Ray Wilson RIPThe FWA sends condolences to family, friends and fans of Ray Wilson, the former Huddersfield and Everton full-back who won the World Cup with England in 1966 and has passed away at the age of 83.
Wilson was an unsung hero on Sir Alf Ramsey's side that beat West Germany at Wembley to lift the World Cup, for which he was later awarded an MBE. He was a tenacious left-back with Huddersfield Town and Everton, who both posted messages of condolence.
FWA Live – last few tickets availableThe last few tickets are available for a special night with Frank Lampard and AlexScott at FWA Live this Thursday. The former England legends will take audience questions on the FA Cup final, World Cup and more. Tickets here: bit.ly/2I1ynFR
Jamie Vardy voted FWA Footballer of the Year 2016
Leicester forward Jamie Vardy is the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year 2016.
The England international collected 36% of members’ votes, making him a clear winner ahead of Foxes' team-mates Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante.
The 29-year-old has scored 24 goals for club and country so far this season, which have helped to put Leicester on the verge of winning the Barclays Premier League title.
“Can you do 30 seconds, Mike?”Henry Winter, Football Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, looks back on the career of BBC chief football correspondent Mike Ingham, who retired after the World Cup.
Football hurtles back with indecent haste, but a friendly face - and familiar voice - will be absent from the Press room for the first time in 30 years.
FWA Tribute to Sir Tom FinneyPhotography: Action Images
Sir Tom Finney will always have a special place in the history of the Football Writers' Association.
He became the seventh player to be voted the Footballer of the Year - in 1954 - and when he topped the poll again three years later, he was the first to win the award twice.
FWA Live: Lumley CastlePhotography: Action Images
BIRD: Moyes didn’t inherit the greatest United team and needs another transfer window to get some deals done
BALL: Referees have a horrendous job that is getting harder and harder
ENGLAND TRAIL BEHIND THE WORLD’S BEST AT ALL LEVELSBy CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
AS ENGLAND prepare to begin their season with a friendly against Scotland, footballwriters.co.uk can reveal they are trailing behind the world’s elite at the highest levels of international football, winning only a third of their games at finals this millennium.
Since 2000, at senior, Under-21, Under-20 and Under-19 levels England have won 29 of 84 games at world and European finals – 34 per cent.
England 0, Brazil 12By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
HERE IS the answer: England none, Brazil 12.
The question is: how many overseas players are in the respective squads for Sunday’s friendly in Rio de Janeiro?
Roy Hodgson bemoans the dwindling number of English players in the Barclays Premier League because of the ever growing foreign legion. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has only half of his squad playing at home. The latest Brazilian export to Europe is Neymar, who this week secured his transfer from Santos to Barcelona,
Mike Collett of Reuters gives his viewpoint on England’s World Cup qualifiersMike Collett of Reuters looks ahead to England's 2014 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
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PATRICK BARCLAY looks at England’s 2014 World Cup qualifying ties against San Marino and MontenegroWIN in Montenegro and England are favourites to qualify
LOSE and there’s an international crisis
By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES
The preparation to the week that will go a long way to shaping England’s 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign could hardly have started worse. Instead of the focus being on an improving and dangerous Montenegro after the lesser demands of San Marino, Riogate has dominated the build-up.