United swoop for £36 million teenager

New Manchester United signing Anthony Martial

Manchester United’s purchase of nineteen-year-old striker Anthony Martial from Monaco for a hefty £36 million was the biggest move of transfer deadline day. Other big stories included David De Gea’s collapsed move to Real Madrid and Everton and Southampton both bought defenders. Continue reading “United swoop for £36 million teenager”

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Rooney named new captain and quartet of debutants in England squad

Rooney has scored 40 goals for England

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has been named as the new England captain, replacing Steven Gerrard Continue reading “Rooney named new captain and quartet of debutants in England squad”

World Cup round-up: Ronaldo scores hat-trick as Portugal progress

The brilliant Zlatan Ibrahivomic will not be at the 2014 World Cup as his Swedish side were beaten 3-2 by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

The match, billed as the clash of two of the biggest names in football, was exactly that. Imbrahivomic and Ronaldo scored every one of their team’s goals in the two-game play-off. The Real Madrid man, 28, scored a hat-trick. After the the first leg ended 1-0 to Portugal, they then quickly added to that in the second. However, Imbrahivomic replied with two quick goals.

But Ronaldo finally won one of the greatest ever man versus man test on a football pitch as two goals in two minutes sent Portugal flying into the World Cup finals.

Imbahivomic promptly sad that he would not be watching the World Cup next year as it was not worth watching without him playing. Both players are up for the Ballon D’Or.

France were able to claw their way back into the World Cup against Ukraine. After a dismal first leg in Kiev where they lost 2-0, Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho scored two and Karim Benzema scored another to send the French through to the World Cup. They’ll be hoping to do better than in 2010, when, despite being runners-up in 2006, they went out at the group stage.

Iceland were unable to become the smallest country ever to reach the World Cup finals. The island, which has a population similar to Reading’s, fought well in the first leg where they drew 0-0, but ten-man Croatia were able to beat them 2-0 to reach the World Cup.

Greece secured their place in Brazil after a 1-1 draw with Romania following the first leg in Greece where they won 3-1. They join the other teams in the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil.

Cristiano Ronaldo eventually won the battle of two of the world’s best players as he scored all three of Portugal’s goal in the 3-2 victory over Sweden, in which Zlatan Imbrahivomic scored both his country’s goals as well.
Mamadou Sakho, who plays for Liverpool, scored two of France’s goals as they came back to win 3-2 on aggregate against Ukraine.

England lose consecutive games at Wembley for first time since 1977

England lost back-to-back matches at Wembley for the first time since 1977.

Following on from when Alexis Sanchez took the Three Lions apart, England needed to win against Germany to avoid the 1977 record in the Football Association’s 150th anniversary.

However, Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker scored the only goal of the game to secure victory for the Germans. Even though Germany fielded a ‘B’ team, leaving out players like Mezut Ozil, Manuel Neuer and Phillip Lahm.

Joe Hart returned as goalkeeper for the match after being rested against Chile. The Manchester City shot-stopper, who has had a hard time at club Manchester City, played very well and probably re-secured his place as England’s no.1.

Per Mertesacker, who plays for Arsenal, scored the only goal of the game.
Joe Hart returned in the game and was probably England’s best player.

Experimental England lose to Chile

A new-look England lost to South Americans Chile at Wembley last night.

With players like Fraser Forster, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez having their debut on the night, it was an experiment that failed by Roy Hodgson.

And Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez did the damage with both goals in a 2-0 win.

Wales manager Coleman signs contract extension

Wales manager Chris Coleman has signed a contract extension making him in charge for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Coleman, 43, had been linked to the vacant Crystal Palace manager role.

His job was under speculation after a disappointing World Cup campaign. Wales finished fifth in their group, winning only 3 of their 10 games.

He may have to find new background staff though, as former assistant John Hartson recently resigned.

Saints players take England team by storm

Southampton now have three players in the latest England squad.

The Saints have been one of the surprises of the season so far, lying in 6th place in the table. They are above the likes of Manchester United and Everton.

Roy Hodgson obviously noticed this. As well as Rickie Lambert, who’s international career has got off to a flying start, striker Jay Rodriguez and midfielder Adam Lallana are included in the squad.

The squad, which will face Chile and Germany later this month in pre-world cup friendlies, also includes under pressure Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The whole squad is this:
Goalkeepers
Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy.

Defenders
Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker.

Midfielders
Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere.

Forwards
Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck.