Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

Analysis and opinion from our chief football writer

About Phil

Phil has covered football on regional and national newspapers since... Read more about Phil McNulty the late 80s and has been BBC Sport's Chief Football Writer since July 2000.

He has covered World Cups for the BBC in Japan and South Korea, Germany and South Africa as well as European Championships in France, Portugal and Poland and Ukraine.

Born in Liverpool, Phil attended De La Salle Grammar School which later had England striker Wayne Rooney as its most famous ex-pupil.

Phil's main brief is covering the Premier League, England and the Champions League and he can also be heard giving his analysis on BBC Radio 5 live, Radio Four and the World Service.

He has been included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

It has been a difficult start to the season for Ronald Koeman

Reality bites for Koeman's Everton

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When Everton released a 62-second video clip on 9 July announcing Wayne Rooney's return after 13 years, optimism levels at Goodison Park were scaling heights unheard of in years.

Everton's board had moved swiftly and efficiently to secure the signings manager Ronald Koeman wanted with Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane and Sandro Ramirez already on the payroll at a cost of £90m by the time the Prodigal Son made his way back down the M62 from Manchester United.

Frank de Boer and Steve Parish

Muddled thinking - but the right call?

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Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish posted on social media on Sunday to offer a message to supporters following a fourth straight Premier League defeat without a goal under new manager Frank de Boer.

The words were measured after the 1-0 loss at Burnley: "Some sense! We are four games in. It's a terrible start but we have to stick together."

Mo Salah consoles Sadio Mane following his red card

'Liverpool loss must be put in context'

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Liverpool's bright start to the Premier League season came crashing down to earth from the heights of the scintillating win over Arsenal at Anfield to the depths of painful defeat at Manchester City.

The 5-0 loss - Jurgen Klopp's heaviest in almost two years at Liverpool and his joint worst defeat as a manager after losing 6-1 to Werder Bremen at Mainz in Germany - must be placed in context.

Marcus Rashford and Gareth Southgate

'England pull through, but flaws persist'

Read full article on England v Slovakia: 'Gareth Southgate's side pull through, but flaws persist'

England's 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley came exactly a year to the day since the same opponents were beaten in Sam Allardyce's one game in charge of the national team.

Allardyce - soon to be gone after only 67 days as manager - spoke about a lucky coin he had been given by a fan before the game as he basked in the afterglow of his lone night of triumph.

Transfer Deadline Day's non-movers

Deadline day - the unanswered questions

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A record £210m was spent by Premier League clubs on transfer deadline day but the collapse of some of the window's most talked-about moves leaves as many questions as answers.

Will unsettled stars be welcomed back?

There are likely to be some unhappy players around the Premier League after the close of the transfer window - leaving bosses to indulge in very careful man management before games resume following the international break.

Southampton's Virgil van Dijk has effectively been in exile all summer, deemed not to be in the right frame of mind to figure in games having handed in a transfer request in an attempt to push through a move to Liverpool.

Tottenham fans at Wembley

Can Wembley ever feel like Spurs' home?

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"What can we do? What can I do? It is a perception from the media. I said before and I will say it again - it is not about Wembley. It is our performance. Playing that way we can win lots of games."

As Tottenham came to terms with yet another Wembley defeat, this time in their first league game at the stadium since their temporary relocation from White Hart Lane, manager Mauricio Pochettino knew he would face questions about the venue's impact on his team's prospects this season.

Wayne Rooney

'Rooney's unfinished business at Everton'

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When Wayne Rooney left Everton for Manchester United in a £27m deal in August 2004, he was departing a club wracked by financial crisis and low on optimism.

Then 18, he went on to enjoy a stellar Old Trafford career, eclipsing Sir Bobby Charlton as United's record scorer with 253 goals as well as winning five Premier League titles, the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and three League Cups.

Gareth Southgate and John Stones

'B-list England given stark message'

Read full article on Russia World Cup 2018: What shape are England in with one year to go?

England are 12 months on from the debacle of Euro 2016 and 12 months out from the 2018 World Cup - but the manner of Tuesday's defeat by France in Paris will have caused old doubts to resurface.

Manager Gareth Southgate, appointed following the abrupt end to Sam Allardyce's 67-day reign, insists the job is exactly as he thought it would be.

Joe Hart

Is Hart's time as England number one over?

Read full article on Joe Hart's England place under pressure with replacements at the ready

Joe Hart may just have feared the worst as Scotland's Leigh Griffiths lined up a free-kick 25 yards out - three minutes to go at Hampden Park and England protecting a slim lead.

Hart's weakness at set-pieces aimed low to his left was exposed at Euro 2016 by Gareth Bale for Wales and Iceland's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, the 30-year-old getting hands on both but failing to prevent goals, the second of which ended England's interest in the tournament.