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 →

France 3-2 England: Surprisingly Entertaining Kick About

England lost to 10 man France, but nobody really cares. Considering this was no more than a low key end of season kick about, with an atmosphere to match, it was surprisingly watchable. We’re not reading too much into the result or the performance. We’re just glad there were some goals. The pre match was quite touching. A very well respected minute’s silence from two countries who both know the… Read Article →

Scotland 2-2 England: Kane Spares England Blushes

Well that was almost a lot worse! On a sunny early evening at Hampden, Harry Kane struck with less than 2 minutes remaining to rescue a draw and spare England the embarrassment of losing to Scotland. A draw still isn’t good, but it was probably a fairer reflection of what was in truth a very poor game. The whole match felt more like an end of season friendly than a… Read Article →

Best Ever England XL (In My Lifetime)

So it’s time to answer the burning question – the one that’s been keeping you up at nights. What is the greatest England team of the last 30 something years? As you might imagine, this post comes after yet another lengthy pub discussion regarding all time greatest players. Everyone has their opinions and all are equally valid, this one just happens to be mine. Just one caveat: in order for… Read Article →