England’s courtship of Wilfried Zaha and Raheem Sterling is just the start The Guardian’s Barney Ronay underscores the growing issue of young players’ dual nationality in international football, with a specific focus on England’s Sterling and Zaha.
Why Gary Neville is out on his own when it comes to TV punditry
The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor commends the much-lauded punditry skills of former Manchester United defender and current England assistant manager Gary Neville. Taylor argues that Neville is not only eloquent – especially in his answering of the recent Terry-Ferdinand England affair – but also insightful and unbiased: undoubtedly 3 basic characteristics any good pundit should possess.
Alex Keble argues on FourFourTwo’s Stats Zone blog, why at Euro 2012, England should start Manchester United’s Michael Carrick ahead of midfield competitors Scott Parker and Gareth Barry of Tottenham and league champions Manchester City respectively.
Note that Carrick hasn’t been included in the England’s Euro 2012 squad after he got frustrated at only playing a bit-part role over his whole international career, and wouldn’t return to the fold unless as a key player.
England appoint Roy Hodgson
Michael Cox of Zonal Marking explains on his site why England’s decision to pick Roy Hodgson over Harry Redknapp for the national team job is the most logical choice.