Future England stars of the Football League

During England’s European Championship qualifier with Switzerland last week, The Seventy Two asked Football League fans whether there were any players currently at their club who may play for England one day.

It is rarely that simple, of course. And it was a slightly hypocritical question given the opinion piece published on this very site on the subject of Connor Wickham a couple of months ago.

Nevertheless, here are the …

Early doors #3: Middlesbrough, Reading, Hull City and Norwich City

Prior to the first game, The Seventy Two predicted that the Championship’s final top six would, in order, look like this: Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading, Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Norwich City.

We have already looked in-depth at what Burnley and Forest supporters think of their respective starts to a typically unpredictable season. So what of the rest?

Huge thanks to Middlesbrough fans Mark Forster and Iwan Evans, Reading supporter Russell Hammant, …

First impressions: Norwich City 2 Watford 3

The recent success of sides promoted to the Championship must seem like both a blessing and a curse to Norwich City. While expectations are high due to the standards set by Swansea and Leicester, the two clubs that won League One prior to the Canaries’ triumph, this is not just a burden.

Top-half finishes achieved by those sides must give Paul Lambert’s men real confidence that they can build on …

The Championship goes back to school

Three words that plagued me as a child. You would barely be out of the door for the final time at the start of the summer before those three words would appear in big, bold letters whenever you went anywhere near a shop. Three words that would magically become four when spoken out loud. Back to bloody school.

Alright, fine! I’m coming back, don’t worry! I don’t have much bloody …

Taking the plunge: Championship predictions

Okay, okay. Time to hold the old hands up. There are only twelve names here. A bit of a cop-out, perhaps, but nobody likes to see their team predicted to finish in or around the relegation places before the season kicks off. I’m sure Blackpool fans are already heartily sick of seeing their club’s name in the immediate vicinity of the number 20.

While, sadly, they will probably have no