Tottenham Hotspur legend praises Gareth Southgate after World Cup showing

Tottenham Hotspur favourite Ledley King has praised Gareth Southgate for the work he has done with the England national side. The Three Lions managed to exceed expectations as they reach the semi-final stage of the recent World Cup and there has since been plenty of praise for Southgate who has formed a strong bond with the national team players.

In a report covered by The Mail, King highlighted the same regarding Southgate and believes the former Middlesbrough defender is the right person to propel the Three Lions towards trophy success. He said: “You never know how someone is going to take to coaching. He’s an intelligent man and he’s worked with England players at the younger ages.
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Gary Neville: Harry Kane is England’s only truly world-class player

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has highlighted Harry Kane as the sole world-class player in the England squad and believes would get into any other team at the World Cup. The Tottenham Hotspur star has improved leaps and bounds over the past few seasons and he is presently leading the line for the Three Lions in Russia.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville was full of praise for Kane, who bagged a match-winning brace in the 2-1 triumph over Tunisia, he said: “World class for me is defined by the question: would he get into any other team in the tournament? And I think he would. Other teams would have to find a place for him, he’s that good. There will be those who say: ‘You’ve got to do more, how do you define world class?’ But his performances in the last two years in the Premier League and performances for England, his stature, and the fact if he was made available for sale, every club in Europe would want him.”
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Danny Murphy believes Phil Jones is fortunate to make World Cup squad

Former Liverpool and Fulham star Danny Murphy believes Phil Jones is lucky to have made the World Cup with England this summer. The centre-back has been error-prone on a multiple occasions this campaign and he was guilty of conceding a penalty against Chelsea on Saturday which cost Manchester United the FA Cup title.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, Murphy was critical about the selection of both Jones and Danny Rose, though he believes that James Tarkowski has deserved his spot after impressing for Burnley in the top-flight, he said: “Overall I think Gareth has done the right thing, but Phil Jones is fortunate to get in. I like James Tarkowski, I think he’s had an unbelievable season and maybe he should have been in the squads earlier. “The other one I was a little bit surprised at was Danny Rose – he’s hardly played and when I’ve seen him play recently he hasn’t looked fit.”
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Gareth Southgate admits selection headache after Marcus Rashford’s showing

England manager Gareth Southgate has admitted that he has a selection headache on his hands following Marcus Rashford’s stunning goal against Costa Rica in a World Cup warm-up game. The 20-year-old did not have the best of seasons with Manchester United where he was restricted to limited gametime but he nevertheless put up a strong showing in the Three Lions shirt.

Following the game, Southgate said that Rashford’s goal was ‘world-class’ and he now has a selection headache ahead of the World Cup which begins on June 14. He said: “At the end of the season he cares so much he tries too hard. I said before the game I expect to see mistakes with attacking players in particular because if they are taking people on and trying to be creative, they are going to make errors. His goal was world class and he was teasing defenders on the touchline. His performance wasn’t perfect but he was enjoying his football and that was great to see. I’ve got 11 or 12 [players] that are going to be difficult to leave out.”
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England vs Russia – Who Will Make the Final Lineup

Onlookers, fans or no, will undoubtedly know the potential squad issues currently dogging England manager, Roy Hodgson. England look on fine form this time round, and as such a lot of players are eager and ready to make the grade and get a space on the final lineup for France this June. The only issue is, with only 23 places going, some players will undoubtedly be sacrificed.

Marcus Rashford is one name that keeps appearing in the England squad rumours, and for good reason. On May 13th it was released that the 18 year old could still be in with a chance of going to UEFA, despite earlier rumours that he wouldn’t even in the face of his good form this season. Continue reading England vs Russia – Who Will Make the Final Lineup

Falcao looking to extend United stay

Radamel Falcao has admitted he is looking to turn his loan deal at Manchester United into a permanent switch at the end of the season despite a tough start to life in the Premier League.

The Colombian striker joined United on summer deadline day from Monaco on an initial season-long loan deal, with the option for the Red Devils to make the deal permanent for £43.5 million. Continue reading Falcao looking to extend United stay

STURRIDGE LEFT OUT

England manager Roy Hodgson will not be selecting Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Estonia and San Marino, but the former Liverpool boss has denied suggestions that this decision has been based because of the pressure from Brendan Rodgers. The current Liverpool manager is reportedly concerned about the fitness of Sturridge, who has played only three Premier league matches since the start of the season. The return of the 25-year-old is vital for Liverpool and their ambitions of remaining in the Champions League.

Sturridge’s first major injury concern this season came when he was with the England national team during the first international break. Since then, he has already missed several matches, but a setback in recent weeks has pushed his return date further. It is now looking likely that he will be fit in time for the matches against San Marino and Estonia, but Hodgson will not be taking him as a precaution. Hodgson has rejected suggestions that he has decided to omit the striker due to pressure from Rodgers. Rodgers also hinted that the training methods of England were dangerous. Hodgson did not take long to hit back at him on this regard as well.

“The interesting thing for the session where Daniel got injured is that he was quite keen to take part because he was such an important part of it, and we were trying to develop a new system of play. He was the forward who understood it best. He was more than happy to come in and help us to get our points over. I understand Brendan being unhappy. We are never happy when we send a player back injured, but we do our best,” said Hodgson. England are top of their group with nine points from the opening three matches.

Pogba commits himself to Juve

Paul Pogba has ended speculation linking him with a return to Manchester United by signing a new contract with Serie A champions Juventus. The Frenchman’s previous deal with the Italian giants had been set to expire in 2016, but the midfielder has now committed himself to Juventus until June 2019 after signing a new contract worth a reported £70,000 a week.

The former Manchester United youngster had been linked with a number of European football’s biggest clubs in recent months, most notably a potential return to Old Trafford. This new contract has calmed those fears, however, and Juventus fans will be delighted to know Pogba isn’t looking to leave the Italian champions. Continue reading Pogba commits himself to Juve

Arsenal need to learn from Manchester United’s mistakes

The day will eventually arrive when Arsene Wenger will have to walk away from Arsenal, whether that is due to retirement, in the quest of a new challenge or down to being pushed out of the club.

It is difficult at the moment to put a date on when Wenger and Arsenal will part company. Not many people expected Sir Alex Ferguson to do the same just after his side had wrapped up the Premier League title in the 2012/13 campaign to reward bet fair punters who had backed the Red Devils to win the trophy. Continue reading Arsenal need to learn from Manchester United’s mistakes

Everton still searching for first win

Everton were expected to be one of the challenges for a top four place this season after managing to strengthen the squad substantially during the summer with signings like Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry. However, the start to the season has proven to be tough affair for the toffees, who are still searching for their first victory of the season. Many would have expected Everton to finish with at least six points from the opening nine matches given that there are playing against one of the newly promoted teams with the rest of the two matches at home.

However, Everton could manage only a 2-2 draw with Leicester on the opening day of the season and they have since followed that up with a draw and a defeat. The 2-2 draw against Arsenal was especially tough on Everton given that they were leading 2-0 going into halftime before throwing away the lead in the second half. They managed to put up a spirited performance against Chelsea before ending up in the wrong side of a nine goal thriller at Goodison Park. The 6-3 defeat just before the international break left Everton just one place above the relegation zone.

Hence, there is real pressure on Martinez and his men to deliver three points when league action resumes with Everton taking on West Brom away from home. “The Hawthorns is always a tough place to go. If we remember last season we had a very good performance for a long period but then they reacted really well in the second half, and their fans got behind them. We expect a tough game, We know a lot of the individuals there and obviously the manager had been a part of our fabric for a long time so you can imagine that it’s going to be a lot of understanding between the two teams,” said Martinez.