FA EXTEND SOUTHGATE DEAL

Having seen Gareth Southgate guide a young English side to the World Cup semi final recently, the Football Association is convinced that he is a long term managerial prospect and is looking to have him recruited not only for the Euro 2020, but beyond that as well, but with Southgate’s reputation having got enhanced massively of late and with the possibility of some of the Premier League sides trying to lure the English manager, FA might struggle to keep the hold of Southgate for that long a duration.

In comparison to what some of the managers are getting in the Premier League, Southgate is getting nothing from FA and FA knows that as well. The basic salary and the bonuses together mount Southgate’s England wages up to two and a half million pounds which is only about one-sixth of the wages that Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United boss, is receiving at old Trafford.
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UEFA NL: Slovenia Draw Cyprus, Bulgaria And Norway

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 RANK ABOVE ENGLAND IN LATEST RANKINGS

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

JILL SCOTT SAYS ENGLAND WOULD REACH FINAL

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

Southgate on England defeat

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

KLOPP ANGRY WITH LALLANA’S INJURY

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is mad that his star player Adam Lallana picked up an injury whilst in action for the Three Lions during a crucial moment for the club this season.


The German tactician says he is not pleased with the scheduling of the friendly against Germany – which England lost 1-0 courtesy of a Lucas Podolski strike.

Lallana was injured in the first half of the clash with Lithuania. However he played the entire game thinking it was just a dead leg. On reaching Anfield, the thigh injury has been checked out, with the professionals declaring him unfit for the next four weeks.

Liverpool are involved with Everton in a Merseyside derby this weekend, and they are in the race for the top four as the season winds down. So evidently Klopp is angry that he is a man down during this time in the campaign.

“It’s hard for us to lose a player like Adam for four weeks, which would be eight games – it’s a lot. Whoever though it was a good idea to play Manchester City and Liverpool on Sunday night and then Germany against England on Wednesday – it makes no sense.

“We all have to start to work much better together: the FA, the Premier League, television and the clubs because we’re trying to sell the best product,” Klopp said. Read More