Tag: england

Author Daniel Gray talks 50 lost wonders of football

In a sport losing touch with its lengthy and unique history, author Daniel Gray is shedding light on 50 lost wonders of the game, from goalkeeping trousers to pixelated scoreboards, in his…

Four goals in 33 minutes: the day Gary Lineker tore Spain apart

This feature is part of Virtuoso “Fackin’ hell,” came the unexpected salutation, uttered with the unique cadence only a cockney-imitating-Spaniard can. La Roja’s oft indomitable goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta had wasted no time…

Wayne Rooney and the surprise England return

Wayne Rooney will make a surprise return to the England set-up after the FA decided to honour the former national team captain in a friendly against the United States this month. Rooney,…

Matthew Le Tissier: the last golden boy of a golden era

One look at the psychedelic maelstrom of noise and colour was enough to convince me to turn back at once. As our train pulled into Zürich Hauptbahnhof, the sight of thousands of techno-house enthusiasts crowding…

Waddle at Marseille: How Magic Chris found freedom in France

Clad in a shirt that even kaleidoscopic tat-mannequin and occasional full-back Dani Alves might be moved to describe as “loud”, Basile Boli beams intently at a television superimposed onto the wall in…

The yin and yang of Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker

This feature is part of Duology The heavy touch. The realisation flickers across the face; disbelief mixed with desperation to rectify the mistake. The decision to commit to winning the ball back…

A last hurrah for England’s lucid World Cup dream

Football didn’t come home this summer but, in truth, it was never supposed to. For a while it felt like it just might – the entire nation suddenly and inexplicably gripped by…