Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has expressed his delight after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to the first-team fold after a year out with a serious knee injury. The England international picked up the damage during the Champions League semi-final tie against AS Roma last term and Klopp thereafter suggested that the attacker could miss the entirety of the 2019/2020 season.
However, that has not been the case with the England international making a swifter comeback than expected and Klopp was pleased to name the attacker in the matchday squad for the league clash against Huddersfield Town,he said: “(It’s) unbelievable. We had to think about when we wrote the names on the teamsheet today how we call him. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, there are a lot of options obviously – Alex, Ox, Chambo, whatever! It’s that long ago. It’s really nice, it’s really good news that he’s back. He has been back for a while and now today back in the squad, so it’s cool – really cool.”
Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier has admitted that he has not experienced the best of seasons with the north London side following the World Cup last year. The England international was one of the standout performers for the Three Lions in Russia last summer, but his form has dipped in the current season to the point that he is no longer a regular starter with the national side.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Trippier acknowledged that he has been guilty of making defensive mistakes during the course of the campaign, he said: “I could have done a lot better than what I have done, I am the first to admit that. I look at all the games I play in and review them. I have had chats with the manager and other players too, but it’s all about learning and trying to do as best as I can in every game. I always do my best. I could have done a lot better since the World Cup.”
Former Tottenham Hotspur marksman Teddy Sheringham believes Harry Kane may start considering his future with the club, given their struggles to compete for regular silverware. The north London side have failed to win any of the previous four matches in the Premier League and this has dropped them right into the top-four battle with a genuine chance of missing out on Champions League football next term.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, the former Spurs striker said that Kane would want to some form of silverware but that has been far from coming at the Capital outfit. He added that the England international may question his future with the club in the forthcoming years, should they fail to earn their decade-long wait for a trophy.
Dan Ashworth has decided to leave his position in the English FA to take on a new technical director role at Brighton and Hove Albion.
The former West Brom player made the huge decision amidst a lot of speculation concerning his future to take on a new position at English Premier League outfit Brighton and Hove Albion and has explain the reason for his decision.
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.