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Football News: Review Of The Day 4th October 2018

Review Of The Day 4th October 2018
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Review of the Day

 

McAuley And Washington Dropped By Norn Iron

Michael O'Neill has left out a couple of his usual players from his Northern Ireland squad to face Austria and Bosnia this month. Gareth McAuley was left out as he has yet to break into the Rangers side and Conor Washington had asked to be left out for personal reasons.
Northern Ireland squad
Goalkeepers: Michael McGovern (Norwich), Trevor Carson (Motherwell), Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Leeds).
Defenders: Craig Cathcart (Watford), Jonny Evans (Leicester), Aaron Hughes (Hearts), Tom Flanagan (Sunderland), Conor McLaughlin (Millwall), Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough), Michael Smith (Hearts), Jamal Lewis (Norwich).
Midfielders: Steven Davis (Southampton), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Stuart Dallas (Leeds), Corry Evans (Blackburn), Shane Ferguson (Millwall), George Saville (Middlesbrough), Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock), Oliver Norwood (Brighton, on loan at Sheffield United), Gavin Whyte (Oxford United).
Forwards: Kyle Lafferty (Rangers), Liam Boyce (Burton), Josh Magennis (Bolton), Will Grigg (Wigan), Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest, on loan at Charlton).

 

Villa Sack Bruce

After Aston Villa fans turned on manager Steve Bruce wholesale during the 3-3 draw with Preston North End, hurling abuse and a cabbage at the under pressure boss, Bruce has found himself, despite his calls for respect, on the managerial scrapheap. Bruce had been in the job for two years but had been unable to win a return to the Premier League and was heavily criticised for the style of play and his insistence on playing players out of position so he could shoehorn favourite such as Elmohamady into the side, no matter how out of form they are. His coaching staff of Colin Calderwood, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence and Gary Walsh have all left with him.

 

SPFL Move One Scottish League Cup Semi

After the original decision to play both semi-finals on the same day at Hampden Park was received with derision from all quarters, even the Scottish Police Federation's general secretary had said it would be "idiotic" to play both games in Glasgow on the same day, the SPFL have decided to move the Hearts-Celtic semi-final to Murrayfield. That decision has already upset Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, who feels it is unfair as Murrayfield is not a neutral venue because Hearts played part of their season there last year. There just is no pleasing everyone, but at least it is better than the original mess.

 

Bellerin Believes Footballers Should Speak Out More On Social Issues

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has said the football industry discourages players from speaking up about issues when it should be encouraging them. Bellerin said: "I think as footballers we have a massive platform that we should be using way more than we actually are. I know it is very comfortable to just sit at home and stay with your family, your kids and your friends and not think about anything, but with the platform we have, we should be the people that scream at these social issues and get them out there, so as a society we can move forward. I feel like the football industry is an industry where we have to be really quiet and play. I think the code around it is that footballers can't really do anything else other than kick a ball. This is kind of the stereotype, so when there's a footballer who's stepping out of the box he's always seen as someone that is not focused enough on football because he's doing this, he's doing that. A lot of players have come out talking about mental health. This has always been something that has been very taboo to talk about, especially for men. After that, I know that Danny Rose had to talk about it. Back in the day there was a stigma for men to talk about it - it's important that we take these chains off and start talking about it moving forward with an open mind. There's so many good things and positive things that come with raising problems and actually showing people that we're humans. We're not machines, we're good at what we do, we have talent and we work really hard but sometimes it feels like this is all we do and our life is just playing football. It's not. We're humans, we have a life, we have families and we have problems and worries."

 

Sarri Backs Barkley For England Return

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes Ross Barkley should be back in the England squad, as he looks to boost his player's confidence. Sarri said: "I think he can return to the national team. He is improving week by week. I think that he can improve more, because he has the potential to. He has played more than last season in two months. He had a very serious injury one year ago, I think, so he can improve from the tactical point of view and from the physical point of view." Barkley has not played for England since May 2016 when he failed to impress in a friendly against Australia.

 

Red Devils Charged After Late Arrival

Manchester United have been charged by UEFA after their team bus arrived late at their own Old Trafford game for the home Champions League tie with Valencia, delaying the kick-off by 5 minutes. Man Utd said that the delay was caused by traffic after they were refused a police escort, but Greater Manchester Police say that the club knew that police escorts were no longer being provided unless there is a risk to players. Valencia have also been charged over the late kick off and the heinous crime of a kit infringement as their substitutes wore neck warmers with a manufacturers' logo visible. These are the kind of crimes UEFA is actually bothered about, 5 minutes late affects TV schedules and anything involving sponsorship possibilities such as manafacturers' logos. They do **** all about racism, abuse and violence amongst fans, but do something that might lose them money and they crack down on it immediately.

 

Mkhitaryan Left Behind By Arsenal Due To Political Tensions

Arsenal's Armenian attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan was left behind in London as his team-mates travelled to Azerbaijan to take on Qarabag in the Europa League because of political tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Gunners boss Emery said: "He cannot travel here. We are here, the players with the best mentality and preparation and possibility to play. I respect each culture and I respect each country, but I don't know each situation in every country. For me, he cannot play. There is respect for him and respect for you. We are here with the opportunity to play well."

 

Valencia Apologises For Mourinho Time To Go Post

Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia has apologised for liking an instagram post which had a picture of himself. Unfortunately for the Ecuadorian, who claims he never read the text, the picture was captioned: "It's time for Mourinho to go." Valencia said, also on social media, that: "These are not my views and I apologise for this. I am fully supportive of the manager and my team-mates. We are all giving our everything to improve the results."

 

Keita Undergoes Heart Scans

After sitting down to get treatment in Liverpool's Champions League match versus Napoli, Naby Keita was taken to hospital for medical tests, including scans for a heart problem. The midfielder reported feeling faint after less than 20 minutes gone and was stretchered off like he had suffered a back problem, but it has now been revealed that there were fears he may have been having a heart attack according to Italian media. However a Liverpool statement read: "Liverpool Football Club can confirm Naby Keita was taken to hospital in Naples on Wednesday evening during the first half of the Champions League fixture with SSC Napoli. The midfielder started the game at the Stadio San Paolo, but was substituted inside the opening 20 minutes and replaced by Jordan Henderson after alerting the team's medical staff to back pain. Keita was transferred to a local hospital with the club doctor, where - with the midfielder's agreement - he underwent a number of precautionary health checks to assess his condition. No decision has yet been taken on when the 23-year-old will be discharged. Liverpool are scheduled to remain in Italy until Thursday morning before flying back to England."

Written by Tris Burke October 04 2018 06:59:18

 

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