New Scotland manager Steve Clarke is determined to guide the nation to the European Championship next year after taking over at the helm. The experienced head coach recently guided Kilmarnock to European football after 18 years, and he has now been tasked with the job of helping Scotland qualify for their first major tournament since 1998.
Speaking in a press conference, Clarke spoke about his pride after landing the job and he is keen on replicate on the women’s national side to qualify for Euro 2020, he said: “It is an honour to be appointed Scotland national head coach and I will undertake those responsibilities with pride and commitment.
Former Inter Milan star Dario Simic has praised the talents of Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic while stating the desire to see Luka Modric join them in the summer. The duo have been key performers for the Nerazzurri over the past few seasons and the club are currently on course to finish in the top four for the second season running.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Simic spoke fondly about the talents of Perisic and Brozovic, who have been regulars from the starting lineup through the current season, he said: “Inter have two excellent players from our national team in Marcelo Brozovic and Perisic and in the future I would like to see Luka Modric, who is a great player, in Milan too. I do not know what has been going on at Inter recently.”
England manager Gareth Southgate has heaped praise on Raheem Sterling, who was the star performer during the country’s 5-0 rout of the Czech Republic in the opening game of their Euro 2020 qualification. The attacker has looked lively for club and country over the course of the campaign and he continued his good run of form with a stunning hat-trick at the Wembley Stadium.
Speaking after the game, Southgate hailed the performance of the Manchester City star, who has begun realising his potential with the national team after a few years of struggle, he said: “I thought Raheem was electric all night. He has looked like that all week in training. I’m pleased for him, it is a special night for him. I think Raheem has really matured as a person and a footballer. He’s hungry for goals and hitting things instinctively without thinking too much.”
Hearts manager Craig Levein has urged Steven Naismith to resist the option of heading to Major League Soccer as that could squander his prospects of earning a berth with Scotland, should they qualify for Euro 2020. The veteran recently made a national team comeback after 18 months after the good form at Hearts and he managed to make amends with goals against Albania and Portugal.
Speaking to reporters, Levein stated that Naismith could be better off staying with the Scottish Premiership side next season in order to realise the ambition of featuring for Scotland at the European Championship, should they progress, he said: “Through his efforts at Hearts he has got himself back into the Scotland squad and scored important goals at that level.
There have been a lot of speculations in recent months over the future of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic, as his future at the club continues to remain uncertain.
A number of elite European clubs have shown interest in the Croatian and it continues to seem increasingly likely that the player will be exiting Barcelona in the summer.
France international Raphael Varane has said that Les Blues remain ambitious to secure more trophies after their wonderful expedition at the summer World Cup where they outclassed Croatia in the final. Speaking to Voix du Nord, the Real Madrid star admitted that the expectations are high on the World Cup champions for the forthcoming tournaments and the team cannot afford to hide from the challenges ahead.
He said:“It’s not a fault in football to be ambitious, far from it. We can win it, although it will be very difficult. There’s a lot expected of us, which we saw in our recent friendlies and in the League of Nations matches.We cannot hide and we know that teams who play us will be very motivated. But we’re capable and we’re going to do everything to get there. We must take things day by day and not lose our heads.”