| Nov 22, 2013

England in no shape to challenge World Cup favorites

Now that the 32 World Cup finalists are known, the English media have been choosing what they consider the easiest group England could have when the draw is made next month. Switzerland, Costa Rica and Algeria represent the most popular dream ticket, though football ...

| Nov 15, 2013

Hodgson short on matches to select World Cup squad

Roy Hodgson has three games in which to finalize his England squad for the World Cup finals. Brazil 2014 may be seven months away, but the countdown began with Friday’s visit of Chile, when the England manager will probably give first caps to goalkeepers ...

| Nov 8, 2013

Pressure on Man United as Arsenal visits Old Trafford

Wayne Rooney’s glass was half-full. “If we beat Arsenal, we’re right back in the title race,” said the Manchester United striker ahead of Sunday’s summit meeting with the Premier League leaders at Old Trafford. With a United victory, the gap between the clubs would ...

| Oct 25, 2013

Ferguson open for criticism after revelations in book

It is difficult to judge which produced the bigger laugh in “Sir Alex Ferguson — My Autobiography,” launched this week in a manner that makes Hollywood premieres seem like a quiet evening in. There was Ferguson’s assertion that Rafa Benitez is a “control freak,” ...

| Oct 10, 2013

World Cup place on line for mediocre England

England’s national football team is like the English weather. Rarely very good, seldom that bad . . . a sort of middle line, occasionally hitting a high like beating Brazil (albeit in a friendly at Wembley) but generally a safe bet with few extremes. ...

| Oct 4, 2013

Hart a major concern for England

He is out of form to the extent of becoming a liability, his mistakes are too frequent and costly, while his goal probably seems like the Grand Canyon, but Joe Hart will play for England in the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and ...

| Sep 27, 2013

Di Canio hiring doomed from start

Ellis Short is a billionaire, rich beyond the dreams of most. The American owner of Sunderland achieved this by being one step ahead of his business rivals, making shrewd and correct decisions while appointing the best senior management. So why on earth did Short ...