There Will Come Soft Rains

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They trot up and down the sand, posing for endless photos, backs aching under the weight of many an obese sunburnt child. They long for pasture, for freedom, for quiet and not the bingo calls, the trams, the boozy lewd outbursts of those in the Kiss Me Quick, Squeeze Me Slowly hats on the promenade. […]

England v Hungary: contrite Steven Gerrard admits team face battle to win back fans

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Who ate all the humble pies? England’s players have. Steven Gerrard even admits it will take “years’’ to turn around England’s fortunes and repair the fractured love affair with fans.  By Henry Winter Published: 7:15AM BST 11 Aug 2010 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/england/7937579/England-v-Hungary-contrite-Steven-Gerrard-admits-team-face-battle-to-win-back-fans.html Contrite: Steven Gerrard admitted that the process of winning over angry England supporters may take […]

Be Kind, Rewind (and then Fast Forward)

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This has been the first World Cup in which I have been able to use Sky+, having finally signed for the Murdoch revolution last autumn… The opportunity to pause and rewind live TV, and record matches whilst watching something else, was a part of why I was so excited about this tournament. Rewind… In the […]

England hopeful Ryan Shawcross backs ‘top manager’ Fabio Capello

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Stoke youngster rates Italian… By Zack Wilson (of Goal.com) Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross believes that England must stick with Fabio Capello despite the three Lions’ shambolic World Cup campaign.   The Potters’ centre-back has been tipped for a big future at international level, and received his first call-up to an England squad in February. […]

Ten things Fabio Capello got wrong

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World Cup 2010 The England manager exposed his fallibility with a series of bad calls during the World Cup campaign Richard Williams in Rustenburg guardian.co.uk, Monday 28 June 2010 14.16 BST Article history Fabio Capello’s seemingly distant attitude to his England players may have contributed to their lack of confidence. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters 1 Lost in […]

England have their team back – now for the real test

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World Cup 2010: round of 16 After a sluggish start, England rediscovered their spirit to reach the last 16 – but bigger challenges lie ahead Paul Hayward in Rustenburg The Guardian, Friday 25 June 2010 Fabio Capello’s team selection, with James Milner on the right wing, was the foundation for England’s improvement. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images […]

England’s five key steps to beating Slovenia

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1. Early goal Entirely obvious, but the first goal this afternoon is likely to be utterly decisive. Should England score early, they could quite easily sit back, pick Slovenia apart on the break and win by three or four goals. More likely, however, is that Slovenia will defend deeply in two disciplined banks of four […]

John Terry messes up, Frank Lampard patches up

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World Cup 2010: John Terry messes up, Frank Lampard patches up • Lampard says players have complete faith in Fabio Capello • ‘He had authority the moment he walked in and still has’ Dominic Fifield in Rustenburg The Guardian, Tuesday 22 June 2010 Article history England’s Frank Lampard says the players ‘still respect what the manager […]

England off to a shaky start (+ player ratings)

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So, England got off to a nervy start in South Africa (surprise, surprise), with question marks lingering over Capello’s team selection and style of football. Most telling, however, was England’s lack of composure in possession. Something which all the big favourites have in their locker. What irks most, though, is the English media’s constant over expectation, dreaming England can play like […]

Seven fledglings to look out for in South Africa

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Whilst we’re all well briefed on the mega-stars of Spain, England and the Netherlands, and seen as though seven is my favourite number, here are seven stars in the making to watch out for in South Africa. All seven are widely tipped for big things. With some notable stars absent, could World Cup 2010 be […]