Are Southgate’s Troops Ready For War?      

After a leisurely stroll through the qualifying process, England emerged into qualification with something of a limp. 1-0 victories over Slovenia and Lithuania ground out the final points of yet another unbeaten qualifying campaign – their fourth in a row.  The final two games are testament as to how difficult manager Gareth Southgate could find…

Bayern In Trouble Or ‘Trouble’?

It is very unlike Bayern Munich to begin their season at anything other than 100 miles per hour. True to form, they have retained the German Super Cup and are on course to emerge from the group stages of the Champions League.  Which then begs the questions as to why they have elected to jettison…

Koeman Out Of The Woods – Now To Press For Europe.

Ronald Koeman must have been red in the face when he discovered Everton were to face Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United in 4 of his first 5 games. It is perhaps understandable that his side were subjected to ruthless attacks and forced into defensive mode during these games.  Having negotiated these games which…

Costa’s Behaviour Justified Amid Conte Madness

Diego Costa is an enigma. More than that, he is a cult in his own right. But love him or hate him, you cannot deny the quality of the Chelsea striker is there.  For three years, he was the spearhead of the London sides attacks. He was the combative bully that Chelsea had come to…

Neymar to PSG – a £198m statement 

It’s a stunning move, frankly. One that we scoffed at the idea of when talk first sprouted. But now it would appear that Neymar will head to Paris St-Germain in a £198m move.  Likeminded ambition Neymar, for all his team success at Barcelona, is stratospherically ambitious. He made a point of taking Santos to new…

The Lionesses Ready To Roar At The Euro’s

They took the hearts of the people in 2015 when desire, skill and fortitude saw England’s Lionesses push their way to a 3rd placed finish at the World Cup in Canada.  Though valiantly edged out by Japan in the final-four, they nonetheless gave the world a reminder that England’s footballers CAN perform on the big…

England Well Short Of The Elite

On a warm night in Paris, an exhibition between France and England put a lot more on show than Gareth Southgate would have liked to see… and perhaps delivered his most stark reality check yet.  Despite playing almost an entire half without an eleventh man, France outperformed England exquisitely, delivering waves of attacks brimming with…