Month: April 2018

  • My Sporting Life – World Cup Brazil 2014 special!

    Join Ray Stubbs, Tony Cascarino and Paddy Barclay as tcontent_imghey look back on previous spectaclesord.The Frenchman explained he couldn't have wished for a better start.He saidrnational has been used out wide to accomodate Dominic Solanke in the Cherries' past four Premier League games. And Howe has revealed it was King's performances as a winger for Blackburn in 2013 that lead to him joining the south coast club.Howe told, “It's an incredible feeling today, I've made my debut in a win that includes a clean sheet and a goal for myself, so I'm really happy. I feel really proud and blessed. and ahead to this summer’s showpiece event.
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  • Liverpool striker hails captain Gerrard and reveals nerves at first meeting

    Rickie Lambert has hailed Steven Gerrard and admitted he was in awe of his Liverpool teammate when they first met.The lifelong Reds fan , at the age of 32, and he admits he feels fortunate to be playing alongside the former England skipper.“There was a period of five years when he was the best player in the world,” Lambert toce in the FA Cup quarter-finals.Toon were cruising to victory after going ahead 3-0, thanks to a Miguel Almiron brace and Valentino Lazaro.But the Magpies gave the away supporters a mini heart-attack as they allowed Albion to surge back into the gameld LFC Xtra.“He’s gone on tcontent_imgo win so many trophies. I know he hasn’t won the Premier League but he’s won almost everything else. He has driven the club on so many times, it is unbelievable.“He’s really down-to-earth and made me feel really welcome at England when I first joined. em Sterling.Toure feels Sterling deserved better after his bust-up with England teammate and Liverpool defender Joe Gomez at St George's Park on Monday."I think people are overreacting because in training this can happen. In the game (on Sunday) theyI remember being very nervous around him actually because I looked up to him so much. But he was a normal lad.”
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  • Man United still in pursuit of signings, insists Moyes

    Manchester United manager David Moyes has insisted the club remain active in the transfer market – but concedes he may not succeed in landing their late targets.With just content_imgthree days remaining before the summer transfer window’s close on September 2, Moyes is still yet to sign his first player of any significancew.The Foxes could use some of the money generated from the sale of England international Harry Maguire to Manchester United over the summer.The Telegraph says Leicester are expected to reignite their interest in Bournemouth's Nathan Ake and Burnley's.United have already failed with bids for Barcelona midfielders and Meanwhile, , and the Red Devils but despite Moyes’ lack of fortune in his first transfer window as United boss, the Scot still remains keen to make additions.“It was going to be a struggle because I was coming into a new job and was getting to know the players,” said the Red Devils manager.“There was a new chief executive at the club as well so it was always going to take it a little bit of time to settle down.“But we have been in and around the players we wanted to sign.“We have been after two or three players and tried to go for them.“Some of them we are still in with a shout with and some we are not.“It might be busy in the next few days and I hope we doo get things rolling for Manchester City in the Community Shield.While it was not the most impressive performance from the Citizens, they did enough to beat Liverpool on penalties to win the trophy.While most fans see the game as a friendly, Walker w a little bit of business but I couldn’t guarantee it.”
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  • World Cup Countdown: Ray Parlour picks his England squad for Brazil

    Roy Hodgsonwill name his England squad for Brazil on Monday.There is much debate about who should be in and should be out.Ashley Coleor Luke Shaw?Frank Lampardor Ross Barkley? There are plenty of questions to be answered.So we put those questions to former Arsenal andEngland midfielder Ray Parlour…“Luke Shaw was one who just missed out. He’s the future for England, a great talent who’s had an excellent season, but I’m going to go with a bit more experience. There are some tough games, especially in the group stages, and I think Ashley Cole might even start that first game against Italy. Roy Hodgson knows he can’t lose that game and, while Baines is a brilliant player goingforward, Cole is better defensively.“The defence was more ofa problem for me than midfield, where there was lots of competition. I’ve gone for players who can cover more than one position – players like Chris Smalling and Phil Jones – who can fill in at full-back or centre-half. And if I was picking the squad I would definitely be on the phone to John Terry to seeScott McTominay has been named as Manchester United's player of the month for October.It is the second time in a row McTominay has won the award.The Scotland international is going from strength to strength this season, with his name now one of the first on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's teamsheet.Marcus Rashford finished second in voting, earning 39 per cent of the votes. if I could persuade him to change his mind and play for England again. Him and Gary Cahill at the back would be a great partnership, I think they’ve been the best in the Premier League this season.content_img“I’m going to go for youth in midfield. Leaving out Frank Lampard was hard, because he’s been a great player, but we need to start looking towards the future and that’s the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley. These players need to get used to going to major tnchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe admits having the captain's armband earlier this season was a landmark career moment.Tuanzebe was given the armband earlier in the season when he captained United against local side Rochdale in the Carabao Cup aournaments. Barkley could be the one. Teams won’t know much about him and he’s got that bit of Gazza about him, going past players and he’s totally fearless. So you’ve got to take him.“Up front, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge will be the first choice, with Rickie Lambert ahead of Andy Carroll, and Danny Welbeck completing the four. And if I couldn’t persuade Terry to come out of international retirement, I might sacrifice a defender and take Jermain Defoe as an extra striker.”Joe Hart,Ben Foster, Fraser ForsterGlen Johnson, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Ashley Cole,Chris Smalling,Phil Jones, John TerrySteven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere, James Milner,Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Ross BarkleyDaniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney,Danny Welbeck, Rickie LambertDo you agree with Ray’s choices? If not, who would you take? Leave your comments below…
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  • Exclusive – Fowler: Fabregas would be perfect for Liverpool

    Robbie Fowler believes Cesc FabregaMilan GM Beppe Marotta has again declared they want to sign Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde is adamant the Chile international is not for sale.But Marotta says: "I wouldn't have imagined being first with Inter two yearss would be the perfect signing for Liverpool this summer., after news emerged the La Ligcontent_imga giants are willing to sell the 27-year-old.And Anfield legend Fowler claims the ex-Arsenal man would be a great addition to Brendan Rodgers’ squad.“Fabregas is a player I’ve always liked,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “When those kind of players become available you always want to sign them.“Fabregas is a world recognised player and he would suit the Liverplback Luke Shaw admitted frustration after their 0-0 draw with Wolves on Saturday.Shaw felt they could've done more to get the three points.He said, "It was a very tough game. "We know Wolverhampton is defending very well. They have fantastic playersool system.”
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  • Exclusive – Holloway is the best boss for Crystal Palace, says Salako

    John Salako says Crystal Palace would be crazy to ditch under-fire boss Ian Holloway.Palace are 19th in the Premier League and five points adrift of safety after beingHolloway’s job is now reported to be under serious threat, despite the but Salako says it ‘is absolutely ridiculous’ to even contemplate changing the manager.“The truth is Palace haven’t got the quality”, the former Eagles star said, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The club has come so far. I think Ian Holloway is doing a great job. I don’t think anyone could come in and do any more.“You hear different rumours of people like Pards [Alan Pardew] being linked to the job but why? Let Holloway do his job.“It maybe was an unrealistic hope that we could stay up. How mstill in the building process, despite an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester City.Ederson allowed Anthony Martial to fire United into a ficontent_imgrst half lead despite getting a hand to the France striker's shot.In the second half his mis-control almost saw any managers fall foul of getting promoted too early, they haven’t got the squad, the expectationente.Sky Sports says Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has set his sights on securing Real Madrid's James Rodriguez or Inter's Mauro Icardi. However, neither deal is close and both have significant hurdles to overcome before any agreement is rea goes through the roof, they get sacked and they still go down. Then they [the critics] think, actually, we lost a good man there.”
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  • ‘I want to play for Arsenal’ – Belgian striker urges Gunners to make move

    Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Arsenal.Arsene Wenger, w Benrahma is considered by many to be one of the most talented players in the Championship.His partnership with Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins has proved fruitful, with the trio scoring 38 goals in the league this season.The Bees are riding high in fho celebrates his 1000th match in charge of Arsenal this weekend, and is expected to press ahead with a move at the end of the season.Batshuayi, 20, has scored 36 league goals in 87 matches foth SER Catalunya, Arteta was asked about almost leaving City - first to take the Arsenal job in 2018 and second about Newcastle's interest over the summer.He said, "Yes, there have been some things, but the decision I have made is that I am very happr Liege but his club face a battle to keep hold of him.His current deal expires in June 2018 but if Batshuayi has his say, he would move to the Emirates.“I don’t think I’ll play for Standard Liege long in the future,” he told La Tribune.“If we qualified to Champions League, maybe I could keep playing here one more year. My favourite championships are Premier League and Bundesliga, and I’ve always been supporting Arsenal. They have got a very good philosophy for young players and content_imgI’d like to play for them.”
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  • .“Napoli haven’t called me for a month. I suppose

    its their clash with Sorns 33 in February and his current deal expires at the end of the season.“He can sign a new contract, but we don't want to mess about," Manuel Garcia Quilon told CalcioNapoli24.“Napoli haven't called me for a month. I suppose we'll hear from themuthampton can lay down a markcontent_imger.It is still early days in the Premier League, but playing first on Friday night means a win for Bournemouth will take them up to third in the table."It's a huge incentive going into this game," H
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  • Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, May 18

    Here is all of Sunday’s transfer gossip and paper talk…Manchester United have joined Manchester City in the race to sign Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna. The France defender, 31, is leaving the Gunners on a free transfer and Louis van Gaal wants him to replace Rafael. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking to sign Toulouse’s 21-year-old full-back Serge Aurier as a replacement for Sagna. Swansea’s Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, 25, who scored 16 league goals this season, is also wanted by Arsenal. However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has entered the £20m race to sign Bony. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes the £20m signing of Porto’s Brazilian midfielder Fernando, 26, will be key to the club’s Champions League challenge next season. Pellegrini also wants Porto’s French defender Eliaquim Mangale approached Brighton for Lewis Dunk.The Times says they have been told to cough up £50million for Dunk.The Blues are looking for reinforcements content_imgin defence and see the Seagulls centre-back as a viable alternative to Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori, Ka, 23, and could sell Matija Nastasic andded Manchester United's support. The winger has begun his United career in fine form since joining from Swansea City in the summer. And he has been amazed by the support he has received at Old Trafford and away from home."Coming out to Old Trafford o Javi Garcia to boost his transfer funds. Liverpool are considering a move for Bayern Munich’s Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 22, as a potential alternative to Southampton’s Adam Lallana. The Reds are set to offer £18m for Barcelona’s Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 25. West Ham want to sign Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon but Sunderland are also interested in the 27-year-old former England international.
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  • Cole denies rift with Mourinho over Chelsea exit

    Ashley Cole admits he ‘jumped at the chance’ to join Roma and insists he still has a good relationship with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.Former England international Cole moved to the Italian capital on a after Rodgers is targeting Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor.The midfielder is thought to be rated around £25million, and Rodgers already tried to make a move for him last summer, says The Sun.Leicester are worried about losing James Maddison to Manchestethe The 33-year-old made only 15 Premier League starts during his final season in west London, with manager Mourinho, who signed the defender from Arsenal in 2006, preferring to use right-back Cesar Azpilicueta on the left side of defence instead.Cole has dismissed suggestions of a rift with his old boss and says his heart was set on a switch to the Stadio Olimpico once he had spoken with Roma boss Rudi Garcia.He said: “First of all, me and Jose still had a good relationship. I was just getting a bit old for what he liked. As soon ane says he's fine after contracting the coronavirus.The on-loan Wolves player is one of three Fiorentina players to test positive, after Dusan Vlahovic and German Pezzella.“Thanks to all of you for the support and your messages of affection. I'm fis I spoke to Rudi Garcia and I saw how much they wanted mcontent_imge here at Roma, I jumped at the chance.”Cole, who will become only the third Englishman to turn out in Serie A since the turn of the millennium, also feels English players are too afraid to test themselves outside of the Premier League.He added: “I think probably English players are scared to come abroad, they’re in a comfort zone in England. I’ve never been out of London and it’s a big opportunity for me to try a different language, different culture and a different way of living.”
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  • ‘If Gareth Bale ever goes to Chelsea they will become invincible!’

    Football fans awoke to the news Chelsea could rival Manchester United for the services of Gareth Bale.Reports in the Daily Star this week, which were subsequeFiorentina to test positive for coronavirus.The Italian, 22, returned to Serie A in January on an 18-month loan deal, six months after joining Wolves.On Saturday, Fiorentina confirmed that Cutrone, Argentine defender German Pezzella and physiotherapintly rubbished by the Welshman’s agent, stated the Red Devils could swap the ex-Tottenham Hotspur sensation for Angel di Maria.But now the Daicontent_imgly Express claim Jose Mourinho could make a move for Bale as he loofended his lack of goals.Pogba insists it's tougher in the modern game for midfielders to score 20 goals a season.He told Icons: "Football has changed a lot. I grew up watching the exploits of great champions, real legends like Del Piero, Figo, Tottiks to apply the finishing touches to his champions-elect.And fans on Twitter had mixed feelings about the rumours…
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  • Exclusive – Gabbiadini predicts Wembley selection shock for Sunderland

    Marco Gabbiadini believes Gus Poyet may leave Adam Johnson out of his starting XI for the Capital One Cup final because of his defensive frailties.The winger has been an inspirational force for the Black Cats on their way to Wembley, and has scored sixgoals in the club’s previous six Premier League matches.But former Roker Park favourite Gabbiadini claims the 26-year-old may have to make way as Poyet’s side tryto stop free-scoring Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.”Adam is in a great run of form and it’s coincided with Sunderland being on the front foot,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “They’ve been taking games content_imgto people, like at efender James Chester is set to move down to the Championship with Stoke City.The veteran center back has struggled for game time this season.The 31-year-old defender has only played in the FA Cup and League Cup for Villa this season.The Stoke SentinFulham [where the winger scored a hat-trick].“Sunderland are not going to get that much possession against Manchester City though. They may not get the chance to do that [take the game to Man City] on Sunday. Will it be a case of them trying to do a containing job for 45 minutes and, after frustrating them, trying to break thegan wants to win the UEFA Champions League with Manchester City.The German knows that it is so important for the Premier League champions to claim European glory.City have never won the European Cup, and manager Pep Guardiola has not won the competitm down?“It was clear at Arsenal last week that, when you don’t have a lot of possession, Adam Johnson isn’t the best player to have in your team.“I’m not being disrespectful to him and I’m sure he’d admit that himself. He’s not one for chasing around and tackling, that’s not his forte.“We want to see him on the ball. Maybe Poyet will use him as a cameo role in the second half.”
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  • Man City line-up v Bayern Munich – PL champions turn to veteran star in Toure’s absence

    , but he will be the first to admit they have an uphill battle as they take on Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening.Bayern currently top group E, boasting a perfect record and having scored 11 times and only conceded once.Pellegrini though will take solace in the fact that it was only that proved the difference maker when the two sides met oair admits he's a fan of Kostas Manolas.The Roma defender is a target for Napoli.“We all know how decisive Manolas has been over the years for Roma," Aldair told TuttoNapoli.it.“With (Kalidou) Koulibaly, he'd form such a quick centre-back pairingn matchday one back in September.Sincecontent_img then though, the two side’s paths have taken different courses, with City yet to register a victory in this season’s competition.Indeed, midfielder Samir Nasri has even admitted that the future of City’s highly-paid stars hang in the balance, with the Frenchman suggesting that a raft of talent could be shipped out unless the Premier League champions can turn their fortunes arounmits the arrival of Barcelona striker Luis Suarez at Liverpool transformed the team.Asked who the greatest players he ever played with were he listed, in order, ex-Liverpool strikers Suarez and Fernando Torres and Liverpool-born former England team-md.City are only two points behind AS Roma and CSKA Moscow in their group, and will require Tuesday’s fixture between the two to be drawn, in order to boost their own qualification hopes.Pellegrini’s side will be without star man Yaya Toure though, who is suspended following a dismissal in their capitulation last time out.So how will the City boss likely play this one out? Below is his predicted formation:This is not a time to start experimenting with formations and tactics, so expect Pellegrini to use his tried and tested 4-2-2-2 line-up, with Sergio Aguero and the improving Stevan Jovetic spearheading the attack.Toure’s absence means there will likely be a start for veteran midfielder Frank Lampard, who brings with him a wealth of experience to the side.Man City fans, can you pull off the seemingly impossible and qualify for the knockout stages? Comment below…
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  • Exclusive – Liverpool clash will decide Chelsea’s season, claims Cascarino

    Tony Cascarino has rubbished Jose Mourinho’s claim that Chelsea are out of the Premier League title race. and saw the Reds go top of the table on Sunday, .Following tcontent_imghe reverse at Selhurst Park, But former Stamford Bridge favourite Cascarino claims Chelsea’s encounter with Liverpool at Anfield next month could decide who’s celebrand Fulham striker Andre Schurrle admits he's considering retirement - at 28!Schurrle is currently with Spartak Moscow."I would lie now if I had never had the thought. Especially in the really difficult phases, you think: If I still need anything at ating ks with every single Arsenal player at the end of the season.The Gunners felt compelled to speak with each member of his squad after a season which saw them lose the Europa League final and miss out on Champions League qualification.According to The in May.“Chelsea have still got more than enough to win the Premier League title,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “They have got an amazing run-in.“Apart from Liverpool, Chelsea’s run-in is more than doable. They have got three home games you can easily see them winning.“OK, they are away to Swansea and face Cardiff on the last game of the season but Chelsea can win them.“Their season relies on one game in the league, what they can get out of the game at Anfield.”
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  • Exclusive – Howey on Cabaye’s future and Man City’s title credentials

    Steve Howey hopes Newcastle’s excellent Premier League form means midfielder Yohan Cabaye can be convinced to stay in the north east.Arsenal and PSG are two teams that previously beenlinked with a transfer for the 27-year-old France international, wcontent_imgho scored in Howey, though, who spent 11 years at St James’ Park, hopes his former club do not start selling their best players and can convince people like Cabaye to commit his future to the club, like .“Cabaye is one who makes [Newcastle] tick,” he told the Weekend Sportictory over Manchester City.The Reds enter the November international break eight points clear at the top of the Premier League after goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane saw the reigning champions beaten at Anfield.While affording themses Breakfast. “He pops up with the odd goal, too, and he’s a fantastic player.“There’re noises up here all the time about him possibly leaving in January. But I think with Newcastle’s form at the moment, where they are in the league, he could be persuaded to stay put.”And Howey, a former Man City player, believes Manuel Pellegrini’s title chasers can challenge for the league if they sort their away form out. City let a two-goal lead slip at Craven Cottage, allowing “They know at home they’re completely differenNerazzurri leapfrogged Juventus, who drew 2-2 with Sassuolo today, with this 2-1 win.Conte remarked: "We've been working since Day One to make an impact and annoy the other teams. Being back on top of the table after 14 rounds makes us proud, becauset and if they can transfer the home form to the away form, thenfor me, I think they are still the favourites [for the Premier League title],” he said.
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