2018 February

Send in the clown: England’s colourful history of matches against Poland

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Months before raising the Jules Rimet trophy in triumph, captain Bobby Moore headed a late equaliser in this friendly at Goodison Park. As a final preparation for hosting the finals, England travelled to Chorzow where a Roger Hunt goal saw them record a narrow win. Seven years after his finest moment Moore had a nightmare performance, being caught in possession to gift the vital second goal. In the pre-match build-up Brian Clough had labelled Poland’s goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski “a clown” and Peter Taylor had called the visitors “donkeys”. Tomaszewski then turned in a fantastic – and sometimes lucky – performance to deny attack after attack and the Poles went ahead through Jan Domarski who was set up by Grzegorz Lato. England replied through an Allan Clarke penalty, but it was too little, too late. Revenge is a dish best served cold and after 13 years without crossing swords, England gave Poland a thorough beating in the group stage of Mexico 86. A Gary Lineker hat-trick of close-range finishes put the game to bed before half-time to send the Three Lions into the knockout stage. Lineker was on hand again to open the scoring in this World Cup qualifier at Wembley. John Barnes made it two before Neil Webb capitalised on some defensive chaos to make it three. A crucial result for England who scraped into Italia 90 as one of the best second-placed teams even though the Poles finally managed to keep Lineker at bay. Only a year later, the teams clashed again in a Euro 92 qualifier and Lineker found the net again, converting a penalty before Peter Beardsley doubled the advantage – but did he mean it? Lineker’s unrelenting crusade against the Poles continued In the final qualifier for Euro 92. This time a fantastic acrobatic equaliser ensured that the Three Lions made the final cut for what was then an eight-team tournament. Two yeae performance came against Everton on Saturday where he got the better of a duel with Toffees full back and Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman.“Dwight was very good again, he continues to defy the logic of young players because when trs later, Lineker was no longer involved but there was a new England striker ready to prey on the Poles. Ian Wright grabbed a late goal to cancel out Dariusz Adamczuk’s first. A convincing victory for Graham Taylor’s men as Les Ferdinand, Paul Gascoigne and Stuart Pearce netted at Wembley. The pair resumed a now familiar rivalry in the qualifiers for France 98. It was Glenn Hoddle’s first match as manager at Wembley and Alan Shearer scored the brace which brought home the points. Strike duo Shearer and Teddy Sheringham grabbed the goals as England turned the World Cup qualifying group into a two-horse race between them and Italy. Paul Scholes was the man to deliver this time as a fantastic hat-trick from the midfield wizard sent the Three Lions on their way. This was the last time an England player bagged three at the old Wembley. A late red card for David Batty blighted a result which ensured England made the play-offs for Euro 2000 where they would dispatch Scotland over two legs. Jermain Defoe’s first start for Englclub’s former assistant manager Rene Meulensteen.The Welshman is expected to be sold by Real Madrid after an inconsistent campaign.But Meulensteen believes Bale’s fitness concerns should deter United from making a move.You would obviously talk about and saw the striker net the opening goal which set Sven Goran Eriksson’s men on course for victory. Maciej Zurawski equalised in the second half but a Arkadiusz Gowacki own-goal sealed the points. Michael Owen deflected in a Joe Cole shot and Frank Lampard scored a fabulous winner 10 minutes from time, either side of a Tomasz Frankowski volley. The three points made sure that Eriksson’s team finished on top of the group and went to Germany the next summer full of hope. A match delayed almost 24 hours after torrentialcontent_img rain in Warsaw, saw Wayne Rooney give England the lead against the run of play. A Joe Hart error then allowed centre-half Kamil Glik to thump home a header.

Keeping Cardiff up would be better than winning the Champions League, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons keeping Cardiff up would be better than winning the Champions League. The Bluebirds – who are two points adrift of safety – in desperate need of a win as they battle to avoid an . Solskjaer enjoyed a decorated playing career at Manchester United where he won the Champions League, six Premier League titles and two FA Cups. said: “Keeping Cardiff up would be my best achievement in football, better than the Champions League or Premier League. “When you are a player it is easy, you just listen to your manager and do your best and concentrate on yourself. “You think you know everything but you don’t because, as soon as you become a manager, you realise how much more there is to football.” Manager Solskjaer has challenged Old Trafford loanee Wilfried Zaha to show the form that can claim him a place in England’s World Cup squad. “It is a chance for him, he has got to show he has what everyone has been sn Sunday.Klopp has reiterated he was largely happy with Liverpool’s performance in the 2-0 Champions League loss to Napoli in midweek.“We are working on a response. Performance-wise, the more I think about it, it was not a game we would usually lospeaking about,” he added. Steve Bruce is backing Tom Huddlestone to bounce back to his best and keep struggling Hull up. Huddlestone, 27, has endured a tough two mvictory at Getafe.Ter Stegen was a key player as Barcelona ended their long wait for an away win by beating Getafe 2-0 on Sacontent_imgturday. The goalkeeper set up Luis Suarez’s opening goal of the game with a fine pass from his own half. “Normally goalkeepersonths after being tipped for an England recall following his stunning start to the season. But City boss Bruce has no doubts the cultured midfielder he signed from Spurs for £5.25million last summer will emerge as a City saviour this term. ”Tom is an outstanding talent and we all have total trust in him,” Bruce said. “It wasn’t long ago when, after beating Fulham 6-0, we were all saying he is the best player this club has ever seen. “Maybe he is not playing as well as he did a couple of months ago, but he will be back to his best.”

Pleasure beach: Blackpool squad on for £5million bonus if they win promotion

Blackpool will hit the £5m jackpot if they beat West Ham in the Championship play-off final and return to the Premier League. The Seasiders are being driven on by the prospect of a whopping bonus promised by chairman Karl Oyston last summer. Oyston has pledged to cough up the bonus, to be shared among the squad, if they win ers insists he and Raheem Sterling never fell out at Liverpool.Rodgers was manager when Sterling was sold by the Reds to Manchester City.“He was young. Listen, when Raheem left – we know in football now thecontent_imgre’s a game that goes on within it – for pat Wembley on Saturday. Defender Ian Evatt said: “It’s obviously at the back of our minds as players, and something that drives us on that little bit more. “Our pay is not the biggest in the division, but w Hourihane says the players could return to training this week.Villa’s players are currently training at home after the club shut their Bodymoor Heath training ground due to the coronavirus outbreak.With Hourihane said: “I’m hoping we will get backe all know the rewards if we do manage to get into the Premier League. “It was agreed before the start of the season and is something that all the players want for themselves and their families. “We’re desperate to get back because the riches on offer for the club are massive.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says memories of his goal at the Maracana got him through his injury nightmare

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain last night revealed how his goal in the ­Maracana kept him going through his injury nightmare. was out for nearly six months following a knee ligament injury on the opening day of the season. But he often got out a DVD to watch . It kept the 20-year-old going during the dark days and now he is on course to return to Brazil . “Moments like that are nice to look back on when you’re going through a tough time, like an injury,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain. “I’m not going to lie, I did have a few looks back at that moment and it kept me working hard – now I’m back and fit and focused. “Little reminders can keep you inspired and motivated to give the best opportunity to get back playing. I’ve looked back on that moment a few times.” Oxlade-Chamberlain if fully fit again and believes the ­experience of being at Euro 2012 could give him the edge over rivals as the battle for World Cup places really hots up. But if there is one player who will be well prepared it is the man whose attention to detail and ­determination to improve often drives his pals crazy. His social arrangements are put on hold after games because he heads straight home with a DVD to watch it all over again. “I’m my own harshest critic,” he said. “That’s the way I’ve always gone about what I do. “As soon as I finish a game I ask for the DVD and go and watch it, whether I’ve had a good or bad game, looking at areas where I’ve not done so well and asking why. “For me, that’s the way I learn best and the way I get the best out of myself. I make sure I don’t need anyone else to tell me if I’ve done well or badly. That’s the way I’ve always worked. “It drives my friends mad because they’ve just watched the game ­themselves. But you don’t take in what happens during the game, so it’s good to revisit it and assess how we’ve done as a team and as an ­individual. Then I can move on to the next one. “I want to improve my consistency, more than anything. The way I play, and the style I play, trying to take people on and get crosses in and making opportunities for others, it can be hard to replicate that. “It definitely helps (that I went to Euro 2012), no doubt about that. It helpscontent_img to see how tournament football works and the way you need to be motivated, day in day out, to get the best out of yourselvesielder Dani Ceballos is keen to avoid comparisons with Santi Cazorla.Cazorla, now with Villarreal, played for the club between 2012-2018, making 180 appearances before a serious injury cruelly ended his Arsenal career, and he is remembered fondly by . “The thing behind tournament football is performing right, sleeping right, eating right. “You have to recover to be at a good level. I got that experience. It’s definitely helpful. You could quite easily throw Luke Shaw into a ­tournament and he would take it in his stride, the ­character he is. But to have that ­experience is helpful. Maybe it gives confidence that you can go into a tournament ­environment and handle it.” Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he learnt a lesson from the Maracana last June. He was criticised when TV cameras picked him out trying to arrange a post-match shirt swap with Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar before the game was over. “It’s not the way to go about things,” he said. “I didn’t try and make it too blatant, it just happeatic 3-2 win over Everton.A penalty from Neal Maupay and an injury time own goal from Lucas Digne gave the Seagulls a dramatic win on the south coast, turning around a 2-1 deficit to seal a 3-2 victory.Potter said, “I thought it was a really competned that the camera landed on me right at the time I nudged him. “It’s not an ideal thing to do during a game. I have to hold my hands up. You’re not in awe of these players, it’s a mutual respect. Especially a player like Neymar, of similar age to me. I’ve huge respect for what he’s done in world football.” Should Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain start for England at the World Cup?0+ VOTES SO FAR

Bayern Munich 2-2 Chelsea (5-4 on pens): Lukaku’s dismal penalty sends Super Cup to Germany after late equaliser

Jose Mourinho suffered shoot-out heartbreak against Pep ­Guardiola last night – and then launched an angry attack full of sour grapes. gained some sort of revenge for by lifting the Super Cup after a dramatic contest settled by substitute Romelu Lukaku’s weak penalty miss in the shoot-out. Chelsea, who finished with 10 men after Ramires was sent off, twice went ahead through Fernando Torres and Eden Hazard yet were denied more European glory by Javi ­Martinez’s equaliser to take the final to penalties with the last kick of the game. But Mourinho’s hatred, rivalry and contempt – call it what you like – against his big managerial rival Guardiola was there for all to see. said: “The best team lost. The ­opponents scored two, we scored two. But they scored one more penalty. The best team played with 10 men for a long, long period in the game. “We played against the ­champions of Europe and my players were the best team – we only have reasons to be prouff admits they face being crowded out of the race for RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland.The Norway international is a confirmed target for Leipzig, where coach Julian Nagelsmann confirmed holding face-to-face talks with Haaland during a trip to Germd to believe in the future. But I prefer just to say the best team lost and stay with it.” Mourinho was also unhappy with Ramires’ 86th minute sending-off for a second yellow card, and added: “If you are in love with football, you don’t kill a final with a second yellow card like Ighalo needs a month to find his feet at Manchester United.The veteran attacker is a loan signing from United to fill the void of the injured Marcus Rashford.Ighalo joins from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season, with the team having an infthis.” Mourinho’s rant came across as bitter and took the shine off a classic as Guardiola reigned supreme over his great rival. What also shone through was a Chelsea defiance and ­determination first instilled by Mourinho, maintained when they won European trophies and reinvigorated by the Special One’s second coming. Sadly for Chelsea, even ­Mourinho’s magic was not enough last night. Straight from the first whistle, Bayern’s extra quality and Guardiola’s style pushed Chelsea back as the Germans dominated and yet the­ ­underdogs refused to buckle and were equally dangerous on the break. In fact, it took just nine minutes to punish Bayern after Franck Ribery’s shot just missed the target. Chelsea led a stunning counter attack with Hazard supplying Andre Schurrle and the German’s right-wing cross was perfect for Torres. Torres swept home a brilliant right-foot shot from just inside the box to give Manuel Neuer no chance. Guardiola roared his team forward and sure enough, three minutes after the restart Ribery lashed home a shot which Petr Cech should have done better with. But trouble flared in the 86th minute when Ramires, already booked for tripping Ribery, got a second yellow and his marching orders for diving into a tackle on Mario Gotze. We should hacontent_imgve known this would be the making of Chelsea and in the third minute of extra time David Luiz’s pass found Hazard who deceived Neuer with a powerful shot. Cech did his level best to defy Bayern with stunning saves from Ribery, Mario Mandzukic and then Martinez. But, heartbreakingly, into injury time in extra time, Bayern levelled through Martinez to send the game into ­penalties. The penalty takers all held their nerve but Lukaku, with the 10th and final penalty, hit a weak spot-kick and Neuer dived low to his left to make up for that Champions League heartbreak in Munich.

THIS is why I don’t retire: Fergie says he could never walk away from matches like United vs Real Madrid

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Sir Alex Ferguson says occasions like tonight's epic Champions League duel between Manchester United and Real Madrid are the reason he is not considering retirement. Ferguson has been in charge since 1986 and, despite turning 71, the Scot says he has no immediate plans to step down and hand over to his successor after a quarter of a century at Old Trafford. And Ferguson identified nights like tonight, where United welcome back former hero Cristiano Ronaldo and old foe Jose Mourinho, as the reason he is unwilling to relinquish the Old Trafford hotseat. "This is what it is all about," said Ferguson. "A packed Old Trafford, the floodlights on, the pitch glistening and two of the greatest and most romantic clubs in the game about to do battle. "People ask me why I don't retire after so many years in the gameMourinho has dismissed claims of Christian Eriksen being jeered during defeat to Lhford has revealed that he was a child star even before he joined Manchester United’s first team.The Red Devils star was on Twittercontent_img congratulating Kellogs, the cereal brand, for their charitable donations during the coronavirus outbreak.And in doing iverpool.The Dane, a step away from leaving for Inter Milan, featured for Spurs on Saturday and was said to have been whistled by a section of the home support.However,, but how could anyone with an ounce of passion for football in their soul voluntarily walk away from the opportunity to be involved in this kind of occasion?" Ferguson, speaking to United Review, said: "I like to think that the pioneers like Sir Matt Busby and Santiago Bernabeu, the president of Real Madrid who gave his name to their stadium, will be up there smiling and excited as the rest of us at the prospect of another dramatic night featuring the best that the game can provide."

Cole: This United side primed to end Anfield jinx

Former Manchester United star Andy ColManchester United chief Ed Woodward has been the victim of protests at his family home by angry fans.— Football Tweent as a Manchester United player came in the 1993/94 season.After breaking their 36-year title drought the season before, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side would go on to repeat the feat, as well as win the FA Cup.Cantona points to the fact that Ferguson’s sit (@Football__Tweet) January 28, 2020e is backing his old club to end their miserable recent run at Anfield and claim a place in the last-16 of the FA Cup. Unitedcontent_img face Liverpool on Saturday in a mouthwatering fourth-round tie, having suffered three defeats and a draw in their last four visits. Cole is convinced United's current crop of stars can end that run this weekend. "Look at the way we performed against Arsenal," said Cole, referring to Sunday's 2-1 Premier League win over the Gunners at the Emirates. "If we go to Anfield and play like that, then we've got to be confident. "Liverpool have been struggling for form recently, and if we play like we did at Arsenal then I can't see why we can't get a very positive result. "We're long overdue a good result at Anfield. I thought we played well there earlier this season [in a 1-1 draw] and Liverpool aren't scoring too many goals at the moment. "I think we can go there with a real sense of belief." Cole knows that keeping quiet a partisan crowd inside Anfield is one of the keys to victory. Speaking to manutd.com, Cole added: "Even if you've five or six thousand away fans there, you've still got to silence the 30-odd thousand Liverpool fans by keeping the ball and playing the way that United play. "Liverpool will be very worried about us because they can see we're in good form. But we need to silence their crowd." Cole added: "If you're going to win the cup then you're going to have to knock over the tough teams. "If you do that in the earlier rounds, hopefully it won't be as tough if you reach the final."

Martinez backs Maloney to fire Latics to safety

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Roberto Martinez is tipping Shaun Maloney to make a big impact on Wigan's fight for survival. Maloney helped earn Wigan a point when he came on at Norwich on Sunday in what was the Scottish midfielder's first Premier League appearance since October. He has started just two games for the Latics in the cups since his £1million summer switch from Celtic, but Martinez feels he can make a telling contribution over their remaining 10 matches. "Shaun, first and foremost, has tremendous ability," said the Wigan boss. "He has been working really, really hard to get up to the speed and the tempo of the Premier League. "On Sunday he was ready and he had a freshness about him. "He's got tremendous experience and has played Champions League football. He has played in some big, big games and that's valuable for our squad. "Every player is ready to help the team and Shaun is a good example of that." Maloney, 29, could figure in Wigan's crunch home clash with West Brom on Saturday and the rock-bottom interest. He came close to joining Real Madrid in January before injury scuppered the move.Palacios, who has suffered Copa America heartache with a hamstring injury forcing him to withdraw from the Argentina squad, revealed he is wanted by Arsenal – Latics have not won at the DW Stadium since August 27. "Every game at hay’s loss to Manchester United.Thecontent_img Blues were defeated 4-0 by United at Old Trafford, with Lampard coming under some criticism for his team selection.Speaking to talkSPORT, Melchiot said: “I thought they started the game really well.”When you go to Oome is crucial and we must change our form at home," said Martinez. "Only one win is not good enough and we are looking for our luck to change because if you look at our six draws, five of them should have been wins. "We need to find a way to be successful at home." Hugo Rodallega hopes to recover from a knee knock to play, while Martinez also hopes winger Albert Crusat can recover from a toe injury to be available.

FIFA 15: Check out Premier League stars’ likenesses in the demo of EA Sports’ latest offering

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The demo was released on PlayStation earlier today and Premier League fans can now have a bash as one of last year's top three: Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. And you've got to hand it to the guys and girls over at EA Sports: they've nailed the facial features. Whether it's Thibaut Courtois looking stern, Steven Gerrard's pained expression or Joe Hart's hairstyle, it all looks rather dapper. Thelph.Aksam says Delph has already emptied his locker at City in anticipation of a move away, and now Galatasaray are named as a possible destination.Galatasaray boss Fateh Terim has identified Delph as a replacement for former City man Fernando – link big boy, full fat, all-singing all-dancing version won't be hitting – and subsequently flying off – shelves until September 26 so this release is as close as you'll get until then. Also, don't forget – no doubt the cause of many arguments on social media already. But make sure you check out the videos detailing the players on each side. They really do look fantastic. Liverpool Video credit: Just take a peek at Jon Flanagan; it's like he's been sculpted with the hand of Zeus, he looks that good. We're not sure quite what's up with Lazar Markovic however, staring up at the sky like he's plane spotting. Raheem Sterling meanwhile: A top, top hair game. Chelsea Video credit: Diego Costa looks precisely like the kind of that has four goals in his first three games for Also England defender Gary Cahill has just the right amount of stubble. One criticism though: Cesc Fabregas' hair looks like he's undergone a Wayne Rooney. It's a little thinner in real life these days. Manchester City Video credit: Martin Demichelis has chopped the ponytail for an in real life, and it's been magnifcontent_imgicently replicated in the game. Samir Nasri and David Silva both look every bit as impish as they do in real life as well. And Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko looks the part alongside Sergio Aguero. We aren't 100 axed if Newcastle United are sold.The Mirror says billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his Abu Dhabi-based group have their own managerial targets, with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger at the top of the list.Current owner Mike Ashley haspercent certain whether it's Aleksandar Kolarov or Burnley's Stephen Ward playing left-back however.

Mark Lawrenson column: Ireland should have dumped sulky Trapattoni in the summer…

Giovanni Trapattoni should have been sacked in the summer. The knives are out for him after they were demolished by the Germans on Friday night. But it's been obvious since the European Championships that he'd reached his sell-by date. The Republic of Ireland's success was actually arriving at that competition. Give Trap his due, he'd done well to get them there. But they were completely outclassed at the tournament and one of theproblems within the squad is that if you cross him for any reason he is like a woman scorned. He clearly seems to think one or two are picking their games and he just seems to be saying: 'No, I'm not having him or him.' Now why you wouldn't want all of your best players available I don't know, because looking at the team that played on Friday night you could see they are short on quality. That 6-1 humiliation at the hands of the Germans was a watershed moment. Not just because of the manner of the defeat but just in terms of the players that were not there. No Given, who is finished, no Duff who is finished, No Dunne who is injured and no Robbie Keane. They have probably been the backbone of that team for a long time and to say they looked ordinary on Friday night is a compliment. I'm even wondering if they need a full-time manager straight away. Mick McCarthy is in the running for the Bolton job but he could do it. They say you should never go back but Mick did a really good jobreated Major League Soccer (MLS) franchisedmits he’s long been a Chelsea fan.The fullback has revealed he was supporting Chelsea when back in Brazil as they won the Champions League in 2012.He recalled to the club’s website: “In Brazil we would watch the Champions League all the time, get to have confirmed they received more than 7,000 season-ticket deposits in the first 24 hours of the new team being announced, reports, /.Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper is at the helm of the new Charlotte when he was in charge of the Republic. As far as the man in charge is concerned, though, the time for him to go was after the Euros. They should have given him the big smile and the big handshake and said: "You know what Trap, you've been great but we are just going to go in another direction." As far as his position now is concerned, he just looks a dead man walking. Decision time for unlucky Scotland I feel for Craig Levein. His Scotland side probably shaded it against Wales on Friday night and ifthat second goal been allowed to stand – as it should have been – they'd have won. As it is now, they are at a crossroads and it depends where Scotland want to go. If the SFA and the chief executive feel they should be in with a real shout of finishing second in that group then obviously they have to react accordingly. But the reality is that if they get beat in midweek they have got two points from 12 and that's pretty much another major tournament that they are going to miss out on. It really is decision time for the SFA. Bale's class is the difference It looks very much as though Chris Coleman has been vindicated by Friday night's win over Scotland.The Wales job was always going to be difficult in terms of following Gary Speed. Itcontent_img looked to be a bridge too far when they had six stuck past them by Serbia last time out. But I tend to think Chris had been treading lightly amongst the players, basically taking their feelings into account. That probably stopped him doing certain things he would have done in a normal situation. But now he is putting his own stamp on it isn't he? Hopefully now Wales will go from strength to strength. With a fit and firing Gareth Bale they have got every chance. People have criticised his first goal and when I looked at it the first time I thought he'd actually kicked his own heels. But when you are absolutely motoring in the way that only he can then you will go over at the slightest touch. It is interesting that the Scotland players didn't complain because they probably knew that there had been a slight touch. There was a touch of class about the winning goal, however, and that's why Wales still have a chance in their group.

Rice out, Bould in: Wenger confirms Steve Bould will replace Pat Rice as his No.2

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Arsenal have confirmed long-serving assistant manager Pat Rice will leave the club at the end of the season. Rice, 63, has been associated with the Gunners for 44 years having first joined the club as a youth team player in 1964 before then going on to make 528 senior appearances over 14 seasons. After a four-year spell with Watford in the early 1980s, Rice then returned to Arsenal as youth team coach before joining Arsene Wenger's backroom staff following the Frenchman's arrival in 1996. Wenger paid tribute to Rice following confirmation of his retirement. The Frenchman said on : "Pat is a true Arsenal legend and has committed almost his whole life to Arsenal football club, which shows huge loyalty and devotion to this club. "Pat has been amazing for me over the past 16 years. When I first arrived at Arsenal, Pat was always there and taught me so much about this great club." As a player with Arsenal, right-back Rice was a double winner in 1971 and was captain of the side that won the 1979 FA Cup. He also won 49 caps for Northern Ireland. After becoming Wenger's assistant, Rice helped Arsenal win three Premier League titles and four FA Cups. Wenger added: "I will always be indebted to him for his expert insight into Arsenal and football as a whole. On the training pitches and on matchdays, Pat has always been a passionate, loyal and insightful colleague, who we will all miss." "Thank you Pat, we'll miss you and all of us wish you and your family the best of health and happiness for the future. Although, we'll still see Pat a lot, as I know he's planning to come to all the home matches as a supporter!" Steve Bould will replace Rice as Arsenal's new assistant manager. In a major shake-up of manager Arsene Wenger's staff, well-regarded reserves coach Neil Banfield will be promoted to fst keep a close check on Leicester star Jamie Vardy – or he will take full advantage.The Reds were uncharacteristically lax in allowing a three-goal lead slip againstcontent_img Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League before eventually prevailing 4-3 on Wedneirst team duties to work alongside Wenger, who has had Rice as his No.2 since taking charge in 1996. Bould – a member of George Graham's famous back four in the late 1980s and the 1990s – is well liked at youth level and is a popular choice from within the club. He is renowned for being loud and having strong opinions, Coach Boro Printre-back for Manchester City.The 34-year-old midfielder has been impressive in defence, having had to fill-in during City’s injury crisis.”It’s good as long as you can be at the highest level,” the Brazilian told ESPN.”Playing in a different positiomorac is carrying on with his duties. Bould and Banfield are expected to be replaced from within.

Sunderland’s Manchester United old boy Wes Brown reckons former club there for the taking in League Cup

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Wes Brown has admitted Manchester United are vulnerable because shock defeats are handing rivals a confidence boost. The Sunderland defender has hinted the fear factor of meeting United is diminishing, and urgedica defender Ruben Dias.The Premier League side were very interested in signing Dias from Benfica.The highly-rated defender is being priced out of a move, according to the Express and Star.The 22-year-old is one of the best young defenders in Europe, Gus Poyet’s men to take ­advantage at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday in . Brown spent 14 seasons at Old Trafford, earning five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, three League Cups and two Champions League wins under Sir Alex Ferguson. He remains a United fan and has the club’s fortunes close to his heart, but is hoping to help lurch his boyhood team further into crisis mode. Brown has one warning for . United, he reckons, will be more desperate than ever to get to Wembley and collect thcontent_imge Capital One Cup, to change the complexion of a season which has produced five home defeats, an FA Cup exit and a struggle to get into the top four, never mind defend the league title. The 34-year-old said: “Are they vulnerable? Yes because this is a semi-final and everything can happen. “We are at home first so we have got to get a result, and away we will also think we can get a result with United’s form at home. “So it is something we are looking forward to. We have to take ­advantage of an opportunity like this, although they are still a top side no matter what has happened recently. After all, they won the league only a few months ago. “But Uniig hint that Gremio striker Everton Soares is on his way to Arsenal.Martinelli has started following him on Instagram.Unai Emery’s side are set to make a £36million swoop for the Gremio winger after being priced out of a move for Wilfried Zaha.And Mted’s inconsistency does give you confidence. They have lost a few games at home and going there as a visiting team, it is nice knowing that. It does give you that little ­confidence boost. In years before it has been the other way round. “This cup will be 100 per cent a priority for United now. They will be up for it. If they got to the final it would be a real boost for them, but maybe we can stop that.” Brown has been at Sunderland two and a half years and had four managers – Steve Bruce, Martin O’Neill, Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet – having had just one in over a decade at United. He has learned all about how managerial upheaval can hurt a club. He added: “There has been a big change, with Sir Alex Ferguson going and David Moyes coming in. It isn’t clicking now but it will.” Wes Brown was speaking ahead of the Capital One Cup semi-final on behalf of Capital One, the credit card that supports the supporters. Visit facebook.com/CapitalOneUK.

San Marino 0-8 England player ratings: The Mirror’s John Cross analyses the win in Serravalle man by man

England have San Marino's team of butchers, bakers and agricultural lighting stockists to keep their attempts to qualify for next year's World Cup (what a lovely phrase that is to type!) on the road. Here, the Mirror's John Cross rates the performance man for man. Even Joe Hart! His biggest test was controlling a Kyle Walker back-pass after the ball hit a divot. Must have felt lonely… until he gave the fans a wave. Rating: 6 Had very little to do defensively but had a nice, tidy game without being spectacular. Formed a nice double act with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right. Set up Jermain Defoe's second goal. Rating: 6 The Manchester United centre-half looked good – even if he had very little defending to do. It was noticeable that the 23-year-old was comfortable ordering his team-mates about. Rating: 7 His distribution was good and rarely tested defensively. No matter what is going on at Manchester City, England can rely on the centre-half. Wore the captain's armband after Frank Lampard was subbed. Rating: 6 An important outlet down the left. His pace, runs and crossing caused San Marino all sorts of problems. Going forward, he may be England’s best left-back. Rating: 8 Got his chance because of – and took it with both hands. Plenty of pace, lively and delivered a strong finish after terrific one-two with Wayne Rooney. Rating: 7 Chelsea veteran overtook David Platt in the scoring charts to reach 28 goals for England. Still has so much to offer. It would be a big gamble to move to an MLS retirement home in the summer. Rating: 7 Kept the ball moving in midfield. Was always busy and looking for a pass. Rarely spectacular but always reliable and consistent. Rating: 7 His pacecontent_img and movement caused San Marino problems down the left. Scored with a brilliant long-range effort. Showed he can still do a good job for England. Rating: 7 Great movement and some lovely build-up play to lay on chances and goals for his team-mates. Also scored with a lovely, curling free-kick. Terrific. Rating: 8 Scored for the first time since Boxing Day with a typical poacher’s finish. A match against San Marino is a dream for any striker in need of a goal. Rating: 8 The lively Liverpool striker came on to give San Marino more headaches. Neat headed goal. Rating: 6 Introduced shortly after Cleverley wasan two days.The Manchester United defender has joined Roma on a season-long loan.”It was an operation born and closed in 40 hours,” Giulio Meozzi, an intermediary for this deal, told TMW. “As soon as we to agreeing to a new deal with Leicester City.Maddison has emerged as one of the Premier League’s brightest young stars over the past 12 months.And the Foxes are looking to ward off any interest in Maddison by handing him an improve deal, per The Te talked about it with Roma there was immediately brutally scythed down by Davide Simoncini. Rating: 6 Solid display with the match long-since won. Rating: 6 Subbed early in the second half but had already done enough. Superb.

Mirror readers’ messages of support to Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez flood in after cancer revelation

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Messages of support have been flooding in for Newcastle United player Jonas . The winger, who is known for his trademark long locks, kept his diagnosis secret for months before breaking the news on Argentine TV on Tuesday night. He described his fight against the disease: "When I confirmed that I had cancer I went home crying. This was the most difficult game I had to play. "Fighting cast improve defensively.Dixon believes Alexander-Arnold and Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell are England’s best options going forward on the right and left of the defence.”Obviously [Kyle] Walker’s experienced and he’s not in the squad,” Dixon said on ITncer makes the rest of the problems are insignificant. I decided to tell my story because maybe is will help people who have cancer." Gutierrez is going to stay in Argentina to continue his treatment. We wish him a speedy recovery. We asked our readers if they would like to send in their messages of support to Jonas Gutierrez, and were inundated with kind words from well wishers. Rasheed Shroff said: "I have been through this and nearly 18 months later my life is back to normal and I am healthy, happy, working hard and loving my life and my family more than ever. "This can be beaten with some luck, prayers, and support around you. Good luck. As a Liverpool fan, I will also say YWNA!" Take a look at the gallery above to read some more of iendly against Saudi content_imgArabia’s Future Falcons.The match will be held at Bramall Lane this month.”We’re delighted to be welcoming the Future Falcons to Bramall Lane and the training ground at Shirecliffe,” Prince Musa’ad said. “This is an exclusive sthe messages, or fill in the form below to send us your own.

AVB: Having Abramovich at training is NOT a distraction

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Under-pressure Andre Villas-Boas remains relaxed about the recent close scrutiny of owner Roman Abramovich at Chelsea's training ground and says it is not a distraction. The Blues boss remains focused on making sure his side finish in the top four of the Barclays Premier League – which he accepts is "not a very honourable position for the dimension of this club". Chelsea's billionaire Russian owner has been conspicuous by his absence from the club's Cobham base since Villas-Boas became manager last summer, enveloped by a high-profile court battle with former associate Boris Berezoas lifted the Reds in the four year since his appointment, turning them into one of the best teams in the Premier League while also steering them to Champions League glory.ESPN says the Liverpool board liked the German’s personality and that his lackvsky. However, this past week the man who bankrolled Chelsea's rise was on hand to watch first hand as Villas-Boas put the squad through their paces, looking to bounce back from last weekend's draw with Manchester United in a game they had lead 3-0. Villas-Boas insists the situation has not been a distraction as he prepares for Saturday's trip to Everton, revealing his discussions with Abramovich had been "short and accurate and precise". "The objectives we have for this season are pretty much outlined," he said. "We have two competitions where we look better, and another competition where we have to dilute the damage and try to finish fourth, at least, which is not a very honourable position for the dimension of this club. "Bearing in mind the rest, we focus on the same and a lot of focus on next year's progress as well." Villas-Boas added: "We have never stopped speaking, because he is physically present it does not mean the conversation has just started now. "The conversations have been ongoing, in different modes, but with physical presence you get your ideas across better, which is good. "You can speculate whatever you want,he uses his doubters as motivatiocontent_imgn.Lampard is eager to prove those pundits wrong just as he did so many times during his playing career, even if he understands their concerns.He said, “I use it as motivation, all that stuff. I’m not stupid, I underst but for us it is fantastic to have him here. "It is not distracting, not at all." AVB: England losing manager and captain isn't Chelsea's fault