Arsenal closing in on Debuchy

Mathieu Debuchy will move to Arsenal from Newcastle United in the coming couple of days with highly placed sources at both the clubs and the player’s close friends confirming a deal is imminent and it will confirmed in the next couple of days.

The French full back has been a target for the club for all summer after the club lost Bacary Sagna, his first choice right back ran down his contract to leave for Manchester City at the end of last season. And it now seems that the Frenchman, who is the first choice right back for France and played a huge part for France as they lost to Germany in the quarter finals, will finally complete his move from Newcastle in the coming days. Read more »

Hodgson Still Has Plans For Gerrard And Lampard

The manager of the England national football team, Roy Hodgson, has made it clear that the senior pros Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are in his future plans and there is no need for them to announce retirement from international football.

However, at the same time, Hodgson also said that he would not force either of the two men to take a particular call. He would be happy with whatever they decide.

Talking to the reporters after his arrival from Brazil, Hodgson said, “Look, it’s up to them to decide. I should not tell them what to do and what not to do. But, if you ask me ‘is there still something left in them?’ I would say ‘yes’.”

“But, as I said, I am not going to force them. I would certainly be happy if they don’t announce their retirement officially. Because once you retire, you automatically become unavailable for selection.”

“If they remain active, at any point of time, I can telephone them and ask if they are willing to play a certain game. I want the scenario to be like this.”

Lampard and Gerrard have been playing international football since a very long time. The former had represented the Three Lions for the first time in 1999, while, the latter did it a year later i.e. in 2000. Both have already made more than 100 appearances for their country.

At 36 and 34 years of age respectively, it’s clear that Lampard and Gerrard have played their last World Cup, but, Hodgson can see them playing a vital role in the next Euro Championships. At least, the statements made by him suggest that.

It’s interesting to see what Lampard and Gerrard decide now after getting the backing of the manager.

Redknapps Reveals Players Desire To Be Out Of National Squad

Harry Redknapp recently came out with a startling revelation that several Tottenham players, when he was managing the North London outfit, came to him and express their desire to be left out of the England squad. They plan to do so by feigning an injury just before the international break. This startling revelation has shocked many England fans including Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool midfielder says that Redknapp should consider coming out on naming those players in the public so as to shame them.

He says that it is the only way to eradicate players would not play with their 100% for the national team. The English have been underachieving in world football ever since winning the 1966 World Cup. Not much was expected from them at the 2014 edition, but they performed poorly and were knocked out of the competition of the group stages. They suffered two defeats in the opening two matches to render the third and final match meaningless. Gerrard is expected to sit out from the match against Costa Rica with Frank Lampard being the captain.

A veteran of several world cups, Gerrard has played for the England national team with the same passion that he does for Liverpool. However, he says that he has never seen a player who does not want to play for England. “I don’t know who he means. Is it five years ago? 10 years ago? We need names. If it’s the case, it’s disgusting. I can guarantee that is not the case here. Nobody here wants to go home. In the two years I’ve been here, I’ve seen a greater interest in playing for England, so Harry’s comments come as a bit of a surprise,” said the England captain.

This is likely to be the last World Cup for Gerrard and several players like Lampard.

Italy still look good value

At the time of writing, Italy remain at around 18-1, on average, to win the World Cup. You may think this is understandable; the Azzurri aren’t generally thought to be a strong squad despite their convincing 2-1 win over England.

Also, you may think there are stronger teams left in the tournament. Brazil remain favourites to win overall despite a generally lacklustre couple of games, whilst Germany have come in a little, understandably, after their easy win over Portugal. Argentina remain joint second favourites with the Germans after their opening win against Bosnia-Herzegovina, whilst the Dutch have come right in to around 10-1 after their incredible 5-1 drubbing of the Spanish. The holders, meanwhile, who were fourth favourites before the tournament began at around 5-1, have drifted all the way out to 12-1, whilst France are 16-1 shots after their convincing 3-0 opening win against Honduras. Read more »

World Cup 2014 Player of the Tournament Award

Not everyone can win the World Cup, but you are sure to go down in the history books regardless of how your team does in the competition, if you earn the Player of the Tournament accolade, also known as the Golden Ball trophy. For some, it is the last opportunity to show their consistent class and talent on the grand stage, but for others, they have scores to settle and points to prove, with the World Cup being the best stage possible for re-emergence. Read more »

Michael Essien 2000-2003 années de Sporting Club de Bastia!

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