The rise of Marcus Rashford and a lesson from history

April 19, 2016

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Marcus Rashford

The resurgence of the English striker has been one of many intriguing stories to unfold during the 2015/16 season. Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy lead the Premier League goal-scoring charts with 24 and 22 goals respectively. Kane became the first Englishman to score over 20 goals in successive seasons since Alan Shearer and Vardy broke […]

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James Meredith, the Socceroos and the step-up to international football

October 1, 2015

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James Meredith in action for Bradford City against Peterborough United

NB: Image courtesy of Thomas Gadd (www.thomasgadd.co.uk) Australia manager, Ange Postecoglou recently announced his 23-man squad for the Socceroo’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Jordan in October.  There were a number of welcomed returns including the Asia Cup-winning trio of James Troisi, Tomi Juric and Trent Sainsbury but with one ‘surprise’ inclusion in the form […]

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Luke Shaw and athletes dealing with long-term injury

September 23, 2015

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The risk of physical injury is part and parcel of sport at any level. Athletes put their bodies on the line to prove that they are the best in their field and claim victory over their opponents. Injury stops this pursuit in its tracks and can set an athlete’s progress back considerably.  One minute you’re […]

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Young Lions in review: John Stones

July 23, 2015

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Stones Vs United

NB: Special thanks to Chris Smith for his valuable contributions to this article. “I want to set a mark and be a mixture of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.”  John Stones immediately set the bar of expectation high when he spoke to FourFourTwo’s Jonathon Fadugba in June 2015.  Setting his sights on becoming the embodiment […]

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Young Lions in review: Raheem Sterling

June 10, 2015

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Raheem Sterling in action against Tottenham, August 2014

NB: Special thanks to James Dutton for his valuable contributions to this article. Just over a year ago, Raheem Sterling was billed as the potential MVP for England at the World Cup in Brazil. The then 19-year-old had played without fear at the cutting edge of Liverpool’s attack; an integral part of a three-pronged assault of the opposition where […]

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Young Lions in review: Harry Kane

May 27, 2015

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Harry Kane - Tottenham vs Arsenal

NB: Special thanks to Greg Theoharis and Ben McAleer for their valuable contributions to this article. Harry Kane, 21-years-old, 29 goals in all competitions, 4 assists and the Premier League Young Player of the Year Award.  What more is there to say?  The Tottenham forward has enjoyed the most productive season of any Englishman, young […]

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Aaron Cresswell: Moulded by the Football League

April 22, 2015

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Aaron Cresswell

The first half of the 2014/15 season was a resounding success for West Ham United.  By December 2014 the Hammers were flying high in 4th place and dreaming of European qualification.  Their success was in part down to a solid defence and two in-form full-backs,  Aaron Cresswell and Carl Jenkinson.  The epitomes of the modern […]

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A boot review: Adidas 11Nova

February 13, 2015

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Adidas launched the next generation of the Adipure 11pro boot range at the back-end of 2014. The launch heralded the return of the traditional, Kangaroo Leather upper and a new styling to rival the Nike Tiempo Legend. Adidas say that the third generation 11pro offers “the most comfortable and premium fit to date” and the […]

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The big, yellow monster and 4 significant January transfers

February 3, 2015

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Scott Sinclair is presented as a Villa player

Transfer deadline day, it’s a biannual event in the football calendar.  ‘Event’ being the keyword in that sentence, it now happens as routinely as the FA Cup or the Champions League final.  Football fans find themselves submerged in a sea of yellow ‘BREAKING NEWS’, rumours and media hyperbole for 24 hours on deadline day.

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Antonio Cassano: An unhinged genius

January 16, 2015

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This article originally appeared on These Football Times. It was a wet December night at Stadio San Nicola in 1999 as Bari played host to Inter Milan in Serie A. Inter were already clear favourites prior to the game as circumstances conspired against the home side; both of Bari’s regular forwards were sidelined through injury. […]

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