Aston Villa manager defends decision to stop young midfielder from training with England

first_img Jack Grealish and Tim Sherwood Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has defended his decision to block Jack Grealish from training with England during the international break.The midfielder has pledged his international future to the Three Lions after choosing them above the Republic of Ireland. Birmingham-born Grealish represented Ireland at under-21 level as he qualified through his grandparents but after his decision, national manager Roy Hodgson was keen on bringing him to train with England, with Grealish waiting for his new international registration. Villa want to keep him at the club to work on his match fitness after he missed most of pre-season with a hamstring injury and, ahead of Saturday’s visit of Stoke, Sherwood insisted it is the right call.He said: “He’s missed pre-season and the last international break when we wanted to get some training into him, he was injured. So we’re going to use this opportunity now.“If he was called up for the squad then he’d be going but he wasn’t. Roy asked me and said he would like to invite him there and introduce him to the boys and get a feel for St George’s Park.“I thought it was better for him to stay here and work hard. We’ll use this time to get him fit for the remainder of the season. He won’t be alone, a few of the boys are doing exactly the same.”But Sherwood warned the 20-year-old he must focus on his Villa form if he stands any chance of gatecrashing Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016. He said: “He’s not playing for England unless he is playing for Villa. It goes for every player, they need to play for their club side and play well to get picked by the England manager.“Roy is at a lot of our games and he is always looking. He’s going to make that decision based on how Jack is playing for Aston Villa.” 1last_img read more

‘Van Gaal is a defeated man and should be replaced with Mourinho’, talkSPORT told

first_imgFormer Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes Louis van Gaal looks a “defeated man” and MUST be replaced with Jose Mourinho.Van Gaal oversaw the Red Devils’ fourth consecutive defeat when they lost 2-0 away to Stoke on Boxing Day, a result which also meant they have now gone seven games without a win.The United manager then admitted in his post-match press conference that he could quit the club, and Bosnich insists the Dutchman’s body language highlights his current mindset.“If one keeps losing continuously, it sometimes leaves the board with no choice,” said the Australian glovesman, who was the only player signed twice by Sir Alex Ferguson during his time at Old Trafford.“I watched his body language very closely on Saturday and he just looked like a defeated man. The fact that he actually said he might come out and resign told its own story in itself.“Last week against Norwich [a 2-1 defeat] was a disaster, it was a little bit better on Saturday, but they’re just not good enough. In football, it generally comes down to the manager and it’s much easier to get rid of the manager than 11 players.”Since his dismissal as Chelsea manager, Mourinho has been made favourite for Van Gaal’s job, with reports that he could be in charge by the New Year.Mourinho was initially linked with the United job when Ferguson retired in 2013, and Bosnich believes it was a mistake not appointing him then and it would be another mistake not appointing him now.“Originally when Sir Alex Ferguson retired I thought he would have been the best choice to go for then,” Bosnich continued.“I know a lot of people have their doubts but the bottom line is he is one of the best managers in the world.“Everywhere he has gone during his career he has won trophies and if you speak to the majority of Manchester United fans, they just want to get back to the glory days where they are in the hunt for the major trophies.”last_img read more

Aston Villa midfielder wanted by La Liga side in the summer

first_img Carlos Sanchez [right] in action for Aston Villa 1 Deportivo La Coruna are lining up an offer for Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez.The Colombian has started just 12 Premier League games so far this term and his future is uncertain, especially given Villa’s current relegation scrap.According to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, Deportivo are ready to hand the 30-year-old a Villa Park escape route.It has been reported that the mid-table La Liga side will make their move once the transfer window opens in the summer and reckon Sanchez would be up for a return to Spain.The Colombia international, who has made a total of 43 Premier League appearances for Villa since 2014, spent one year at Elche before his switch to England.last_img read more

Man United 1-1 Leicester: Martial goal keeps champagne on ice for 10-man Foxes

first_img1 Leicester City missed the chance to claim the Premier League crown as Manchester United earned a draw to delay their coronation.Anthony Martial looked like he was going to spoil the party when he scored early on but captain Wes Morgan equalised for the visitors.Danny Drinkwater saw red with only minutes remaining for a second booking but despite late pressure, they held on for the draw.The result means if Leicester are to win the title on this bank holiday weekend, they must rely on Chelsea to do them a favour and beat Tottenham and Stamford Bridge on Monday night.United dominated the opening exchanges and Leicester looked ragged in defence as the occasion seemed to induce some nerves in the Foxes.The hosts had had 80 per cent of possession when they took the lead in the eighth minute as Antonio Valencia beat Christian Fuchs too easily before standing the ball up for Martial to slam passed Kasper Schmeichel at the back post.And it was nearly 2-0 after 14 minutes when Jesse Lingard fired a low shot into the bottom corner but Schmeichel came up with a stunning save.The save proved crucial as Leicester were level three minutes later when Morgan got the better of Marcos Rojo from Danny Drinkwater’s free-kick and nodded the ball into the net from four yards out.Marouane Fellaini could be facing a retrospective three-game ban for his first-half shenanigans after television cameras caught the Belgian elbowing Robert Huth in the chin after the German appeared to pull his hair.Shinji Okazaki and Leandro Ulloa both had decent chances to give the Foxes the lead after half time as Leicester dominated the start of the second half.The Argentine had another great opportunity with only 25 minutes to go but he got too much on his flicked header and it sailed over the crossbar.With three minutes remaining Drinkwater was shown his second yellow card for tugging down Memphis Depay on the edge of the area, but the ten-man Foxes held on for the draw.The game ended with the points shared and while Leicester fans must remain patient, United’s followers will be beginning to lose patience as they sit four points off fourth with three games remaining. Anthony Martial scored after only eight minutes last_img read more

Missed the goals from the Europa League final? Watch them all here!

first_img1 Sevilla beat Liverpool 3-1 to win the Europa League Jurgen Klopp failed to lead Liverpool to a ninth European trophy on Wednesday evening, losing 3-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League final.The La Liga side claimed their third successive trophy in the competition, continuing Unai Emery’s excellent work with the club.The Reds appeared to be in the driving seat, controlling the first half with ease, and taking the lead.Daniel Sturridge bagged the opening goal, shooting with the outside of his left foot and seeing the ball nestle in the far corner of the net, after flying past the outstretched hand of goalkeeper David Soria.Kevin Gameiro grabbed the equaliser just 17 seconds into the second half, with the Reds cut open as they failed to deal with the incisiveness of Sevilla’s attack.Liverpool were much poorer in the second period, and Coke added a second with a perfect first-time curling finish. The midfielder extended the lead after 70 minutes, capitalising on some shocking defending from Klopp’s menYou can watch all the goals below…last_img read more

Pogba and Griezmann showing off impressive skills in training (video)

first_img1 Skill.That’s presumably what Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann’s France team-mates were shouting at them during this little kickabout.France are doing their last bit of preparation for the game against Romania on Friday 10 June where in what is the opening game of Euro 2016.With Pogba and Griezmann in the side, it’s easy to see why host nation France are among the favourites to win the whole thing. Pogba’s displays at Juventus in recent seasons have seen him linked with big money transfers abroad, as has Griezmann who was a runner-up with Atletico Madrid in the 2016 Champions League final.Watch the impressive pair in the video below. Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann knock the ball about in training last_img read more

Adrian Durham diary: England v Wales drama, Coleman’s Bale failings and more…

first_img7 talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham is taking you behind the scenes at Euro 2016. Today, he writes about an electric British derby between England and Wales, gives a shout out to talkSPORT’s James Milner and explains why a half and half scarf can sometimes be acceptable…. England v Wales in Lens and what a fantastic day. We drove up the A1 from Chantilly, made it past a police check on cars to make sure nobody was taking alcohol to Lens, and then arrived in really good time.French police check the talkSPORT car for alcoholI walked from the stadium to the train station to pick up a ticket I’d bought, and walked back again, and saw England and Wales fans mixing freely with no trouble whatsoever. There was a great atmosphere, lots of singing, and everyone was loving it. Inside the ground, there were Wales fans mingling with England fans, and no problems. As L’Equipe said, it was a typical Premier League atmosphere, and the national anthems of both countries were sung frequently during the game, and sung with such passion that even the most ardent football hater would have been moved to tears.England and Wales fans mingle in LensEngland and Wales fans ahead of the big matchThe game was dramatic to say the least, you all know what happened, so no need to go over it here. I will say I thought Rooney was excellent again, the England full-backs were amazing, Joe Hart should have saved the free-kick, and Roy made good, albeit obvious, subs. It was a bold shout bringing on Rashford for such a game as well, and the kid played decent. Credit to Roy for that. Sterling wasn’t great again, and he might have played his way out of the starting line-up, Kane looks shattered, and Dele Alli was disappointing I thought. I wouldn’t mind seeing Jack Wilshere come in for the Spurs youngster.As for Wales, Chris Coleman must work out a way to get more out of Bale. Yes he scored but for the second game running it was a pot shot from a free kick that should have been easily saved. Apart from that Bale worked hard, showed flashes here and there, but at full-time I was relieved as an England fan that he had little chance to show his true quality. As England know only too well, tournament football is massively different to qualification, and Coleman must work harder while he has such a golden talent at his disposal. Lumping it up to him and hoping for free-kicks is pretty basic stuff.I must give a shout to Frazer, who I stood next to at the game. Never met him before but he was a top man, and he predicted England would win 2-1 with a last minute goal. So when it happened we had a manhug. Nice moment. Not sure he’s recovered.England fans celebrate the dramatic win over WalesMy wife was also at the game and she found a half and half scarf for sale outside the ground. It was silk, 10 Euro, and she bought it. Unacceptable, I hear you say. But her mother is English and her dad is Welsh, and it is a gift for them. So it’s one of the rare occasions when a half and half scarf IS acceptable.The ‘acceptable’ half and half scarfAfter the whistle I quickly made my way to the temporary talkSPORT studio in Lens to start hosting the next two games. Colin Murray’s inserts from pitchside during the Northern Ireland games are a thing of joy and beauty. For example, with NI leading 1-0, six minutes of injury time were signalled, and Colin’s reaction was: “Six minutes??? Why don’t they just play another bloody game?” Proper passion. Hats off to Northern Ireland, an incredible result for them.And then Germany 0 Poland 0. Disappointing. We drove back to Chantilly, arriving at about 12:45am. The Senior Gooner deserves a shout out for being talkSPORT’s version of James Milner: not boring, but works hard, does a great job for the team and was on the go doing stuff literally all day and virtually all night yesterday. Hence his “lazyboy” moment as you can see.talkSPORT’s James Milner takes a well-earned restI was still buzzing from the England win, so we stayed up in the hotel bar til 3am watching a re-run of the whole match on French TV. They stopped serving at about 2am, but we had our own stash of beers. Decent.And yes I went crazy again when Sturridge got the winner. Adrian Durham takes you behind the scenes in France last_img read more

When Man United’s stunning new signing made a mug of Man City’s goalkeeper

first_imgSo, it looks like Zlatan Ibrahimovic is bound for Old Trafford. The Swedish maverick made an announcement on his Instagram confirming his next destination will be Manchester United, so we thought it would be a good excuse to look back at his stunning goal against England in 2012. Sweden marked the opening of their new national stadium with the clash against Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions – and they were 4-2 winners. Ibrahimovic scored four on the night past Joe Hart – who plays for his new club’s rivals Man City – including an outrageous overhead kick.The Swedish star had already netted a hat-trick before adding his fourth shortly before the full-time whistle. Hart came out of his area to head clear, into the path of Ibrahimovic, whose 30-yard overhead kick looped into an open goal, much to the delight of Zlatan’s worldwide following.  Can he beat Hart again in the Manchester derby? Click the video above to relive the moment, including talkSPORT’s Stan Collymore, who was on commentary.last_img read more

Storm knocks tree onto vintage automobiles

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Jaynes and his two dogs, Tank, a golden retriever and Sage, a black Labrador mix, were safe, but the dense tree crushed the one-car stucco garage, knocking it off its footing. Inside sat Jaynes’ “baby,” a rare 1964 Toyota Land Cruiser station wagon he was in the process of restoring. The 41-year-old collects vintage Land Cruisers and had stored the tan wagon in the garage to shield it from the elements. “That was the rarest one, the one I treasured the most. Now it’s two feet off the ground,” Jaynes said. He said Toyota imported just 200 FJ45s into the United States. “They’re rarer than a ’54 Vette,” he said. The cars serve as his retirement fund. The service manager for a Van Nuys company that specializes in restoring and selling Toyota Land Cruisers said Jaynes is very knowledgeable about his motoring brood. “If you’ve got one of the rarest trucks around, you’re a premier collector,” said Jay Myers of TLC. “We’ve done restorations on them that exceed $100,000. They’re very desirable.” The extent of the damage is not visible from the street, where Jaynes’ home on the 17000 block of Forrest Street and a vehicle parked in the driveway block the yard. The falling tree hit a chain-link fence near the bumper of a 1965 red Land Cruiser in the driveway, which Jaynes said could be worth as much as the wrecked tan model. Keeping the ’64 wagon company in the garage were a 1942 Willys Jeep and an all-terrain vehicle. Jaynes’ neighbor was not at home when the tree toppled, and when Jaynes later knocked on the man’s door he seemed unaware of what had happened, Jaynes said. Jaynes, who has worked for 17 years in the warehouse of Aquafine Corp. in Valencia, had gone to some trouble to land the 1964 wagon. During a 1989 trip to Overton, Nev., he took many pictures, and the wagon was posed beside a house for sale in one of them. He wrote the town’s postmaster, seeking the name of the homeowners. Five months later Jaynes towed the wagon home. After about six years he was about 80 percent finished with the restoration project. The matter has been turned over to the two homeowners’ insurance companies. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – One minute, Tim Jaynes was lying in bed watching torrents of rain hammer his backyard. The next, his eyes bulged as he saw his neighbor’s 70-plus-foot pine tree crash into his garage a few feet away, smashing the structure like an angry fist. “I was just getting ready to let my dogs out,” Jaynes said Tuesday. The storm was still moving through when the tree fell about 8 a.m. Monday on the detached garage. “I heard some stuff popping. I didn’t hear the garage breaking apart – that’s how loud the rain was coming through the trees. I watched it fall …” last_img read more

Stojakovic sits out again with bad back

first_imgSacramento Kings forward Peja Stojakovic missed his second straight game Sunday night with a protruding disc in his lower back, another potentially serious injury for the three-time All-Star. Stojakovic has missed eight games with three different injuries this season, including the back problem that kept him out of Friday’s loss to the Hornets. His back has been troublesome all season, preventing him from jumping, shooting and playing defense with his usual effectiveness. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Gooden was on the inactive list for the game with a right leg adductor strain, and the team said he was day-to-day. Gooden, averaging 11.4 points and 8.7 rebounds, hurt his leg in the third quarter of the Cavaliers’ 115-106 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Stojakovic, who’s in the final year of his contract with the Kings, is averaging 16.6 points per game, his lowest average since his second NBA season in 1999-2000. Gooden not good: Cleveland Cavaliers forward Drew Gooden sat out Sunday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers due to a thigh injury. last_img read more