Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy I’ve an old mate back in England, goes by the name of Russell Beale. Nice lad, smart, good laugh and about to become a father for the first time. He lives in a small town called Stroud in the South West of England but reading his Facebook page this past week or so and you would be forgiven for thinking he’s from another planet. Russell genuinely believes England will win the World Cup. His profile picture is decked out with patriotic colours and his posts and updates read like a motivational speaker employed to lift the entire nation. Before the Panama game, Russell predicted England would win 10-0. He wasn’t far off. I laughed at first at this ridiculous idea that my home nation actually stands a hope in Hell, but after giving it a little more thought I started to come around to his way of thinking. England’s squad for the World Cup is a young team of solid individuals who have … [Read more...] about Can England really win the World Cup?
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Kane takes to world stage as England edge past TunisiaThe Saigon Times Daily England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring their second goal at Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia June 19, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS VOLGOGRAD (REUTERS) - England captain Harry Kane declared his arrival on football’s biggest stage when he scored twice, including a stoppage-time winner, in a dramatic 2-1 victory over Tunisia as his team launched their World Cup campaign Tuesday. Just when it looked like the ‘Three Lions’ were going to extend their disappointing run in World Cup tournaments, Kane stooped at the far post to head home in the 91st minute. Mindful of Ronaldo’s hat-trick for Portugal against Spain on Friday and doubles for Spaniard Diego Costa, also in that match, and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, Kane is the first England player to score twice in a World Cup game since Gary Lineker in 1990. Manager Gareth Southgate labelled him a “top, top striker” and … [Read more...] about Kane takes to world stage as England edge past Tunisia
England captain Harry Kane (L), who is yet to score a goal in a tournament, has vowed an aggressive approach against opponents expected to defend in numbers AFP/PAUL ELLIS England, winners on football's biggest stage more than half a century ago, crashed out without a win four years in Brazil, and haven't won a knock-out match in any tournament since 2006. Southgate's young charges however come to Russia quietly confident after a solid qualifying campaign and encouraging friendly results against the likes of Brazil, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. They play Tunisia in the historic city of Volgograd on Monday evening knowing anything other than a win would scatter pre-tournament plans, with Belgium looming later in Group G. Tunisia's midfielder Ahmed Khalil (C) attends a training session at the Volgograd Arena on the eve of their World Cup Group G match against England AFP/NICOLAS ASFOURI Southgate's lack of experience was much fretted over when appointed but the former … [Read more...] about England seek World Cup exorcism as Belgium look to justify hype
Viet Nam News Football LEEDS — England manager Gareth Southgate admitted Marcus Rashford had given him a difficult decision to make ahead of the World Cup with a stunning strike in a 2-0 friendly victory over Costa Rica on Thursday. In England’s last match before their tournament opener against Tunisia in 11 days time, Manchester United’s Rashford was the star of a much-changed side in Leeds. Danny Welbeck was also on target as England extended their unbeaten run to 10 games, stretching back nearly a year. "What pleased me most is that Marcus Rashford enjoyed his football tonight. He played with a real swagger," said Southgate. Rashford made the most of the absence of England captain Harry Kane as he started up front alongside Jamie Vardy, and showed what he is capable of with a fiercely struck shot from 25 yards that dipped perfectly into the top corner. "You work on them (goals) in training every day and when one comes up in a game it’s a reward," … [Read more...] about Rashford shines as England cruise past Costa Rica
Everton must sell players before they add to squad, says Brands LONDON (REUTERS) - Everton's squad needs to be trimmed to generate funds for transfers and also help new manager Marco Silva work with a smaller group, the Premier League club's director of football Marcel Brands has said. Everton splurged over 150 million pounds (US$201.12 million) before the start of last season but produced poor results. They struggled in the opening stages of the league campaign before finishing eighth. Brands said Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is unlikely to provide the same financial backing to Silva, who was named as Sam Allardyce's successor last week. "First of all we need to offload players to raise money (to spend), and also salary-wise. But it's not only a money thing," Brands was quoted as saying by the British media. "Of course money is important but also, for a coach, it is not workable to start with 38 players in your squad. We have to look for a squad Marco can work … [Read more...] about Everton must sell players before they add to squad, says Brands