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Author Archive for Barney Ronay

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Gareth Southgate and England have become victims of the blame game

There is a schism between players, manager and the team’s core fanbase but a win against Croatia may buy some goodwill“These were the new horror days of a nation that was all played out, a nation of riot and yobbery, a nation with a ridiculous governme…

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England’s policy of living for tomorrow has left Test team adrift in vagueness | Barney Ronay

This is a weirdly muddled England Test side, planning for the Ashes while the best team in the world are in townAdam Gilchrist’s autobiography True Colours: My Story is one of the great “unreliable narrator” sports books. Not because there’s a single f…

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Cursed and compromised but Euro 2020’s irresistible circus rolls on | Barney Ronay

Beset by greed and corporate influence, only one thing can save football from football and that is the game itself, something that retains its peculiar powerWelcome, then, to the damned Euros. Even in the middle of a wider run of bodged and compromised…

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England must choose between pace and technique in their forward planning | Barney Ronay

The speed of Sterling and Rashford had seemed the default option in support of Kane, but can Southgate afford to leave the skills of Foden and Grealish on the substitutes’ bench?Welcome to the month of living dangerously. At the end of the strangest, m…

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Pretending that booing England is about ‘keeping politics out’ is cowardly | Barney Ronay

This shameful and hurtful act in response to taking the knee before the game only adds to the fraught buildup to Euro 2020Romania’s players agreed to take the knee for the first time at the Riverside Stadium as a gesture of solidarity with their Englis…

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Pretending that booing England is about ‘keeping politics out’ is cowardly | Barney Ronay

This shameful and hurtful act in response to taking the knee before the game only adds to the fraught buildup to Euro 2020Romania’s players agreed to take the knee for the first time at the Riverside Stadium as a gesture of solidarity with their Englis…

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Pretending that booing England is about ‘keeping politics out’ is cowardly | Barney Ronay

This shameful and hurtful act in response to taking the knee before the game only adds to the fraught buildup to Euro 2020Romania’s players agreed to take the knee for the first time at the Riverside Stadium as a gesture of solidarity with their Englis…

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Pretending that booing England is about ‘keeping politics out’ is cowardly | Barney Ronay

This shameful and hurtful act in response to taking the knee before the game only adds to the fraught buildup to Euro 2020Romania’s players agreed to take the knee for the first time at the Riverside Stadium as a gesture of solidarity with their Englis…

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Pretending that booing England is about ‘keeping politics out’ is cowardly | Barney Ronay

This shameful and hurtful act in response to taking the knee before the game only adds to the fraught buildup to Euro 2020Romania’s players agreed to take the knee for the first time at the Riverside Stadium as a gesture of solidarity with their Englis…

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Pretending that booing England is about ‘keeping politics out’ is cowardly | Barney Ronay

This shameful and hurtful act in response to taking the knee before the game only adds to the fraught buildup to Euro 2020Romania’s players agreed to take the knee for the first time at the Riverside Stadium as a gesture of solidarity with their Englis…

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The need for speed: Mark Wood deserves his moment of supremacy | Barney Ronay

The world’s quickest bowler is also England’s best and remains an impossibly likable everyday sporting heroSpeed has always been a fascination in sport, from the first Olympic event, the Stadion – essentially an oiled-up naked foot race – to the sense …

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Das Team offer bruising, bothersome test on weird evening for England

Austria’s gritty bunch of footballers provided a bitty test for England in a friendly which turned into a draining occasionThere was one luminous moment on an otherwise frantic, and frankly quite weird night for England’s footballers at the Riverside S…

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Das Team offer bruising, bothersome test on weird evening for England

Austria’s gritty bunch of footballers provided a bitty test for England in a friendly which turned into a draining occasionThere was one luminous moment on an otherwise frantic, and frankly quite weird night for England’s footballers at the Riverside S…

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Das Team offer bruising, bothersome test on weird evening for England

Austria’s gritty bunch of footballers provided a bitty test for England in a friendly which turned into a draining occasionThere was one luminous moment on an otherwise frantic, and frankly quite weird night for England’s footballers at the Riverside S…

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England an impossible job no more given talent at Southgate’s disposal | Barney Ronay

Manager has a glut of defenders and a front line of rare skill – how he balances his options will determine Euro 2020 fateAlea iacta est. The die, after endless beard-scratching permutation, is cast. Squad chemistry has been distilled, club finals wait…

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Tawanda Muyeye: asylum seeker who could become ‘best cricketer in the world’

The 20-year-old, who has just won right to remain in the UK, has been pro for only six weeks, but his flashing hands and easy style are making waves in the sportTawanda Muyeye is one of those cricketers you tend to hear stories about. From the thousand…

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This all-English Champions League final is actually an all-Pep affair | Barney Ronay

Manchester City’s manager has been a substantial influence on Thomas Tuchel and on football far beyond such a gilded matchWelcome, European friends, to the Premier-Champions League final, brought to you this year by Manchester City, Chelsea and our ser…

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This all-English Champions League final is actually an all-Pep affair | Barney Ronay

Manchester City’s manager has been a substantial influence on Thomas Tuchel and on football far beyond such a gilded matchWelcome, European friends, to the Premier-Champions League final, brought to you this year by Manchester City, Chelsea and our ser…

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Benoît Paire is trapped inside tennis as sport’s lockdown king of pain | Barney Ronay

The Frenchman keeps on playing, keeps on losing his matches and keeps on losing his temper. And he is not going to stop Every man has a breaking point. You have one. So do I. Clearly Benoît Paire has reached his. Actually, it seems as if he got there a…

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Benoît Paire is trapped inside tennis as sport’s lockdown king of pain | Barney Ronay

The Frenchman keeps on playing, keeps on losing his matches and keeps on losing his temper. And he is not going to stop Every man has a breaking point. You have one. So do I. Clearly Benoît Paire has reached his. Actually, it seems as if he got there a…