Christopher Davies

Christopher Davies of the London Daily Telegraph is one of Britain’s most prominent soccer writers. He regularly covers Premier League powers Arsenal and Chelsea in the Champions League, and he covers the Republic of Ireland internationally. Davies has covered eight World Cups and is a former chairman of the Football Writers’ Association in England.

For Christopher Davies's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Future bright for England after trip to semis

| Jul 13, 2018

Future bright for England after trip to semis

There are two ways of looking at England in the 2018 World Cup. By almost unanimous agreement, England overachieved by reaching the semifinals and, because of the 2-1 loss to Croatia, playing Belgium in Saturday's third place playoff. The quarterfinals was the best most ...

England's lack of depth a significant concern

| Jun 29, 2018

England's lack of depth a significant concern

There are two ways of looking at England's 1-0 defeat by Belgium. Finishing second in Group H meant that on Tuesday, England plays Colombia with the prospect of either Switzerland or Sweden for the winner. Group winner Belgium meets Japan on Monday and the ...

England hoping to end major tournament jinx

| Jun 15, 2018

England hoping to end major tournament jinx

England has been there, seen it, but not done it over the past two major international football tournaments, failing to progress from the group stage with embarrassing results against countries perceived as minnows. At the 2014 World Cup finals England, already eliminated after defeats by ...

Southgate will keep World Cup foes guessing

| Jun 1, 2018

Southgate will keep World Cup foes guessing

With two friendly matches before the real thing gets underway in Russia you would think coaches should select the team with which they hope to open their 2018 World Cup campaign. England plays Nigeria at Wembley on Saturday, a sort of warm-up for Tunisia, the ...

Putting Wenger's long run into perspective

| May 4, 2018

Putting Wenger's long run into perspective

Arsene Wenger will be given a hero's farewell at Emirates Stadium on Sunday when Arsenal plays Burnley, though the genuine affection rightly afforded him will be matched by a sense of relief that the greatest manager in the club's history is leaving after 22 ...

Man United faithful restless with Mourinho

| Apr 20, 2018

Man United faithful restless with Mourinho

Manchester United could probably have had Pep Guardiola, but in January 2013 the Catalan had agreed to take over at Bayern Munich. Instead, four months later, United appointed David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor. United could also have signed Jurgen Klopp in the summer ...

Mighty Man City given reality check by Liverpool

| Apr 6, 2018

Mighty Man City given reality check by Liverpool

Manchester City has collected compliments and plaudits almost on a weekly basis this season and rightly so, though the premature if inevitable claims about Pep Guardiola's team being the best English side of all-time took a severe dent when Liverpool thrashed — not too ...

Wenger putting off the inevitable

| Mar 9, 2018

Wenger putting off the inevitable

Yes, it was a big win. No, Arsenal was not expected to beat AC Milan 2-0 at San Siro in the Europa League. Yes, it saved the club from losing five matches in succession for the first time in 41 years. But no, one good ...