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.

France celebrate winning the World Cup

'France's two-year road to redemption ends in glory'

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France's victory over Croatia in the World Cup final - and the manner in which this superb climax unfolded at the atmospheric Luzhniki Stadium - provided a fitting finish to a thrilling tournament.

This last month in Russia has witnessed a showpiece underpinned by superb organisation. It has also, more significantly, provided a feast of football laced with elements of surprise that made it arguably the most exciting World Cup of the modern era.

Gareth Southgate

'Southgate's men pass all the tests'

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England turned history on its head to win their first World Cup penalty shootout at the expense of Colombia, and in doing so recorded their first knockout victory at a major tournament since 2006.

So how significant will this England triumph prove to be for Gareth Southgate and his squad after showing strength and resolve to recover from conceding an injury-time equaliser?

Gareth Southgate

Have England found their most effective system?

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England manager Gareth Southgate's final World Cup plans are falling into place - his favoured shape and format coming into view after the latest friendly win against Nigeria at Wembley.

Southgate has long decided on a three-man defensive system with wing-backs pushing on as England's best formula for success when the action gets under way against Tunisia on 18 June.

Everton manager Marco Silva

Is new Everton boss Silva worth the hype?

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Marco Silva's appointment as Everton manager is the latest indicator of another summer of upheaval at Goodison Park.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has moved on to the 40-year-old Portuguese after sacking Ronald Koeman in October and successor Sam Allardyce at the end of the season.