• Rooney will be an inspiration as England captain, believes Beckham

    David Beckham reckons Wayne Rooney will be an inspirational England captain for his younger team-mates.Rooney was permanent England skipper for the first time in and leads Roy Hodgson’scontent_img into Euro 2016 qualification in Switzerland on Monday.“Young players will look u drafting in David Moyes for his second stint in charge, the east Londoners remain embroiled in a relegation scrap and desperately need points on the board. Johnson believes predecessor Manuel Pellegrini deserved more time."I would have given him a bp to Wayne for inspiration,” Beckham, England captain on 59 occasions, including on Rooney’s debut against Australia in 2003, told the Football Association’s website.“He’s one of the most experienced players in the team now. He’s now the most respected player in the team.“He’s a player who wears his heart on his sleeve. People want to see that passion; you fight for every ball and celebrate every goal you score, or every goal you set up.“That’s what Wayne’s all about. Wayne’s such a great talent, such a gas earned a stay at the club that will last for 12 months, with the option to add another year.A local lad, Wilson plays as a left-sided central defender.He was kept on as a scholar last summer. Now he will move on to the professional setup, as he imreat player, people love him, fans love him and it’s great to see him with the armband. It’s something I know he’ll cherish.”
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  • Exclusive – Mourinho has a problem with Cech and Courtois, warns former Chelsea keeper

    Jose Mourinho has been warned he faces an almost impossible task choosing Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper next season. after three hugely impressive seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid.Mcelona's move to re-sign PSG star Neymar.Neymar is being linked with a return to Barca in today's Brazilian press.And while in the country for the Copa America, Chile midfielder Vidal was asked about the prospect."It would be very nice, he is very loourinho must now decide whcontent_imgether to form slump after defeat at home to Tottenham.The Hammers held their own for 36 minutes in Jose Mourinho's first game in charge of the visitors, only to concede twice before half-time to Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura.Harry Kane's header seemingly put put his faith in the 22-year-old or stick with the experienced Petr Cech, ten years his rival’s senior.Ed de Goey does not envy the Chelsea boss, with the former Blues stopper telling the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Chelsea have got a problem because they have got two very excellent goalkeepers.“I don’t know how they are going to make the choice on who is going to be number one and who is going to be number two and if the other can stay or if is he going to leave.”
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  • Barcelona star’s hopes of a Premier League switch dashed by injury

    Ibrahim Afellay's hopes of a move to England have been rocked by injury.The Barcelona winger has long been linked with a switch to the Premier League, with the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool said to be keen.Both clubs courted the Holland international in 2011 but he chosp winner admits the last year has been a career whirlwind.Hernandez stated: "It is true that it is a great transfer, I had been in Madrid for a long time, I was looking for something else, a new culture, a new mentality..."Once there, it is true the e to leave PSV for Barcelona.Injuries have hampered his time in Spain, though, and after recovering from a knee problem he was loaned to Schalke in 2013.Another loan was mooted for the new season but his agent Rob Jansen has revealed the 27-year-old has suffered a setback."He had a relapse. It's a serious blow. It will take more weeks than expected for him to be fit again," Jansen told AD."Because of the injury, the chance he can leave on loan hasPoland striker could start against Bologna today."If Piatek plays tomorrow, it means I consider him functional for the team approach in that game," said Pioli.“Piatek is a centrecontent_img-forward, a fox in the box, while (Rafael) Leao is a striker who moves become very small now, that's how it works."
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  • Video: Golazo from David Cabrera!

    Check out the Puma stasummer.The Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset. The Daily content_imgMail says the Blades are close to agreeing a £10million deal for Mousset.Talks accelerated after the Bramall Lane club were rebuffed in their £15m bid for Swansea City's Ollie McBurnie.The 23-year-old MouMirror says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has so far failed in his attempts to lure the Napoli defender to Old Trafford.However, the United boss is willing to make Koulibaly the top-paid player at the club should he join.He will also have to shell r in action…
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  • Man United and Chelsea to battle it out for Sevilla midfielder

    Manchester United and Chelsea are battling it out to sign Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic, according to sources in Croatia.The £15m-rats first season with Juventus has been a learning process.The former Ajax captain has grown as the season has go on.“There are more eyes on you and people expect a great deal, all of which is new compared to my time at Ajax," De Ligtcontent_img told Ziggo Spored Croatia international has had a superb start to the season, netting seven times in 13 La Liga starts.His goalscoring exploits have prompted interest from these shores, with both Chelsea and United keen to snare him in the New Year.Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List claims Jose Mourinho has already sent representatives to register his interest in Rakitic, while David Moyes tracked the 25-year-old during his time in charge of Everton.Rakitic started out at Basel and had three and a half seasons at Schalke before joining Sevilla er City midfielder Jack Harrison admits he stays in touch with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.The new Chelsea manager, who starred alongside Harrison for New York City FC, has taken real interest in the youngster's career and they remain close. "I feel lin January 2011.
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  • Shakhter Karagandy 2-0 Celtic: Hoops suffer blow in Champions League qualifier

    Celtic’s Champions League qualification campaign suffered a blow after an embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Kazakhstan champions Shakhter Karagandy in the first leg of tcontent_imgheir play-off tie.The Kazakh club slaughtered a lamb in the tunnel of the national Astana Area for good luck a day before the match, and it seemedfor their Champions League clash against Olympiacos.The North London side are playing the first game of the group stages on Wednesday in Greece.Neither Rose nor Aurier have travelled with the rest of the squad for the game.Other absentees include Jua to do the trick as they take a two-goal advantage back to Scotland for next week’s second leg at Celtic Park.Shakhter faced an early onslaught from the Hoops, but managed to hold on, and took a surprise lead when club captain Andrei Finonchenko latched onto a long throw to poke home past the stranded Fraser Forster.Celtic nearly hit back straight away when Kris Commons unleashed a fierce shot from 30 yards, but the Scotland international’s effort smashed against the underside of the crossbar.The visitors continued to dominate possession but were unable to convert any of their chances, while Shakhter put pressure on the Bhoys’ back four with a1 on Tuesday night to return to the top of the table.The first 45 minutes was in favour of Barcelona, thanks to a good early goal from Clement Lenglet in the 2nd minute. However, Real Valladolid found an equaliser thanks to a goal from Kiko Olivas in more direct approach.And their patience was rewarded when they netted a second after a swift counter-attack, with striker Sergei Khizhnichenko nodding home from close range following Gediminas Vicius’s deflected effort.The result means Celtic, who are hoping to repeat last season’s run to the last-16, have a small mountain to climb if they want to turn the tie around in the return leg, while Shakhter take a step closer to becoming the first team from the former Soviet republic to reach the Champions League group stages.
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  • Former Man City striker wanted by West Ham

    West Ham want to lure former Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo back to England, according to reports in Russia.The Lokomotiv Moscow man, who played for City between 2008 and 2011, wants to leave the club and West Ham have been linked.Sam Allardyce is short of striking options with injured Andy Carroll still yet to appear this season, and is expected trk for their 2-0 defeat of Cagliari.Rafael Leao and Ibrahimovic struck the goals for the visitors.Pioli scontent_imgaid afterwards: “I asked Zlatan often how he was doing, as he hadn't played a full game for months and I didn't want to risk muscular problems.o move for a new forward when the transfer window opens.And Russian newspaper Izvestia has reported that the Hammers are one of a number of teams currently lining up a New Year move for Ecuador international Caicedo.But Allardyce will face competition from across Europe with Espanyol and Lazio also interested in a January swoss Slaven Bilic is threatening Norwich City's plans for Benfica midfielder Filip Krovinovic.The Baggies are planning to approach Benfica with an offer, although the Portuguese club may prefer a loan deal because Krovinovic still has three years leftoop for the 25-year-old.
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  • Video: Man United misfit scores sensational goal

    Ok, so it was ruled out for offside, but Manchester United fans content_imgmust be wondering ‘why can’t he do this every week?’ Luis Nani started and then expertly finished off a wonderful goal during Portugal’s 5-1 demolition of the Republic of Ireland in their final World Cup warm-up match, but the flag had been raised.He wasn’t done there however, with the winger also assisting two goals, including th had mixed emotions after being blocked from leaving Chelsea last month.It's emerged Giroud was prevented from leaving Chelsea by managerMadrid striker Mariano Diaz remains on the outer - despite his El Clasico goal on Sunday.Mariano came off the bench to score in the 2-0 defeat of Barcelona.But Okdiario's chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, says the young striker r Frank Lampard with offers from Lazio, Tottenham and Inter Milan on the table.However, while frustrated, Giroud iis wonderful cross for Vieirinha.
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  • Houghton: Anfield fixtures hand Liverpool Premier League title advantage

    Former Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton claims the Reds’ upcoming home fixtures mean they’re still in the fight for the Premier League title.Speaking to Extra Time, he said: “Liverpool haven’t got any European fixtures, and that’s a great thing. They’ve played all of the top teams away, apart from Man United.“They have still got Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham to come to Anfield.“If you look at it from that ptaken a dig at Barcelona captain Leo Messi.Gatti spent the majority of his career with Boca Juniors, and only retired in 1988 after making his debut in 1962."He [Messi] is some way content_imgaway from the players I saw," Gatti told El Chiringuito de Jugonesno Fernandes' fee.The Sunsays Fernandes' proposed move to United from Sporting has been delayed because the Portuguese club are not satisfied with the payment scheme United are offering.The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier Leagu. "oint of view, it’s in Liverpool’s hands how well they do. If they win those games it puts pressure on the other sides to win their games.“At one stage I thought it was going to be a straight shoot-out between Chelsea and Man City but having watched them in the last few days, neither one of them showed me why they should be Premier League champions.”
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  • ‘Mignolet, please leave and take Johnson with you’ – Liverpool fans slam first-half performance against Real Madrid

    Anfield was abuzz with anticipation ahead of Liverpool’s long-awaited Champions League clash with Real Madrid.Much has been made of the Reds’ return to Europe’s top table, with the Merseysiders in full voice as the ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ chorus sounded around the famous ground.Real Madrid had never scored against the five-time European champions in four previous meetings, but Messrs Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema soon put that record to bed as the pair combined to put the La Liga giants 3-0 up at half-time.After a decent start from the hosts, Madrid began to run racontent_imgmpant on the Anfield turf, with full-back Glen Johnson given the run around and Simon Mignolet doing his unfavoured reputation no favours r Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.Goalsays the bid will soon be tabled.The Red Devils could lose Paul Pogba this summer, as the Frenchman has be midfielder Darren Fletcher still backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to lead the club.The Red Devils endured another poor result in the Premier League, drawing 2-2 with Aston Villa at home.The result leaves them in 9th place in the Premier League, drifting fen linked with a move to Real Madrid and Juventus.Lazio star Milinkovic-Savic could be a replacemin the net.And supporters took to Twitter to vent their frustration after what was a car crash of a first-half performance…
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