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James Carruthers is a football writer and an expert on the English game. Having studied the sport for over a decade, James dedicates his knowledge of the beautiful game and his background in sport science to analysing and summarising the key incidents defining modern-day football.

If Bolton can change, England certainly can

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Under the influence of Owen Coyle, Bolton Wanderers have spent this season surprising and dazzling onlookers with their new found appreciation for flowing football. The reinvention of the Trotters is a fantastic example of how a manager can transform a team by instilling belief and direction in his players; two things the English national side are in desperate need of.

Let Holloway manage as he sees fit; it worked for McCarthy

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Ian Holloway's impassioned defence of his team selection for the game with Aston Villa is reminiscent of Mick McCarthy's staunch belief that he was right to do the same thing versus Manchester United last year. Both managers should have the right to manage as they see fit and at the end of the year be accountable for their decisions

Did Clattenburg really make one of the worst refereeing decisions ever?

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There was only one talking point from the weekend’s action. Described by Harry Redknapp as one of the worst refereeing decisions ever, Mark Clattenburg’s ruling that Nani’s goal versus Tottenham should stand has incited debate ever since. Was it ...that bad a decision, or was it even a bad decision? See More

Early season tales; can City, Arsenal, United and Tottenham stop Chelsea?

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It is often said that you can begin to make sense of the league table after 10 games. With nine games played we are more or less at that point, but are we any the wiser as to how the season will unfold?

Liverpool performances debilitated by boardroom disease

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Whilst the fight for control of Liverpool continues, it is no wonder that their performances on the park suffer. Boardroom disease has contributed to deterioration and the loss of Premier League status at other clubs in the past; Liverpool need a swift resolution

Malicious Tackles: Accountability will make players better

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Dutch national coach Bert van Marwijk has left Nigel DeJong out of his latest squad following the Manchester City midfielder's tackle on Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa. It is a bold decision but one that may ultimately benefit football and De Jong himself.

Michael Owen; caught between a bench and a League title

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Michael Owen has hit the goal trail in Manchester United's last two games but still faces a battle for a regular starting spot at Old Trafford. Life on the bench is the price he must pay to fulfil an ambition.

Fabregas & Milner – Ideal professional footballers?

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Premier League footballers have made front page news recently, but there are some who have maintained their football focus and continued to write the back page headlines regardless of their personal issues.