England Links: manager flowchart, Euro 2004, a 1980s matchday programme and no more Beckham nudity

Wow. It’s not often the football news agenda is dominated by England outside of international breaks, but that’s certainly been the case this week. The big story has been covered – at length – elsewhere on this site. But there’s been some other news, and plenty of reading worthy of your time.

We begin with a collaboration of sorts between two of my most respected football writers. Earlier this week Ian King’s Twohundredpercent posted its first article by Jason Davis, a quite freakishly brilliant American soccer mind. In this instance, he turns his talents to the issue of John Terry’s court case and applies an American perspective.

Over at The Football Attic, Rob Langham revisits the matchday programme from England’s match against the USSR in 1984, a game in which Mark Chamberlain – the father of England Under-21 international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – played under Bobby Robson. Vintage.

David Beckham’s been in the public eye even more than usual of late, but his “naked days are over” according to a GQ interview with the former England captain, presented in bite-size pieces for the excellent KCKRS by Eugene Kan. I challenge you not to swoon.

Next up in this incidental list of some of my favourite writers and sites is Stuart Fuller‘s The Ball Is Round. Stu’s retrospective on UEFA Euro 2004 is a fantastic read and a fine way to spend the best part of an afternoon. (Only joking, it’s not that long.)

Another friend of mine, Charlie Anderson is a brilliant man. No surprise, then, that once upon a time he drew up a flowchart for the selection of an England manager that stands up as well now as it ever will have done. Give it a try.

Finally, some very sad news from the American press. Harry Keough, a member of the heroic United States of America team that famously defeated England in Belo Horizonte at World Cup 1950, passed away this week at the age of 84.

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