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David Beckham’s England career, which began way back in 1996 against Moldova (call-up photo with then England manager Glenn Hoddle is to your left) received its notice of termination from Fabio Capello yesterday.

Not a huge surprise. Beckham is 35 years old and won’t be any younger by the time Euro 2012 gets here, and the English public, media and just plain old common sense demands an infusion of fresh talent. But seems a little harsh that Beckham wasn’t informed prior to the announcement.

Asked whether he had telephoned the midfielder to tell him that he would no longer be… Continue reading

Whether the various domestic leagues – and Harry Redknapp – like it or not, this is an official FIFA international week. This Tuesday and Wednesday, much of the world’s national teams will be in action. World Cup 2010 is in the history books, and the time for rebirth and rebuilding is about to begin. For example, new Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has called up Antonio Cassano, Amauri and Mario Balotelli, and is rumoured to be considering fielding all three in an attacking trident vs the Ivory Coast on Tuesday, at West Ham’s Upton Park of all places.

USA vs… Continue reading

The World Cup is oh-ver, but international football continues. There’s the Asian Cup, Copa America, Africa Cup of Nations, Euros and then – before we know it – qualification for World Cup 2014 will begin. Maybe more importantly (at least for the purposes of this post) is that the immediate post-World Cup period is usually a time for change and rebirth.

International stalwart names like Thierry Henry, Fabio Cannavaro and Gio van Bronckhorst have all hung up their national team boots to make space in the changing room for new names. There’s a changing of the coaching guard too with… Continue reading

England 1 – USA 1

The hype, the media circus, the promise of a renewed power and a plucky upstart and it was all defined by one man, one ball, one howler.

The World Cup is hours old and we’ve already had what may reign as the tournament’s biggest blooper – it’s really hard to imagine worse. In the 40th minute, Clint Dempsey shot a harmless bounder in to goal and Robert Green just fumbled it, all the way into the back of the net. A cruel goal on England and a cruel goal on Robert Green, who will endure… Continue reading

England’stalismanic striker Wayne Rooneywill carry on fighting and will refuse to take his foot off the pedal in an attempt to protect himself for the World Cup. The 24-year-old was hindered by ankle and groin injuries for the majority of the domestic run-in with Manchester United, and he also injured his neck during the latter stages of Monday nights victory over Mexico – though the England boss Fabio Capello was quick to allay fears of the incident. The earlier knocks severely dented Uniteds hopes of clinching Premier League and Champions League honours, while Rooneys own form has suffered since, scoring… Continue reading

Possibly the best eleven of all time. With dramatic music.

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