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…)
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has indicated that he is happy playing for the Red Devils despite an apparent lack of playing time this season. Indeed the teenager has found it hard to break into Jose Mourinho’s team compared to life under Louis Van Gaal and has spent more time on the bench.
Indeed, Marcus Rashford has only managed 12 starts for Manchester United, and there are no signs that things will change in the immediate future. (more…)
With just a period of 67 days in charge and one match played, Sam Allardyce has left his position as the manager of the England national side by mutual agreement with the Football Association.
This came on the heels of a newspaper investigation allegedly quoting Allardyce as having offered advice on how to players transfer and how to get around the FA’s rules.
It has also been alleged that the former England’s boss used his role to negotiate an £400,000 deal to represent a firm in the Far East. The FA issued a statement describing Allardyce’s conduct as being “inappropriate” thereby placing Gareth Southgate in temporary control of the England’s National Side. (more…)
Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney is set to retire from international football after the 2018 campaign in Russia, if England makes it there. The England international has disclosed his intention of ending his career at Old Trafford, but he hasn’t placed a time limit.
On his international career, he claims he would retire after the World Cup tournament, adding that it would be 15 years then. “I will carry on playing, certainly at club level. I will have a year left at United then . I’ve said to United I want to stay there, finish my career there, so it’s a case of sitting down with United when the time’s right. I’ve still got three years left. I obviously, hopefully, want to finish my career at United,” Rooney disclosed.
On his retirement, Rooney said: “Going into the World Cup, hopefully we qualify, the time will be right. It will be my 15th season playing for England, and in anyone’s terms, it’s a long time, so I just felt the time would be right then. The physical factors in basketball, football and other sports mean that continuing at the very top once you pass 30 years old is very difficult, and only a few have managed to retain that level of performance at the highest level whilst playing both domestic and international football” Rooney added.
Rooney admitted that he could do better for the team, and he said he hopes to use the next two years well. “Realistically, I know myself that Russia will be very last opportunity to do anything for England. Hopefully, I can end my time with England on a high,” Rooney revealed.
England manager Sam Allardyce says he plans to play the skipper in the No. 10 role, and as captain. Rooney seem to be happy with the arrangement when he said: “It brings consistency [considering United coach Jose Mourinho has restored Rooney to the same role] in terms of where you are playing. Sometimes, it is difficult to go from one position to another and keep changing.”
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says that his England counterpart Roy Hodgson is still likely to be the national team boss of the Three Lions. Redknapp appears to be still aggrieved at the fact that he did not get the job despite being branded as the overwhelming favourite a few years ago.
Redknapp and Hodgson were direct contention for the England job just a few weeks after Fabio Capello had left the team in a dire state. The Italian left the role just a few months before the start of the Euro 2012. This meant that Hodgson, who became the eventual successor, did not have enough preparation time. (more…)
Theo Walcott says that he is confident Arsenal will be able to bring back the glory days of the Invincibles. Arsenal remain as the only team in Premier League history to have won the league title without suffering even a single defeat over the season. A number of clubs have come close to matching this achievement.
Chelsea are probably the closest club to have come close to beating the record since the 2003-04 season. The Blues suffered only three league defeats throughout last season and ended up being the champions. Arsenal finished 12 points adrift of Chelsea, but Walcott is confident that the gunners will reclaim the title once again. (more…)
Everton will be without defender Leighton Baines for much of the pre-season tour of the Far East after the club revealed that the left back had undergone an ankle surgery. Roberto Martinez has already stated that Baines has been suffering from an injury to his left ankle for several years.
However, he has been unable to correct them due to a consistent run of matches for club and the international team. Baines went under the knife towards the end of last season. This forced him to miss the last two games of the league, while also being unavailable for England duty during the Euro 2016 qualifying game against Slovenia. (more…)