2019 October

Commonwealth Games 2014: Welsh hurdler Rhys Williams suspended over doping violation

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Rhys Williams' Commonwealth Games are over after the Welsh 400m hurdler was charged with an anti-doping violation. Williams, 30, is the co-captain of Team Wales and was heavily tipped to claim a medal for the country at the games in Glasgow. However, the athlete will now have to endure the heart break of watching the showpiece event from the sidelines and is said to be "utterly devastated". His suspension is a result of a test taken at the Glasgow Grand Prix on July 11th but in a statement he released, the insists, he has not knowing broken any rules. "I am utterly devastated about the news of this anti-doping rule violation, which has come as a great shock to me," he said.  "From the outset, I would strongly like to state that I have not knowingly taken any banned substance.dmits he never thought he’d be managed by Jose Mourinho.Spurs shook the football world when they announced Mourinho as their new manager, just 24 hours after sacking Mauricio Pochettino.Rose said: “I had the privilege of working under Mauricio for fi "However, I recognise that the responThe club have still not signed a center back to replace Harry Maguire, who went to Manchester Unitedcontent_img for a record sum for a defender.The Sun says the club have narrowed their list down to Koch as their key target for the January window.Koch is 23 andsibility for this situation lies with me and I'm committed to working with UK Anti-Doping and will fully cooperate in the legal process." Social media observers have noticed that Williams, who is the , deleted his Twitter account earlier this week.

Barcelona star Neymar flies busty Serbian model in private jet for Spanish romance

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Barcelona star Neymar has started the season with a bang – and he's not doistian Kouame in January, it has been revealed.Italian transfer expert Alfredo Pedullà reports Kouame was on his way to Palacemotions that is managing the club.Many are expecting Lampard to struggle at the Blues, given his inexperience, the loss of Eden Hazard and the club’s transfer ban.But he is simply enjoying his new role and wants to give it everything.content_imgLampard got off before suffering an anterior cruciate ligament tear in the U23 Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.He was due to join fong too badly for himself off the field either. sent a private plane for Serbian model and former Big Brother contestant Soraya Vucelic, to bring her to Catalunya to visit him. According to Serbian tabloid Kurir, the two met last summer in Ibiza and have since kept in touch via Skype. The pair reportedly decided to meet up at the end of October – but after deciding that they couldn't wait to see one another, Neymar cancelled the plane tickets and sent a private plane to pick her and a close friend up and take them to stay with the Brazilian. Soraya, six years Neymar's senior at 28, published on Instagram a photo of herself in the player's Barcelona jersey aboard the aeroplane. She was reportedly shown the city's sights, as she was wined and dined by 11-goal top scorer. Soraya was recently asked about the issue but responded angrily: "Is it possible that you're asking me? When I discovered something from their private lives? Sometimes I really do not know the limit." Despite the anger, you might say she's flying on the wings of love.

Europa League draw: Tottenham handed a tricky task as they meet Besiktas and Partizan Belgrade

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Mauricio Pochettino's worst Europa League fears materialised as Spursub.Pereira has made the step up to the first team at United, playing 23 times for the Red Devils last season.While he hopes to progress his own United career, he has plenty of useful words of advice for the current crop of teenagers that want to brea suddenly faced an unwanted 10,000 mile haul round Europe’s eastern fringes. Travel and the problems of playing Thursday and Sunday have affected Spurs’ top four bid for the last three seasons, with the demands ohe Championship club.The former Norwich City, West Ham and Wales full-back replaces Josecontent_img Gomes, who was sacked last week after less than 10 months in charge.The 55 year old has spent most of his coaching career working under Mark Hughes, most recentlf taking its toll. Pochettino, who dismissed the Europa League when he was at Southampton, has undergone a dramatic conversion since his move to White Hart Lane, especially with an automatic place in the Champions League now available to the winners. But while chose not to send any senior club officials to the group stage draw in Monaco, they will be bracing themselves for three lengthy journeys after drawing Besiktas, Partizan Belgrade and Greek rookies Asteras Tripolis. It means the flights from London for their three away games will add up to around 5,175 miles in each direction, with the Greek side located in the middle of the Peloponnese, 200 miles from Athens. Their Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium has a capacity of just 7,616, less than the numbers accommodated by three of the four stands in N17 but it is the timing to the trips as much as the opposition – Besiktas were desperately unlucky to be eliminated down the road at Arsenal on Wednesday – that will be Pochettino’s biggest concern. Asteras coach Staikos Vergetis said: "We need to climb a mountain now but it will be great for the city of Tripolis to host a team of Tottenham’s calibre." Where will Tottenham finish this season? 7000+ VOTES SO FAR

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job not at risk even if Cardiff are relegated from the Premier League

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job will not be under threat if Cardiff lose their Premier League status. ’ hopes of avoiding the drop suffered a heavy blow in their 4-0 defeat at Sunderland on Sunday. has taken just 12 points from 16 games at the helm, while questions have been raised over his January signings and constant tinkering with the starting line-up. But a club source said: “There is no question the club want Ole to continue as manager next season, whatever the outcome of this relegation battle. “He has had little time to make his mark having been brought in with the club in a messon’t care if Manchester United sign another midfielder this summer.The Red Devils are hoping to or squad.The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene for Chelsea in recent weeks with consecutive man-of-the-match performances against Liverpool and Everton.Gilmour was called-up to the Scotland U21 squad last week, but McLeish reckons he could be readsign at least one midfielder to replace Ander Herrera, who joined PSG this month.But McTominay insists he will work hard to keep his place in Ole Gunnar S. “content_imgHe deserves the chance to develop his long-term plans.”

Premier League diary: Why Louis van Gaal knew Daley Blind would be Manchester United’s last domino

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Before going to sleep on Sunday night, Louis van Gaal set up his alarm. A traditional two million long domino course which would eventually come back to him in precisely eight hours to drop a few of the last dominoes of the trail onto his face and wake him up. His wife had never understood why he insisted on doing it this way, It worked, too, so there was no good reason to change things. As expected, a few dominoes dropped on Van Gaal’s face precisely the next morning, and he congratulated himself on what a brilliant system he’d formulated. Other people had their alarm clocks or their phones, but that was a ridiculous method in the face of how he did things. He was going to live by his philosophy regardless of what circumstances or outside evidence suggested what he might try instead. As he washed in his own specially designed bathroom – a thousand heated, wet towels with soap-patches embedded in them for him to roll around in, then another thousand heated, wet towala remains high on Manchester United’s shopping list.Tuttosport says United are willing to reopen negotiations to sign Dybala from Juve.United failed to sign the Argentine in the summer window but remain on the hunt for a new forward after selling Rels to rinse off with – he contemplated what he might like for breakfast. “I think today I will have two eggs. It will be a very balanced breakfast, I believe.” West Ham v Manchester United: Best pictures And so, with that decided, he began making his breakfast. He took the eggs from the egg pyramid he carefully assembled every week, a fine balance, but in his opinion there was no other way to store eggs. Then he plopped two of them in the kettle, filled it to the brim with water and popped it on. It took a few minutes to boil, but once again, the eggs were perfectly cooked, the yolk just on the cusp of thickening, but still softly set. The kettle looked like it was on its last legs, filled with bits of shell and albumen, so he tossed it in the bin and brought another one out of the cupboard. He went through about 20 a year but he was convinced this was the only way to make eggs properly. His wife and his children used saucepans, but he had no interest in compromising on what he wanted. He finished his plate of coffee quickly – it tended to cool down quicker than in a cup, and he liked that it sped up his morning schedule. Then, it was time to dress. He put on his club blazer, the one he’d had specifically made from retailoring several club suit trousers into a jacket. He adjusted the club crest on the front, carefully chipped from an ornamental plate, and took out his shoes from the empty fish tank. A cupboard would have been fine, he supposed, but it just wouldn’t have felt right. The fish tank meant he could keep an eye on them all week to make sure they were at the desired angle constantly, and he liked the way the little man in the old diving suit peeped out from behind the left brogue. After driving to the team coach – in reverse, so he could see more clearly THE traffic coming towards him from behind – he started to think through the team he’d be picking. Like his morning routine, everything seemed obvious. In midfield he’d pick Wayne Rooney, even if some people had decided he was the club’s best striker. Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini would have to sit on the bench to accommodate that move. Anyway, it allowed Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao to start up front, and he was prepared to allow James Wilson to sit alongside the three midfielder in reserve. Antonio Valencia, the right winger, would start at right back, and Phil Jones, the Phil Jones, in central defence. perhaps United could have moved for improvementam have put eight players up for sale this summer.The Daily Mail says fullbacks Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier among the most high-profile of them.Also on the transfer list are Serge Aurier, Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Jos in the January transfer window, but Van Gaal hadn’t forced Ed Woodward into action. As the match started, West Ham battered Manchester United from the outset, taking advantage of a midfield that could not control the game, a captain who could not control the ball or his team, a defence that could not control their own penalty area, and two strikers who could not offer any outlets for a team under pressure. They went a goal down, and looked dead and buried. Then, with two minutes of the match to go, and two minutes into injury time, Manchester United had an away point and remained in the Champions League spots. It had gone just as Van Gaal had always planned. Do YOU think Louis van Gaal is doing bcontent_imgetter than David Moyes?3000+ VOTES SO FAR

Wayne Rooney’s glittering CV is still missing the FA Cup – and he’s on a mission to put that right

No-one can doubt how much the FA Cup means to Wayne Rooney. It is the only trophy missing from his CV and looks on a mission toGianluigi Donnarumma, according to reports.Reports in Italy claimed last week that the Toffees were eyeing Donnarumma, who is entering the final year of his contract.However, local publication the Liverpool Echo says those reports are wide of the mar put that right this season. England captain Rooney had to go back to the grass roots of English football to start the journey But he did not stand on ceremony. Instead, he dug deep, put his foot in, scrapped and covered every blade of grass as he adjcontent_imgusts to his midfield role for It was by no means Rooney’s most accomplished performance apart from his wonderful through ball to release Angel Di Maria for United’s second goal in the dying minutes. But his desire and determination shone through as he tracked back deep in his own half, won tackles and made important clearances from inside his own penalty box. United have not won the FA Cup since May 2004. Rooney joined the following season and has gone on to win the Premier League, Champions League and League Cup. But there’s something magical and so very English about the FA Cup and you can imagine Rooney was one of those kids who grew up dreaming of lifting the wonderful old trophy. While United struggled to get going in the first half, there was Rooney, proudly wearing he armband, encouraging his team mates and barking orders. Finally when United wore down brave Yeovil, Ander Herrera produced a finish of Premier League class and Di Maria’s breakaway goal completed the victory. There were some difficult moments in the first half. Some of United’s players didn’t seem to be enjoying a difficult tie set up for a third round upset. But you could never say that about Rts to be the leader at the back that can guide the team to success for the players that are unable to contribute currently.”We all have to step up as players and fight for our positions, our team-mates,” he said. “We need to play for the lads that arooney. In fact, you could tell how much it meant when they celebrated Di Maria’s goal. And no-one looked happier than Rooney as the United players ran to the away fans. Make no mistake, Rooney has got his sights on Wembley. Man United fans! If you HAD to choose between winning the FA Cup and finishing in the top 4…1000+ VOTES SO FAR

Could Liverpool extend their dream start to the season at Swansea?

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Liverpool's dream start to the season continues tomorrow at Swansea where a club record of four successive opening league victories could be recordecontent_imgd for the first time in Anfield his Spurs team-mates after Wednesday’s draw with Olympiakos.The visitors blew a 2-0 goal lead to hand Olympiakos a point in the first group sta return to Chelsea.It was confirmed this week by Chelsea that Baker had returned to Cobham to train with the first team. For the moment, he remains unregistered with the club’s Premier League squad.Baker fell out with F95 management before Christmas ge of the campaign.And Kane didn’t hold back when assessing the performance.”You can see why the manager is istory. Some achievement. Three consecutive clean sheets by the Reds have also been impressive. But boss Brendan ­Rodgers knows only too well that the Swans will be a stern test, especially as Michael Laudrup’s men won well at The ­Hawthorns last time out. Fit-again Daniel ­Sturridge would be a huge boost to Rodgers, particularly as the ­ still has two games to go. But a ­morale-boosting win over Manchester ­United two weeks ago should have pushed ­confidence sky high. Swansea won 1-0 back in May 2012 at the Liberty Stadium and it’s a venue where Liverpool have yet to win and score. However, for all of ­Rodgers’ positive ­attacking instructions, are now more solid at the back. With the Swans’ last league home victory way back in early March, a single Sturridge strike could prove enough to rewrite history again.

Jack Wilshere fit for Galatasaray clash but may not be risked concedes Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger today confirmed Jack Wilshere is fit – despite suffering an ankle injury against Tottenham in Saturday’s North London derby but Wenger also has an eye on Sunday’s trip to Chelsea. There was also a major boost for Arsenal with Theo Walcott set to return to full training next week after his cruciate knee ligament injury. said: “Jack Wilshere is in the squad for tomorrow, will I start him? I don’t know yet, but he’s in the squad. “Walcott is joining in full training next week. It’s very good news. Serge Gnabry as well. “I left Abou Diaby out as well because he’s not completely there yet. We lost Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey in our last game and it could have been three because Wilshere was a doubt for a long time but he recovered quite well. “To be generous with time, let’s say four weeks (on Ramsey). if all goes well, three. After the international break hopefully it will not be far. Sometimes the content_imginternational break is welcome!” Wenger also confirmed that Olivier Giroud – – has signed a new contract to take him up to 2018. Wenger said: “It’s done. We want stability and we want to keep the core of our team together because I am a great believer in that. “We have a young bunch of players now, and the core of our team is now basically young English talents, and I believe as well that Giroud is an important player here.” Arsenal full back Kieran Gibbs admitted it is vital they beat Galatasaray after losing their opening Group match against Borussia Dortmund. nton.The Brazilian striker is being hammered for his lack of goals this season.But midfielder Ritchie told the Evening Chronicle: “All players can score goals on the pitch, it’s not just down to Jo.”We win and lose together as Everton striker Richarlison has no doubts Ajax ace David Neres would adapt immediately to Premier League life.Richarlison admits he’s spoken with his Brazil Copa America teammate about a move to Goodison Park.And he says Neres’ dynamic game would suit English football.Richarlison told the Liverpool Echo: “Definitely. “He’s a player who really attacks defenders and runs at his marker, so he’s got the right profile. “With me and Bernard there, it would work really well.”a team.”We attack togetGibbs said: “We did the same last season in the qualification and also I think it is important to remember how hard we have worked to get to this level at this stage. “We are in this competition not just to take part, but the squad believes we can do something special and we need to get back on track tomorrow.” Did you know we have our very own Gunners Facebook page? Who will win tonight?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson’s Doncaster takeover is in doubt over funding questions

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One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson's proposed takeover of Doncaster Rovers is in doubt. The Tomlinson Ryan Trust, made up of the singer and former club ommitment.The 22-year-old could be selected for the competition, which runs from late July to early August, should Brazil overcome an unbeaten Argentina on Monday morning or other results fall in their favour.The Olympic tournament is scheduled to taowner John Ryan, was due to to take over the club but the Football League not have approved of the changes. The duo the football club on Friday, after exchanging contracts on the deal last month. However, a statement on the official Doncaster Rovers website states that the the Crowdfunder project was unable to gather the funding required for the takeover. It read: "We have today received the statement on behalf of confirming the Crowdfunder project has failed to reach the terms of the funding arrangements. "We are aware that the statement confirms that the proposed deal to takeover the club is now in doubt, we are awaiting formal confirmation that the takeover deal will not complete as expected on Friday 18 July." This comes after Tomlinson declared that he was going to charge £250-ted youngster David Parkhouse on loan until the end of the season.The 20-year-old Northern Ireland youth international striker has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Blades.He has just returned from a loan spell with Derry City where he scorper-selfie, to help raise money for the club. Ryan, clearly angered by the decision, spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield about the decision by the Football League to reject the proposals. He said live on air: "The situation is that the crowd-funder didn't succeed and we are very sorry about that but the real problem is with the Football League. &content_imgquot;They have made it so difficult now that unless you have a bag full of cash you are going to get turned down." from the trust and Doncaster Rovers are expected to be released over the coming days.

15,000 miles, £10k and booze: Newcastle fans will go to any lengths on Europa League travels

Alan Pardew is praying that the Toon Army’s incredible 15,000-mile march across Europe will be rewarded with a dream trip to Amsterdam for the Europa League Final on May 15. manager admits that the ­loyacontent_imglty, sacrifice and fanaticism of the club’s most devoted followers has ­astounded him on their European ­marathon. Next up, taking the mileage beyond the 17,500-mark is a on April 4, and Pardew hopes it is just a dummy run for the ultimate Geordie party in the Dutch capital a month later. Pardew said: “Our supporters deserve this big day. Their backing has been tremendous. “They will love Lisbon – it is is one of my favourite cities. If we can get a result there, then who knows what can happen. “The deserved reward for our fans would be the Final in Amsterdam, and that is what we will aim for.” And in the vanguard of the Toon Army’s globe-trotting troops are long-time season ticket holders Paul Blacklocraises of Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri. Juve are in Lyon next week for the first-leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.”I will put Sarri at the same level of Guardiola and Klopp, of the best,” said Aulas. “In Chelsea, in a very complicatedk, 28, from Seghill Northumberland, and Darren Amers, 41, from Ayton near Berwick. Every away game is a pilgrimage for these two Magpie fanatics who are living their dream to travel Europe with ­Newcastle. Paul, a financial controller, explained: “Wherever Newcastle go I want to be there. It’s as simple as that. “This season I have bhis summer.Hayden, who joined Newcastle from Arsenal for £2.5million in 2016, wants to move down south to be closer to his fiancee, Lauren, and one-year-old daughter, Adriana.Having failed to secure a deal to join another club in the last two transfeen to five of the six European games and even pre-season friendlies on the Continent. “I’ve got a good job, own my own house, have understanding employers, and I am usually able to get time off. Not being ­married helps too. It’s been a great ­experience, with most of us agreeing that Ukraine was probably the best trip. “Nine of us ended staying in the team’s six-star hotel. There was free champagne with breakfast and we drank nine bottles. The Ukrainians didn’t know what they had let themselves in for! “Moscow was difficult in that we had to organise expensive visas with very little time after the Metalist match. “I do a lot of the organising for the trips, but I never worry about the money side of it. It goes on my credit card and I deal with it later.” Self-employed Darren reckons it’s cost him £10,000 to follow the Toon this term. He said: “This season has cost 10 grand. If we get to Amsterdam it will be a lot more. It’s not worth thinking about! But the minute we qualified for Europe I knew I was going to be following them ­regardless of where they went. It had to be done. “But it has been really hectic lately with difficult trips to Russia and Ukraine, with a Swansea trip in between. I have been pushing the boundaries a bit lately with my wife, Paula. But she knows if we get to Amsterdam, I have to be there. After 15 years she knows how I am.” Midlands-based Nicola Dempsey, who was on tour in Bruges, Bordeaux and Kharkiv, has already booked for the ­Europa League Final. A confident Nicola, a 41-year Newcastle nut who manages a Nottingham bookies, said: “The Europa League trophy has our name on it this season. “I have already booked for the Final in Amsterdam. They won’t know what’s hit them if we get there. My husband, who’s a Forest fan, will kill me as my travelling bill is probably hitting £2500 this season…our holiday fund money, and it’s still only March.” Darren Montgomery, a 26-year-old civil servant, was one of 6,000 Toon fans who invaded Bruges and he was pictured with Toon legend Bobby Moncur, the only ­Magpies skipper to get his hands on a ­European trophy way back in 1969. He said: “Bruges was a fantastic trip. We met our Fairs Cup-winning skipper Bobby Moncur there . “We asked him if we could take a photo, and luckily he obliged. I think we can give the Europa Cup a really good go.” Whether Newcastle make it to ­Amsterdam is still open to question but what is beyond doubt is that Lisbon will be painted black and white early next month. Meanwhile, Everton and Newcastle are set to

Stoke 0-0 Aston Villa: Daily Mirror match report

This was enough to test even Tony Pulis’ fond attachment to Boxing Day games. The Stoke boss had spoken of his love for the traditional day-after-Christmas fixtures in his programme notes, claiming he would never want to see them fall victim to a mid-winter break. But the truth was the Britannia Stadium's season’s-best 27,739 crowd would have been better off sat at home on the settee with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. This was not a game to set the pulse racing and had all the appeal of the Christmas Day leftovers. Alex McLeish took most from this hard-fought draw and felt his Aston Villa players had shown great character to stand up to Stoke’s physical challenge and aerial bombardment. The Scot was delighted by his side’s resolute defending, and James Collins and Richard Dunne were rocks for Villa. Villa’s display was certainly an improvement on their last two defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal and the Villa fans sang in approval at the final whistle. McLeish needs something positive to seize on after a miserable run which has seen Villa take just nine points from the last 33 available. Stoke can do better than this and will be glad they were not punished for their off-colour display. The Potters, though, can now claim to be top dogs in the Midlands. This draw means they have taken seven points off Villa, West Brom and Wolves. After losing Darren Bent on the morning of the game because he was still feeling his thigh injury, McLeish went with Emile Heskey up front and the veteran striker went close early on, heading Charles N’Zogbia’s in-swinging corner from the right against the near post. Stoke created little, Robert Huth headed over from Glenn Whelan’s free-kick from their best chance in the first half before Villa's Stiliyan Petrov fired into the side netting from an opening on the right. Nathan Delfouneso replaced Heskey, who suffered a recurrence of his Achilles injury, at half-time and the young striker had a great chance to breEverton striker Richarlison is a target for Inter Milan.Tuttosport says Inter have identified Richarlison as a summer target.And could offer midfielder Joao Mario in a part-exchange deal.The 22-year-old Brazilian joined the Toffees from Watford last year and has scored 14 goals in 38 games this season.Everton rate Richarlison close to €75m.ak the deadlock just seven minutes into the second half from the best move of the evening. Gabriel Agbonlahor showed his electric pace to leave Ryan Shawcross for dead and scorch a trail down the left. He then centred for the stretching Delfouneso to connect with a shot, which was parried by keeper Thomas Sorensen. Stoke had to rely on their prime weapon – set-pieces – to trouble Villa and Huth headed wide from Matthew Etherington’s excellent delivery from a corner on the right. Etherington was Stoke’s most dangerous player and from another one of his corners on the left, Marc Wilson headed against the underside of the bar and Agbonlahor chested the ball off the line. TV replays showed that all of the ball did not cross the line, and the assistant referee on the far side correctly kept his flag down. Petrov praised Agbonlahor and claims he has worked hard on the defensive side of the game. “Gabby has improved a lot going backwards and he works very hard for the team,” he said. “He takes people on and is defensively strong. Hopefully he can make the [England] squad for the European Championship.” The gams Sean Dyche says they can be a force when their game comes together after a convincing 2-0 win over Norwich City.The Clarets boss celebrated becoming the fourth longest serving manager in the club’s history with three deserved points, thanks to Chrie was finally becoming more open and Sorensen was fortunate to escape unpunished when he fumbled Delfouneso’s low free-kick from 20 yards out on the right. For all of Villa’s possession in midfield and poise at the back, Stoke nearly stole the three points at the end when Petrov glanced a long throw-in from Rory Delap past his own post. That would have been hard on Villa and they deserved their point for their gritty display. Petrov claimed they had proved a point to their critics with their performance after their losses to Liverpool and Arsenal. “We were disappointed with our previous two displays and this was a difficult place to come to,” he said. “But we battled hard to take a point. “We all worked very hard for each other and showed the sort of character you need.” Opinion: Why Darren Bent can do more fcontent_imgor Aston Villa by moving on than by staying on

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard ‘the best I’ve ever worked with’ beams boss Rodgers

With Steven Gerrard about to join another elite band of Liverpool FC history makers, it is little wonder he has been hailed the greatest by his Anfield manager. inspirational skipper stands just one goal away from a remarkable 100 in the Premier League for the club – a feat achieved only by the instinctive striking talents of Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen. And, according to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, it is actually hard to single out THE great goal from the 99 Gerrard has already scored… largely because just about every one seems to have been important. Which is what makes the 33-year-old a true great who England should be proud – and thankful – to have, Rodgers insisted: "What gets lost with him sometimes is people talk about what a great leader and captain he is, but forget he's still a world class player. "I'd say he is probably the best I have ever worked with at a high tempo – and I have worked with top class players at Chelsea and here; some real technically talented ones over the years. "He's a remarkable man, a remarkable captain and England should be honoured to have someone like that representing them on and off the field." Gerrard struck another hugely important goal for England in midweek to seal their trip to Brazil for next summer's World Cup. And Rodgers argued it is simply the mark of the man that he delivered when the pressure was on. If Gerrard also scores at Newcastle this weekend, he will join two strikers who are widely regarded as among the greatest to have played for Liverpool in the 100 Club. Rodgers said: "Just look at the other night. It was the 88th minute and people might have been getting a bit nervy, but he still drove the team on, still had the fitness and the quality to get such an important goal, which was manager Unai Emery believes their upcoming Europa League game will be the most challenging one in the group.The Gunners have a tough ask in the first round of the group stages, when they face off against Eintracht Frankfurt away from home.And Emery brilliant to see. "He alsuspended this summer.The Italian – who boasts Manchester United star Paul Pogba and Ajax captain Matthijs De Ligt among his clients – wacontent_imgs last month slapped with a ban from dealing with transfers anywhere in the world.Raiola had previously been handways scores quality goals. The big players score the big goals and make the big contributions in the big games. If that's what determines a great player then that's what Steven Gerrard is. "A lot of the goals you remember Steven scoring are from the big games. "Early on in his career, he scored some brilliant goals – one against Arsenal when he ran through – but there's none that stand out because he has always scored quality goals. "Steven still has a lot to contribute and he will have well over 100 Premier League goals by the time he finishes." The skipper was the standout player in taking England to Brazil, but anyone thinking he will pay for such exertion doesn't know the player, argues Rodgers: "I have no worries about him for Newcastle. He played a League Cup game against Notts County, extra time and everything, then went out and was brilliant against Manchester United. "He put in his highest exertion of the season physically in that one, so I have no doubts about him this weekend."

Sweden eager to extend their England jinx

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After the weekend victory over Spain saw them beat the No 1 nation in the world for the first time, England will now aim to end their worst run of results against a single opponent as they host Sweden. Not since May 1968 – when World Cup winners Martin Peters, Bobby Charlton and Roger Hunt scored at Wembley – have England beaten the Scandinavians. During the 43 years of hurt since, Sweden have won four and drawn eight of the 12 meetings. The most recent encounter was at the 2006 World Cup, when a 90th-minute goal from Henrik Larsson in Cologne kept the Swedes' unbeaten streak alive. “I don’t know why our record is so good against England,” admitted Sunderland and Sweden midfielder Sebastian Larsson. “I’ve certainly let my English colleagues at Sunderland know before this game! “It’s a funny statistic, and hopefully we can keep it going for a few more years and reach 50. That will be good.” But Sweden manager Erik Hamren, whose side lost 2-0 to Denmark on Friday, said the record would have no relevance at Wembley on Tuesday night. “I think history is good, but today is today – Sebastian wasn’t even born then,” he said. “If you have been there and done it, then it is a good experience to do it again. "And that is why it is important to win those games. Because if you have done it once, like England have beaten Spain, then you know you can do it again.” Bolton’s Johan Elmander, former Manchester City goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, ex-Aston Villa defender Olaf Mellberg and Lyon midfielder Kim Kallstrom are the only survivors from the Colognelans.Mundo Deportivo says the Ajax skipper is expected to depart Amsterdam with Barcelona the favourites to acquire his signature though Manchester United and Liverpool are also keen.The role of agent Raiola is proving a complication when it comes to match who are likely to start the match. Sweden, with a population of only nine million, were led to five consecutive major tournaments by coach Lars Lagerback. After missing out on the last World Cup, Hamren’s side qualified for Euro 2012 as the best runners-up, after finishing behind Holland in Group E. And he reckons England will be dark horses next summer. “I think they have a really strong squad and has been successful during the qualification campaign like they did for the World Cup,” he said. “The three big countries – Spain, Holland and Germany – are the favourites. But in my opinion England are one of the teams who can take the challenge.” When told opposite number Fabio Capello has claimed Tuesday's match will be harder than the one against Spain, Hamren laughed and said: “Then he was really smooth talking!” * SWEDE AND SOUR: ENGLAND'S WINLESS RUN AGAINST SWEDEN 20/06/2006 Sweden 2 England 2 World Cup finals 31/03/2004 Sweden 1 England 0 Friendly 02/06/2002 Sweden 1 England 1 World Cup finals 10/11/2001 England 1 Sweden 1 Friendly 05/06/1999 England 0 Sweden 0 Euro 2000 qualifier 05/09/1998 Sweden 2 England 1 Euro 2000 qualifier 08/06/1995 England 3 Sweden 3 Friendly 17/06/1992 Sweden 2 Welbeck says he rejected offers from England and abroad before signing with Watford.The 28-year-old signed with the Hornets as a free agent after his contract with Arsenal ended in June.”There’s been longstanding interest from Watford and as I was a England 1 Euro 92 06/09/1989 Sweden 0 England 0 World Cup qualifier 19/10/1988 England 0 Sweden 0 World Cup qualifier 10/09/1986 Sweden 1 Englancontent_imgd 0 Friendly 10/06/1979 Sweden 0 England 0 Friendly *ENGLAND'S LAST WIN OVER SWEDEN England 3 Sweden 1, May 22 1968 England scorers: Peters 36, Charlton 38, Hunt 72. Team: 1 Alex Stepney, 2 Keith Newton, 3 Cyril Knowles, 4 Alan Mullery, 5 Brian Labone, 6 Bobby Moore (c), 7 Colin Bell, 8 Martin Peters, 9 Bobby Charlton (12 Geoff Hurst 70), 10 Roger Hunt, 11 Norman Hunter

Spurs defender a target for Real Madrid

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The full version of this story appears in today's People. Kyle Walker is a shock target for Real Madrid. Real boss Jose Mourinho has been tracking the Tottenham right-back ever since he shined on England duty against Spain at this summer’s European Under-21 finals. And the manager of La Liga’s leaders has been impressed with Walker’s superb displays for club and country this term. While Walker, 21, has only just established himself in the Spurs first team, following loan spells at QPR and Aston Villa, it is believed that he could be open to the idea of a move abroad. l a transfer for Erlin Haaland.The 19-year-old has been a revelaAjax are weighing up a swoop for Brighton midfielder Davy Propper.The Argus claims Ajax chiefs have been discussions over whether they want to pursue a deal for the Netherlands international.The Amsterdam giants will lose midfielder Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona this summer.And Propper is just the sort of veteran presence they want in the squad.tion since signing for Borussia Dortmund this month.Haaland has hit the ground running in the Bundesliga, despite being a substitute in most of his early appearances.And Sharpe is surpri Read the full vcontent_imgersion here

Kenny Dalglish on Arsenal: Arsene Wenger MUST take FA Cup seriously and field strong side against Liverpool

So I hear Arsenal are supposed to be on Sunday. It’s the FA Cup. It’s an issue every year. There is speculation about the big clubs resting players to keep them fresh for other challenges. There are suggestions that both Chelsea and hosts Manchester City will do it admits he has a ‘tough decision’ to make regarding his future at Liverpool .Wilson has thrived while on loan at Bournemouth, scoring six goals in 23 games in his debut Premier League season.His loan spell is drawing to an end though and he’d face towhen they meet on Saturday evening, too, with the Champions League coming up next week – for City anyway – and the title run-in approaching. Arsenal’s situation intrigues me. They have qualified in 16 consecutive years for the Champions League, but after nine trophyless years haven’t their fans now reached a point where, if they could take one or the other, they would rather win some silverware? I don’t know the answer to that. You would have to ask some Arsenal supporters. What I do know is that when Liverpool were visiting Wembley regularly for cup finals in the halcyon days of the 1980s, our supporters always seemed to enjoy the occasion. Our fans told their kids stories from those days beneath the old Twin Towers, and now their kids have stories of their own to pass on. It all builds the history of a club and adds to its folklore. It creates legends and memories. I would think followers might like a little bit of that but, again, you would have to ask them. Maybe different sets of supporters have differencontent_imgt ­priorities. The other thing about their match with Liverpool: If Arsenal get turned over, how can they possibly go into the first leg of their tie against Bayern Munich on Wednesday in a ­positive frame of mind? If they put out a weakened team and lose, that means they will be going into the Bayern game on the back of two hidings from ­Liverpool and a goalless draw with a struggling Manchester United side. I don’t really see how that is going to help them prepare for playing one of the strongest sides in Europe. Maybe their players won’t carry those results into the Champions League tie, but they will be asked about them over and over again in the build-up. If I were one of the Arsenal players involved in , I would be wanting to play at the ­Emirates on Sunday. I wouldn’t want to be rested. I’d want to go out and put something right and once I’d put it right, I’d want to go out and face Bayern. A defeat like the one at Anfield leaves a bitter taste in your mouth and, by the way, if they’re not careful, Arsenal will get another hiding this weekend. Liverpool are not able to make ­wholesale changes as they do not have the Champions League to worry about, so they will be strong. If Arsenal do put out a weakened side, they might struggle badly and one more chance of a trophy will have been lost. Chelsea are talking about fielding a second-string team against City, but I think there might be a bit of kidology there. You can start getting too clever by imagining the reasoning that might be going on. I don’t buy the idea that if Chelsea lose on Saturday, for instance, that ties City up for longer in another wobi for his contributions to the team.The talented young winger has been with the Gunners since he was only 15.Now 23, Iwobi has completed a big money move to Everton on transfer deadline day.Emery thanked Iwobi and wished him well at his new club.Tcompetition and puts more strain on their resources. City’s resources are just fine. They have formidable strength in depth. Just like Chelsea. The bottom line is that no manager is going to put out a team he thinks is going to lose a game, not when you’re starting to get close to an FA Cup Final, anyway. Not when there’s a trophy on offer. There still aren’t that many ­opportunities to lift silverware. Arsenal fans know that, to their cost. Click here for King Kenny on Man United's woes and Rene Meulensteen. Which should Arsene Wenger prioritise?0+ VOTES SO FAR