Arsenal defender Ben White has been left out of the England squad for their final two World Cup qualifiers ahead of Qatar 2022. He was a major absentee from the 25-man squad named for the Albania and San Marino games last week Thursday by manager Gareth Southgate.
White, 24, has been in good form for Arsenal this season, but it was not enough to earn him a place in the England team for the November qualifiers as the one-time world champions bid to secure a spot at the World Cup tournament next year. Continue Reading
Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford has been amongst the goals since his return from injury earlier this month. The England international had missed the start of the season after he opted to undergo a surgery on a troublesome shoulder problem at the end of the Euro 2020 tournament.
Rashford was part of the England team that got to the final at the Euro 2020 tournament before missing out to Italy via penalties in the final. The Manchester United star came on as a second half substitute at the end of extra time specifically for the penalty shootout and he went on to fail to score his spot kick as Italy see off his team to win the Euro 2020 title. Apart from Rashford, Arsenal forward Bukayo Saka and Manchester United teammate Jadon Sancho also missed their penalties. Continue Reading
Three-time European champions Manchester United have been handed a big boost on the injury front following the news that England international Marcus Rashford has returned to full training after a long layoff. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the news in his pre-match presser ahead of the Premier League clash with Everton at the Theatre of Dreams this weekend.
Solskjaer informed reporters that Rashford has returned to full training after the English forward underwent shoulder surgery in the summer. Rashford had to go under the knife shortly after helping England to the Euro 2020 final so as to correct a long-standing shoulder problem. Rashford was one of the three attackers who missed a penalty having been subbed on as a substitute as Italy beat England 3-2 during the penalty shootout to win the Euro 2020 tournament. The two countries had to settle for the dreaded penalty shootout after their Euro 2020 final clash ended in a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes. Apart from Rashford, Arsenal star Bukayo Saka and fellow Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho also missed from 12 yards out in the colours of the Three Lions during the Euro 2020 final. Continue Reading
Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara won’t be in the Premier League squad for the away game at London club Brentford this weekend after he picked up an injury last weekend. The ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich midfield maestro suffered a calf problem during the Premier League home clash with London team Crystal Palace on Saturday. Thiago played his part in the game which ended in a 3-0 win thanks to the goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and substitute midfielder Naby Keita.
Spanish international Thiago and his Liverpool teammates were able to secure their place at the Premier League summit thanks to the big win over South London outfit Crystal Palace. Liverpool share top spot with rivals Chelsea in the Premier League. Continue Reading
A lot has been said about Italy and their chances of impressing at next year’s FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar following their heroics last month. The Azzuri defied all odds and became the eventual champions of the 2020-21 UEFA Euros tournament after a fine campaign under manager Roberto Mancini. Mancini guided Italy to the title in sublime fashion as he oversaw their spectacular campaign right from the group stage to the knockout stage and then to the final where they faced and defeated England on penalties to win the title in some style.
Some people say that the team was just lucky because they were not able to face the likes of France, Portugal, and Germany, who all got knocked out of the competition at the knockout stages. However, Italy did face Belgium, one of the highest-rated teams in the world and they defeated the Belgian Red Devils in what was a thrilling game of football during the knockout stage. And following their title triumph, the big question remains; will they impress at the World Cup next year? Continue Reading
Brighton and Hove Albion utility defender Ben White is on course to undergo his medical at Arsenal on Wednesday as he closes in on a big money move to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
Arsenal had been in discussions with the Seagulls over a deal for White before they reached an agreement for him several days ago. The Gunners will pay a premium transfer fee of £50m for White plus a sell-on clause inserted into the imminent transfer taking the England international from Brighton to North London. Continue Reading