Le Tissier: Shaw should go to the World Cup ahead of Cole

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has claimed that Saints left-back Luke Shaw deserves to be taken to the World Cup ahead of Chelsea’s Ashley Cole, according to the Daily Mail. The 18-year-old has been named in his first senior England squad this week and has been in fantastic form for his Southampton side so far this season. Due to Cole being unable to retake his spot from Cesar Azpilicueta at Chelsea, Le Tissier believes that Shaw deserves the starting place. “By picking Shaw (for Denmark), it is a clue to…

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Pellegrini to serve two game Champions League ban

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been issued a two-game touchline ban for his comments about the referee following his side’s 2-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona, according to Sky Sports. City were beaten by Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match which turned after a controversial penalty and sending off was awarded by Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson. Following the defeat, the 60-year-old Pellegrini voiced his displeasure at the official’s performance and claimed the referee was not impartial to both teams. He will now face a…

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Anelka won’t be missed, says West Brom supporters’ club

West Brom’s official supporters’ club has claimed that striker Nicolas Anelka will not be missed following his ban over the use of the ‘quenelle’ gesture, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Football Association has banned the Frenchman for five matches and fined him £80,000 following the use of his ‘quenelle’ goal celebration when he scored in the 3-3 draw against West Ham in December. Anelka was found guilty of an ‘aggravated breach’ of anti-discrimination rules and the secretary of the official West Brom Supporters’ club believes he has played his…

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Everton can still make top four, says Coleman

Everton defender Seamus Coleman has insisted that he will not give up hope of his team reaching a Champions League spot despite their Premier League position, according to Sky Sports. The Merseyside club currently sit in seventh place, 11 points behind fourth placed Liverpool who are already six points clear of their nearest challenger Tottenham Hotspur. Despite the gap between the teams, Coleman believes Everton have a difficult task ahead of them but they can reach Europe next season. “It’s going to be very difficult now,” said the Irish international.…

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Magath: Fulham can take advantage of ‘tired’ Chelsea

Fulham manager Felix Magath hopes that his side will be facing a tired Chelsea team when the London rivals meet in the Premier League on Saturday, according to Sky Sports. Chelsea were in the Turkey on Wednesday night for a 1-1 draw against Galatasaray in the Champions League and Magath believes that their travel will have taken its toll on the side. The London derby is a vital fixture for the 60-year-old, who is hoping to inflict defeat on his fatigued opponents. “When a team has played in the Champions…

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I’m not a villain, says Cardiff owner Tan

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has claimed that he is not the ‘villain’ that he has been portrayed as in the media, according to BBC Sport. The 62-year-old Malaysian businessman, who has already upset the club’s fans by changing the team colours and sacking manager Malky Mackay, has said that those who oppose him should ‘apologise’. “One day we are a hero, another day we are a zero,” said Tan. “Without me, Cardiff would have gone bust. Because of my investment, we got promoted.” Tan bought the Welsh club in…

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Hart accepts Man City sub role

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has revealed how he coped with being dropped by Manuel Pellegrini earlier in the season, BBC Sport has reported, with the England international adding he will accept the decision if he doesn’t play the Capital One Cup final on Sunday. Costel Pantilimon has been City’s goalkeeper in the competition so far and stepped in for Hart after Hart was benched by Pellegrini following a series of mistakes. Hart praised his teammate and added he would understand if Pellegrini kept faith with Pantilimon for the Wembley…

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Wenger: Liverpool in title race

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool are one of the teams with which the Gunners are competing to win the Premier League title, Sky Sports has reported. Liverpool are currently fourth in the table, four points off leaders Chelsea, who Arsenal trail by a point. Wenger believes that since the league is the only competition Liverpool are competing in at this stage, they could have an advantage over their rivals, who are each still in the Champions League. “It’s very tight at the top, Liverpool are in the race, and…

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Mel aide leaves West Brom

A key aide to West Bromwich Albion Head Coach Pepe Mel has left the Premier League strugglers, ClubCall has reported. Dave McDonough, the Baggies’ director of technical performance and scouting, has departed the Hawthorns, having been a driving force in the decision to recruit the former Real Betis Coach to replace Steve Clarke. McDonough is also fluent in Spanish and was acting as Mel’s translator, with his duties expanding as he got closer to the recently-appointed Coach. But it is claimed McDonough’s presence at the training ground was not welcomed…

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Chelsea have to fight through fatigue, says Lampard

Chelsea have got to dig deep and come through any tiredness at this most crucial point of the season if they want to win the Premier League title, ESPN has reported Frank Lampard as saying. Jose Mourinho’s side are top of the table, a point clear of Arsenal, but this week had a draining trip to Turkey and back for the Champions League. But Lampard, a veteran of title wins under Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, believes this is what title-winners have to do, especially at this time of year. But…

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Top 5 Players to watch in Week 28 of the Premier League

This weekend, there are only eight Premier League fixtures due to the Capital One Cup final, but as always there will be no shortage of entertainment, and these players should be right in the thick of the action: Loic Remy Hailed as special by manager Alan Pardew, Remy has been in top form for much of the season for a Newcastle United side that is set for a respectable top half finish. Last time out, he was on hand to score a dramatic winner against Aston Villa, but Saturday’s game…

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Pardew: Cisse has Newcastle backing

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has come out in support of Papiss Cisse, Sky Sports has reported, as the forward continues through a barren spell in front of goal. Cisse has scored only once in the Premier League this season – a penalty against Stoke City in a 5-1 win on Boxing Day – with two more goals coming in the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup – one each against Leeds United and Cardiff City respectively. The 28-year-old’s struggles are a far cry from his initial impact in…

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Van Persie apologises to Man Utd teammates

Robin van Persie has said sorry to his Manchester United teammates for comments he made that appeared to criticise the way the team was playing, ESPN has reported. Van Persie lamented that United players were getting in his way on the pitch and as a result, he wasn’t playing as well this season as he did last, his first at Old Trafford. The former Arsenal captain scored 30 goals in 48 games in all competitions, including 26 in 38 in the league, to deliver the Premier League title to United.…

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Johnson ready for ‘massive’ Capital One Cup win

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is under no illusions as to the size of the achievement should the Black Cats beat Manchester City and win the Capital One Cup on Sunday, Sky Sports has reported. City and Sunderland meet at Wembley with Johnson going up against his former side. The 26-year-old was part of the City team that won the Premier League title and FA Cup under Roberto Mancini but says success is different at the Etihad Stadium. “When I was at City winning trophies and things, it was half-expected,” Johnson…

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Reina has no Liverpool future, says Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers doesn’t expect Pepe Reina to return to the club, ESPN has reported. Rodgers took issue with a letter posted on Reina’s website in which the goalkeeper, who left to join Rafael Benitez’s Napoli on loan last summer, appeared to say goodbye to the Reds supporters. He also expressed his happiness at the chance to again play under Benitez. “He’s already written his letter, hasn’t he? He wrote a goodbye letter, didn’t he?” Rodgers said about Reina. “I was surprised at the letter. When you are a…

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Fernandinho: Capital One Cup final will be tough

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has predicted a difficult game against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday, ClubCall has reported. The two sides are separated by 15 places and 33 points but Fernandinho insists City can’t go to the Wembley showpiece believing the game is already won. “In England, each game is difficult,” the Brazil international said. “he performance of the team always has to be very good to win – this is the main difference between football in England and where I’ve played previously.” Fernandinho arrived at…

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Premier League predictions – Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool to take full points

There’s a top against bottom clash, several battles between sides who have enjoyed (or endured) very similar campaigns in the Premier League this weekend, featuring a West London derby, a manager taking on the club he supported as a boy and another boss going up against his former employers. For starters, Premier League title contenders Chelsea travel the short distance up the road to the home of bottom club Fulham. New Cottagers boss Felix Magath is still a new face at Craven Cottage, and so despite his credentials it is…

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Southampton vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Saturday’s late kick-off sees Liverpool visit Southampton, with Brendan Rodgers’ team looking to move above Manchester City into third place in the Premier League. Mauricio Pochettino has won both of his previous games against Liverpool as Saints boss, thanks largely to his pressing game. The Argentine comes into this latest encounter with his side in patchy form, although defeat at West Ham United last time out did end a run of seven points from nine in the league. Lying in ninth place, however, they can afford to rest fairly easily…

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Hull vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Hull City and Newcastle United will be both be going for back-to-back Premier League wins when they meet on Saturday at the KC Stadium. The home side looked like a team in no danger of being dragged into a relegation scrap as they destroyed second-from-bottom Cardiff City. The arrivals of Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long have made such a massive difference to the attack, and the duo were instrumental in that victory, ruthlessly exposing the Welsh club’s defensive shortcomings to give the Tigers a six point cushion above the drop…

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Everton vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Roberto Martinez’ Everton will be looking to reignite their top four challenge with a morale-boosting win over in-form West Ham United. A late own goal from goalkeeper Tim Howard ensured that Everton came away with nothing from Stamford Bridge last time out, despite a strong performance which was worthy of a point. That setback made it three defeats in four Premier League games, and it is now beginning to look as if it is going to take something remarkable for the Toffees to overhaul rivals Liverpool, who are ahead of…

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Stoke vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be hoping to keep up the pressure on leaders Chelsea by winning at the Britannia Stadium, where they have only managed one win in six previous visits. Hosts Stoke City have improved their performance levels in recent weeks, but a narrow defeat at Manchester City last time out has landed back in trouble, with just three points separating them from the drop zone. Their home record is still strong, however, and the pressure would be significantly eased should the Potters upset the odds and pull off another famous…

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Fulham vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

Bottom plays top in the Premier League on Saturday as Chelsea make the short journey across West London to take on Fulham. This will be Felix Magath’s first home game in charge of the Cottagers, having begun his reign with a draw at fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion. Conceding a late equaliser at the Hawthorns will have been frustrating at a time when wins are essential, but there will have been many positives for the German to take, not least that Fulham looked a lot stronger in defence than they…

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Barnes: Liverpool won’t win Premier League

Former Liverpool winger John Barnes has predicted Brendan Rodgers’ side will miss out on the Premier League title this season, Sky Sports has reported. Barnes believes the Reds will qualify for the Champions League but says an automatic place in the competition is the most realistic aim. “I think they’ll be in the top four definitely, but I think they will finish third, I don’t think they will win the league,” Barnes said. “If we can keep our best XI fit and consistently playing well we have a chance but…

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Gerrard convinced Suarez to stay at Liverpool

Steven Gerrard played a decisive role in keeping Luis Suarez at Liverpool, the Uruguay striker has revealed. ESPN reports Suarez made the comments in an interview with FourFourTwo and Suarez explained how a one-to-one conversation with Gerrard made up his mind to remain at Anfield. Suarez had publically agitated for a move away from Merseyside, with Arsenal and Real Madrid ready to swoop for the former Ajax forward, until Gerrard’s intervention. “[Gerrard] didn’t talk about me, or through me, in the press, but in person,” Suarez said. “In those moments,…

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Nasri out of France squad

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has been omitted from the France squad to play the Netherlands, Sky Sports has reported. Didier Deschamps has named 24 players but there is no room for the former Arsenal man or Eric Abidal, Monaco’s former Barcelona defender. Deschamps however refused to confirm or deny the absence of the pair – or anyone else – meant they wouldn’t go to the World Cup. “Interpretations are up to you. Many players are out of the squad and I prefer answering questions about those who are in,”…

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