Gareth Southgate needs one last act of bravery in his final weeks with England

Sadly, we are in the last weeks of Gareth Southgate. The holiday from The Usual England is nearly over. It’s been a great love affair with so many hot memories, so many highs and only a few lows. He made England feel modern and more civilised. He gave us a reason to like the national … Read more

Ranking England’s build-up to major tournaments since 2000. Never worse than now

England have not enjoyed a positive build-up for the World Cup. Actually, it’s been bloody awful. They haven’t won in five games, losing three along the way, including Friday’s defeat to Italy. So far, over seven games this year, they’ve earned an average of 1.14 points per game – the lowest number during the build-up … Read more

Every club’s youngest Premier League debutant and what happened to them…

Inspired by Arsenal playing a wee boy at Brentford, we’ve taken a look at every club’s youngest Premier League player, with plenty of cautionary tales for Ethan Nwaneri. Arsenal: Ethan Nwaneri15 years, 5 months, 28 daysDebut: Brentford 0-3 Arsenal, September 28, 2022The lad who prompted this feature made his Arsenal debut off the bench last … Read more

England hotel b*llocks and Arsenal locked in war ‘amid’ Abramovich takeover nonsense

It is tournament season and the England families have picked their hotel. Ivan Toney and Roman Abramovich are too busy with Arsenal to care. Diamond QatarMediawatch does not wish to accuse Ian Ladyman of phoning it in ever so slightly with regards to his SPECIAL REPORT in the Daily Mail on the hotel chosen by … Read more

The ridiculous stats after his half-decent start to Premier League life

Erling Haaland scored another goal in another Manchester City win this weekend, taking his total in his first seven Premier League games to 11 goals, which is a silly number of goals. He’s got three more in a couple of Champions League outings for the giggles as well, and has done all this despite famously … Read more

Will Toney be a Shaw or a Mawson? England’s World Cup bolters have a pretty grim record

Ivan Toney’s stellar start to the season for Brentford has earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England’s Nations League games next week. The next time Southgate names an England squad, it will be his World Cup squad. So what are the omens for Toney? which other uncapped players have come into England squads at … Read more

Every Premier League club’s highest-rated player of the season so far…

Liverpool’s highest-rating performer was almost sold in the summer and it’s an encouraging list for Gareth Southgate ahead of the World Cup… Here’s every side’s best player so far according to WhoScored’s ratings… Arsenal: Gabriel Jesus – 7.75Three goals and three assists in his first five games for the Gunners have made him a hero … Read more