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. Continue reading Arsenal closing in on Debuchy

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.