Rodgers: Liverpool defence not an issue

Brendan Rodgers has insisted he is not unduly concerned by the state of Liverpool’s defence, Sky Sports has reported. The Reds beat Rodgers’ old side Swansea City in their last Premier League outing but conceded three goals in the process, eventually triumphing 4-3 against the struggling Welsh outfit. Liverpool have conceded more league goals than any other side in the division’s top seven teams – 35, with Tottenham’s 33 a close second – but Rodgers says any defensive issues are the responsibility of the whole team. “It’s a collective effort.…

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Shaw named in England squad

Southampton left-back Luke Shaw has been named in the senior England squad for the first time, ESPN has reported, as Roy Hodgson prepares for the national team’s final pre-World Cup friendly against Denmark. England will play a number of warm-up games prior to travelling to Brazil but those fixtures will only be held once the provisional squad for the tournament has been named. That means the match against Denmark is the last opportunity to impress Hodgson at close quarters. Shaw, 18, is included after catching Hodgson’s eye with his performances…

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Wenger defends Arsenal rest period

Arsene Wenger has responded angrily to suggestions he was wrong to allow some Arsenal players time off this week, ESPN has reported. The Gunners squad were given two days off this week and a number of them left England altogether. At a press conference, Wenger was asked if it was right to let Mesut Ozil in particular out of training after his recent poor form. Arsenal’s record signing Ozil didn’t play against Sunderland last weekend but Wenger has indicated he will return against Stoke City on Saturday. “Ozil had a…

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Everton to discuss Traore’s future

Everton will speak with Monaco over the future of loan player Lacina Traore, Sky Sports has reported, amid fears he could miss a significant portion of the remainder of the season. The Toffees signed Traore in January but a hamstring injury meant his debut was delayed, the striker not playing until the FA Cup win over Swansea earlier in February. Traore scored in the game and was named in the XI to play Chelsea, but had to withdraw after suffering another injury in the warm-up. “It is important we are…

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Taarabt hopes for permanent Milan stay

Adel Taarabt wants to make his loan move from Queens Park Rangers to Milan permanent at the end of the season, Sky Sports has reported. Taarabt started the campaign on loan at Fulham but the move was rescinded in January, allowing the midfielder to make the switch to San Siro. He has since featured regularly for Milan, appearing in the Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid and scoring twice – in a 3-1 defeat to Napoli and a 2-0 win over Sampdoria. Taarabt told L’Equipe: “I have been made to…

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Drogba wants Chelsea scalp

Didier Drogba wants to go to Stamford Bridge with Galatasaray and beat Chelsea in the Champions League, Sky Sports has reported. The return leg of the last 16 tie will be the first time Drogba has played at his old stomping ground since leaving the London club in the summer of 2012. The sides drew 1-1 in Turkey on Wednesday and Drogba admits it will be emotional to play at the Bridge, but won’t let his feelings distract from his goal. “I am not there yet and I will only…

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Moyes needs time at Man Utd, van Persie insists

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has said that manager David Moyes must be given time to get things right at Old Trafford, Sky Sports has reported. The Dutchman has been injured for much of the season as Man Utd have struggled in the Premier League, where they lie sixth in the defence of their crown and looking unlikely to qualify for the Champions League next season, particularly after losing to Olympiakos in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Tuesday. Despite Moyes’ lack of success so far…

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Injured Jagielka to miss England friendly

Everton defender Phil Jagielka will miss England’s upcoming friendly against Denmark at Wembley after picking up a hamstring injury, BBC Sport is reporting. The 31-year-old was expected to be named in Roy Hodgson’s preliminary 30-man squad for the match, which is to be named later on Thursday, but news of his injury means that Hodgson cannot start the game with his preferred central defensive pairing of Jagielka alongside Chelsea’s Gary Cahill. For Everton, who are already without several key players through injury, this represents yet another setback, although Jagielka is…

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Inter eyeing Man Utd’s Evra

Inter are in talks with Manchester United defender Patrice Evra’s representatives over a possible deal to bring the Frenchman to the San Siro this summer, according to the Daily Express. Walter Mazzarri’s team are already heavy favourites to sign Evra’s Man Utd teammate, Nemanja Vidic, when he leaves Old Trafford at the end of the season, and reports in Italy suggest that they could make a bid for Evra, who has been a Man Utd player since January 2006. The left-back is said to have met with Inter director of…

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Defoe is a Tottenham legend, says Sherwood

Tottenham Head Coach Tim Sherwood has hailed striker Jermain Defoe as a club legend ahead of his imminent move to Toronto FC, Goal.com has reported. The move to Canada was agreed during the January transfer window, and Defoe will be given his White Hart Lane farewell on Thursday evening when Tottenham take on Dnipro in the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie. However, the England international will be unable to play in the match due to a hamstring injury. Defoe has enjoyed two spells at Tottenham,…

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Chelsea boss Mourinho frustrated by lack of cutting edge

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that his side lack ruthlessness and a killer instinct, after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash, reports the Guardian. The Blues dominated the early exchanges in Istanbul and got a crucial away goal after just nine minutes, with Fernando Torres converting fellow Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross from the left. Chelsea then missed some other opportunities before home manager Roberto Mancini responded by bringing on Yekta Kurtulus for Izet Hajrovic. That…

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Liverpool must keep calm says Toure

Liverpool centre back Kolo Toure has called on his team mates to remain calm as they continue to battle for a Champions League place next season, report Sky Sports. The Anfield club currently sit in fourth place, six points clear of Tottenham and only four points adrift of leaders Chelsea as the season approaches its climax. Yet the Reds have only kept one clean sheet in the past 11 games stretching all the way back to mid-December, and despite an impressive performance from their attacking players the defence has been…

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Campbell wants Arsenal chance

Joel Campbell is hoping his continuing success on loan at Greek side Olympiakos will soon earn him a place in Arsenal’s squad next season, reports the Daily Star. The Arsenal loanee scored a superb solo effort on 55 minutes in Tuesdays Champions League win over Manchester United, curling a delicate finish low into the bottom corner to put the Greek side in the driving seat of the last 16 tie. Costa Rican forward Campbell put in an impressive appearance against a strong United side – including the likes of fit…

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Stars must help Moyes insists Saha

Former Manchester united striker Louis Saha has claimed that the club’s stars are to blame for a misery this season and not new manager David Moyes, the Daily Star reports. Fans saw an out of sorts United side leave it all to do in the second leg of the last 16 of the Champions League as they crashed to a 2 – 0 defeat at Olympiakos. Moyes has come in for wide spread criticism but former player Saha believes that mounting pressure is being unfairly heaped soley on the manager’s…

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No option but to sell Cabaye say Newcastle officials

Officials at Newcastle United have revealed to fans that they were left with no option but to sell French playmaker Yohan Cabaye in January as the player pushed for a transfer, report Sky Sports. Club directors Lee Charnley and John Irwin faced questions on Monday from various fan groups, with the club’s January business one of the topics to be discussed, in particular the decision to sell the clubs star midfielder without any replacement in the offing. When questioned why the club simply didn’t block any transfer for the player,…

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Martinez praise for McGeady

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told the Liverpool Echo that January signing Aiden McGeady is a ‘phenomenal’ player. The Republic of Ireland international endured a slow start to life at Goodison Park as he had to work on fitness following months on the side-lines at former club Spartak Moscow after a disagreement saw him training with the club’s youth teams. However the winger is now pushing for a first team place at his new club after getting up to speed as Everton look to push for European qualification. Martinez said:…

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Eto’o annoyed by Mourinho comments

Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o is said to have been left ‘very angry’ after comments made by manager Jose Mourinho in a private conversation caught by French media company Canal Plus, reports Telegraph. Mourinho was heard bemoaning the lack of striking options at Chelsea and when asked about Eto’o joked about his age. He said: “I have one (Eto’o) but he is 32, maybe 35, who knows?” And while the Blues boss brushed off his comments in Tuesday’s press conference, claiming the striker has ‘no reason to be upset’ by comments…

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Low backs Ozil to rediscover form

Having suffered a week he would rather forget and a dramatic dip in form, Arsenal star Mezut Ozil has received unequivocal backing from his national team Coach, reports the Daily Mail. With the German forward lacking confidence and involved with off pitch issues Germany boss Joachim Low has leapt to the faith of his playmaker, stating that the troubled player is in fact a ‘key player’. Low told SportBild in an interview: “I’m counting on Mesut (for Brazil), because I know that he wants success in tournaments: he’s shown that…

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Spurs skipper Dawson wants good response to defeat

With Tottenham losing two away games in a row and facing uphill battles both in the Premier League and the Europa League, club captain Michael Dawson has called for wins in their next two fixtures, their official website reports. Spurs have seen themselves on the wrong end of two 1 – 0 defeats against opposition they were favoured to beat – FC Dnipro and relegation threatened Norwich, and will need a drastic improvement on performances to improve on the current disappointing trend. Dawson told the club’s official website: “The first…

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Van Persie slams United teammates

Robin Van Persie last night blasted his team mates after their poor performance in Greece and claimed they were getting in his way, report the Daily Star. The United striker endured a frustrating night and after seeing his side lose 2 – 0 to underdogs Olympiakos slammed their performance, stating that players were ‘often in his area’. The Dutch forward said: “”It was quite difficult because my team-mates are often in the area where I want to play. That’s why I have to change my tactics. Unfortunately, they are often…

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Much for Moyes to think about as Man Utd suffer in Greece

He described the recent 2-2 draw with Fulham as a new low, but for David Moyes, that disappointment must have been usurped by Tuesday’s abject failure in Athens, where there were very few positives to take from Manchester United’s 2-0 reverse to Olympiakos. This latest setback resulted in even more questions to be raised of the Premier League champions. Is Moyes out of his depth? Was it Sir Alex Ferguson’s influence alone which saw Man Utd win the Premier League by 11 points last season? Did Ferguson leave Moyes with…

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Chelsea are favourites to beat Galatasaray, says Mancini

Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini has claimed that Chelsea are clear favourites to beat his side in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the first leg taking place on Wednesday, BBC Sport has reported. The Turkish champions are at home in the first leg, but Mancini claims that the Blues have an 80% chance to reach the quarter-finals. He said: “They have fantastic players used to playing games like this. I think they have an 80% chance of going through. They have really good players – these players who…

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West Brom board concerned by poor form

West Bromwich Albion Head Coach Pepe Mel is coming under increasing pressure, as the club’s board is becoming increasingly concerned about their recent form, according to the Birmingham Mail. The Spaniard has only been in the job for 47 days and six matches, but has failed to produce a victory in that time, drawing all four of his home games and losing twice away from home. It leaves Albion just a point and a place clear of the drop zone, having played a game more than Sunderland in 18th. The…

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Liverpool captain Gerrard can keep playing for several years, claims Pirlo

Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has said that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has ‘many years left’ if he continues to play in a deep midfield role, Sky Sports has reported. Since Lucas Leiva picked up an injury in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa in January, Gerrard has been deployed in a deep midfield position by manager Brendan Rodgers, which has allowed the likes of Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho to come forward. This is despite Gerrard spending much of his Reds career as an attacking player, but Pirlo believes that…

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Aguero returns to Man City training ahead of cup final

Manchester City have been handed a boost as Sergio Aguero has returned to training and could be fit enough to play in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The Argentine has been out of action since being forced off with a hamstring problem in the win over Tottenham at the end of January, and Man City have struggled in his absence, scoring only three goals in their five games, failing to score against the likes of Chelsea, Norwich City and Barcelona. With 26 goals in 25…

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