Making his debut for The False Nine, Greg Johnson casts his eye over the country’s antiquated outlook on football, and bemoans the cult of the individual hero…
Phil Jones’ second season at Manchester United began muted by injury. The sight of him initially struggling to find form felt strangely and shamefully satisfying, and yet as he limped off on Monday night against Reading the only thoughts that one could conjure were those of loss and interruption.
A series of gut-busting displays last year flicked the switch on the Phil Jones hype machine, which quickly spiralled out of control. In no time at all, the versatile young defender was being touted as the nation’s latest elemental wonderkid and a future saviour and captain of England. It appeared amorphous potential and purely physical gifts had once again seduced pundits into holding faith in one of English football’s most dangerous and enduring myths: the cult of the individual hero. Continue reading →
The False Nine editor, James Dutton, looks into Theo Walcott’s claim that this is the best England squad in his time with the national side…
So Theo Walcott has claimed this is the best England squad he’s been part of.
It certainly is a bold claim from the Arsenal forward. After all, this is the same Walcott who was plucked from Arsenal’s reserves by Sven Goran Eriksson at the age of 16 and invited to experience, first hand, England’s 2006 World Cup debacle. WAGs, metatarsals and prima donnas dominated the headlines, whilst poor little Theo was forced to watch on helpless. Continue reading →
Here’s the second part of our 2012 Q and A. Happy New Year!
1. Favourite moment 2. Favourite player 3. Favourite Euro 2012 moment 4. Favourite goal 5. Favourite match 6. Young player 7. Breakthrough team 8. Joey Barton moment 9. Favourite album 10. Favourite gig
Ahead of tomorrow’s Manchester derby, False Nine editor, Andrew Belt, calls for one of the current Premier League champions’ stars to emerge from the shadows and take centre stage again…
You thought Mario Balotelli was the best striker at Euro 2012.
One Fernando was being touted for great things but Llorente was consigned to a watching brief as Spain slay all before them playing the much-lauded ‘false 9’ formation, in which the other Fernando, Torres, managed to bag three goals and restore some much-needed confidence. Continue reading →