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.

Jadon Sancho

Does youthful squad signal a changing of the guard for England?

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Gareth Southgate's first post-World Cup England squad was heavily laced with loyalty to those who served him so well in reaching the semi-final in Russia - his latest is imaginative, youthful and a clear signpost to Euro 2020.

England were sterile in losing at home to Spain at Wembley in the Uefa Nations League and in the narrow win over Switzerland in a friendly at Leicester, and this has acted as the catalyst for Southgate to step up his search for midfield creativity, and boost his desire to give the squad a new look.

Harry Kane

'It's stretching reality and credibility to suggest Spurs are among Europe's best'

Read full article on Tottenham 2-4 Barcelona: 'It's stretching reality to claim Spurs are among Europe's best'

As Mauricio Pochettino sat and swallowed the disappointment of Wednesday's Champions League loss to Barcelona, it was in this same room at Wembley 11 months ago he declared Tottenham among the best teams in Europe.

Spurs had qualified for the Champions League knockout phase by outclassing eventual winners Real Madrid in a 3-1 win that illuminated the stadium with its brilliance. It was 1 November and Pochettino was buoyant.

Daniel Sturridge

'Liverpool hammer home their warning to Europe'

Read full article on Liverpool 3-2 PSG: 'Reds carry on where they left off last season in Champions League'

Liverpool felt they were driven by destiny when they reached last season's Champions League final - so it was a bitter night in Kiev in May as they ended up well beaten by Real Madrid.

In the aftermath, however, once the immediate pain of disappointment had eased, manager Jurgen Klopp and his players were able to reflect on Liverpool's unlikely achievement as the start of the journey back to a sixth win in this competition, not the conclusion.

Jurgen Klopp celebrates

'Klopp turning doubters into believers'

Read full article on Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp's side show their title credentials

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is approaching the third anniversary of his appointment - a reign that started with a gritty goalless draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The German's elation at the end of Saturday's 2-1 win over Spurs at Wembley was even more obvious than usual after a result and performance that emphasised the giant strides the club and team have made in that period.

Manuel Pellegrini and Rafa Benitez

Benitez & Pellegrini - star bosses adjust to life at the bottom

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Rafael Benitez and Manuel Pellegrini are two managers used to living the high life who now find themselves stranded in the Premier League's bottom three with Newcastle and West Ham after poor starts to the season.

Benitez, a Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2005, has also collected European trophies with Valencia and Chelsea, while Pellegrini won the Premier League with Manchester City.

Gareth Southgate

'A brutal reality check for England'

Read full article on England 1-2 Spain in Nations League: 'A brutal reality check for Gareth Southgate'

England manager Gareth Southgate was in realistic mood before this opening Uefa Nations League meeting with Spain - refusing to put any gloss on what he described as their "non-existent" record against the world's best.

It did not get any better in this 2-1 defeat and if there was a night designed to illustrate Southgate's point and put England's current place in the global order into perspective - despite that run to the World Cup semi-final - this was it right here at Wembley.