Football pundit Guillem Balague has stated that Portugal does not play like a team, and that is what is affecting their results. He believes that the team has a tendency to rely on Cristiano Ronaldo, but when the latter is marked closely, Portugal does not have an alternative.
For him, Portugal will have to work as a team if they want to have a successful competition. He said that they had enough opportunities to score goals during the first half, but they did not take them. And when Iceland equalized, they panicked and lost their team spirit. Continue Reading
Ahead of the final round of games at the group stage, Welsh fans already sense trouble. Wales is set to meet with Russia in the final group game B encounter which will be a cracker, based on the current group standings. Russia have already received suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 after violence at the game against England.
The Monday game is believed could brew trouble, especially when fans’ expectations are not met. The games in France have seen a lot of violence, and with the games on Monday, the Haute-Garonne prefecture has raised the security risk-level to three on the one to four scale. Welsh football fans in Toulouse have said they are “apprehensive” about the meeting with the Russians. The security team which comprise of British and French police said they had taken “sensible and positive measures” ahead of games. Continue Reading
Head coach of the English men national team, Roy Hodgson, will now name his Euro 2016 final 23-man squad next week.
The coach had earlier opted to reveal this on Thursday, May 12th 2016. The coach opted to he could make a better assessment of players’ fitness after the final round of Premier League fixtures, even though the official deadline for the Football Association to submit its squad to UEFA before the tournament is 31 May.
England have warm-up games against Turkey, Australia and Portugal before the finals, which are being played in France between 10 June and 10 July. Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is expected to be ruled out with an injury to his right knee suffered in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City. The Gunners forward was one of the players almost certain of making the final squad, even ahead of his club mate, Theo Walcott.
Scans and tests have revealed Welbeck has suffered serious cartilage damage and could be out until February 2017. The key performer in England’s qualifying campaign just returned this February from an injury to his other knee which he’d sustained in May 2015.
Also fellow Arsenal player, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is already missing the tournament. The 22-year-old has not featured for the Gunners since their Champions League defeat to Barcelona at the Emirates in February, when he suffered a knee injury. His latest setback is a fresh injury, Continue Reading
Head coach of the English men national team, Roy Hodgson says there is no way Red Devils teenage sensation, Marcus Rashford, will play in the Euro 2016 campaign billed for France this summer.
The coach says including the youngster, even of it is for experience, would be tantamount to allowing another player who has more reason being in the tournament to be sacrificed.
Rashford, who is only 18 years old, has seven goals for Manchester United in 13 appearances since making his senior team debut in February when Martial was out due to injury. Hodgson says he has been very impressed with the youngster but said it was unlikely he would take him to Euro 2016.
The player who is six months from his next birthday scored a brace on his debut in the Europa League game against FC Midtjylland. The English player has gone on to score more goals including the matches against Arsenal, Manchester City and Aston villa. The young striker also scored when the Red Devils took on West Ham in a crucial FA cup tie. His goal helped place Manchester United in the semi final against Everton. With Crystal Palace and Watford also in contention, Manchester United have a clear edge in lifting the trophy this season.
Hogdson has numerous options in Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck amongst others. Continue Reading
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said that he had been impressed by the way Spain beat Turkey in their friendly match ahead of Euro 2016. He stated that the Spanish players are so good technically and that they are at ease when playing between the lines. He said that this makes it difficult to defend for the opposing players.
He said that the Spanish players deserve credit for being able to play between the lines. He said that if you want to stop them, you should not give them so much time on the ball but this is easier said that done. He believes that the player has a natural ability to keep the ball and to create openings. For him, you cannot afford to give so much time to players such as David Silva and Andres Iniesta. Sooner or later, they will find an opening and will create chances for their teammates. Continue Reading
The coach of the Italian national side CesarePrandelli admitted in saying Mario Balotelli still has a chance to be called up and to perform for the Italian team in the international stage but that he has to earn it.
If Mario Balotelli wants to make a return to the Italian side, he has to prove to CesarePrandelli that he has changed and that he truly deserves to represent his country. The last time that Balotelli played for Italy was back in the 2014 World Cup in the first round of this international competition.
Italy’s CesarePrandelli said: “The doors to the national team are not closed for anyone. But you have to deserve to be part of this team, via performances, behavior and moral aspects which we believe a lot in. It’s up to Balotelli to deserve an eventual return. “It’s up to Balotelli to deserve an eventual return,”
Throughout his career, Balotelli has built a reputation of being a player who gets angered easily and does not like to follow instructions. There have been occasions when Balotelli has received a red card or a sanction due to his behavior and this one of the things that he has been mostly critiqued but according to Ac.Milan’s CEO Adriano Galliani, Balotelli has experienced a radical change since arriving to San Siro. Continue Reading