Eliot Rothwell


Eliot is a freelance football writer who has covered football from England, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine for the Daily Mirror, ESPN FC, Roads & Kingdoms, BBC Radio 5 Live, talkSPORT, and others.
  • Options Thin As Joe Hart Reaches Critical Career Juncture

    It wouldn’t be fair to say that English football has forgotten about Joe Hart. His appearances for Torino are afforded a degree of recognition, usually when a mistake prompts some snark from observers, and there are regular, easy stories speculating about his future. But, he has been put to the side of many people’s minds, not least because he no longer plays in the Premier League. ...

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  • John Terry Is The Last Of England’s Golden Generation Of Centre-Halves

    A few years ago, Premier League defences were dominated by England centre-backs. Going into the 2010 World Cup, England had Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand, Ledley King and John Terry. Two of those defenders are multiple Premier League winners, three won the Champions League in their career and the other is widely regarded as one of the finest defenders Tottenham fans have ever seen. Now, with John Terry set to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, this generation of English centre-backs has come to a definitive close. ...

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  • Is The Lack Of POTY Recognition For Defenders Descriptive Or Oversight?

    When the football season reaches the Easter period, it both begins to wind down and cranks up. The first titles begin to be won and teams start to seal their promotion or relegation fate. But there’s also a heightened urgency, as the serious stages of the biggest competitions get underway and title races reach their denouement. With so much left at stake, it’s an odd time to announce a Player of the Year shortlist, as the PFA have done. ...

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  • Remembering The Human Aspect Within Player Transfers

    Football transfers have their own system of logic. They don’t really fall into the parameters that are associated with any business. The framework used to analyse a footballer changing jobs - moving from one club to another, that is - is not applied to talk about any other profession. ...

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  • Vincent Kompany Rallies Against Injury Nightmare

    It was during a Champions League match against Dynamo Kyiv that things really began to appear serious. Just a few minutes into the first knockout round second-leg, Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany winced, fell to the ground and signalled that he needed to come off. The captain had already missed 27 of City’s 46 games that season and here, just as his comeback was getting underway, his calf problems recurred. At that point, after so many injuries, doubts began to surface about whether Kompany would ever be able to reach his previous levels. ...

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