West Ham set sights on former Hamburg midfielder

first_imgWest Ham could be set to make a move for former Hamburg midfielder Josef Shirdel.With uncertainty surrounding the future of on-loan midfielder Alex Song from Barcelona, Sam Allardyce is looking to strengthen his midfield during the summer.Shirdel has been looking for a new club after becoming a free agent and reports suggest he has already been training with the first-team squad at West Ham as he looks to secure a permanent move to Upton Park.The speculation surrounding his future increased even more when Diafra Sakho posted an Instagram photo of himself in Dubai with several team-mates and a mystery man which is believed to be the German winger.West Ham are currently in the United Arab Emirates on a warm weather training camp as they look to re-energise the squad ahead of the final two months of the season. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce 1last_img read more

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Tottenham Hotspur team news v Aston Villa: Predicted XI for Premier League clash

first_img 5. Jan Vertonghen 11 11 11 2. Kyle Walker 3. Danny Rose 10. Harry Kane 11 11 23. Christian Eriksen – Christian Eriksen has become a key man for Spurs since joining from Ajax 11 11 11 15. Eric Dier 11 1. Hugo Lloris – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Tottenham line up in squad number order. 4. Toby Alderweireld 19. Mousa Dembele 11. Erik Lamela 11 20. Dele Alli 11 Tottenham Hotspur overcame an early setback to thrash Bournemouth 5-1 last weekend and face another of the Premier League’s basement battlers in Aston Villa tonight.The Villans’ manager-in-waiting, Remi Garde, will reportedly be at White Hart Lane to watch the Monday night clash and Spurs may have to be wary of their opponents, who will be looking to impress the Frenchman.This is no ordinary Tottenham team though. The resilient group formed by Mauricio Pochettino is made of stern stuff and, despite injuries to players like Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli who were key men last year, they’re barging their way up the Premier League.Those two stars remain out, along with youngster Alex Pritchard and summer signing Heung-Min Son.But who will Pochettino pick in his starting XI? Click the right arrow above to find out…last_img read more

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Red-hot Lukaku rescues Everton in frantic finale

first_imgRomelu Lukaku scored for the sixth game in a row to salvage a point for Everton against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.The Toffees, and Lukaku in particular, were denied repeatedly by Wayne Hennessey and the woodwork while Tim Howard was in equally good form at the other end.Palace looked to have won it with quarter of an hour left as Scott Dann headed home Jason Puncheon’s corner.But Lukaku would have the final say just five minutes later, turning in from close range to earn a fitting share of the spoils after a rollercoaster second half.With Everton looking to leapfrog Merseyside rivals Liverpool with a win but wary of Palace’s potency to counter in away games, the game got off to a frantic opening.Yannick Bolasie was giving Brendan Galloway a torrid time down the visitors’ right and produced a series of inviting crosses in the early stages.The best of the lot picked out Connor Wickham whose glancing header was denied by a sprawling point-blank save from Howard.At the other end, Lukaku nearly capitalised on a fortunate ricochet but rattled the inside of Hennessey’s far post.Gerard Deulofeu, who excelled in the League Cup last week, was looking bright and his burgeoning relationship with Lukaku nearly reaped rewards again but the Belgian’s steered effort was cleared off the line by Dann.After the break the intensity increased and Howard did well to save Bolasie’s low strike with his legs before Wickham inadvertently turned Ross Barkley’s wicked ball against his own crossbar.Hennessey then made a stunning fingertip save to deny Tom Cleverley’s thunderous strike before Palace looked to have delivered the ultimate sucker punch.Dann, who scored the winner across Stanley Park last month at Liverpool, outjumped Gareth Barry to head past Howard with 15 minutes remaining.And the Toffees were ruing their luck again as Lukaku thundered a 20-yard volley against the crossbar as the hosts were denied by the woodwork for the third time.But Lukaku was to get his moment with ten minutes of the 90 left, turning home Deulofeu’s pinpoint cross to notch his 50th goal in Everton colours.The result leaves the hosts behind Liverpool on goal difference, while Alan Pardew’s side moved up to sixth as they eye a top-four finish. Romelu Lukaku 1last_img read more

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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford named in England Under-21 squad

first_img1 Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been called up by the England Under-21s for the first time. The forward, who made two substitute appearances at Euro 2016 for the senior squad this summer, is in Gareth Southgate’s squad to face Norway next month.Rashford scored on his full debut against Australia in May but has now dropped down to Southgate’s set-up for their Euro 2017 qualifier in Colchester. He was considered for the Toulon Tournament – which England won – in the summer but eight goals in 18 games for United propelled him into Roy Hodgson’s senior side. Southgate said: “Last season, his pathway was remarkable and we’re very conscious of plotting how we develop our young players.“We spoke a lot with Manchester United last season when we put him in the under-20s in March, which both they and ourselves felt was the right thing at the time.“He then continued his progress, which was great, and of course he played a part in Roy’s squad at the Euros.“But if he’s less likely to start with the seniors at this moment in time, and Sam (Allardyce) is quite keen that people are playing regularly, we think that it’s now a good opportunity in his international development for him to be with the under-21s.“Marcus has a good mentality, so I know he’ll respond in the right way and we’re looking forward to working with him.”Everton’s Mason Holgate has also been handed his first call-up, Derby midfielder Will Hughes returns from injury while Arsenal’s Rob Holding and Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also included.It is Southgate’s first squad since the under-21s won the Toulon Tournament in the summer, the first time in 22 years they had won the competition. England are top of Group 9, three points ahead of Switzerland, and also host Bosnia-Herzegovina at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium in October in their final group game after travelling to Kazakhstan.England Under-21 squad to face Norway: Gunn (Manchester City), Pickford (Sunderland), Wildsmith (Sheffield Wednesday), Chambers (Arsenal), Chilwell (Leicester), Galloway (West Brom, loan from Everton), Hause (Wolves), Holding (Arsenal), Holgate (Everton), Iorfa (Wolves), Targett (Southampton), Baker (Vitesse, loan from Chelsea), Chalobah (Chelsea), Hayden (Newcastle), Hughes (Derby), Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Swift (Reading), Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Gray (Leicester), Grealish (Aston Villa), Rashford (Manchester United), Redmond (Southampton), Solanke (Chelsea), Watmore (Sunderland). Marcus Rashford in training with Manchester United last_img read more

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FA Cup results: Stourbridge beat Northampton to reach third round for first time

first_img1 Jack Duggan was Stourbridge’s hero after his late strike saw the lowest-ranked team left in the FA Cup beat Northampton 1-0 to advance to the third round for the first time in their history.After the original fixture was postponed this one looked to be heading for a replay, but with four minutes left a Luke Benbow free-kick caused all sorts of problems in the visitors’ penalty box and Duggan was on hand to slam the ball home and set up a third-round clash at Wycombe.Fleetwood overturned a two-goal deficit to set up a trip to Bristol City with a 3-2 home success against Shrewsbury.Jim O’Brien put the visitors ahead as half-time approached but Shrewsbury then had Adam El-Abd sent off at the start of the second half. Despite their numerical disadvantage, they extended their lead after an hour through Louis Dodds but a Devante Cole double levelled up the tie before Ash Hunter won it for Fleetwood deep into injury-time.Oxford comfortably booked their place in the third round – and a trip to Rotherham – with a 3-0 win over 10-man Macclesfield at the Kassam Stadium.Goals from Ryan Taylor, Joe Rothwell and Kane Hemmings saw the U’s ease past their National League visitors, who had Mitch Hancox sent off just before half-time with the score at 1-0.Eastleigh boss Martin Allen will return to his former club Brentford in round three after two goals from Scott Wilson, including one from the penalty spot, secured a 2-0 victory over FC Halifax, who had Scott Garner sent off.In the only tie that went to extra-time MK Dons overcame Charlton and former boss Karl Robinson 3-1 to set up a trip to Championship leaders Brighton.Daniel Powell put the Dons ahead early on but former Dons defender Adam Chicksen equalised midway through the first half and it remained that way until extra-time.Quickfire goals from Ben Reeves (94) and Dean Bowditch (97) saw the Milton Keynes club advance. Stourbridge will face Wycombe in the FA Cup third-round last_img read more

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Liverpool 2-2 Sevilla: Reds made to pay again for defensive errors

first_img Jurgen Klopp and Georginio Wijnaldum look on as Sevilla celebrate their draw at Anfield 1 Electric in attack, erratic in defence. This is going to be the story of Liverpool’s season, isn’t it?Jurgen Klopp’s side is irresistible when they are bursting forward with pace and power, with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino set to challenge every defence they come up against.It’s at the other end where the Reds have real problems, however.Their much publicised failure to sign Southampton central defender Virgil van Dijk could yet come back to haunt them because, defensively, they are a horror show.The two goals they conceded should have been easily avoided, and, unless they start learning from those mistakes and cutting them out, this will be a season of under-achievement.After leaking five goals against Manchester City at the weekend, albeit with only ten men following Mane’s red card, there were only four minutes gone at Anfield when they shipped another soft one.Liverpool had several chances to clear their lines before the ball even reached Joaquin Correa but, having to failed to do so, those errors were compounded as Dejan Lovren completely missed an easy interception to cut out the cross, and Alberto Moreno  allowed Wissam Ben Yedder the freedom of the six-yard box to score.It was the worst possible start for the Reds but, to their credit, they responded well and largely dominated the game from that point on.They leveled on 21 minutes when Moreno went some way to making up for his earlier lapse. He played a neat one-two with Jordan Henderson before firing low across goal for Firmino to turn the ball in from close range.Nine minutes before the break, it was 2-1. Salah’s cross was half cleared but, as Steven N’Zonzi attempted to stride clear, the Egyptian stole the ball off him. Dutch referee Danny Makkelie waved away Sevilla’s cries for a foul and Salah took full advantage, seeing his 20-yard shot deflect off the bottom of Simon Kjaer’s boot and up and over the helpless goalkeeper.Firmino missed a penalty – hitting the left hand post – that would have made the game safe four minutes before half-time,  and how costly that would later prove, but the second period followed much the same pattern as the first, with wave after wave of red attack and they looked sure to go on and win.Mane, Salah and Firmino all fired shots high or wide before Sergio Rico, pretty much without knowing how he did it, blocked Georginio Wijnaldum’s well-struck drive.But their failure to create or take clear-cut opening cost them with 17 minutes remaining as Correa took advantage of a huge gap in the middle of the Reds’ defence to collect Luis Muriel’s pass and open up his body to fire past Loris Karius.That was the moment that summed up Liverpool’s night. And that sort of error could eventually sum up their season.Verdict: How the Reds’ stars rated at Anfield. Check out the marks herelast_img read more

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Watford FC: Troy Deeney to serve three-match ban

first_img Troy Deeney clashed with Joe Allen during Stoke’s defeat of Watford Watford striker Troy Deeney will serve a three-match ban after admitting a charge of violent conduct against Stoke while both clubs have been charged with failing to control their players by the Football Association.Stoke’s 1-0 win at Vicarage Road on Saturday came to a bad-tempered conclusion with two separate incidents involving players from both sides squaring up to each other.First, Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure and City’s Mame Biram Diouf were booked after they scuffled on the touchline three minutes from full-time. Then, in stoppage time, Hornets skipper Deeney sparked a second melee when he grabbed the face of Stoke midfielder Joe Allen.Deeney and Allen received yellow cards but the Watford captain was subsequently hit with a separate charge of violent conduct, which he has accepted and which will see him banned for the Premier League matches against Everton, West Ham and Newcastle.An FA statement said: “Troy Deeney will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of violent conduct and accepted the standard penalty.“The Watford forward was involved in an incident with Stoke City’s Joe Allen during the 94th minute of their fixture on Saturday [28 October 2017].“The misconduct was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.”The flashpoint involving Deeney and Allen came after Stoke had put the ball out of play with a player down injured, but rather than pass the ball back Deeney attempted a cross into the visitors’ penalty area.Allen reacted angrily and clashed with Deeney, who appeared to dig his thumbs into the face of the Wales international as other players tried to prise them apart.The FA statement continued: “Watford and Stoke City have been charged for failing to control their players during the fixture and have until 18:00 on Friday [3 November 2017] to respond.” 1last_img read more

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AC Milan sack manager Vincenzo Montella and place Gennaro Gattuso in charge

first_img Vincenzo Montella has been axed by AC Milan AC Milan have sacked coach Vincenzo Montella and placed former club favourite Gennaro Gattuso in charge of first-team affairs.The Rossoneri are in seventh place in Serie A, 18 points behind leaders Napoli.The decision comes after Milan were held to a goalless draw by Torino at the weekend.A club statement released on their official Twitter account read: “#ACMilan announce to have parted ways with @VMontella. Management of the first team is entrusted to Gennaro Gattuso, who leaves his position as Primavera coach and to whom we wish the best of luck.”Milan have won just twice in their last nine league matches and Sunday’s result was the fourth successive home league game without a goal.Just six wins in Serie A have cost Montella his job as his impressive start to the campaign, winning 10 of the first 12 matches in all competitions, faded quickly.Milan have already qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a match to spare but their dwindling domestic form has been a concern for some time.Former midfielder Gattuso played for Milan between 1999 and 2013, winning two Serie A titles and the Champions League twice.He has guided the club’s Primavera side to third in their table, just two behind leaders Atalanta and behind city rivals Inter on goal difference only, having won six of their last eight matches. 1last_img read more

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‘If I hurt people I’m sorry’ – Robin van Persie opens up on Man United transfer

first_img Getty Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Gety gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 2 tense Robin van Persie apologised to any Arsenal fans he hurt by moving to title rivals Manchester United in 2012 but insists he has no regrets over the transfer.The Dutch striker called time on his glittering career after a final season with Feyenoord, the club he started at. Van Persie joined Arsenal for £2.75m in 2004 shining “He was one of the big reasons why I signed. Sir Alex really pushed the guys to pass the ball to me and if it goes in in the crucial games and crucial moments then after a few months everyone at the club had the feeling it was going to be our year.”Van Persie also backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to succeed at Old Trafford and he just needs to be given time. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move England Women vs Denmark Women (Saturday, 1pm) – talkSPORTNewport County vs Tranmere (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Sunderland (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT LATEST FOOTBALL NEWScenter_img REVEALED talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… REPLY The 35-year-old scored 132 goals for the Gunners in 278 games across eight seasons.United signed him in 2012 and he helped them lift the Premier League title in his first season under Sir Alex Ferguson. no dice huge blow “If I hurt people I’m sorry” – Robin van Persie opens up @BBCNews on his 2012 move from Arsenal to Man Utd, Wenger, Ferguson, Solskjaer and the “fantastic road trip” that was his 18-year career. More @5liveSport Football Daily podcast and @BBCSport website from 10.30pm #AFC #MUFC pic.twitter.com/Dk4v2BDoCe— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) May 22, 2019“At crucial moments you have to make tough decisions,” van Persie told the BBC. “It was a very tough decision and I get that fans were angry as I was the captain and top scorer.“Sometimes you feel like you need a challenge and new adventure. If I hurt people I’m sorry. I made that decision and I stand by it.” ADVICE Robin van Persie scored 144 Premier League goals during his time in England Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LIVE ON talkSPORT He added: “Everyone wants to look at the bigger picture. The way he presents the club is the proper way, in my opinion.“He is positive and wants to achieve big things with the club. I think he is just having a bad spell.” The striker worked under two of the Premier League’s greatest ever managers in his stints at Arsenal and Man United.Van Persie could not pick between Arsene Wenger or Sir Alex Ferguson.He said: “Me and Arsene Wenger never had an argument or a big fight. Sometimes on certain levels we had different ideas. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

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Schalke announce loan signing of Everton right-back with South Park tweet

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oh my god! They signed Kenny!#s04 #WelcomeKenny pic.twitter.com/7tUDOpOKoK— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) June 10, 2019The right-back is currently on international duty with England as the prepare for the European Under-21 Championships, which start this weekend.Once the tournament finishes, Kenny will join up with the Bundesliga club’s new manager, former Huddersfield boss David Wagner. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Jonjoe Kenny has joined Schalke on a season-long loan for the 2019/20 campaign.The Everton defender made 12 appearances last season as back-up to Seamus Coleman and also as a makeshift left-back when Lucas Digne and Leighton Baines were unavailable. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Jonjoe Kenny has made 40 first-team appearances for Everton shining LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “It is a big chance for me, to come to a new country and show off my abilities, especially at a big club like Schalke,” Kenny told the club’s website.“Schalke 04 is a club with a long history and fantastic fans. I am happy to be here and can’t wait to get up and running with the team.” 1 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REAL DEAL LIVE ON talkSPORT deals Belgium vs Scotland (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTHungary vs Wales (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Japan vs Scotland (Friday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Argentina (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORT tense no dice gameday cracker LATEST The 22-year-old joined the club’s academy when he was nine and has made 40 first-team appearances since making his debut in 2016.He has enjoyed previous loan spells at Wigan in 2015 and Oxford in 2016.Schalke announced the signing with a South Park inspired tweet with the words: “Oh my god! They signed Kenny! #s04 #WelcomeKenny.” Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REPLY Getty Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ last_img read more

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