England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will likely miss the Manchester City game in the Community Shield due to injury. The former Arsenal and Southampton star is not expected to feature in the Liverpool squad for the City clash. Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of six Liverpool players expected to miss out on the squad for the Community Shield.
Premier League side Brentford have confirmed the signing of young Scotland international Aaron Hickey. The arrival of the highly rated Scottish fullback was announced by the Bees this weekend. He has signed a long-term contract with London club Brentford.
Former Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick began his spell in charge of the Austrian national team on a winning note after they produced an emphatic away win over Croatia who reached the final of the last World Cup tournament in Russia before losing to eventual champions France and are going to the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
Rangnick was appointed as the Austrian national team boss while he was still the interim manager in England and Premier League heavyweights Manchester United precisely. The initial plan was for him to him retain the consultancy role at Manchester United at the end of his interim managerial reign at the club, but he has opted against combining the two positions to focus on the Austria job. His first game was a daunting one on paper, but him and his players made light work of it at the expense of Croatia in a UEFA Nations League clash from Group A1. (more…)
Liverpool have secured another Champions League final after they came from two goals down to beat home team Villarreal 3-2 in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal tie. The two teams met for the second leg at the El Madrigal just six days after the first leg which ended in a 2-0 win for the Reds thanks to the goals from PervisEstupinan (own goal) and Sadio Mane within two second half minutes.
Villarreal made a dream start in the second leg thanks to the third minute strike from BoulayeDia off the assist from Frenchman Etienne Capoue. The Spanish La Ligaclub scored a second goal four minutes before halftime through Frenchman Francis Coquelin who knows a lot about Liverpool having spent several years in England while playing for Arsenal. Capoue also provided the goal for Coquelin to ensure that Villarreal drew level with Liverpool in the tie. (more…)
Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe was one of the three players who scored as the Gunners recorded a morale-boosting win at the home of European champions Chelsea in the league. The England international helped the Gunners regain the lead in the first half to take his tally to ten goals in the Premier League this season. With his goal against Chelsea, England international Smith-Rowe was able to take his overall tally to 11 goals in all competitions.
While the future of Borussia Dortmund’s Norway international striker Erling Haaland remains up in the air, reports are still mounting up about a possibility of him moving to England and play for an English Premier League club. Manchester United are the first club to come to mind when the possibility of him coming to England comes up, with Chelsea and Manchester City the other possible options. However, Manchester United have leapfrogged other teams to the front of the queue. This is mostly because both Chelsea and City have spent huge sums in last summer’s transfer window to acquire themselves big-money signings.
While Chelsea made a huge statement by bringing back Belgian international star Romelu Lukaku to Stamford Bridge from Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan for a whopping sum of £97 million, City, on the other hand, splashed £100 million on the signing of England international attacking midfielder Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. The spending spree of the two teams mean that it might be hard for them to spend another huge sum this summer to sign another big-name player. (more…)
Brighton and Hove Albion skipper Lewis Dunk is on course to make his return from injury when the Seagulls face hosts Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup this weekend. The England international has missed the last two months due to a knee injury.
The England international trio of Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish were not in the Manchester City squad that saw off League Two team Swindon Town to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup. The three England players were missing in a Manchester City squad depleted by several Covid-19 situations involving manager Pep Guardiola, some players and some coaching crew members.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that young England midfielder has returned to training ahead of the Premier League clash with Southampton. The Gunners play hosts to Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening and newly capped England player Smith-Rowe is expected to be in the squad for the game which is very important for the hosts in their quest to secure passage into next season’s Champions League by finishing in one of the top four places on the league standings.
Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe is one of the most in-form young midfielders in the Premier League over the last one month. The England junior international was able to continue his red-hot form in front of goal as he found the back of the net in the league win over Leicester City at the weekend.