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QPR’s Tony Fernandes: I won’t wreck Harry Redknapp’s dream if he is offered England job

Posted September 9, 2014

London Evening Standard

Tony Fernandes is proud of the bond he has built up with Harry Redknapp but will not stand in his manager’s way if England come calling.

Redknapp was snubbed by the Football Association in favour of Roy Hodgson after they axed Fabio Capello but the knives were out for the present incumbent before last night’s impressive win in Switzerland.

Queens Park Rangers chairman Fernandes believes that, even at the age of 67, Redknapp is still the man to take England forward and says: “I would, of course, hate to lose Harry. But I am not going to stand in the way of someone’s dream. Harry will make a great England manager. But that’s beyond my control.

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The Cricket Crowd – England v India ODI Series Preview

Posted August 22, 2014

Why the system, not Hodgson, is to blame for England’s problems

Posted June 25, 2014

One of Roy Hodgson’s favourite writers, Stefan Zweig, killed himself in Petropolis, a town near Rio in 1942 despairing of where European civilisation and culture was headed. Now what has happened to Hodgson in Brazil does not bear any comparison with what Zweig was going through as the fight with Nazism raged in Europe with no definite indication that this evil could be defeated.

Those of us who write about sport often use absurd, theatrical, language particularly when treating a sporting defeat as a national disaster. We are not the only ones. In Brazil the defeat at the hands of Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup led to a term called Marcanazo. It represents the hurt from this unexpected football defeat and is so deeply felt that the country has never forgotten what happened in that match. Endless books and films have been made about the 1950 match.

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It’s a massive shame Sam Robson has chosen England over Australia

Posted April 23, 2014

Chris Rogers knows better than anyone just how good Sam Robson is and the ­Australia batsman predicts a big summer for his fellow ­Middlesex opener.

Rogers’s one regret, though, is that Robson’s expected entrance into the Test arena will be with England and not Australia.

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Football racism; personal or institutional?

Posted March 19, 2014

You may think, if you live in England, enough has been said about Sol Campbell’s extraordinary claim that had he been white he would been an automatic choice as England captain. Despite all those who have rubbished his claims he remains adamant, as he told me, that the colour of his face, as opposed to that of Michael Owen, just did not fit with the FA. All Campbell will budge on was that he did not mean to say he would have led the national side for ten years as originally reported but for a long time during the ten year period he played for his country.

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