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?
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
The chairman of the recently developed St George’s Park football facility in England –David Sheepshanks – has said that this facility has the capability to become the best in the world, according to the Tottenham news website.
England have been extremely criticised in the last few years for their inability to develop their own coaches, who have then gone on to manage them internationally. Due to the lack of good quality local managers, the England national team has had a number of foreign managers including the previous one – Fabio Capello. As a result, the England football Association decided to step up their efforts in bringing a football facility that is very similar to the one used in France.
The project was recently completed after a gap of more than 10 years due to various disputes arriving at various stages. However, the chairman is confident that the time and money spent on the football facility is going to make the England national team one of the best in the world. The football facility has been built on a 330 acre site and will house a lot of training facilities and coaching facilities. The former Ipswich town chairman David Sheepshanks has been placed in charge of the facility and he has expressed his delight at this honour.
“Hopefully the rest of the world will see this as a statement of intent by English football, which we will go on seeking to improve. It is a nerve-centre, a think-tank. I could almost say, if I was allowed to, a Mecca. It is a meeting point for the game, a congregating nerve centre where it doesn’t matter whether you are coaches, chief execs, physios, commercial directors, nutritionists – it is a place where the game can come together,” said David Sheepshanks. England were eliminated in the quarter-final stage at the Euro 2012.