THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Cristiano Ronaldo: A talent given by the Gods

Our man inside the game on his slightly begrudging admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: The day Big Sam hung Wayne Rooney out to dry

Our man inside the game says that Wayne Rooney has long been finished as a top player

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Finding surprise and cheer in friendly boredom

Our man inside the game struggles to watch international friendles, but this week he tried

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: What do I think of Jose? Where do you start?

Agree with him or not, our man inside the game would pay to listen to Mourinho.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Just another spin on Hammers’ fans cycle of shame

Our man inside the game wonders where the stewards were at the London Stadium.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Arsene and I are desperate for that last spin on the carousel

Our man inside the game on how he lost a friend by betraying his trust and failing to see the big picture.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Football slows down to watch the Sol Campbell car crash

Our man inside the game knows what football runs scared of men like Sol Campbell

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: McDonalds at 5am? Barca is no culture club for Baggies

Our man inside the game has seen plenty of midweek trips to the sun backfire.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Wenger needs to bring order to Arsenal’s naive tactical chaos

There was a time in my career when even as a Tottenham fan I felt that Arsene Wenger was a bit special. Today I feel, probably like Wenger feels, that he is oh so close from putting it all together. The trouble is that he just can’t find the right formula, writes The Secret Footballer.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Football’s outrages are rarely black and white

Afew years ago, I decided to write the third Secret Footballer book. It was meant to be the last of a trilogy that documented my career while shedding light on a game that, for the most part, is a closed shop to the people that worship it: The fans.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Craig Pawson’s overuse of VAR undermined himself

Our man inside the game says video assistants can never replace a referee’s instinct.

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THE SECRET FOOTBALLER: Envy of those more fortunate bad for the soul

Our man inside the game is baffled by rumours of Crouch or Carroll to Chelsea. But he’s no longer bitter

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