Roy Hodgson is eager for his side to test themselves against Central and South American opposition
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Monday 03 November 2008
Sunday 02 November 2008
Friday 31 October 2008
The Football Association was yesterday seeking a television recording of the incident at Middlesbrough on Wednesday night showing Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips aiming an apparent two-fingered gesture at the Boro manager, Gareth Southgate.
Sunday 26 October 2008
Monday 06 October 2008
Great talent can be a burden as well as a gift. Ask Jérémie Aliadière. Rated on a par with Nicolas Anelka and Thierry Henry when he graduated from France's acclaimed academy at Clairefontaine, he carried a frightening weight of expectation from the moment he began his career.
Sunday 28 September 2008
West Bromwich Albion's manager, Tony Mowbray, believes Scott Carson has locked the nightmare of his infamous England howler in some secure recess of his pysche. Mowbray watched his £3.25 million summer signing protect his side's 53rd-minute lead here with a superb display of goalkeeping.
Wednesday 24 September 2008
Middlesbrough defender Emanuel Pogatetz has confirmed he is going to apologise to Manchester United midfielder Rodrigo Possebon for the tackle which saw the Brazilian teenager leave the pitch on a stretcher last night.
Sunday 21 September 2008
In his own words, Michael Chopra said that he entered the Sporting Chance clinic in Hampshire this month "to sort myself out". Marital problems, leading to others, had caused the 24-year-old Geordie to admit his head was swimming and he admirably sought help. Payback for his honesty came here yesterday when Chopra rose from the bench to score two late goals to give Sunderland their first home win of the season. Bearing in mind his Newcastle United past, Chopra was a controversial signing 14 months ago from Cardiff, but he has come to Roy Keane's rescue on several occasions since and yesterday can be added to that list.
Sunday 14 September 2008
If, in the midst of England's euphoric and historic win in Croatia on Wednesday, there was a sombre note, it was the sight of Jermain Defoe. Having trudged off at half-time in the World Cup qualifier against Andorra, four days earlier, without troubling the scorers, and with England then going on to win twice without him, he was an unused sub in the Maksimir Stadium.
Monday 01 September 2008
Somehow Mido, a man who did not start, who did not score a goal and who did not contribute too much in his 13 minutes on the pitch, came to dominate the aftermath of a match which set a strange tone anyway, as the losers arguably departed as satisfied as the victors. The latter's manager, Gareth Southgate, said: "I'm not embarrassed by the result, but I feel for Tony [Pulis].
Sunday 31 August 2008
Sunday 24 August 2008
No one can accuse Liverpool of peaking too early. Last week they got a goal in the closing minutes to beat Sunderland, but that was positively premature compared to yesterday when they scored twice in the last five minutes. As they say around Anfield, at least Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask.
Sunday 17 August 2008
Juande Ramos must have known what to expect after watching a horribly toothless Tottenham Hotspur succumb to their latest opening-day defeat.
Thursday 07 August 2008
Aston Villa are in talks with defender Luke Young after agreeing terms with Middlesbrough for the England international.
Tuesday 29 July 2008
Wigan have clinched the signing of England Under-21 midfielder Lee Cattermole from Middlesbrough.
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