7 November ~ Rio Ferdinand has been left out of England's squad for the forthcoming friendlies but Frank Lampard and John Terry are there, as always. The undroppable international player is not a new phenomenon, of course, as Barney Ronay reflected in WSC 243 (May 2007)

The England team have always had problems. Reassuringly, they always seem to be the same ones. Here, in no particular order, are a few old favourites: obsession with long-ball football; the poor technique of players; rigid adherence to a 4-4-2 formation; players don’t like running around in the heat; ­everyone gets injured all the time; terrible at penalties; manager gleefully hounded from office. Read more

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