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People have fallen for women’s football. We must ensure it’s a long-term relationship | Eni Aluko

The future of the women’s game has never looked brighter but keeping fans interested after the World Cup is vital to its growthThe Women’s World Cup has been a tournament we will look back on as the point when all of our longstanding expectation of wha…

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People have fallen for women’s football. We must ensure it’s a long-term relationship | Eni Aluko

The future of the women’s game has never looked brighter but keeping fans interested after the World Cup is vital to its growthThe Women’s World Cup has been a tournament we will look back on as the point when all of our longstanding expectation of wha…

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Phil Neville’s tactical mistakes led to England’s World Cup exit against USA | Eni Aluko

The England coach should not have changed a winning formation that put key players out of positionI have incredible admiration for USA and the determination they possess as a unit of 23 players and staff to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Win…

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England were brilliant against Norway but must be wary of overconfidence | Eni Aluko

England dismantled Norway with a high-calibre display but it is too early to be getting carried away given the quality of semi-final opposition that awaitsWhat an exceptional performance England produced in their quarter-final victory over Norway. It m…

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Women’s football cannot – and should not – be judged on one wild game

The Cameroon players deserve criticism but when male players behave despicably we seem to judge individuals rather than the whole sportSome of the behaviour we saw from Cameroon’s players and their coach in their game against England was shocking, but …

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VAR is penalising goalkeepers unfairly at the Women’s World Cup | Eni Aluko

Scotland and Nigeria have suffered from the strict enforcement at penalties which is doing the competition no favoursI can only imagine the emotions felt by the Scotland players when their dreams of qualification for the knockout rounds died on Wednesd…

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Tough World Cup start for England has set them up nicely for latter stages | Eni Aluko

Phil Neville has been making all the right decisions but it is important he brings Millie Bright back to face JapanThanks to a brilliant performance from Vanina Correa in the Argentina goal England’s task on Friday turned out to be more difficult than …

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It would have been a bigger disrespect if USA had not celebrated all 13 goals | Eni Aluko

Criticism of the World Cup defending champions has been widespread since they thumped lowly Thailand by a record score in Tuesday’s group gameI have to say I’ve been surprised to see some of the reaction to the USA team’s celebrations during the 13?0 w…

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Nikita Parris the outstanding performer in England’s assured start | Eni Aluko

Because of the rivalry, Scotland are probably the toughest test for Phil Neville’s side in the group stage so to start the World Cup with a 2-1 win represents a job well doneAs World Cup opening matches go, I thought it was a very assured and professio…

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If England can handle great expectations they can capture the country’s heart | Eni Aluko

This summer’s tournament is potentially the most open World Cup ever and England have every chance of going all the wayWorld Cup fever is almost here and I am very excited for the games to get started. It’s now almost 12 years since I played in my firs…

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If England can handle great expectations they can capture the country’s heart | Eni Aluko

This summer’s tournament is potentially the most open World Cup ever and England have every chance of going all the wayWorld Cup fever is almost here and I am very excited for the games to get started. It’s now almost 12 years since I played in my firs…

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Midfield can give Liverpool edge over Tottenham in final reckoning | Eni Aluko

The relentless pressure to win the ball high up the pitch gives Jürgen Klopp’s engine room a different kind of creativityWhat a Champions League final we have in store. I am in Madrid and visited the Wanda Metropolitano day and there was already an ant…

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Miracles, plot twists and last-day drama to come – what a week of football | Eni Aluko

Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs provided three remarkable nights – and the Premier League climax is next upThis week football has improvised the perfect movie script, full of fight, heart, desire, determination, tears of anguish, tears of joy, uns…

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Miracles, plot twists and last-day drama to come – what a week of football | Eni Aluko

Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs provided three remarkable nights – and the Premier League climax is next upThis week football has improvised the perfect movie script, full of fight, heart, desire, determination, tears of anguish, tears of joy, uns…

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West Ham Women must handle FA Cup final occasion to shock Manchester City | Eni Aluko

In women’s football, where you’re not used to big crowds, mindset can be the difference between winning and losingFrom when I was young the FA Cup final has always been the key date in the diary for women’s football. When I won it for the first time in…

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If Liverpool finish second the impact will be psychologically devastating | Eni Aluko

It could be now or never for Klopp’s side with Manchester City looking so strong and Spurs likely to challenge next seasonWe’ve all been celebrating at Juventus this week after both the men and the women sealed our respective Serie A titles on Sunday. …

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Three English sides in the Champions League semi-finals appears possible | Eni Aluko

One of Tottenham or Manchester City will definitely go through and Liverpool have the easiest opponents which leaves only Manchester United, who need to win in BarcelonaThese have been a memorable few weeks for Tottenham. I have not been to their stadi…

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Ole needs a sporting director with United in his veins – Gary Neville | Eni Aluko

Ole Gunnar Solskjær could do with help at Manchester United and Gary Neville is a club legend with business experienceIn the week Ole Gunnar Solskjær was confirmed as Manchester United’s permanent manager, I’ve been in New York to complete my executive…

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Raheem Sterling is a better player but is still the man the media criticised | Eni Aluko

Praise for Raheem Sterling for his displays and his standing up to racial abuse is welcome but as a person he hasn’t really changed. Early perceptions of him were wrongOnce again there has been lots of media focus on Raheem Sterling this week, though a…

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Sponsors queue up behind fans in huge week for women’s football | Eni Aluko

Hot on the heels of more than 60,000 attending a game in Spain, Barclays announced its £10m sponsorship of WSLWith record attendances, multimillion-pound sponsorship deals and global brand announcements, this has been a monumental week for women’s foot…