Japan are already in tension, taking a look into their boom-or-bust 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier group with Australia, according to the J-League-based Aussie Mitchell Duke. Upontopping the Group B by a lone point ahead of Saudi Arabia and Australia with two matchesat hand, the Samurai Blue are feeling the heat from critics after an unconvincing campaign so far.
Awaiting their last group game away to the currently second-placed Saudi Arabia, Japan cannot afford to freeze against the Socceroos in Saitama on August 31. Where they fail to makean automatic qualification for Russia 2018 they may have to be forced into unnecessary play-off matches. Duke, who has showcased his talent in his 19 league games for Shimizu S-Pulse this season, missed out on a Socceroos recall for the latest instalment of a gripping melodrama between two of Asia’s fiercest rivals. Continue reading Critics Have Been Tough On Japan – Mitchell Duke
Leicester City winger Demarai Gray believes his teammate Marc Albrighton deserves a call-up to the England national side after his recent uplift in form in the Premier League. The former Aston Villa man played a key role during the Foxes’ 2015/16 title-winning campaign, but he could not make the cut for England ahead of the likes of Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater.
Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate is expected to look at different options ahead of next summer’s World Cup, and Gray, who has been tipped for a debut, has backed Albrighton for the same. He said: “Marc was different class [against Burnley]. You know what you’re going to get from him every week but especially on Saturday. He was good on the ball, creative and he did us proud – he didn’t stop running. That’s what he brings and he did very well.
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The England Football Association has asked world football governing body FIFA to decide the punishment for Dele Alli quick.
The FA wants the body to reach a conclusion on the subject before the next World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.
The FA is being proactive to avoid the talented Spurs forward being banned for matches that would run into next year’s finals.
The England international was caught on camera when he raised his middle finger. While he claims the act was intended towards his former teammate Kyle Walker, he was facing the direction of the French referee Clement Turpin that officiated the game. If Alli is found guilty he faces up to four-game ban.
The FA wants any possible ban to be cancelled in forthcoming qualfiers against Slovenia and Lithuania in early October. England are atop Group F in the European qualification race. They are likely to seal their spot at the finals next year with a victory over Slovenia on October 5. Continue reading ENGLAND WANTS FIFA VERDICT ON DELE ALLI QUICK
England women football team star Millie Bright says she has always looked up to former Chelsea star John Terry.
The 23-year old recently displaced Laura Bassett in defence as she enjoys a good partnership with Manchester City defender Steph Houghton. So far their partnership has limited goals conceded at the Euro 2017.
“I’ve always looked up to John Terry, he’s a massive defender and a rock. His one-v-one defending and reading of the game have really educated me. I watch a lot of clips of him,” she says.
Bright praised the positioning skills of her role model, claiming it is “the basis of Terry’s game.” She says trusts her natural instincts a lot and tries not to overthink things.
“If you think too much, that’s when the mistakes come in. Keep it basic is what I’ve been doing well – winning my headers and making sure I win my one-v-one battles. Often your natural instinct tells you whether to hold or go,” she added. Continue reading MILLIE BRIGHT SEES JT AS INSPIRATION
England was beaten 3-2 by France in an international friendly, but there are now many questions that are being raised.
Is the England team good enough? Many pundits were claiming that this England team is one of the most exciting ever with players such as Kane and Ali. But things did not go as plan in the match against France.
France was the much better team and manage to beat England comfortably even with ten matches for most of the second half. They were creating occasions whenever they wanted, and England failed to match the pace and the strength that they had all around the pitch.
To make matters worse, the England manager Gareth Southgate chose to experience a new formation in this match, and the England players were confused about their position on the pitch. The England central defenders were dragged out of position quite easily with the pace and the trickery of the French attacking players. Continue reading England lack quality players
Vauxhall is set to end its sponsorship deal with England when the current contract expires in 2018 after the World Cup in Russia.
The firm will not renew deals with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales as well, according to reports.
The car company issued a statement that says it would sever links with the national football associations after the World Cup.
“Vauxhall Motors today announced that it will be stepping down from its role as lead sponsor of the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland football teams beyond the World Cup in 2018.
“Vauxhall has, however, agreed to explore other opportunities to continue its relationship with the FAs beyond the conclusion of the existing contracts. Since 2011, Vauxhall has been very proud to be the lead sponsor for each of the four home nations football associations, the first time this has ever been undertaken by a major organization,” the statement from the company read.
The deal gives at least £6million to the English FA – an agreement reached in 2011 but subsequently renewed. The firm has been actively involved in the tournaments of the teams, with the most recent being Euro 2016 in France. Continue reading VAUXHALL TO END ENGLAND SPONSORSHIP AFTER 2018 WORLD CUP
New England manager Gareth Southgate believes that England players should learn to become tougher mentally.
He said that this had been a major issue for England for quite some time and it needs to be addressed if they want to do well at a major tournament.
For the England manager, the national selection has some great players and that they are as good as any other teams. However, he believes that England players have a mental problem and that they struggled to cope mentally in the big games.
He said that the players should learn to play under pressure and to cope with the idea that they are among the favorites at tournaments. He said that this is normal given the fact that the Premier Leauge is considered as being the best league in the world and there will be expectations for the England national team to challenge for trophies. Continue reading England players should be tougher
Liverpool is worried after there were reports that forward Adam Lallana got injured whilst on international duty for England national team.
The player is a doubt for the game against Southampton this weekend as he limped off the 2-2 draw England played against Spain. The 28-year old star is having a form of his life for both club and country. He scored the first goal for the Three Lions
from the penalty spot in the first half against the Spaniards.
“It was a great shame because I’ve really enjoyed working with him. He’s an intelligent, very talented footballer who’s adding goals to his game for England. He was quite key to how we were wanting to play,” Gareth Southgate said after the game.
The interim manager is unsure of the extent of the damage. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp would not be happy with the news as the Englishman has featured in every game for Liverpool this season. Liverpool are currently the log leaders in the Premier League and they would be keen on keeping things that way in the face of close competition from Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal in the top four. Continue reading LIVERPOOL WORRIED OVER LALLANA INJURY
While everyone else is upset with Big Sam for him shaming the post of a Three Lions’ coach, Wayne Rooney is upset with him for a different reason.
Analysing his first and only victory as England coach, Sam had stated that nothing was told to Rooney as of his position in the Slovakia match and whichever position he took in the ground, he took it by his own choice.
As per Rooney, he was pained to hear that from Sam because he had obeyed his orders only and did nothing by himself.
Rooney disclosed that when the Three Lions boarded the flight from Slovakia, he and Sam had a word and Sam conveyed his apology. But, even after that apology of the coach, he couldn’t get over it and the disappointment still remained.
A daily quoted Rooney as, “It’s not that I consider myself the boss and I put my name on the team-sheet myself. If my name is on the name-sheet, it’s because of the coach and it’s only the coach who tells me where I should be playing.”
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New England manager Sam Allardyce has stated that he wants a fit team to represent England.
He said that he is not satisfied with the fitness level displayed by the England team and that he wants improvement on that front. He believes that it is a lack of fitness that resulted in the defeat against Iceland and that he does not want a repeat of this performance in future tournaments.
The new England manager said that he would be using his own experience to motivate the players to boost their fitness level. Indeed Sam Allardyce has been the victim of a heart scare and said that he has had to make changes to his lifestyle ever since. He added that he had been told by doctors to control his diet, quit drinking and to exercise regularly. He said that it is the same thing that he will be telling the players and that they will have to follow his instructions.
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