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John Fuller: Football

Lion cubs Sturridge and Welbeck will roar for England

No goals, no starts and just 82 minutes of international football between them.

Those are the stats naysayers cling to as Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck look set to lead England’s new-look attack against Holland tonight.

It’s true we lack experience up front, but in 1998 a fresh-faced Michael Owen announced himself... [more]

By John Fuller
Published: February 29, 2012

Stuart Pearce's youthful England is the way forward, minus Stewart Downing

Interim England manager Stuart Pearce promised excitement and then picked Stewart Downing ahead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the friendly with Holland.

Granted, Oxlade-Chamberlain is not in the category of a Wayne Rooney/Michael Owen-style prodigy, but he’s still better than the Liverpool dud.

Pearce also bizarrely left... [more] (2 comments)

By John Fuller
Published: February 24, 2012

Huddersfield were right to sack Lee Clark

With one of the biggest budgets in League One, it’s no shock that the Huddersfield board lost patience with Lee Clark.

The Geordie could count himself unlucky to lose his job after leading Town to a Football League record 43-games unbeaten, but he’d be wrong.

Clark has been given enough time and backed handsomely in the... [more]

By John Fuller
Published: February 17, 2012

Liverpool's apology draws an end to Luis Suarez saga

As quick as I have been to criticise Liverpool Football Club, praise should be given for today’s apology.

It was right for Luis Suarez and Kenny Dalglish to speak out and draw a line under this ugly saga.

It was also right for Anfield club’s senior officials to acknowledge mistakes were made.

Managing director Ian Ayre... [more] (2 comments)

By John Fuller
Published: February 12, 2012

Stuart Green can lead Workington Reds to safety

For months Workington Reds fans scratched their heads as to why Stuart Green was on the payroll.

Watching a man hailed the club’s greatest signing in more than a decade either sit on the bench or on the treatment table was frustrating for many of the Borough Park faithful.

Green’s attitude, desire and commitment to the... [more]

By John Fuller
Published: February 12, 2012

Luis Suarez's handshake refusal was disgraceful, so was Kenny Dalglish's reaction

Kenny Dalglish’s denial that Luis Suarez had done anything wrong by rebuffing Patrice Evra’s handshake was sad, but not surprising.

The Liverpool boss has hardly covered himself in glory throughout the whole sage engulfing his star striker.

Suarez’s refusal to draw a line in the sand before the old foes met was disgusting.... [more] (8 comments)

By John Fuller
Published: February 11, 2012

Arsene Wenger is the man for England

Arsene Wenger is the man to replace Fabio Capello.

I don’t believe he’d take the job but the Arsenal boss is the natural and most obvious successor.

Wenger is a thinker, whose tactical knowledge is second to none.

He’s famous for developing stars and England are fortunate enough to have Daniel Sturridge, Daniel... [more]

By John Fuller
Published: February 10, 2012
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