Euro 2020: England, Scotland and Wales players who wouldn’t have made it last year

When one door closes, another opens.  That’s how some players in the England, Scotland and Wales squads must be seeing this year’s delayed Euros tournament.  Because while we were all disappointed not to be watching our national teams last summer, some players were handed an extra 12 months to play their way into their managers’ […]

Did Messi really send his Barcelona transfer request by fax?

When Barcelona and general football legend Lionel Messi handed in his transfer request on Tuesday, the reaction was huge. “Why?” “Where will he go? How much will he cost?” But it was the next line in the news story that really mattered: “The Argentina international, 33, sent a fax to the club on Tuesday saying he wishes […]

Racism in football: FA ‘has to be proactive and modernise’

The FA “has to modernise itself” to be “fit for purpose for the 21st century,” says the chairman of its inclusion advisory board. Paul Elliott says the organisation was “reactive” in the past when it came to dealing with racism complaints, but will now be “proactive”. “It can get better,” he tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. […]

World Cup 2018: French social media’s reaction to being World Champions

It may still hurt if you’re an England fan who thought it should have been the Three Lions playing on Sunday night. But France ended up World Cup winners, beating Croatia 4-2, and celebrated in biblical rains. There were parties in the streets, parties in the parks and parties in the bars. And it didn’t take […]

World Cup 2018: How Three Lions is still the definitive England song after 22 years

“Football’s coming home!” It’s the chant that makes a resurgence every time England are in a major tournament. You would have heard it sung it in the streets, seen the memes, even Alan Shearer was chanting it on the BBC on Match of the Day after England’s penalty delighton Tuesday. For the past few years, the song Three […]

World Cup 2018: How will social media affect the England squad?

By Imran Rahman-Jones and Ben Mundy “You’re detached from the outside world. You’re out of your comfort zone. You’ve got to occupy yourself.” That’s how Rio Ferdinand describes the England camp at a World Cup. It presents a challenge to the squad – how do they stay focused and motivated for a month without any […]