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Author Archive for Eni Aluko

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England or Ireland? Declan Rice’s difficult decision was about identity | Eni Aluko

Many people believe it is about picking a county and sticking with it but when your heritage is dual it is trickyIt was intriguing to see the mixed reaction to Declan Rice’s decision to commit his international future to England over the Republic of Ir…

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Something may be shifting mentally at Liverpool. How will they respond? | Eni Aluko

As much as footballers and managers say they’re focusing on themselves, I can guarantee after the West Ham draw the players were thinking: ‘That’s it, City go top on Wednesday’Manchester City top the table again, for the first time since they lost agai…

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Callum Hudson-Odoi transfer request signals growing European trend | Eni Aluko

Chelsea want to keep the forward despite his request to join Bayern, but why not let a talented player develop in Europe?Callum Hudson-Odoi’s decision to lodge a transfer request this week after Bayern Munich’s £35m bid is a sign of changing times and …

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Maurizio Sarri is playing a dangerous game with criticism of Chelsea players | Eni Aluko

Going public can have an adverse effect and Sarri’s candour is surprising given recent Chelsea managers’ experienceChelsea started their league season with five successive victories and went unbeaten until late November. There was a lot of positive tal…

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Manchester United need to ask: can Solskjær win us the Champions League? | Eni Aluko

When it comes to their next full-time manager, United really need to make a ‘head’ rather than ‘heart’ decisionI’ve been intrigued to see the reaction to Manchester United’s win against Spurs at the weekend, with lots of supporters and pundits already …

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Mauricio Pochettino should reject United and make history at Spurs

Why take on a rebuilding job in Manchester when he could win Tottenham the title for the first time in almost 60 years with a little help from the board?Mauricio Pochettino knows he is the most coveted manager in football right now. I can only describe…

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Mauricio Pochettino should reject United and make history at Spurs

Why take on a rebuilding job in Manchester when he could win Tottenham the title for the first time in almost 60 years with a little help from the board?Mauricio Pochettino knows he is the most coveted manager in football right now. I can only describe…

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Ordering a plate of dog means I need to raise my game speaking Italian | Eni Aluko

Signing for Juventus was among the personal highlights of 2018, a year that saw progress on many fronts but not racismThe turn of the year left behind 12 months to remember personally on and off the field but also from a wider perspective in football.O…

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Sterling’s racism ordeal was ugly but reaction has been oddly instructive | Eni Aluko

Fallout from the Manchester City forward’s complaint about the media scrutiny black players face has been hearteningThis week could be a eureka moment for football. Most of the reaction to Raheem Sterling’s claims that parts of the media have racially …

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Ada Hegerberg’s Ballon d’Or reactions echoed class she shows on pitch | Eni Aluko

The Norwegian’s powerful, inspiring speech gave me goose bumps and the award’s worthy winner dealt with Martin Solveig’s casual sexism magnificentlyWhen I was a young girl I had to deal with people calling me weird and strange because I spent so much t…

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Mourinho has a point about young players – but he should trust them more | Eni Aluko

Youngsters today are not as ready for first-team action as they used to be. However José Mourinho should treat those who do break through, such as Marcus Rashford, with more respectThere’s been a lot of debate this week about the difference between you…

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Jadon Sancho should play for under-21s not England seniors next summer | Eni Aluko

When you consider playing time and impact, the 18-year-old would gain more from the European Under-21 Championship in Italy than the Nations League finals in PortugalThe Nations League groups came to a close this week and it was fantastic to see Englan…

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Slavisa Jokanovic deserved more time to transform Fulham’s fortunes | Eni Aluko

All too often the very manager who brought success is the one who makes way at the first bump in the roadThe fact we had entered November and not seen a single manager sacked in the Premier League made for a refreshing change. All too often, dismissals…

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Manchester United’s Turin win could be turning point for José Mourinho | Eni Aluko

United’s Champions League thriller at Juventus was memorable and not just for another Cristiano Ronaldo specialA definite perk of living in Turin and playing for Juventus is being able to go and watch games at the Allianz Stadium. Champions League nigh…

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Hats off to Arsenal’s manager – not just Emery but Montemurro too | Eni Aluko

Unai Emery’s mix of grit and total football has rejuvenated Arsenal but his start to the season does not match that overseen by Joe Montemurro with the women’s teamHaving lived in London for a long time I have a lot of friends who are Arsenal fans and,…

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Social media abuse of Karen Carney shows companies have to get serious | Eni Aluko

The sort of abuse thrown at Karen Carney needs to be tackled by Instagram and co in the way that racist abuse at a game leads to a lifetime ban or a game behind closed doorsI was really disappointed to see the abuse directed at Karen Carney last week b…

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Raheem Sterling and England show value of fearlessness in Spain | Eni Aluko

Raheem Sterling looked almost carefree in Spain and the team need to keep this upEngland delivered an impressive display against Spain on Monday and it was kickstarted by an impressive opening goal from Raheem Sterling. I was delighted for him. Few, if…

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Jadon Sancho has followed a path that more English talents should take | Eni Aluko

Borussia Dortmund’s brilliant 18-year-old winger has sent a message to players such as Marcus Rashford that going overseas does not mean being overlooked by Gareth SouthgateEngland return to Nations League action on Friday and there is one player I am …

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Neville’s pet project amuses but England Women need goals for glory | Eni Aluko

Phil Neville knows the names of his players’ pet dogs, but with the World Cup looming his squad need to be more clinical on the field – and to have space for themselves off itEngland face two big tests in their preparations for the World Cup when they …

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Fifa must do more to highlight the quality in the women’s game | Eni Aluko

Fifa got the Luka Modric decision right at the Best awards but naming Marta as the women’s best sends the wrong signalsFifa’s annual Best awards were held in London on Monday and it is fair to say they have created much debate. I can see why and no mor…