Ronald Koeman Backs Wayne Rooney for England Once Again

Ronald Koeman has given his backing to Wayne Rooney to make a return to the international side, after recently losing his place in the England national team.

Since the appointment of manager Gareth Southgate as the replacement for Sam Allardyce on a permanent basis, Rooney has been sidelined. However, it has largely to do with his lack of regular first-team football with Manchester United, while he also do not score too many goals at the Red Devils last season. Manager Jose Mourinho preferred using Rooney in the midfield, but it is widely expected that he will make the switch back to the striker’s position at Everton.

Rooney joined the Merseyside outfit as part of the deal that took Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford. The England international joined a free transfer to his former club and he is expected to be the face of the team going forward. Manager Ronald Koeman has expressed his happiness at being able to possess a player like Rooney in the first team. Still only 31 years old, Rooney has the ability to make a difference for several years to come. Rooney’s first major task will be to help Everton progressing to the latter stages of the Europa league, as they take on Ruzomberok in the qualifying rounds.

“First of all, if you play really good football and produce great performances for your club it is possible that he will come back to the national team. But it always starts with the club, his performances for the club and then it’s reasonable that he will go back to the national team,” said Koeman. “The great thing for Rooney is that he will probably be playing more regular football, so it’s as simple as that,” said Southgate when enquired about the possibility of recalling Rooney to the national team.

 

DECISION TIME FOR OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN

Arsenal playmaker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is facing a trcky situation at the Emirates Stadium, which is set to jeopardise his place in the England squad for the Russia 2018 World Cup. The 23-year old star has been a regular face in the Premier League for many years now, having first made the headlines when he was just 17 years old. With the pace of the game now, he needs to make the right career move to be able to last long else he could lose out to time.

The Three Lions midfielder is thinking of his prospects if he remains at Arsenal or moves elsewhere – but where exactly? The versatile player was impressive in the wings last term so admirers are in abundance, even though his fitness records are a concern. The player wants assurance of regular football in the forthcoming season after starting just 16 Premier League game last term. Continue reading DECISION TIME FOR OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN

STURRIDGE TO REMAIN AT ANFIELD NEXT SEASON?

Embattled and injury-ravaged striker Daniel Sturridge is believed to be on his way out of Anfield this summer.


The season has been an underwhelming one for the England striker. The team seems to have adjusted to his absence and it would be difficult to become an essential part now.

Sturridge is constantly derided in the media as a player with extreme fragility. It must have affected his confidence and offerings as he has publicly admitted being hurt when he cannot contribute to the team’s success. The resolve of Anfield would be tested this summer if they would keep the player and a few others that have not contributed as much to the team this term.

Sturridge is a very good player when he is fit but with Liverpool keen to build something beautiful now his fitness concerns are a big liability. No player has reached the 21 goals he scored in 29 Premier League matches in the 2013/14 season in recent years, aside his partner Luis Suarez. His goals-to-game ratio is still impressive and he has said he is “the best striker Liverpool has.”

In the last two seasons, the figures of the player have been abysmal. He has scored just two Premier League goals this term and has played less than half of the 35 games. His three-year total is 14 in the league, while stars like Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero have scored 67 and 68 respectively. Little wonder Kane is the preferred option in the England national side. Continue reading STURRIDGE TO REMAIN AT ANFIELD NEXT SEASON?

Southgate Wrong to Question Wilfried Zaha’s Commitment to the National Team

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has questioned Gareth Southgate’s methods after the England manager publicly criticised the winger’s commitment for the national team.


The former Manchester United player recently chose the opportunity to play for Ivory Coast, despite having represented England at various levels, in what is seen as a move to get regular international football. As one of the best players with the Ivory Coast national team, Zaha is guaranteed a starting role every time the national team plays. Southgate, though, said that the winger lacked passion when it comes to play for the national team. Zaha has criticised the statement claiming that it was his personal right to represent Ivory Coast.

Despite having appeared for various levels of the England youth teams and, of course, for the England national team in a couple of friendly games, Zaha has been obliged to play for the country where he was born. Zaha represented the England under 21 team in 13 games. Continue reading Southgate Wrong to Question Wilfried Zaha’s Commitment to the National Team

Gareth Southgate Concerned about Lack of Preparation Ahead of Germany Friendly

England manager Gareth Southgate is concerned that he will get only one full training session from his players ahead of the friendly with Germany.


After an extended absence of international games, Southgate is preparing to take charge of his first game as the permanent England manager when the national team take on archrivals Germany in a friendly game. It will be a tough test for the former Middlesbrough manager, especially as it is against the reigning world champions. England may struggle to get the best preparation possible, as a hectic fixture schedule in the English Premier League may prevent Southgate from getting a number of top players available for preparation earlier.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester United are the clubs involved in action as part of the ‘Super Sunday’ just three days prior to England’s game against Germany. England are taking on Germany on March 22 followed by a match against Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier three days later. Continue reading Gareth Southgate Concerned about Lack of Preparation Ahead of Germany Friendly

GERRARD RETIRES FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Former Liverpool and England international Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from football after 19 years.


The 36-year old is the fourth most capped Three Lions player with 114 games under his belt. He was the captain in three of six international tournaments.

“I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career. I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my life at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy,” Gerrard said.

Gerrard featured in over 700 games for Liverpool, winning nine trophies before moving to America to play in the Major League Soccer for Los Angeles Galaxy in 2015.

“I fulfilled my childhood dream by putting on the famous red shirt of Liverpool,” ‘captain fantastic’ as he is fondly called said.

Gerrard would not be going straight into football management as he said a move to manage MK Dons came too soon. The proposal to manage MK Dons came as he announced that he would be exiting LA Galaxy at the end of the season.

The player has been linked with a move to Celtic and Newcastle. There are reports of a coaching offer at Anfield – Gerrard is working towards getting UEFA A coaching license, the second-highest qualification required to manage a club.

For now, Gerrard says he would ponder critically about his future before committing.

“I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be,” he said.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has downplayed an immediate move for Gerrard to join the coaching crew at Anfield but admits that something would come up in future.

“When something is announced, then we will talk. It is clear that one day in the future there will be something to announce, that is pretty sure too, but until then there is nothing to say.”

The best fantasy football names

Fantasy Football is an important part of every football season, especially for fans. Being able to ‘manage’ a selection of the best players in the Premier League is every fans dream. Apart from selecting your players, another tasks which every fan must go through is naming your team.

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Howe wary of the media

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes that sometimes reading too much of the press can bring its own problems – especially in the current day and age, where 24 hours a day needs to be filled on the likes of SkySports and online.  Whilst it’s difficult to stay away from the various sorts of reports and articles, Howe thinks it’s absolutely imperative.


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