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Matthew Syed: Coaching the mind as well as the feet is vital for England

Football, at its best, is a game of intelligence. I am thinking of the turn and take of Andrés Iniesta against Paris Saint-Germain last year, how the Spaniard not only had the dexterity to control a ball, but caressed it into his stride, head up, already scanning the field ahead, computing the possibilities, the ball…
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Whose game is it anyway?

Many have argued over recent years how the decline of street football has hampered the development of creative players. This is because street football gives players the freedom to make their own decisions, improvise and learn through trail and error without interference from an outside body. Some of the most creative players in world football today grew up playing street football. Messi, Aguero and Suarez to name but a few…

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