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Capello Out – Enter The Barwick-O-Tron (Again)

So, Fabio Capello quits as the England national coach. This is, perhaps, unsurprising considering the dog’s abuse that he has taken while leading the national team through an almost flawless qualification campaign, before finding that the decision over who would take the England captain’s arm-band was taken away from him without consultation. It may be…

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February 8, 2012

John Terry & The Fetishisation Of The England Captaincy

In that special, unique way that only they can, the FA managed to set a dozen hungry cats amongst the pigeons of the John Terry case this morning. Their announcement, that Terry had been stripped of the England captaincy for this summer’s European Championships but that he would still be available for selection by Fabio…

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February 3, 2012

A Brief History Of England False Dawns: Part 2

Last week, in the wake of England’s heroic (cough) win against Spain at Wembley in what can only be described as the friendly international to end all friendly internationals, we took a look at a few matches from their past in which the national team had managed to pluck a result from somewhere against a…

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November 23, 2011

Lowered Expectations: Can England Reinvent Itself?

It was a process that took around six years from top to tail in total, and it came in three very distinct phases. I had been a supporter of the England national team, reasoning that, with no foreign blood in the family tree and a knowledge that we weren’t all as bad as we were…

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November 18, 2011

A Brief History Of England False Dawns: Part One

For those amongst you that hadn’t noticed, England beat Spain, the current World and European champions, by a single goal in an international friendly match at Wembley over the weekend. The celebrations were tempered – Spain haven’t given the impression of taking friendly matches very seriously of late and played poorly – but there will…

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November 14, 2011

The Rooney Storm In A Tea Cup

It was a display which fell quite firmly into the category of “Typical England”. What should – and can could easily have been – a comfortable win in Montenegro last Friday night ended with a scrambled draw and a red card for Wayne Rooney, leaving the team’s qualification for the finals from a distinctively mediocre…

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October 14, 2011
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