THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

23 June ~ Interventionist Football Deity cannot influence events because he doesn't exist. If he did he'd probably support smaller nations, especially those with a reasonably ethical foreign policy and good beer. Obviously, due to his non-existence, it's impossible for him to get involved in the Ireland v Italy final group game…

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22 June ~ It's vitally important for England to win Group B so they will have potentially easier games in the knockout phase of Euro 2016. But Roy's magic hair comes up with some surprising ideas for the final group game against Slovakia. What can it mean? Has his hair been tampered with? And how quickly can Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere become the new Xavi and Iniesta?

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20 June ~ We all know that the Interventionist Football Deity doesn't really exist – but that doesn't stop players and managers trying to contact him at various key moments.

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18 June ~ Before the game against Wales, Roy Hodgson's laid back style was contrasted with Chris Coleman's more passionate approach. Here is an analysis of Roy's deft tactical manoeuvrings as he plots to outsmart the opposition. It takes a rare mind to be able to tweak a team with such insight.

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16 June ~ There was something magical in the Austria v Hungary fixture. The beauty of the early group games in big tournaments is that sometimes you just don't know who to support - do you choose the country of Hans Krankl or the country of Laszlo Balint? The one with the least right wing head of state? Or make a choice based on the fact that you'd once got wrecked with a member of that country's wrestling team after the fall of the Iron Curtain? It's tricky.

14 June ~ A look at how Roy Hodgson took the advice of his magic hair and put Wayne Rooney in midfield in the first match against Russia. However, right at the end of the game he went against the advice of his hair and made a fateful error.

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11 June ~ Here's an alternative to the "official" musical introduction for Euro 2016.

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11 June ~ Tonight’s Group B clash will be the first time England have met Russia at a major tournament, having only previously played them in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. England did, however, play the Soviet Union in plenty of important fixtures prior to its dissolution in 1991, including at two European Championships.

The first came in the third-place play-off in 1968 after world champions England had lost 1-0 to Yugoslavia in the semi-final. Meanwhile, the Soviet Union had been denied a place in the final by a coin toss in the semis, with Italy captain Giacinto Facchetti calling correctly after a 0-0 draw. Bobby Charlton put England ahead after 39 minutes in Rome, before Geoff Hurst took advantage of a slip in the Soviet defence to make is 2-0 midway through the second half.

At Euro 88 the outlook was very different. England had lost both matches in Group Two, 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland and 3-1 to Holland, before meeting the unbeaten Soviet Union. England were not up to the task against the tournament’s eventual runners-up, going behind to a Sergei Aleinikov goal after just three minutes. Tony Adams levelled with a head 13 minutes later but Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko and Viktor Pasulko put an end to a miserable England campaign. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, beat Italy 2-0 in the semi-final before losing 2-0 to Holland – who they had beaten in the group stage – in the final.

3 June ~ Roy Hodgson uses his magic hair to get some tactical ideas for England's Euro 2016 warm-up game against Portugal at Wembley… but it's very confusing. What can it mean?

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