Lithuania 0-1 England: Soul Destroying Boredom

On the positive side, the idea of football is to win, and we did. That’s about the only nice thing I can find to say after having sat through another 90 minutes of utter tedium. But I guess only an idiot keeps doing the same thing and expects a different result. We all knew what was going to happen, and yet we still watched. Gareth Southgate chose to use this… Read Article →

England 1-0 Slovenia: Job Done In The Dullest Possible Way

We’re all going to the 2018 World Cup! So why is nobody excited? Probably because we had to sit through yet another thoroughly dull and uninspiring qualification match, where England scraped the result they needed against inferior opponents. This was a home banker on paper, England were heavy odds on with every bookie you could name. And yet it’s a match we could easily have lost. Despite England dominating possession… Read Article →


He may be a company man and is only managing England because his face fits but credit where credit is due to Gareth’GS’ Southgate. Last months come from behind 2-1 victory over Slovakia, just days after a pretty unconvincing performance in victory against Malta, showed that his version of the national team does at least have some kind of backbone. One win from their final two qualifying games against Slovenia (Thurs 5th… Read Article →

Malta 0-4 England: Flattering!

England came away from Malta with the scoreline they wanted. But anyone who managed to stay awake through the match will know that it was one they scarcely deserved. Still, this is qualifying and points on the board is all that counts. Malta were always going to set up to frustrate England. Their 5-4-1 formation is designed to limit damage and hopefully get a draw. It’s no secret that this… Read Article →

Rooney Picks Right Time For International Retirement

Today saw the announcement that any people had been expecting, as Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from international football. Having been called back into the latest squad by Gareth Southgate, Rooney declined the call up and said he would be concentrating on club football from now on. He leaves as England’s all time record goalscorer, with 53 goals in 119 caps since his debut in 2003. He is perhaps under… Read Article →


Media and FA company man Gareth Southgate is now beginning to realise that managing the England football team is not all about being a liked man within football, nice little soundbites and being a decent bloke. If he did not know before,  it is about getting results in matches that matter, especially against inferior opposition as well as having a bit of tactical nous and making sure you can get… Read Article →