The Championship used to be the term given to the sides winning England’s top flight at the end of the season.
That all changed in 1992 with the inception of the Premier League, but arguably winning the Championship now is more lucrative than it ever was back then. It might be England’s Second Division, but the prize on offer is huge. It is believed promotion to the Premier League is worth around £170m. To some degree, it can make or break a team’s fortunes for many, many years, with smaller clubs such a Stoke City, Bournemouth and Burnley all achieving promotion and building success on the back of that. Continue reading Which Championship Teams to Bet on for Promotion
When Jose Mourinho was sacked as Manchester United manager it would have hardly come as a surprise to anyone in world football and in all likelihood, Mourinho probably wasn’t that shocked either. Mourinho’s sacking was a long time in the offing after a turbulent spell at Old Trafford that left the club lingering in sixth position with a points total of 26 which is the club’s lowest at this stage of the season since the 1990/1991 campaign.
It looks bad on paper but it was even worse in reality with the players having very obviously given up on trying to impress Mourinho. The disharmony in the dressing room was there for all to see and some may have questioned why it took vice-president Ed Woodward this long to pull the trigger. Continue reading Molde lend Solskjaer to United to help steady ship
England international Harry Kane has insisted that he should be in a much better shape for the 2018 World Cup after having gained valuable experience ever since the disappointment at Euro 2016. The 24-year-old has been the standout performer for Tottenham Hotspur this campaign but they have been lingering doubts over his fitness after rushing his return from an ankle problem in April.
However, speaking to reporters, Kane has clarified that he has no issues with his fitness and he has plenty of time ahead of the World Cup to recover from any minor niggles, he said: “This summer I will be fresher. That was my first tournament so there were a lot of expectations. Having that experience will help and I definitely feel better.Obviously, I had a good rest last summer. This year has been tough with all the competitions we played in.But I’m feeling good. I’m feeling like anyone would at this stage of the season but there is plenty of time to recover and get ready for the World Cup.” Continue reading Harry Kane Insists He Will Be Prepared For The World Cup
Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard is pleased to have bagged his maiden England goal during Friday’s 1-0 win over the Netherlands in an international friendly. The victory ended the Three Lions’ 22-year wait for a victory over the Dutch, and this came about from a man of the match performance from Lingard, who scored the winner in the 59th minute of the game.
Speaking about his match-winning effort, he said: “It’s up there with my best moment. It’s always an honour, to score as well is a massive bonus. I took a bit of time, tried to concentrate on it and I tried to give the keeper the eyes.Of course, I want to start (in Russia). When you work hard you get the rewards so from now I will carry on working hard and see where it gets me.”
Continue reading Jesse Lingard Delighted With Maiden Goal For England
Leicester City manager Claude Puel sees a deadly partnership if Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur combine with Jamie Vardy. England manager Gareth Southgate prefers a lone wolf to lead the attack and Kane is the likely man for the job. However, Puel insists that Kane and Vardy can combine in attack at the forthcoming World Cup. Vardy has been on a decent goal streak this season even though Kane has been on a much more impressive one, currently leading the chart in the Premier League.
“They can play together for England, of course. He has other attributes to Harry Kane and sometimes they can play together because they can combine with different attributes. “It will be a good association. We have to respect the work of the manager because he has different options and qualities in the squad, but all this good play is exciting for the national team.”
Continue reading Puel Sees Kane And Vardy Partnership
Sky Sport pundit Phil Thompson is surprised by Gareth Southgate’s decision to choose Danny Welbeck and Jack Livermore for the England’s upcoming international friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy. The pair have struggled to make any significant influence during the Premier League campaign with Livermore, in particular, having not featured in a victorious West Brom side since August.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Thompson said: “There’s a few surprises in there for me, none more so than Welbeck and Livermore.I think Danny can count himself very lucky to be in the squad as he hasn’t had enough game time and certainly hasn’t pulled up any trees up when he has had his chances, while the same can be said for Livermore.”
Continue reading Sky Sports Pundit Surprised By Welbeck, Livermore’s Inclusions In England Squad
Arsenal favourite Thierry Henry believes Marcus Rashford should consider his long-term future with Manchester United after finding himself limited to a bench role in recent months. The England international started the campaign as the preferred attacker in the left-wing position, but this role has now been occupied by Alexis Sanchez with Anthony Martial rivalling him on the other flank.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, he said: “One of the most important things for me is that you have to play. You cannot be on the bench and missing games, missing learning about the game and stopping that momentum, and an example is Rashford.
Continue reading Thierry Henry: Marcos Rashford may have to leave Manchester United
Gareth Southgate has been appointed as the permanent manager at the England national team and he has been able to get some positive results. However, there is a sense that he would be judged a lot upon the performances at the World Cup 2018 – a tournament that England have been able to qualify for in style. England have been unable to make much of an impact at major tournaments in the past. Hence, the consensus is that Southgate will be judged on the performances at this World Cup in order to make a decision with regard to his long-term appointment, but FA chief executive Martin Glenn has rejected those suggestions.
He claims that Southgate will be in for the long term irrespective of the results at the World Cup. It is likely that Southgate will be in a similar situation to that of Roy Hodgson, who took over just before the Euro 2012 only for a disappointing tournament. Hodgson went on to last as the England manager until the World Cup 2014 when he was replaced by Sam Allardyce, whose reign at the national team lasted only for the one match. England have long-term issues and Glenn believes that keeping Southgate for the long-term will ensure consistency even after the World Cup. Under the management of Southgate, England have achieved successes at the under-17 and under-20 levels.
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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.
Continue reading Southgate explains Wilshere & Smalling absence
After each transfer window passes by, more and more transfer rumours surface, and more and more are crushed – these rumours just didn’t come true at all, and were probably made up by someone pretending to be ‘in the know’, but then there are others however that do go through and actually happen.
One of the rumours that has come to light in recent times was Mesut Ozil’s possible January transfer to the Spanish outfit Barcelona – whether or not it is indeed true is a whole other debate! Continue reading Is Ozil off to Barcelona?