England vs Argentina

England’s second round opponents Argentina had enjoyed a fairly straight forward progression to the 2nd round, advancing as winners of Group H with a 100% record. Somewhat fortuitously Argentina would face their toughest opponents in Group H on matchday 3, at a time when both sides had already guaranteed qualification. Argentina would open their campaign […]

England vs Colombia

Prior to England’s matchday 2 encounter with Romania in Toulouse, Colombia would take on Tunisia at the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier in front of 30,000 spectators. This stadium would hold particular significance for Colombia captain Carlos Valderrama, who was once a Montpellier player between 1988 and 1991. He was no doubt hoping a […]

England vs Romania

Following England’s victory over Tunisia on matchday one, fellow Group G opponents Romania and Colombia would meet at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon. These sides last met at the World Cup in USA in 1994, at which time the Romanian’s would win 3-1 with goals from Hagi & West Ham United legend Florin Raducioiu. […]

England vs Tunisia

When we consider Hoddle’s previous selections throughout the qualification campaign and the form of the players leading into the tournament, this is arguably England’s strongest 11 with one glaring omission. The major talking point in the lead up to this game was the exclusion of David Beckham, who by this stage was a regular for […]