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Sport on TV: We are in alien territory if the England manager is successful

As the comedian Al Murray said on How To Be England Manager (BBC4, Wednesday): "The Americans must have an alien in a warehouse somewhere who could manage the England team." Given that winning a tournament is about as likely as the discovery of extra-terrestrial life, it could turn out a happy coincidence.

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New man says he is prepared for difficulties in Norway, a country where previous England managers have come very publicly to grief, as he gears up for his first match at the helm

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Information Commissioner confesses: Motorman case is too big for us to handle

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James Lawton: Perhaps Graham Taylor was right – this really is mission impossible

England have pretty much reached breaking point. This is the latest excruciating evidence that their international decline may not have hit rock bottom

Graham Taylor 'told to make false FIFA claims'

Former England manager Graham Taylor revealed today that he was encouraged by FIFA officials to make false expenses claims.

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Former England manager Graham Taylor admits he is "surprised" by Fabio Capello's handling of Jack Wilshere ahead of the Arsenal teenager's full debut against Denmark tonight.

'Arrogant' England had no chance says Graham Taylor

Graham Taylor believes a perception of England as "arrogant" and "know-alls" ended their hopes of winning the 2018 World Cup but thinks their dismal showing in the voting could prompt investigations into the running of FIFA.

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