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From making Beckham captain to the unplayable Emile Heskey: Peter Taylor reflects on managing England

“For me to play for England and to manage England… I can’t believe it. I can’t believe that this little Essex boy from Rochford got the chance to manage his country. That’s the proudest moment for me, football-wise and management-wise, 100 per cent.” A look of satisfaction spreads across Peter Taylor’s face as he recalls the highlight of a long and decorated career in football.  It’s been 19 years...

3 days ago
City should flex their financial muscles and beat United to transformative centre-back

It wasn’t too long ago that Kalidou Koulibaly was acknowledged by many as Virgil van Dijk’s peer. When Napoli met Liverpool the Champions League it was the 28-year-old who played a big part in the hosts managing to shackle the reigning European champions on their way to a 2-0 success.  But a lot can change in a short space of time in football.  In the 12 matches since the victory over Jürgen Klo...

4 days ago
Scout report: Is Mangala the man to replace Xhaka at Arsenal?

Unless something rather dramatic happens, there is going to be a Granit Xhaka-shaped hole in the Arsenal squad that will need filling come January. The midfielder was stripped of the club captaincy earlier this month after he rather unadvisedly told Gunners supporters who cheered his substitution against Crystal Palace to ‘f**k off’. Xhaka hasn’t played for Arsenal since and is...

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Why Lampard must hold onto Chelsea Pensioner amid interest

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea refresh spelt the end for one fuzzy-haired Brazilian veteran over the summer. But it wasn’t – as expected – Willian who made way. Instead, it was countryman David Luiz who exited Stamford Bridge. The new Blues boss told the 32-year-old he wasn’t going to be a central part of his defensive plans for the upcoming season so he joined Arsenal. After a couple...

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