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Sir: Tim De Lisle recently wrote a very cogent article criticising the England cricket selectors for their "chop and change" policy. How much more apposite are those criticisms when applied to the managers of the England football team. There seems, ever since the time of Don Revie, aided and abetted by the football pundits in the media, to be a belief that if you change the XI after every match, win, lose or draw, you will eventually arrive at a team which, by some strange alchemy, will be perfect.

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