Football Champions

John Barnes

The goal-scoring midfielder is often the player that England looks to for a game changing moment. This role is crucial to forcing the issue and can “make things happen”, with a goal of their own. The World Cup campaigns for England often rely on such a player, just look at Bobby Charlton on home turf in 1966, Bryan Robson at Espana 1982, or David Platt at Italia 1990.

If England are going to secure a triumph at South Africa 2010 then Frank Lampard must step up into this crucial role. Currently on 77 caps, he is the seventh most… Continue reading

Flair midfielders are as varied as they are valued. You can discuss the merits of anyone from Hoddle to Rivaldo, as there is no fixed position for the role. Perhaps the only qualification is the ability to turn a match from deep with a piece of individual brilliance. Paul Gascoigne and Steven Gerrard are two driving forces who could influence a match in any number of ways and two of England’s most renowned flair midfielders in the last quarter century. Anyone over the age of 30 will remember Paul Gascoigne’s tears at Italia ‘90 – born of frustration… Continue reading

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