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March 2019




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The Quest for Glory

Tom McDermott

England is the home of football, but Clairefontaine became the house of football.”
Gérard Houllier

“There were times when I played for England where I’ll admit I couldn’t wait for the game to finish.”
Jamie Carragher

“If you walked down to breakfast and on one table there was Gerrard and Carragher and on another there’s Beckham and Scholes, obviously as a Liverpool player at that time, you’re going to sit with the Liverpool boys.”
Michael Owen

“If the men’s senior England team doesn’t improve their performance in major tournaments, over the next seven or eight years, then our plan will not be deemed a success, and neither will St George’s Park.”
Dan Ashworth, England Technical Director


England’s journey to the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia enthralled a nation, but does it signal the beginning of a glorious new era or will it be another 28 years of despair before the Three Lions reach such heights again?

In England: The Quest For Glory Tom McDermott explains why, despite its proud tradition, playing talent and considerable wealth, England have got it so wrong - on and off the pitch - over recent decades. He also reveals how Gareth Southgate’s behind-the-scenes efforts have created a new, refreshing football philosophy which has given fans hope for the future and won the admiration of football fans from around the world.

Essential reading for all England fans, McDermott:

· Investigates how culture, psychology, media pressure and the FA itself have historically hampered the national team

· Explains how other football nations have transformed their fortunes and achieved international success

· Asks if there are lessons to be learnt from English success in other sports such as cricket and rugby

· Charts the changes that need to be made before England can regularly challenge in the final stages of international competitions and be acknowledged as serious trophy contenders.

Packed with revealing insights from former players such as Alan Shearer, John Barnes, Darren Anderton, Michael Owen, Alan Smith, Tony Cottee, Jamie Carragher and Paul Parker, as well as fascinating contributions from Gerard Houllier, Michael Vaughan, Sir Matthew Pinsent and a host of managers, coaches, academy staff, football psychologists and performance specialists, England: The Quest For Glory seeks to provide the answer to the question asked by all England fans: Will football ever come home?

Tom McDermott is a Manchester-based sports journalist and a member of the Football Writers’ Association. His articles have been published by Sky Sports, Sky News, The Sun, TEAMtalk, The Sporting Life and the Daily Mirror.



1. England Expects

2. It's All in the Mind

3. Sweet FA

4. The Players’ Perspective

5. (Best) Practice Makes Perfect

6. The English Football Revolution 


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