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The Anatomy of England: A History in Ten Matches

Jonathan Wilson

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Prose: non-fiction, Football (Soccer, Association football)

'[A] thought-provoking reappraisal of ten key games in England's football history...this book should be required reading for all future England squads.' - Independent on Sunday.

Having invented the game, everything that has followed for England has been something of an anti-climax. There was, of course, the golden summer of 1966, when Alf Ramsey's radicalism in unveiling his wingless wonders in a World Cup quarter-final paid dividends. And there was the great period of English dominance on the world stage, which fell roughly between 1886 and 1900, when England won 35 of their 40 internationals...

But before long foreign teams, with their insistence on progressive 'tactics', began to pose a few questions. And much of what followed for England constituted a series of false dawns (a thrashing of Italy in 1948; one World Cup triumph; the demolition of Holland in Euro '96), muddling through and by and large panicking under pressure. In THE ANATOMY OF ENGLAND award-winning journalist Jonathan Wilson seeks to place the bright spots in the context of the twentieth-century.

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Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson is the Football Correspondent of the Financial Times, and has travelled widely throughout Eastern Europe.

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