Football writer, author of Behind the Curtain, Inverting the Pyramid, Anatomy of England, Nobody Ever Says Thank You and The Outsider; editor of The Blizzard.

Well-rested Raheem Sterling is silver lining for Liverpool in their 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers in English Premier League football

thenational.ae — Raheem Sterling did not look tired. All week Roy Hodgson's decision to leave him on the bench for England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia has reverberated - had he told his manager he was tired and should Hodgson have revealed that even if he did?

Mario Balotelli is an easy target but Liverpool’s issues go much deeper

thenational.ae — "There were very few who are top class who were available and Mario Balotelli was a calculated gamble that we had to try to work with." As endorsements go, Brendan Rodgers's comment about Balotelli was hardly the most ringing.

Letting victory slip at Manchester City only a blip in Chelsea's Premier League title chase

thenational.ae — Chelsea remain three points clear at the top of the Premier League table and five points clear of Manchester City, but they left the Etihad Stadium last night with the sense of an opportunity missed.

Danny Welbeck Can Prosper at Arsenal but Manchester United Sale Still Made Sense

bleacherreport.com — Speaking on this week, Gary Neville, the widely respected television pundit, England assistant coach and former Manchester United player, admitted he was doubtful about the wisdom of the club selling Danny Welbeck to Arsenal for £16 million. Neville said: There's been right-backs and left-backs galore who have been bought for £15m, £14m, £13m this summer.

Can Jack Wilshere profit for England where Gerrard and Henderson lost?

theguardian.com — There is an unhelpful idealism about international football, or at least about the way England approach international football. Everybody has their favourite to promote, the key creator who cannot be left out, the grand scheme that will secure success, and the result is often a terrible mish-mash - a team designed, if not by committee, then certainly with so many voices at play that a manager's thinking can become clouded.

David Beckham confident he can establish MLS team in Miami

si.com — David Beckham told Bloomberg that he is confident he can find a place to build a stadium for a Major League Soccer team in Miami. Beckham, along with Sprint Corp. Chief Executive Officer Marcelo Claure and "American Idol" producer Simon Fuller, is working to bring a team to Miami.

Manchester United spent $8 million to pay off David Moyes, staff

si.com — Planet Futbol Manchester United paid more than $8 million to fire David Moyes and his coaching staff, the team announced Wednesday. Moyes was fired after United finished in seventh place in the Premier League during his first season replacing Alex Ferguson.

Chicago Fire forward, MLS MVP Mike Magee to miss six-to-eight months after hip surgery

si.com — Planet Futbol Chicago Fire forward and reigning MLS Most Valuable Player Mike Magee is out for the season and will miss 6-to-8 months after having hip surgery, the team announced. The surgery repaired a labrum injury and articular surface damage.

Roy Hodgson defies England critics in vital Euro 2016 qualifying win

si.com — One of Aesop's Fables features a man and his son going with their donkey to the market. As they walk along, a passerby mocks them, asking what a donkey is for but riding, so the man lifts his son onto the animal's back.

Champions League Preview: Group F

bettingexpert.com — Barcelona set themselves to return to their rightful place among Europe's elite while PSG look to silence the doubters. Today Jonathan Wilson takes a close look at Champions League Group F. Two major questions come together in Group F: have Barcelona got back on track, and are Paris Saint-Germain realistic contenders for Champions League success?
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Oct 24, 2014

Tremedous stuff on the silliness of football's seriousness from extremely competent chauffeur @barneyronay. theguardian.com/football/blog/…

Oct 24, 2014

@barneyronay Me? I'm just a hired gun. Carlos the Jackal, perhaps. Available for 800-word analyses to all governments.

Oct 24, 2014

@barneyronay With your badger army. When the culled become the cullees. Primary Cullers.

Oct 24, 2014

@tickerscricket Is it true they're rebranding as the Regent's Park Ropetreaders? And if not, why not?

Oct 24, 2014

@james_corbett ...and were beaten with batons. They then fired tear gas into the pen, where there was already panic.

Oct 24, 2014

@james_corbett That night there was a crush in the pen behind one goal. United fans, clearly distressed, spilled out of the gate...

Oct 24, 2014

@james_corbett I've never been as scared at a game as I was at Lille v United at Lens in 07 - presume same police. Brutal and indiscriminate

Oct 24, 2014

@Keef76 Ah OK. Sorry. The weirdness is that the 'principles' seem to have changed to less effective principles over time.

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