How Kobbie Mainoo could fix England's oldest problem at Euro 2024

Kobbie Mainoo of England during the international friendly match between England and Brazil at Wembley Stadium on March 23, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images) Euro 2024
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Hold your nose for the honking takes and browse social media during an England game. You’ll see thousands – literally thousands – of identical posts about Gareth Southgate being “too negative”, “holding the team back” and “always picking his favourites”.

Yet England will go into a major tournament this summer as one of the bookmakers’ favourites, alongside Didier Deschamps’ France, with probably their most aggressive system in generations and a starting XI that doesn’t seem finalised.

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Adam Clery

Adam published his first article for FourFourTwo in 2015, but didn’t publish his second until seven years later in 2022. A figure that would put him near the top end of any ranking for Longest Time Between Appearances For One Club. In the time between he plied his trade as both a writer and presenter on YouTube, earning the dubious distinction of being “The James Milner of WhatCulture”. Be that because he was capable of playing any role, or just because it felt like he’d been around forever, depends on who you ask. And yes, that is him from the Football Manager documentary and, no, he doesn’t want to talk about it.