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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2020/21 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday


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The premier football podcast from The Times, with the finest writers reviewing and previewing all the action from the 2020/21 season. Hugh Woozencroft, Gregor Robertson and leading football writers from The Times and Sunday Times provide expert analysis of the big issues every Monday and Thursday


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    EURO 2020 | Ep 2 | Get Well Soon, Christian

    EURO 2020 | Ep 2 | Get Well Soon, Christian

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Jonathan Northcroft, Molly Hudson and Ian Hawkey.


    Football took a backseat as everything was put into perspective by Christian Eriksen’s horrific collapse on the pitch. Thankfully, he’s stable in hospital - but should the game have been restarted later in the day? (00:00)


    Did Wales show they have what it takes to replicate their impressive run in 2016 - or are they up against it after a lacklustre start against Switzerland? (11:20)


    England start their Euros campaign against Croatia on Sunday. The evening before kick off, they’ve released a statement and video encouraging fans to get behind the team - but will pre-match booing again be the talking point come full time? (23:00)


    Today’s results:
    Wales 1-1 Switzerland
    Denmark 0-1 Finland
    Belgium 3-0 Russia


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    • 35 min
    EURO 2020 | Ep 1 | When In Rome

    EURO 2020 | Ep 1 | When In Rome

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Clarke, Matt Dickinson and Alyson Rudd.


    Euro 2020 is finally here and so is the first of our special daily episodes of The Game!


    We react to the first game of the tournament as Italy show they mean business, Andrea Bocelli takes us back to Italia ’90 and a miniature remote-controlled car gets way more attention than perhaps it should have (00:00)


    Alyson, Matt and Tom make their pre-tournament predictions and we find out who Tom met in a petrol station while 'scouting' on behalf of England (25:25)


    Today’s result:
    Turkey 0 - 3 Italy


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    • 32 min
    Jose Mourinho Joins Us For Euro 2020

    Jose Mourinho Joins Us For Euro 2020

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Gregor Robertson, Tom Roddy and Jonathan Northcroft.


    Harry Maguire remains a huge doubt for England’s opening match of the Euros against Croatia on Sunday, so how will Gareth Southgate line up? Is there any chance we’ll see four wing-backs on the pitch at the same time as rumours suggest? (00:00)


    Scotland are playing their first tournament for 23 years but do they have what it takes to be the surprise package of Euro 2020? (21:11)


    Hugh is in Baku where Wales play their opening two matches of the tournament. After their impressive performances at Euro 2016 - will Rob Page’s side surprise people again? (29:08)


    Jose Mourinho joins The Times to share his unique insight throughout the finals, both on the podcast and in his exclusive column. ‘The Special One’ picks his players to watch at Euro 2020 (39:43)


    With the first kickoff of the tournament just over a day away, we make our final predictions and there’s a clear favourite.. (44:16)


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    • 55 min
    Ben White Gets Southgate's Call

    Ben White Gets Southgate's Call

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Clarke, Matt Dickinson and Henry Winter.


    England have played their final warm up game ahead of the start of the Euros. What have we learned from those results and was Ben White the right person to replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold? (00:00)


    A minority of fans at both warm up matches booed players taking the knee, despite Gareth Southgate’s request that people respect their right to protest. How will this affect the players at the tournament and why does it keep happening? (18:53)


    England play Croatia on Sunday at Wembley in their first match of Euro 2020. We discuss potential lineups, players who can make a difference and the hopes the fans have for success (32:40)


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    • 58 min
    Warming Up For Euro 2020

    Warming Up For Euro 2020

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Roddy and Jonathan Northcroft.


    England have named their 26 man squad and played their first of two warm up games - so how are they shaping up ahead of Euro 2020 and will they really need four right backs? (00:00)


    Wales had a tough night in Nice - playing most of their 3-0 friendly loss to France with 10-men after Neco Williams was dismissed. Despite that, Gary Jacob joins us to discuss the positives for Rob Page’s side (25:56)


    Scotland were denied a surprise victory in their warm up match against the Netherlands, despite having a number of key players missing. Could they be the surprise package in the tournament? Michael Grant joins us to discuss the positives for Steve Clarke’s side (36:47)


    Aside from the Euros, it’s already an interesting summer in the world of Premier League managers. Who will Everton and Spurs appoint and will it bring them the success they need after disappointing seasons? (40:59)


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    • 58 min
    Kanté Is In A (Champions) League Of His Own

    Kanté Is In A (Champions) League Of His Own

    Hugh Woozencroft is joined by Tom Roddy, Matt Dickinson and Matt Lawton.


    Chelsea won their second Champions League title at the expense of a shell shocked Manchester City. Was N’Golo Kanté the difference? How much of their run should be credited to Frank Lampard or has Thomas Tuchel shown him up with this success? (00:00)


    Why did Pep Guardiola choose to try something completely new in the final of the most important game he’s managed for City? How will the club bounce back from this disappointment? (14:44)


    The final England squad will be announced for EURO 2020 tomorrow - are we any closer to working out which right back is likely to start? The two Matt’s give us the inside story on how they themselves, get the inside story from the England camp (28:14)


    After heartbreak last season, Brentford were finally promoted to the top flight - does this prove the changes to the club’s structure were a success? (52:14)


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    • 58 min

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