Lets hope Mesut Ozil can move on and return the prestige to our number 10 shirt

This Thursday we line up against Atletico Madrid in our first real test of pre-season. The International Champions Cup, a pre-season competition between 18 of Europe’s largest clubs, was launched in 2013 by American Billionaire Stephen Ross and the sports division of his private investment firm RSE Ventures. Football is undergoing a revolution driven by rising Asian and American influence. The increasingly appealing football carrot, cultivated by the year on year commercial success of the game, has made tournaments like this inevitable. The competition that uses a unique league format will be played in 21 locations across Singapore, Europe and America, and will continue to draw record crowds. Continue reading “Lets hope Mesut Ozil can move on and return the prestige to our number 10 shirt”

I like the Kingsley Coman link, but what are Emery’s plans for Alex Iwobi?

According to BeIn Sports, we may be interested in acquiring the rapid young Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman. The 22-year-old may be available, and it seems we are ready to pounce. Unai Emery recently stated he was content with his squad but would be open to adding another player if they were a special talent. Coman, who unluckily missed out on the French World Cup squad, fits that profile. However, despite my intrigue and enthusiasm fostered by this rumour, I found myself thinking, “What is Unai Emery going to do with Alex Iwobi?”

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So far so good for Emery, but with 27 days to go there is still work to be done

Well that has to be just about the best World Cup I have witnessed. A 4-2 final score line between two electrifying teams was the ultimate cherry on a fine cake. Well done to Didier Deschamps! The legendary “water carrier” became only the second man after Franz Beckenbauer to captain and manage his national team to World Cup glory.

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Croatia 2 – 1 England AET: It’s not too early to focus on Euro 2020

Well done to Croatia. Luka Modric and co were the better team and thoroughly deserved to emerge victorious from Wednesday’s tie at the Luzhniki stadium. Despite that and our general overachievement, this was still a difficult result to swallow. I really thought we would kindle in this game, but it appears I was caught up in the whirlwind of excitement Gareth Southgate and his merry men managed to conjure. Despite the result we must thank the team for reigniting everyone’s passion for the national team and slaying the apathy of recent years.

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Colombia 1 – 1 England AET (England win 4-3 on pens) It might actually be coming home

A couple of days have passed since we made it to a World Cup Quarter Final for the first time since Italia 1990. Like all English fans, I’m lively with excitement. Tuesday’s tense affair with Colombia at the Otkritie Arena in Moscow was fiery and far from a bastion of sportsmanship. It was tense, dirty and filled with all of the dark arts that have been cultivated by competitors over the years.   Continue reading “Colombia 1 – 1 England AET (England win 4-3 on pens) It might actually be coming home”