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We have definitely been here before. Southampton’s Nathan Redmond joined the long list of England penalty shootout villains as Germany progressed to Authentic Chandler Parsons Womens Jersey the final of the European Under-21 Championship after a thrilling encounter in which Aidy Boothroyd’s side were outplayed for large periods.
That they survived an extra-time onslaught from opposition who appeared to possess superior fitness despite having two days fewer to prepare is a testament to the spirit of the side. But that will not make it any easier to bear after they suffered the same fate as the teams of Bobby Robson and Terry Venables at the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96.
The shootout was in the balance when Yannick Gerhardt and Tammy Abraham both missed with the second spot-kicks. Lewis Baker, http://www.officialgrizzliestore.com/authentic-3-allen-iverson-jersey.html Ben Chilwell and James Ward?Prowse all slotted home, yet it fell to Redmond, who arrived in Poland as England’s most experienced player in his third tournament, to become the fall guy as his tame penalty was saved by Julian Pollersbeck to send Germany through.
“We are absolutely gutted,” said Boothroyd, who replaced Gareth Southgate in September after his promotion to the senior side. “It’s a mixture of being sick of losing on penalties after going so close, but also very pleased, that this is not just one game. A lot of hard work went into this tournament, a lot of players have given everything.
“With all the practice we have done, their goalkeeper made two very good saves. We learned lots of lessons from the past, and worked on penalties, but the fatigue, the energy expended and the fact we fancied ourselves means we are very disappointed.”
Pollersbeck, who revealed before the match he had not featured in a penalty shootout since his junior days, consulted scraps of paper stuffed down his socks in an attempt to outfox England’s players. Authentic Andrew Adams Womens Jersey The ploy worked as first Abraham and then Redmond appeared to be a bundle of nerves as they approached, with the Germany manager, Stefan Kuntz – England’s nemesis in the memorable Euro 96 semi-final at Wembley – admitting the goalkeeper had made specific plans for each taker.
“He told us he was going to study the shooters and if he believes a shooter is very self-confident he will pick a side and if he doesn’t, he will concentrate on the ball,” Kuntz said.
After the victory at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, this defeat was only the second England have endured in 21 matches at various youth levels this year, http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Bobby-Rainey-Jersey-Cheap having suffered a similar fate in the Under-17 European Championship final against Spain last month. In truth, England were second best after Abraham had put them ahead early in the second half as they dropped deeper and deeper in an attempt to hang on to their lead. Having gone ahead in the first half through Davie Selke’s header before that was cancelled out by Demarai Gray, the substitute Felix Platte’s equaliser with 20 minutes to go took the game into extra time and there looked like being only one winner as Germany pressed forward.
The prospects of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups being hosted by Russia and Qatar have been strengthened after Fifa dramatically published in full the investigation by the US prosecutor Michael Garcia into the 2010 voting process.
Long thought to contain explosive revelations after Garcia resigned in 2014 protesting that a summary published by his fellow ethics committee chairman, Hans-Joachim Eckert, misrepresented it. Anthony Rendon #6 Youth Jersey His 349-page main report contained some startling detail on the “culture of entitlement” at Fifa, but his main findings largely tallied with the thrust of Eckert’s summary.
He did find evidence of serious alleged irregularities and recommended investigation and action against several senior members of Fifa’s executive committee, including the former German player and coach Franz Beckenbauer, but did not recommend that the vote be annulled.
Qatar were found to have employed tactics familiar now including the sponsorship of the Confederation of African Football conference in Angola and the famous 2010 lunch attended by the son http://www.officialnationalshop.com/authentic-34-bryce-harper-jersey.html of the country’s emir at the time with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and the then Uefa president Michel Platini, but not to have bought votes.
Russia’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup was found not to have fully reported all its contacts with the executive committee members, as required by the rules, but were otherwise explicitly cleared of offering any excessive gifts or “undue influence.”
The publication of the report will prompt some embarrassment within the English FA whose chairman in 2014, Greg Dyke, protested that the Eckert summary was a whitewash. The Garcia report, as reported by Eckert’s summary, http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Andrew-Adams-Jersey-Cheap" target="_new" rel="nofollow">Andrew Adams Youth Jersey found that the England bid had sought to “curry favour” in breach of the rules with some executive committee members, in particular the notorious Trinidadian executive committee member, Jack Warner, who is now banned from football for life.
Garcia included much more detail on the finding revealed by Eckert that England’s 2018 bid had found work, at Tottenham Hotspur and at Wembley, at Warner’s request, for a young man he described as “like his adopted son”. The FA has never commented officially on the criticisms made of its conduct by Eckert.
The most striking difference between the summary Eckert published in November 2014 and the full Garcia report was in Garcia’s criticisms of Fifa’s then president Sepp Blatter, which were absent from Eckert’s summary. Garcia found no case to answer that Blatter had breached any of Fifa’s ethics codes over the fraught and suspicion-laden process that led to Russia and Qatar claiming the next two World Cup finals tournaments.
However, Garcia said explicitly that holding a vote of Fifa’s then executive committee at the same time for two different bids was vulnerable to collusion. http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Carl-Banks-Jersey-Cheap" target="_new" rel="nofollow"> http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/Carl-Banks-Jersey-Cheap He also found that Blatter was much more indulgent and generous towards the executive committee members than the disapproving statements of wrongdoing he made in public – even suggesting in November 2010 that they should each be paid a bonus of $200,000, including two members, Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii, who were suspended at the time. After praising Blatter for introducing reforms, Garcia wrote: “As head of Fifa, however, President Blatter bears some responsibility for a flawed process that engendered deep public scepticism, and for presiding over an executive committee whose culture of entitlement contributed to many of the issues this report identified.”
Garcia concluded: “As the leader of Fifa, responsibility for these failings and for positive steps taken to reform the organisation resides with President Blatter.”
The ethics committee, whose “investigatory chamber” was chaired by Cornel Borbély after Garcia resigned and whose “adjudicatory chamber” was still chaired by Eckert, banned Blatter and Platini from football for malpractice in December 2015. Gianni Infantino was elected to succeed Blatter as president in February 2016 and in a statement Fifa said the new chairs of the ethics committee had decided to publish the Garcia report, as Infantino had called for, because the German magazine Bild had a leaked copy it was planning to reveal in stages. Infantino, who has said the World Cups in Russia and Qatar will go ahead, is unlikely to find the tournaments too troubled by the long-awaited publication.
For Aidy Boothroyd the frustration is still raw. Eleven months on from England’s semi-final defeat by Italy at the European Under-19 Championship, Authentic Anthony Sherman Youth Jersey the manager sacked by Northampton Town in December 2013 with his side rooted to the bottom of the Football League will watch his Under-21 team face Germany in the Silesian city of Tychy for a place in Europe’s most prestigious youth tournament.
Since that 2-1 loss in Mannheim last July England’s age-group sides have embarked on a remarkable run of 17 wins from the 20 matches they have played in tournaments, the only defeat coming in a shootout in the final of the European Under-17 Championship against Spain last month. That was followed just over a fortnight ago by a first global success since 1966 and all that when many of the players in Boothroyd’s charge last year became Under-20 world champions in South Korea by beating Venezuela after an inspirational comeback against Italy in the semi-final.
Now, with a meeting with England’s bête noire on the horizon, the man who watched the Euro 96 semi-final in Baildon Woodbottom working men’s club in Shipley while Stefan Kuntz, his opposite number in the dugout on Tuesday night, was scoring the equalising goal against Terry Venables’s team at Wembley, is desperate to make his own piece of history.
“If someone said to me after the match, if we’ve lost: ‘Well done for getting to the semi-final,’ I won’t like that,” Boothroyd said. http://www.chiefsofficialsauthentic.com/CHIEFS-BISHOP-SANKEY-JERSEY “This is the sort of issue that we have. In order for us to be better, we’ve got to go and win these games. You’ve got to make these opportunities count.”
He added: “The Germans, the Spanish, any team that has been successful, if you look at their track record, if you delve into their history, they have won these tournaments. The age groups, from 16 to 21, the teams winning those go on to win the senior tournaments – that’s a fact. The problem we have is that we get players to a certain ceiling and then they can’t get into Premier League teams because other players are bought. That’s a problem, but we can’t do too much about that.”
Of the semi-finalists here England’s squad accumulated half as many top-flight minutes for their respective clubs last season. Austin Romine Youth Jersey The Germany side who thrashed England 4-0 in the 2009 edition of this tournament contained six players who went on to win the World Cup in Brazil three years ago. In contrast Stuart Pearce’s side, containing Lee Cattermole and Adam Johnson, have since won a combined number of little more than 100 caps.
But, whisper it, a new breed of young English player appears to be emerging despite their lack of opportunities. No one epitomises that more than the Swansea defender Alfie Mawson who sat alongside Boothroyd at the pre-match press conference here and was not afraid to admit his ambition is to captain the senior side one day, despite never having represented his country until a few months ago.
“I want to be a player in five or six years’ time that young players can come to me and ask for advice,” he said. “That’s the image I want to give off.
“If I can instil that in people’s minds now, it will create better images when I get to be a captain one day. If that ever meant becoming a captain at national level, that would be a dream come true. http://www.authenticyankeeshop.com/authentic-13-alex-rodriguez-jersey.html At the moment I’ve got to try to get past the finish line in this competition and you don’t know what’s going to happen in a couple of years. I take it in my stride, keep going and keep going and hopefully at the end of the week we’ve got another title.”
Stefan Kuntz has good reason to look forward to another semi-final against England. Authentic Anthony Sherman Womens Jersey A day short of 21 years since he scored the equaliser and then converted the fifth penalty for Berti Vogts’s side in the Euro 96 shootout, the former striker will lead Germany into the European Under-21 Championship showdown with Aidy Boothroyd’s team on Tuesday night.
Perhaps understandably, Kuntz became something of a folk hero in England and in his homeland after his exploits at Wembley, with the reprisal of David Baddiel and Frank Skinner’s tournament anthem Three Lions before the World Cup two years later featuring the two comedians playing against a team of Germans all wearing shirts bearing his name.
“My mum asked me: ‘Why?’ I think it was one of the only situations that I lied to her,” he remembered after Germany’s 1-0 defeat by Italy on Saturday which set up the last-four showdown in Tychy. “Of course, http://www.chiefsofficialsauthentic.com/CHIEFS-ALBERT-WILSON-JERSEY I couldn’t tell her that Kuntz in German is ‘Kuntz’ but what it means in English! So I said: ‘Hey Mum, that’s because I scored the goal, I think!’ So don’t tell my Mum, please.”
The song was also adopted by the Germans after they returned home with the European Championship trophy in 1996, so much so that it was re-released in 2014 after their World Cup triumph in Brazil. More than two decades on from the infamous night when Gareth Southgate – Boothroyd’s predecessor in charge of the under-21s – missed the crucial spot-kick, the likable Kuntz is hoping for a special reunion with the manager of England’s senior side.
“I want to hug him because I think we shared the experience together,” he said. “Sometimes we win and sometimes they win. The most amazing memory in my head from that is my thought that England could not score penalties. I said to my coach: ‘I will take the fifth one,’ Alex Rodriguez Womens Jersey thinking that the English would never score all five penalties. I was wrong. Then I had to take the fifth one and you know where my heart was? Very deep in my pants. Of course it was the biggest victory for me.
“But the most impressive thing was that when we left the pitch the English supporters gave us a standing ovation. I had goose pimples. I’ve never felt this from opposition supporters. It was amazing. This was fair play at its best.”
Even though many of his squad were not even born then, Kuntz does not intend to show them any videos of that semi-final. Instead, he will be concentrating on getting past opponents who have grown into this tournament with successive victories against Slovakia and hosts Poland without a large contingent of Germany’s best young players. http://www.authenticyankeeshop.com/authentic-27-austin-romine-jersey.html Joachim Löw’s Confederations Cup squad contains seven members who would have been eligible to play in this tournament, and Kuntz has been unable to call on the Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah after he withdrew with injury before their first match.
A 2-0 friendly victory against England in March should provide Germany with some confidence they can reach the final on Friday despite a lacklustre performance against Italy and Kuntz is aware that should it end up going to penalties once more, his team could have the edge despite the presence of a team psychologist in England’s camp this time.
“At Euro 96 I think we were very experienced players and maybe if you read every day that you cannot score penalties sometimes maybe you believe that a little bit,” the 54-year-old said. “But maybe we will lose some day? I don’t know.
“It’s very funny. Some of my players are asking me now because I think somebody told them. There are many parallels – the first game we played against Czech Republic and the third against Italy and now a semi-final against England. Of course, I have to tell them because they don’t remember.”
Of course there were denials. There are always denials. It is part of the dance, the fast?paced barynya, when it comes to Russia and doping allegations. No sooner had the Mail on Sunday revealed that the country’s entire 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup was under investigation by Fifa for possible doping offences, Chandler Parsons Authentic Jersey than its deputy prime minister, and chairman of 2018 World Cup Russia, Vatily Mutko, put up the shutters. “There have never been and will never be any problems with doping in our football,” he said. “They have written some sort of nonsense.” He was similarly dismissive about allegations about doping in Russian athletics in 2013. So it goes.
This, of course, is the same Mutko that a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation found might have personally intervened to cover up a failed drug test by a banned foreign footballer, which meant the sample was never declared positive and he was free to keep playing. And the same Mutko who was Russia’s sports minister during the period when the Canadian law professor Richard McLaren found that more than 1,000 elite Russian athletes across 30 sports had benefited from a state-sponsored doping programme. Strangely it did not harm his political career. In fact he was promoted.
These latest revelations were a bombshell with a particularly long fuse. Last December McLaren told us that “the Russian team corrupted the London 2012 Olympic Games on an unprecedented scale”, http://www.authenticgrizzliestore.com/Brandan_Wright_Jersey and that the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow and 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi were also perverted. He also revealed that over 30 Russian footballers were implicated but at the time appeared to be unclear who was involved. Now we see the picture in high definition. Yet it always felt strange to believe that football would be any less tainted than rowing, say, or athletics. Or that Russia would attempt to influence the Olympics but not the World Cup. The task, as always, has been proving it.
Yet while Mutko and co are again in the dock, there is only a slim chance of conviction. As the Mail on Sunday notes, the key difficulty for Fifa is that the widespread cover-up means not all the sportspeople implicated in McLaren’s report can be shown to have taken performance-enhancing drugs. Some may be innocent. Their clean urine might have been swapped by the authorities, say, for another clean sample without their knowledge.
That is why Fifa needs to throw everything at this. Of course it will be difficult to prove and prosecute. But one could say the same about previous investigations into Russian sports. Yet investigators such as Dick Pound and McLaren were able to find a way.
Given what McLaren unearthed about the behaviour of the Russian government, David Robinson Womens Jersey which has been accused of having cheated, lied and obfuscated when it comes to doping its sports stars from 2011-2015, there is surely enough evidence to take the World Cup away from Russia. One look at Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, laughing away with Vladimir Putin at the Confederations Cup, suggests the chance of it happening are between slim and none.
Still, these latest revelations leave Fifa with uncomfortable questions. And it is surely about time it started telling us what would it take to withdraw a World Cup from a host country. After all both Russia and Qatar remain under investigation by the Swiss attorney general, Michael Lauber, who is looking into 172 suspicious transactions which passed through Swiss banks in bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. What if he found that both bids were spectacularly corrupt? Common sense tells you it should change something. Fifa-sense tells you it wouldn’t.
Qatar has also been the subject of a damning report by Amnesty International into how it has treated migrant workers building World Cup stadiums. http://www.authenticspurstore.com/David_Lee_Jersey After noting that many of them were forced to live in squalid accommodation, had their wages withheld and passports confiscated, it called the abuse of migrant workers “a stain on the conscience of world football”. Few would question that – except perhaps the bit about football having a conscience.
Maybe it is also time that we are more sceptical about football’s lack of positive doping tests too. True, in the past prominent players have been found to have taken nandrolone, while the 211 blood bags of 36 former clients of Dr Fuentes are also said to include footballers. Yet the stink has been infrequent and never lingered. But would anyone be surprised if some of today’s top players were getting illegal pharmaceutical assistance? Especially as the game is so fast and unrelentingly furious?
Mauricio Pellegrino has expressed his excitement after being appointed Southampton’s new manager and the Argentinian is confident his way of working will help the club be successful.
Pellegrino has signed a three-year contract at St Mary’s having been confirmed as Claude Puel’s successor on Friday. Andrew MacDonald Authentic Jersey Puel was sacked after guiding Southampton to the EFL Cup final and eighth in the Premier League. Pellegrino chose to leave Alavés in May after a campaign with similarities to Southampton’s: he led the Spanish club to the Copa del Rey final and ninth place in his only season.
“I am really happy to become the new coach of Southampton Football Club. The club has a great reputation for having a strong and stable structure, competing in the Premier League and playing attractive football,” said the former Argentina centre-back, who has previously been in charge of Valencia, Independiente and Estudiantes, and coached under Rafael Benítez at Liverpool and, later, Internazionale.
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“I am excited and passionate about what the future holds for us and look forward to meeting the players and beginning our preparation for the new season.”
The 45-year-old was also under consideration by Crystal Palace before they offered the job to Frank de Boer, the Dutchman who is expected to be confirmed as Sam Allardyce’s successor at Selhurst Park next week.
Southampton’s vice-chairman Les Reed said: “We had an impressive list of candidates and went through a comprehensive interview process. Authentic Jose Barea Womens Jersey Mauricio impressed us throughout with his depth of knowledge, motivation and ability, communicating this in a professional and passionate way. He has an excellent understanding of the Southampton way, and his style of play and aspiration matches the philosophy, culture and ambition of the club.
“We firmly believe Mauricio is the right person to help us take the next steps. He knows our current players and believes we have a great squad that with some fine-tuning will be able to deliver continued success.
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Among Pellegrino’s challenges at Southampton will be to determine the future of the defender Virgil van Dijk, who is coveted by Chelsea and was targeted by Liverpool until they withdrew their interest amid tapping-up claims earlier this month.
In that regard it is perhaps noteworthy that as well as assisting Benítez at Liverpool, Pellegrino played under the Spaniard there during a brief spell in 2005. Given that link, officials at the Merseyside club may feel emboldened enough to approach Southampton about completing a move for Van Dijk.
England showed they are real contenders to win a second international tournament Authentic Bobby Clarke Womens Jersey of the summer after a clinical performance against the hosts booked a place in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2009.
Goals from Demarai Gray, Jacob Murphy and a late penalty from Lewis Baker capped an excellent display that means Aidy Boothroyd’s side have recovered from a slow start and ended up topping group A with seven points.
It was not supposed to be this easy but after the Under-20 side’s World Cup-winning exploits this month, http://www.officialflyersteamonline.com/Andrew_Macdonald_Jersey there is now a sense that anything is possible having seemed down and out at half-time of their second match, against Slovakia.
“It’s good to progress but the job’s not over, we are focused on the semi-finals,” said Gray, who capped a man-of-the-match performance with the assist for Murphy’s crucial second goal. “Can we go further? Why not? We will cause any team problems.”
The Young Lions will have to wait until Saturday night to discover who they will face after Slovakia beat Sweden 3-0 in the group’s other match, Devin Harris Womens Jersey with a meeting with Germany the most likely scenario. However, after the embarrassment of departing this tournament at the group stage for the last three editions, England will not be concerned by that just yet.
Boothroyd had opted to give Gray his first start in the tournament in attack alongside Nathan Redmond after deciding not to risk Tammy Abraham from the start. The comeback victory against Slovakia on Monday appeared to have breathed some confidence into the England ranks, with the defender Alfie Mawson admitting that a heated dressing-room argument at the interval had inspired the turnaround. There was certainly evidence of a renewed vigour as they pressed forward in the opening exchanges against a Poland side who scored within the first five minutes of their matches against Slovakia and Sweden yet only had a point to show for it.
Gray, who is believed to be considering his future at Leicester City after a season of limited opportunities, gave England the perfect start in the sixth minute. A surging run from his club-mate Ben Chilwell found the former Birmingham forward in acres of space 25 yards out and his shot took a deflection off Jaroslav Jach’s head to divert past the goalkeeper.
A groin injury to Nathaniel Chalobah then forced Boothroyd into a change, http://www.mavericksteamonline.com/Jason_Kidd_Jersey with Derby County’s Will Hughes replacing him as England switched to a three-man central midfield. The Chelsea midfielder may struggle to make the semi-final, given the way he limped away after the match, with doubts also over Redmond after he was substituted at the break by Murphy.
Roared on by a noisy home crowd, Poland had offered little threat going forward until the 69th minute but almost created an opportunity that would have handed them a lifeline. Within seconds, however, a quick break from Gray led to him setting up Murphy for the simplest of tap-ins and England were home and dry.
Baker’s late penalty after Abraham was brought down in the box and Jan Bednarek was shown a red card put the seal on a memorable night that means Boothroyd’s side now have four days to prepare for their semi-final.
Liverpool have completed the £36.9m signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma. The 25-year-old has been a long-term target, with Liverpool missing out on his signature three years ago when he joined Chelsea before embarking on an underwhelming spell in the Premier League.
However, after impressing in Serie A with 29 goals in 65 appearances for Roma, the Liverpool manager, Chris HeiseyWomens Jersey Jürgen Klopp, believes the winger has developed a more rounded game and his “incredible” pace will add depth to a squad which will be further tested this season with the challenge of a Champions League campaign.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Salah said: “I’m very excited to be here. I’m very happy. I will give 100% and give everything for the club. I really want to win something for this club.
“We have a great team and very good players. I was watching the games last year and everyone was giving 100% to win something. http://www.officialnationalstore.com/Adam_Lind_Jersey Everyone can see the coach gives everything. I hope to see that together we can give everything to win something for the club, for the supporters and for us.”
The fee, which could rise to a staggering £43.9m with add-ons according to Roma, is a record transfer fee for the club, eclipsing the £35m spent on Andy Carroll from Newcastle United back in January 2011. Chelsea are due to receive a percentage of the Egypt international’s latest transfer fee.
Klopp said of his new signing, who will wear the No11 shirt for Liverpool: “Mohamed has the perfect mix of experience and potential – this is a really exciting signing for us. Alexei Emelin Youth Jersey He knows the Premier League, he has pedigree in the Champions League and he is one of the most important players for his country.
“His record in Italy has been outstanding and he possesses qualities that will enhance our team and squad. His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area.
“Most important, though, for us, is that he is hungry, willing and eager to be even better and improve further. He believes in what we are trying to do here at Liverpool and is extremely keen to be part of it.
“He is very excited about performing for our wonderful supporters. He is an ambitious player who wants to win and win at the highest level; he knows he can fulfil those ambitions with Liverpool.”
Klopp has already signed England’s Under-20 World Cup winner Dominic Solanke after his contract expired with Chelsea, with a fee likely to be decided by a tribunal, but the plan is for him to start in the Under-23s side.
While Salah will be the second arrival of the summer at Anfield there are a number of players surplus to requirements and Liverpool have already turned down an £11m bid for the out-of-favour left-back Alberto Moreno from Napoli. http://www.officialcanadiensauthentic.com/Alexei_Kovalev_Jersey The Italian side are expected to return with an improved offer but face competition from two Premier League clubs and his former club Sevilla.
Aidy Boothroyd has urged his England players to rise to the challenge of facing the tournament hosts, Authentic Cliff Pennington Womens Jersey Poland, in their final group stage match at the European Under?21 Championship as they bid to reach the semi-finals for the first time in four attempts.
Despite being heavily outnumbered in the stands during their games against Sweden and Slovakia, England go into the game on top of Group A with four points and knowing victory on Thursday would secure a last-four place.
Several first-choice players including the captain, James Ward?Prowse, and the Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, http://www.officialangelsproshop.com/Cj_Wilson_Jersey who is poised to join Swansea City on loan next season, sat out training on Wednesday but Boothroyd insisted that was merely a precautionary measure.
“We were quite pleased with a point from our first game but it’s taken a bit of waking up to realise we had to win against Slovakia and we have to win this one, too,” he said. “We don’t want to put our future in anyone else’s hands.
“We’re here to go as far as we can and if we keep improving then why can’t we reach the semis and go beyond that? But first things first, what we definitely won’t do is get carried away and complacent.
“We’ve got a job to do against a really good team with 15,000 people behind them and against us. When we go out on the pitch we have to make sure that we deliver a performance that earns the respect of the crowd.”
England are expected to stick with the side who began the second half against Slovakia, when they battled back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win. Clinton Portis Authentic Jersey That means Norwich City’s Jacob Murphy could once more be deployed in an unfamiliar right-back role, with Nathan Redmond continuing to partner Abraham up front as they go in search of another win, with only the group winners certain to reach the semi-finals.
“You’ve always got to give respect to your opponent and maybe tweak a few things,” Boothroyd said. “Anybody at this level is tough and in our group anyone can still go through so we can get all kinds of results. We’re in the driving seat and we’ve got to make sure we do our job professionally and don’t get caught up in all the Polish passion.”
Spain became the first side to reach the semi-final on Tuesday after beating Portugal 3-1, meaning that England will avoid the tournament favourites if they can get past Poland. http://www.footballredskinsprostore.com/Joe_Theismann_Jersey_Cheap Boothroyd appeared relaxed as he discussed his side’s prospects of challenging for a first title at this level since 1984, even revealing that he had invested in a loud new pair of brogues ahead of the tournament in an attempt to lighten the mood among the squad.
“I knew there would be a little bit of stress and a little bit of pressure so I thought I would buy a pair of shoes that might be talking point and take some off the heat off them,” he said. “As soon as I put them on Nathan Redmond looked at them and said: ‘Strange shoes, boss.’ So they are a nice little distraction.
“It’s pressure you want. You don’t want to not have pressure in your life. You need a bit of pressure, it keeps you healthy. It’s good in many ways and is important because it helps keep everyone calm.”
England in the 1970s and early ’80s was a grim, violent, angry, lean, ambitious, stimulating place. It had hardship and conflict on a scale unknown since the end of World War II. It was the golden-studded age of English punk and heavy metal. Cliff Pennington Womens Jersey It also had football success of a magnitude unseen since: English clubs won the European Cup in seven of the eight years between 1977 and 1984. Now the English Premier League is the richest and most popular in the world, but English clubs’ dominance on the pitch is a thing of the past – like, alas, Lemmy Kilmister’s throbbing bass in Motörhead and Bob Paisley’s understated cunning at Liverpool.
Not much was understated back in English football’s salad days. And by salad days, of course, we mean beer-and-burger days, because enlightened dieting and sport science did not drive English clubs’ victories. The Italians and Spanish were well ahead on that front, as were the Dutch, Portuguese, and West Germans (who knew what the East Germans were consuming?). And yet for the better part of a decade, English clubs consistently outfought, outran, and beat their continental counterparts. What was fuelling them?
It wasn’t fancy brain food. Managers such as Paisley and Brian Clough were tactically smart but never developed schemes as elaborate as, say, http://www.officialangelsproshop.com/Andrew_Heaney_Jersey the total football of the Ajax team that reigned supreme in Europe from 1971 to 1973, or the tiki-taka tyrants of 21st-century Barcelona. The three European Cups immediately after Ajax’s regal streak were won by Bayern Munich, who fielded almost the entire West German national team, including the imperious libero Franz Beckenbauer.
His qualities somehow included a remarkable ability to escape conceding blatant penalties in the 1975 European Cup final, when Leeds United were on the wrong end of whiffy refereeing and a 2-1 scoreline. That should have been the first English triumph of the ’70s. Nevertheless, a feeling of injustice was not enough to account for the rioting and pillaging in Paris by Leeds fans after the final, when, as the striker Duncan McKenzie later put it, “all they left was the Eiffel Tower.”
Yes, England was prey to darkness back then, both figuratively and, because of frequent blackouts, literally. The country was in economic, social and political turmoil. Inflation and unemployment soared, Clinton Portis Womens Jersey and so did tempers. In 1974 businesses were restricted to using electricity only three days a week, and motorists faced petrol rationing. That prompted Idi Amin, a murderous despot who knew an easy target when he saw one, to taunt Britain by sending a telegram saying he had arranged for Ugandans to donate “one lorry load of vegetables and wheat” and the British government should dispatch a plane to collect it quickly “before it goes bad.”
Meanwhile Britain’s prime minister, Ted Heath, declared four states of emergencies in three years as he attempted to quash mass strikes. Violence of all strains broke out, sometimes politically or racially motivated, sometimes economic or recreational. Lord Radcliffe, best known for chairing the committee that partitioned India at decolonisation, suggested England was “ungovernable.”
The bleakness dragged on. In the so-called Winter of Discontent in 1978–79, public sector strikes led to school shut-outs, rubbish festering in the streets and even the dead being left unburied. http://www.footballredskinsprostore.com/Joe_Theismann_Jersey_Cheap Margaret Thatcher came to power in May 1979 with a plan to fix the nation. It was radical, callous and rooted in her belief that “there is no such thing as society.” It was never going to be carried out peacefully, so she weaponised the state apparatus to atomise resistance. To some minds, her scheme worked. In other senses it made resistance stronger or, at least, made the alienated more impassioned.
That’s not something I am contemplating.” The phrase was repeated often but that did not make it any more true. On Monday night Real Madrid’s president, Florentino Pérez, insisted he was not even thinking about a series of scenarios that he certainly is thinking about. He has to. As he said himself: “Things happen and you look for the best solution for everyone. Authentic Allen Barbre Womens Jersey ” What happened was that the Portuguese daily A Bola broke the story that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Spain; the question now is whether that solution actually involves him walking away, eight years after his arrival. And if so, who provides an escape route? Who gives him somewhere to go?
It is what he wants, the report said. Other reports followed, with none of them denied. A Bola is close to Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, and Pérez gave them a certain credence; although there was the usual proviso applied to press reports, this was no flat dismissal of baseless rumours. The headline that started it all was stark: “Ronaldo wants to abandon Spain.” Here is the thing: depending how this is managed, it may not be such a bad thing for Madrid either. Their position is a strong one, if unexpected. Managing this is not just about getting what you really want or even what can be achieved in return; it also includes the apportioning of responsibility. “Abandon” is a word Madrid would have welcomed: if it happens, he did this.
Roughly translated, two more words were also significant: “right now”. It is only June. Pérez said he has not spoken to Ronaldo yet. He said he would do so when the Confederations Cup ends. Even after that, http://www.eaglesofficialsshop.com/Brandon_Brooks_Jersey_Cheap there may be a long way to go. At the very end of the interview with Onda Cero radio when, having said that he was “not contemplating” any changes in the squad, he was talking about potential signings, Pérez noted that he liked those that get done just as the window is swinging shut, late on 31 August. “Let me rest a bit,” he said. “I pick up strength in August.” That is applicable to Ronaldo too, if need be. Time, he will feel, is on his side.
But first, way before that, comes the next step: let’s hear from Ronaldo. Your move. Pérez’s appearance was, in essence, a means of returning the ball, sending it back into Ronaldo’s court. If he started the game, he has to play it. Pérez talked about finding out through the media, about how the last time he had seen Ronaldo the Portuguese had been excited about the future, and about how this was all a bit “strange”. He said he knew only what he had seen in the papers. He claimed, less conclusively and less convincingly, not to have spoken to Mendes. Now he wanted to talk to Ronaldo, he said. A way out of this mess, a way back into Madrid, was offered – if not an easy one. Time was bought too, tranquillity.
The A Bola story emerged because Ronaldo’s camp wanted it to; the lingering doubt is whether it really is an exit strategy or something else. Having taken that first step, Madrid had to act. Pérez chose to express his innocence, surprise and an image of serenity. Authentic Dalton Pompey Womens Jersey In a sense, Pérez has called Ronaldo’s bluff. It is easy enough to hide behind the media – the story can always be denied if need be. The message was clear: if that’s what you want, say so publicly. Ronaldo was being forced to play his hand. It is some game now, with Mendes and Madrid on either side of the table.
Pérez noted that Ronaldo remained under contract, said that he was “a Madrid player” and, in an interview with Marca which appeared the next day, that he would “continue to be”. He said: “The best thing for him and Madrid is for him to stay.” He also said: “Right now, Cristiano is a Real Madrid player and something very strange would have to happen for him not to be, and I am not [even] contemplating that.”
All that is true, but there’s that “right now” again and he also said: “We’ll see what happens.” As for “something very strange”, this situation was already one he had described as strange. http://www.officialbluejaysproshop.com/Bj_Upton_Jersey Pérez is more than capable of denying the truth but this was still not an absolutely unequivocal “not for sale”. Pérez didn’t even raise the buy-out clause of €1bn (£882m), although he did confirm it when it was mentioned. He said: “We’ll listen to Ronaldo.” He also said there had been no offers. Which is one way of inviting them, perhaps. The door was not closed on any eventuality.
There may never be a good time to lose Ronaldo, Madrid’s outstanding player as their most historic season reached its decisive chapter, but faced by his desire to leave – if that is really what it is – there may be ways of making this work. Madrid could see it as an opportunity, even if the timing is not perfect. At 32, he is still in remarkable shape, but they were going to have to face a post-Ronaldo future at some stage. If they can command a gigantic fee, that would enable them to do so with confidence, bringing the budget to sign others. Eden Hazard and Monaco’s Kylian Mbappé are players they have actively pursued, and the strength in depth this season allows for optimism, even in Ronaldo’s absence.
England’s hopes of banishing the demons from their past three attempts to escape their group at the European Under-21 Championship are still intact after a brave comeback win against Slovakia ensured their fate remains in their own hands before meeting Poland on Thursday.
Trailing at half-time to a Martin Chrien header following the disappointing opening draw with Sweden, Aaron Donald Youth Jersey goals from Alfie Mawson and Nathan Redmond within 16 minutes of the second half rescued Aidy Boothroyd’s team, who now know that another victory against the hosts will almost guarantee a semi-final spot for the first time since 2009.
That revival followed a dismal first-half display which had brought back all the bad memories from previous campaigns in Denmark, Israel and Czech Republic, with only a brave substitution at the break by Boothroyd rescuing his team. Now he will be optimistic that this brave comeback against a side who were roared on by a large contingent of travelling fans could create the momentum required to win a first title at this tournament since 1984.
Boothroyd had initially opted to make only one change from the 0-0 draw with Sweden on Friday, with Reading’s John Swift coming in for Jacob Murphy. http://www.losangelesramsauthorizedstore.com/alec-ogletree-jersey-elite But perhaps more significant was the switch to a diamond midfield, with Redmond partnering Tammy Abraham up front and Lewis Baker handed a deeper role. At first the tactic seemed to have had the desired effect as England looked more of a threat going forward with the captain, James Ward-Prowse, aiming to hit the front two with early balls to utilise their pace.
Other than a Nathaniel Chalobah effort that trickled harmlessly wide, however, they could muster no shots on target in the first 20 minutes and were made to pay by Chrien’s clever header from the former Manchester City winger Albert Rusnak’s corner that gave Jordan Pickford no chance. Baker almost equalised immediately, only for his left-footed effort from distance to drift just wide.
That was about as good as it got for the rest of the first half, A'Shawn Robinson Youth Jersey with the familiar failings they exhibited against Sweden in the final third once more painfully obvious. Pickford was on hand to palm away Jaroslav Mihalik’s shot from outside the box just before half-time or it could have been even worse for Boothroyd’s side.
Ward-Prowse did force Adrian Chovan into his first save in stoppage-time with a curling free-kick but the England manager knew he had to act quickly or face yet another embarrassing exit from a major international tournament.
His solution was to bring on Murphy – who is usually deployed much further forward for Norwich City – at right-back for the disappointing Mason Holgate in the hope he could inspire a comeback. http://www.officialauthenticlions.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_AMEER_ABDULLAH_JERSEY.html The change immediately had the desired effect as Redmond’s shot was turned behind for a corner with England in search of an equaliser. That was cleared to Murphy and his cross was eventually turned in by Mawson from close range at the second attempt.
Suddenly England seemed to grow in belief and Abraham was denied only by an outstretched Slovakian boot from Baker’s cross. The 19-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Bristol City from Chelsea, then played a crucial part in England’s second goal as he held off his marker superbly to allow Ward-Prowse to pick out Redmond with an excellent crossfield ball. The Southampton forward made no mistake as he cut inside on to his right foot and drilled the ball past Chovan.
Slovakia threw on the Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Laszlo Benes in an attempt to find a way back into the game yet, marshalled by the excellent Mawson, England’s defence stood firm.
“It was difficult – Slovakia are a very underrated team,” Boothroyd said. “We knew we had to stop their key players. We had a lot of possession in the first half without penetrating; in the second half we were more of a threat and scored two goals against a team who had the crowd behind them.”
Aidy Boothroyd has conceded that England cannot afford to slip up against Slovakia on Monday as they attempt to keep alive their prospects of reaching the European Under-21 Championship semi-finals.
Despite Jordan Pickford’s late penalty save which earned the Young Lions a 0-0 draw with Sweden on Friday, Alex Killorn Youth Jersey Slovakia’s surprise win against Poland in the group’s other match means anything other than a win would leave Boothroyd’s side with a mountain to climb as they bid to end their poor recent record in this competition.
Gareth Southgate and his assistant, Steve Holland, were both present at England’s training session here on Sunday, with the senior team manager keen to have an input into a squad that he guided to victory in last year’s Toulon tournament having spent three years in charge of the under-21s. Boothroyd insisted that the presence of Southgate and technical director Dan Ashworth has been a boost for the players as they prepare to face a side that has qualified for this competition for the first time, having finished fourth when they hosted it back in 2000.
“It’s really helpful having them here,” Boothroyd said. “It’s great that Gareth, Steve and Dan are here because it shows players there is a pathway for them. http://www.officialtampabaylightning.com/Adidas-Andrei-Vasilevskiy-Jersey And if the senior manager can take time out of his busy schedule to come to watch us then it gives the players a boost. Gareth’s been very positive. We are very close anyway. It’s great if I have any questions about players Gareth can be my sounding board because he knows them all so well and was with them in Toulon.”
“It’s knockout football now without a doubt,” he said. “We’ve got to win and win the next one after that. But we have to beat the Slovakians first. They have had a brilliant start. They’re a very good team and I’ve been really impressed with them.”
Victories for Spain – who thrashed Macedonia 5-0 in Gdynia thanks to a hat?trick from Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio – and Portugal in their opening games on Saturday mean that they already hold a significant advantage in the race for the best runners-up spot, meaning England’s progress to the last four is likely to depend on them winning the group.
“That group is shaping up with Spain as the winners and maybe the runners-up getting six points,” said Boothroyd. “So that makes it even more important we do what we have to do. This is a tournament where there is no grace. You have to hit the ground running if you want to qualify by topping the group. So it puts a bit more pressure on you from the start.”
James Ward-Prowse was part of Southgate’s squad for the last edition in the Czech Republic two years ago but was dropped after the defeat to Portugal in their first match and did not play again as they exited at the group stages for the third tournament in succession. Now installed as under-21 captain following a productive season for Southampton that saw him make 30 Premier League appearances and reach the EFL Aaron Lynch Youth Jersey Cup final, the 22-year-old is keen to make up for those bad memories.
“It was a massive disappointment for me but we’re lucky enough that we get another chance to put things right,” Ward-Prowse said. “I know by my own standards when I’ve had a good game or not and having spoken to Gareth at the time about the reasons why he took me off, it made me realise I had some things to work on and change. I went away and in the long run it was a very good thing to happen to me. http://www.sanfrancisco49ersauthorizedstore.com/aaron-burbridge-jersey-elite It was a wake-up call and I dealt with some bigger game scenarios at the Toulon tournament and the cup final. To get that big game experience under my belt has definitely helped me.
“There’s six or seven of us from the last time so we’ve all got those feelings and that hunger to get things right. We want to make sure that we’re not having those same feelings again.”
Chelsea’s attempts to appease their manager, Antonio Conte, will see them step up efforts to strengthen the first?team squad this week with an improved bid anticipated for Alex Sandro at Juventus and progress in the protracted pursuit of Monaco’s Tiemoué Bakayoko.
Conte, who is on holiday back in Italy, had anticipated the Premier League winners making early moves in the transfer market as they prepare to return to the Champions League after a season-long absence. Adidas Craig Smith Youth Jersey The lack of progress is understood to have deeply frustrated the 47-year-old, who has yet to commit to the contract extension that has been on the table since the end of the season and would establish him as the highest paid manager in the club’s history.
The relationship between manager and board has also been severely tested by Conte’s decision to inform Diego Costa, by text, that he is not in the club’s plans. The Spain forward subsequently made that information public and in the process, alerted other clubs to the fact Chelsea are eager to sell him, undermining their bargaining position. Costa’s situation has complicated plans to strengthen, with no deal in place as yet to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton – who want a world-record fee for the Belgium striker – as a replacement.
Yet Chelsea, who have made it clear to Conte that their established strategy in the market will not shift, are confident any tension can be allayed well before players and staff return to Cobham for pre-season training in the first week of July, http://www.authenticnashvillepredators.com/authentic-calle-jarnkrok-jersey with significant signings expected to be secured by then. The Juventus general manager, Beppe Marotta, indicated over the weekend that an initial offer for Sandro had been rejected. “But I don’t know what he [Sandro] thinks about the interest,” Marotta said. “Players are masters of their own destinies.”
An improved bid worth up to £55m, which would constitute a Chelsea club record, is anticipated in the days ahead, with that likely to prove more appealing even for a key member of the Juve side who won a sixth successive Serie A title but lost the Champions League final this month.
Sandro, who has seven caps for Brazil, was formerly at Porto, with Conte having earmarked him early as a potential upgrade on Marcos Alonso at left wing-back. Authentic Andrew Cogliano Womens Jersey The Italian is seeking to add greater depth in quality in virtually all areas of the team, and has already made it clear he is prepared to make ruthless decisions even in the wake of his squad’s eye-catching efforts last term.
Chelsea’s long-standing interest in Bakayoko is also likely to come to fruition, with the France international set to join for a fee in excess of £40m after a fine season at the heart of Monaco’s Ligue 1 title-winning midfield. His arrival would not necessarily see Nemanja Matic depart the club.
Willy Caballero, who will leave Manchester City under freedom of contract at the end of the month, http://www.officialsanaheimducks.com/Adidas-Cam-Fowler-Jersey is to join on a free transfer to serve as the back-up goalkeeper to Thibaut Courtois following Asmir Begovic’s sale to Bournemouth.
The Chelsea director, Marina Granovskaia, has been in regular contact with Conte’s agent, Federico Pastorello, over the summer and the club hope the manager will sign his contract extension, worth £9.6m a year through to 2021, upon his return to London.
Everton have launched the biggest spending spree in their history by signing the Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and the Ajax captain Davy Klaassen in deals totalling £54m.
The two players both signed five-year contracts with the Goodison Park club on Thursday as Everton, funded by major shareholder Farhad Moshiri, Authentic Anthony DeSclafani Womens Jersey moved swiftly to secure two of Ronald Koeman’s main summer targets. Pickford will cost an initial £25m with add-ons taking his fee to £30m, making the 23-year-old Everton’s record transfer and the most expensive British goalkeeper, while the Holland midfielder has been signed for £24m.
“I spoke a few weeks ago with Ronald Koeman about Everton,” Klaassen said. “I wanted to come here and check if this was the right club for me and since I came here I feel so happy. It’s a great club.
“The moment that I spoke with the manager directly I got a good feeling. He’s an honest guy, we talked about the club, about the way he wants to play and that gave me a positive feeling.
“I talked to him about the club and everything we want to achieve and he was really positive. http://www.authenticcincinnatireds.com/Adam-Duvall-Jersey It’s difficult to leave Ajax but I think this is a good step for me now and I’m really looking forward to my time here.”
Pickford had wanted to delay a decision on his future until after the European Under-21 Championship, which commences for England against Sweden on Friday, but Everton wasted no time in making him the third most expensive goalkeeper of all time. Arsenal had also been linked with the boyhood Sunderland fan, the club’s most saleable asset after relegation to the Championship. Only Ederson, who this month joined Manchester City from Benfica, and Juventus’s Gianluigi Buffon have moved in that position for higher fees.
Pickford said: “Last season was my first in the Premier League so to get this opportunity with Everton now, to be able to go forward with my career and show everyone what I can do with Everton is unbelievable. Alex Gordon Youth Jersey It’s a great club, a massive club and I think it’s a great opportunity and the right time for me to come to Everton and show what I can do.”
Koeman was anxious to sign a new No1 following indifferent campaigns from Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg last season , and to find more productivity. To that end, Everton secured Klaassen for the joint third highest transfer fee in their history only a few hours after completing the Pickford deal.
Klaassen scored 14 league goals for Ajax last season as they finished second to Feyenoord in the Eredivisie and reached the Europa League final. http://www.authentickansascityroyals.com/Alcides-Escobar-Jersey Koeman said: “He’s a player who is only 24 but has a lot of experience and is a leader on the pitch. He has already captained Ajax for two seasons and that shows you the type of person he is. He is hardworking, likes to press and, of course, will give us more creativity and goals. It is another major signing for Everton and I am really happy we have been able to complete the deal so early in the summer.”
Everton are also awaiting a decision from Málaga’s striker Sandro Ramírez, who held talks with club officials on Sunday. The Burnley defender Michael Keane and Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson are also in Everton’s sights. Koeman said he is sure Pickford will prove to be a “significant signing”. He said: “Jordan is a very talented young professional who also has a real hunger for success and that’s important for us as we now look to make further progress in the seasons ahead.”
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