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How much has your club spent so far in the 2021 transfer window?

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Data correct as of 20/07/2021

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Is Southgate still the one?

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It seems odd to call for a managers head after he has gotten you to your first final in 55 years. Someone who 3 years earlier took England to their first World Cup semi final in 28 years. On paper, Gareth Southgate has done a fantastic job with England. But there is also a nagging doubt that England might be wasting a generation of world class attacking talent on a manager who is not up to it. Italy won the Euro’s and one key reason behind it is they had the best manager. Roberto Mancini is has won the league...

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England's Euro Success Forged in Sheffield

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Which academy has developed the most members England’s Euro 2020 squad? It is a question I can see being added to pub quizzes up and down the country if England go on to win the championships. And the answer might surprise you. Sheffield United. Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aaron Ramsdale all came through Sheffield United’s academy. When you consider that 14 of the last 16 FA Youth Cups have been won by Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United, you would expect players from those teams to be dominating the England team. But they are not....

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Be Beach and Bar Ready

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Morning Kick Off Merchants. Been a while since we have updated you on what we have done, are doing, and going to do. The Euro’s has kind of taken over. Although it is a tournament I have struggled to get into. Whilst Kick Off Merchants Ltd is a new company, those involved in running it have nearly 30 years combined experience when it comes to football merchandise. In what we do, there is usually a lull in activity during the off season and we tend to use it as a chance to take a creative break. Despite nothing major currently...

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Rashford for Sterling, Sancho for Mount - What changes would you make?

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After a solid opening performance against Croatia, Gareth Southgate’s England side stuttered to a boring 0-0 draw against Scotland. In his time as England manager, Southgate has been a very cautious manager – setting his teams up to “not lose” rather than “win”. Now whilst this cautious mind set can lead to going far in tournaments, even winning; you also need your team to create the chances needed to win a game. And against Scotland whilst England never looked like conceding they also never looked lie scoring. 2 defensive midfielders against a Croatia, France or Germany is sensible. Against Scotland...

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