Phil McNulty

Chief football writer, BBC Sport

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 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 was recently included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

England's Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford

Who should follow Hodgson out of England?

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England's players left their Chantilly base on Tuesday after the humiliating Euro 2016 exit to Iceland with the inquest under way into yet another dismal failure at a major tournament.

Manager Roy Hodgson resigned minutes after the 2-1 last-16 loss and was very reluctantly undergoing his final media duties in charge of England as the embarrassed squad prepared to depart France.

England's Harry Kane

'England out as sporting embarrassment'

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England will leave France to sift through the wreckage of one of the most humiliating defeats in the country's sporting history.

The 2-1 loss to Iceland, ranked 34th in the world and with a population of just 330,000, in the last 16 of Euro 2016 stands alongside the 1-0 defeat by the United States in the 1950 World Cup in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, as the darkest moment in England's football history.

Joe Hart

Is England's Hart under pressure?

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Joe Hart is England's clear first-choice goalkeeper - yet he goes into his country's crucial Euro 2016 game against Slovakia in Saint-Etienne on Monday under the microscope.

Hart has faced heavy criticism for the goal he conceded against Wales last Thursday. England may have won 2-1 to go top of Group B with one game to play, yet there has been plenty of focus on the way he allowed Gareth Bale's 30-yard free-kick to squirm past him in the first half.


Carefree but chaotic: What next for England?

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England claimed they would do their talking on the pitch after a week of verbal grenades hurled in their direction by Wales - but it took until the dying seconds of this Euro 2016 encounter for Daniel Sturridge to have the final word.

When Sturridge fired in a winning goal at Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey's near post with seconds left, the wild celebrations reflected the mixture of delight and relief in England's camp, as well as the weight that had been lifted off their shoulders.

England v Wales

The wait is over - who has final word?

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The waiting is over. A build-up that started in December when the Euro 2016 draw was announced concludes when England finally meet Wales in Lens on Thursday.

This is the fixture that has been circled in red on the calendar for seven months. The talking now stops and the action starts in the Stade Bollaert.

Marcus rashford

Rashford - will he stay or will he go?

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Marcus Rashford marched off to a standing ovation from England's fans inside the Stadium Of Light at Sunderland after playing an inspirational role in their win against Australia.

Manchester United's 18-year-old striker made history as the youngest goalscorer on his England debut, netting after only 138 seconds in the 2-1 victory and giving the sort of performance that almost demands inclusion in manager Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for Euro 2016 when it is confirmed on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp, and Jose Mourinho

Fantasy football manager becomes reality

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Jose Mourinho's arrival at Manchester United cements the Premier League's status as the home of the superstar managers.

United, Chelsea and Manchester City will all start next season under new management in the shape of Mourinho, Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge and Pep Guardiola at The Etihad.

Jose's countdown to success graphic

Mourinho's countdown to Man Utd success

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Jose Mourinho's appointment as the next Manchester United manager in succession to Louis van Gaal was finally concluded on Friday.

The 53-year-old Portuguese will be charged with bringing back the domestic and European successes of the Sir Alex Ferguson era - plus the sort of winning, exciting football "the Theatre Of Dreams" demands after the boredom of the David Moyes and Van Gaal eras.

Louis Van Gaal

Where did it go wrong for Van Gaal?

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Louis van Gaal called Manchester United "the biggest club in the world" when he was appointed in the summer of 2014 - the sort of bold statement a disillusioned fanbase longed to hear after the nightmare of David Moyes' tenure.

The 64-year-old Dutchman was meant to be the antidote to the Scot, who was out of his depth after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson. He was the big, brash personality who would embrace the scale and stature of the club. A perfect fit.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

What next for Klopp and Liverpool?

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp - drained and coming to terms with the manner in which Sevilla dismantled his team in the Europa League final in Basel - uttered two small sentences of huge significance in the game's inquest.

Klopp had watched powerless as Liverpool collapsed like a house of cards from a lead and a position of superiority to lose 3-1 to Sevilla, squandering the chance of Champions League football next season in the process.