Capello’s Jack Wilshere England Dilemma

Ahead of tonight’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, the topic dominating discussion around the England camp has been the role to be played of Jack Wilshere. Part of the under-21 side who secured a first leg 2-1 lead over Romania on Friday, pundits were split over whether the talented youngster should remain with Stuart Pearce’s side or be pitched straight into the clash with Montengro at Wembley.

That Wilshere has a glittering future at international level is not on doubt. After a solid loan spell at Bolton last season, he has returned to Arsenal and broken into the side with a string of excellent performances, showing Arsene Wenger that he can take over the reins when the seemingly inevitable departure of Cesc Fabregas finally goes through.

Understandably, with England coach Fabio Capello keen to bring through new talent in the wake of England’s disastrous World Cup, Wilshere has caught his eye and may well be pitched into battle against a Montengro side who should not be underestimated having won all three of their opening qualifying fixtures thus far.

On one hand, it seems a no brainer. Wilshere’s performances in an Arsenal shirt have been both consistent and impressive and in the absence of Frank Lampard, there seems little reason to leave out his deft touch and creativity.

On the other hand, we have a tendency in this country to rush players through the system, perhaps hampering their development. Stuart Pearce has admitted that it’s a tricky balancing act for the young players and is right when he says “if they are not going to play, leave them in the age group where they can actually play 90 minutes”. It could be that Wilshere is better served ensuring the under 21s qualify for Euro 2011, an environment where Wilshere can further hone his talents next summer.Watch The Asian Connection (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

It’s a bit of a no win situation for the England boss and one which will only be glossed over should England gain all three points on Tuesday night. The only thing that’s not in question is that Jack Wilshere most certainly does have a future at international level.

Written by Colin Hill, a sports writer who blogs about new football kits.

Are Marseille right to consider legal action against De Jong?

Marseille have announced that they could take legal action against Nigel de Jong after the Manchester City player broke the leg of Hatem Ben Arfa, who is on a season-long loan at Newcastle from the French club, with a nasty challenge during the recent fixture between the two English clubs.focuz.ru

It isn’t yet known how long Ben Arfa will be out of action for but the president of Marseille has not been afraid to launch a stinging attack on the combative City midfielder .Watch Cyberbully (2015) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

He said: “It’s about getting rid of this type of individual from European grounds”.

This news will come as the latest blow to the widely criticized City player, who has had to deal with the controversial decision from the Netherlands boss to drop him from the latest international squad following the incident at the beginning of October. At the time of making his decision, Bert van Marwijk said the player’s “wild and unnecessary offense” had left him with no choice but to exclude him from the squad, despite there not being a precedent for that kind of action.

For their part City, who look Premier League best bets to finish in the top four, have defended the player.

Although it is undoubtedly right to question why players’ legs seem to be snapping in two with greater regularity and attempt to eradicate the sort of high-velocity, no-holds-barred challenges that seem to be creeping into the domestic game more and more, is it the case that this De Jong incident is turning into something of a witch hunt? Anyone who wants to place a Premier League bet doesn’t want to be distracted by this sort of thing.

There have been a number of other horrific challenges broadcast since the season started, with Karl Henry’s tackle on Wigan’s Jordi Gomez one particularly memorable example. Stoke’s Andy Wilkinson could also be deemed lucky to have escaped the sort of criticism currently being fired in the City player’s direction after a horror tackle on Moussa Dembele.

Nobody wants to see players suffer long-term injuries that potentially threaten their careers, but does anybody equally want to see victimisation and a witch-hunt mentality plague the English game?

Kranjcar Still Has Role to Play At White Hart Lane

It’s easy to go unnoticed at Tottenham these days. Such is the quality of the squad at White Hart Lane that if you are not at the very top of your game it is easy to slip under the radar. There was a time last season when it was the Croat duo of Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric who the team revolved around – the latter in fact was identified as the key player and a lot of effort was put into persuading him to sign a new deal and ward off interest from Manchester United.

One year on and the spotlight is firmly on new boy Rafael Van der Vaart and the rejuvenated Gareth Bale. Not unfairly – the Dutchman has been sensational since arriving in a deadline day move from Real Madrid, while Bale is now showing the talent we all knew he had and is firmly developing himself as one of the best, if not THE best left sided players in the world.

Modric, of course, remains a crucial element of the Spurs squad, although it may take him a few games to adapt to the adjusted role he will have to fill now that Van der Vaart has taken centre stage. The focus on the Dutchman may indeed be a good thing for the little Croat, whose game is more subtle and craftmanlike rather than looking to take the game by the scruff of the neck. With the emphasis on the Dutchman, Modric will hopefully be afforded more time and space to work his magic and it’s fair to say if Harry Redknapp can get both him and Van der Vaart playing, he has quite a midfield combination.

Kranjcar’s future on the other hand is a little more uncertain, with Monaco among the latest admirers to express an interest in a January swoop. Niko fired a timely reminder of his worth however, scoring twice in Croatia’s 2-1 win over Israel on Saturday, a result which moves them top of their Euro 2012 qualification group.

The one thing that is more evident than ever in Tottenham’s season is the importance of a squad. Despite sitting 5th in the table after 7 games, defeats by Wigan and West Ham have cost Spurs the chance to take the jump to the next step and compete for the Premiership title. As talented as the likes of Modric and Bale are, they cannot be expected to perform week in week out.

That is why Niko Kranjcar remains an important element of the Spurs squad. Firstly, his versatility is an asset with him able to play on the left, on the right or centrally. He also provides a crucial skill in his ability to score from distance. With Tottenham increasingly coming up against packed defences, sometimes they may find that a blast from range is the easiest way through teams.

Of course, Tottenham are not Man City and there is a balancing act to be done with finances. It may be that Kranjcar is essential pawn in securing the funds necessary to recruit the world class striker the club needs to push onto the next level, but if possible, I would like to see him stay at White Hart Lane.Home live streaming film online

Written by Colin Hill, a sports blogger who writes about new football boots.

No Defence for Scotland Boss

It is hugely ironic that a man so obsessed with defending can offer no defence of his own. On Friday evening, Craig Levein sunk Scottish football to new depths with his incredible 4-6-0 formation in Prague in a match which saw Scotland lose the game 1-0 and suffer a major blow to their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012.

Let us put this into perspective – Scotland were not playing the Czech squads of the Euro 1996 final or Euro 2004 semi finals, featuring the likes of Pavel Nedved, Milan Baros, Karol Poborsky and Vladimir Smicer. They were playing a team who finished 5th in their qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup, who were on their 4th manager since their shock exit to Turkey at Euro 2008 and who (despite playing at home) were outnumbered by Scottish supporters. Their last match was a home defeat by Lithuania and their stock in world football has never been lower.

Yet astonishingly, Levein opted to play without a single striker and instead play exclusively for a 0-0 draw. This is despite main forward Kenny Miller being in the form of his life and despite fielding a midfield almost exclusively of players who ply their trade in the English Premier League. Had Scotland approached the game in the correct manner, a victory was very much there for the taking and three points could have taken us a huge step closer to Euro 2012.

Sure, Levein was without a number of players he’d have loved to have called upon such as James McFadden, Scott Brown and Lee McCulloch. But the quality was still there – Darren Fletcher is a key man in the Manchester United squad, James Morrison a regular for high flying West Brom and Graeme Dorrans the subject of a £6m summer transfer bid from West Ham United.

Levein can moan about lack of resources all he wants, but he need look no further than Northern Ireland as an example of what can be achieved with limited resources. The Irish achieved another fantastic result on Friday, holding 2006 World Champions Italy to a draw at Windsor Park, but being unfortunate not to win the game.

While the defeat in Prague is a major setback to Scotland’s qualification hopes, their Euro 2012 dreams are by no means dead. But the question must be asked – even if Scotland do qualify for the finals, what is the point?  Their standing in the international game has been reduced even lower than the likes of San Marino and Malta, who at least have the decency to play with a token football.

Despite being a Scotsman, I was pleased when Czech Republic scored their goal because if Levein’s tactics worked and caught on, it would be the end of football as an entertainment sport. We all want to see our team reach a major finals – but not at any cost.

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Can Man Utd Afford To Replace Club Legends?

It is fair to say that Man Utd have not had the greatest start to the season and that the teams looks considerably weakened without a fit Wayne Rooney. Rooney has struggled to regain the form he showed prior to his injury earlier this year, which has meant that the team has needed inspiration from other parts of the team.  

Baerbatov has had a fantastic start to the season for Man Utd both scoring and creating, however he is not able to have the same impact that Rooney. He is not the same type of player as Rooney and he doesn’t have himself as a strike partner like Rooney had last year. How United must hope Rooney can use next weeks Euro 2012 qualifier for England to help him regain his best form.

News leaked out this week that Edwin Van der Sar looks set to retire at the end of the season, this hasn’t been much of a surprise with Man Utd continually being linked with goalkeepers throughout Europe, but it has opened up a debate on whether Man Utd can actually afford to replace players they will be losing in the near future.

Van der Sar has been a great servant for the club but the two main players that Man Utd will lose within the next couple of seasons are Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Despite the huge array of top talent that has circulated through Old Trafford in recent years, these two have always been among the best selling names on the back of man utd shirts.  The starting line-up is considerably weakened without them and the youngsters tipped to replace them, like Anderson and Nani, simply don’t appear to be good enough.

Even with Man Utd selling Cristiano Ronaldo for £80 million two seasons ago the club still haven’t been  able to spend huge sums of money on a top quality replacement and with three of their starting line-up set to retire within the next couple of seasons Man Utd look in desperate need of a cash injection into the squad.

However, the club just posted an £80 million loss without a huge investment in the squad so where is the money coming from to buy players? Also with Fifa looking to introduce more restrictions on footballing finances even more problems could be on the way for Man Utd.

The club don’t need to hit the panic button quite yet, yes they are currently 5 points off the top of the table at the moment but only 7games have been played and there is a long way to go. They will however need to look soon at how to replace their top players, which even with an unlimited budget it would be hard to do, but with clubs like Man City spending big can Man Utd afford not to spend the money to replace Scholes, Giggs and Van der Sar and risk not being the top team in Manchester?

Written by Colin Hill, a sports writer who blogs about new football kits.

Time to get tough on the tough men

The time has come to get tough on the tough tacklers. A recent spate of bad injuries caused by dangerous and reckless tackles has brought the issue into the limelight, but those who often look at football betting prices note how something should have been done earlier.dekor-okno.ru

There has been a tendency to excuse bad fouls, with the apologists citing the speed of the game and its status as a ‘contact sport’ – a canard that is not supported by the game’s rule book . Foul play should always be punished and it is clear that serious foul play should be especially harshly dealt with.

Danny Murphy is right to blame managers for the current situation. Too often we here them defend players who have injured an opponent with the mantra that he is ‘not a dirty player’. It makes it too easy for players to justify their aggressive tackling, but the offenders need to take responsibility for fellow professionals.

No one believes that players purposefully harm each other, but there must be a realization that certain types of tackles carry risk to the opponent. A strengthening of the sanctions available to the authorities would soon stop players feeling they can get away with mis-timed tackles that are in fact dangerous fouls.movie download

The status quo of being unable to upgrade the punishment of a player who was booked for his infringement needs to be altered. If a mistake was made by the referee, why compound it by not changing it? Nigel de Jong cannot be disciplined for his crude challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa as referee Martin Atkinson did not award a foul.

Football betting pundits agree that this also needs to be changed, with the implementation of a rugby-style citing system attractive. In truth de Jong has borne the brunt of the backlash on the tough men, losing his international place and becoming something of a marked man for Premier League referees. This is no bad thing, as who would you rather see this season – hatchet man de Jong or the skilful Ben Arfa? We will see only on over the coming months.

Why The Premiership Title Is Beyond Arsenal

I am a huge Arsenal supporter. Ever since the day Arsene Wenger walked into Highbury and went about turning the Gunners into one of the most entertaining and finest teams in world football, I have been a huge admirer of the football club both on and off the pitch. Arsenal’s approach to footballl both on the park and financially is exactly what the game should be about and it pains me that they are not rewarded with trophies.

Similarly, I am by no means against Arsene Wenger and I fully support the approach he takes to managing Arsenal Football Club. Those who claim that Arsenal would be better off without him in charge are deluded and ignorant of the fact that were it not for Arsene’s unparalleled ability to discover and bring through young talent, Arsenal would not be able to compete against the Arab riches of Manchester City, Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea or Manchester United’s unlimited debt financial model.

Despite this though, I don’t believe Arsenal can win the Premiership title this season. I would love to be proved wrong but I fear that the weekends conquerers Chelsea are going to be too strong  for those in Arsenal shirts this season.

The reality is, Arsenal dominated the game of football on Sunday. They went to the home of the Champions, a club with one of the best home records in Premiership history and were the better team for the majority of the football match. The fact of the matter is though, Chelsea are more ruthless, they are more clinical and once again, they organised themselves superbly defensively and stung Arsenal on the counter attack.

As impressive as Arsenal’s attacking game is, the offensive side is only half of football and Chelsea’s ability to defend and organise is as impressive as the Gunners flowing attacking instincts. As they always do, Chelsea restricted the space and formed a compact unit in a way that (in my opinion) only they can. Arsenal may have had all of the ball and they may have had their chances, but Chelsea’s counter attacking caused the Gunners no end of problems and it was no surprise, nor co-incidence that they won the game.

It cannot be ignored that Arsenal were without key men in Thomas Vermaelen, Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie and yes, had they played it could have been different. But how long can Arsenal keep using this as an excuse, for it seems they are permanently without key men in big matches?

The title is by no means beyond Arsenal and the break for the Euro 2012 qualifiers comes at a welcome time, affording the Gunners time to regroup after back to back defeats. A seven point deficit at this stage in the season is by no means impossible to make up, but it will be very tough and Arsenal need to both keep their key players fit and develop a ruthless streak if they are to mount a serious challenge for the title.

Written by Colin Hill, a sports blogger who writes about new football shirts.

Is It Time for Liverpool To Cash in on Fernando Torres?

The idea of selling Fernando Torres will sends chills down the spine of most fans of Liverpool Football Club. Since arriving in the English Premier League after a big money move from Atletico Madrid, the Spaniard has turned himself into one of the leading strikers of world football and is the darling of The Kop. He has gone on to become not only a European, but a World Champion with the national team and has terrorised Premiership defences, winning games against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. To sell Torres is unthinkable because the predatory instincts of the Spanish forward is a vital component of a title winning side.

However, the reality for Liverpool fans is their club is no longer a title winning side. They may have come close two years ago under Rafa Benitez, but since then a combination of the disastrous reign of the American owners and the erratic transfer dealings of the now Inter Milan boss have resulted in an almost unbelievable fall from grace for the Reds, who incredibly now occupy the relegation zone.

For Liverpool to move forward, they have to first accept the position they now find themselves in. They are no longer title contenders, they are barely Champions League contenders and the club has to regroup in order to allow themselves to rebuild and once again establish themselves as a top four side.Roblox Robux Hack 2017

As talented a player as Torres is, the reality is he is no longer the player he was two seasons ago. Of course, he is certainly capable of recapturing this form but such is the dilemma Liverpool find themselves in, they cannot allow themselves to wait for this to happen. Undoubtedly, sales of Liverpool shirts would fall if the number 9 left, but there has to be a bigger picture and if the Reds were to cash in the January transfer window, they would be able to command a significant sum of money for the player from the likes of Man City or Chelsea.

At the moment, Liverpool are far too reliant who a man who cannot currently be relied on. The groin injury picked up in the opening minutes of Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Blackpool which has ruled him out of the Euro 2012 qualifier with Scotland next week is just the latest in a string of injuries picked up by the Spaniard over the past 12 months. He is also a doubt for the Merseyside derby on October 16th, a match which is even more significant than usual given both teams find themselves in relegation territory.

The injuries Torres has suffered have meant that not only can he not be relied upon to start consistently but when he is playing, he is lacking the sharpness which made him one of the most feared strikers. While it could be argued this is down to the poor Liverpool side around him, he was equally sluggish in the World Cup – despite playing with a team who ultimately went onto be crowned champions.

As heartbreaking as it would be for Liverpool fans for Fernando Torres to leave Anfield, it could now be time to for the financially stricken Reds to cash in on the hitman and invest in a less talented, but more reliable and stable strike partnership who can help ensure Liverpool remain at least on the fringes of the UEFA Champions League.

If they can do that, Liverpool Football Club will always be big enough that they can attract players and once the mess involving the American owners is settled, the club will definitely be in a position to challenge for the title once more.

Written by Colin Hill, a sports writer who blogs about kids football kits.

City losses show the cost of trying to buy success

Whereas Chelsea have been able, in recent years, to slim down their wage bill and the amount spent on transfers, Manchester City have apparently been looking to set new records when it comes to outspending a club’s incoming revenue.polvam.ru

This was highlighted on Friday when the club announced that they had managed to achieve a spectacular £121 million loss for the 12 months to May 31st 2010. Perhaps more worrying was the fact that City not only managed to achieve this staggering loss, but wages also exceeded the club’s total turnover. Take into account when you read this stat that most clubs consider it extremely bad form if they manage to spend more than half of their turnover on wages. The Manchester City betting suggests they are primed for glory this season, but their financial situation seems unsustainable without the backing of the owners.

Although it was clear a massive amount of money would be needed to help City meet their ambitions, the recent news has emphasised the massive difference between the best and the rest in the Premier League, something that is worrying to say the least. With Blackpool currently have a £10,000 per week salary cap in place and the fact that City can offer ten times that amount goes to show that the Premier League may need to act fast if it is to stop the competition becoming a two-tiered competition. The two clubs meet next weekend and the Blackpool betting suggests they will come away with nothing.

Despite UEFA introducing new rules which mean that clubs will be required to stay within the limits of strict financial rules if they wish to take their place in European competition, fans are already beginning to worry that sides with mega-rich owners are going to find ways around the plans which are supposed to introduce a level playing field.

Spurs feel at home in Champions League

Considering it was their first home game in the European Cup for 40 years, Spurs made it look incredibly easy at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.vian34.ru

FC Twente, the Champions of Holland, were dismantled as Harry Redknapp´s men romped to a 4-1 victory thanks to goals from Rafael Van Der Vaart, Gareth Bale and two from Roman Pavlyuchenko.

The result leaves them lying second in Group A on goal difference behind Inter who hammered Werder Bremen 4-0.

The result means they can go into the Inter game knowing they don’t have to win in order to keep qualification hopes alive. Of course three points would be welcome, but the two games against the Italian champions and current Champions League holders will be their stiffest test yet.

But even if they lose both games they know Bremen, a side they drew with in Germany two weeks ago, and Twente are beatable opposition. A repeat of their performance of Wednesday against both of those teams and qualification for the knock-out stages will be likely. The Champions League betting suggests they have every chance of making it through.

Extending their Champions League adventure into the new year will not only prove beneficial for the players, who will get to test themselves against even better opposition, many believe the Champions League only really gets going after Christmas, but the prize money starts to escalate. They won’t be anyone’s football tip to win the competition, but they have every chance of doing well.

A run in the groups will only increase Spurs´revenue by around 10 per cent, not to mega riches many people assume Champions League qualification brings. But a run into the knock out stages and beyond could net in excess of £25 million.

Given the way Spurs have taken to their group games, that golden ticket is well within their grasp.