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The rise of Marcus Rashford and a lesson from history

April 19, 2016

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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 […]

Young Lions in review: John Stones

July 23, 2015

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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 […]

Young Lions in review: Raheem Sterling

June 10, 2015

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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 […]

Young Lions in review: Harry Kane

May 27, 2015

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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 […]

England, Sterling and the ‘tiredgate’ affair

October 17, 2014

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October’s European qualifiers should have been a relatively painless affair for England with two fixtures against what the FIFA World Rankings say are vastly inferior teams.  A 5-0 victory over a San Marino side filled mostly with amateurs was never going to provide a genuine barometer to test the ability of this England side.  This […]

This is England: Optimism, expectation and the search for identity

June 27, 2014

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By the time June 12th 2014 came around and the World Cup was finally underway, like most Englishman, I had grown quietly confident about England’s chances of doing well in Brazil. Roy Hodgson had picked a young squad filled with fresh and talented players, most of whom were in good form at club level. There […]

Mancienne on a Mission

July 1, 2013

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A British football player plying their trade in a foreign league is a rare commodity these days and success stories for those who make the move abroad are even harder to come by. Very few British players and/or coaches are making a successful impact on football around the globe.

Roy Hodgson’s England selections?

November 12, 2012

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Throughout his reign as England Manager, Roy Hodgson has not been shy when it has come to selecting players for his squad. His most recent surprise call up came for Everton midfielder Leon Osman who is in the squad to face Sweden on Wednesday 14th November. I admire Hodgson’s approach to the squad selection as […]