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Clarence Seedorf set for AC Milan after Rossoneri finally lose patience with Massimiliano Allegri

Four goals. A right footed volley, a left footed low cross, outwitting the opponents, diagonal shots, no one player has – an Inter loving, Juventus part owned 19-year-old Sassuolo striker. that raced to a 2-0 score line simply fell apart, their back-line surrendering to a player that didn’t even have to play to the best of his ability to ensure maximum points for his newly promoted side. Live on air, coach Max Allegri was read the following statement given by the joint Milan vice president, Barbara Berlusconi: “It was a disappointing evening, like others we’ve had. This confirms it is absolutely necessary to change. It is no longer tolerable for our fans to watch performances like this.” His response? “At this moment, .” The word ‘moment’ being the operative word as on Monday the tactician was officially sacked with Mauro Tassotti handed the reigns in the interim. Hanging by a thread for the best part of two years, few were surprised to see him finally let go. In many ways he deserved to be defended for doing what he could with the little talent he had available on a consistent basis. Brilliance was sold, veterans left, injuries multiplied and the pressure mounted yet he still managed a third place finish last season. Tactically, he marvelled at times but it wasn’t enough. He wasn’t enough. Whilst it’s unjust to blame him for many of the individual errors made by his men, he must be held responsible for the lack of intensity, the inefficiency of the attack and most importantly, the heinous defence that has already conceded 30 goals this season. Consistently conceding from set pieces, from counter-attacks and at times, simple runs forward, the disorganisation at the back was made abundantly clear. No Milan player seemed to understand Wenger has revealed Arsenal made an attempt to sign Lionel Messi as a Barcelona youth teamer.Wenger discussed the move when asked about Arsenal’s failed attempt for current Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo.When asked on beIN SPORTS if Arsenal were verhis role at the back. Man-marking problems aside, the troubles the team had in dealing with simple corners and set-pieces left fans aghast. The defending was simply tragic and failed to ever improve. The lack of intensity also proved probWest Ham co-chairman David Gold has defended his ownership with business partner David Sullivan.Furious Hammers fans have staged protests, shouted abuse and even worn the T-shirts calling for Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady to leave their club.lematic with players seemingly uninterested in contesting the less glamorous ties. As one fan who once offered to to sell the coach on eBay said, ‘He specialises only in games against Barcelona.’ It is believed Clarence Seedorf will take over with his representative quick to confirm the ease with which he can leave current club Botafogo. “There is a clause that allows him to leave the club at any time, without penalty.” Italian media believe he will arrive on Thursday to take over the side and many are quick to laud the Dutchman who gave the team tactical instructions even when he was simply a player under Allegri. However, as Milanistas weep for the tragedy that has befallen their beloved club, Italy rejoices. Berardi looks to be the real deal. Four against Milan, one against Roma and a hat trick against Sampdoria, the youngster has managed 11 goals and two assists in 13 starts for the club and this is only his first season playing in the top flight. Incontent_imgtelligent, skillful and blessed with two feet, it’s the player’s confidence and character that makes him a winner and Italy’s promise for the future. Asked about his feat and the player was overjoyed, above all because the win ensured Sassuolo can keep their coach, Eusebio Di Francesco, for a little while longer. The man who gave Berardi his debut was also under pressure and needed a win to guarantee a longer stay on the bench. A 4-3 victory over the Rossoneri should guarantee him just that – that is if Sassuolo owner, Giorgio Squinzi, a die-hard Milan fan, can ever forgive him for defeating his treasured club. Squinzi once admitted if his tiny club played the Rossoneri, he’d be cheering for the opponent. Asked how he felt yesterday, he simply replied ‘I’m a neutral,” as his players celebrated wildly into the night.

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Roy Hodgson eases fears about Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injuries ahead of World Cup

England manager Ro expiring on June 30 should the season go past that date.Liverpool’s Adam Lallana, Chelsea’s Willian and Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen are among all of those players whose contracts run out on June 30 – by which time this current campaign may not be comy Hodgson has moved to ease fears that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere could miss the World Cup. Wilshere has been picked up in the friendly win over Denmark in March, while his Arsenal teammate Oxlade-Chamberlain is struggling with a groin injury. However, Hodgson, who has something of an injury crisis to negotiate ahead of , thinks that the Gunners duo will be fine. said: "I spoke to (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger, who said he was holding Wilshere back. "And from my conversation with Arsene, I don't think there is too much to worry about with Oxlade-Chamberlain either." Hodgson also claimed that he had received "good reports" from Everton about Phil Jagileka. The centre-back has been outken about the UEFA racial abuse protocol ahead of Thursday’s clash with Partizan Belgrade.The Serbian giants played their last two European home games behind closed doors after racist abuse by supporters.”We will trust Uefa to follow their protocol,” since February with a hamstring injury. "We have had good rcontent_imgeports back (about Jagielka) for the last few weeks," the former Liverpool manager said. "He has had a problem but he has been participating to a decent level in training. "Everton have been keen not to throw him back in before his injury is 100 per cent right. We don't have any fears he won't be fit to come with us. It seems he might be back in (the Everton team) on Saturday." Meanwhile Andros Townsend will miss the World Cup, after the Tottenham winger was ruled out with ankle ligament damage. Townsend's Spurs teammate Kyle Walker is also a doubt, while Theo Walcott and Jay Rodriguez will play no part in .

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Arsene Wenger and Arsenal handed boost as Mikel Arteta returns to training ahead of Stoke match

Mikel Arteta has given Arsenal a huge fitness boost by making a remarkable return from injury. Arsenal midfielder Arteta is due back in full training today and could make the bench against Stoke on Sunday. That is nearly a days before the start of the season and is a major lift for Arsene Wenger's deplete in the top five best players in the world.For tonight’s Europa League final, Hazard could well be plying his final game for the Blues ahead of an expected move to Real Madrid. “Hazard is a player of instants, but decisive instants. It is what we havd squad. Wenger said: "Arteta could come back. He is a leader, he is important, he will train today and then we will decide tomorrow. We have a lot of games coming up so it's important that we have some players c Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Serge Gnabry doesn’t have any weaknesses in his game, but questioned the German’s attitude.The pacy winger scored a brace against Chelsea in a 3-0 victory for Bayern at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.Wenger was manager oming back." Wenger praised Stoke's "quality" as they have started well under new boss Mark Hughes and the Guners boss is wary about too getting carried away after Arsenal's impressive start which has suggested they have title credentials. "I believe we have a chance (of the title)," said Wenger. "My full energy is to try and grab the chance and take the opportunity. You have to be a bit cautious because one defeat and it quickly becomes a crisis. "It's always difficult content_imgto change a style of a team as Stoke have done. For me as well it shows Stoke have good players. When they are capable to adapt, it's always a sign of quality. They look as if they have adapted remarkably quickly."

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West Ham’s sprint away from relegation zone shows I was right to sacrifice Cups says Sam Allardyce

What price loyalty in ­football? In West Ham’s case, it is looking like £60million if they avoid the drop this season. After crushing defeats in the cups and deep in the relegation mire, an under-pressure Sam Allardyce was backed by United owners David Gold and David Sullivan in January. A glance at the table shows five out of the bottom six have opted to sack their manager, but it is the resurgent Hammers who can now boast four consecutive league wins after Saturday's . The turnarounds for the club, its manager and talismanic captain Kevin Nolan, after the disgrace of his two red cards at the turn of the year, have been astonishing. And Allardyce, now feted but pilloried just weeks ago, believes decisions such as have been shown to be correct. He said: “The worst week was when we lost atek.The Manchester Evening News says Piatek is the latest forward to be linked with a January switch to Manchester Unitecontent_imgd.After a dreadful start to thestal Palace.Wilfried Zaha looked to have rescued a point for the Eagles with his clinical finish in the closing stages but, almost immediately, Roberto Firmino smacked in a loose ball to make it 12 wins out of 13 for the Premier League leaders.“Ver season United have slumped to 12th in the Premier League table and it’s clear that a lack of goalto Forest [5-0] and . But that was in the cups, so it proves my point again, doesn’t it? That’s why I’m good at what I do, isn’t it? “The cup is not the material thing, the Premier League is – for everybody apart from the top four. They need to win the Premier League and get into the ­Champions League, everybody else needs to stay in the Premier League first and go for other things after that. “I don’t need to feel vindicated, I’m just doing my job properly. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. It’s not where you are in the league after five, 10, 20 games, it’s where you are after 38. “Unfortunately, patience has long gone in the game today. I could get sacked just by new owners coming in. "You have just got to do your job and get results for that club. And if you can do what your club’s philosophy is, then you should be OK. The owners have picked you to do that.” Nolan’s redemption also appears complete, after his sending-off at Fulham on New Year’s Day triggered and . After West Ham fell behind to Maya Yoshida’s early header, Nolan made the ­equaliser for Matt Jarvis, a first league goal of the season. And then, after Carlton Cole put the home side ahead, Nolan fed on the striker’s knockdown, acrobatically hooking in his fifth goal in four matches. Jarvis said: “Kevin has really turned things around, it shows exactly what a character and leader he is. His goals have been sensational and really kicked us up the table. It was a bit of us helping pick him up and him doing it for himself. He is very mentally strong.” Are West Ham now safe from relegation?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Something’s fishy: Paolo Di Canio brands Manchester City players ‘piranhas’ for not backing Roberto Mancini

Paolo Di Canio has accused the Manchester City players who of being “hotheads” and “piranhas.” Sunderland’s Italurs’ touring squad for matches against Juventus and Manchester United.In a statement released on their website, Tottenham said: “Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Danny Rose have been granted additional time off in order to explore prospectiian boss defended his sacked countryman. boss believes disloyal players were happy to make him the scapegoat for their failure this season. He said: “Why did the players not accept Mancini’s rules this season when they won the FA Cup and Premier League under the same rules? “The seasons before they ­fotar Belgrade ace Milan Pavkov admits an early miss against Tottenham is still haunting him.Tottenham ran out 4-0 Champions League winners at the Marakana, but Pavkov had a great chance to score for Red Star on 22 minutes.In an one-on-one with Spurs gllowed him and enjoyed success. It’s not easy when you have a dressing room full of big egos. For Mancini, there were simply too many hotheads. “This year, he didn’t match what he had done last year and they were far from Manchester United in the league. Players are like piranhas. They smell icontent_imgf you’re weak or ill. “Once they were far behind United and had gone out of the Champions League, Mancini got into a polemic with the board. The players knew. They saw a fault-line. “Then it’s easy for the players to say, ‘It’s your fault and now we relax and we don’t follow you’.”

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Everton academy coach Kevin Sheedy lays into David Moyes for ”negative football” and neglecting youth

Everton legend Kevin Sheedy, who is now an academy coach with the Toffees, has put the boot into . Sheedy worked under Moyes for seven years, when the Scot was in charge at Goodison Park. And during United's on Sunday, Sheedy took to Twitter to lambast his former boss. First he tweetehe brink of signing with Manchester United.Tuttosport says United will complete a move for Mandzukic on Monday.The Red Devils have been in discussions with the Italian club over a deal for the Croatian, as they continue to negotiate a swap deal for Pd: "All of you out there moyes was never interested in our youth team or players. "In my 7 years moyes showed no interest in our youth team.&qcontent_imguot; He then mocked United's tactic of kicking long to giant midfielder Marouane Fellaini, tweeting: "Punt the ball up to Fellaini. Great viewing." And he suggested Everton were better off under new manager Roberto Martinez. "We now have a manager he wants to win games," he wrote. Sheedy was part of Everton's great team of the 1980s. He played more than 300 matches for the Toffees and tinez admits he’s a fan of Wolves striker Raul Jimenez.The Mexico international has shone this season at Molineux.And Martinez says: “He’s played every Premier League game since Wolves got promoted, which is an incredible stat, but more importantly, represented the Republic of Ireland.

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Barcelona lose their unbeaten start to the La Liga season with Athletic Bilbao defeat

Barcelona suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Athletic Bilbao last night to end their unbeaten start to the season. The only goal of the game came from Iker Muniain 20 minutes from time, as the hosts picked up a deserved victory. Despite the defeat, Barca are still top of La Liga, albeit on goal difference ahead of Atletico Madrid, with Real Madrid just three points behind. It is only the second time have dropped points in this campaign, after the 0-0 draw with Osasuna in October. And last night's poor performance comes on the back of a disjointed display in the loss to Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night. While their progrd in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side frustrated the league leaders at Old Trafford and almost came away with a victory, but Adam Lallana rescued a point for the visitors with a late equaliser.And former United boss Mouriess to the knockout stages is all but secured in that competition, the league defeardiola believes Liverpool are set to go on a record-breaking spree.content_imgLiverpool are on target to beat City’s records for most points, most wins, biggest points total winning margin, most consecutive victories, earliest title win and most away victoriesat will come as a blow to Martino, as he looks to cope without the services of the sidelined Lionel Messi. could be and the Barca faithful will be desperate for him to return for the top-of-the-table clash with Atletico on January 12. They continued their strong start to the season with a 2-0 win over Elche on Saturday, with reported Chelsea target Diego Costa again among the goals. Atletico's city rivals also appear to be finally clicking into gear after a somewhat slow start to the campaign. , as the Welshman stepped into the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo's injury.

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Arsene Wenger to voice announcements at London Tube stations as part of Poppy Day

The voice of Arsene Wenger is set to echo across tube stations as part of London Poppy Day on Thursday. The event is set up in aid of the Royal British Legion's annual appeal and sees and captain Mikel Arteta's voices appear at Arsenal, Holloway Road and Finsbury Park tube stations. A number of other footballers will also voice the announcemee close to sealing a deal for Spanish wonderkid Mateo Meija.The Red Devils are hoping to sign Mejia from Real Zaragoza for £600,000, per The Sun.The 16-year-old will pick United over other teams in the Premier League and La Liga that were interestednts tico Madrid attacker has announced this week he will leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season.Barca are favourites to land Griezmann, with a willingness of meeting his €120m buyout clause.However, ZDF says Bayern sports chief Hasan Salihamat stations near to their respective stadiums. The most high-profile of those, will be heard at Fulham Broadway, Earl's Court and West Brompton. Meanwhile, Spurs duo Andros Townsend and Ben Davies, QPR pair Joey Barton and Rob Green, acontent_imgnd Fulham captain Scott Parker can also be heard across the capital. Alongside the footballers, ex-Paralympic gold medalist Tanni Grey-Thompson will also feature in Thursday's event. Other celebrity names include Sir Terry Wogan, Stephen Fry and Barbara Windsor. Alongside the voices, Transport for London has also created a special poppy design – featuring the line from the famous 'In Flanders fields the poppies blow' poem – which features on all Tube and Docklands Light Railway trains. Whose voice is where? – Arsenal, Holloway Road, Finsbury Park – Fulham Broadway, Earl's Court, West Brompton – Seven Sisters, Tottenham Hale, Tottenham Court Road – White City, Wood Lane, Shepherd's Bush Market – Putney Bridge, Parson's Green – London Bridge, Angel, Islington Would Wenger's voice calm commuters down?500+ VOTES SO FAR

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Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool strikers must find a way to start scoring again

adayed fears over his substitution during Saturday’s win over Burnley.The midfielder was withdrawn after colliding with Aaron Lennon, but he insists he has not suffered a serious injury.”I was all rigcontent_imght. I was fine, I don’t know, maybe the gaffer thougmits he is concerned by lack of firepower this season. The Reds slipped seven points behind the top four on Saturday , coming on the back of the home loss to Manchester United before the international break. But Rodgers is aware his side need to improve their attacking play. Last season, the Reds scored 101 league goals, and boasted the Premier League’s two leading marksmen in Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. This term, though, they have managed just 45 goals in 31 games, w Jan Vertonghen isn’t short of offers as his contract runs down.The Belgium international’s deal expires in June and so far he has baulked at agreeing new terms.The Telegraph says Vertonghen has contact with former club Ajax and is also interesting Nith nobody managing more than six league strikes. “We are still trying to find solutions at the top end of the field,” “When everyone is fit and available we are able to compete with this squad, but our top goalscorer is on six goals. Three players on six goals. "That’s the reality of where we are at, and we have to find solutions for that. “It’s about finding what suits the players. We have obviously got a number of players out now and when we changed the system it suited them. We are always looking to find a way.” Having managed just a single shot on target against Manchester United, Liverpool could muster just two at the Emirates. Lazar Markovic’s misplaced pass to , with the score at 0-0, stands as a decisive moment in the game. Rodgers, though, believes the problems stem from his side’s sluggish work in possession. He said: “If you look at the game the other day, we created important opportunities at the beginning of the game, but you have to take them. As a whole, I think in terms of the efforts on our opponent’s goal, we need to increase that level. “Our possession just hasn’t been good enough, that has been the key to it. We have to build the game quickly, but the ball has been so slow. Are Liverpool out of the top four race?11000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Manchester United launch their new third kit for the 2014/15 season

Manchester United have unveiled their new third kit for the 2014/15 season. The blue strip, which features a red trim and the logo of , will be the club's last under current kit spermanently by the Terriers last summer from Montpellier for €13m, but has been little usecontent_imgd this season.L’Equipe says Huddersfield are keen to sell Mbenza this month, with the attacker not in the plans of manager Dan Cowley.As such, local interest upplier Nike before Adidas take over from 2015/16. United last wore such a coloured strip in 2007, when they won back the Premier League title for the first time in four years. They wore the strip for the first time during Tuesday's friendly game with Inter Milan as part of their US Tour. The match in Washington ended in a 0-0 draw, with . This season will be the last of a 13-year association between United and Nike before they take up a 10-year agreAlexander Sorloth is set to be offloaded by Crystal Palace.Sky Sports says Trabzonspor are close to signing striker Sorloth from Crystal Palace.Sorloth is currently in Turkey to finalise his move.Palace will look to add at least one forward to their squad before Thursday’s deadline.Sorloth spent the second-half of last season with KAA Gent.ement with Adidas, , in 2015.

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Barcelona’s old guard splutter as Real Madrid make El Clasico hay at the Bernabeu

As we were plied with images of El Clasico feats of yore this week, the standard definition swagger of Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry stood out. On the evidence of , some of the current crop belong in Barcelona's illustrious past rather than their work-in-progress present. In the end, the moments where the newer stars of the parish stepped up on the big occasion at the Bernabeu – personified by the moment when Luis Suarez expertly supplied Neymar for the early opener – counted for little as fell short of their own stratospheric standards. Xavi, Andres Iniesta and company have nothing to apologise for. They have helped drag Barça to unimaginable heights over the years. It's just that we've arrived at a point where their great rivals are faster, stronger and – on this occasion – simply better. This was most evident in the spell of twenty minutes or so in the second half , pumped full of the super-charged, counter-attacking energy that characterised the best moments of their victorious Champions League campaign last season. Iniesta, the most graceful player of his generation, resembled the hapless Jiff Ramsey stumbling across the busy freeway in 'Bowfinger' wcontent_imghen Isco mugged him in the build-up to Karim Benzema's clincher. It was beautifully finished by , who outshone even Cristiano Ronaldo on the night as he continued his rich vein of form. Iniesta was just part of a pallid visiting midfield, ground down in the first half and steamrollered in the second. Xavi, having declined the opportunity to bring an end to his glorious spell at Camp Nou this summer, started the match having grimly fought his way back into Enrique's plans. One was eventually left wondering to what extent Ivan Rakitic might have imposed his own considerable personality on proceedingon the move again.After spending last season with Leeds United, Baker is now ready to move to Germany for a fresh loan arrangement.BILD says Baker is set to move to Fortuna Dusseldorf and has already left London to join their preseason training camp.s had he started in the captain's stead, as has so often been the case this season. If Xavi was below his best – as was the integral Sergio Busquets – then he had a better time of things than Gerard Pique. Poor form seems to have become permanent decline, and it was with a degree of inevitability that his handball offered Ronaldo the chance to draw Madrid level with a first-half penalty. Poor Pique can barely catch a break. Seconds after his best moment of the game, a outstanding block to prevent Ronaldo puttinies star has not played since he suffered ankle ligament damage during a pre-season friendly.Bournemouth have missed the pace and guile of Brooks in attacking areas so far this season.Manager Eddie Howe admits it is frustrating to have him out for sog the hosts ahead, the ball was in the Barca net as Pepe headed in the resulting corner unchallenged. If Barca's reluctance to show the best of their new face to this global audience saw them fall short – with their best centre-back this season, Jeremy Mathieu, exiled to his erstwhile position on the left – El Real thrived by incorporating their newer elements into a tried and trusted formula. With Gareth Bale out injured, Carlo Ancelotti used the plan which yielded good results during Ronaldo's spring absence, switching to the 4-4-2 which bettered Barca in the Copa del Rey final. Angel Di Maria had been the star of that dynamic, and it was another of those often considered part of the Bernabeu rank-and-file that made it fly here. Isco was excellent, shuttling play with skill and speed , even if the decisive passes of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez for the final two goals will rest in the memory. The sheer will of Ancelotti's team, as well as their versatility, must make them enduring title favourites. Barcelona are by no means finished, but the recurrence of the sort of faults that undermined them against the other opposition of high quality they have faced this season – Paris Saint-Germain – means Enrique must look hard to find his leaders. Who will win La Liga now?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Mancini: Tevez is DEFINITELY finished at City now

Roberto Mancini has confirmed there is no way back for Carlos Tevez at Manchester City. Tevez is currently AWOL in his native Argentina after refusinNorwich are lining up a move for Ralf Fahrmann.The Schalke goalkeeper would be brought in to compete with Tim Krul, according to the Daily Mail.Fahrmann has made over 200 appearances for the Bundesliga club.He was dropped midway through last term in favour of Alexander Nubel.g to come back to Manchester and train, having been exiled by Mancini. Mancini said the striker could have had a future at the club had he apologised for the bench fiasco away to Bayern Munich in September, which led to the disintegration of their relationship. But when asked if Tevez now had any chance of playing for City again, Mancini said: "No, I don't think so. "I don't know [if Tevez will return to Manchester]. I know he is in Argentina now, but I don't know about the other things. "You always need to behave in a loyal way, above all if you are the captain of Manchester City, a prestigious club. "Anyone can make a mistake and no error becomes irreparable. "It would have been sufficient to apologise to close the case. But he didn't want too. I did my job in an unpleasant episode. "Now the club will decide. I preoccupy myself with thcontent_imge team and what happens on the pitch. Tevez is still a great striker." Mancini received backing from Manchester United boss Sr Alex Ferguson for his handling of the Tevez saga. But the Italian said he got more pleasure from Fergplayer he’s seen.Some fans were left disappointed by the club’s transfer window, given the fact only three players were signed.For Rashford, it is a case of quality over quantity given what the newboys bring to the table – especially the amazing athluson's praise following City's 6-1 mauling of United at Old Trafford last month. "It's a lot more beautiful to receive Ferguson's compliments for the whitewash of United," said Mancini. "What emotions I felt that Sunday!"

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Everton must work harder to break sides down, says Seamus Coleman after Crystal Palace draw

Seamus Coleman believes Everton must be more creative after their . Roberto Martinez's side failed to turn their domination into three points against the Premier League's bottom side and Coleman, , knows they must be better. enjoyed over 70 per cent possession and the Republic of Ireland defender claims this is not enough on its own to win games. Coleman told the Liverpool Echo: "You've got to keep the ball, of course, and that's somethcontent_imging we do under the new manager. But you've got to keep it for a reason and that's to create chances. "We didn't create enough for the amount of possession we had – it's as simple as that. "We went to Palace playing well and with confidence so with no disrespect to them, the way we're playing, we should be coming to these places and getting three points. "It wasn't to be though because we just couldn't break them down. "They sat behind the ball and were happy with a point. "We only created a few openings, Bainesy created one in the first half and Jags had that header, which hit the bar in the second half. It wasn't good enough." Coleman admitted the latest international break has come at the wrong time for them and they will brood over the result before the Merseyside derby on Saturday week. "We're disappointed going into the international break, now," he said. "uardiola says iwas wrong to leave England for the USL.Anderson cut his Manchester City contract short to join US team Charlotte Independence, but is now a free agent.He told the Manchester Evening News: “Right now, because I’m in the situation I’m in now I’m thinkit isn’t hard to motivate his Manchester City players.The Sky Blues are attempting to clinch their third consecutive Premier League title this season.”When we are nine-years-old, you play in school with your friends, you want to win,” hI'm sure the manager will look at the videos of the game and see how we can improve and we'll do that."

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Adam Lallana withdraws from England squad after sustaining groin injury – reports

has withdrawn from to face Lithuania and Italy, according to reports. Tthe praise he sent his way.However, on Beckenbauer’s hopes of Klopp moving to Bayern Munich, the Reds manager insisted it was a non-starter.He told BILD: “I love Franz and he likes me, but I have a long-term contract with Liverpool. “Of course, I’m hhe midfielder was taken off at half-time during after so be joining Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.The former Hertha Berlin midfielder signed for Inter yesterday.“My first impressions are fantastic,” the 23-year-old told reporters.“I’m very happy to be here. I hope to do well and have a bright future wuffering an injury to his groin. According to the BBC he will now miss both Friday's Euro 2016 qualifying game against Lithuania and Wembley and the friendly against Italy next week. Lallana's withdrawal is the latest blow to a squad that has already lost Luke Shaw and Fraser Forster to injuries. Danny Rose, Jack Butland and Rob Green have alrcontent_imgeady been called in to bolster England's numbers. Will England win Euro 2016?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

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England set to send senior internationals such as Sterling, Barkley, Shaw and Oxlade-Chamberlain to U21 Euros

England could field the most expensive ­Under-21 team in history at the European Championship next summer, Three Lions chief Roy Hodgson could drop down Premier League stars such as Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw, John Stones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to help out Gareth Southgate’s side. He wants to give his ­brightest young senior stars more ­tournament experience after the And he sees next summer’s Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic as the ­perfect platform to give his starlets more exposure to ­tournament pressures. England have a friendly against Ireland in Dublin on June 7, ­followed by a Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia a week later – the day before the Championship begins. Hodgson’s stars would only be halfway through their Euro 2016 campaign at that point, and it would represent a bold move to pull But if England’s seniors are ­flying in their group, he may be persuaded to let some of his youngsters join Southgate – who now faces a play-off clash with Croatia for a place in the finals. It is the kind of joined-up ­thinking former Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has long been ­advocating but Hodgson’s move could lead to a clash with clubs who would want their players to have a ­complete summer break. And Hodgson has the backing of his FA bosses to get . Hodgson said: “That’s what the FA would like to happen. It will just be a question of Gareth and I sitting down and deciding which ones are the right ones. “There is always going to be a risk that he and I decide that ­although this player could have done both we are not going to ask him to because he already has tournament experience. Or it’s a bit unfair he has not been near the other ones and all of a sudden he jumps in. But it will be a ­discussion between Gareth and I. We get on well in that ­respect and we both sing off the same hymn sheet.” Nottingham Forest boss Pearce said: “Five years ago, our Under-21s played the German Under-21s in the European finals. “I look at their team then and the one that faced Portugal in the World Cup. “Six of their lads from the Under-21s carried on their progression, stayed in the senior squad and faced Portugal. There were no players in our starting lla admits Manchester United star Paul Pogba “wouldn’t mind a return” to Juventus next season.Pogba is close to returning to action after being sidelined for the majority of this season.However, speculation around his future at Old Trafford continues ine-up who made the same journey.” Hodgson added: “Let’s loostriker Marcus Rashford could miss the majority of the season after suffering a double stress fracture of the back.The United striker is due to have surgery, which is expected to take up to three months to recover from.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed hik at players who could play. Let’s see what they have been doing and let’s make a good ­decision. “Calum Chambers was going with Gareth. Then we lost two players and I said, ‘I am sorry, I’ve got to take him.’” What's better for developing England's youngsters?0+content_img VOTES SO FAR