England’s lackluster performance against France should serve as a valuable lesson that youth is no substitute for experience and younger does not necessarily mean better.
There is a determined cheerfulness about English rugby league’s representatives in Auckland at the moment. Despite the premature collapse of their Four Nations campaign, there is almost a forced optimism and jollity about the England camp.
The Investec Internationals are nearly upon us in what promises to be an exciting round of matches. England take on New Zealand, Australia, Samoa and South Africa, with the All Blacks clash happening this weekend at Twickenham.
Fulham’s captain and midfielder Danny Murphy is articulate and experienced and his views are worth listening to. I find it sad that he had to stand down from being an ITV analyst for the England match on Tuesday because he claimed certain bosses sent out teams to deliberately injure opponents.
I am such a fool. On reflection, what I should have done was reach across, grab it, snaffle it out in my trouser pocket and take it home to flog on eBay. David “Bumble” Lloyd’s pork steak, I mean. It’s not as if he wanted it.
“I’m giving up on this,” he’d already declared in frustration, [...]
Three initial thoughts occur, on reading of the retirement of Andrew Flintoff, and ahead of the deluge of career obituaries we can look forward to tomorrow. The first relates to the potential he never fulfilled, the second to his finest hour, and the third to his character.
It’s said of all but the greatest players in any [...]
Joe Hart’s performances this season were becoming alarming. It appeared that we had an England keeper who could make stunning saves, hold on to the ball, shout commands at his defenders (and we do love it when a keeper is commanding) and on top of all that, manage not to make a ridiculous mistake.
It was [...]
It was inevitable: following Tiger’s troubles and Gordon gone wild, among others, Wayne Rooney is the latest scandalised public figure to get the Taiwanese cartoon news treatment after a week of sordid tabloid revelations. Take it away…
The wheels of progress are in motion. As England began their drive along the road to Euro 2012 on Friday, Fabio Capello will take heart from the fact that Adam Johnson and Joe Hart, two international fledglings, helped England flourish during his side’s four-goal win over Bulgaria.
The formation was old but the impetus new. Initially [...]
It was always going to be an improvement on England’s woeful experience in South Africa. I still cannot believe the blind support Fabio Capello is receiving but give the manager and players credit on Friday. 4-0 is a very good scoreline in a competitive match.
Bulgaria were clever but Jermain Defoe scored [...]
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