Tag: england

The redemption of David Beckham

As innate incubators for narrative and drama against which the daily mundanities of life are invited to be forgotten about for two-hourly stretches, as stories are told, stars are born and dreams…

A-Z of the 2000s: Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is the best British footballer of this century yet somehow he still doesn’t receive the recognition or accolades that he deserves

A-Z of the 2000s: Michael Owen

You can choose to remember Owen in any way you want, but consider yourself lucky that you weren’t playing against him during his golden years at Liverpool

A-Z of the 2000s: Frank Lampard

Gerrard was a monster, while Scholes was sublime. But if you take the raw stats and impact over a decade, no midfielder can top Frank Lampard

Names of the Nineties: Tony Adams

On the pitch and off it, Arsenal legend Tony Adams remains a champion, a very human champion, and an inspiration to so many

Names of the Nineties: Paul Ince

A midfield general so typical of his era, Paul Ince was a commanding footballer whose controversies shouldn;t overshadow his undoubted talent

Names of the Nineties: Gareth Southgate

A natural leader and calm presence, while Gareth Southgate may be unfairly remembered for Euro 96, he was, in fact, one of England’s finest defenders

Names of the Nineties: Steve Stone

Steve Stone was the generator of Forest’s mid-90s revival, helped power the rise of Portsmouth and was very nearly part of a winning England team at Euro 96

Names of the Nineties: Stuart Pearce

If somebody wrote a football version of the Art of War, the first page should show Pearce placing the ball on the spot before his penalty against Spain in ’96

Peter Crouch: a man in a game of robots

It’s ironic that Peter Crouch, a man known to dance like a robot, was anything but, despite playing out a career in a game littered with them