confirmed yesterday afternoon. On the bright side, Rio has missed almost half of England’s games under Capello and they’ve coped well enough without him. While Capello … Continue reading

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Rio Out Too, By The Sounds Of It

Sigh. Twanged his knee in training under challenge from Emile Heskey. More here. As it’s more than 24 hours before England’s first game of the tournament they can name a replacement, so just be grateful it’s happened now. One of … Continue reading

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