Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao more confident following treble for Colombia

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao recently revealed he’s growing in confidence after scoring three goals for Colombia in two recent internationals against Bahrain and Kuwait, reports Sky Sports. The 29-year-old is currently on loan at United from parent club AS Monaco this season, with the Red Devils having the option to make the deal permanent in the summer. However, with just four goals to his name in 22 games, it’s unlikely manager Louis van Gaal will look to sign the striker for good at the end of the current campaign.…

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Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski wants to stay at the Liberty Stadium amid Roma transfer rumours

Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says he’s happy with the Welsh club, despite rumours linking him with Italian Serie A giants AS Roma, reports Sky Sports. This season, only Southampton’s Fraser Forster has made more clean sheets in the Premier League, and his decision to move from Arsenal appears vindicated. He’s a regular between the sticks for City, and is fast restoring his reputation as one of the division’s better goalkeepers, after being frozen out with former side Arsenal. As a result of his fine form, he’s found himself linked with…

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche reveals club tried to sign Harry Kane in the past

Burnley manager Sean Dyche admits the Clarets tried to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane on loan at the start of the season, before the England international took the Premier League by storm, reports Sky Sports. Kane, 21, has enjoyed a brilliant standout campaign for the Londoners, scoring 19 goals in the Premier League to be the current top scorer in the division. His rise to prominence has surprised the majority of people, given he was exclusively getting game time in the Europa League this season, but his form made it…

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Italy 1-1 England: Super-sub Townsend rescues a draw for the Three Lions

England winger Andros Townsend came off the bench to score a brilliant long-range effort to help rescue a draw against Italy in Turin, to extend their unbeaten run to eight games, while giving manager Roy Hodgson a selection headache for games to come, reports BBC Sport. England were on the backfoot in the first-half against the Azzurri, with their experimental midfield struggling to gain a control of the game. Italy were giving the England quartet the run-around in the middle of the park, and eventually their pressure told. Southampton striker…

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Depay agent denies Man Utd contact

The agent of PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay has denied any contact between his client and Manchester United amid speculation of a summer transfer, ESPN has reported. It has been claimed that Depay, a Netherlands international, is on the wanted list of United manager Louis van Gaal, who worked with the 21-year-old during his time as Oranje boss, including at the 2014 World Cup in which the Dutch finished third and Depay was a part of van Gaal’s squad. Kees Ploegsma has said however that there is nothing to talk…

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Man City’s Silva open to La Liga return

Manchester City playmaker David Silva has admitted that while he is happy with his lot in the Premier League, he would one day be open to returning to La Liga – possibly former club Valencia, according to ESPN. Spain international Silva was speaking to Radio Marca ahead of La Roja’s friendly against the Netherlands, a repeat of a match from the 2014 World Cup in which the Oranje – then coached by now-Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal – beat the defending world champions 5-1. The Dutch went on to…

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England captain Rooney ‘excited’ by Kane

England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is looking forward to lining up alongside Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane against Italy, having admitted he has been impressed by his new international colleague, BBC Sport has reported. Kane made his senior international debut as a substitute for Rooney in Friday’s 4-0 win over Lithuania, scoring shortly after entering the match in the second half. He is expected to start for the Three Lions against the Azzurri in the match in Turin, with it felt Rooney will also take to the field…

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Everton encouraged by ‘chemistry’ between Lukaku and Kone

Everton assistant manager Graeme Jones has hailed the partnership between Arouna Kone and Romelu Lukaku, telling the club’s official website that the pair complement each other when fielded as a strike duo. Kone, the 31-year-old Ivory Coast forward who followed Jones and manager Roberto Martinez from Wigan Athletic to Everton in the summer of 2013, has joined Lukaku in attack for the Toffees’ last two Premier League outings, wins over Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers. Everton beat the Magpies 3-0 at Goodison Park and dispatched the R’s 2-1 at…

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Liverpool to decide on Sturridge’s fitness to face Arsenal

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is to assess the readiness of Daniel Sturridge to face Arsenal this weekend after the England striker was forced out of international duty due to injury, ESPN has reported. Sturridge suffered a hip injury as the Reds lost at home to Manchester United in their last Premier League outing and had to withdraw from the national team squad to play a Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and a prestige friendly against Italy in Turin. Sturridge reported to the England camp but after a scan confirmed the…

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FA ‘disappointed’ after Team GB collapse

The Football Association have admitted they are ‘disappointed’ that there will not be men’s and women’s teams comprised of representatives of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland taking part at the 2016 Olympics, the Guardian has reported. Teams were entered in the competition at the 2012 Olympics, held in London, but a plan to do likewise in Rio de Janeiro was opposed by the Scottish Football Association, the Football Association of Wales and the Irish Football Association. FIFA insisted all four home nations had to be in accord with the…

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Suarez ‘could only play for Liverpool’

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has said he would be open to returning to the Premier League one day, ESPN has reported, but added he could only play for former club Liverpool. Suarez quit Anfield for Camp Nou in the summer of 2014, leaving Liverpool after three-and-a-half years, having moved to the club from Ajax in January 2011. Suarez scored 84 goals in 133 appearances prior to his switch to Barca, for whom he has claimed 14 goals in 29 games so far despite missing the first part of the season…

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Aranguiz keen on Arsenal move

Chile international Charles Aranguiz would be interested in a move to Arsenal after playing for his country at the Emirates Stadium against Brazil, ESPN has reported. Aranguiz is currently plying his trade with Brazilian side Internacional but there has been speculation regarding interest in the 25-year-old from Gunners manager Arsene Wenger and other Premier League clubs. He was asked about a potential switch to English football in general and Arsenal in particular after the 1-0 defeat to the 2014 World Cup hosts and indicated he would welcome the prospect but…

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England takes break from Champions League success

As this season’s Champions League moves into the quarter-final stages, no English teams are present for the second time in three season. What is more, no English side is still competing in either of Europe’s top two club competitions at this stage for the first time in 22 years – a bit strange considering the success enjoyed by English sides, particularly over the past 15 years or so. Indeed, when a Porto side managed by a certain Jose Mourinho lifted the Champions League crown in 2004, English sides would soon…

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Sterling to turn down big Liverpool offer

Raheem Sterling is to reject a contract worth £180,000 per week, the Daily Mail reports, throwing into doubt the England international’s long-term Liverpool future. The 20-year-old is said to be in no hurry to discuss terms with the Reds as his current deal isn’t due to expire until the summer of 2017. Liverpool have attempted to tie down Sterling to a long-term deal but Sterling is understood to be happy to wait, amid growing concerns over his role in the team under Brendan Rodgers. Sterling has in past games been…

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Arsenal winger Walcott ready to compete for England place

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has insisted he is happy to fight for his place in the England team amid increased competition under Roy Hodgson, the Daily Mail has reported. Walcott has suffered extensive injury problems since January 2014, missing almost a full year after he was injured against Tottenham Hotspur and suffering a second problem that ruled him out for a month shortly after he made his return for Arsene Wenger’s side. The 26-year-old has struggled to hold down a place under Wenger thanks to his lengthy injury-enforced absences and…

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Man Utd target Hummels unsure about Dortmund future

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, said to be a summer transfer target for Manchester United, has admitted he doesn’t know what the future holds in store amid talk of a move to the Premier League, ESPN has reported. United are thought to be preparing an offer of £36m for the Germany World Cup winner, with Dortmund considering accepting the approach for the 26-year-old, part of Joachim Low’s squad that claimed victory in Brazil in 2014. Hummels has been at Dortmund since a 2008 move from Bayern Munich, first joining on…

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Welbeck credits Arsenal for England form

Danny Welbeck has said playing regularly for Arsenal has allowed him to produce more consistently for England after the former Manchester United forward netted in the Euro 2016 qualification win over Lithuania, ESPN has reported. Welbeck left United for the Gunners late in the summer transfer window and scored his 14th international goal in Friday’s 4-0 win, Roy Hodgson’s side maintaining their unbeaten start to the Euro qualifiers, the game’s other goals coming from Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. The 24-year-old Welbeck has this season claimed eight goals…

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Torres emotional after Liverpool return

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has spoken of his emotion after returning to Anfield for the testimonial of former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, Sky Sports has reported. Torres spent three-and-a-half years on Merseyside, moving from Atletico in the summer of 2007 before leaving in controversial circumstances for Premier League rivals Chelsea, returning to his first club via a short loan spell at Serie A side Milan. The 31-year-old was part of Gerrard’s all-star match, playing for the skipper’s team against a side led by Jamie Carragher, with the likes of…

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Pellegrini likely to stay with Man City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is unlikely to be sacked by the club at the end of the season unless their form plummets between now and the end of the season, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Chilean won the Premier League and the Capital One Cup last season, but in his second year in charge he looks set to end without any silverware. Man City trail Chelsea by six points in the Premier League having played a game less, and were recently eliminated from the Champions League by Barcelona.…

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Sassuolo confirm Premier League interest in Zaza

Sassuolo president Giorgio Squinzi has confirmed rumours that a Premier League club has shown significant interest in striker Simone Zaza, Football Italia has reported. “There is a concrete manifestation of interest from an English Premier League club for Zaza,” he said. “It is strong interest, though we haven’t discussed financial terms yet.” The club in question is likely to be Tottenham, with rumours in recent weeks having suggested that officials from both clubs met in London earlier in March to discuss a possible summer move for the in-form frontman, who…

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Coleman lauds stunning Wales victory

Wales manager Chris Coleman had significant praise for his side after they produced a hugely impressive performance to win 3-0 in Israel on Saturday, Sky Sports has reported. The men in red started the brighter and should have gone ahead when Gareth Bale’s cross found James Collins at the far post, but the West Ham United defender failed to convert a glorious opportunity. But after Wayne Hennessey made a flying save from an angled shot at the other end, Wales took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Israel…

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Israel vs Wales – Match preview and team news

Wales will be aiming to continue their fine start to Euro 2016 qualifying as they face an Israel side that is also very optimistic of reaching the finals for the first time in their footballing history. Grabbing a draw in Belgium was potentially crucial for Chris Coleman’s side, keeping a side full of Premier League stars out in a superb rearguard action. That result leaves them second in Group B with eight points from a possible 12, with Belgium sitting three points behind in fourth having played a game less.…

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Bulgaria vs Italy – Match preview and team news

Italy will be looking for a fourth win from five Euro 2016 qualifying fixtures when they travel to Sofia to face Bulgaria, who have just the one victory thus far. After an opening success over Norway and unconvincing performances in beating Azerbaijan and Malta, the 2012 finalists dropped points for the first time in Group H when they were held at home by Croatia in a game marred by crowd trouble. It was a disappointing effort from Antonio Conte’s side as Croatia dominated the encounter almost from start to finish,…

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The Netherlands vs Turkey – Match preview and team news

The Netherlands resume their attempts to catch up on the top two in Euro 2016 qualifying Group A when they host a Turkey side that will be fearful of being cut adrift. The current situation sees Guus Hiddink’s team six points behind the Czech Republic and three in arrears of Iceland, both of whom they lost to in their opening two games of this campaign. Turkey have four points from their four games and should they lose this, it would look a very tall order for them to reach the…

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Everton winger Pienaar close to making comeback

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has announced that winger Steven Pienaar has returned to training and is close to making his return from a knee injury, ESPN has reported. The South African has not played for the Toffees since December 15, when he featured in the 3-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers. During his three and-a-half months out of action, Everton have won just three Premier League games, and have arguably missed his partnership with Leighton Baines on the left. It has been his second lengthy lay-off of the season, having…

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