England Links: a tribute to former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams, and inside Hotel Stary

Getting busy, ain’t it?

Tony Adams was a troubled player in some well-documented ways, but he was a mighty player for Arsenal and England. He linked the miserly, arm-in-the-air Gunners defence under George Graham with Arsene Wenger’s swashbuckling title winners years later, and Five In Midfield‘s recent Sabotage Times contribution rightly gives him his dues.

The addition of Ray Lewington to England’s coaching staff has been on the cards since Roy Hodgson was appointed as manager, and was rubber-stamped this week. But he will only be in the post for UEFA Euro 2012, just like Dave Watson – the Birmingham City goalkeeping coach, who’s worked previously with Joe Hart, will also be on the staff alongside Ray Clemence in Poland and Ukraine.

Hodgson himself will be doing some consulting next week, according to The Guardian‘s Dominic Fifield. The new boss will speak to his predecessor, Fabio Capello, and to partially suspended Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to ensure that everybody is singing from the same hymn sheet (HOUSE!) ahead of the forthcoming European Championships.

One player desperately keen to even be in the Euros hymn book is Tottenham Hotspur’s flying right back, Kyle Walker. I can’t see him missing out at all, even before Chris Smalling’s injury ruled him out. If Walker does go, he and his team-mates will come up against Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa, who’s played his way into the France squad – Laurent Blanc has named the players he will be selecting from outside domestic shores.

Andi Thomas‘ contributions to SBNation Soccer are always great value, because…well, it’s Andi Thomas and he’s the dog’s danglies. Anyway, his latest England-related offering is on the “importance” of the big man up front. Well worth a read.

England’s base this summer – despite the fact that since its selection England have been drawn in an all-Ukraine group and changed managers – will be Krakow’s Hotel Stary. My wonderful friends at Kickette have got some cracking shots of the hotel’s innards, and I bloody love the towels.

Earlier this week, the editor of In Bed With Maradona (of which I’m a co-editor) pointed me in the direction of one nicktimo11, the genius behind ‘A Palace Minute’, and I was suitably impressed. By sheer coincidence, I’m delighted to share with you ‘An England Minute’:


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