Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has praised the progress of teammate Marcus Rashford during the course of the current season. The England international had found himself in-and-out of the first XI under ex-boss Jose Mourinho but the same has not been the case with caretaker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has featured him regularly from the starting lineup.
As such, he has found form with five goals and an assist in the past seven matches and this has impressed Mata, who has urged the youngster to keep up with the good work. “To win seven games from a possible seven is not a simple task in any way, so we are proud and happy with how things have gone in recent weeks. But we want more,” he wrote on his official website.
Gareth Southgate said that the FA should address the falling number of England players starting for their club. He said that it has fallen to a record low of 25% in recent weeks and he believes that this will hinder the England national team.
He said that he has a small pool of players to choose from and this will affect the England national team able to win big tournaments. He said that teams such as France and Germany have a league where the majority of players are home-grown players and that we can see these benefits in their national team.
England manager Gareth Southgate has sent a warning to youngster Reiss Nelson, who has impressed on loan at Hoffenheim from Premier League club Arsenal. The 18-year-old has been in fine form for the Bundesliga club this term with six goals from just eight league appearances but Southgate has indicated that he cannot just ‘roll up’ to earn his maiden Three Lions cap.
Speaking to Standard Sport, Southgate said: “We really like Reiss. He came and trained with us in September. He is doing okay with Hoffenheim and we think that he and some other players in the Under-21s have got big futures. I always liked his personality on the field and he is one of a number of attacking players who will push for places in the coming years, but he is not the only one and it is important we keep pushing him. I don’t want him to be thinking that he has just got to roll up and he’s the next one, because there is really good competition for places.”
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has admitted that he has not been performing to the best of his abilities despite contributing three goals for Spurs since the season started. The England international has been deemed to be struggling with his fitness after making a quick return from the summer World Cup and he has now personally accepted that he could have done better in the games which have passed.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Kane stressed that the pressure is on him to perform at a high level, given he has already set his standards over the past few seasons. He added that the Brighton & Hove Albion game was probably his best performance of the campaign, though he only found the scoresheet from the penalty spot.
With England not in action for another few weeks, we take a look at Manchester United’s troubled start to the season. Jamie Carragher continues to be an authority figure in English football, given his experience and stellar performance during his active playing career, and now in his work as a pundit. When he talks, people listen, which is why it was interesting to see his take on the biggest clash of the titans in football at the moment – Pogba vs Mourinho!
What was witnessed at the training grounds of United in 26th September was a power struggle which was public and obvious. Mourinho and Pogba had an awkward exchange that was witnessed on TV. The issue was regarding a post made by Pogba on Instagram and Mourinho being unhappy about that. The post was about the penalty defeat that the team had to oppose team Derby in Carabao Cup. (more…)
Former Manchester United star Phil Neville says England women can extend the World Cup fever into 2019. The popular pundit and now England women manager believes that with the women team qualifying for the World Cup finals set for next year in France, the Lionesses can extend the passion for international football that started since when Gareth Southgate took over.
England U-18 and U-20 have done well of recent. With the men’s team reaching the semi-finals at the World Cup, and now the women team looking at their own achievement; it has capped a string of successive and infective success in the country after years of underachievement.
Former Manchester United and England midfielder David Beckham said that he is proud of what the England team has achieved under Gareth Southgate. He said that there were some doubts that the team might struggle at the World Cup in Russia given the inexperience of both the players and the manager.
He said that the current England team has been sensational in their performance and that has brought back a sense of proud for the whole nation. He said that it has been a long time since an England team managed to make such a performance and he is sure that they will be able to repeat this kind of performance at the Euros.
The biggest football tournament in the world, the World Cup, has finally arrived. The prestigious tournament only takes place every four years as the best thirty two national teams from around the world come together and battle it out in an attempt to get their hands on the World Cup trophy.
The majority of fans who are going to bet on the World Cup, which they are able to do here https://www.betfair.com/exchange/plus/football/competition/5614746, will have already placed their bets and have a favourite for the winners of the competition. According to the majority of bookmakers, current world champions Germany are one of the favourites to lift the trophy for the second consecutive tournament. (more…)
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Danny Welbeck can offer a lot to the England national side, if he is picked for the World Cup in Russia. The 27-year-old has endured an injury-plagued spell during his time at the Emirates, but he has found form at the right time with five goals in as many games for the Gunners.
Speaking to reporters, Wenger highlighted Welbeck’s versatility on the playing field, and feels the Englishman can present an impressive choice for Gareth Southgate, he said: “For Danny, it has been very good recently because he got games. If Danny is injury-free, he is a very good player. We spoke many times about Danny when he was regularly in the national team. He was a very good player.At the moment everybody is talking about [Harry] Kane and rightly so. But there is room for Welbeck [in the England lineup]. If you are national coach, what for me is very interesting is that he can play wide – on the right, on the left – and also central. He can play with anybody.” (more…)
Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon is unfazed by the talk of him representing the England national side during this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. The 17-year-old has stood out for the Cottagers during the course of the current season, and this recently saw him named the EFL Player of the Year at the London Football Awards.
Despite Sessegnon’s prowess, he has yet to earn his maiden cap with the Gareth Southgate’s side, but he remains hopeful of making the cut for the World Cup, just like compatriots Theo Walcott and Michael Owen in the past, he said: “Who knows? Theo Walcott did it, Michael Owen did it so I could be ready. If I did get the call, it would be a fantastic achievement. I’ll be ready if I get the call. If I don’t, I’ll be cheering them on the TV hoping they do well. It is nice for the gaffer to say that about me. Who knows? Hopefully it will happen.”