| Sep 5, 2013

Uneasy feelings persist about England

If England beats Moldova at home Friday night and then defeats Ukraine (a) and Montenegro (h), it will top Group H and qualify automatically for the World Cup finals next year. Its fate is in its own hands. The bad news is — so ...

| Aug 30, 2013

Taylor's gambling no laughing matter

If Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, did the equivalent job in the National Football League he would not have been allowed to run up alleged gambling debts of £100,000 to a bookmaker. Taylor, whose £1,082,615 a year salary makes ...

| Aug 23, 2013

Mourinho picks up where he left off

He had changed, he assured us. The self-styled “Special One” was now the Mild One and there was a collective nodding as the gullible ones bought into Jose Mourinho’s promise that he was Mr. Nice Guy. The Portuguese has a style and charisma that ...

| Aug 16, 2013

Chelsea, Man City start as favorites

We know the short list from which the Premier League champion will come. It’s been the same for the last four years and shows little sign of changing. Money talks and those talking loudest are Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United with Arsenal and ...

| Aug 9, 2013

Suarez not worth trouble for Arsenal

It is difficult to decide which to dislike most about Luis Suarez. The way he racially abused Patrice Evra; how he subsequently refused to shake Evra’s hand; the way he clamped his teeth into two opponents — Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic the latest victim; his ...

| Jun 8, 2013

Marriage of convenience for Chelsea

Jose Mourinho talks about a love affair, but his return to Chelsea is more of an arranged marriage. Had they been able to pick their own partners Mourinho would have chosen Manchester United and Roman Abramovich would have walked down the football aisle with ...

| Jun 1, 2013

England needs victories, not draws

England plays Brazil in a friendly on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Whether England will return to Brazil for next year’s World Cup finals remains in the balance. Its performance in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland underlined yet again, as if ...

| May 25, 2013

Cole not fit for England captaincy

He is seen as the type of player who gives footballers a bad name. Someone who typifies all the perceived negatives about the modern-day player. Ashley Cole is the snarling face of the beautiful game, someone who disputes every decision made by a referee ...

Beckham's impact was immense

| May 18, 2013

Beckham's impact was immense

The England coach was pulling away after a training session when suddenly David Beckham asked the driver to stop. Beckham stepped out of the coach and signed autographs for two fans he had missed earlier. Sometimes it is the small things that define a ...