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England have a much better squad than people think: Kenny Sansom

England have a much better squad than people think: Kenny Sansom

Kenny Sansom gives ZapSportz his exclusive take on England's two World Cup qualifiers and his view on players managing their behaviour. England’s first half against Malta was average. We hit the Malta defenders with crosses, but we weren't good enough. We...read more »

Alli’s England disciplinary case suggests banter is no defence

Alli’s England disciplinary case suggests banter is no defence

FIFA’s decision to open disciplinary proceedings against Dele Alli suggests that on-pitch gestures cannot be passed off as banter. Alli was spotted on ITV’s live broadcast of England v Slovakia, offering a one-finger salute at an unspecified target, late in the...read more »

Ozil, Sanchez and Lacazette need to click now for fragile Arsenal

Ozil, Sanchez and Lacazette need to click now for fragile Arsenal

Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette have the perfect chance to begin a prolific partnership for Arsenal, against Bournemouth on Saturday. An uncomfortable transfer window and a shabby start to the season have seen the Gunners beaten twice in three games, amidst...read more »

Have Arsenal simply lost the games they’d normally lose anyway?

Have Arsenal simply lost the games they’d normally lose anyway?

Arsenal had a terrible transfer window and an awful start to the season, according to many. But does that bear scrutiny? The Gunners' transfer strategy certainly appeared to be a mess, with a late debacle for trying to sell Alexis Sanchez...read more »

England’s 1966 World Cup glory has spoilt us

England’s 1966 World Cup glory has spoilt us

England winning the World Cup in 1966 created false expectations that we are up there with the best of them and only capable of losing to our peers. Only yer Germanys, yer Brazils, yer Italys (how many of them are there?),...read more »

Crystal Palace need to play with two strikers – Frank de Boer has to give Christian Benteke a partner, says Kenny Sansom

Crystal Palace need to play with two strikers – Frank de Boer has to give Christian Benteke a partner, says Kenny Sansom

Following Liverpool away, Crystal Palace have two home games inside four days. Zapsportz columnist Kenny Sansom gives us his take on his old club - and others - and what it means to be going back to Selhurst Park on...read more »

This Neymar deal leaves me gobsmacked. It’s like 200 of me! Kenny Sansom exclusive!

This Neymar deal leaves me gobsmacked. It’s like 200 of me! Kenny Sansom exclusive!

Hi again everyone, I’ve been sober for over two weeks now and long may it continue. I did a dinner in Exeter last Thursday, at a small football club, Cullompton Rangers. It was lovely. I went through some of my...read more »

I’m determined to turn my life around, without alcohol – says new Zaps columnist Kenny Sansom: exclusive

I’m determined to turn my life around, without alcohol – says new Zaps columnist Kenny Sansom: exclusive

Hello everyone. I’m Kenny Sansom and if you stopped anyone in the street, they’d probably tell you that I’m known for two things: my career as a professional footballer and, unfortunately, for my struggles with alcohol since I retired. You will...read more »