Young lions – overpriced and underused

BY THE time Diego Armando Maradona was 21 years old, he had played around 200 league games for his employers. Likewise, Pelé, at that tender age, had turned-out around 300 times for Santos. More recently, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two totems of the modern age, made more than 100 appearances. George Best, by his 21stbirthday, was heading towards the 150 mark. In short, … Continue reading Young lions – overpriced and underused

England: Forget the seniors, watch the Under-21s

England’s national team plays in Slovenia tonight in their latest European Championship Qualifying group game. It’s the weakest group in memory, so England should have no problem getting out of it, even with the mediocre selection on view. They are congratulating themselves on going unbeaten since the World Cup, a 10-game run that started with that oh-so-memorable 0-0 draw with the giants of Costa Rica … Continue reading England: Forget the seniors, watch the Under-21s