Month: September 2020

Oxlade-Chamberlain Out of World Cup

first_imgIt is understood he later spoke to England manager Gareth Southgate to inform him about the injury.“The extent of the injury means Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Liverpool, as well as the World Cup in Russia with England,” Liverpool said in a statement.“Oxlade-Chamberlain will now begin a rehabilitation programme to enable him to reach full fitness again as soon as possible, returning to action next season.”The Reds added there would be “no specific timescale” on the former Arsenal player’s return.Oxlade-Chamberlain, capped 32 times, joined the Anfield side from the Gunners last summer for £35m and has made 41 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals.Liverpool beat Roma 5-2 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie, with the return leg in Italy next Wednesday.England will face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G at the World Cup, which begins on June 14.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram England’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the World Cup this summer after injuring a knee during Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Roma.The 24-year-old midfielder was taken off on a stretcher in the 15th minute of Tuesday’s match at Anfield after challenging Aleksandar Kolarov.He had a scan yesterday which revealed a knee ligament injury.last_img read more

Hazard Hopes Belgium’ll be Different to England’s Golden

first_imgThe Three Lions face Belgium in their final Group G game in Kaliningrad on June 28 and Hazard is hoping the Red Devils go on to claim silverware – unlike England teams of the past.“We know what we are. We are good players, we all play in the big games in England, in Italy and in Spain,” he said.“10 years or 15 years ago, you had this ‘Golden Generation’ in England but you won nothing. Now I think the fans, journalists, all of Belgium, the country just wants to win something. Eden Hazard hopes Belgium do not suffer the same fate as England and waste the potential of their own ‘Golden Generation’.Belgium head to the World Cup third in the latest FIFA rankings, with a squad that boasts the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku and Jan Vertonghen in addition to Hazard. “We have a ‘Golden Generation’ – we just want to win something now. Can we be different to England? Maybe, maybe, we will see.”Belgium comfortably defeated Egypt 3-0 on Wednesday and will now face Costa Rica in their final warm-up match on Monday night.Roberto Martinez’s side will then open their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18 before facing Tunisia and England.GenerationShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

England World Cup Dream Continue with Sweden Challenge

first_imgSweden and England have met 23 times overall, with both teams winning seven matches and nine ending in draws. Interestingly, of those 23 matches, two have been in the Euros group stages and two in the World Cup group stages – at the Euros, England and Sweden have one win each (both by a solitary goal margin) while both games at the World Cup were draws (1-1 in 2002 and 2-2 in 2006). It’s fair to say the two teams have known each other well over the years and yet neither of them have figured out a way to consistently beat the other.But this is the first time the teams are meeting in a knockout setting at a major competition. This is unexpected territory for both teams, arguably. While England’s presence in the last eight was, marginally, more predictable, hardly anyone thought Sweden would top a group that had Mexico and Germany in it and make the quarterfinals by beating Switzerland. These are two teams familiar with each other but when they take the field on Saturday in Samara, not much else will be.For instance, the last time these two sides met in 2012, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored all four goals for Sweden in a 4-2 win but Zlatan is not around anymore. This is a Sweden team that got through the business end of the qualifying campaign without their talisman, adjusting to a new way of life. While the Swedes have always been known for their organistation and discipline, there was an X-factor up top who could make the difference. For years, it was Henrik Larsson, and then Zlatan took over. But they didn’t come to Russia 2018 with the help of a talisman. They came to the World Cup, riding on one sturdy defensive display after another, culminating in a 180-minute masterpiece to keep the Italians at bay.And just as they have shown through the duration of this World Cup, they won’t be hard to break down. Just ask Germany, who needed the most precise free-kick you are ever likely to see by Toni Kroos in the 94th minute to grab a winner. Just ask Mexico, who were stunned 3-0 and left hanging on for dear life, hoping South Korea pull off one of the greatest upsets to ensure qualification. Just ask Switzerland, who huffed and puffed but could blow the house down.So far in this tournament, England have had it easy only against Panama. Against Tunisia, they were expected to dominate but breaking the African team down proved tough – they had to rely on set-pieces and Harry Kane. Against Colombia, who preferred to employ the dark arts over their South American flavour, it was again similar. Although in the latter distance, England were guilty of retreating into their shell, trying to settle for a 1-0 win.Does England have enough creativity to break down sturdy defensive setups? On the basis of what we have seen so far, not really.And that’s where the Three Lions’ forward line has to step up. It won’t be just about Harry Kane. The Golden Boot favourite will need the service from Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard and (if he starts) Dele Alli. While the trio have shown great energy going forward, the end product has been lacking.But, perhaps, for the first time at Russia 2018, there is real pressure on this team to deliver. Goodwill and cautious optimism have carried them this far, but now it’s not just Sweden that’s a familiar foe that awaits them in the quarter-finals: there are expectations. Expectations of a place in the World Cup semi-final and beyond. And that, Southgate would do well to point out, is England’s oldest and deadliest enemy.Meanwhile, John Stones is continuing to dream of World Cup glory but knows Sweden presents a formidable challenge.After disappointing showings in the past two editions in South Africa and Brazil, England’s progress to the quarterfinals has whipped the nation into a frenzy of optimism and fantasy.Stones, who impressed at the heart of defense against Colombia, is daring to dream but is wary of a supremely well-drilled Sweden side.“I’ve said it from the start. I’d love to win the World Cup. I’ve dreamt about it,” he said at a news conference. “That’s what we want to do. We’ve come here to try and win it.“I’d love to win a World Cup, England would love to win a World Cup. It’s been a long time since we last won it. We want to make people proud back home, proud of the England team.“We’re one step closer to doing that but we still know that we’ve got games ahead of us. We should be solely focused on this Sweden game, one step at a time and take it from there.“There are no easy games. I think if you say it’s an easy game in a quarterfinal of a World Cup then you are pretty stupid to say that. They’ve got a lot of quality.“We show them the respect we do to every team, there are still a few days until the game but we do our research on them. Make sure we take advantage of every opportunity and see where it takes us.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The English would always pride themselves as the founder of the beautiful game, but ironically their only success at the round leather game at the biggest stage was their 1966 controversial victory on home soil.However, since the kickoff of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Three Lions have started dreaming again, and with a mission-bring football back home.Therefore, against Sweden at the Samara Arena today, England will continue in their mission to bring football home.Gareth Southgate’s men have reached this stage of the competition for the first time since 2006, having overcome Colombia in their first ever World Cup penalty shootout victory.The two teams have known each other well over the years and yet neither of them have figured out a way to consistently beat the other.Part of what has made Southgate a likeable figure among England’s football fans has been his measured calm when he talks to the press. He has come across as eloquent, confident in his approach and a no-nonsense guy.Take for instance, his post-match interview to the British broadcaster after a nerve-wracking penalty shootout against Colombia. You would have forgiven him, even encouraged him, to be a little giddy with excitement. History was made. England don’t win World Cup penalty shootouts. But on Tuesday night, they did.Southgate however, seemed content, but never flustered. And what stood out the most was his response when he was thrown the obvious bait. Is England now delighted to be in a quarter-final facing Sweden when the whole world expected – if at all the Three Lions made it this far – to be faced up against Germany or Brazil?This is the classic banana-peel question. There’s no perfect answer for this. But even at the moment, Southgate, without a moment of hesitation, pointed out England’s record against Sweden is not all that great. This is a team that England have historically struggled against. If the interviewer wanted a sensational answer, Southgate put that thought to bed with a near-perfect retort. If an “easy” opponent is what England were after, then there is a disappointment in store.last_img read more

France 2019: Super Falcons Arrive in Austria

first_imgAfrican champions Nigeria have landed at the Avita Resort facility in the Austrian city of Bad Tatzmannsdorf for a two-week residential camping ahead of the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals.A delegation including nine home-based professionals and technical and administrative staff departed from Abuja on Monday night aboard an Air France flight, and travelled from Paris to the Austrian capital, Vienna on Tuesday morning before connecting Bad Tatzmannsdorf.At the airport in Vienna, nine overseas-based professionals from different parts of the world joined the contingent, taking the number of players to 18. With England-based Ini-Abasi Umotong already waiting in camp, that made the total number 19, with only eight more expected. The world-renown Avita Resort is the same facility that served the Super Eagles in their final training sessions just before the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.Coach Thomas Dennerby must pick his final squad of 23 by Friday this week. The final squad and officials will fly into France on 4th June.Nigeria takes on Norway, Korea Republic and host nation France in the group phase of the championship, with their first coming up against Norway at the Stade Auguste Delauney in Reims on 8th June.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more