Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere wants to play for the national team again.
He said that it is an immense honor to represent your national team and that he is determined to get back into the team. He admitted that his form has not been really good as he was hindered by injury but he wants things to change this season.
Jack Wilshere spent the last campaign on loan to Bournemouth, and despite making an encouraging start to the season, his form rapidly declined, and he found himself spending some time on the bench. To make matters worst he was again injured and had to spend some time away from the training ground.
It appears that the player will be back at Arsenal this season and that he will have to fight for his place in an already congested Arsenal midfield.
Jack Wilshere said that he is not afraid of competition and that he will do his best to get back into the side. He said that with the World Cup coming up next year, it is important that he gets back into the England team and he feels that this will be an added motivation for him to train harder. Continue reading Wilshere wants to play for England →
In recent times, FIFA has been undergoing a string of scandals, briberies and things of this nature which has led to a number of FIFA executives either deciding to resign from their position in the football governing authority.
It’s even believed that some countries have been able to host the worldwide competition for the simple reason that they paid certain officials in order to get enough votes to make it happen, even if this nation does not have enough technological resources or top stadiums to host an event of this magnitude, it has been discovered that it does not matter as long as the nation paid for their bids and votes.
However, there still is hope as the former FIFA vice-president Victor Montagliani believes that the upcoming editions of the World Cup will clean up everything that has recently been going on and will help in trying to restore the image of the sport which has been tainted by all of these defamations. Continue reading Victor Montagliani says that the next World Cups will clean up football →
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says that he is relieved to have avoided the big guns in the World Cup 2018 qualification group.
The details of the opponents were recently revealed and Ireland are in a group containing the likes of Wales, Serbia, Austria, Moldova, and Georgia. Almost all of them have an equal chance of reaching the finals. O’Neill is a manager under pressure due to various reasons. Unlike Wales, who have progressed a lot in recent times, Ireland have been an underdog for a considerable period of time. Even the arrival of O’Neill has not improved their fortunes.
At this stage, a tough draw with opponents like Spain, France, and Italy in the group stages would have proved extremely difficult for Ireland to handle. As it is, they will go into the qualification campaign with a real hope of reaching the finals. Ireland have not reached the finals of the World Cup since 2002. In fact, the team has managed to reach the finals only on three occasions in their entire history. Hence, they were relying upon a huge slice of luck in terms of the draw and this is what exactly Martin O’Neill has received. As a result of this draw, Ireland cannot only hope of qualifying for the finals but they can also hope for winning the group. Continue reading Martin O’Neill says that he is relieved to have avoided the big guns →
Brazil manager Dunga has tried to quell speculation that former captain Thiago Silva is unhappy within the national team ranks after losing his captaincy, without reportedly being told, to Neymar in the last few days.
The Brazilian national team has undergone several changes since the catastrophic World Cup 2014 exit. Several new players have been brought in to the national team fold by new manager Dunga, but Silva was expected to retain his captaincy. Regarded as one of the best centre backs in the world, the former AC Milan defender said a few days ago that he was shocked to see the captaincy stripped from him without being told.
Dunga has tried to pacify the situation by claiming that the Brazilian national team has a number of leaders, who necessarily do not look for the armband. Instead, he has urged the players to show their leadership skills on the pitch. Neymar is regarded as a prodigious talent who has already featured in more than 50 international appearances. He has an impressive goal record with 42, while they could have also finished as the top scorer in the World Cup had it not been for the injury suffered in the last few weeks of the tournament. Brazil are right now involved in a number of international friendlies, which Dunga has utilised to introduce a number of new players.
“Everything here is being done in an organised fashion, and planned in advanced.To the media, it might seem like controversy, but the truth is things are cool for us.In the Selecao it doesn’t matter who wears the armband, but rather who provides this leadership on the pitch.I think [what makes a difference] is the work we’re doing, trying to give confidence to who played the World Cup and bringing in others that weren’t there. We have brought in new blood, there’s motivation, everyone is trying to find their space in the squad while at the same time respecting the others,” said Dunga.