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Premier League's best youngsters are English

Tactics and Analysis 1 day ago

WhoScored: Five international debuts

Tactics And Analysis Nov 13, 2014

WhoScored: Prem underwhelms in Europe

Tactics And Analysis Nov 6, 2014

Big Sam has breathed new life into West Ham

Tactics and Analysis Oct 23, 2014

England U21s -- Strength in depth

Tactics And Analysis Oct 17, 2014
 By Michael Cox
1 day ago

Danny Welbeck exemplifies Manchester United's loss of character

England manager Roy Hodgson had nothing but praise for Danny Welbeck, who notched two goals for England in their 3-1 win over Slovenia.

Danny Welbeck's transfer from Manchester United to Arsenal this summer proved to be a controversial topic at Old Trafford. On the pitch, Welbeck is an unusual player who divides opinion, but his departure seemed more significant in a symbolic sense.

Gary Neville, for example, admitted he was "struggling to understand the logic behind the deal in two or three ways," but many United supporters countered that Welbeck was merely a fourth-choice striker. Behind double Golden Boot-winner Robin van Persie,...

1 day ago

Premier League's brightest young talents are all English

Raheem Sterling has been the best-rated young player in the Premier League so far.

With the news emerging from a BBC Sport survey that Englishmen have played just a third of all Premier League minutes this season, there is renewed worry about the progress -- or lack thereof -- of the national team. England have made a barnstorming start to their Euro 2016 qualification campaign and in doing so have done a fairly good job of erasing the memory of their spectacular failure this summer.

There is, however, still something alarmingly wrong. Brazil was the first time since 1958 that...

 By Michael Cox
3 days ago

England should be concerned by lack of midfield goal scorers

Roy Hodgson and the England squad visited Celtic Park in Glasgow on Monday evening ahead of the international friendly against fierce rivals Scotland.

Ahead of Tuesday evening's Scotland versus England clash at Celtic Park, many England fans will fondly remember the sides' previous meeting north of the border 15 years ago. In the first of a two-legged Euro 2000 playoff, two goals from Paul Scholes put England into a crucial 2-0 lead.

Scholes enjoyed a renaissance late in his career following international retirement and enjoyed his best club form as a deep-lying midfielder. But during his England days, Scholes was a goal-scoring midfielder. He was...

 By Michael Cox
5 days ago

Clyne, Callejon and Talisca get their chance at international level

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson discusses the talking points of European qualifying so far, highlighted by England's comeback in Wayne Rooney's 100th game for the Three Lions.

In the aftermath of the World Cup, with national teams beginning a new, four-year cycle, there have been plenty of debutants for major nations recently.

Here are three players who were hoping to earn their first caps this week and how they might influence the play of their respective national teams, should they become regulars.

Nathaniel Clyne, England (started; played entire game vs. Slovenia)

Ahead of England's ill-fated campaign in Brazil, Roy Hodgson's major dilemma was at left-back, where...

Nov 13, 2014

Five players who could make their international debuts

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti gives his three European qualifiers to watch for ahead of the upcoming slate of games beginning on Friday.

The international break offers us an opportunity to cast an eye over the credentials of a number of up-and-coming young stars.

Indeed, a number of managers have taken the chance to do just that, with looking at five players who could make international debuts during the domestic hiatus.

Jonas Hector (Germany)

We start with the current world champions, Germany, who have made just one new call-up to the squad to draft in left-back Jonas Hector. At 24 the full-back is relatively late to...

 By Michael Cox
Nov 13, 2014

Lionel Messi showing some promising signs in a new Argentina role

Both Argentina and Croatia head coaches found positives with their side's efforts, after Tata Martino's men won 2-1 in a friendly on Wednesday.

Whenever the subject of the greatest player in the history of football is debated, the 47th minute of this year's World Cup final might figure highly in the argument. It was that minute when Lionel Messi dragged a left-footed shot wide of the far post, his best opportunity to win a tense, tight final, and put himself alongside Pele and Diego Maradona as World Cup winners.

Messi can, of course, still be considered the all-time greatest without a World Cup to his name, especially because in the modern...