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.
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.”
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.
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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.
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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?
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.
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
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?