Tag Archives: England

Jordan Pickford on his goalkeeping heroes: De Gea, Lloris, Hart and Schmeichel

Thanks, Jordan

Monsieur Salut writes: we’ve acclaimed Jermain Defoe. So has the country at large. Pete Sixsmith’s Observer Q+A talked of a man who, at Sunderland AFC, had enhanced his reputation as a striker and – through his quite beautiful bond with Bradley Lowery – as a man. Pete’s piece, reproduced in expanded form here, briefly mentioned […]

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Observed: Defoe’s England glory, Sunderland’s endless gloom

Jermain: a star for both clubs

First, heartiest congratulations to Jermain Defoe, for opening the England scoring with a trademark finish against Lithuania. In a wretched season for Sunderland, he has brought rare shafts of bright light. And recalled by Gareth Southgate after 1,465 days in the international wilderness, he ‘rolled back the years to show England what they have missed,’ […]

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England expects and so do we: why Jermain Defoe fully merits his call-up

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Just in case anyone would wonder what Jermain Defoe has been doing on the pitch, here are a few stats which explain exactly why Gareth Southgate is so perfectly right in recalling him to the England squad.  Data courtesy of EA SPORTS (more…)

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Hail Jermain Defoe, Sunderland and – once more – England

Jermain: to be remembered fondly

Among the things it seemed impossible to believe, Jermain Defoe’s England recall was up there with “of course the pound will recover from Brexit” and “Sunderland won’t go down”. Monsieur Salut can live, just, with the former being a somewhat improbable development – while allowing himself a mischievous chuckle at what’s it’s done to Magaluf […]

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Pickford and Kone: must-keeps or let-goes to Everton, West Ham, elsewhere?

or KANT BE BOTHERED?

Not the player of last season anyway.

Monsieur Salut says: the international break makes me twitchy. No serious interest in the football, lots of time to worry about Sunderland. So let’s have a poll … Are we, then, resigned to Jordan Pickford becoming another Jordan Henderson, red-and-white through and through but grasping, understandably, at opportunities higher up the footballing ladder than where […]

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A hearty cheer for Jordan Pickford. In tomorrow’s squad, England’s future No 1?

Thanks, Jordan

Even a site that professes relatively little interest – on the part of its main contributors – in international football can stand back and applaud when England call up a player who is not only a Sunderland team member but “one of our own”. Jordan Pickford therefore carries Salut! Sunderland‘s warmest congratulations into Tuesday’s World […]

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Allardyce’s broken England dream: dodgy entrapment or just deserts

Sam took the club by the scruff of the neck - just like he did with The Moose

Monsieur Salut writes: Despite far too many decades as a journalist (three of them with The Daily Telegraph), I have serious misgivings about sting operations. They may sometimes uncover genuine malpractice but, among a number of concerns, I wonder who polices the stinger, in this case the Telegraph. This newspaper has after all spent several […]

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Taylor Made: a cynical look at the A to Z of footballers’ origins

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Bill Taylor remembers someone says football becoming like watching their Italians play your Italians. If he is right about the authorship of the quote – he thinks Len Shackleton may have said it – and a quick internet search did not help – imagine what Shack would have made of today’s Premier League. Bill wonders whether […]

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Big Sam Poll: amid FA dithering, are Sunderland entitled to closure?

Jake's take on Big Sam: 'another prep-season threatening to go tits up'

Apologies for typos that appeared in an earlier version: an unedited draft somehow managed to replace the finished article and this remained in place, with spelling mistakes, until spotted … No one knows, or no one is saying, when the FA’s three wise men will put us out of our misery, and end the damaging […]

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Big Sam and England: oh, won’t you stay?

Sam Allardyce - a Sunderland love story that ended in tears

So within a day of an unnamed Sunderland AFC source assuring The Northern Echo and presumably others that Sam Allardyce’s abrupt departure from the Austrian trainingcamp had nothing to do with the England job, he pops up at the Cheshire home of David Gill, FA vice-chairman and one of the three wise men deciding who […]

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Vito Mannone’s proud, emotional farewell to Sunderland (fans) as he joins Reading

And as the Countdown stalls at the first hurdle Benno is less than impressed with Don Vito's distribution..

The news that Vito Mannone was leaving came as Sunderland prepared for the friendly win at Hartlepool. In itself, it […]

West Ham Champions of the Premier League (table of season ticket affordability)

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  John McCormick writes: I get regular abuse banter from certain people who believe Anfield is a good value, top-class stadium. […]

Sixer’s Soapboax from Hartlepool: Grayson’s work in progress

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M Salut writes: at a chilly Victoria Park last night, Pete Sixsmith took a good look at the 17 players […]

On Sunderland beating Hartlepool 2-1 and Mannone ‘heading for Reading’

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This is not really Sixer’s Sevens, much as it relies on Pete Sixsmith’s reflections from Victoria Park, where Sunderland’s pre-season […]

Can Simon Grayson’s ruthless streak help Sunderland back to the Premier League?

... through the Championship, we're on our way?

At Salut! Sunderland, we do not necessarily long to hear the thoughts of Leeds United supporters. Their lot aren’t especially […]

Birmingham, Wolves, Brentford, Forest, Cardiff, Preston, QPR and Ipswich go missing from our poll

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I have to say I’m a bit surprised by the poll results to date. ‘Boro being top is reasonable. They […]