Author Profile: David Smith

Robbie Brady takes the Republic of Ireland armband from Seamus Coleman as Martin O’Neill rings the changes

Robbie Brady takes the Republic of Ireland armband from Seamus Coleman as Martin O’Neill rings the changes

    BURNLEY midfielder and record signing Robbie Brady will replace injury victim Seamus Coleman as captain of the Republic of Ireland in tonight’s international friendly against Iceland in Dublin. The Republic's regular skipper Coleman has undergone surgery on the broken leg he suffered...read more »

We rate the daily gossip: Eden Hazard, Mamadou Sakho, Alexis Sanchez and Michael Keane are in the news today

We rate the daily gossip: Eden Hazard, Mamadou Sakho, Alexis Sanchez and Michael Keane are in the news today

  JOSE Mourinho is reported to have held talks with Barcelona playmaker Neymar about a move to Manchester United – news that is said to have set ‘alarm bells ringing’ at the Nou Camp. United are keen to bring a world-renown forward...read more »

The international stage looks tailor-made for Michael Keane: an England star in the making

The international stage looks tailor-made for Michael Keane: an England star in the making

  MICHAEL Keane became the SIXTEENTH Manchester United youth product since 1995 to earn an England cap after making his Three Lions debut against Germany last week. The Burnley centre half looked right at home in a three-man defence during the 1-0 defeat in...read more »

Chelsea have a real gem on their hands in Ruben Loftus-Cheek – hope Antonio Conte realises it

Chelsea have a real gem on their hands in Ruben Loftus-Cheek – hope Antonio Conte realises it

  RUBEN Loftus-Cheek sent out a message to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: I’m a player. The 21-year-old midfielder, who has made just 19 appearances for the champions-elect since 2014, was a class apart as England’s Under 21s ripped Denmark apart. The Danes are...read more »

How did England’s starting XI rate? Who will keep their place for the next game?

How did England’s starting XI rate? Who will keep their place for the next game?

  IT wasn’t the greatest England performance of recent times. But it was a case of ‘job done’. The result, at the end of the day, was all that mattered. So who shone – and who deserves to keep their place...read more »

Life in the old dog yet: England skipper Jermain Defoe has still got the goalscoring touch

Life in the old dog yet: England skipper Jermain Defoe has still got the goalscoring touch

JERMAIN Defoe marked his return to the England side, as skipper, after a three-year absence with a goal straight out of his personal back catalogue. Not a particularly spectacular strike but precise and perfect, nonetheless. Defoe hardly had a kick in the...read more »

The EFL aims to use football – and community power – to help tackle knife crime

The EFL aims to use football – and community power – to help tackle knife crime

THE English Football League is making an enhanced commitment to support its clubs in raising awareness of the dangers of knife crime. In the wake of Wednesday’s attacks at Westminster when PC Keith Palmer – a Charlton Athletic season ticket holder –...read more »

What would Arsene Wenger give to have that famous back five again – asks Kenny Sansom

What would Arsene Wenger give to have that famous back five again – asks Kenny Sansom

  KENNY Sansom’s Legends Lives story will be unveiled at the Sanctum Soho Hotel cinema at a private VIP ‘red carpet premiere screening on Friday April 7th and Friday April 28th. And in the audience will be some of Arsenal’s greatest ever...read more »

Dele Alli and Adam Lallana are the future for England – Ross Barkley too, says Glenn Hoddle

Dele Alli and Adam Lallana are the future for England – Ross Barkley too, says Glenn Hoddle

GLENN Hoddle reckons Dele Alli was one of the star men in England's recent defeat to Germany in Dortmund. He was also impressed with Adam Lallana. In his Mail on Sunday column, Zapsportz team leader said... "This season Lallana has stepped up...read more »

Glenn Hoddle explains the benefits of England playing three at the back

Glenn Hoddle explains the benefits of England playing three at the back

An England team playing with a back three? What kind of England manager would try something as foolish as that? Zapsportz team leader Glenn Hoddle applauds Gareth Southgate for having the vision for doing what he did as England boss... In his...read more »