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Euro 2012: England 3-2 Sweden

There was a point yesterday when it seemed as if history was deemed to repeat itself yet again. As Olof Mellbergs second goal-ward shot on goal made Joe Harts net swell for the second time in ten minutes, the feeling that England were deflating to expectation was inescapable. We had been here before, of course….

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June 16, 2012
Ian
For The King, The Empire And John Terry: The Wing Commander Writes On England Vs France

For The King, The Empire And John Terry: The Wing Commander Writes On England Vs France

Regular – or indeed occasional – readers of the When Saturday Comes magazine forum will probably already be aware of the writings of the Wing Commander, the last living remnant of the British Empire and a man who holds a very particular type of Englishman very close to his bosom. Having already had one book…

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June 12, 2012
Ian

The Calm Before The England Storm

If this summers European Championships have felt a little unusual so far, with the rain and the old school hooliganism and all – Fighting stewards inside a ground! How quaint! – then perhaps the most uncharacteristic aspect of it all has been the lack of hype surrounding the England team. As time has passed, there…

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June 11, 2012
Ian

Euro 2012: The Runners & Riders – England

Perfidious Albion. The pantomime villains of international football. The team that everybody loves to hate. This year, however, it had been starting to look as if England might have had a quieter time of things. Thrashed out of sight by Germany at the World Cup finals two years ago, a few weeks of navel-gazing was…

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June 8, 2012
Ian

Euro Moments: England

This mornings Euro Moment comes from England, and features midfielder Stewart Downing standing in a glass box. It may just be for the best that he stays in there. This was the final Euro Moment, but you can see plenty more Dotmund artwork here, and you can read his trenchant opinions on just about everything…

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June 7, 2012
Ian

Injuries & Discord: Business As Usual For England

Early on Saturday evening, Roy Hodgsons plucky bunch of underdogs ground out their second single goal warm-up win, this time against Belgium. A win is a win, and anybody taking so much as a cursory look at Hodgsons options ahead of this summers European Championships will already fully aware that anything more than abject humiliation…

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June 4, 2012
Ian

Impossible To Love, Questionable Inclusions & The Fluidity Of Porridge: Business As Usual For England

So there it is, then. The provisional England squad for the 2012 European Championships. On what was at the time a slow news day, this was always likely to provoke a considerable amount of comment, but the hysteria yesterday morning and earlier this afternoon might have taken the most dedicated of frenzy-watchers by surprise. As…

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May 17, 2012
Ian
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