The Americans call it “The Big Mo”.
It’s a political term to describe which candidate is suddenly picking up the force in an election race.
And I believe that Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo deserves some of the credit for England’s inspiring run in the Euro-Championships because he introduced “Big Mo” into football last season.
And I’m certain that Roy Hodgson will have taken managerial inspiration from the achievements of the Stamford Bridge boss.
The Italian coach was the shock super-success story of the domestic season and all the circumstances he had to cope with are exactly ...
You might find this hard to believe but I’ve spent the hours after England’s fabulous victory in Kiev battling against the doom-mongers who can only find negativity in our thrilling performance.
What is wrong with these people. Texts, tweets and e-mails have been hitting my machine with the most ridiculous messages. The “ne’er do-gooders” seem to have three principle complaints.
1. The Swedish team was the weakest we have seen for 30 years.
2. Theo Walcott’s performance was just a freak of nature.
3. Wayne Rooney won’t be worth his place against the Ukraine.
It was a brilliant result for England.
I don’t care what some of the doubters are saying – that the game was dull and we did not show enough adventure.
The team have filled their boots with confidence after their draw with France – and I’m certain that will propel them through the group games to a certain quarter-final tie.
And manager Roy Hodgson should now field exactly the same team for our next game against Sweden for continuity and confidence purposes.
The one point from the opening game is not the only benefit of the result. What matters when ...
Wow, what a start for Russia and the Euro Championships. The Ruskies are no longer the dark horses as I have described them. They’ve got to be one of the front-runners now – particularly as they’re in historic Iron Curtain territory.
Holland 4 Denmark 1.
I’m not sure why the Danes are even going to turn up. Group B has been labelled the group of death. I reckon Denmark are already the first corpse of the competition. If I were them I’d stay at home and keep turning out the bacon. I ...
Shouldn’t somebody at UEFA be having a word with the Polish authorities and pointing out that there are much worse behaved fans in Europe these days than the English?
Over the past four international tournaments our fans have not caused any problems at all despite the fact that they travel in much greater numbers than any other supporters in the world.
The authorities in South Africa, Germany and Portugal never had any problems with those swathed in the flag of St. George whilst we didn’t qualify for Austria and Switzerland – something that was rued by those two countries ...