Month: April 2018

  • Exclusive – Taking Shaw to the World Cup is ‘madness’, insists Hamann

    Dietmar Hamann has branded Roy Hodgson’s decision to take Luke Shaw to the World Cup as “madness.” but the German insists that selection call is a mistake.Hodgson himself seemed to echo those sentiments when he told the mediay for their supporters.The Brazil number one was speaking after Liverpool won the Club World Cup final against Flamengo on Saturday.Asked about Klopp's influence, Alisson said: "I think we, as a team, we are making the things special."The boss keeps on Monday: “I’ve heard this a lot,” the England manager said. “What if Leighton Baines got injured, wouldn’t Ashley Cole be the right answer? And, of course, the answer to that is yes. He would be, without a doubt. But Ashley Cole isn’t really a cover player.“Ashley is a No.1 man. Whenn today about a move to Manchester United.Dybala is a target for United and Tottenham.The Mirror says Dybala is not fully convinced that an exit from Juventus is in his best interests, despite his fall from grace last term; a move to United would als I decided Baines might be my No.1, I decided the next one would be Luke Shaw. Circumstances could make the decision a very good one or a content_imgvery bad one. An injury [for Baines] against Peru would make the selection of Shaw a very bad selection.”And Hamann claims Hodgson has now left himself open to derision if the controversial omission of 107-cap Cole backfires.He said: “If something was to happen to Leighton Baines and you’re in the last eight against Brazil, Argentina or Germany, and he’s injured or suspended, would you rather have Luke Shaw at left-back, or Ashley Cole? That’s the question you’ve got to ask yourself, and for me it’s a no-brainer.“He [Cole] should have been in the squad, not Shaw. It’s madness.“He [Hodgson] said an injury [to Baines] against Peru would make the selection of Shaw a very bad one. So what does that mean? If Baines gets injured he doesn’t trust Luke Shaw? So why take him?“He’s a terrific prospect, but that’s all he is at the moment. I’m not saying he won’t do a good job if he does play, but at the back you don’t take chances.“If you’re throwing caution to the wind you take a winger or a striker, and if you throw him on he might make the step up, but at the back you don’t take chances and that’s why I find it staggering Shaw is going ahead of Ashley Cole.”
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  • Argentine midfielder signs new deal at QPR

    QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin has signed a one-year deal as the club prepares to return to the Premier League.The 27-year-old Argentine is the Hoops’ longest-serving player and will now stay at Loftus Road untilevealed Cristiano Ronaldo wants him to join Juventus.At the final whistle of Portugal's Nations League win over Holland, Ronaldo and De Ligt were seen laughing.And the Ajax defender was asked what they'd been talking about.“Ronaldo asked me to come next summer.Faurlin told the club’s official website, “It’s nice to sign the new deal. It took a little bit of time, but I am so happy everything is now sorted.“It’s been quite an amazing journey so far – relegation, promotions and plenty more – but it’s been a beautiful experience. I hope the next chapter is tcontent_imghe most epic yet.”Faurlin joined QPR from Institute FC in July 2009 and has madarson won't be asking too much from new signing Joao Pedro.Terms between the Hornets and Brazilian side Fluminese were agreed back in 2018 and the 18-year-old arrived at the club last week ahead of his contract officially beginning on January 1, 2020e 130 appearances to date, scoring five goals.However, he missed the second half of last season and the club’s successful promotion drive , and is raring to go after returning to fitness.He said: “I was disappointed to miss the second half of last season due to injury, but I’m feeling great now and looking forward to returning to pre-season training next week.“The Premier League is where every player wants to play and I am no different.“We all know that the Premier League will be very difficult, with so many great teams, but we are looking forward to the challenge ahead.”
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  • Capital One Cup Special – Supporting the supporters: Liverpool

    As Manchester United get set to take on Liverpool this week, we got the lowdown on one of the biggest rivalries in English football from Jim Boardman from The Anfield Wrap..This and Everton are our two strongest rivalries. Anything else is way behind, including Chelsea.If anything it’s got stronger over the past 20 years… their last manager’s obsession with Liverpool playing a big part in that!Loads to choose from, but I’ll go with the League Cup final in 2003, Liverpool winning 2-0 with goals from Gerrard and Owen. It hurt them more than they’ll probably admit!Again, a lot of these to choose from. Maybe the ‘white suit’ FA Cup final of 1996. Neither team deserved to win, but it was disappointing to see Liverpool perform so badly and to lose to a goal that came from nowhere. And the suits.Head to head, I think we’ve been quite close to each other for a while, and most games are decided by the odd goal. Ths the Brazilian is "honoured" by their interest.Felipe has emerged as a summer target for Barca sports chief Eric Abidal.And agent Stefano Castagna said, “It's an honour if Barça follows you, but the player is focused on Lazio. He wants to win theis won’t be much different, allowing for how much of a weakened side either club puts out.Martin Skrtel might play – if he plays like he did in the league game,they’ll find Galatasaray midfielder Fernando is set to join Sevilla.That's according to former Gala sports director Cenk Ergun."I spoke with him and he told me that he has signed with Sevilla," he revealed to AS."If you ask me, I think the transfer will be completed soon."Former Manchester City midfielder Fernando, 32, is rated at €5m by Gala.it hard to score. Suarez could be key, if he plays, but Daniel Sturridge has been the man for us so far this season. Jordan Henderson’s energy might be important, too.To me it’s very important. I’d love another trip to Wembley, and it’s all too easy to take silverware for granted.I think Liverpool fans will get behind him. I still think there’s timefor some quotes from him that smooth everything out a little bit more between now and then, too. The best way to smooth things out is on the pitch, though, and it’ll be a surprise if he doesn’t do that.It’s a bit different to a league game, especially it being so early in the competition, but acontent_imgny game against that lot is a big one. It’s usually a mixture of excitement and nerves as the game gets nearer. Can’t wait!Kenny Dalglish. Just look at his medal haul and the part he played in the club winning the trophies they came with.Capital One, the Credit Card that Supports the Supporters.For competitions and exclusive content, visit:
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  • Southampton star ruled out for six months with major injury blow

    Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez’s World Cup dreams are over with news the 24-year-old faces six months out after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.The Saints forward’s fine goalscoring form this season meant he was in contention for a place in England’s 23-man squad for the trip to Braputting Lucas Paqueta up for sale.Just a year after his arrival from Flamengo, Paqueta has been made available by the Rossonero.Gazzetta dello Sport says Milan are seeking €35m to sell the midfielder this month - a loss of €3m on the fee they paizil this summer.The club’s top scorer with 17 goals this term, Rodriguez was their 4-2 defeat to Chelsea.Rodriguez claimed his third goal of the season with a spectacular dipping long-range effort as Chelsea were belatedly rattled before hanging on to complete a 4-2 win and clock up a seventh straight victory.But the striker'handed his Three Lions debut in , but his hopes of a spot in Roy Hodgson’s line-up have suffered a cruel blow.The ex-Burnley striker was tearful as he was stretchered off , clutching his knee after landing awkwardly, And the Saint Mary’s outfit confirmed the news on Monday evening.A statement read: “Southampton Football Club can confirm that, following his injury on Saturday against Manchester City, Jay Rodriguez has been diagnosed as having suffered a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament.“This will keep him out of action for six months and regrettably means he will not be fit for selection by the English national team at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.“The 24-year-old has already been scanned and has mcontent_imget with a specialist knee surgeon. He will be having a routine operation shortly.“The club will post any further updates once Jay’s rehabilitation is under way.”Southampton director Les Reed said: “Jay is naturally disappointed, but is determined to get back playing for Saints as soon as possible.“Everything will be done to return him to full fitness and deliver a speedy recovery.“Jay has asked us to pass on his gratitude to everybody who has shown him their concern and sympathy during the 48-or-so hours since his injury.“Everyone at the club now wishes Jay well and we will support him, along with his family, to ensure that an international career plays a big part in his future.”
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  • Video: Former Aston Villa star scores screamer

    Ex-Villans strikred with Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori.But the manager has admitted the decision is out of his hands.“Of course, I do [want them to stay]," said Lampard.“That goes slightly out of my remit when they aNacho Monreal move to Real Sociedad for a nominal fee.Mundo Deportivo says Arsenal have accepted a €250,000 proposal - which will be paid in installments - for Moncontent_imgreal to move to San Sebastian.The decision over the fee was made out of deference to re dealing with the club.“The club know I er Stefan Moore gets a corker for Leamington.
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  • Furious Lambert slams referee after Chelsea defeat

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was left irate as his side were controversially beaten 2-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Branislav Ivanovic headed home the winner for the Blues but just moments earlier escaped with only a booking after elbowing Villans striker Christian Benteke in the throat, while the visitors also had a strong penalty claim turned down.And the Scottish boss admitted he was unable fathom how neither decision had gone his team’s way.“It’s a flying elbow [on Christian Benteke],” fumed Lambert. “I’ve seen it on the tape and there is nothing to suggest that Branislav Ivanovic shouldn’t have been sent off.“I’m not sure w.Luis Enrique has resigned as Spain coach due to long standing personal problems.Ramos was the first to send an affectionate message to the Asturian coach on social media."Every win of the national team will also be yours, bossred with Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori.But the manager has admitted the decision is out of his hands.“Of course, I do [want them to stay]," said Lampard.“That goes slightly out of my remit when they are dealing with the club.“The club know I ," he wrote on Twitter.hat’s gone through the referee’s mind. [And the penalty] is a stonewall handball.“You heard the crowd. The Aston Villa fans know what happened out there. My team know what happened.”Lambert, though, was also keen to point out the excellent perfcontent_imgormance his side put in at Stamford Bridge.He continued: “I think it’s there for everybody to see how far we’ve come on to come here and do what we’ve done. I thought we were outstanding. I really did.“We had everything there. We had pace, energy, desire and everything you need in a footballer.“I thought Fabian Delph was unbelievable tonight. We never deserved to lose.”
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  • Manchester City CAN still win the Premier League title, claims Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted his side will fight until the very end of the season as they look to win the Premier Leaguechester City midfielder Bernardo Silva turned on his teammates after their defeat at Manchester United.Ederson allowed Anthony Martial to fire United into a first half lead despite getting a hand to the France striker's shot.In the second half his mi.The Blues’ hopes of regaining the trophy, , were content_imgdealt a huge blow as But the Chilean boss is adamant his men can still triumph in the race for the title.Pellegrini said: “Of course we can [still win the Premier League]. We are going to fight until t move for PSG defender Marquinhos.Le 10 Sport says City and Real Madrid are watching Marqunhos' contract situation closely.The Brazil international has been offered a two-year contract extension by PSG, though the terms have fallen short of expectatihe end of the season.“We have to play our two postponed games, if we win those we will be just one point behind Liverpool and could be one point ahead of Chelsea, and they have to play each other.”Meanwhile, he admitted if Brendan Rodgers’ side went on to win all of their remaining fixtures, their conquerers would be worthy winners.He added: “There are 12 more points for Liverpool to fight for. If they win all their games maybe they deserve to be the champions.”
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  • Video: Here’s how you do it Soldado! Spurs defender scores scorcher in training

    Central deed after victory over Manchester City.Alisson concedec Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Tomas Rosicky.The Welshman's decade-long career at Arsenal has come to an end as he prepares to join Juventus as a free agent in the summer.Reflecting on his career, Ramsey told Arsenal's official website: "I'm obviously sd in the 3-1 win.But he says: "We won,content_img we did what the coach asked. We knew it would be a very difficult match, City is one of the strongest teams in the world. We are on the right path, victory brfence may be the wrong position for Michael Dawson judging by this strike in training. Let’s hope Roberto Soldado was watching.
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  • Blow for Man United? Barcelona to step up pursuit of Arsenal star

    Barcelcontent_imgona are ready to step up their pursuit of Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, according to reports in Spain.Despite being club captain, Vermaelen’s future is up in the air and Wenger last week admitted that he ‘cannot guarantee’ that the Belgian will still be at Arsenal when the season starts.Manchester United, who are desperate to sign central defensive cover this summer, looked like his most likely destination but .But now El Mundo Deportivo, the Spanish newspaper, has claimed that Barca are ready to approach Arsenal about selling Vermaelen. but want at least one more centre-back befs his AFCON campaign is over.Ivory Coast captain Aurier fears his Africa Cup of Nations may be over after being forced to leave the field during Friday's 1-0 defeat to Morocco.The right-back is coming off as Sadio Mane could be involved in the game against Norwich on Friday despite missing most of pre-season.The Reds kickoff the Premier League season against the Canaries.Klopp said of Mane: "He looks fit. Yesterday was the first session with the team. n injury-filled season at Tottenham during wore the new campaign begins, .But the French club are said to want at least £35m for the Brazilian while Vermaelen, who has been on their radar for the past 18 months, is available for just £10m.
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  • Video Highlights: England Under-21s 3-1 Portugal Under-21s

    England Under-21s recorded an impressive victory against Portugal at Turf Moor with local boy Danny Ings netting twice in a clinical display.It may turn out to be an important psychological boost for Gareth Southgate’s team, who face Portugal in thcontent_imgeir opening match of the European Under-21 Championships next summer.England opened the scoring after six minutes when Ings, who was preferred to the in-form Harry Kane up-front, tucked home Tom Ince’s cross after good work from Nathan Redmond.Jenkinson added the second before half-time with a composed finish from 12 yards against a Portuguese side who had won all 10 of their qualification matches ahead of next summer’s tournament.And Portugal showed theirer for his performance against Wigan on Sunday.Critchley believes Kelleher showed confidence and skill to deny the Latics scoring a late equaliser when he made a point-blank save, comparing the action to Reds first-team keeper' Alisson."That's exactl class early in the second half witha well deserved goal when Bernardo Silvastroked the ball through the legs of England keeper Jack Butland.But England’s two goal cushion was re-established on 58 minuteole of star James Maddison.The Englishman got a chance at number 10 against Tottenham on Saturday.And he was the star of the show for Leicester, netting the winning goal in a 2-1 success over Spurs."The change in personnel, that worked well for us," s when Ings latched onto a low cross from the influential Redmond to seal a convincing win.
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  • Football fans blast Man City as FA Cup bets fall at first hurdle – Blackburn 1-1 Man City in tweets

    te admits he's had a tough time having failed to score for two months before Sunday.Lacazette scored his first goal since the start of December in Arsenal's win over Newcastle and says he was “touched" by tSpurs brocontent_imgke their transfer record to sign the midfielder from Lyon on Tuesday.Daniel Levy has quickly turned his attention to more additions to Mauricio Pochettino's squad.The Daily Mail says Giovanni Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon are firmly on Levy's he reaction of his team mates as they cele
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  • Italy v Costa Rica: Will the Azzurri keep England’s hopes alive?

    Italy and Costa Rica were convincing in their respective opening round victories, but with Uruguay now breathing down their necks, both sides know that three points are a necessity if they are to ensure qualification for the knock-out stages. talkSPORT has the fulray.A lone goal by Toni Kroos lifted them off the bottom of Group A. Marcelo said, "We have to give everything in every game to win. Today we had to win, no matter what. It's been tough. It's a tough ground and a tough rival. We've got the win, whichl story on this pivotal Group D clash below… It may not have been the prettiest of performances, but the in Manaus was exactly what the doctor ordered for Cesare Prandelli’s side, as they picked up only their second victory in nine matches. Buoyed once again by excellent performances from Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi, Italy appeared unflappable against England’s attack before delivering their own counter-punch to earn them a valuable three points. Next up are Costa Rica, but following Uruguay’s victory over England on Thursday evening, the Italians know that even a win over their Central American opponents doesn’t guarantee passage to the next round. Italy’s victory over England was their 45th at a World Cup finals. Costa Rica pulled off one of the surprise results of the first round of fixtures . The Central Americans were expected to be the whipping boys of Group D, but instead find themselves atop of the table knowing that a place in the knock-out stages is tantalisingly close. Jorge Luis Pinto’s team can all-but book their place in the next round with a victory on Friday afternoon, but they meet a resolute Italy team lo of Real coach Zinedine Zidane, Luca is currently impressing on-loan with Racing Santacontent_imgnder.Luca told L'Equipe: "I love Spain but I feel French. I have been in Spain since I was three years old, but my habits are French. I have spent most of my vacatioking for a similar outcome. Pinto was in a bullish mood when asked about his team’s chances, saying he expects them to play “even better” than they did against Uruguay. Whether they can spring another surprise remains to be seen, but it certainly makes their clash one not to miss. Costa Rica have reached the knock-out stages of the World Cup just once in their history, in 1990 where they were eliminated by Czechoslovakia in the round of 16.
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  • Swansea City re-sign Dwight Tiendalli

    Dwight Tiendalli has signed a three-year deal with Swansea.The full-back, cappCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has ruled out a farewell appearance tomorrow for Julian Speroni.Speroni, who will leave Crystal Palace at the end ocontent_imgf this season after 15 years of service, will not be given a farewell appearance this weekend. “Those sentimental moments are debatable, whether they're the right approach or not," Hodgson said. “But certainly I didn't have a decision to make anyway on that front. Julian's a consummate professional.“He made it clear to me we should carry on approaching this game in the professional way we've approached all games this season; that he doesn't see any reason he should be the second goalkeeper or put onto the field of play just because it's the last day of the season."ed by Holland, made 25 appearances last season after signing a short-term deal as a free agent following the injurool fullback Andy Robertson has admitted Manchester City were a "joy to watch" this season. City pipped the Reds by a point to claim the Premier League title, finishing on 98 points after Sunday's win over Brighton. It was a title race that will be ry to Neil Taylor.He failed to agree a permanent contract earlier this summer but talks resumed recently and have been successful.And Tiendalli said: “I had a great experience here last season and I’m delighted to be back.“I know the people, the club, the stadium and the city. For me it’s amazing to get back and to be part of Swansea City again.”
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  • Former Fulham manager Magath defends Hangeland cheese therapy

    Felix Magath has defended his spell in charge of Fulham and insists he still has something to offer to English football. with the Cottagers rooted to the foot of the Championship, with just one point from their first seven games.However Magath, but could not prevent their relegation from the Premier League, told German news agency DPA: “I don’t havethan later, but a former Cheamed the USMNT squad for upcoming friendlies against Mexico and Uruguay.Pulisic has enjoyed a nice start to his career at Chelsea, having nabbed his first assist in last Saturday's win over Norwich City."Along the lines of progress, the starting poinlsea player is sure the signing of Christian Pulisic wasn't brought as a replacement for the star man.Shaun Wright-Phillips has discussed the move for the Dortmund man, and he has high hopes for the young American internat a guilty conscience.“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I am convinced that English football has something to learn from German qualities. Sadly they’re not that prepared to listen. I think I still have something to offer English football.”Magath’s methods have come under fierce criticism from former players, notably ex-captain Brede Hangeland who was once told by the veteran boss to treat a leg injury by rubbing cheese onto the sore area.But the former Bayern Munich coach insisted: “I merely suggestecontent_imgd it could be worth trying the old wives’ tale of applying quark to the injured area. I would never tell a doctor what to do.”Symons’ first game in charge of Fulham . They face League One Doncaster in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.
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  • Laudrup delighted by Swansea’s ‘great’ win over Valencia

    Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has hailed his side’s .The match pitted a side competing in Europe for the irgil van Dijk has no doubts Chelsea are a different proposition without Eden Hazard.The two teams meet in the European Super Cup tonight.Van Dijk thinks Chelsea might have to alter their approach from last season without the talented Hazard, who scofirst time in 22 years against a team who had spent the last two campaigns inwith Rennes and signed for Valladolid yesterday to the end of this season.A France international, the midfielder has played 388 official matches and scored 73 goals for Lyon, Olympique Marseille, Newcastle, Hull City, Nice, Paris Saint-Germain and Re the Champions League.The Jacks, though, put on a wonderful display in Spain at the Mestalla as they triumphed over their opponents, who had Adil Rami sent off after 10 minutes of the match.And Laudrup admitted he was finding it hard to grasp the magnitude of the feat.He said: “I have only been here for 15 months so others can say where this ranks in the club’s history, but it is a fantastic evening and fantastic result.“I’ve had some great nights as a manager. It’s difficult to take in because this has only just happened.“But I am so pleased for everybody because now they know they can play against the biggest clubs in the biggest stadiums without any problem and that’s great to see.“There were lots of our fans here. I think they had a great night, one of those to remember, this experiecontent_imgnce is great for them.”
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