Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson believes Steven Gerrard can help to inspire a youthful England squad at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Roy Hodgson has recently given caps to starlets like Wilfried Zaha, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Steven Caulker and Jack Butland, as the Three Lions attempt to qualify for the competition.And Gerrard’s team-mate, for both club and country, reckons that leadership qualities the 32-year-old midfielder possesses can get the most out of a generation of English players if they reach the tournament in South America.Johnson said: “We’ve got some fantastic individuals that are doing really well at club level at the moment, so I think we’re looking like we’ve got a very strong squad.“For any young kid coming through, if [Gerrard] doesn’t inspire you then I don’t know what will. He leads by example.“He’s been brilliant for club and country for many, many years. He’s the current captain and he’million – according to his manager!Villa boss Dean Smith spoke about the prospect of Grealish leaving Villa Park this summer for a Premier League team.Tottenham have a long standing interest in the player.Grealish has been in impressive form since cos flying at the moment.“Not many people get to make the 100-cap landmark. For people to do la legend Ian Taylor believes clubs would be getting their money’s worth if they signed John McGinn.The Scottish midfielder has been linked with Manchester United after a strong showing in the Premier League this season.Taylor told Express Sport: “I it they have to be special, special players.“You’ve seen it many times when Liverpool have needed a goal over the years, nine times out of ten, it’s him that pops up.”
Reading flop Cameron Edwards has signed for Melbourne Heart in Australia.The central midfielder moved to the Madejski in 2011 from Perth Glory, but failed to make an impression in Berkshire. He was told he had no future at the club and was released following the end of his contract, before he joined the Nike Football Academy in July this year.And now the 20-year-old, who had a trial at Melbourne earlier this month, has signed for the A-League club.Melbourne Heart General Mae Portuguese scored his third consecutive goal in Sunday’s draw with Everton. And getting goals from midfield is bringing immense joy to Solskjaer.”He’s a good player and we have been missing that type of player to do that for us, I’m very pleased winager John Didulica said: “Cameron is a hugely talented left-sided ml for Rapid Vienna prospect Benjamin Kanuric.Calciomercato.com says the Gunners are favourites to land the 16 year-old ahead of the January market. Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma are also in contact, though Arsenal are leading the race for the midfieidfielder with a professional work ethic and he has the capacity to be a great acquisition for the Club.”It is not east to find silky left-sided players with elite experience, so we are happy Cameron has chosen to continue his football development with Heart.”
Montenegro star Stevan Jovetic insists he is happy at Fiorentina after hinting that he spurned interest from Manchester City and Juventus in the summer.Jovetic is one of the most coveted young forwards in Europe and City boss has been desperate to bring him to Manchester.Serie A champions Juventus also tracked him over the summer period as they looked to add some firepower to their frontline.The permed ace, who is known as ‘Brian May’ by some Fiorentina fans, admits he was aware of interest in him during the last transfer window, but says he made the right decision to stay in Florence.He told La Nazione: “When a big club considers you, it is always nice. But I’m happy here and I chose Fiorentina – that’s what counts.”The 22-year-old has enjoyed a blistering start to the current Serie A campaign, scoring five goals and setting upipe at former Arsenal manager Unai Emery. The Germany international’s form has improved since Mikel Arteta replaced Emery in the dugout.Emery was cro.The Portuguese manager set up his Spurs side very negatively against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.His team lost 2-1, having been down 2-0 at one stage. Sherwood, like most Spurs supporters, was not impressed with how the team played initicised for his poor English during his time at the Emirates.In a post on Twitter, Mustafi posted a another.
have snapped up Charlton striker Paul Hayes on a three-year deal and he could make his debut against Yeovil on Tuesday night.The ambitious League One club have been chasing the 28-year-old former Scunthorpe man for a year and have agreed a deal to bring him to Griffin Park on a free transfer.Manager Uwe Rosler said: “We are delighted to finally get Paul. It was a long battle to get him.”Withouanchester United when the two clubs face off this week.”Manchester United have won just two of their last 13 league games (D5 L6) and a barometer of their performance at St James’ Park last time was that central defender Harry Maguire had more touchet Paul’s commitment and desire to want to play for Brentford, the deal would not have happened.”It is fantastic to see a player like Paul prepared to make sacrifices to join us aunday.McGinn scored all three goals before the half-time whistle as the Tartan Army swept aside the world’s lowest ranked team.Lawrence Shankland scored his first international goal after 65 minutes, with Stuart Findlay and Stuart Armstrong rounding nd it is pleasing for me that he believes in what we want to achieve.”
Chelsea have sent Under-21 capck Stephens hopes they’ve won back some support following last night’s Carabao Cup loss to Manchester City.The defender’s 75th minute goal wasn’t enough to salvage anything for the St Mary’s side after a brace from Sergio Aguero and a Nicolas Otamendtain Todd Kane on loan to Blackburn for a month.The teenage right-back, who has represented England at Under-19 level, made three appearances on loan at League One Preston earlier this season.But, after returning to Chelseat of playing for Spain at Euro 2020.The midfielder has hauled himself back into international contention after a couple of extraordinary seasons with Villarreal.Cazorla told Marca: “It was something that I’d written off when I returned to football; e, Blackburn moved quickly to land him on a loan of their own.Highly-rated Kane, 19, has been drafted in to provide cover for Adam Henley, the right-back who will miss several weeks with a hamstring injury.Kane will stay at Ewood Park until February 10th on a youth loan.
A has revealed that Arsenal are the most expensive club to follow in Britain, with a single ticket for the Emirates costing as much as £126, the highest on the British Isles. Arsenal also have the dubious honour of the most expensive season ticket in the land at £1,955, so most Gooners can forget about the family holiday for the year if they want to see their club fall short once again.That’s in stark contrast to Scottish club Montrose, who charge £6 for a match day ticket and £90 for the entire season. The club are the cheapest to follow in Scottish and English football, but do they really represent better value for money than the ere’s no plans to bring former chief scout Graham Carr back to Newcastle United, it has been revealed.The Evening Chroniclesays rumours of a return to United for Carr are believed to be wide of the mark.Carr left the club during the Rafa Benitez era Arsenal? talkSPORT settle the debate, once and for all…HistoryArsenal were formed in 1886, a whole seven years after Montrose, who were founded in 1879, so in the purest sense of the term the Scottish side have the greater history. When it comes to their trophy haul, however, Arsenal just shade it, with the ‘ 13 League titles trumping the Gable Endies’ 1985 Scottish Division Two triumph and 1995 Third Division runners up position. Arsenal clinch this category.Arsenal: 4/5Montrose: 2/5StadiumOpened in July 2003, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium is a state of the art ground capable of holding 60,361 middle class fans from Hertfordshire, costing a whopping £470m to build. With 152 executive suites, there’s no shortage of luxury and the 105 x 68 metre pitch is as impressive as they come. Links Park, home of Montrose, has been around since 1887 and now boasts an artificial surface to survive the harsh weather on the coast, but despite this the pitch isn’t quite up to Arsenal’s standards. A capacity of 3,292 falls just short of Arsenal’s, but the Emirates can’t touch the Montrose ground in terms of versatility. Links Park was host to a circus as well as a grazing ground during its early days, while the Arsenal stadium can only muster a sold out appearance by Coldplay. The Gunners shade this one, however.Arsenal: 4/5Montrose: 2/5Famous playersDennis Bergkamp, Liam Brady, Patrick Vieira, Alex James, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Ian Wright are just some of the football greats to pull on the Arsenal jersey, with a host of major trophy winners having played for the Gunners. Montrose can’t quite match the Gunners for talent, though they can boast that Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell played four games for them in 2007, and he has one cap for Scotland. Other greats include former , Rangers and assistant Archie Knox, as well as Ian Gilzean, the less famous son of former Scotland and great Alan Gilzean. Another win for Arsenal.Arsenal: 5/5Montrose: 1/5ScottishnessWith Charlie Nicholas and George Graham both comfortably exceding 100 appearances for the Gunners, Arsenal can boast some seriously strong links north of the border, but they can’t compete with the Scottishness of Montrose. With a stadium in Scotland, founded in Scotland, playing in Scotland, and the majority of their players coming from Scotland, the Gable Endies hammer the Gunners in this area to pull back some points. Montrose even play in the colours of the Saltire – a thumping victory for the Scottish Third Division club.Arsenal: 1/5Montrose: 5/5Recent trophy haulSince their FA Cup victory in 2005, Arsenal haven’t managed to win a single thing. Zero. Zilch. Montrose, on the other hand, won the Forfarshire Cup as recently as 2007/08, with a 2-1 victory over Brechin allowing them to boss Steve Bruce wants a move to Newcastle United to happen.The Owls manager, 58, has accepted an offer to manage his boyhood Toon.Bruce yesterday took charge of the Owls’ 3-1 pre-season friendly win over Lincoln – and he was confronted by an angry flift ‘the cup with the wee ears’. Respect.Arsenal: 0/5Montrose: 5/5TotalArsenal: 14/25Montrose: 15/25It’s official, Montrose are better value for money than Arsenal. All that remains to be said is then is that Thierry Henry, , Osama bin Laden, Piers Morgan, Queen Elizabeth II (really?), Ian Poulter and Alan Davies, your boys took a hell of a beating!Can Arsenal justify their inflated ticket prices? Comment below and have your say…
Alex Song has revealed he had trouble convincing to let him complete his ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ move to Barcelona in the summer.The Cameroon international ended a seven-year stay in north London when he completed the £15m switch to the Nou Camp less than a fortnight before the transfer window shut.It meant that, along with , lost two of their most high-profile stars in the space of five days.Speaking to Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, the 25-year-old admitted it was difficult to explain his choice to Wenger, the manager who plucked him from the relative obscurity of Bastia at the age of 17 and handed him his chance in England.”It happened in July. Barca spoke with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger came to tell me,” said the midfielder.”It was hard to convince him arealish without a fight.While it is almost inevitable the 24-year-old will leave if Villa are relegated, should the club retain their Premier League status, then the onus will be on co-owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris to convince the midfielder tond say goodbye because he really helped me and my family when I arrived at Arsenal when I was 17.”But when you want to leave, the club cannot say no. A chance like this only happens once in a lifetime and you must take it. their profits triple to €13.94 million (US$15.42 million), while revenue was up 22.4 per cent to €367.65 million (US$406.78 million) for the 2018/19 financial period, reports, /.It marks the club’s highest net profit in their history and was par”
After Man United’s poor display against non-league Crawley Town in the FA Cup, two players in particular received much of the criticism, Bebe and but are they as bad as these?CLICK THE ARROW ON THE RIGHT OF THE IMAGE Te potential of Federico Chiesa.The Italy attacker has been linked with Manchester United and PSG.Despite his club sitting in 13th place in Serie A, Chiesa has enjoyed a strong season for La Viola, scoring seven goals and providing five assill again do battle with Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo at The Best FIFA Awards later this month.The trio have been named as the final three for the Men’s Player of the Year, after a 10-man shortlist including Harry Kane, sts in 26 O SCROLL ALONGMan United career: 2002-2004Man United career: 2003-2005Man United career: 1999-2000Man United career: 2003-2005Man United career: 2001-2003Man United career: 2003-2005
Fulham star has admitted responsibility for his side not beating at St Mary’s.The left-sided player had netted what looked to be a winner for the , after coming on as a substitute, but moments later he gave away a free-kick with making the scoreline 2-2 from Danny Fox’s set piece.And Richardson, a summer signing from , revealed he regrets his rash foul but hopes to learn from connected Soccer Link reports Mourinho is in talks with the Federation about succeeding Tite.Should Brazil flop at the Copa America, Tite will be axed and the Special One is the favourite inside the Federatind AC Milan were keen to bring the Croatia international to Serie A, but the Reds called an end to talks with the clubs.He is expected to remain at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp unwilling to sanction his departure and leave himself with just three centron to replace him.For his part, Mourinho hahis error.“We deserved to win,” he said after the match. “It was a silly mistake from me to give the free-kick away and it led to their goal.“It was a free-kick but before that we should have had a free-kick for [a foul on] Karagounis but the referee didn’t see it. It was a bit of frustration from me.“A player of my experience should have dealt with that situation quicker. I’ll learn from that and hopefully we can win the next game.”
World Cup hero Siphiwe Tshabalala is set for trials at .Tshabalala, whose goal for South Africa and celebration to kick-start the 2010 World Cup went down as one of the tournament’s enduring moments, is due in England to tracoach Ramon Catala admits Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is concerned.The pair worked together at Espanyol.He told Esports Cope, “Valverde’s time at Barça has been tough. I spoke with him last year and he was going through a hard time. From the begin at the Championship club.The 27-year-old winger, who has 57 caps for his country, currently plays for Kaizer Chiefs in his homeland and willadmits this week’s thrashing by Atalanta was not good enough.Milan signed off for the winter break by being humbled 5-0 by the Oribici.Pioli said, “A game like this should not be allowed to happen. “We have to put in performances on the pitch worthy spend ten days at Palace as he looks to win a deal.
Arjen Robben has ended any speculation over his future by signing a new deal at Bayern Munich.The winger was said to be considering er Shkodran Mustafi admits a move to the Bundesliga could be on this month.Mustafi has managed just five appearances for the Gunners this season and been barracked mercilessly by his own fans.Kujtim Mustafi told Transfermarkt.de: “If something good san exit from the Champions League finalists this summer.Having clashed with Franck Ribery recently – in an altercation that left Robben with a black eye – it was assumed the Dutchman would leavhe’s excited by the prospect of working with Lionel Messi at Barcelona.De Jong is moving to Barca this summer for a fee rising to €86m.”I’m very excited to see [Lionel] Messi during training. I think I’m only going to pass the ball to him,” De Jonge Bayern this summer.Chelsea were said to be keen on taking Robben back to Stamford Bridge while Manchester City were also monitoring developments.But following clear the air talks with Bayern, Robben has agreed to extend his contract to 2015.
Arsenal will look to create a bidding war between Schalke and Russian mega-spenders Anzhi over Andrei Arshavin.The midfield schemer is still the club’s most expensive ever signing, after joining Zenit St Petersburg for £15m in 2009, and would want to recoup a similar fee if he hasne is regularly touted as one of the best players in the Premier League and has been challenged by Pep Guardiola to become one of the best five players in the world.”Probably not too far,” De Bruyne declared on Sky Sports. “But who am I to decide tha to part with the 30-year-old in January.Russian news agency Novosti report that the Bundesliga side have already approached Arsenal to make their interest clear while Anzhi plan to wait in the wings and gazump any offer the receive.Schalke consider Arsenal’s £15m valuation of Arshavin to beiane Boufal.Boufal was supposed to be sold this summer but has instead won over Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.After being set up to score by Boufal in Saturday’s win over Brighton, Redmond open up about his connection with the Morocco international.Sp excessive but, with Anzhi ready to pounce, Wenger’s side are in a position of power and can hold out for the highest offer.Arshavin has only completed one Premier League game this season and has fallen down the pecking order in Wenger’s long list of attacking midfielders.
Sebastien Bassong has told talkSPORT that have their work cut out to replicate last season’s top four finish.Andre s-Boas replaced Harry Redknapp in the dug-out at White Hart Lane this summer as the club attempt to usher in a new era.But there are doubts about the young Portuguese manager’s ability to cut it at the top level after his failed spell at Chelsea.And Bassong has warned that his former club are facing a delicate balancing act if they want to evolve their style of play while still challenging at the top of the table.“I think it is going to be really difficult for them because all the teams are really strong,” Bassong said.“For me there are at least seven teams that can get in the top four so year after year you havod Town goalkeeper Billy Crellin.The Everton-offer-Billy-Crellin.html”>Daily Mail says Fleetwood have knocked back a £200,000 bid from Everton for England Under-19 goalkeeper Crellin.A number of other Premier League clubs are trailing Crellin, who me got to get better and better.“On the small details you’ve got to be almost perfect just to get in the top four, I’m not talking about winning the Premier League. Just to reach the top four is going to be a tough ba be blocked from watching live Premier League matches on illegal streaming sites from the 2019/20 season following a court order, reports, /.As reported by The Irish Times a ruling in the country’s Commercial Court granted Football Association Premiettle.”
Arsenal legend Frank McLintock believes the can win the League Cup on Sunday but thinks they may just come up short in the Premier League title race.Currently second in the league, ’s men are playing in four competitions as they hunt for their first piece of silverware since 2005.And although McLintock feels any trophy win will be a great achievement for his former club, he can’t quite see them getting past in the league.“I think we migLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp regards their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last year as a launching pad.Klopp believes the disappointment of Kiev had a positive influence on his team, who put their best-ever Premier League season together alongside this year’s European run.He said: “It had a big influence on us. I remember that situation. When we stand in the queue in the airport in Kiev, all in tracksuits, heads down. It was a lot of different emotions. “But the plan was, we come again, we will be there again and now we are there, that is just incredible. I think pretty much each team that loses the final thinks, ‘We will put it right’. They don’t all have the chance. “It was the kickstart for the development of this teahe bench to bag his first international goal in the Copa America opener with a 3-0 win over Bolivia.The 23-year-old goalscorer has been heavily linked with Manchester City in the past but has now hinted he wants a move to the Red side of the city. “Im, 100 per cent. This team is not even to compare with the team of last year. It is good.”ht just come second in the Premier League,” said McLintock.“I quite fancy them for the Carling Cup [but] it’s not a certainty, I remember us getting beaten by Swindon 3-1 when we were the biggest favourites of all-time. Anything can happen in a cup final but I think we’ve got a good chance of winning it.“I think we’ve got a reasonable chance of [winning] the FA Cup. I think we’ve got a lesser chance of the [Champions League], I’m hoping we can beat Barcelona but it’s against all the odds.“It’s still been a great season if they can achieve any of those things.”
PSG playmaker Stéphane Sessegnon is refusing to return to training as he attemps to force though a move to , according to reports in France.The 26-year-old has fallen out with manager Antoine Kombouare and is eager to push through a £4million switch to the Stadium of Light.However, Sessegnon faces a fight on his hands to get his wish with the French club determined to keep hold of the talented midfielder.“Theted Liverpool in their Champions League semifinal second-leg.Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will miss the game as Barca are at Dejan Lovren is edging closer to a move to AC Milan.TMW says the potential transfer took another step towards reality on Friday.Giuseppe Riso, who is understood to be acting as an intermediary between Lovren and Milan, met with the Rossoneri’s sportAnfield on Tuesday defending a 3-0 lead.”There are significant absentees for Liverpool, but this doesn’t change our plan most important thing is that Stephane returns to the group again. He’s part of the family and we want him to stay,” said club president Robin Leproux.”We can’t afford to play Ludovic Giuly in his position for the full 90 minutes like against Sochaux. We’re not thinking about a possible departure of Stephane. We’re confident that he will still be with us on January 31.”