Japan have set their sights on winning the Olympic gold when the Tokyo games are held on 2020. For this purpose, manager Hajime Moriyasu says that he wants to include a squad that has physical and mental toughness.
Japan have never been able to win a Olympic gold in soccer, but the chances are extremely high for the upcoming event due to home advantage. Moriyasu is also on a high after getting Japan to the second place at the Asian Cup. The 51-year-old manager is currently taking a look the prospect of players, who will largely be under 23 years of age. There are a couple of overage players who can be included in the squad. Read More
Tottenham Hotspur are ready to make another move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco. The Lilywhites made an approach for the player last summer. They were unable to reach a conclusion for the mercurial playmaker. According to an inside source from the club, Spurs will return for the player at the end of the season.
The Spanish international’s future was up for debate. Since the return of Zinedine Zidane, Isco has not enjoyed consistency with the French coach since he took over, and the second time coming of Zidane prompted rumour about the player’s exit. Read More
The Slovenian national football team will slug it out against Cyprus, Bulgaria and Norway in the forthcoming group stage of the UEFA Nations League tournament. Slovenia got to know of their opponents following the draw in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday.
The international competition is set to replace international friendly matches across Europe, with its widespread support and adoption. The first campaign is set to begin in September later this year. The new tournament is expected to offer an alternative path to the Euro 2020 finals via playoffs. Read More
Wales have moved two spots ahead of their British rival England in the latest world rankings by FIFA.
Following victories against Moldova and Austria in the recent World Cup qualifiers, the Welsh side has moved five spots in the new rankings.
The Chris Coleman-led side is now the highest ranked British side, despite the criticism of the manager and his team. They are ahead of the star studded and more revered England side despite their wins against Malta and Slovakia. The Gareth Southgate led side is a victory away from Russia 2018 but they remain behind Peru but ahead of Uruguay and Italy. Wales are 13th, with England separating Mexico in 14th and Uruguay in 16th. Italy, Croatia and Slovakia line up respectively with Northern Ireland in the 20th spot. Read More
England midfielder Jill Scott says that the team would reach the final of the ongoing Women Euro 2017 in her absence.
She is suspended for the semi-final clash with the hosts Holland after her second yellow card in the 1-0 against France in the last game.
“I’m disappointed I can’t put myself up for selection. But I’m very confident in this team and I know we will carry on this journey on Thursday,” she said.
The Manchester City star scored in the Euro 2009 semi-final when England clashed with the Netherlands. She scored in the extra time as the Lioness emerged 2-1 winners. Scott was also available when England defeated them 1-0 last November. Read More
England’s manager Gareth Southgate has stated that there is no magic wand to make England better and that the players will have to improve.
He said that the England national team is still behind the best teams in the world and that it will take time to change that.
He said that it was the first time that he was angry with players since taking charge of the national team. He said that the players know it and that they know that they have not been good enough. He believes that the players need to learn how to control the game better.
Gareth Southgate said that it was a disappointment for him to have lost the game, especially when playing against ten men.
He stated that this was a reality check for the team. He indicated that it is true that the England team has some exciting youngsters and that they have been quite successful so far when it comes to winning games against small sides but they will need to improve if they want to win games against the better teams. Read More