Ruben Loftus-Cheek in line to start for England against Panama Share via Email Harry Kane It was the kind of question he could easily have answered with some straightforward platitudes but Southgate paused. He wondered if he could refrain, for now, from using such a term and his explanation offered a little insight into the kind of motivational tactics he is deploying with his leading striker. “I’m going to keep challenging him on that,” he said. Keep challenging him, keep pushing him to get better and avoid saying anything to make it sound as though Kane had already made it. Not yet, anyway.A lot of managers do the same when it comes to their top players but in this case it was tempting to wonder whether Southgate’s restraint was necessary. Kane does not seem the kind of player who will ever be satisfied until, in his mind, he can be safely regarded as the most lethal finisher in the business. Players do not get into that position unless they are supremely motivated.Kane has now scored in seven of his past eight England appearances, the first man to do so since Jimmy Greaves in 1960-61. He has 15 goals in 25 caps and, if there is one certainty, it is that he can see himself beating Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Agüero, Diego Costa, Romelu Lukaku and – not forgetting – Lionel Messi to the Golden Boot. Everything we have learned about Kane in the past few years should suggest he is obsessed by the idea. Play Video Marcus Rashford’s performance against Costa Rica in Leeds has certainly applied some pressure to Sterling’s place. Rashford was impressive again after replacing him in the second half against Tunisia but it would still be a surprise if Southgate decided to bring in the Manchester United player, at the expense of the Manchester City one, for Sunday’s game against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod.More likely Southgate will persevere with Sterling in the knowledge that Panama might be obliging opponents for a player who probably needs a goal to increase his confidence inside the penalty area. Sterling does, after all, have previous when it comes to snatching at chances, lacking the clinical touch to go with all his many attributes. His file of open-goal misses is substantial and the one against Tunisia was a jaw-dropping moment, no matter that an offside flag would have ruled it out anyway.The alternative argument is that he scored 23 times for City last season and was one of the driving forces behind Pep Guardiola’s team winning the league by a country mile. Sterling needs a bit of luck, perhaps, and to remember that not everything has to be done at high speed. But he is a dangerous and incisive opponent and there are valid reasons why is he a mandatory first-team pick for Guardiola.Likewise enough is surely known about Sterling by now to realise that he will keep persevering. Even in the difficult moments he has a rare knack of getting into scoring positions, again and again. Besides, it is not solely his responsibility to make sure England are not overly reliant on Kane. It is, however, a growing issue for Southgate with all the questions about whether a few of Kane’s teammates will be needing extra shooting practice in the coming days. England are here to win the World Cup, says Marcus Rashford – video Harry Kane: ‘The challenge is to be up there with Ronaldo and Messi’ Share on LinkedIn World Cup 2018 features Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Southgate has preferred Alli and Lingard to Fabien Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek because of the superior number of goals they have set up or created for their clubs. Alli, however, has scored twice in 26 England appearances, the last being against Malta in October 2016. Lingard has one goal in 13 caps and, apart from Kane, there was only one player in England’s starting XI against Tunisia who had scored more than twice for the national team. That was Ashley Young, with seven goals from a 10-year international career, albeit including a long period of exclusion from September 2013 to November 2017.For now Southgate does not seem overly concerned. One of the features of England’s 2-1 win against Tunisia was the frequency with which Alli and Lingard broke into the opposition penalty area. True, England missed more chances than they would wish to remember but there was some bad luck and excellent goalkeeping along the way, too. Overall, the good far outweighed the bad.In Sterling’s case, however, there is no doubt his scoring figures for England are poor, especially now he is operating alongside Kane as a central striker. Indeed, for a player who attracts so much scrutiny, an argument could easily be made that he had got away lightly when it comes to his productivity for England on the pitch and that, until now, it has largely gone unnoticed. The bigger problem for Southgate is that England cannot always trust him to take the starring role. What if he is marked out of a game? What if a Tunisian defender had reached Kieran Trippier’s stoppage-time corner first, before Harry Maguire, and the ball had never spun towards Kane for the decisive moment of Monday’s game? Who else in this England team is ready to score the goals?The over-reliance on Kane can seem strange when, between them, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard scored 61 goals for their Premier League clubs last season. Yet Sterling has not scored for England since October 2015 and has managed two goals in his 39 caps. They came against Lithuania and Estonia and it is now 984 days since the last one. Read more Share on Twitter Topics World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 1:12 Share on Facebook There was a revealing moment in Gareth Southgate’s company, reflecting on England’s opening week in Russia, when a question was lobbed in about whether Harry Kane had now confirmed his place among a small and exclusive group of elite footballers – a player, in the modern parlance of the sport, who could truly be described as world-class. Read more World Cup England Share on Pinterest Raheem Sterling Reuse this content
Topics Barcelona have become the first sports team in history with average first-team pay in excess of £10m a year, according to the latest Global Sports Salary Survey, which also shows the extent to which wages are spiralling across all sports.This season the Spanish champions will pay its 23-man squad an average of £10.45m, before bonuses, a figure that has risen by a third since 2017-18. Much of that is down to signing Lionel Messi to a new deal that pays him in excess of £50m a year, although signing Phillippe Coutinho, Arthur, Malcom and Arturo Vidal, and handing Gerard Piqué, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti and Sergio Busquets lucrative extensions has also significantly swollen the payroll.Real Madrid are second in the GSS survey – which tracks pay in 349 teams across eight sports in 13 countries – with its first-team players earning an average of £8.1m a year. The next six spots are filled by NBA teams, with the Oklahoma Thunder in third (£7.85m) and the Golden State Warriors (£7.82m) in fourth. Barney Ronay Manchester United (£6.53m) are the highest British club in the survey in 10th, one spot behind Juventus who have leapt from 32nd place to ninth after signing Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester City (£5.93m) are the next highest Premier League club in 20th position, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all in the top 40.The survey, which will be published on the Sporting Intelligence website on Monday, also found that the Premier League remained the richest football league in the world, with first-team squad players earning £2.99m a year on average – or £55,714 per week. That figure is 36% higher than the Premier League’s nearest rival, La Liga (£2.2m) and just under double that of Italy’s Serie A (£1.5m).The survey highlights, for the first time, the extent of the “Premier League premium” that clubs pay to attract and keep players – with research from the football analytics firm 21st Club showing that English sides not only pay more in transfer fees than their counterparts in Spain, Italy, Germany and France on average, but often two to three times more in average salaries for players of the same quality too.The survey quotes 21st Club’s head of football intelligence, Omar Chaudhuri, who says that senior figures at Premier League clubs often tell him they feel “ripped off” in the transfer market – while clubs on the continent sense an opportunity when doing business with English teams.“One Scandinavian team we met last year were looking to sell one of their brightest young stars to raise some income,” says Chaudhuri. “Our objective valuation of the player – based on similar players in the market – assessed him to be worth €6m to €8m (£5.3m to £7.1m). ‘But if we sold him to an English club,’ said the club’s sporting director, ‘we could maybe get double that.’ If anything, he had underestimated this premium.”English clubs usually overpay in wages too. As Chaudhuri points out, West Ham play at a similar level to Girona in La Liga – and if the two were to play at a neutral venue it’s likely that it would be a tight match. Yet West Ham’s average first-team pay is £3.2m a year, while Girona’s is £700,000. In other words, according to Chaudhuri, “The English team is effectively paying over four times as much for the same level of performance.” Barcelona news Reuse this content Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest The figures, which are sourced directly or indirectly from unions, player associations, players, agents, leagues or club sources, also shows that cricketers in the Indian Premier League earn more per match than players in any other sport. According to the survey, IPL players earned an average £274,624 despite only playing 14 games – far ahead of the second place NFL (£138,354) and the Premier League (£78,703).Incredibly, IPL stars also make more on average from playing between early April and late May than Tottenham’s players do across an entire season of English football. Share via Email Business Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Finances Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Ballad of Ousmane Dembélé: £100m victim of football’s fat greasy hands League-by-league sections in the report highlight trends such as MLS teams not valuing defenders – literally – with not a single defender in the top 30 best-paid players in the league. The parlous state of the Chinese Super League’s finances is also explored, showing top teams there are losing huge sums as they pay wages akin to big-five European levels.The NBA remains comfortably the top-paying league in world sport, with average basic salaries of £5.9m this season, while the WNBA is the best paid women’s league. However average salaries for WNBA players are £59,295 a year – one-hundredth of that of their male counterparts.
“Pep Guardiola says he didn’t leave the Etihad grass long against Liverpool. But which teams or managers have used this tactic to help their own side or hinder an opponent?” asks George Jones.Let’s start with the Poundland Machiavelli, former Cambridge and Lincoln innovator John Beck. Everyone in football knows about the infamous Beck and the stunts he used to pull at Cambridge. He brought in statisticians to lecture his players about how few passes were needed to score. He had the grass grown several inches long in the corners to hold up the ball when his players knocked it over the top. During the week they would rough up the pitch so anybody who tried to play football against them was at a disadvantage. “We just used to boot it upfield, so it didn’t really matter to us,” Steve Claridge recalls in his autobiography. Pinterest The Knowledge Share on Messenger Twitter Share via Email Has a goalkeeper ever been substituted for playing badly? Share on LinkedIn features Pinterest unrulyupstart (@unrulyupstart)@TheKnowledge_GU Hi! Me again. This weekend Glentoran’s goalkeeper scored his first goal for the club on his 723rd appearance. Has any player scored their first goal after amassing more appearances than 723?January 13, 2019 Top-scoring defenders“Chorley’s top scorer in all competitions is their left-back despite the club being top of the Vanarama National North,” tweets Gaz F. “What is the highest league finish a team has achieved with a defender top-scoring over the season?”Sometimes the best form of attack is a defender. The original slabhead, Steve Bruce, was Manchester United’s top scorer with 19 goals in 1990-91, when they finished sixth in the old Division One and beat Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona Dream Team to win the Cup Winners’ Cup. “While trawling through early Welsh Cup campaigns on Wikipedia, I found that Swansea RFC initially entered the inaugural 1877-78 competition, only to withdraw after realising it was a football tournament,” writes Iain Orkisz. “Aberystwyth were awarded a walkover. Are there other examples of teams from other sports mistakenly entering a football competition?”“Josh Magennis scored a hat-trick for Bolton in the FA Cup third round,” begins Dan Wood. “The last (non-loan) player to score a hat-trick for Bolton was Dean Holdsworth in 2001, also in the FA Cup. Have any clubs out gone longer than 18 years without a hat-trick hero of their own?” Twitter Share on Pinterest “I noticed the xG score for Cardiff v Huddersfield was 0.12 v 0.39. Is it the lowest-xG-scoring game ever?” asks Phil Dodds. “Is 0.12 the lowest individual xG recorded?”Email your questions and answers to email@example.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU. Liquid 🏴 (@GTPLiquid)Conference title and FA Trophy double winners:Wealdstone 1984/85Colchester United 1991/92Wycombe Wanderers 1992/93Pre-Conference, both Macclesfield Town (1969/70) and Stafford Rangers (1971/72) did the Northern Premier and FA Trophy double.January 9, 2019 Facebook Share on WhatsApp Brendan Rodgers and Craig Levein had a public spat after last year’s Celtic game at Hearts, and then there’s Trelleborgs FF. “When hosting Hammarby IF during the 2018 season, Trelleborgs decided to not only leave the grass long but also not water it before the game, all to slow down the tempo,” writes Gillis Holgersson. “It didn’t work – Hammarby won 3-1 and Trelleborg ended up relegated. Their stadium is frequently voted the least enjoyable away game in Sweden.” The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Steve Bruce celebrates after scoring against Barcelona. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images Share on Twitter Football There are a few teams who have won their league with a defender as top scorer. “In the 2001-02 season Plymouth Argyle won Division Three with a then record total of 102 points,” notes Tom Aldous. “Our joint top scorer was current Bristol Rovers manager Graham Coughlin with 11 goals. I imagine that all of them were imperious headers from set pieces.”Alastair Bourne nominates Lincoln centre-half Sam Ellis, who used his loaf to score 15 times when they won the old Division Four in 1974-75.But Bruce, Coughlin, Ellis and the rest must bow down and kiss the left boot of Eric Van Meir. “When Lierse were surprise winners of the Belgian Pro League in 1997, the central defender Van Meir was their highest scorer with 16 goals,” writes Stijn. “He was excellent in the air and had a left foot like a traction engine, scoring headers, free kicks and penalties. Lierse’s attacking duo Dirk Huysmans and Bob Peeters (once of Millwall) only managed 14 goals between them during their fairytale season.”Teams experiencing non-league double delight“Has any team managed to win the non-league double of National League champions and FA Trophy winners?” muses CB Kendall.This is an easy question to answer, especially when a cherished reader does all the work for us. “Wealdstone were the first team to achieve this feat back in 1984-85 when the National League was known as the Gola League,” writes Rob Read. “They followed up winning the league by defeating Boston United 2-1 at the old Wembley. Fun fact – Vinnie Jones was in the Wealdstone squad, but didn’t play at Wembley. Since then Colchester United (1991-92) and Martin O’Neill’s Wycombe Wanderers (1992-93) have managed the non-league double. However no team have won the double since the (Vanarama) National League has been in existence.”A couple of teams did achieve the feat in the pre-Conference days, however. The Bernabéu grass was left long in April 2011, according to Xavi. Photograph: Elisa Estrada/Real Madrid via Getty Images Read more Adam (@adz_365)Which club since the inception of EPPP (2012-13) has had the most academy produced league debuts at other clubs?January 15, 2019 Reuse this content Topics Stuart Smith cites a famous example from the legendary match between Wolves and Honved in 1954. “When Ferenc Puskas and the mighty Honved came to Molineux to play under floodlights, Wolves manager Stan Cullis had the pitch flooded and then rollered to appear playable. Honved took an early 2-0 lead, but the pitch turned into a bog reminiscent of a cattle field and Wolves ran out 3-2 winners, prompting Cullis to declare his side the best in the world.” You can read more about that famous match right here.José Mourinho has a tale or two to tell, too. He was Chelsea manager when, in February 2005, Blackburn saturated the pitch on the afternoon of their Premier League game. Chelsea won 1-0 and Mourinho had plenty to say afterwards. “During the afternoon it rained only in this stadium – our kitman saw it. There must be a microclimate here. The pitch was like a swimming pool.”There was apparently a hosepipe ban within the Bernabéu, and a drastic shortage of lawn mowers across Madrid, when Mourinho’s Real Madrid hosted Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in April 2011. Xavi accused Madrid of preparing a dry, hard pitch with much longer grass than usual. “It’s deplorable,” said the ambassador for the Qatar World Cup. Facebook Share on Facebook Knowledge archiveYears ago my boyfriend told me that Bob Wilson’s middle name is Primrose,” wrote Sharon Barnes in February 2002. “Is this true or am I a victim of an elaborate hoax?”It’s true Sharon. Bob Wilson’s middle name really is Primrose. If you don’t believe us, log on to the Association of Football Statisticians website. We’d also be interested to know of any other sporting stars with unusual middle names.• For thousands more questions and answers look through our archiveCan you help?“The Premier League reaches viewers in 185 countries,” begins Matthew Atkinson. “The United Nations recognises 193 countries with two observer members. Which of these member states do not receive broadcasts from the Greatest League in the World™️? Do Premier League broadcasts recognise any nations the UN does not?”“My best mate (lifelong Wycombe fan) recently named his cat ‘Bayo’ after Adebayo Akinfenwa,” writes Rich Booth. “Have any professional footballers or famous personalities got pets named after other professional footballers?”“Has anyone ever scored against a team with a stand named after them?” wonders Janne Kippola.
Reuse this content Anthony Joshua to defend heavyweight titles in New York against Jarrell Miller Share on WhatsApp Boxing Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email news Joshua, unbeaten in 22 professional bouts, did little to conceal his view of the fight as a proof of concept for his appeal in the US – “I’ll be deadly serious: Jarrell can’t beat me, even on his best day,” he said – so he has left the heavy lifting to the outspoken Miller, who has already been working overtime selling the fight by sheer force of personality. On Tuesday alone Miller accused Joshua of being “fake”, an “Uncle Tom” and a “giant pussy” – and that was before it got personal.“It’s just jealousy in my opinion,” Joshua said of Miller’s bluster. “Just hate for no reason. I respect my opponents. But if they disrespect me, they get the worst of me as well.”The 2012 Olympic champion was quick to break down Miller’s limitations as a fighter, including his weight (more than 315lb for his most recent fight) and a casual mention of the challenger’s nine-month suspension for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine handed down by the California State Athletic Commission in 2014.“He’s slow,” added a slim-looking Joshua, who said he is walking around at 115kg. “He’s not a puncher. Ex-kickboxer. Probably be better off in the NFL. Substance abuse. Got caught on PEDs. I can’t really respect that, so talk is cheap. I’m just going to back that up in the ring.”He added: “I keep hearing about his stamina and that he’s a pressure fighter. A fighter gets tired when they get hit, and he gets hit a lot. It doesn’t matter how good his stamina is. If I keep on punching – his jaw, his body – he’ll soon fade. He’ll soon find out what it’s like.“The best chance he has is to land a big right hand or a big left hook, but that’s not really going to happen, so he’s going to get beat.” Read more Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Anthony Joshua Share on Messenger So much of the early buildup to Anthony Joshua’s forthcoming defence of the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles has centred on those the British champion will not be fighting on 1 June at Madison Square Garden instead of on Brooklyn’s Jarrell Miller. That is more than fine with Joshua, who understands that fans would rather be served a long-awaited summit meeting with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury than Miller, an unfancied former kickboxer who has been installed as a 5-1 underdog in the contest.“My view on the whole situation is they’ll appreciate you when you’re done,” Joshua said on Tuesday at the Garden. “So right now I’m just going with where the best opportunities are and I’m making the right decisions for the long term. I’ll beat up Jarrell Miller, and what that then does help me do is say to Wilder: ‘Look, if you don’t want want to come to the UK, you’ve seen what we’ve done in the US, so let’s work on having it here on both of our terms.’”
“This is an opportunity to radically transform the game,” said Dr Christian Müller, Infront’s vice-president. “We want to make rugby more popular throughout the world, not just in higher viewing figures but by increasing engagement. If you put a sport or an event exclusively on pay TV, you will kill it.”The Six Nations have been holding talks with four private equity companies about securing their rights for the tournament and autumn internationals. They would give up a 27% stake in return for £80m each, but would lose commercial control and could mean the championship was taken off free-to-air television.“A fair balance between free-to-air and pay TV is required,” said Müller. “Otherwise, your exposure suffers and you make less from sponsorship because the viewing figures are not there. Look what happened to Formula 1 when it was squeezed for short-term gain and that must not happen to rugby. People are interested in sport in countries you cannot imagine, but you cannot make it more popular on pay TV.”Relegation would not be introduced immediately and the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship mainstays have been guaranteed their current sponsorship revenues through to 2033, by which time they would be £35m better off through incremental revenues. Any nation relegated, after a play-off, would receive a parachute payment.“It is up to World Rugby and the unions to reach agreement,” said Müller, whose company is involved with 160 sporting bodies and every major broadcaster in the world. “It is important the unions do not look for a short-term fix and we are prepared to address any of their concerns. This plan puts international rugby into a competitive framework and would make it more attractive.“Everyone would enjoy a substantial rise in income. I understand concerns about relegation and a lot of change and disruption is not good for a sport, but with football so strong and various other forms of entertainment posing threats, rugby has to look beyond its strongholds. The strength of this plan is that it offers both income and exposure, guaranteeing stability.” The Observer Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Sport TV Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Six Nations Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Twitter The company charged with selling the broadcast and sponsorship rights to World Rugby’s proposed Nations League has warned the Six Nations unions concerned about the financial impact of relegation that jumping into bed with a private equity company and putting the tournament on pay TV would leave them far worse off.Unions have until 5 April to say whether they are in favour of the new league, which would start in 2022. The Switzerland-based Infront Sports and Media, which would sell the rights, has guaranteed £5bn over 12 years, but with World Rugby insisting the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship be underpinned by divisions below it and promotion and relegation introduced, countries such as Ireland and Scotland fear going down would lead to financial ruin. Reuse this content news Share on Messenger Six Nations unions divided over revenue and Nations Championship plans … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Six Nations 2019 Rugby union World Rugby Share via Email
Australia cricket team The Observer Share via Email Read more Share on WhatsApp The Ashes “It’s been pretty cool,” Denly said. “I missed the birth of my son [in 2016] because I was at a county match in Derby. It was good to see my little girl come into the world.“We haven’t named her yet but once I get back we’ll have a chat about that. My wife has some interesting names on the list, so hopefully I can persuade her otherwise.“It would have been nice to get to that milestone today having worked so hard but England are in a good position. Hopefully I have impressed the selectors.“Whenever you open the batting there is expectation to score runs and do well. It’s been frustrating to get starts and not cash in. This Australian attack make you work hard for every run.” England cricket team Since you’re here… Share on Messenger news Joe Denly misses out on century but steers England to dominant position Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Facebook It was a maddening day for Australia, who will resume in the morning with two wickets still to claim and the lead already up to 382 runs. Their hopes of securing a first outright Ashes series win on English soil since 2001 are fading.There were errors along the way, too, both in the catching department and the failure to review lbw shouts against Denly on 54 and Buttler on 19. Both were shown to be out, continuing a poor series for Tim Paine when using the review system. The Australia captain joked: “I’m going to do some umpiring school when I get home, I’ll enrol in a level-three umpires course and see if I can get them right. We’re having a mare.“It happens. It’s fast, it’s a tough job. As I’ve said throughout the whole Test series I’ve got a new respect for umpiring, particularly in Test cricket because it’s a bloody hard job. For years players whinged about umpiring and now we’ve got it in our hands a little bit and we’re finding that it’s hard.” Topics Cricket Australia sport Joe Denly hopes he has now booked a place on England’s winter tours after a rollercoaster match during which he has witnessed the birth of his second child and now registered a career-best Test score.While falling six runs short of a maiden hundred on day three at the Oval, Denly’s third half-century in three matches has seen his series end on an upward curve before the squad for the two‑Test series in New Zealand in late November is picked.The 33-year-old right-hander slipped away on the first evening of the match to be present while his wife, Stacy, gave birth, before returning to the England camp and delivering on the field. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Read more Share on LinkedIn Barney Ronay at the Oval Joe Denly shows a wealth of class to prove Ed Smith’s hunch on the money Ashes 2019 Reuse this content
FA Cup Celtic vs Partick Thistle: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Stephen Crawford Last updated 1 year ago 15:20 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty FA Cup Celtic Celtic v Partick Thistle Partick Thistle Premier League The Jags have gone over a decade without getting one over on their city rivals and will be looking to spring a Scottish ‘cupset’ Celtic host Partick Thistle in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday with an eye on returning to winning ways after a shock defeat to Kilmarnock last weekend.A solitary goal from Youssouf Mulumbu was all it took to separate the two sides in a frustrating afternoon for the Bhoys at Rugby Park.As for Thistle, their mid-week loss to Rangers followed a 1-1 draw away to Motherwell, meaning Celtic will no doubt fancy their chances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Indeed, the Celts have not lost to their cross-city rivals in 26 meetings, with their last loss to Partick dating all the way to 1995. Game Celtic vs Partick Thistle Date Saturday, February 10 Time 12:15 GMT / 07:15 ET TV Channel & Live Stream In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC One Scotland and it can be streamed live online via the iPlayer or Celtic TV (overseas only). UK TV channel Online stream BBC One Scotland Celtic TV / iPlayer Squads & Team News Position Celtic players Goalkeepers Gordon, De Vries, Bain Defenders Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Lustig, Compper, Ajer, Ralston, Miller, Tierney Midfielders Bitton, Roberts, Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong, Hayes, Rogic, Ntcham, McGregor, Forrest, Musonda, Kouassi Forwards Griffiths, Dembele, Edouard Dedryck Boyata will be a definite absentee come Saturday, although fellow defender Kristoffer Ajer is included in the squad despite picking up a knock against Kilmarnock last weekend.Jozo Simunovic missed that 1-0 defeat as a precaution and could return to the centre of defence, though the match comes too soon for Marvin Compper. Jack Hendry is ineligible having already turned out for Dundee and Patrick Roberts has returned to training with the first team but will likely be given more time before returning to the pitch.Potential Celtic starting XI: De Vries; Ajer, Simunovic, Bitton, Tierney; Brown, Kouassi; Sinclair, Ntcham, Forrest; Dembele. Position Partick Thistle players Goalkeepers Cerny, Scully, Sneddon Defenders Dumbuya, Booth, Cargill, Keown, Elliott, Devine, McGinn, Penrice Midfielders Osman, Spittal, Bannigan, Erskine, Lawless, Barton, Edwards, Fraser, McCarthy, Wilson, Woods Forwards Doolan, Sammon, Storey Jags boss Alan Archibald has said that Niall Keown is a doubt for the clash but Steven Lawless and Callum Booth will both feature.Potential Partick Thistle starting XI: Cerny; McGinn, Devine, Cargill, Booth; Osman, Woods; Edwards, Lawless, Storey; Sammon.Betting & Match Odds Celtic are unsurprisingly installed as favourites as 2/11 (1.18) by dabblebet, while Partick are 11/1 to emerge as victors and a draw comes in at 11/2.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Celtic’s last meeting with Partick yielded a 2-1 victory as they travelled across town to Firhill Stadium in late January, with Scott Sinclair and Leigh Griffths both netting on that occasion.As mentioned, the Jags have a horrendous record against Brendan Rodgers’ side and the hosts are likely to be confident of bouncing back from their stinging defeat against Kilmarnock with a win on Saturday.The hosts do have a fair amount of injuries still to deal with, but have plenty of options in midfield and attack, while the return of Kristoffer Ajer at the back will provide a welcome boost to Brendan’s Bhoys.Partick striker Kris Doolan is optimistic, however, stating ahead of the match: “It’s down to mentality. People will turn around and maybe laugh because the gulf is so big, but Kilmarnock showed that on your day anything can happen.”We are under no illusions how difficult it is going to be but on the day, Kilmarnock showed last week that anything can happen and it just takes one goal to win the game.”
UEFA Champions League Kompany: Manchester City ready to break into Europe’s elite in Champions League Dom Farrell 05:04 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Manchester City Basel Basel v Manchester City The defender experienced more lows than highs in the Champions League but feel his club may now challenge Europe’s elite Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has challenged his team-mates to break Europe’s established order and challenge for Champions League glory this season.The runaway Premier League leaders turn their attention back towards Europe’s top competition with a trip to Basel on Tuesday.Kompany has already won every domestic honour available as City’s long-serving captain but continental success has proved elusive. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player This is the club’s seventh Champions League campaign and they have only progressed beyond the last 16 once – losing a semi-final to eventual winners Real Madrid in 2016 – but the dominant nature of their performances under Pep Guardiola this season has many tipping City for glory.”We lacked experience for sure,” the 31-year-old centre-back said, reflecting upon City’s early years in the Champions League at a pre-match news conference. “We’ve been caught out on occasions we shouldn’t have.”But things have changed. If there is a year, a moment when the club is ready to feel at home then it’s now.”I’m not going to say it’s a matter of time, as some clubs never win it, but if every year we can go with this kind of confidence then if not this year or next year, eventually we’ll get there. I’m sure of it.”It’s one thing for us to make that statement but [another thing] for us to go out and do it. In previous years we’ve felt how difficult it is.”We are trying to break into a well-established order – Barcelona, Bayern, Real Madrid – any team who has tried it has failed.”But first it’s Basel, then getting to the stage where we can measure ourselves against these teams and feeling like we can beat them.”Training done pic.twitter.com/70OtXXE3Iz— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 12, 2018City are heavy favourites heading into the tie but will be duly wary of a Basel side who beat their rivals Manchester United during the group stage and have enjoyed regular success against English sides at St Jakob-Park.Basel boss Raphael Wicky has never been introduced to Guardiola but did travel to Bayern Munich to observe first-team training sessions during his opposite number’s time in Germany.Wicky suggested his team face a tougher ask compared to when they took on Jose Mourinho’s men earlier this season.”They basically have no weaknesses,” he told reporters. “Manchester City can change their game, they’re flexible and can react to what their opponents do.”They have quality, and their coach has shown his quality with Barcelona and Bayern too. They’re an unbelievably strong team.”We always try to prepare a plan, and we have one for tomorrow. Everything has to go perfectly for us in every single aspect.”I don’t think we’ll be surprised by Manchester City tomorrow. Everyone knows how they play, and they’ll have a lot of possession. They are incredibly quick in transitions.”We have to be realistic, we’re not going to have 50 or 60 per cent possession. We must be incredibly solid, very compact, very focused in every second of the game.”When we have the ball, we have to have the courage to use it.”
José Mourinho Man Utd’s form will be ‘amazing’ – Mourinho Jamie Smith 20:24 2/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images José Mourinho Manchester United Manchester United v Chelsea Chelsea Premier League Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester United v Sevilla UEFA Champions League FA Cup With a raft of home fixtures forthcoming, the Portuguese believes the Red Devils are about to hit their stride Jose Mourinho forecasts an “amazing” period for Manchester United as he prepares for a glut of home matches across various competitions.United host Chelsea in a key Premier League clash on Sunday to kick off a run of four home games in their next five fixtures.Mourinho’s men start March with a trip to Crystal Palace before welcoming Champions League qualification rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The return leg of United’s Champions League last-16 tie with Sevilla follows, with a home FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton and Hove Albion wrapping up a busy period, and Mourinho is prepared for the challenges ahead as he faces a crunch spell.”I think the next few weeks at Old Trafford will be amazing,” Mourinho told MUTV.”Two big matches against two direct rivals in the Premier League, two knockout matches that, if things go well, can leave us in the quarter-final of the Champions League and the semi-final of the FA Cup.”Sometimes we have periods with three, four consecutive away matches but this time we have four matches at home, with Crystal Palace away in between, but four big matches at Old Trafford.”United face an increasingly hectic schedule in the closing months of the campaign due to competing on multiple fronts, with no date yet set for a postponed Premier League match against West Ham.”Time flies. It feels like two days ago that we were in Los Angeles for pre-season and now we’re almost in March,” added Mourinho. “March, April and May can be really busy and going far in the FA Cup creates you problems.”We now play Brighton when we were supposed to play West Ham and we don’t know when we’ll play West Ham.”If we play the semi-final of the FA Cup, I don’t know when that will be so it can be really busy and complicated.”
More than 120 people turned out for Touch Football Australia’s inaugural ‘Trends of the Game’ breakfast at the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club this morning. The breakfast was hosted as part of TFA’s commitment to facilitating innovation in the sport and working towards securing the 2009 Youth World Cup and the 2011 World Cup. Australian Women’s Open coaches Kerry Norman and Dean Russell kicked off proceedings with a presentation analysing areas of the game that Australian players at all levels need to focus on as well as the type of characteristics selectors are looking for in elite squad members.Norman and Russell also presented some video footage to display the strengths of the Australian Women’s Open team and the way they claimed the 2007 World Cup. Australian Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad was next to take the floor, clearly illustrating some of his successful 2007 World Cup team’s tactics. Trad gave a fascinating insight into the processes that have been implemented over the past five years in evolving the sport in this country. Australian Mixed Open assistant coach Karley Banks gave a presentation outlining the differences between domestic and international Mixed Touch Football as well as outlining some of the changes that need to be made to reverse the Mixed category results of the last World Cup. Australian Mixed Open Captain Tony Eltakchi supplied comic relief as usual, and support for the contention that Mixed is a pivotal genre of the game that needs to be spotlighted in the future to ensure development of the game continues.TFA Director of Coaching Dennis Coffey then made a presentation about technical aspects of player positioning as well as encouraging a uniform model of coaching throughout Australia. TFA National Director of Referees Lou Tompkins concluded the forum with a discussion of current attitudes in referring and requirements of top-level whistleblowers. The gathered throng then participated in question time with the coaches on the panel.Australia’s elite coaches through the National High Performance Program are offering their advice to budding coaches by spending time in the sub boxes of teams who request their input. The Trends of the game breakfast was very informative and well received by the crowd who braved the early morning start to listen to some of the best coaches in the business impart their knowledge to assist coaches to increase their knowledge of Elite level coaching.
It was lights, camera and action for the Women’s Open opening the television coverage on Saturday night. The stars of both teams came out to play in front of a healthy WIN Stadium crowd. Frankie Mortimer took over the captaincy with Leana Hoani struggling with a hamstring injury and New Zealand were dealt a further blow when Roxanne Winder scored the opening touchdown.New Zealand hit back with a long range effort from Carla Hohepa who outsprinted Australia’s cover defence to score.Kelly Woods continued the good form she showed in Game One to score a touchdown as the Aussies went into half time 2-1.In the second half it was the Winchester Sisters show with Claire scoring first, Louise second and the final touchdown of the night with a huge left foot step.Rebecca scored a well deserved touchdown but the World Champion Australians won the second game 5-2 and claim the series.
Touch Football Australia (TFA) is excited to release the Touch Football Athlete Development Framework.The Framework will be a vital tool for the achievement of key Strategies Priorities, as outlined in the TFA Strategic Plan, but more specifically TFA High Performance Plan Priorities; HPP1 – Sustainable Athlete Development, whilst also supporting HPP2 – Innovation in Coach Development. Furthermore it also supports TFA Participation Plan Priority 3 – Member Sustainability Program.The Framework has been developed in alignment to the Australian Institute of Sport FTEM (www.ausport.gov.au/ftem) model, in consultation with experienced coach advisors from all levels.The aim of the Framework is to assist Athletes and Coaches in the appropriate progression of Touch Football specific skills within eight key categories:1. Movement 2. Ball Skills3. Rollball4. Rucking5. Attack6. Defence7. Game concepts and strategies8. Athletic performanceTFA is currently creating a range of resources to assist athletes and coaches in each of the identified areas, and revising formal Sport Education structures. This commenced with the release of the online Foundation Coaching Resources in July. The next collection, Talent Coaching Resources, is currently being compiled.The Framework will be available free for all coaches and members, via the new ‘Resources – Athlete, Coach and Referee’ page on the TFA website.For more information and to view the Framework, please click on the attachments below.Related Filesathlete_development_framework_release-pdfathlete_development_framework_aug_2013-pdfRelated LinksAthlete Dev. Framework
There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNYC girls final By BEN HARRIS New South Wales Combined High Schools won their first National Youth Championships girls title since 2011 and their fifth overall when they defeated Queensland Secondary Schools Touch 4-3 in the final on Saturday afternoon.NSWCHS got out of the blocks in sensational style, scoring two touchdowns to Bailey Toleafoa and Shannon Rose in the opening minutes.QSST scored midway through the first half to make it 2-1, which remained the score until half-time.In an entertaining match that went end-to-end, superb attacking and defensive skills were on show.Kirra Dibb scored for NSWCHS to make it 3-1 but QSST scored in their next set through Emma Sykes.Another touchdown by Taryn Love again put NSWCHS up by two touchdowns.But when Tamika Upton scored for QSST with 10 minutes to go, the match was on a knife’s edge.It remained that way for the rest of the game but NSWCHS were able to hold on to claim the championship with a 4-3 victory.NEW SOUTH WALES COMBINED HIGH SCHOOLS 4 (Bailey Toleafoa, Shannon Rose, Kirra Dibb, Taryn Love touchdowns) def QUEENS;AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS TOUCH 3 (Emma Sykes, Tamika Upton, Tanielle Larkin touchdowns). HT: NSWCHS 2-1.
Travel through time to witness the formation of the NTL and results of NTLs past with this special 21st Anniversary edition of the 2017 NTL Hard Wrap. Check out the cover feature ”A Different League’, the NTL honour roll, 21 Gun Salute from some of the event’s shining lights over the years. Also, run your eye through the 2017 Elite Eight Preview and make your own prediction on who will reign supreme in ’17! Download your copy here.Also included in this edition of the Hardwrap is a preview to the ‘Thompson Touch Almanac’, where you can read details on NTL top try scorers, biggest winning streaks, champion permits, leading try scorers from the past 21 years and much more.Download the Opens division, Youth division, and Senior division almanacs here. Related LinksHardwrap
In January 2019 the Touch Football Australia (TFA) membership were advised of a review of the 7th Edition Playing Rules which was being undertaken by TFA.TFA has identified a further review is necessary to make slight alterations to the proposed 8th Edition Rules. The intention is to introduce the new rules into all competitions as of 1 January 2020. This will allow the update of all educational resources required for the effective roll out of the 8th Edition TFA Playing Rules.Please note that until such time as these rules have been endorsed and adequate education implemented, they should not be adopted into competitions and/or events unless approved by TFA.If you would like to seek permission to trial the proposed 8th Edition Playing Rules, please contact James Sharp via email at firstname.lastname@example.orgRead more here.
Check out below to see all the Final Standings from the 2019 National Youth Championships and National Schools Cup!With over 8,000 action shots including Plate Winners and MVP’s check out the Image Gallery thanks to NRL Imagery by clicking HERE2019 National Youth Championships18 BoysNSW Combined High Schools defeated QSST Fire 6 – 5Player of the SeriesFlynn Kelso (QSST)Player of the FinalsLiam Robinson (NSWCHS)Final StandingsNSW Combined High SchoolsQSST FireNSWTA DevelopmentSouth Queensland SharksNSW Combined Independent SchoolsCQ BullsNSW Combined Catholic CollegesNQ Tropical CyclonesSWQ SwansSunshine Coast PineapplesHunter Western HornetsBrisbane CobrasWestern TigersACT RaidersVictoria StormTasmaniaNT DevilsSA RoostersNew Zealand Under 16s18 GirlsSouth Queensland Sharks defeated QSST Fire 6 – 5Player of the SeriesLeesa Mi Mi (Brisbane City Cobras)Player of the FinalsAbby King (South Queensland Sharks)Final StandingsSouth Queensland SharksQSST FireBrisbane CobrasNSW Combined High SchoolsNSW Combined Independent SchoolsNSWTA DevelopmentNSW Combined Catholic CollegesSWQ SwansSunshine Coast PineapplesHunter Western HornetsNQ Tropical CyclonesWestern TigersVictoria StormACT RaidersSA RoostersNT DevilsTasmaniaNew Zealand Under 16sClick HERE for the full 2019 National Youth Championships Final Positions2019 National Schools CupYear 9/10 BoysOrmeau Woods defeated St Edwards College 8 – 3Player of the FinalsJai Charlton (Ormeau Woods)Final StandingsOrmeau Woods State High SchoolSt Edward’s CollegeTomaree High SchoolCavendish Road State High SchoolNorthern Beaches Secondary CollegeClevelandYear 9/10 GirlsThe Cathedral College defeated St Margaret Mary’s College 6 – 4Player of the FinalsKaliah Bob (The Cathedral College)Final StandingsThe Cathedral CollegeSt Margaret Mary’s CollegeMiami State High SchoolPalm Beach Currumbin RedsNorthern Beaches Secondary CollegeMonte Sant Angelo Mercy CollegeFairholme CollegeClevelandCavendish Road State High SchoolHoly Spirit CollegeRochedale State High SchoolSt Joseph’s Regional CollegeYear 7/8 BoysStretton State College defeated Mercy College 10 – 4Player of the FinalsKayliss Brown – Stretton State CollegeFinal StandingsStretton State CollegeMercy CollegeOrmeau Woods State High SchoolRochedale State High SchoolSt Andrew’s Anglican CollegeYear 7/8 GirlsThe Cathedral College defeated Cleveland 7 – 4Player of the FinalsOlivia Jenkins (The Cathedral College)Final StandingsThe Cathedral CollegeClevelandPalm Beach Currumbin State High SchoolAll HallowsCavendish RoadMiami State High SchoolRochedale State High SchoolSt Andrew’s Anglican CollegeClick HERE for the full 2019 National Schools Cup Final Positions
Bologna coach Inzaghi: Emotional facing Ancelottiby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna coach Filippo Inzaghi is looking forward to facing Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli.Inzaghi played for Ancelotti at AC Milan.”Facing Carlo will be really emotional,” Inzaghi said in his pre-match Press conference.“He’s a great man and we have a strong and emotional bond. We’ve always had a wonderful relationship.“However, I hope I can make him feel sad, after all the joy I brought him throughout my career…” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say PSG star Rabiot considers Tottenham ‘below’ his levelby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveParis Saint-Germain star Adrien Rabiot does NOT want to join Tottenham.Per ESPN FC, a source close to the player has said that he sees Spurs as “below” his level.The 23-year-old central midfielder is seemingly destined to leave PSG, as he cannot agree on a new contract.And it is reported that Barcelona want to sign him on a free transfer in the summer.But no agreement is final. And other clubs have an interest, including Juventus and Spurs.PSG wanted to keep Rabiot, but his wage demands of €10 million a year proved too steep.But the developments have annoyed PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is unhappy the saga has dragged and that PSG will lose another homegrown talent.
Iniesta doubts PSG star Neymar will make Barcelona returnby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta can’t see PSG star Neymar making a surprise return this summer.It’s emerged Barca director Andre Cury has been meeting with representatives of Neymar over the part fortnight about returning to the Nou Camp.However Iniesta, who is now with Vissel Kobe, told RAC1: “Neymar’s return to Barça seems like something very complicated, but in football everything is possible. “He’s one of the strongest players in the world.”But I can hardly see him coming back to Barça.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Parlour advises Emery to make Carabao Cup aimby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Ray Parlour thinks Unai Emery should be aiming to win the Carabao Cup.The Gunners host Nottingham Forest in the third round on Tuesday night as they start their campaign at the Emirates.”I think he mixed the team with experience and youngsters,” Parlour said of Arsenal’s run to the quarter-finals in last season’s Carabao Cup.”There is no problem with that, it is good to give the youngsters game time and they have some very good youngsters at Arsenal – Reiss Nelson, (Ainsley) Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Emile Smith Rowe. It is great to see players like that come into the team.”But you can also see how important the competition is to teams like Manchester City and it is another trophy to talk about at the end of the season.”It is a magnificent achievement to win any competition and for Arsenal and Unai Emery, and the rest of the top six, they should be – and probably will be – taking it seriously.”There are a lot of games and you get injuries through the season so it is a bit about balancing the squad.”He added: “The big teams have got bigger squads but it still baffles me when you get to the latter stages of any cup competition and rest players.”Arsenal fans would embrace another day out at Wembley and have a good time, as well as challenging to win the trophy – something Arsenal will be wanting to do, I’m sure.”If you ask any fan around the country and say ‘do you want a Wembley day out to go for a cup and win a trophy’ they would say ‘yes, definitely’.”I’m really surprised sometimes when teams rest players. It was the first ever trophy I won as a player and I really enjoyed it and now Emery could make it his first title in England as well.”