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Chief Football Writer — Guardian, The Observer

Chief football writer for @Guardian and Observer, author of Deep into the Forest, This is the One and Squeaky Bum Time, NFFC supporter, petty pilferer

Could Duncan Edwards, the original Boy Wonder, have been the greatest?

theguardian.com — The difficult truth is that they will always be questions that don't have answers. Would Duncan Edwards really have been remembered as football royalty? Would people point and wave in the way they did when Pelé came to the front row of the directors' box at Anfield last Sunday and held aloft his arms? Would people genuinely think of Edwards as the greatest?

England 4-0 Lithuania | European Championship match report | Football | The Guardian

theguardian.com — Presumably, Harry Kane knows international football is not always this easy. The crowd were kept waiting to see England's man-of-the-moment but it quickly became apparent Kane was a man in a hurry. He had been on the pitch only 78 seconds when his neck muscles were tensed, the ball thudded off his forehead and the crowd was rising to acclaim another extraordinary story in an increasingly bulging file.

England squad extend a warm welcome to new-boy Harry Kane

theguardian.com — On the first occasion Wayne Rooney trained with England, aged 17 and back in his days as football's original assassin-faced baby, he announced himself by taking the ball round a couple of defenders and chipping David James with the delicacy of a champion golfer holing from off the green.

Martin Skrtel charged over stamp on David de Gea

theguardian.com — The fallout from Liverpool's tempestuous game against Manchester United has continued in the shape of a Football Association charge and likely ban for Martin Skrtel for stamping on David de Gea.

Liverpool 1-2 Manchester United

theguardian.com — It was the kind of performance from Manchester United that has been a long time in the making and, for Steven Gerrard, another personal ordeal in an expanding file. Not as harrowing, perhaps, as the one that means Anfield is now subjected to chants of "you nearly won the league", but one that still can be filed among the more incongruous moments of all those fine years in Liverpool's colours.

Thomas Ince may regret his blurred priorities over England future

theguardian.com — At some point between now and the end of the season, Alan Pardew intends to ring Gareth Southgate to speak to him about Wilfried Zaha's new momentum at Crystal Palace and explain why he thinks his player warrants a place in England's squad for the Under-21 European Championships this summer.

Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City

theguardian.com — The phrase in Spanish is ganar sin despeinarse. It means to win without even having to mess your hair up and, though Manchester City did briefly threaten to make something implausible happen, they were powerless ultimately to prevent this being one such occasion.

Rickie Lambert sweats on England place after Harry Kane’s emergence

theguardian.com — Rickie Lambert, Liverpool's out-of-favour striker, is waiting to discover whether Harry Kane's first call-up to the England squad could have repercussions for his own international career. Kane, the Tottenham Hotspur forward, has been guaranteed a place in Roy Hodgson's squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on Friday week and the friendly against Italy in Turin three days later.

Monaco 0-2 Arsenal (3-3 on agg; Monaco win on away goals)

theguardian.com — The lesson for Arsenal is they cannot leave themselves needing these kind of feats of escapology and expect to get away with it. Arsène Wenger's side did their best to file this night among the great occasions of his long reign but ultimately it was just beyond them.

Arsenal determined to defy Champions League statistics in Monaco

theguardian.com — To put it into context, the cold, harsh reality for Arsenal is that no team have ever qualified in the Champion League era after losing the first leg of a knockout tie by more than one goal and needing to score at least twice, never mind the three or more that Arsène Wenger's men will need to stand any chance of turning their tie against Monaco upside down.
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Mar 28, 2015

Further down, there's a little story about Sol Campbell that might be of interest too theguardian.com/football/blog/… #iamsolcampbell

Mar 28, 2015

It's 60 years next week since Duncan Edwards won his first England cap. Could he have been the greatest? Column: theguardian.com/football/blog/…

Mar 27, 2015

James Milner is also pulling out with a knee problem. Welbeck's injury is knee, too, and he's almost certainly out.

Mar 27, 2015

Hodgson saying here that Leighton Baines will be excused from Italy game and Ryan Bertrand is coming into squad.

Mar 27, 2015

Nice quote from Lithuania's coach Igoris Pankratjevas: "One team played, we just sweated."

Mar 26, 2015

RT @astle1968: @DTguardian The Launch of @JeffAstleFdn on April 11th 2015 is going to be a very special day #AstleDay youtube.com/watch?v=-dlp1x… … … … … …

Mar 25, 2015

@Dean0toll1 cheers Dean - funnily enough, not one I enjoyed writing, have met Thomas a few times and found him a nice lad (no obvious ego)

Mar 25, 2015

@RichT_Hall looks like it - @johncrossmirror is on top of all things Arsenal and has written today it looks like going through

Mar 24, 2015

This is unconfirmed, but hearing out of Merseyside strong chance Liverpool will deny stamp charge for Skrtel on De Gea #lfc #mufc

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