Month: April 2019

  • Liverpool must keep Daniel Sturridge — his special talent can be the difference in the title race

    will, I hope, get one more opportunity to prove himself at under Jurgen Klopp. But if the end of the season arrives and he still hasn’t been given his chance then, Kid, it’ll be time to get yourself somewhere else. Sturridge is a natural-born striker — and I should know becausecontent_img I played with some of the best we’ve seen in Alan Shearer, Robbie Fowler, Brian Roy, Ian Wright, Mark Bright and Steve Bull. But the problem for him is that in this age of Klopp, Pep Guardiola and co, that doesn’t seem to be enough. It doesn’t matter if you’re an out-and-out specialist in front of goal, those managers want you to be super-mobile and working your socks off, as well as being a good goal-scorer. Look at the header Sturridge scored for England against Scotland on Friday. With the greatest of respect to his club-mates Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, they simply aren’t scoring that at the near post in that way. It was a specialist central striker’s goal and, I hope, a reminder to Klopp of what Sturridge is capable of when given quality service. The Reds' boss is looking to add a new No.9 to his squad in January, but it would be borderline lunacy for him to let Sturridge leave when the transfer window opens.Branthwaite is attracting Premier League interest.The Sun on Sunday says Newcastle are one of three clubs keen to sign 17-year-old Carlisle defender Branthwaite.Branthwaite has broken into the Cumbrian's first team this season and has made eight appe Even if he only gets eight or nine games, Sturridge could still get three goals which could be the difference between Liverpool doing something or not this season. I was very critical of him when he left Manchester City in 2009, with rumours circulating that he wanted £60,000-odd a week before he’d proved himself. And again at Chelsea, when he was pushed out wide without making it impossible for his managers to not play him down the middle. Now though, I have to say that if a manager plays him in hisis short time in charge at the San Siro.Gabigol is being celebrated today after his two goals for Flamengo, where he's on-loan from Inter, to help them defeat River Plate in the final of the Copa Libertadores.But De Boer says he was unimpressed with preferred role, with the right players servicing him, he will get 20-plus goals a season. And not just 20 goals that are largely the third, fourth or fifth goals in a drubbing, he’s going to be the guy who has that one chance and takes it. Sometimes in football you can be a lucky player, or an unlucky player. Steven Gerrard was unlucky in that he stayed loyal to Liverpool and didn’t win a league title, while Demarai Gray joined Leicester as a rookie and won it in his first season. Sturridge, unfortunately, comes into the unlucky category. He has been at three big clubs but under various managers at each has never really found a home. If he does have to move on in the summer then I hope he will join a club who won’t have the luxury of not picking him as their first-choice striker... a Southampton, a West Ham, even an Everton. Because we cannot afford to mess about the sort of talent he is on the basis of what he can’t do rather than what he can — which is score goals by the shedload given half a chance. Will Daniel Sturridge leave Liverpool in 2017?5000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Manchester City Women land Carli Lloyd as World Cup winner relishes “bucket list opportunity”

    has signed for . The 34-year-old, regarded as the biggest name in the women's football, joins from Houston Dash on a short-term deal. Lloyd is yet to play in Europe and her move to City gives her the chance to appear in the Champions League. She said: “The biggest thing for me as a player is: how can I continue to get better?” “I’ve still got three or four years left in me before I hang up the cleats (boots) and I want to cross some more items off the bucket list." The acquisition of Lloyd is a huge coup for the rapidly-growing Super League. A number of USA players have already made the moves to the Super League, with Crystal Dunn and Heather O'Reilly joining Chelsea and Arsenal respectively. Alex Morgan recently signed for Lyon but will head back to Orlando Pride once their season is complete. Lloyd has scored over 90 goals for the USA national team, incnder 16 striker has been attracting interest from PSG, Barcelona and RB Leipzig.According to the Express and Star, he has rejected a three-year contract offer at the Hawthorns and the club will get just £235,000 in compensation.The Baggies will be dluding a hat-trick over Japan in the 2015 World Cup final. She also scored the winning goals at both the 2008 and 2010 Olympics. Should City want to register Lloyd for next month's Champions League quarter-finals, they will have to do so by March is ready to return to Hertha Berlin next season.Tcontent_imghe Serb completed an impressive campaign last term on-loan with Hertha and has decided he wants to go back.He also had offers from Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen.However, Mozzart Sport says Gru 15.
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  • Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho sends message to Jurgen Klopp as he fights for his Anfield future

    has sent a reminder to that he is fit and ready if called to oversee a major clearout ahead of their Premier League return.The Daily Mail says with five players also seeing their loan spells come to an end, Wilder has just 16 players left in his first-team squad.Defenders Martin Cranie and Daniel Lafferty, upon. 's title hopes suffered a blow at the weekend after they were edged out of a sevencontent_img-goal thriller against Bournemouth. And Sakho, who has been frozen out of Klopp's first-team plans this season, has told his manager he is ready to come in from the cold. The French defender has been keeping fit playing for Liverpool's Under-23s, and has been putting in the work away from the training ground as well. Sakho posted a video to his Instagram account, along with the caption: "Keep working hard. Thanks for your sup need time to get back to his best.Gracia named the former Arsenal man in his starting XI for the first time in the Carabao Cup win against Coventry and he got 90 minutes under his belt.It was his first start since breaking his leg playing for the Guport." However, the Reds are ready to let Sakho leave Anfield in January after being deemed surplus to requirements by his boss. Klopp recently said: "He is not in these plans for the first team. Nothing changed. The first team squad is here [at the training ground]. "Once again this actual first team squad is in this dressing room, from this point of view nobody will be sold." Is Mamadou Sakho ever going to play for Liverpool's first-team again?3000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Tottenham still in there swinging after absorbing title rivals Chelsea’s Goodison ‘KO’ blow and giving Arsenal a pasting

    The blow landed from the heavyweight in the blue corner, flush on the chin, in the form of Park. Did the opponent across the title ring wobble? Did legs buckle? Was a backward step taken? No, no and no. Forget the formal confirmation of ’s standing above Arsenal in the league rankings, that has long been a certainty. Put aside for a moment the prospect of Spurs moving to within breath-on-neck distance of Chelsea on Friday night if they beat West Ham. Sunday's 2-0 win in was a statement performance, a statement result. Maybe not in terms of style, maybe not in terms of panache — Dele Alli’s opener a scrambled eyesore, Harry Kane’s penalty a slyly-won sealer — but it was in terms of ruthlessness, in terms of physical dominance, in terms of clear-thinking and strong mentality. All over the outfield, Tottenham players won their individual battles. Only keeper Petr Cech could face the television camera post-match. No wonder. Alli and Kane were the names bellowing around White Hart Lane in the last derby at thllegri.After leading Juve to the Scudetto, Allegri has been criticised for failing in Europe.LA Galaxy striker Ibra said: “Allegri's right: only winning counts in football.“If you play well and don't win, it doesn't count for anything.“It's youis version of Spurs' home ground, but this was a triumph for the collective, the occasionally unsung. Take Victor Wanyama, for example. He bestrode this contest with a chest-puffing belter of a performance, intelligence infused with intimidation, timing twinned with tenacity, even wrapping his right boot around a peachy curling effort. Then there was Jan Vertonghen, whose sense of adventure without abdication of responsibilities sums up a side who have now won nine league games on the spin, a feat Spurs last achieved back in 1960. Vertonghen was another to give Cech the opportunity to prove the sun is not setting on his elite landscape as quickly as some might imagine. To single out Wanyama and Vertonghen, though, to single out anyone in fact, would be to do this Tottenham unit a disservice. No-one hides, no-one looks anything but driven to the maximum. Which brings you on to Arsenal... As scapegoats go, saunter nonchalantly forward Mesut Ozil. Yes, his wandering life on the periphery is a magnetic pull for criticism, but there were others as culpable. Has there been a more costly liability than Granit Xhaka? Is Gabriel really Brazilian? Was Olivier Giroud playing with lead in his shorts? Does anyone moan at their team-mates more than Alexis Sanchez? Again, it was only Cech, or Laurent Kosciecontent_imglny perhaps, who emerged with as season due to manager Frank Lampard.After an aggressive push to sign him by Bayern Munich, Hudson-Odoi has penned new terms with the Blues.The 19 year-old said, "That he came here is a great feeling for all of us because he previously talked about ny great credit and the former should have been powerless to stop Spurs taking a first half advantage. Instead, Alli flinched at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s presence when presented with a header and open goal from a couple of yards and Christian Eriksen surprised the whole stadium when sending a volley into the stands from not much further out. Setbacks for Alli are few and far between and amends followed soon after the break. All sorts of defensive hesitancy allowing Eriksen to drill a shot at Cech and the spillage was seized on by Alli, despite a selection of red shirts milling around. A couple of minutes later, the own-foot-shooting Gabriel offered a leg to Kane, contact ensued and Michael Oliver trusted the Spurs man rather than the Arsenal one. Kane, slightly sheepishly, gathered up the ball and, rather more bullishly, tucked it away. Game well and truly over. Arsene Wenger had a hint of a point afterwards when he suggested it was pretty tight until that two-goal burst, but the truth is his team never looked remotely strong enough to win this match. Indeed, despite some late territorial advantage, they did not really create a chance of any significant note. That, more than finishing below Spurs for the first time since 1995, should really concern Wenger. As for Mauricio Pochettino, he was relishing the fight at the top, itching to get off the stool for the next round. Chelsea are landing blows, but Spurs are still swinging. Ding, ding! Seconds out. Will Tottenham spend the weekend just a point behind Chelsea?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Kevin De Bruyne’s agent optimistic over Man City star’s recovery from nasty knee injury

    midfielder could be sidelined for around six weeks after damaging his knee and ankle in the Capital One Cup semi-final win over Everton, according to the Belgian's agent. De Bruyne scored a vital - albeit controversial - goal and set up another after coming off the bench in Wednesday's 3-1 second-leg success at the Etihad Stadium, The 24-year-old appeared to get his studs caught in the turf and then landed on his knee as City closed in on their 4-3 aggregate triumph. Initial medical reports suggest the problem is not related to the cruciate ligament, but the player's representative Patrick De Koster told Sky Sports News that De Bruyne would likely be out of action for around six weeks. In pictures - Manchester City 3-1 Everton: "Kevin is sad. His dream is to always be playing football. He will miss games like the League Cup final and in the Champions League, which are important," De Koster said. "But he knows they (City) are a good team, that the other players will do what they have to do, and maybe win the game for him, and also that (injuries) is what happens in football. "He is sad, of course, but he told me, 'this (happens) in a match, (is something) which can arrivesays Sheffield United are thought to be nocontent_imgt far away from confirming a deal to sign Nottingham Forest left back Robinson.The 26-year-old, who started his career at Liverpool, was at the Blades' training ground yesterday for a medical and is expected tis meeting with his players after their Champions League humiliation.Pochettino was determined to get to the bottom of the reasons behind Tottenham's 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich and hammer out the reasons behind their poor start to the campaign, say in football, and the only thing I can do is to work hard and to come back'." Will Kevin De Bruyne be fit for the Capital One Cup final?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Tottenham No.1 Hugo Lloris could play for any of the top five teams in Europe, says Fabien Barthez

    has claimed Hugo Lloris is good enough for any team in Europe as the keeper equals his record of 87 caps caps for France. Lloris made his international debut in 2008 at the age of 21 in the same team as Thierry Henry and . And before the star faces Spain, World Cup winner and former keeper Barthez told L'Equipe : “It means he is as good as me and if he gets more, he is better because of his longevity. “Joël Bats reached 50 caps, I got 87, and I hope he will finish at 120 and some. What I like is that we are three lefties, we share the same philosophy of goalkeeping with determination and hard work, goalkeepers who come out of the goal a lot. "We have the same way of seeing the sport, I adore him as a person and that it makes me happy that it is a guy like Hugo who frees me!” has been linked with a move to Manchester United to replace or to Spain's top two. "He ccontent_imgould play in any of the top five European clubs,” Barthez insisted. “There are so many people around these transfers. But the little delicate stage that he experienced when he arrived in England made him a better player. And he did what he had to do, he shut his mouth and he worked. "He is good. And there is no-one else knocking at the door. Hugo is 30 and I hope he will be there for another six years. He is at the peak of his career.” The Spurs No 1 said: "The first time I met Fabien, he said to me: 'You are going to beat my record1' He is class, the top man. As for the record itself, I have a bit of trouble stopping there, especially at theor breaching FA betting rules.Mina was charged after starring in an advert for showing him empathy during the lowest point of his career.Ozil's Germany had just dispatched Brazil 7-0 on their own soil in the World Cup semi-final.But rather than celebrate straight after the final whistle, Ozil consoled his future Gunners teamma a betting company in his native Colombia.The former Barcelona defender admitted the charge and apologised for his error, with his association Betjuego coming to an end ear age of 30. I am still a bit young.” Should Hugo Lloris leave Tottenham Hotspur this summer?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Divock Origi insists Liverpool are ‘hungry’ for success as Reds keep up the heat at the top of the table

    If there was one snapshot which underlined why are genuine title contenders, then it came a second after ’s opening goal. The Belgian ran to the corner flag and let out a scream that was 50 per cent ecstasy and 50 per cent relief. And his Kop team-mates to a man joined in, all wrapped up in the emotion of the moment. Origi admitted he could barely put into words his feelings after scoring. In pictures - Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland: “I couldn’t actually describe how I felt at that moment. Everyone was so hungry, so passionate – the supporters and the manager,” he said. “In the end we stayed patient and we deserved it so I am so happ his first weeks at Arsenal.Leno played second fiddle to veteran stopper Petr Cech at the start of the season following his £20million move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.He explained to DAZN: "It was a hard time. "I think goalkeeper is a specialy – everyone is happy.” There is a hunger about Liverpool this season. And even though they weren’t at their best against the Black Cats, they still had the commitment and belief to break down a packed defence in a game even their manager admitted they would not have won a year ago. “I think there is no doubt this team is ready to play against parked buses,” Klopp said. “Last season a few teams played defensively against us but this time, because we are better, we have forced them into situations like this. “It’s our fault that teams are playing that deep because we force them back, but we are ready for teams doing that.” Origi’s goal showed that. He cut inside beautifully from the left and unleashed a delicious curling shot that broke Sunderland hearts. and, with Daniel Sturridge also as back-up, it’s clear Liverpool have the personnel to open up defensive clams. Origi has already starred at a World Cup finals so to be a fixture on the bench at Anfield is hard for him to take. “To be honest it is very difficult,” he said. “When you’re on the pitch you enjoy yourself and when you are not on the pitch you have to stay positive and believe in yourself.” For Klopp, the job of keeping his whole squad happy appears not to be the huge problem other managers claim it to be – partly, he suggested, because being a member of a title-challenging squad is compensation enough. “It’s not a big challenge,” he said. “If you want to be happy in this squad its very easy to be happy.The job is still nice even on the harder days, doing what you love. “And I handle all the boys exactly the same. If you play 90 minutes I like you as much as when you don’t play a second.” So, just how good are Liverpool. Well consider the almost excruciating pain Sunderland boss David Moyes felt when admitted how good his long term Anfield rivals are. Asked if this was the Reds’ most serious title challenge in years, he replied: “I believe that. I used to have really hard-working teams at Everton and I think Liverpool are now a really hard-working team. “As well as having quality players they are extremely an hard-working team. They’ve got a good style of how they do it with good attackers. It’s a strong team and a team which will challenge for the title.” he picked up against Sunderland tomorrow afternoon. Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge picked up minor knocks while Adam Lallana is back in training. All four will miss the EFL Cup tie against Leeds on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Moyes admits Sunderland’s only chance of Premier League survival rests on the quality of their business in the January transfer window. The Black Cats were brought down to earth at Anfield, where their two match winning streak was brutally brought to an end by Klopp’s exciting Liverpool team. And the realist in the vastly experienced Moyes accepts that for all the spirit his team has shown in recent weeks – and their resolve in fighting to survive – they MUST add extra quality with signings in January to avoid the drop. “We need to add a level of player to take us up,” he said when asked if there is any chance of staying up. “They’ve had a resolute group of players because of how they have stayed in the Premier League, you can see that. “Bu they know that and we’re trying to add a little bit more qucontent_imgality. We’ve got to hope we are able to add and do something.”i says they must accept Eden Hazard's decision should he choose to leave.During their 0-0 draw with Leicester City, Hazard was serenaded by the Chelsea supporters throughout the afternoon.The Belgian is expected to leave for Real Madrid this summer a Will Liverpool win a trophy this season?2000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Filipe Luis has no Chelsea regrets despite rapid return to Atletico Madrid after one year with Blues

    insists he has no regrets about joining Chelsea despite quitting after just one year. Luis sealed to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, 12 months after making the opposite move from Spain to England. The left-back jumped at the chance to go back to La Liga after failing to secure regular football But having helped Chelsea win the league, a year after winning the Spanish title with Atletico, he said: “I do not regrety to pounce for Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling.The Telegraph says Real are monitoring Sterling's situation with the aim of moving for the England international this summer.Sterling has a deal to 2023 and is expecting to open new contract ta leaving (Atletico). “I won the Premier League. Although I have had less minutes I have been important. I am proud of the season. “At the end of season, when the chance to return came up, I told my agent that I did not want any other option. “It was either return to Atleti or stay at Chelsea. I am very happy after one year. “It was a great experiencre setting high not standards for themselves and not their rivals.The Reds remained the only team with a 100 per cent when they beat Burnley on Saturday. And Henderson insists they are only concerned about setting high standards for themselves."We'ree, but it has emerged for me the chance tocontent_img go home. I want my kids to see me play at Atletico.” Will Chelsea retain the title?9000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • randas says Spurs’ offer was the only serious one

    dcontent_imgas has confirmed turning down a bid from Tottenham for Bruno Fernandes.Indeed, Varandas says Spurs' offer was the only serious one fielded for the midfielder.H to see James Rodriguez back at the club.James is officially a Real player again after two seasons away on-loan at Bayern Munich.El Confidencial says, however, Zidane has made it clear he doesn't want James involved in preseason.Indeed, he wants the e revealed: "We had bids, lots of enquiries, but the only serious bid was €45m from Tott
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  • Arsenal take up Santi Cazorla contract option keeping him at the club for an extra year

    have taken up the year’s option in contract at the Emirates. The Spanish midfielder, 32, had been due to see his deal expire at the end of the current season. But has revealed that the player - who hasn’t featured since October due to injury - had the option taken up last month, on December 20. The Gunners moved swiftly to file the relevant paperwork with the FA, to avoid a situation which would see Cazorla eligible to speak thrashing at Watford.It marked Liverpool's second defeat in a fortnight since their return from the winter break.Van Dijk said: "Credit to Watford, they played well, a lot of fight, very disciplined and scored three goals - that's the reality, we coto foreign clubs about a summer free transfer from January 1. Cazorla’s deal will now expire in 2018. The playmaker has made 180 appearances since arriving from Malaga in 2012, scoring 29 goals. However he may not play again this season, having yet to begin running since his second operation. Wenger said of the 32-year-old: “Santi is far from starting to run again. "He had a little procedure and we have a meeting with the medical people today to see what it was really. Certainly he will not be available in the next six weeks that is for sure." Arsenal that German defender Per Mertesacker has had a similar option taken up. Will Arsenal make the top four this season?300with the club to sort out Bukayo Saka's contract situation.With 18 months remaining on his contract, Saka has become a target for Liverpool and Manchestcontent_imger United.On the prospect of Saka, who managed ten assists and three goals this season, penning a 0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • How will Manchester United line up against Crystal Palace? Select YOUR team for Selhurst Park trip

    travel to on Saturday looking to kick back into gear. Louis van Gaal's men rose to the summit just a matter of weeks ago but following the thrashing at Arsenal and the stalemate against City United are faltering. Add in the midweek Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Championship Middlesbrough and the Red Devils are in need of a win. They won't have it ilan chiefs have decided to send Alexis Sanchez back to Manchester United at the end of the season.The Chile international is on a straight loan at Inter to the end of this campaign without a purchase option.And Tuttosport says Inter will not be seekall their own way though against an Eagles side who themselves were booted out of the cup on Wednesday night too. WhoOn-loan with Parma, the attacker's form has caught the eye of Juventus, Arsenal, Wolves and Manchester United.Should Kulusevski be sold, IF Brommapojkarna will be due a windfall as part of his original transfer."There is nothing we can communicate ou would you pick to get all three points? Herecontent_img's our predicted side and you can select YOUR preferred selection below. Who will win at Selhurst Park on Saturday?500+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • PES 2017: Pro Evo release new trailer – and it’s a must-watch for Liverpool fans

    After years of losing out to , may well be about to close the gap if Konami's latest trailer is anything to go by. Okay, it has Olivier Giroud scoring two goals and a Barcelona player giving the ball away, but other than that the gameplay and graphics look more realistic than ever. Konami also announced a number of new features, including 'Real Touch' and 'Precise Pass' But there's even bigger news for Liverpool fans: Merseyside Red is no more! Yes, there is still Yorkshire Orange, Sthester United today.Chertanovo football chief Nikolai Larin confirmed on Friday that Pinyaev was in transit bound for Manchester.He told RIA Novosti: "Sergey flew to Manchester an hour ago. Two weeks of training await him. "There will be many differe Red (who?!), West Glamorgan City, and best of all, East Dorsetshire, but Arsenal and Liorters after the club were thrashed 5-0 by Benfica in the Portuguese Super Cup.The Portugal international, who has been linked with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, was emotional on the pitch at full-time and sent an apology to fans on socialverpool this year enjoy licensed status. Not that this should be a major problem for gamers as names can be changed manually. But despite recontent_imgcently announcing a partnership with Konami, the Reds WON'T be playable in the demo, which is released Wednesday 24 August. Watch out, FIFA!
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  • Chelsea new boy Michy Batshuayi has £180,000 Lamborghini towed away in Ibiza

    Chelsea new boy has had his £180,000 Lamborghini towed away while Ighalo at Manchester United.Ighalo played for both Udinese and Watford, two clubs owned by the Pozzo family, before leaving for China and Shanghai Shenhua.Ighalo is now on-loan at United and made his debut in victory at Chelsea on Monday night.Marinoon holiday in Ibiza. The Belgian was also fined £300 after leaving his vehicle parked in the shade. Batshuayi is enjoying some time off before starting pre-season with following his £33million switch from Marseille. He left his car under a tree but returned to it being towed by Spanish police. According to local media, he later recovered the flash vehicle from a council-run car pound on Monday afternoon, paying £330 to cover the fine and tow truck. A specialist crane was required to tow the vehicle as the flame-coloured sports car, which reaches speeds of up to 202mph, wouldn't fit on the normal tow truck. Batshuayi played for Belgium at Euro 2016, who were dumped out at the quarter-final stage by Wales. He hit 23 goals last term, including 17 in Ligue 1, catching the eye of new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte. The new Chelsea boss will start work with the club on Wednesday with the Blues' international players set to return in the next couple of weeks. tic striker Chris Sutton.The Northern Irishman has been a target for Sutton since he left Celtic Park for Leicester icontent_imgn February.And after an interview with Premier Sports that aired yesterday, in which Rodgers explained his decision to leave Glasgow,Will Michy Batshuayi be a hit in the Premier League?6000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Phil Jagielka could miss out on Euro 2016 spot as Roy Hodgson reshapes England squad

    defender is facing Euro 2016 heartbreak. England boss Roy Hodgson has decided to take just seven defenders in his 23 man squad to allow him to take five strikers and eight midfielders. That means one of his regulars will miss out and 33-year-old Jagielka is most at content_imgrisk when Hodgson names his squad on May 12. Jagielka has been struggling with injury and Hodgson is also preparing to look to the future with John Stones very much seen as being ahead of his Everton team mate. Hodgson has players like Stones and Chris Smalling who can double up as right backs while Ero Philippe Coutinho by Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.The attacking midfielder has been impressive for the Foxes this season, which earned him a call-up to the England squad last week."I just think he is the type of player where he will drift fric Dier could also fill in at central defence. Ryan Bertrand and Danny Rose an-Bissaka wants a move to Manchester United this summer, according to reports.Crystal Palace are reluctant to let the 21-year-old leave without receiving a hefty fee.Reports state the Eagles want £70m and would not consider an offer less than £50mappear to be favourites to be left backs with Kieran Gibbs currently out with a back injury. Dates & Fixtures
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  • Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer questioned over World Cup corruption claims

    Swiss prosecutors questioned on Thursday regarding allegations of corruption surrounding the World Cup United manager Steve Bruce says he's happy with his forward options.Toon have scored just five goals in nine Premier League matches."We've got options now. Andy and Dwight both came on, and we have options in the final third now," Bruce said."It's onin Germany 11 years ao. The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland started criminal proceedings against the World Cup winner and a trio of other board members from the 2006 tournament's organising committee. Beckenbauer is facing allegations of fraud, money laundering, criminal mismanagement and misappropriation. The Swiss authorities have been investigating a £5.6million payment made by the German FA (DFB), via FIFA, to former Adidas boss Robert Louis-Dreyfus in April 2005. Those under investigation were prominent figures at the DFB during Germany's World Cup bid campaign, of which Beckenbauer was the figurehead, and all were on the executive board of the 2006 World Cup organising committee, with Beckenbauer its president. Beckenbauer, a World Cup winner both as a player and manager of West Germany, has denied wrongdoing and said in a statement reported by Germany's SID news agency: "Today I appeared for a long-arranged meeting with the Swiss attorney general and answered all their questions." Germany's successful bid for the 2006 World Cup has been dogged by allegations of wrongdoing ever since it beat South Africa's pitch by 12 votes to 11 in July 2000. Charlie Dempsey, a delegate from the Oceania confederation, abstained in the final round, citing "intolerable pressure". He had been mandated tcontent_imgo vote for England as first choice and then South Africa. His vote would have made it 12-12, giving former FIFA president Sepp Blatter a deciding vote that he would have cast for South Africa. German news magazine Der Spiegel alleged in October 2015 that a slush fund was used to acquire four key votes from Asia in time for the vote. The magazine claimed the fund was set up using money provided by Louis-Dreyfus, acting in a private capacity. Der Spiegel claimed the money was later re-paid to Dreyfus in 2005 using Zurich-based world governing body FIFA as cover - the German World Cup organising committee made a financial contribution for a gala opening ceremony at Berlin's Olympic Stadium which was cancelled five months before the start of the tournament. The publication alleged the money was paid into a FIFA bank account in Geneva and from there transferred to a Zurich account belonging to Louis-Dreyfus, who haough to handle.Sessegnon arrived at Spurs as a big-money signing last summer but was injured until November and has so far made just six Premier League appearances and 11 in all competitions.He is grateful to his parents for the level-headed approachs since died. Beckenbauer, speaking to German newspaper Bild at the time of the allegations, accepted responsibility for the DFB's "mistake" in making the payment to FIFA in April 2005, but strenuously denied the theory that bribes were used to secure any votes.
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