Wayne Rooney was selected as the captain of Manchester United back in July of 2014 and was officially elected as the new leader of England after Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from playing in the international stage when the 2014 World Cup was over and Roy Hodgson believes that this new role which Rooney was appointed, has helped the player substantially.
Hodgson praised Wayne Rooney as the manager of England said: “Wayne has been fantastic all the time I’ve been with the national team, but I would say he has stepped up a notch in terms of being an England player since he got the captaincy. He researched the role a little bit, took in his experience of playing under previous captains, and he works very closely with me and the players. But, most importantly of all, he plays well for the team.”
The English national football side has been playing better than some time ago and this is evidenced by the fact that they still have not lost a single qualification match in their journey of making it into the next rounds of the 2016 Euro’s.
England is at the top of Group E with 18 points collected so far and Roy Hodgson believes that appointing Rooney as the captain has helped the player in developing even further and this has also helped the English national side in performing better as well as scoring more goals. (more…)
Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard is of the opinion that the club will definitely miss the presence of Didier Drogba next season.
The former Ivory Coast international decided to leave Chelsea for a second time in his career. Drogba had returned to the blues for a one year spell only last summer. It proved to be a very successful one indeed after he lifted two more titles to add to his collection. Drogba may have featured little during the Premier League campaign, but he scored important goals against the likes of Tottenham to set up a famous fourth league winners’ medal.
Drogba is known to share a great relationship withHazard, who won the PFA Player of the Year title last season.Hazard says that the amount of influence that Drogba had on the squad – despite not being a first-team regular – was immense. A leader and motivator of men, Drogba has hinted that he will return to Stamford Bridge in another capacity in the future. He is expected to join a MLS club in this transfer window before ending his career next year. Drogba stated that the reason for leaving Chelsea once again was the lack of first-team football at the end of his career. (more…)
Jose Mourinho himself knows that he has not been able to give Loic Remy as much playing time as he should have.
The ability that the former Rangers player possesses demands him to be played more, but, sometimes, you have to pay the price of being a part of an immensely powerful team.
Had Remy been elsewhere, he would have featured regularly without a shadow of doubt, but, just because Chelsea is so equipped upfront, Mourinho hasn’t had the room to get the 28-year old in and give him a persistent run.
However, with Diego Costa having taken a bit of a blow in his hamstring and tipped to be out for some time, this might be the breakthrough which Remy had been looking for.
Remy was the substitute for a brief period in the Hull game after Costa sustained that injury of his and Mourinho dropped hints in the post match presser that the Frenchman might be starting the next game.
Speaking in the news conference, the Blues boss said, “Loic can probably consider himself a touch unlucky in the sense that he has missed out on playing time quite a bit despite being so talented and in good form.” (more…)
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stood by his decision to allow midfielder Frank Lampard to leave the club in the summer. The Chelsea legend departed Stamford Bridge after his 13 years that brought numerous trophies like the Premier League and the Champions League.
Lampard is regarded as one of most important players in the club’s history after also scoring more than 200 goals in all competitions – despite being a midfielder. The 36-year-old has continued his goal scoring form even at Manchester City, where he is set to spend the next six months on loan from New York City. (more…)
Harry Redknapp and Jermain Defoe have already worked together after Redknapp signed the English forward for Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspurs and it has now been revealed that Red knapp is interested in signing Defoe once again.
“He’s a player we’d be interested in but it depends on the expense of the deal. Nothing is anywhere near being concluded. We tried to get him before the deadline but I don’t think there’s been any movement on that one’’
“I’m a big fan of Jermain. I’ve signed him enough times. He’s a goal-scorer and a player you’d obviously like at your club if possible, but the figures would have to be right. I haven’t spoken to the chairman about it yet. We’ll see. I know what we need.” That was a statement released by the head coach of Queens Park Rangers, Harry Redknapp as he unveiled his interest in signing Jermain Defoe from the MLS side Toronto FC.
Jermain Defoe has not managed to attract the attention of England’s Roy Hodgson as Defoe was overlooked by Hodgson who did not include Defoe in his list of players for the 2014 World Cup but despite not playing an important role for England, Redknapp is confident that Defoe can add quality to his squad at Queens Park Rangers.
The President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Tim Leiweke stated that in order for any other club to sign Jermain Defoe, they will have to dig deep in their pockets and even if a proper offer is launched to sign the English forward, Leiweke and his team have already outlined a list of possible players to sign if Defoe does indeed leave Toronto FC.
“We know where we are going. If we have a DP (designated player) slot open, we already know who we’re going after. And I am 100 per cent convinced we’re going to be a better team on the pitch next year without a lot of changes’’ Tim Leiweke said.