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Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)

An entertaining football film

Mike Bassett: England Manager is an inspirational and entertaining epic that is sure to make you want to go out and buy some new football kit so you can get back on track with your fitness.

Tagline: He knows F.A. about football.

Mike Bassett in a nutshell

Mike Bassett: England Manager follows the fictional search for a new England manager after the previous one succumbs to a heart attack. Most of the likely candidates have the good sense to turn it down, so in steps the loud-mouthed Mike Bassett (Ricky Tomlinson), who insists England will win the World Cup.

As you'd expect with Tomlinson (of The Royle Family fame), the film has its comedy moments and is hugely watcheable stuff. Just don’t expect it to be a true reflection of the professional game! Having said that, though, it does have its players with drinking problems and a manager who uses highly unconventional methods.

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