Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe remains optimistic of making the England World Cup squad despite missing out on selection on the last three occasions. The 35-year-old returned to Three Lions reckoning last summer after an impressive campaign for Sunderland, where he contributed 15 goals in the Premier League.
BBurnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton has not given up on the prospect of representing England at the World despite being out of action for an extended period. The former Manchester United graduate sustained a shoulder injury against Crystal Palace in September, but he has since made a good recovery that he could return to the first XI following the international break.
Fulham FC, a football club founded all the way back in 1879, play in the Championship League as of the 2013-2014 season, after 13 seasons in a row in the Premiere League. The team has had their ups and downs over the decades, having reached major finals twice, but never taking home the top prize. They’re hoping a big new partnership and a new home kit could give them a little extra pep out on the pitch.
The club has inked a new deal with the biggest casino site in the UK, GrosvenorCasinos.com. Starting in the 2017-2018 season, the team now wears the Grosvenor Casinos logo across their shirts to kick-off a multiyear deal with the popular gambling website.
Former England international Danny Mills feels Andy Carroll should be picked by Gareth Southgate for next summer's World Cup as he offers a different option from the bench. The Three Lions striker scored his first goals of the campaign on Tuesday night to help West Ham United seal a 2-1 comeback win over West Bromwich Albion.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Mills feels Carroll could travel with the Three Lions for the global tournament as he is capable of providing an aerial threat, he said: "I certainly think he would be a Plan B or a Plan C, whichever way you want to look at it.
Former Celtic star Chris Sutton insists England missed the services of Harry Kane during their goalless draws against Germany and Brazil during the international break. The 24-year-old missed the Three Lions' friendlies with a minor knee injury sustained during the 1-0 triumph over Crystal Palace earlier this month.
Writing in his Daily Mail Column, Sutton stressed that Kane must start for England at the World Cup finals next summer if they are to have any chance of securing the crown, he said: "I would expect Gareth Southgate to start with three at the back in Russia but Tuesday night showed that he needs Harry Kane for this system to work. Against Brazil, England lacked a focal point.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City can reach the promised land this season. The Blues have never reached the final of Europe’s elite club competition but the Champions League is a realistic objective this term. City are already 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League table and Guardiola will have one eye on the upcoming European double header against FC Basel.
Getting past the Swiss champions will be no easy feat. Basel have won the Super League title in each of the last eight years and Manchester United fell short against Raphael Wicky’s men in the group stages back in November. In front of the deafeningly loud St Jakob-Park faithful, Basel will be quietly confident of taking a positive result into the second leg in Manchester.
Borussia Dortmund attacker Mario Gotze is hoping to use Friday's friendly against England as a platform to make Joachim Loew's Germany squad for the World Cup. The 25-year-old wrote himself into German footballing history after he bagged an extra-time winner over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final.
Since then, he has struggled with the lack of form and fitness concerns including a debilitating metabolic disorder which kept him out for seven months this year. Despite this, Gotze managed to earn a German call-up after a year-long absence after putting in a string of impressive performances for Borussia Dortmund.
After a couple of seasons in the shadows, Jack Wilshere is beginning to display signs that he may be about to re-ignite his injury-plagued career. The 26-year-old has returned to the fold for Arsenal, capitalising on Aaron Ramsey’s absence to force his way into Arsene Wenger’s side.
Wilshere scored his first Premier League goal since May 2015 when he found the net against Chelsea in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium. His performances have given hope that he could begin a surge of form that could see him secure a place in the England squad for the 2018 World Cup.
Pep Guardiola has no interest in managing England in the future.
The Manchester City head coach feels that the national team jobs should be overseen by coaches within their respective countries.The Catalan tactician was discussing the difficulties of managing clubs overseas when he inevitably asked whether he would consider an approach from the Football Association, he said: "No. Always I believe in the English people has to be manager for the national team, the Brazilian people has to be manager for the Brazilian team."
The transfer window has been closed for well over a month but rumours continue ahead of January. Will Alexis Sanchez stay at Arsenal or will he leave? Is Phillipe Coutinho set to join Barcelona or will he remain at Anfield?
There are plenty of questions to be answered in the future but for now, let’s focus on the completed moves this summer – here are three of the best and worst transfers of the latest transfer window.
Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United
The Red Devils forked out £75 million to acquire Lukaku from Everton this summer and he has settled quickly into life at Old Trafford. The Belgium international has scored 16 goals in 13 appearances for club and country since making his Red Devils debut in the UEFA Super Cup.