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England U21s -- Strength in depth

Tactics And Analysis 3 days ago

WhoScored: Welbeck a finer scorer than Mario

Tactics And Analysis Oct 3, 2014

Whoscored: Pleasant early Prem surprises

Southampton Sep 26, 2014

WhoScored: Cesc driving Chelsea on

Tactics And Analysis Sep 18, 2014

Whoscored: Welbeck's chance to prove himself

Arsenal Sep 11, 2014

WhoScored: Five to watch in qualifiers

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3 days ago

England under-21s could be title contender at Euro 2015

England World Cup players Luke Shaw, left, and Raheem Sterling, right, could end up featuring for the Three Lions at next summer's Euro 2015 Under-21 championships.
England World Cup players Luke Shaw, left, and Raheem Sterling, right, could end up featuring for the Three Lions at next summer's Euro 2015 Under-21 championships.

The international break is over, but it has not left as many people thinking "Thank God for that" this time 'round, with a number of shock results enough to keep the neutrals suitably entertained and, in many cases, amused.

The likes of Germany, Spain and Netherlands all lost European qualifiers, while Italy laboured to narrow victories over Azerbaijan and Malta, and England likewise against Estonia. However, it wasn't just the senior superpowers that were underperforming in the most recent hiatus...

 By Michael Cox
4 days ago

Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen epitomise Belgian school of defending

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots talks to the media after 1-1 draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina in their Euro 2016 qualifying match in Zenica on Monday.

Not all sports blend international and club competition as seamlessly as football, where it's become extremely common for players to be teammates, then opponents, within the same week. How do you spend Sunday, Monday and Tuesday working on understanding and cohesion with a teammate, before setting out to overpower them the following weekend?

This Saturday's contest between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, the weekend's opening Premier League game, is a perfect example. A match between two...

 By Michael Cox
5 days ago

Euro 2016 qualifying: Three things we learned from the international break

England international Raheem Sterling is now facing backlash for telling England manager Roy Hodgson he was tired before a European qualifier.

A round of unexciting fixtures in a predictable qualification campaign initially promised little, but the latest international break turned out to be surprisingly interesting. Here are three things we learned from Euro 2016 qualifying ...

England really need Raheem Sterling

The backlash against Sterling's omission from England's starting lineup for Sunday's 1-0 victory away in Estonia was gloriously predictable -- the perfect story to keep the English press going in a rare midweek without any...

 By Michael Cox
Oct 9, 2014

Rest could benefit Mesut Ozil as he struggles to regain his form

Mesut Ozil is set to be ruled out for 10 to 12 weeks with ruptured ligaments in his left knee.

Over the course of Arsene Wenger's 18-year reign, Arsenal have become accustomed to World Cup winners.

In 1998, Patrick Vieira teed up Emmanuel Petit for the clinching goal in France's 3-0 final victory over Brazil, prompting the Daily Mirror to famously lead with "Arsenal win the World Cup" on their front page. Four years later, Wenger signed Gilberto Silva on the strength of his World Cup-winning displays for Brazil, while in 2010 Cesc Fabregas assisted Andres Iniesta's winning goal against the...

 By Michael Cox
Oct 7, 2014

International break provides valuable opportunity for Premier League clubs

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Liverpool are better off with new signing Mario Balotelli.

Once upon a time, an international break was extremely useful for almost every Premier League manager.

In the days before foreign imports dominated England's top division, relatively few players were selected by their country -- put simply, the majority of players in the division were English, but only around 25 were called up to the England side.

Therefore, the majority of the squad would continue to train at the club -- although they might, however, use the absence of upcoming matches to spend...

Oct 3, 2014

The stats back it up: Danny Welbeck is a better finisher than Mario Balotelli

The FC team assess whether Danny Welbeck is better than Mario Balotelli following his three-goal performance against Galatasaray.

As far as the English sides competing were concerned, the reaction from Wednesday night's Champions League action couldn't have been a great deal more contrasted.

Arsenal fans were understandably getting all excited by their new striker weighing in with a hat-trick, while the Liverpool support were left frustrated by their new striker weighing in with very little. Comparisons certainly can and have been drawn between Danny Welbeck and Mario Balotelli and there's little doubt as to which has appeased...