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.

Wayward Welbeck and a raging Pellegrini

13 September 2014
Danny Welbeck

Arsenal's draw with Manchester City at Emirates Stadium will have brought both pleasure and frustration to Arsene Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini.

Gunners' boss Wenger was left regretting the failure to hold on for victory while City counterpart Pellegrini saw his side concede a lead before rescuing a point - while also nursing a very obvious sense of injustice over a series of decisions from referee Mark Clattenburg.

Read full article, Arsenal v Man City: Wayward Welbeck and a raging Pellegrini

Sweet Swiss solace for Hodgson

8 September 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson and his players finally enjoyed that winning feeling once more after a winless World Cup in Brazil as the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign started with victory in Switzerland.

It was suggested, not in jest, after this 2-0 win that England have effectively qualified for France with nine games still to play after negotiating what was regarded as the most dangerous game in a favourable group that also contains San Marino, Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia.

Read full article, England coach Roy Hodgson finds sweet solace in Switzerland

Hodgson's England dare not lose Swiss test

7 September 2014

The lights went out on Roy Hodgson on Sunday as he conducted his media duties in a hotel in downtown Basel before the opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland - but England's manager was in brighter mood after the industrial language and anger of his post-Norway inquisition.

Gone was the tetchy Hodgson, responding colourfully to unflattering statistics, his expletives hardly a shock in modern day football but perhaps a significant sign of the pressure he is now under after England's World Cup failure.

Read full article, Roy Hodgson's England team must beat Switzerland to lift gloom

The questions Van Gaal must answer

30 August 2014

Louis van Gaal has extended the scale of his Manchester United reconstruction to suggest it could be a year before the rewards of his work are witnessed.

No-one was challenging the former Netherlands coach's assertion after an uninspiring afternoon in Lancashire brought a goalless draw against Premier League newcomers Burnley - who more than merited their point.

Read full article, Man Utd: The key questions facing Louis van Gaal after Burnley draw

'Man City can overcome tough draw'

28 August 2014

The Champions League draw was made amid the glitz and glamour of The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco - and as usual threw up games to match the occasion.

Europe's elite gathered in the principality as the Premier League's four qualifiers mixed with the likes of holders Real Madrid, a Barcelona side now boasting former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, and Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich as the great Catalan coach tries to win his third Champions League.

Read full article, Champions League: 'Manchester City can overcome tough draw'

'Rooney the right choice to lead new England era'

28 August 2014

Wayne Rooney's appointment as England captain is the right choice by manager Roy Hodgson - not least because of a glaring lack of obvious alternatives for a post that still retains great significance and prestige.

England's World Cup captain Steven Gerrard and deputy Frank Lampard have vacated the international stage, while the claims of goalkeeper Joe Hart and defender Gary Cahill could not come close to someone of Rooney's status and importance.

Read full article, Wayne Rooney 'the right choice' as England captain

Lampard departs but his legacy lives on

26 August 2014

Frank Lampard, who has announced his England retirement, will forever be remembered as the catalyst for a revolution in the world game.

Sadly for the player and the national team, it was not via tournament success or delivering on the promise of the so-called "Golden Generation" of which he - and the likes of David Beckham, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard - was a part.

Read full article, Frank Lampard retires from England but his legacy lives on

Man City deliver statement of intent

26 August 2014

If Manchester City wanted to send an ominous message that it will take something special to remove their status as Premier League champions, Sergio Aguero took 23 seconds to deliver it.

City - without needing to be anywhere near their best against the team that took the title race to its final day last season - were already cruising with a two-goal lead when Aguero made his 69th-minute entrance as a substitute for the limping Edin Dzeko.

Read full article, Man City deliver statement of intent with Liverpool win

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