Wales have decided to make a surprise inclusion for the upcoming World Cup 2018 qualifying matches against Austria and Moldova, as a youngster Ethan Ampadu is one of the names in the 25 man squad.
He is one of the latest young talents to make the switch to Chelsea, as he has decided to make West London his home from Exeter. The 16-year-old is not done 17 until September, but this will not prevent him from being one the sidelines for Welsh national team, according to Coleman. He says that every player capable of representing the national team will get a chance with Wales.
Coleman also denied that the inclusion of Ethan Ampadu is primarily in order to make him available for the Welsh team in the future. The centre back had been with Exeter throughout his career, but he is also capable of representing for England. The defender is also capable of playing as a defensive midfielder. He has signed a contract with Chelsea until the summer of 2019. Continue reading Chris Coleman Ready to Hand Ethan Ampadu a Debut
Scotland international Robert Snodgrass believes that his nation could still clinch automatic qualification to the World Cup, should they managed to beat rivals England in their next qualifier.
The neighbours face off against each other on June 10th with the Scots currently six points adrift of the Three Lions.
Manager Gordon Strachan was on the cusp of losing his job during the initial stages after a 1-1 draw against Lithuania was coupled with successive 3-0 defeats to Slovakia and England. However, Chris Martins’ last winner against Slovenia in March has given the Scots a slim chance of making it to Russia next year.
Snodgrass, who joined West Ham United from Hull City in the second half of the season, feels his nation could be back in the hunt for qualification if they surprise Gareth Southgate’s men at Hampden Park, he said: “That was our objective at the start. It wasn’t to just fight for second place. We created a lot of chances against England in November and we would never have done that if we didn’t believe. We want to get there automatically, we want to beat England and we want to kick on.” Continue reading Robert Snodgrass Still Confident of World Cup Qualification
England risk losing the forthcoming World Cup as MPs vote that they have no confidence in the country’s Football Association.
The vote is one that could hamper the preparation of the Three Lions for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia as it would be an offence considering FIFA’s political interference stance.
Though a ban is unlikely as it is expected that they would sit up when FIFA warns but the oldest Football Association in the world face a risk. Culture, Media and Sport committee MPs are not satisfied with the FA and could cut £30-40 million in funding, at the very least. The committee chair has said that a change in the way things are done is a guarantee.
However FIFA rules forbid interference from the political class of any country. The world football body has moved to suspend several countries in recent years for violating the rule. The vote of no confidence means the government would reform the governance of the association, directly against FIFA’s mandate. Continue reading ENGLAND RISK MISSING THE FORTHCOMING WORLD CUP
The world’s leading anti-doping organisations have suggested that Russia should be deprived of the privilege of hosting the 2018 World Cup seeing their failure to properly tackle the prevailing challenge of doping in the country.
The Anti-Doping Agencies have called for Russia to be banned from participating and also be stripped of hosting further international sporting events, including the 2018 World Cup, until she has shown that she abides by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code.
The recently released McLaren report shows that the country has failed several dope tests owing to a state-sponsored doping programme for over 1000 athletes spanning from 2011 to 2015.
Travis Tygart, United States Anti-Doping Agency chief executive has assured other agencies and organisations that he believes Russia can show that they are co-compliant with the WADA regulations and that the world cup host should not be taken from them. He said this at a summit of anti-doping organisations in Dublin.
Meanwhile, the country had already lost their bid to host the 2017 Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships as well as the World Cup Biathlon event Continue reading ANTI-DOPING AGENCIES BLAST RUSSIA’S INCOMPETENCE
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