England’s Raheem Sterling says media treatment of him is ‘unbelievable’

• ‘Don’t listen to certain tabloids,’ says England forward
• Manchester City player was heavily criticised over gun tattoo Raheem Sterling has said he is baffled by the constant criticism of his lifestyle by a section of the media which convinces the 23-year-old England and Manchester City forward that “they hate what they don’t even know”. Sterling, who started England’s opening World Cup win against Tunisia on Monday, has received negative media coverage over his allegedly “lavish” spending habits, including when he bought his mother a house in 2016. Continue reading...

England’s Raheem Sterling says media treatment of him is ‘unbelievable’

• ‘Don’t listen to certain tabloids,’ says England forward
• Manchester City player was heavily criticised over gun tattoo Raheem Sterling has said he is baffled by the constant criticism of his lifestyle by a section of the media which convinces the 23-year-old England and Manchester City forward that “they hate what they don’t even know”. Sterling, who started England’s opening World Cup win against Tunisia on Monday, has received negative media coverage over his allegedly “lavish” spending habits, including when he bought his mother a house in 2016. Continue reading...

John Stones steps up to become England’s main man in defence

Four years ago Stones did not make the cut for Brazil but now, thanks to Gareth Southgate’s belief, he is a vital part of the national team When John Stones pulled up a seat to discuss his first proper experiences of a World Cup, nobody was impudent enough to point out that Gareth Southgate’s players will have outlasted the previous England side to make it to this tournament by the close of play on Friday. On that occasion, Stones was a young defender at Everton who made Roy Hodgson’s standby list for Brazil and travelled to Miami for the pre-tournament camp but was back home when England were knocked out after back-to-back defeats inside the opening week. The warm-up games against Peru and Ecuador provided his first two caps and, by his own admission, it was a lot to take in. Continue reading...

Fabian Delph preparing to return home for birth of his third child

• Delph given permission to miss a match if necessary
• Baby due two days after England’s match against Belgium
Fabian Delph has come to terms with the possibility he will have to miss one of England’s matches at the World Cup while he returns home to attend the birth of his third child. Delph’s wife, Natalie, is due on 30 June, two days after the team play Belgium in their final group game in Kaliningrad, with Gareth Southgate having granted the Manchester City midfielder permission to return home to be at her side. That will take priority over representing his country, if selected, in Russia. Continue reading...

Fabian Delph on ‘fiery’ England and working harder than Kevin De Bruyne – video

Fabian Delph has described England's training sessions as 'fiery' and 'spicy' before their World Cup opener against Tunisia on Monday. The midfielder also praised the influence his club manager Pep Guardiola has had on the England squad, with Manchester City providing four players. Delph admitted there are 'more talented players' than him in the Premier League champions side, but joked that he has a better work ethic than City team-mate and Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne
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Germany legend Mario Basler slams ‘overrated’ Arsenal playmaker

Germany national team legend Mario Basler has slammed Arsenal’s ‘overrated’ playmaker Mesut Ozil and has called for Die Mannschaft’s manager, Joachim Low, to drop the 29-year-old from his World Cup squad, along with Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, who has also been battered with a barrage of criticisms. The creative protagonist, beside Gundogan and Everton’s Cenk Tosun, […]

Pep Guardiola: Yaya Touré’s accusation over African players is a lie

• Manchester City manager responds on Catalan TV
• Touré left Etihad after eight years at season’s endPep Guardiola has defended himself against Yaya Touré’s accusation that he has a problem with African players, calling the Ivorian’s claim a “lie”. Touré, who barely featured as Manchester City won the Premier League title under Guardiola last season, hit out at the Catalan in an interview with France Football last week. Continue reading...

Premier League finances: the full club-by-club breakdown and verdict

The 2016-17 accounts of all top-flight clubs and what the figures say about their health. Manchester United top the charts again with a £581m income and £57m profit Financial figures for 2016-17, for the 20 clubs that were in the Premier League during 2016-17. All details from the most recently published annual reports at Companies House. Crystal Palace have missed the deadline for filing their accounts; as a consequence, all rankings of clubs are out of 19, not 20. Net debt is as stated in the accounts; debts minus cash held at the bank. The separate categories of turnover are listed according to the wording in individual club’s accounts and are each rounded up or down, so added together they do not always tally with the total turnover figure. Continue reading...

England’s Nikita Parris: ‘You’ll still find me shouting at referees’

As she prepares for a World Cup qualifier in Russia, the Manchester City forward says she is trying to control her temper but may slip occasionally … For Nikita Parris the past two years have been all about gaining control. Quite apart from learning when to slow down and when to speed up, she has become much more adept at judging the right moments to act on immediate instinct and recognising the situations where it is better to pause and think things through. “I think I’ve matured,” says the England and Manchester City forward. “On an odd occasion you’ll still find me shouting at referees when I’ve become increasingly frustrated but I’ve tried to control my temper.” Continue reading...

Kevin De Bruyne backs Pep Guardiola in Yaya Touré racism row

• Belgium midfielder dismisses claims against Man City manager
• ‘When you don’t play there’s always something you try to find’Kevin De Bruyne has dismissed concerns from his former Manchester City team-mate Yaya Touré over Pep Guardiola’s attitude towards African players, insisting the manager is not racist. The Ivory Coast midfielder, who left City in May after eight years at the club, accused Guardiola of “having a problem with African players” in an interview with France Football, also claiming the manager had ruined his final season in Manchester. But De Bruyne said he had not seen any evidence of Touré’s claims during his time at City and believes the 35-year-old’s frustration at his lack of game-time may have played a part in his accusations. Continue reading...

Raheem Sterling: I understand the criticism but it does not affect me

• England forward responds to outcry over his gun tattoo
• He calls on Gareth Southgate’s side to ‘be streetwise and clever’Raheem Sterling has admitted he understands the frenzied reaction to the tattoo of a M16 assault rifle inked on his right calf but has not been affected by the furore, with the forward intent upon making his own mark at the summer’s World Cup finals. Related: Raheem Sterling makes his point on and off the pitch for England | Dominic Fifield Continue reading...

Leroy Sané left out of Germany’s World Cup squad by Joachim Löw

• PFA young player of year not included in final 23
• Manager Löw also leaves out Leno, Tah and PietersenManchester City winger Leroy Sané has been omitted from Germany’s final 23-man World Cup squad, the German federation has confirmed on its Twitter account. Sané, who won the PFA young player of year award after helping City to the Premier League title, missed out to Julian Brandt of Bayer Leverkusen, while manager Joachim Löw also opted to cut Bernd Leno, Jonathan Tah and Nils Petersen from his squad. Continue reading...

Leroy Sané left out of Germany’s World Cup squad by Joachim Löw

• PFA young player of year not included in final 23
• Manager Löw also leaves out Leno, Tah and PietersenManchester City winger Leroy Sané has been omitted from Germany’s final 23-man World Cup squad, the German federation has confirmed on its Twitter account. Sané, who won the PFA young player of year award after helping City to the Premier League title, missed out to Julian Brandt of Bayer Leverkusen, while manager Joachim Löw also opted to cut Bernd Leno, Jonathan Tah and Nils Petersen from his squad. Continue reading...

Vincent Kompany included in Belgium’s World Cup squad despite injury

• Roberto Martínez names Laurent Ciman as back-up to defender
• Adnan Januzaj included but Christian Benteke misses outVincent Kompany has been included in Belgium’s 23-man World Cup squad despite picking up a groin injury during a friendly on Saturday. The veteran defender walked off the field early in the second half of Belgium’s 0-0 draw with Portugal without waiting to be substituted. Belgium coach Roberto Martínez said Kompany felt discomfort in his groin after overstretching in a challenge. Continue reading...

Football transfer rumours: Kylian Mbappé to Manchester City?

Today’s fluff is lodged firmly between the toes Let’s start with the inevitable: following suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo may be ready to leave Real Madrid, reports of a swap with Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar have surfaced as surely as worms after rain. You can see why such a transaction might suit all parties: PSG could relieve themselves off a burden without losing more face, Real would get a super player who might tone down his demands at a bigger club, and Ronaldo could continue scoring at an absurd rate and make daily trips to the Hall of Mirrors. If PSG could countenance losing Neymar, being forced to pull out of the deal for Kylian Mbappé would be a painful blow. But that could happen, according to new claims. Earlier this month PSG’s big cheese Nasser al-Khelaifi said the club would not consider selling the extravagantly talented young striker even for £1bn Continue reading "Football transfer rumours: Kylian Mbappé to Manchester City?"

Manchester City tickets on sale for US summer tour

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Premier League champions Manchester City are heading to the United States this summer for a preseason tour before they embark on their 2018/19 campaign. Just weeks before Man City faces Chelsea in the FA Community Shield in early August, Pep Guardiola’s team will be warming up with friendlies against tough opposition in the United States such as Borussia Dortmund (in Chicago), Liverpool (in New York City) and Bayern Munich (in Miami). Tickets are going fast for the 2018 International Champions Cup. Every team will play three games each to decide who will be crowd the ICC champions this year.   Here’s the schedule of Manchester City games (with ticket information) for this summer. All kickoff times listed are in the Eastern United States timezone.   Friday, July 20 Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund (International Champions Cup), 9pm, Chicago [TICKETS]   Wednesday, July 25 Liverpool vs. Continue reading "Manchester City tickets on sale for US summer tour"

Mourinho alerted as Manchester City cool interest in signing Gareth Bale

• Manchester United closely monitored Bale last summer
• Striker’s injury record not a concern for MourinhoManchester City have cleared the way for Manchester United to revive their interest in Gareth Bale as the Premier League champions are not interested in signing the Welshman. Bale could depart Real Madrid this summer after he signalled his unhappiness at being dropped by Zinedine Zidane, the head coach, for the 3-1 Champions League final victory against Liverpool in Kiev. Continue reading...

Kyle Walker: ‘The whole England vibe is different – we’ve taken huge steps’

Kyle Walker believes his humble background has kept him grounded and England’s World Cup team have moved on from Euro 2016 It will soon be a year since Manchester City raised eyebrows by paying £50m for a full-back. Actually they paid £102m for two full-backs last summer, though Benjamin Mendy was to spend most of the season out injured. Kyle Walker, the original defensive investment, has enjoyed such a comfortable assimilation into City’s title-winning side and Pep Guardiola’s way of thinking that the fee is already starting to look a comparative bargain – to outsiders, at least. The traded commodity himself has never worried too much about valuation. “As a player you don’t put a price tag on your own head,” Walker explains, taking a break from England’s preparations for their pre-World Cup friendlies. “You can’t go around thinking: ‘I’m worth that much.’ It is just business that Continue reading "Kyle Walker: ‘The whole England vibe is different – we’ve taken huge steps’"