Runs the popular football tactics website ‘Zonal Marking’ and also writes about football for ESPN, The Guardian and FourFourTwo magazine.
Well, my favourite ever England performance was the 0-0 draw away in Italy in 1997, the game that sealed our qualification for the 1998 World Cup and Paul Ince was particularly good in that match. The amount of blood on his shirt at the end of that game, I don't think he'd have been allowed to continue playing these days! Ince put a positive spin on the stereotypical English football qualities: Character; attitude; leadership; desire. Maybe he didn't have so much in the way of technical quality, but then again I actually think that Ince was always quite underrated in that respect. I remember his performance against Holland in 1996 and he was excellent. And, of course, he was one of the few English players of that era to have the courage to test himself abroad. He is still remembered very fondly by supporters at Internazionale where he played well for three seasons in the 1990s.
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