England head coach Gareth Southgate has insisted that Jack Wilshere is unlikely to get a reckoning in his squad unless he earns regular Premier League action with Arsenal. The 25-year-old has earned 13 minutes of top-flight football this term with manager Arsene Wenger preferring to utilise him in the League Cup and Europa League outings.
Wilshere has always been regarded as one of England’s finest midfielders, but his constant injury concerns have hampered his chances of earning a regular call-up. The playmaker last featured for the Three Lions during the European championships in France in 2016, and Southgate has now suggested that he will have to gain more game time to the Premier League to knock on the national team door.
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Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Phil Neville has heaped praise on Marcus Rashford following his man of the match performance against Burton Albion on Wednesday night.
The England international was picked to start in the centre-forward role during the third-round League Cup tie versus Burton, and he did not disappoint as he bagged two goals and an assist.
The Red Devils forward has shown vast improvement since his first-team debut for United back in February 2016, and Neville believes that the 19-year-old is on the same page as Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe, who made the headlines with their moves to Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain respectively this summer.
Rashford looked to have faded in his first full season under Jose Mourinho last term as he managed just 11 goals across all competitions. However, the Englishman has since bulked up by a few kilos and he has started the 2017/18 season in prime fashion with five goals in just over a month.
He has also performed with a similar vigour for the national side after he produced a brilliant showing in the 2-1 victory over Slovakia. Rashford was at fault for Slovakia’s opener at the Wembley, but he therein followed to score a goal and provide an assist to cap up a strong performance. Continue reading Phil Neville – Marcus Rashford as good as Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele
Former Manchester United and Everton striker Louis Saha feels Wayne Rooney will help the Toffees end their long wait for silverware.
The Merseysiders have gone more than two decades without a trophy with their last recognisable triumph coming in the 1995 FA Cup final. Since then, Everton have come close to securing the famous old trophy but they have fallen short on each occasion, including the final in 2009, where Saha scored in a 2-1 loss to Chelsea.
Speaking exclusively to TalkSPORT, Saha is confident that the Toffees will return to their glory days with Rooney capable of providing a performance despite his trailing age. The former England international has lost some of his physical attributes in recent seasons, but he is nevertheless considered a valuable Premier League player after having netted twice in six outings for Everton this term. Continue reading Louis Saha backs Wayne Rooney to end Everton’s trophy drought
Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah admits that he holds no grudges with former club Chelsea, where his playing time was marginalised.
The 22-year-old midfielder has been impressive since his debut for the Hornets earlier this month, and his performances have earned him a maiden call-up to the England national side.
Speaking at a press conference, the enforcer refused to get carried away with his first England call-up as he will be in the focus of media, who will look to take advantage of any flaws in his game, he said: “Everyone feels pressure in some way, but for me it’s just about keeping my head down and staying focused. Things are going to be said, you’re going to be praised, the media might try and kill you sometimes, but it’s part and parcel of football.”
Chalobah has become the first Hornets player since John Barnes in 1983 to earn a Three Lions call, and he is determined to stay focused in order to maintain his spot in the national side, he added: “Things are going well at the club for me at the minute. I’m just trying to keep my head down and stay focused and hopefully try and get many more call-ups.” Continue reading England new boy Nathaniel Chalobah elated with call-up
England coach Mark Sampson has been cleared of any wrongdoing after EniolaAluko complained of “bullying and harassment” to the Football Association, according to the BBC.
The 30-year left the team around mid-last year after submitting an official complaint.
Aluko said she was not selected for the team as she was “undermined and belittled.” The Chelsea star complained of the negative bias that affected her while in the team. The FA set up an independent investigation into the matter which has not cleared the staff of any wrongdoing.
The BBC claims the confidentiality agreement that the FA and the player in question agreed earlier this year is higher than the speculated £40,000. The FA claims the settlement was a “mutual resolution” to avoid disruptions to the England squad preparations for the Euro 2017 – which the Lioness lost in the semi-final to hosts the Netherlands – and not a sum thrown to stop the player from speaking about facts of the matter. Continue reading SAMPSON CLEARED OF BULLYING CHARGES
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.
Southampton forward Nathan Redmond has issued a heartfelt apology to the England faithful following the Young Lions’ penalty shoot-out loss to Germany at the semi-final stage of the European Under-21 Championships.
The 23-year-old missed the crucial penalty kick of the game which saw England crash out via a 4-3 defeat.
Redmond and co. had battled through most of the game as they held onto a 2-2 scorelinefor 120 minutes under the immense pressure from their German counterparts. Eventually, two of England’s best players in Tammy Abraham and Redmond missed their spot-kicks which guaranteed Germany a route to the final against Spain.
The former Birmingham and Norwich winger was distraught and in tears following the Tuesday night result, but he appeared to have overcome some of his disappointment while releasing a heartfelt apology on Twitter, he wrote: “Gutted to have lost the semi-finals last night on pens! Sorry. I will continue to keep learning from these experiences and try to improve as a player every day as usual.There is work to do and I’m OK with the mental and physical challenges that lie ahead. It’s sad to close a chapter on my England youth team football in that way but I’ve gained more than I’ve lost from the U16s right through to the U21s.” Continue reading Redmond apologetic following England’s Under-21s Euro exit
The head coach of the England national football team, Gareth Southgate has recently stated that he wants English players to get prepared as much as possible by their respective clubs.
According to Gareth Southgate, if his national comrades get to perform rigorously at the biggest stage possible at a club level then this will have a significantly big and positive impact to how those players perform at the international stage.
“I think for all top players there will always be the next challenge, like the Champions League and major tournaments. Look at Cristiano Ronaldo. You could see when he was running the team from the touchline last summer after being injured, what it meant to him to be a European champion with Portugal´´
“Lionel Messi is similar. We couldn’t have had a player over the last 30 years that has had a bigger impact on the game. Yet we’re all questioning because there’s a missing piece of success with Argentina´´ Continue reading Gareth Southgate wants English players to be tested with their clubs
“Get him on a plane and bring him back,” the United faithful sang the last time Cristiano Ronaldo revealed he wasn’t happy at Real Madrid, citing that the club chiefs knew “why.”
It says so much for the fondness the Portuguese still has in the memories of United fans who Ronaldo has repeatedly said were the only group of football fans that genuinely love him.
In the wake of his latest silent mudslings with Madrid administrators over their inability to shield him from Spanish tax authorities, the 33-year old appears certain that this time he really truly wants to leave the Galaticos.
As expected, Franchise-loving Ed Woodward and his board members in charge of the Red Devils transfer dealing have started pulling every available string to make the Portuguese’ inner boy’s heart desire and those of the stand occupants at Stretford End come to pass.
But do they really need him? Does a club on the journey to build a sustainable squad capable of at least winning major trophies need an ego-massage-needing prodigal son that will of course grant them goals and maybe a couple of trophies but will likewise end up impeding the growth of the coming generation of Old Trafford’s beacon bearers? Continue reading UNITED MUST RESIST OLD COOKIE RONALDO
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?