Arsenal playmaker poised to pen £100k-a-week contract renewal

London Evening Standard understands that Arsenal playmaker Jack Wilshere, who’s current contract at is set to expire in the summer, is allegedly poised to pen a renewed 3 year deal worth £100k-a-week, as the north-Londoners prepare to usher in a new era without Arsene Wenger’s command. Wilshere’s future appeared to reside away from the Emirates, […]

England youngsters in ‘matches that matter’ have Southgate looking up | Jacob Steinberg

With English players prominent in the Premier League and Liverpool storming to the Champions League final, Gareth Southgate is cheerful about England’s future prospectsSometimes managers pepper their answers with cliches just to get to the end of a press conference. Yet Gareth Southgate is not being flippant when he responds to a question about the Champions League final by emphasising how Liverpool will be representing England when they face Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday. With the World Cup looming large, England’s manager makes no attempt to play down the significance of Liverpool’s progress under Jürgen Klopp. “It is big,” Southgate says. “We want our players in those big matches. The experience for the likes of Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Adam Lallana over the last few months of playing in those matches that matter – and it was the same for the Spurs boys in their Continue reading "England youngsters in ‘matches that matter’ have Southgate looking up | Jacob Steinberg"

Jack Wilshere and Joe Hart hit back after England World Cup disappointment

• Wilshere ‘incredibly disappointed ... I should be in the squad’
• Goalkeeper Hart ‘gutted’ and says omission is ‘hard to take’Jack Wilshere and Joe Hart have both spoken out to express their disappointment at being omitted from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup. Hart, who has 75 international caps, and Wilshere, who has 34, both failed to make the 23-man party announced on Wednesday – and were also absent from the standby list. Continue reading...

Unruffled Gareth Southgate puts his fresh England ideas into operation

The manager is proving as adept at managing expectations surrounding his World Cup squad as he is at managing the players The overwhelming impression was of a man entirely comfortable in his own skin. Gareth Southgate spoke with logic and humour but, most of all, he left the unmistakable sense that England’s manager may know a bit more about this level of football than some people realise. “The only thing that bothers me is that everybody keeps asking me about the pressure,” he said. “That’s when I start to think: ‘Bloody hell, maybe I’m not seeing what it should be’. If I felt underprepared, if we were not ready and we’d spent the last 10 days flapping about who should be in, I would probably feel more anxious.” Instead, he and his staff have held a meeting every Monday to discuss his World Cup squad, the various back-up Continue reading "Unruffled Gareth Southgate puts his fresh England ideas into operation"

Coherent, convincing and modern: Gareth Southgate offers touch of hope | Barney Ronay

The manager spoke with sound good sense, offering perfectly pitched reasoning for every decision, every close call – to the extent you almost missed the old hysterical jingoismKnow ye by this press conference that we, the FA, consent to the contracting of World Cup squad-ship between our dearly beloved Gareth and his brave 23-man selection. Although obviously not Jack, Joe, Adam or Jonjo who are on this occasion gutted to miss out, but for whom the door is never closed, and all the lads are still very much in the frame going forwards. There was an unavoidable air of ceremony about Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad camera call on Thursday morning. On a bright, brittle late-spring day Wembley was already hung with its own Cup final bunting before a day that has the feel of a royal wedding in any case, with the usual buttonholes and dignitaries and that Continue reading "Coherent, convincing and modern: Gareth Southgate offers touch of hope | Barney Ronay"

England Under-17s aim to down Dutch and book Euro final spot

Steve Cooper’s side face the Netherlands at Chesterfield with a place in the European Under-17 Championship final at stake The last time England met the Netherlands in a Uefa tournament on home soil, none of the England Under-17s was born. On Thursday, 22 years on from Euro 96, Steve Cooper’s youngsters will be looking to match the success of Terry Venables’ side by winning the latest in a long line of Anglo-Dutch football battles in England. Venables’ team were knocked out of Euro 96 by Germany in a semi-final shootout after Gareth Southgate missed his penalty. A year ago Cooper’s Under-17s suffered similar heartbreak; they fell to a shootout defeat by Spain in the final of the European Championship in Croatia. Twelve months on, after winning the World Cup last October, the European title is again in Cooper’s sights at the 2018 edition of the tournament held in the Continue reading "England Under-17s aim to down Dutch and book Euro final spot"

Danny Welbeck makes final England World Cup cut whilst Jack Wilshere misses out

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man 2018 World Cup squad as part of England’s attacking regiment, however Jack Wilshere, who beat his injury demons during the 2017-18 campaign, has startlingly been left out of the definitive final cut, a baffling decision which has subsequently infuriated a large majority of football fanatics. […]

Ray Wilson obituary

Pacy, mobile left-back who gave an extra attacking drive to the England World Cup-winning team of 1966Ray Wilson, who has died aged 83, had the lowest profile of any player in England’s 1966 World Cup final-winning team, and generally liked to keep it that way. He was a fast, skilled, mobile left-back who was capped for his country 63 times, played in every England game in the 1966 finals, and was one of the best defenders his country has produced. Yet he kept firmly out of the limelight and, unlike most of his peers, made no attempt to make a living from football after retiring from the game – preferring instead to pursue a career as an undertaker. Wilson was an important member of the 1966 World Cup team, not only for his resilient defensive qualities, his pace and his powers of recovery, but for the extra drive Continue reading "Ray Wilson obituary"

Gareth Southgate’s generation game cuts Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere

• Experienced duo set to miss out on England’s World Cup squad
• Young, Rose and Delph poised to win places in RussiaJoe Hart and Jack Wilshere are the high-profile omissions from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup this summer after the national manager opted against selecting two of his more experienced players for the tournament in Russia. Related: Jack Wilshere and Joe Hart in the cold after losing key to England door Continue reading...

Police to issue England fans with guide to ‘sensitive sites’ at World Cup

• Concerns trouble could flare in historically sensitive Volgograd
• Memorials there are sensitive ... people should be careful with flags’Police will issue England fans with a guide to “sensitive sites” in Volgograd and warn them not to sing inappropriate songs around them or to hang flags on them to avoid provoking a violent reaction from locals. Between 7,000 and 10,000 England supporters are expected to travel to Russia for the World Cup, around 2,000 of whom have tickets for the first group match against Tunisia in Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad. Continue reading...

Jack Wilshere left out of 23-man England World Cup squad

England manager Gareth Southgate shortlisted his 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday morning and it’s arisen that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere – according to a report published by The Telegraph – has failed to make the former Middlesbrough captain’s final cut for this summer’s tournament, a revelation which has left many baffled. Though the 26-year-old playmaker […]

Joe Hart left out of England’s World Cup squad by Gareth Southgate

• 75-times capped keeper will not be part of Wednesday’s squad
• Hart’s form for West Ham this season has cost him place Joe Hart has become the first high-profile omission from England’s squad for the summer’s World Cup after Gareth Southgate opted against selecting the national side’s most experienced current player for the tournament in Russia. Related: Gareth Southgate’s time has come to stick to his England principles | Barney Ronay Continue reading...