A freelance football journalist, writer and author. He writes about football for ESPN, The Mirror, the New Paper and is the author of ‘Football Manager Stole My Life’.
My first World Cup memory is from June 1986 and it's of my dad and his mate being particularly scathing about the England team. Bobby Robson's side had lost their first game to Portugal, drawn with Morocco and, from the array of new words I learned that night, they weren't expected to do any better against Poland, who had after all stopped them from going to the World Cup just 13 years earlier. What they didn't consider was Gary Lineker, Everton's resident goal-muncher, who blew them away with a first half hat-trick. More goals would follow in the second round where he picked up two against Paraguay as I watched, cross-legged and awestruck on the floor in my pyjamas. For an impressionable eight year old, this was a life-changing experience. I've never seen an England striker since who has looked so consistently likely to score.
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