Aaron Ramsdale is set to get an opportunity to show what he can do as England’s No.1 later this month. The Arsenal goalkeeper only has three caps for his country, but he is set to add to that in the Three Lions’ upcoming Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany. Pickford’s injury presents an opportunity for another goalkeeper to impress Gareth Southgate, and Ramsdale is the leading candidate. Newcastle United’s Nick Pope and Dean Henderson of Nottingham Forest will also be hoping for a chance in September’s international fixtures.
RASHFORD ON TARGET IN BIG WIN
England international Marcus Rashford was on target as his Manchester United side recorded a big win over arch rivals Liverpool to reignite their season in the Premier League. The Euro 2020 participant was the recipient of the winning goal at the end of the game involving two of the biggest teams in English football. Rashford was part of the England squad to the Euro 2020 tournament as the Three Lions finished as runners-up. It must be pointed out that the Manchester United forward has rarely featured for his country since the Euro 2020 and he would be hoping to maintain his form with the World Cup tournament in Qatar a few months away.
REPORT: EURO 2020 DRIVING COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES IN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL
Audiences and consumers alike are taking more notice of women’s football, and in doing so presenting key business opportunities, according to a new survey. A study by Footy.com has shown that sports fans are becoming more and more engaged with the women’s game off the back of the ongoing UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 – particularly from a commercial and retail perspective. Notably, 83% of surveyed fans said they ‘would consider’ buying a football shirt with a female player’s name on the back, with an additional 84% stating that they would be more likely to make a purchase following the tournament.
RASHFORD: WHITE ENGLAND PLAYERS WOULDN’T HAVE RECEIVED SAME ABUSE
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford believes England stars would not have received abuse after the Euro 2020 final if three white players missed penalties against Italy last summer. Rashford was targeted by trolls with vile racist messages on social media after he failed with his spot kick at Wembley Stadium, along with his fellow black team-mates Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who also missed their efforts. The 24-year-old, who opened up on the episode to basketball icon LeBron James on his Shop YouTube series, said he did not feel white players would receive the same treatment from fans, claiming supporters ‘wouldn’t have noticed’.
Rashford appeared on the show alongside British actor Daniel Kaluuya, artist Rashid Johnson, marketing exectuvie Paul Rivera, entrepreneur Maverick Carter and James. When the group began speaking about the sickening abuse the three players received after the Three Lions lost on penalties – following a 1-1 draw in the final – Rashford was asked if he felt the level of hate would have been the same if white players were involved. Continue Reading
ENGLAND WOMEN TO MAKE CAMP AT THE LENSBURY RESORT FOR EURO 2022
England will be making their way to a luxury four-star hotel in London to make camp ahead of Euro 2022 this summer, which will go ahead on home soil. The Lensbury Resort has hosted a number of elite sports teams in the past, including rugby teams, tennis stars and football coaches and boasts some impressive credentials. The England stars will be staying at the hotel for the entirety of the tournament.
FROM EURO 2020 HERO TO ISL: ATK MOHUN BAGAN’S JONI’S GROWTH
Midfielder Joni Kauko – ATK Mohun Bagan’s most effective recruit in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 has come a long way since his arrival in India. So far, his Indian journey has been nothing short of incredible.