England never learn, do they? How many times must they botch up the group stage before they realise there is an advantage to be gained from finishing top of your group, especially if that group isn’t particularly strong. Was the final group game, when England needed a win to finish top of their group, really the time to make 4 changes – 6, if you include scoring super subs Vardy and Sturridge starting the match this time? Would it not have made more sense to … Read the rest
This match proved (if proof were actually needed) that Roy Hodgson got his team selection wrong for the Russia match and he got his team selection wrong for this game. Inexplicably, he started with the same team that let slip a win in the opening match against Russia, even though the whole country could have told him that Vardy and Sturridge should have started.
It took a goal from Wales, scored by who else but Gareth Bale, from how else but a free kick, for … Read the rest
Do footballers harbour a secret longing to be thespians? Modern footballers give such convincing Oscar-worthy performances in surreptitiously manhandling their opponents and theatrically conning referees into giving them decisions, they put real actors to shame. Is it any surprise then that their mendacious antics should result in frustratingly inconsistent refereeing, as occurred in Sunday’s controversial encounter between Leicester and West Ham at the King Power Stadium, where the hapless referee Jon Moss was slated for his performance.
First, he incurred the wrath of the home … Read the rest
Another United match, another delectable goal from young, gifted and Red Marcus Rashford. After helping United reach the FA Cup semi final on Wednesday night at Upton Park, with a mazy run and classy finish reminiscent of a young Ryan Giggs, the precocious Rashford was at it again on Saturday, scoring his 7th goal in 12 appearances with a peachy flick, to earn United the 3 points and relegate an indifferent Aston Villa to the Championship. In a turgid season, Rashford has been one of … Read the rest