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England U21s -- Strength in depth

Tactics And Analysis Oct 17, 2014
 By Kevin Palmer
10 hours ago

Report: FA made 350,000 pounds from Twitter fines in three years

The ESPN FC crew discuss QPR defender Rio Ferdinand who has been banned by the FA for a misconduct charge relating to a message he sent on Twitter.

Soccer's high-profile collection of offending Twitter warriors have been fined 350,000 pounds by the Football Association over the past three years, according to a report in the Guardian.

The 25,000 pound fine and three-game suspension handed to QPR defender Rio Ferdinand earlier this week for a tweet that was considered to have been "an aggravated breach of its rules as it included a reference to gender" was the latest in a long lone of high-profile stars whose tweets have got them into hot water.


ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
1 day ago

LMA 'would support Rooney Rule with FA, Premier League backing'

A 16ft statue of the world's first black professional footballer, Arthur Wharton, was unveiled at St George's Park this month.

The League Managers' Association (LMA) has confirmed it would back the introduction of the Rooney Rule if football's stakeholders backed the idea.

The Rooney Rule -- which stipulates that American NFL teams must interview at least one minority candidate for head coach and general manager roles -- has been the subject of some debate in recent weeks, with calls for greater representation of black or ethnic minorities (BME) given there are just two BME managers working in England's top four divisions.

 By PA Sport
5 days ago

Greg Dyke does not think 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held in summer

One of the biggest issues facing the next FIFA president is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke still expects the Qatar World Cup to be switched to autumn or winter.

The European Club Association, an umbrella organisation representing the interests of 214 teams from the continent, is set to lobby for the finals to be played in April and May 2022 when a taskforce set up to look at the issue meets on Nov. 3.

Dyke met with FIFA president Sepp Blatter recently and believes the sport's most powerful man is certainly of the view that the 2022 finals cannot...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Oct 23, 2014

Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers defends Raheem Sterling over night out

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has branded criticism of Raheem Sterling for allegedly pulling out of England's game with Estonia due to tiredness as unfair.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has defended midfielder Raheem Sterling, saying he was entitled to have a night out after coming back from international duty with England.

Sterling was roundly criticised in the media for going to a nightclub the day after being left out of England's game against Estonia in Tallinn for being too tired.

However, Rodgers insisted after Liverpool's 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid that Sterling had every right to go out, and that the incident is "not a story."

"I think for...

Oct 21, 2014

Football Association general secretary Alex Horne to leave post in 2015

Alex Horne took up his current post in 2010.

Football Association general secretary Alex Horne has announced he is to leave the organisation at the end of January.

Horne joined the FA in 2004 as finance director and, in 2006, was appointed Wembley Stadium's managing director.

He became the FA's chief operating officer in July 2008 and was a leading figure in the St George's Park National Football Centre development. Horne took up his current post in 2010.

"After 11 fantastic years I have decided to look for a change of direction and I will...