Fixture In Focus Podcast: England’s International Break

A worrying theme is developing of Fixture In Focus encounters being rather drab affairs.

Unfortunately, the first half of Everton’s clash with Chelsea last weekend was no exception – the visitors dominated the ball but refused to do anything with it, while the home side could barely get out of their own half.

But Marco Silva must have delivered something special at half-time, because not long after the Toffees found themselves two goals up.

Chelsea failed to adequately respond, losing the sixth of their last ten away games in the Premier League, which gave stand-in host Christy Malyan and #FIFpod regular Chris McMullan plenty to dive into when reflecting on last week’s Fixture in Focus.

After then being rejoined by James Jones, attentions inevitably turned to all matters England, who face Czech Republic and Montenegro over the course of the international break.

This week’s agenda, therefore, includes how Chelsea can get Marcos Alonso back to his title-winning best, questioning whether Maurizio Sarri is commendable or idiotic, contrasting Everton’s youth success with their transfer policy, and debating Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad and expected tactics.

Then, as is often the case during international breaks, James Jones finishes off the latest edition of Fixture in Focus with a quiz that’s settled by a mere half-point.

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