Fabio Capello

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Pep Guardiola: is on the cusp of winning a seventh league title in three countries. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Thursday morning, Manchester City: as he surveyed the shock and awe, the red mist and the critical hiss from the previous evening in Liverpool – plus (...)

Christian Eriksen  celebrates after scoring in a friendly against Germany  in Brondby, Denmark, on June 6th, 2017. Photograph:  Getty Images

In February 2011, the advance billing for England’s friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen revolved around the full international debut of 19-year-old(...)

Jose Mourinho: He is inserting himself into the action. He may not be on the pitch but he is participating: he is one of the ‘players’. Photograph: Oli Scarffoli/Getty

It is a sad indication of the recent state of Liverpool that over the past couple of weeks they have seemed more significant as a test case for other(...)

England’s base for the 2018 World Cup is a far cry from some of the palaces of the past. Photo: Booking.com

This is the hotel, on a secluded part of the Gulf of Finland, that Gareth Southgate has chosen to be the base for England’s football team during the W(...)

Fans of Beijing Guoan display a ‘Green Invasion’ flag during a match against Chongcing Lifan FC in 2015. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Although Jim McGuinness’s new club Beijing Guoan have not yet splashed the big cash on players like Jackson Martinez and Oscar, there is a feeling tha(...)

Jermain Defoe scored his first international goal since March 2013 as England beat Lithuania 2-0 at Wembley. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Getty

England 2 Lithuania 0 The most remarkable statistic attached to this victory is that England, for all their traumas and intermittent crises, have now(...)

Sam Allardyce: has an innovative football mind, a good eye for a player, tactical acumen and a capacity to get teams playing for him. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images/

Many of us gave up on the England football team after Fabio Capello too was reduced to funting it up to the big lad. Even Capello couldn’t get some of(...)

Martin was the first in a long line of football men who talked, and taught me, about football. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The other night in Lille, your correspondent registered a ‘first’ in post-match press conferences. Normally, these are bustling crowded affairs where (...)

Roy Hodgson has said he did not see his side’s infamous defeat to Iceland coming. Photograph: Reuters

Towards the end of Brian Kerr’s time in charge of Ireland, he reacted angrily when he realised on one occasion that the photographers who followed th(...)

Could Gareth Southgate replace Roy Hodgson as England manager? Photograph: Getty Images

The question for the Football Association now is whether Gareth Southgate really has the mix of expertise and experience that makes him the ideal cand(...)

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