Monthly Archives: March 2012

England Links

England Links: Glenn Hoddle wants the England job, presumably to see Ukraine’s goal-shaped tram stops

The search for a new England manager continues to dominate the admittedly sparse conversation about the national team this week. So let’s ignore that forever churning discussion, with one exception.

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England Greats

England Greats: Kevin Keegan

Not all England Greats enjoy the international careers their ability and reputations deserve. The 1970s were a notoriously slim period for England, whose FIFA World Cup exit in 1970 ended their spell as world champions and began a decade of qualifying campaigns that did nothing whatsoever to lift the increasingly disillusioned political mood at home.

Kevin Keegan‘s England career overlapped with the team’s darkest decade, but he remains a player we should look back upon with a good deal of pride.

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Youth Development

Gareth Southgate leading the pack for revived England technical director role

News began to emerge from Wembley today that the Football Association is lining up a new Technical Director. The role, familiar to sports fans in the United States in particular, is one that represents a gaping hole in the FA’s planning and plotting for the future of English football, and especially for the national team.

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England Squad Depth

England squad depth: March 2012

Another month down and we still have to assume for the sake of argument that it is England Under-21 (and Team GB Olympics) coach Stuart Pearce that will be leading England at UEFA Euro 2012. Whether Harry Redknapp, Glenn Hoddle or someone else takes his place remains to be seen, meaning that any analysis of England’s squad depth has to take Pearce as its assumed selector.

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England Links

England Links: Frank Lampard in Outnumbered, England job is “beautiful” and Daniel Sturridge divides opinion

With everybody’s thoughts elsewhere, this week has been a low-key one for England.

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