Dave Smith

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 »

Former England international Paul Scholes backs Gareth Southgate – and Wayne Rooney

Former England international Paul Scholes backs Gareth Southgate – and Wayne Rooney

  PAUL Scholes never said much as a player – preferring to shun the media limelight – but he’s not shy of expressing an opinion now he’s gone down a different career path. The Manchester United legend is worth listening to. Just...read more »

Manchester United to go head-to-head with Liverpool in bid to sign James Rodriguez

Manchester United to go head-to-head with Liverpool in bid to sign James Rodriguez

LIVERPOOL are confident of signing Real Madrid star James Rodriguez – but only if they qualify for the Champions League... ...and providing Manchester United don't step in with a counter bid at the end of the season. According to the Sunday Mirror, talks to take...read more »

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku can be the best No.9 in the world: Roberto Martinez

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku can be the best No.9 in the world: Roberto Martinez

  FORMER Everton boss Roberto Martinez predicts that Romelu Lukaku will become ‘one of the greatest number nines’ in the world. The Belgian international certainly has all the attributes: pace, power, touch, finishing ability – the whole package. Little wonder the Toffees are...read more »

A moronic minority of idiots are tarnishing the reputation of decent England fans…again!

A moronic minority of idiots are tarnishing the reputation of decent England fans…again!

FA chairman Greg Clarke has condemned the 'inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing' behaviour of a section of England fans during last night's so-called 'friendly' with Germany in Dortmund. Of course, there is history between the two countries - on the battle field...read more »

So many positives for England manager Gareth Southgate to reflect on – and move forward

So many positives for England manager Gareth Southgate to reflect on – and move forward

TWO things to applaud from the game in Dortmund last night: an emotional farewell for Lukas Podolski – and a warm welcome to the ‘new England’. Gareth Southgate introduced new players – many he knows from the Under 21s - and...read more »

England team news ahead of Germany clash: three man defence to include Michael Keane

England team news ahead of Germany clash: three man defence to include Michael Keane

GARETH Southgate is expected to experiment with a three-man defensive system tonight - and give Burnley's Michael Keane his debut in the friendly with Germany in Dortmund. Keane, 24, is set to start alongside Gary Cahill, who will wear the captain's armband,...read more »

Ronnie Moran: tributes galore to a true Liverpool legend – his career captured in our photo gallery

Ronnie Moran: tributes galore to a true Liverpool legend – his career captured in our photo gallery

    THE tributes continue to pour in for Ronnie Moran after we learned this morning of his sad passing at the age of 83. Players, managers, coaches, fans – football folk from all over the country – have been queuing up to...read more »