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While confidence is a habitual voyeur’s preference for what is known as parklife, it is also something the FA expressed in Gareth Southgate after England’s poor performance in the final round of Nations League matches. After England were booed by supporters after the 4-0 defeat by Hungary at Molino, radio keyboards at Knee-Jerk FM studios lit up the length and breadth of the country like Christmas trees, as Angry Ranty Fan after another called for Southgate’s expulsion. Al-Fawry Only five months and two friendlies before the World Cup for Human Rights in Qatar.

While there is no doubting Southgate’s abilities as a politician, diplomat, pizza seller and communicator, valid questions remain about his coaching and decision-making abilities in the game. His results in the major tournaments provide convincing evidence that he is the second most successful coach in England history, but it is worth bearing in mind that his side enjoyed the easiest imaginable run to reach the World Cup semi-finals in Russia before breaking out to a team they should. She may have been defeated, and then let Italy get away with it before losing last summer’s Euro final on penalties.

“Before Gareth took over as manager, there was no pride in wearing the England shirt,” said FA president Debbie Hewitt, in defense of Southgate. “There was a rivalry between the clubs we’d been reading about, and the players didn’t get involved. He changed that beyond recognition and I saw that for myself. I’ve worked in business and Gareth’s skills, his high IQ, would make him CEO in any field. That flexibility and accountability, no There are flabby shoulders and that’s what you want in an England coach. We have confidence in Gareth for all the reasons you’ve described and I think that’s the important thing. And it’s especially important to get into the biggest tournament.”

While blaming things that aren’t necessarily our fault has long been Fiver’s strength, it’s likely that our inability to stand up straight as a result of years of being forced to crawl under Fiver Towers sent an email out of contention for England job when Southgate resigns. At the end or heave-ho gets. At the moment, however, he and his players from Qatar have to think, not least of which is the way it is done They plan to take a stand against – and address the inevitable questions about – abuses of migrant workers by hosts. “In terms of the team, they are playing in Qatar, and it is inevitable that they are asked questions about human rights,” Hewitt said. “In fact, they are curious, they want to learn and they want to think about the best way in which they can make a difference. Ultimately, we will discuss with the team and with Gareth what we feel is the best statement we can make, particularly about leaving a legacy with the rest of our fellow footballers at international level. “.

And while the FA keeps talking about a good game about tackling this certainly thorny issue, as the tournament kicks off in November, it seems remarkable that only 12 years after discovering Qatar would host the finals, it still appears to have nothing to look like. the plan. Of course, rhetoric is better than nothing, but much like the World Cup infrastructure being built by migrant workers enslaved in harsh conditions over the past decade, it also comes cheap.

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“He had his time and space. He has a beautiful history in Turkey, no one can take it from him. He is a player known all over the world. But I follow the end of the Ozil era” – new Fenerbahce president Jorge Jesus paves the way for Mesut Ozil to pursue a career doing what he loves – Play Fortnite.

Mesut Ozil, absent from the stadiums and was on his way from Fener.
Mesut Ozil, absent from the stadiums and was on his way from Fener. Photograph: Murat Sezer/Reuters

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RE: Fans booed the players they once loved on their return with their new club (Yesterday Thursday), this is by no means inevitable. In my nearly 60 years of watching Blackeye Rovers, I believe there have been at least many welcomes to past champions who have passed on as poisons. In my experience, it depends on what they contributed; How did they leave and where did they end up? However, the only time I ever felt so ashamed as a Rovers fan was when Alan Shearer made his first return to Ewood Park in a Newcastle shirt and a section of fans actually booed him. Fortunately, on his subsequent visits he received the warm welcome which he guaranteed.” – John Miles.

“I usually agree with Noble Francis, but I think he may have been shooting at the wrong target this time (Yesterday’s Fiver Messages). Jaap Stam hints that Manchester United’s new managers have not been backed by the board. I think, if you look at the huge sums they’ve spent on players in the past five or six years, the board can claim to have supported every manager very well indeed. The fact that the billion-pound squad is still useless and needs a complete rebuild isn’t entirely important.” – Jeff Saunders.

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Samuel Eto'o and his big rims leave the stadium in Barcelona.
Samuel Eto’o and his big rims leave the stadium in Barcelona. Photo: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

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