Posts Tagged "England"

The Tactics Tank: England vs Denmark, Exfoliated

The Tactics Tank: England vs Denmark, Exfoliated

By on Mar 7, 2014 in Latest | 0 comments

With just a matter of days, weeks, months and minutes until England fly out to Brazil before flying back again either having done well or not so well at the FIFA World Cup, Wednesday’s friendly fixture against Denmark afforded boss Roy Hodgson the ideal opportunity to not only evaluate potential candidates for places in the squad, but also test and tweak the tactics...

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England’s World Cup Draw Should Demonstrate Their Limitations

England’s World Cup Draw Should Demonstrate Their Limitations

By on Dec 7, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

At least, we might reflect, expectations had already been lowered to such an extent that there can barely be anybody left on the face of the entire planet who believes in any seriousness that England will win the World Cup in Brazil next summer. It’s not a matter of being fatalist or of showing false modesty. The evidence has been right there before our very...

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Sixty Years Ago Today: England Brought Down To Earth By Magnificent Magyars

Sixty Years Ago Today: England Brought Down To Earth By Magnificent Magyars

By on Nov 25, 2013 in History, Latest | 0 comments

Seldom has there been one match that has come to define the fortunes of two football nations as appropiately as the afternoon in November 1953 when the Hungarians landed in London. The shock and horror with which the result that afternoon was greeted, however, also indicated the begnning of another trait in the history of the English national team, a brief period of...

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Spacemonkeygate: Or, How To Create An Omnishambles Within Twenty-Four Hours

Spacemonkeygate: Or, How To Create An Omnishambles Within Twenty-Four Hours

By on Oct 17, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

If only, we might pause to reflect, he had used the name ‘Laika’ instead. At least that way around we might have been spared the acres and acres of coverage that we have been subjected to since around about half past ten last night. There is, in a perverse way, almost something comforting about something relating to the England national football team...

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A Healthy Sense Of Perspective For England

A Healthy Sense Of Perspective For England

By on Oct 16, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Forty years ago this week, at the same stadium and against the same opposition, English football suffered one of its least dignified nights yet, to that point. Laying siege to the Polish goal in the manner of [insert clumsy and highly insensitive war analogy here], they could only force the ball over the visiting goal line once, and that, it turned out, was not...

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