Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Harry Kane is still feeling the effects of the ankle injury sustained against Bournemouth on March 11. The setback forced the Englishman to miss England’s friendlies during the international break but he has since returned to score three timesin five appearances.
Tottenham Hotspur favourite Glenn Hoddle believes Dele Alli should be able to win back his starting position with England ahead of this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. The 21-year-old could only find himself as a substitute during the recent run of international friendlies with Gareth Southgate preferring to pick Jesse Lingard ahead of him in the pecking order.
England manager Gareth Southgate believes Marcus Rashford has the big-game mentality which makes special from most of his national teammates. The Manchester United forward has been backed to shine in the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy, where the Three Lions will be without the services of Harry Kane through an injury.
Manchester United legend Roy Keane was critical over the performance of Jack Wilshere following Arsenal's shock Europa League defeat to Ostersund in the round of 16 second-leg. The Gunners had secured a comfortable 3-0 lead from the first-leg, but they made hard meal of their home fixture, though they eventually qualified by a 4-2 aggregate score.
Labour Party president Jeremy Corbyn does not believes England will offer a strong challenge for the 2018 World Cup despite deemed by many as one of the dark horses for the upcoming tournament in Russia. The Three Lions suffered a damaging exit in the group stages in Brazil four years ago, and they are hoping for a vast improvement with several younger stars having emerged from the Premier League.
In an interview with Copa90 Youtube channel, Corbyn was asked about his favourites for the upcoming World Cup, and though he initially went with England, he believes one of Brazil or Germany will end up winning the major showpiece tournament, he said: "I would love to say England but I doubt it. I think it is going to be Brazil or Germany."
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Everton striker Wayne Rooney believes Arsenal should have taken the option of selling both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil during the summer transfer window. The pair have refused to extend their contracts with the New Year coming up, and it looks likely that they will leave on free transfers at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Rooney stressed that the duo are likely to leave the Emirates next summer, and this could potentially raise question marks over the Gunner's handling over the situation, he said: "With the two of them not signing contracts in the summer, I think that told you everything. The way it is, I don’t think they will be at Arsenal [next season]. I feel they should have taken the money and looked elsewhere because, although they are top players and it is difficult to let those players leave the football club, when the going gets tough – as it is at the minute for Arsenal – you want players who want to be there and you can put your trust in. If they are not going to be there at the end of the season, maybe there are a few question marks."
England head coach Gareth Southgate has revealed that Danny Drinkwater turned down a recall to the national squad as he is still short of full fitness. The Chelsea midfielder returned for first-team action midway through the previous month, but he has since managed just one start for the west London club.
Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, Southgate insisted that he can't risk players for the upcoming friendlies versus Germany and Brazil unless they are fully fit. In the absence of Jordan Henderson, the manager had initially planned to recall Drinkwater to the squad, but his denial resulted in a maiden call-up for Burnley's Jack Cork.
England national team coach Gareth Southgate admits that the squad will have to maximise their capabilities if they are to compete with the likes of Spain at next year's World Cup finals in Russia.
The Three Lions qualified for the global tournament with relative ease, but the celebrations were notably subdued due to their boring and familiar type of football in the latter phase of the qualifier group.
Despite having loads of attacking talent, the Three Lions only secured hard-fought 1-0 wins over Slovenia and Lithuania in the final set of World Cup qualifiers with Harry Kane being the saviour in each occasion. Speaking to reporters, Southgate admits that England cannot transform into Spain in the space of eight months, but his side need to show desire to 'evolve as a team' in order to break their World Cup duck.
Harry Kane has hit back at England’s critics while calling for more patience from the country's faithful.
A section of the travelling fans did not like the outlook of the Three Lions' side after they were held up by Malta by a 0-0 scoreline at half-time.
However, Gareth Southgate's side turned things around in the second period to complete a 4-0 rout of Malta with three of those goals coming late in the game. The performance was not well received by the English fans on the ground as well as the television set, and Kane urged them to keep patience as the nation are still in a transition phase.