Month: April 2019

  • Wayne Rooney could be out for six weeks – and that’s VERY bad news for Manchester United

    could be out for us to six weeks - He's been a transformed player since the stant to improve their attacking options from midfield.They see Leicester City's Maddison as a player who can bring the necessary creativity and bite in the centre of the park.The Evening Standardsays Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team could make an offer for rt of the new year. Rooney scored just eight goals in 24 games for United between the start of the 2015-16 campaign and end of the year. Since the start of 2016 though he bagged seven going down bigger clubs this summer.Leicester were able to close a deal this summer and make the 22-year-old their most costly ever purchase at £40.5m."During the transfer window, I was happy of the interest of certain big clubs," Tielemans said aheadals in nine matches, failing to score in just three games. The club score more when Rooney's playing and they win more too. United have scored an average of 1.7 goals per game in all competitions with Rooney in the side over the last three seasons. Without him though that average drops to 1.4 per game. United have a 54 per cent win racontent_imgtio with Rooney in the side compared to just 39% without him. Will Manchester United be better or worse without Rooney?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • “A miserable, caged animal” – body language expert analyses shellshocked Arsene Wenger after Bayern Munich defeat

    Arsene Wenger's post-match reaction to one of his worst nights as boss may turn out to be as revealing as what happened on Bayern Munich's pitch. Somewhat understandably, left the Frenchman reeling, shellshocked by his side's second half collapse. Given what he had just seen, it is perhaps no surprise that - which you can see in the clip above - lasted just THREE minutes. However, as brief as his appearance in front of the media may have been, those 180 seconds revealed an awful lot about the Arsenal boss' current state of mind - as renowned body language expert Judi James reveals here… "Defines dejection" Wenger's body language in this press conference basically defines dejection. We have never before seen him exhibit behaviour to this degree. As he waits to speak, you can notice him rocking side-to-side. In animals, this is a classic pleased after his keeper Nick Pope was included in the England squad.Pope's last stint with the national team came in 2018, when England reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup before a dislocated shoulder in the Clarets' Europa League opener asign of being caged, miserable and depressed. It's a self comfort gesture, which shows he is at his very lowest ebb. "Seeking support" His overall pose when he begins to talk tells us a lot. Placing his entire weight on his left elbow suggests a lack of energy and an emotional, mental exhaustion. More significantly, having his right arm outstretched is one last attempt to try and look confident - but in reality, it is simply a desire to try and find some balance and support. "Gestures of self-cZinedine Zidane defended his players after their 0-0 draw with Real Betis.Despite the result, Zidane suggested that Real Madrid performed with perfect rhythm and intensity but simply failed to convert their chances.Joel Robles was in fine form, makinomfort" There is no eye contact whatosever, which is very telling. Even for him, his vocal tone is particularly low and slow, which is a tell-tale sign of misery. His gestures are also revealing. He scratches the side of his head on several occasions. This is an attempt to prompt some positive thinking; unfortunately, there is none in there. He also scratches his left thigh - this appears to be an anxiety ritual, and another gesture of self-comfort. "Shouldering the burden" The key lesson from Wenger's body language here? Physically, he looks like he is taking the hit from this defeat purely on his own shoulders. There is no seeking to pass the blame to anyone else or share the burden. The load is very much content_imgon him, and he is suffering for it. While this might be appropriate in the circumstances, seeing their manager like this is unlikely to motivate Arsenal's players to improve. What should Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger do?20000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Wayne Rooney’s 50th England goal: The most bizarre reactions on Twitter

    50th England goal has understandably provoked a lot of reaction. and officially becoming his nation's greatest goalscorer is a huge achievement, so the world and his wifcontent_imge has been quick to offer theit congratulations. However, some of the online reaction hading more from his players after their stunning 4-1 rout of Champions League opponents Valencia.La Dea jumped to a 4-0 lead with Hans Hateboer's brace, Josip Ilicic and Remo Freuler individual efforts. A Denis Cheryshev away goal leaves some faint hos been, well… a little different. Rather than a simple "", some people have offered some slightly more alternative thoughts. Thoughts like… Just how underwhelTottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says he's happy where he is.The Belgium international is a target for Roma and his agents have spoken with the Italian giants.After victory over Juventus in Singapore, Alderweireld was asked about the Giallorossi by Italian reporters."Things happen quickly in football," he replied. "But I'm focused on Spurs and I'm working to better face next season."ming is this "celebration" in a Manchester pub? How does Brendan Rodgers take some of the credit? What would a Charlton-Rooney hybrid look like? How many England goals would Original Ronaldo have scored? Will Wazza ever match the mighty Stern John? And… er… WHAT?
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo to be denied Manchester United reunion in Super Cup as Real Madrid plan summer break

    Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to line up against in the Super Cup. The Portuguese superstar scored twice last weekend as beat Juventus in the Champions League final. It capped another incredible campaign for the 32-year-old, who bagged a staggering 42 goals in all competitions. Real will face United in the European season curtain-raiser on August 8 but is set to miss out. Witcontent_imgh Portugal in the Confederations Cup, Ronaldo is set for another busy summer. After his country's Euro 2016 win, he was given a month off ahead of the new season - although he was injured for a large chunk of that time. And he is set to be afforded another extended period following this summer's tournament. The final in Russia is serged fans to be patient with their top kids.Asked if established players like Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay can aid the current crop, Butt was adamant.He saidd, "Yeah, they can. They can play a big role by going on tht for July 2, meaning Ronaldo will be back in prerest in Genk hitman Mbwana Samatta is heating up.The Liverpool-Arsenal-Chelsea-Tottenham-West-Ham-Celtic-Rangers">Daily ExpressLiverpool-Arsenal-Chelsea-Tottenham-West-Ham-Celtic-Rangers"> says Southampton are the latest Premier League side to show e-season training just days before the encounter with United. He is also set to miss out on the showpiece friendly with Barcelona in Miami. Portugal get their Confederations Cup campaign underway on June 18 against Mexico. Will Cristiano Ronaldo ever re-join Manchester United?9000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Convicted rapist Ched Evans back playing football – in a kick-around with his mates

    is back playing football - after joining in a kick-around with his mates. has been stopped from joining numerous football clubs since he was releaseer Leag not to admire Manchester United. The A-League will host United for a friendly at Optus Stadium on Saturday night."I'm sure that there is time to admire them and consider who you played against after the game," Popovic said."But we don't want them doue club Aston Villa on loan from the rest of the season.The 21-year-old had been on loan at Charlton's Championship rivals Preston since August.But he only played six games for the Lilywhites, scoring once, and has now moved to south London.Hed from prison earlier this year. But he was back in action when he enjoyed a small five-a-side match with his pals in Macclesfield, Cheshire. The one-time Wales international, with 13 caps to his name, has not played a professional match since he was released from prison back in October 2014. He had prospective moves to Oldham Athletic and Hartlepool United vetoed by officials and protesters, while Sheffield United also called time on his return witcontent_imgh them. Evans will not be attempting another return to professional football until he knows he if he will be able to appeal against his conviction. The ex-Sheffield United star, 26, could find out within weeks if he has succeeded. His lawyers claim that new unheard evidence strengthens his case. A spokesman for Evans – – said he was not in talks with any clubs “as we work through the legal process”. Evans served half of his ­five-year prison term. Should Ched Evans be allowed to return to football?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Carlo Ancelotti slams Arsenal and Manchester United’s owners for prioritising money over success

    Carlo Ancelotti has claimed and are more motivated by making money than punishing coaches for not winning trophies. The former Chelsea boss is now at Bayern Munich and will face the Gunners in the last 16 of the Champions League in February. Arsenal are in the knockout stages for the 17th consecutive seasons but have never won the trophy – and Arsene Wenger has not lifted the Premier League title since 2004. American Stan Kroenke is the majority shareholder while the Glazer family own Manchester United. Ancelotti, who was sacked at Real Madrid the season after winning their 10th Champions League title, said: “I was fortunate to be able to coach Real Madrid, although then the club decided to change managers. That is part of tte Eden Hazard deserves his move to Real Madrid.Hazard's transfer from Chelsea was completed yesterday."If you do well and these teams come for you, you have earned the right to play there," De Bruyne said. "Otherwise these teams would not come afterhe job, we are exposed to that. "In the big clubs it is difficult to stay a long time because the expectations of results are so high. Madrid’s history and demands mean that if a coach doesn’t win trophies, a change is made. You have to respect that. "It’s true content_imgthat there are other clubs like Manchester United, where [Alex] Ferguson was there many years, and now Wenger at Arsenal. "These cases are different, as their owners are from the US and they are more interested in the financial aspect than in who is coachd he's turned down the club's offer to make him their new sporting director.Puyol was offered the post after the resignation of Pep Segura at the end of July."After weighing it up a lot, I have decided not to accept the offer from the club," Puyol tw.” Bayern Munich lost in the Champions League semi-finals in the last three seasons under Pep Guardiola. And among his picks for this year’s title, the Italian does not include Arsenal. ‘We’re hoping to win it and if not, at least get to the final,” Ancelotti said. “I can’t say I’m backing anyone else. There are seven sides this year who can win the trophy: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich. At the moment, all seven are among the 16 best.” “It's true that there are other clubs like Manchester United, where [Alex] Ferguson was there many years, and now Wenger at Arsenal. These cases are different, as their owners are from the US and they are more interested in the financial aspect than in who is coach.” It is not the first time Ancelotti has hit out at Kroenke, who he previously described as “not so passionate” about how the team did in terms of trophies.
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  • Lucky football fan turns £1 into £180,000 with this crazy accumulator

    Though most football fans hold out hope of winning big on an epic accumulator, it's not often someone defies the odds and predicts a raft of scores with total accuracy. There's always that German third division side that lets you down, or those Conference North struggleguese will get the pleasure of coaching Spurs in just their first season in their billion-pound stadium.Speaking to the club's website, Mourinho said: "When you say, 'beautiful stadium', you are too humble. You have to say, 'becontent_imgst stadium in the worldrs who upset the form book and batter the league leaders by a landslide. As you cast your eye over a set of brilliant predictions, there's always one blemish on your otherwise perfect record. have just announced that one lucky punter has just turned £1 into a whopping £181,570, cashing in on an acca more ambitious than any we've ever witnessed. The gent, who'd like to remain anonymous, bet on no fewer than 16 sides in his quest to make his football fortune. That saw him beat William Hill's odds of just over 180,000/1, a feat which has only been done ONCE before. Enjoy your winnings, you clever (read: jammy) fellow. Is this one o.Chinese group, Fosun International, bought Wolves in 2016 for £45m and have invested huge funds to take the club from the Championship to the Premier League.After qualifying for the Europa League this season, Shi says Wolves want to continue improvf the greatest accas of all time?500+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher blasts Alberto Moreno after Europa League final defeat

    Liverpool legend was less than impressed with Reds left-back following the Merseysiders' Europa League final defeat to Sevilla. Spaniard Moreno, who moved to Anfield from the La Liga outfit, was at fault for Sevilla's leveller immediately after half-time and turned in a dismal second-half display. A fuming Carragher, who had earlier tweeted a picture walking to the ground in Basel, tweeted: "Jurgen, transfer committee, anyone sign acas Torreira could play again this season.The Uruguayan defensive midfielder has suffered an ankle fracture against Portsmouth, with an expected recovery time of 8 to 10 weeks.With the Gunners still attempting to make a late push for a top four posit f****** left back." The tweet was retweeted thousands of times before being swiftly deleted by the former England defender. It was a night which promised much before the break but ended in content_imgdisappointment for side who now miss out on the riches of the Champions League. In pictures: Liverpool 1-3 Sevilla Their eighth-placed finish in the Premier League means there will be no European football in any capacity at Anfield next term in what will be the German's first full season in charge. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring with an exquisite finish with the outside of his left foot as dominated in the first half. Kevin Gameiro std he misses Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo left Real Madrid 18 months ago for Juventus and Messi has admitted in the past he appreciated the presence of the Portuguese in the LaLiga. Messi felt Ronaldo forced him to continually improve as a player.And yesarted the comeback in the first minute of the second period after a mistake from Moreno, before a double from Coke sealed the deal for Sevilla. It is for the Spanish club who finished seventh in La Liga. 5 things we learned Do Liverpool need a new left-back?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • OAP football fan wins appeal against racism conviction after court accepts he wasn’t making monkey gestures

    A pensioner has won an appeal against his conviction for Premier League star Rudy Gestede. Middlesbrough fan Ernest Goult, 73, made one-armed gestures after seeing his side concede a late equaliser by for Blackburn Rovers in November last year. As the celebrating players moved towards their joyful fans, great grandfather Goult, in a scarf and anorak, was caught on CCTV gesticulating towards the striker, who has since joined Aston Villa. He was convicted of a following a trial at Teesside Magistrates' Court in July in which his actions were interpreted as a racist 'monkey' gesture towards Gestede and Rovers' other black players. But an appeal at Teesside crown court today was successful after the panel accepted the gesture had a different meaning. Goult successfully appealed after showing his gesture was not racist but was 'commonly used in the steel industry'. Teesside Crown Court's most senior judge Simon Bourne-Arton and two magistrates acceptek move for Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy.The Socceroos star could be set to return to the English top flight if the move goes ahead on transfer deadline day.Mooy is a long-time target for Brighton and they hope to add him to their squad for the d his arm salute was not meant to mimic a monkey. Giles Grant, representingr Mr Goult, explained the one-armed gesture meant "the pits" and was derogatory meaning "crap" or "smelly". Retired steel worker Mr Goult told the court the gesture made meant "under the arm" or "the pits" and was use thrilled for his son after a move to Real Madrid was confirmed.The departing Flamengo attacker's transfer was announced this morning. Real are paying €30m in total for the 18 year-old.Reinier's father, Mauro Brasilia, is a former futsal star and td in the industry to express displeasure. The fan, from Redcar, said the crowd around him were shouting and upset at the end of the game. He said: "I felt we had been cheated." He denied it was a monkey gesture and said it had no racist meaning. Mr Grant asked: "Did you have negative or poor views of those footballers because they are black?" He replied: "No, definitely not." He showed photos from a post-retirement holiday to Kenya, featuring snaps of a Maasai chief, their driver and an orphanage which they supported. Judge Bourne-Arton ruled Mr Goult had proved the gesture was used in the steel industry and said it was not the typical "utterly objectionable" monkey gesture, where both arms were used along with the "whooping sound of a baboon". Mr Goult, who was banned from football matches for three years after his conviction, blew his cheeks out in relief when he won his appeal. After the case, his son Justin said his father's only crime was saying a decision at a football match was rubbish. He added: "This has been an emotional time for my father and family, who should be watching and enjoying football and not going through the stress of fighting to clear his name over a gesture that may not be used today, but was used by his generation in steelworks and noisy mills." The family thanked Middlesbrough football fans, including the Fly Me To The Moon website, for their sucontent_imgpport and advice. Justin added: "It is too early for my father to decide if he will return to the Riverside Stadium, as the whole experience has jaded my father. "His love for his hometown club, which he has supported since the 1950, has never fallen." His barrister Giles Grant described the case as a "culture clash" between young footballers and the elderly appellant. Gestede and his former Blackburn team mates Lee Williamson and Markus Olsson had earlier told the court how Goult stood out as they celebrated the goal. Williamson, 33, said he noticed the fan as he was walking over to the Blackburn supporters. "I thought it's pathetic, really, there's no need," he said. Gestede said he was upset by the gesture. "On the day I was captain, I did my best to take control," added Williamson. "I went over to a steward, to alert him, who basically told me to go away." But he later told his manager and team officials. Gestede recalled asking Williamson about the gesture. "I am from France, (I thought) maybe it's something that is different," the 6ft 4in player said. "He says 'No, that's it, it's a monkey gesture'. I was shocked to see it in a football stadium." Teammate Olsson said Gestede was usually "a very calm guy" but he was angered by the gesture. "He only reacts when there is something up," he said. The court watched footage which showed the furious reaction of Rovers players after the final whistle, with loud booing from the fans. The footage included Goult gesticulating to the away team. The court was told Goult after they released a photograph of a man in connection with the incident. PC Tim Swales, a regular at Boro games for more than 40 years, told the court he had 'never heard of' the underarm gesture meaning 'the pits' before. But Mr Grant said usually, a monkey gesture would be accompanied by facial expressions and an "oo-oo" noise. He played a brief clip from the 1990's ITV sitcom Watching, which featured two characters making similar "pits" gestures.
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  • Gareth Southgate “loved managing England” – but refuses to confirm role on permanent basis

    Gareth Southgate has spoken out over his future as manager in the video above. The 57-time capped defender took over from Sam Allardyce on a temporary basis in September following the former Sunderland manager's dismissal. was only placed in charge for four games, with the final one of those coming against Spain on Tuesday. But after two wins and a draw, including Friday night's 3-0 win over Scotland, it's looking increasingly likely that Southgate will be offered the possed Harry Redknapp for his work on the training ground.Rowland spent 10 years working with Redknapp during his career and was brought to Bournemouth as an 18-year-old by the former Spurs manager.He was later joined at West Ham by his former Cherries ition full-time. Despite looking shaky at the back, England took the lead after 25 minutes through a well executed Daniel Sturridge header. Scotland had their chances to level, but an under par England held on to remain in front going into the interval. Strachan would have been encouraged by what he had seen in the first 45, but whatever Gareth Southgate said at half-time seemed to work. Despite two early scares, England came out a much better side in the second half and secured the win with another two headers through Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill. Three home points mean England stay top group F, while Scotland fall to second bottom. Speaking about his future after the game, Southgate said: "I just want time to go away and content_imgrefls scouting team over late transfer targets.The Sun says Bruce the Toon have upped their £4.5million offer for Swedish right-back Emil Krafth, 24.His French club, Amiens, want more but that may be revisited.Bruce has had problems with the way his scoect at the end of this fortnight. "I've loved doing it, there's no doubt about that. But I think it's an opportunity now for everybody to have some time. "The FA can decide what they want to do or what process they want to go through - I'm just content we won the game tonight." Should Gareth Southgate get the job?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Sunderland v Norwich City: home fans are cruelly trolled after dire performance

    It looks like this is going to be a familiar campaign for . They've started the season poorly for the umpteenth time - their emphatic home loss to newly promocontent_imgted will only compound the fans' misery. We feel for you, Sunderland supporters. However, we're also finding all this trolling very, very funny. Some people noticed home fans leaving early... Others reckon the remaining supporters were shutting the game out... Some think that the Black Cats will be feeling emotional... Others think the fans were pretty out of character... And, finally, some are lskjaer says Odion Ighalo is proving a positive influence on their young players.Solskjaer has praised the impact of the Nigeria international since his arrival from Shanghai Shenhua and admitted United could consider keeping him at the club at the eremarkably disappointeteve Bruce.Many fans and pundits are laying into Bruce after his side capitulated against Leicester City in the Premier League at the weekend.While Dummett understands the anger, he does not believe the result and manner of the team's performance werd for ... Instead, we'll stick to sympathy. Our condolences, Sunderland fans. Did Sunderland play well today?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Footballer Carlos Tevez’s home burgled as he was marrying his childhood sweetheart

    Thieves burgled the home of footballer while he was getting married. The Argentine, currently playing for Boca Juniors, was in neighbouring Uruguay his childhood sweatheart Vanesa Mansilla. entered Tevez’s house on the outskirts of Buenos Aires on Sunday. Police said Tevez, 32, did not report the burglary and therefore little is known to play for Manchester United.Both players have solidified themselves as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's preferred defensive pairing tcontent_imghis season.But United hero Parker believes they are not up to the standard of their successful predecessors."Harry Maguire aabout what was taken. Tevez and his bride have since left for Mexico on their honeymoon. Police said they had onlss Dean Smith insists Jack Grealish's contract doesn't carry a buyout clause.The Daily Mail has claimed a £45m option was inserted into the new five-year deal that Grealish signed in September last year before helping Villa to promotion.But Smith hay found out about the burglary on Tuesday when they saw reporters gathered at the house outside of Buenos Aires. They said an unknown number of burglars had entered the house, which Tevez and his family had rented while the were having their property next door renovated.
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  • Basel boss insists Arsenal were DOMINATED by West Ham despite running out 5-1 winners at the London Stadium

    FC Basel's coach has claimed “dominated” during their 5-1 defeat at the Lc they can win at NewcastleRossi to leave.De Rossi will depart after Roma refused to offer him terms for next season.“It's a week that has generated a tumult of emotions that we must transform into positive energy for the victory," director of sport Massara told DAZN.“Ther and end their long wait for an away win stretching back to Paris Saint-Germain in March.However, he knows there will be no favours from his former teammate Steve Bruce whocontent_img is already under pressure after a difficult start ondon Stadium on Saturday. The Swiss club host the Gunners in the Champions League tomorrow night after Alexis Sanchez's 14-minute hat-trick lifted Arsene Wenger's side up to second - and pushed Slaven Bilic to the brink of the sack. But FC Basel's head coach Urs Fischer, whose team lost 2-0 at the Emirates in September, said: “I did see the 5-1 match - West Ham dominated that match. What I could see is that Arsenal have really dynamic movement and good forward runs. "They are a very efficient squad In the first half it was balanced, in the second half West Ham were the better team and were dominating the match. But then Arsenal scored and it changed so fast and made them pay. “We had a plan in London and I thought we were quite good. Arsenal have that quality that even when you think you are quite good, they still score a goal. Alexis Sanchez didn't have to score three gaols for us to know he is an excellent player.” FC Basel need to better Ludogerets' result at Paris Saint-Germain to qualify for the Europa League. Arsenal need a better result than the French champions to top Group A. The Swiss champions, who lost a domestic match for the first time this season at the weekend, only lost at home to PSG in the 90th minute after being reduced to 10 men. “We do not go into the game with the goal of a draw,” Fischer added. “That would be too dangerous. I think we need to score goals, especially against a team like Arsenal. “I am a realist. What is clear is that we can win if we have a perfect day – and this is what it needs. If we want to beat a tough opponent like Arsenal, we need a perfect day. I do think that too much respect turns into fear and this is not what is should be. It is important to have respect but if we have a really good performance with the crowd as a 12th man behind us, we can do it. We have to risk something if we want to win.” Czech defender Marek Suchy said: “I think we have to be braver than in London.” Will Arsenal win the title this season?10000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • England World Cup side part of a national sporting golden age you may not have noticed

    In case you hadn’t noticed, we are living through a golden age of English sport. Our rugby union team are world champions, our cricketers have won back-to-back Ashes series and now , having beaten the host nation in front of a hostile full-house. You mightn’t have noticed because we’re talking about women’s sport – and our sportswomen are achieving feats their male counterparts can currently only dream of. Reaction to ’s progress at the Women’s World Cup in Canada has been mixed: sinister hardcore misogyny on social media, soft-core sexism and apathy in the mainstream, now replaced by faintly patronising praise. Then there’s criticism of the BBC coverage doing too much ‘cheerleading’ - though they may well have taken a similar approach towards the men, had they actually provided anything to lead any cheering about at a major tournament in recent memory. If you in the early hours of Sunday, there was plenty to be critical about, plenty to analyse, plenty of concern before Wednesday’s . Hopefully, before long, women’s football will be so familiar that we’ll get beyond the ‘ra-ra-ra’ headlines and debate England’s performances . We’re not even approaching true equality until England can be criticised without this being seen as a trashing of women’s football in gener bid for Christian Eriksen and the midfielder will play against Watford on Saturday, says manager Jose Mourinho."You have to ask the agent and Inter because they know more than me," said Mourinho on Friday."If they are confident it is because they eral. The Lionesses were the better team against Canada but still were somewhat lucky, because the hosts defended like muppets in conceding two early goals – before England keeper Karen Bardsley was guilty of a shocking fumble to let the hosts back in. Then there are the familiar themes of England being technically inferior and guilty of wasting talent. England are also among the worst in the World Cup in their passing accuracy stats. And when long-serving former player Rachel Yankey was asked about them facing the accomplished Japanese, she reverted to the idea that England’s players need to ‘get in their faces’ because ‘they don’t like physicality’ – stopping just short of declaring it a ‘man’s game’, belching and ordering another pint. England’s most admirable qualities are familiar, too. Left-back Claire Rafferty tackles like Stuart Pearce at the controls of a wrecking ball, despite having suffered three cruciate-ligament injuries. The set-piece deliveries of Fara Williams are our most potent weapon, while Jodie Taylor is a workaholic striker. Taylor only made her debut last year, aged 28, having been frozen out by previous coach Hope Powell. Apparently she once turned down an England call-up, yet this intriguing back-story was brushed under the carpet by the BBC pundits. Most of us, with limited experience of the women’s game, are not sure whether all three goals in a World Cup quarter-final stemming from comedic errors was par for the course or worthy of criticism. We do know that women’s football will always be different to men’s but it is curious that many seek to belittle it, when they would never damn Serena Williams or Jess Ennis with similar derogatory comparisons. We know women’s football is not yets has brushed off any injury concerns after Wales' 1-1 draw with Croatia on Sunday.The Manchester United winger soldiered on in the second half despite being kicked in the head by Croatian defender Domagoj Vida."We knew it would be tough," said James as good as it can be – largely due to the game having been actively suppressed for years. Women’s football was banned from the grounds of FA-affiliated clubs between 1921 and 1971, only came back under FA auspices in 1993 and only recently turning professional at the highest level. So if there is an element of positive discrimination in the amount of coverage given to the Women’s World Cup on the Beeb, it is necessary and laudable. There certainly won’t be any shortage of viewers on Wednesday, even at midnight. And while Sky are blamed for plentycontent_img of sporting evils, the organisation's championing of women’s sport has been positive too - every ball of this summer’s women’s Ashes will be screened live. Newspapers can learn from this. Only during the Olympics and Wimbledon (where gratuitous up-skirt knicker shots are thankfully now less common) has women’s sport enjoyed anything like equal billing. But this will change once men - who presumably have wives, daughters, mothers and sisters - discover the self-confidence to stop sneering at women’s sport. The English sporting media generally loves English sporting success - it boosts viewing figures and sells papers. Yet you might have missed the fact that we’re actually living through a golden age. Will you stay up to watch England vs Japan?500+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Steve Evans eyeing talks over Leeds future after Darrell Clarke snubs Elland Road outfit

    wants Massimo Cellino to tell him his fate after Darrell Clarke snubbed to commit his fity midfielder Dennis Praet accepts he needs to score more.The Belgium international bagged his first goacontent_imgl in City colours last month in the 2-1 defeat to Southampton, but knows getting on the scoresheet is not something he can do fleetingly if he isuture to Bristol Rovers. , forcing Leeds supremo Cellino to review his list of managerial candidates to succeed Evans. Evans has still not officially heard from Cellino that he is being axed and says he needs closure from the Leeds owner and president. “It’s been a difficult situation as you can imagine,” said the Leeds head coach. “I respect the fact that Mr Cellino and the board have a decision to make. “But in terms of that process, it’s now time I must consider my options and in the week ahead I’ll have a meeting with Mr Cellino and see where I’m going. “I now need to establish in the next week or two if I have a plan going forward with Leeds United Football Club.” Will Steve Evans be in charge of Lof any other athlete endorser, according to a report from athlete marketing platform Opendorse, reports, /.A tweet from the Juventus forward, who has 82.7 million followers on the social media platform, carries a value of US$868,606, putting the 35 yeeds at the start of next season?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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