Author Profile: David Smith

It’s great to be back at Crystal Palace, they make me feel so welcome: Kenny Sansom exclusive

It’s great to be back at Crystal Palace, they make me feel so welcome: Kenny Sansom exclusive

I’ve been sober now for just over six weeks. I’m well and I’m putting more effort in mentally. It’s helping me. If I’m not feeling so good, I’m taking time to think about it. I’m not thinking about going to...read more »

The time is right; the time is now: Gareth Southgate is confident Harry Kane and Co can deliver

The time is right; the time is now: Gareth Southgate is confident Harry Kane and Co can deliver

Many TV pundits – even the England manager – have used the phrase the Three Lions are ‘on the cusp’ of World Cup qualification. We got out of jail against Malta with those three late goals. England cannot afford to take...read more »

Who’s the buy of the summer? Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Kelechi Iheanacho, Gylfi Sigurdsson – or others?

Who’s the buy of the summer? Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Kelechi Iheanacho, Gylfi Sigurdsson – or others?

ALEX Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move from Arsenal to Liverpool was perhaps one of the more surprising summer moves. Or maybe not! He had clearly fallen out of love with the Emirates and felt the need to move. Where he will fit in at...read more »

Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy and Danny Welbeck give Gareth Southgate food for thought

Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy and Danny Welbeck give Gareth Southgate food for thought

  IT took England nearly an hour to break down a resilient and resolute Malta side. The game was crying out for a Wayne Rooney moment. He wasn’t there, of course, so it needed a new national hero to step up to...read more »

Raheem Sterling pays price for goal celebration as Manchester City take top spot…for now

Raheem Sterling pays price for goal celebration as Manchester City take top spot…for now

THE sending off of Raheem Sterling in Manchester City’s late win at Bournemouth was an absolute joke. I have great respect for referee Mike Dean. But he got this wrong. Did Sterling kick someone; did he assault an opponent; did he abuse...read more »

Zapsportz weekend predictions:  Manchester United to continue on their merry way, says Glenn Hoddle

Zapsportz weekend predictions:  Manchester United to continue on their merry way, says Glenn Hoddle

MANCHESTER United have got off to a flying start in the Premier League with two successive 4-0 wins. And the Zapsportz team of experts can’t see them slipping up this weekend, as we have all gone for another win for Jose...read more »

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could provide Jose Mourinho and Manchester United with the perfect Christmas present

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could provide Jose Mourinho and Manchester United with the perfect Christmas present

WELL, we certainly see this one coming: Zlatan Ibrahimovic signing on for another year at Manchester United. Despite his massive contribution last season – scoring 28 goals in 46 appearances –it seemed that his time was up at Old Trafford. He was...read more »

Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Co are ready for Champions League battle

Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Co are ready for Champions League battle

  The Premier League is certainly well represented in the Champions League – but who’s your money on to progress from the group stages after yesterday’s draw? Both Manchester clubs look to have favourable draws, whilst Chelsea and Spurs face the Spanish...read more »

Quitting England is a good move for Wayne Rooney – an even better one for Everton

Quitting England is a good move for Wayne Rooney – an even better one for Everton

  LIKE many football followers and so-called experts, I was surprised by Wayne Rooney’s decision to call time on his England career. I still believe, as I wrote a couple of days ago, that the 31-year-old still has a lot to offer...read more »

Nigel Clough’s Burton face a mouth-watering trip to Manchester United: Leicester will host Liverpool

Nigel Clough’s Burton face a mouth-watering trip to Manchester United: Leicester will host Liverpool

The EFL has confirmed the 16 ties that will make up Round Three of the 2017-18 Carabao Cup. The draw took place earlier today at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Beijing and was conducted by Chinese sports commentator Su Dong, alongside...read more »