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A shaft of sunlight highlights a minor chip in the otherwise immaculate bright red polish adorning Toni Duggan’s fingernails. It is a high maintenance colour but Barcelona’s new attacking addition is simply not the type of woman to opt for understated neutrals: Authentic Cliff Pennington Youth Jersey taupes, beiges and nudes represent the antithesis of one of the game’s most vibrant personalities.
As she relaxes on a terrace after training at England’s Euro 2017 Utrecht base, Duggan’s strong Merseyside accent and sharp Scouse wit enliven an atmosphere already buoyant following the Lionesses’ 6-0 win over Scotland in their opening Group D game.
The 25-year-old former Manchester City striker came off the bench to score the sixth goal and could not be happier with her contribution. “It was a big relief to get off the mark,” she says. “In the past few months I’ve been hitting the bar and the post, so to score early here is good for my confidence.”
After becoming the first English footballer to move to Barcelona since Gary Lineker 31 years ago, http://www.officialangelsproshop.com/Cj_Wilson_Jersey Duggan knows the eyes of Europe are suddenly trained on her. That pressure will become even more intense when Mark Sampson’s side face Spain in Breda on Sunday night.
Considering Spain’s squad contain 10 Barça players it could be a slightly strange evening for Duggan but, typically, she is approaching the game with humour. “I’m only just starting to learn the language. I’m not too bad at reading but I’ve got a bit of a confidence problem with speaking, with going from Scouse to Spanish. At the moment I can just about say hello and goodbye, that’s about it. I can’t even say ‘pass me the ball’ or things like that yet – maybe they’re the ones I should be learning before Sunday!”
Such linguistic dilemmas are the focus for a quick, strong forward able to operate on both wings, who has long prided herself on being one of Sampson’s best and most colourfully, Authentic Clinton Portis Youth Jersey groomed Lionesses. “We have a lot of free time and learning Spanish is a nice way to switch off. I’m using Duolingo [a language learning app] but I’m sure that, when I get over there, I’ll start to really pick it up.”
For the moment though Duggan is compartmentalising the moment next month when she relocates to Catalonia. Right now attempting to win the European Championship dominates her horizon.
“I’m not thinking about showing my new Barcelona team-mates what I can do on Sunday,” she says. “That time will come but I’m not going out there in Breda to prove a point, I’m there to help England win the gold medal. It’s irrelevant to me whether I’m playing against future colleagues. At the moment, only England matters to me.”
Even so, it is sometimes difficult to prevent the future from intruding. “I’ve had a couple of messages from the Spanish girls, the Barcelona players, which was nice. I heard from the captain [Marta Torrejón] and also from Vicky Losada who used to play in England [for Arsenal]. They wished me the best, except when we play against Spain, and I said vice versa.
“The respect was nice but, come Sunday, I’ll have my England head on and it’ll be all about helping the team and forgetting about the opposition. They have quality players and it’ll be tough but, hopefully, we can smash Spain.”
Should they do so, Duggan may treat her fellow Lionesses to a repetition of the morris dance she entertained them with when England beat Germany in the third-place play-off at the last World Cup in Canada. http://www.footballredskinsprostore.com/...rsey_Cheap Regular morris dancing was part of her childhood – along with playing junior boys football and frequent pilgrimages to Anfield.
If the switch to the Camp Nou is primarily about a desire to win the Champions League after capturing the 2016 Women’s Super League title with City, it will also make Duggan a club-mate of a former Liverpool hero. “Luis Suárez’s always been a great role model for me,” she says. “His style of play is sometimes like he’s playing with his mates in the street. I like that, hopefully I can bring it to Barcelona’s women’s team.”
The weather was extreme, the refereeing controversial and much of Spain’s passing exceptional but, Bobby Clarke Authentic Jersey not for the first time, Mark Sampson’s England found a way to win in adversity. Fran Kirby’s high-calibre early finish and another outstanding late goal from Jodie Taylor left them top of Group D and on the verge of qualification for the knockout phase.

Along with torrential rain the Lionesses were forced to weather quite a technical storm from a gifted Spain side who ranked as one of the pre-tournament favourites. But, despite ceding the bulk of possession, Sampson’s defence restricted their opponents to half-chances.
“It’s a huge result for us,” said England’s coach. “We’ll look back and say this was a big moment for we found a way to win. I’m in awe of my players. It was a really memorable England performance and potentially a pivotal moment.”
Kickoff brought a sense of deja vu, along with a memory of an English triumph at this ground. Seven years ago, on another rainy Sunday in Breda, Steve McClaren’s then FC Twente side won the Eredivisie title here.
Sampson arrived in town anxious to build on England’s 6-0 deconstruction of Scotland in their opening Group D game last Wednesday and, http://www.officialflyersteamonline.com/...don_Jersey in an unprecedented move, he named an unchanged starting XI. It was the first time a coach who adores rotation had done so in 55 games since taking charge.
Jorge Vilda’s Spain lined up in the 3-5-2 formation which has become their hallmark but were without Veronica Boquete, the Paris Saint-Germain false nine, a shock omission from the squad in the wake of a row about bonuses.
Spain should have scored in the opening seconds when Vicky Losada capitalised on Steph Houghton’s slip before shooting wastefully wide.
Making the most of that reprieve, England took a second-minute lead. Ellen White pounced on a loose ball before supplying Fran Kirby with a pass which left the Chelsea striker clean through. All that remained was for Kirby to give Sandra Paños “the eyes” and shape to aim one way before directing her shot inside the opposite post.
Back in the Eighty Years War between 1568 and 1648 Breda, a strategically important southern Netherlands town, was sacked five times by Spain’s armies.
Accordingly Diego Velazquez’s, famous 1625 oil painting, ’The Surrender of Breda’ depicts swashbuckling Spanish conquerors but, initially Vilda’s side looked anything but in control here.
Indeed they would have swiftly been two down had Millie Bright’s looping header from Jordan Nobbs’s deep free-kick not been disallowed for either an extremely dubious or a non-existent infringement.
The Italian referee, Carina Vitulano, had been not so subtly warned by Sampson to be mindful of some of the ploys of Vilda’s team. His pre-match media address about Spain’s “dark arts” and their being “hard to fall in love with” was clearly meant for her ears but she seemed completely unmoved.
The England coach, already aggrieved about the disallowed goal, became increasingly agitated by some feisty, yet unpunished, Spanish challenges, most notably involving Nobbs.
As the rain lashed down, the surface began cutting up and becoming ever more tricky and slippery. Jose Barea Authentic Jersey Undeterred, Spain showed off much superlative technical excellence by dominating midfield thanks to some highly impressive passing. During one 10-minute stint England, by now sitting deep and concentrating on keeping their shape, barely touched the ball.
Vildas’ players were very much in control and their football most definitely loveable. And yet, despite ceding virtually 80% of possession, the Lionesses remained sufficiently organised to ensure that such domination was not translated into chances and Karen Bardsley – who barely had a save to make – was rarely stretched.
Unperturbed by the imbalance in midfield, Sampson opted to continue with three up front for the second half but, with Jennifer Hermoso excelling in an attacking role for Spain, http://www.mavericksteamonline.com/Jose_...rea_Jersey it arguably represented a high-risk strategy. Yet if the subtlety of Hermoso’s movement and the cleverness of her link play vexed Houghton and Bright, she and her team-mates could not unlock an England defence in which Lucy Bronze shone at right-back.
In the Football Association brochure that sanctioned the breakaway Premier League 25 years ago at the dawn of the first pay-TV deal, no mention was made of the personal fortunes it would make for the owners of the bigger clubs. Led by the self-appointed “Big Five” of Manchester United, Arsenal, Dejounte Murray Authentic Jersey Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, the First Division clubs had angled and threatened throughout the 1980s to leave the century-old Football League, so as not to share the new TV millions with the clubs in the three lower divisions. The FA’s culture had narrowed and curdled through that decade, which ended in 96 people being unlawfully killed at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final which the governing body itself had commissioned at Hillsborough.

The FA produced its “Blueprint for the Future of Football” just two years later, its woolly pages little more than padding for the booby trap at the heart of it: to decapitate the Football League by allowing the First Division to break away. Reflecting on this ruse years later as a profound historic mistake, Graham Kelly, the FA’s then chief executive, said the plan had been for the FA to run the new top league, just as it did the FA Cup. The club owners – referred to as chairmen then, when the game was more coy about the reality that the clubs are commercial companies with shareholders – immediately stripped the FA of that notion and went off to make their billions.
The plight of the Hillsborough families and survivors, suffering a repeating nightmare through the legal system with no support from the FA or the newly super-rich clubs, has presented a terrible contrast throughout with the Premier League’s 25 years of Sky-fuelled windfalls.
The outrage is thumped home by this coincidence of timing: that the Premier League has reached its quarter century, now wallowing in £2.8bn annual television deals, with clubs spending £50m on right-backs, in the same year that the authorities have finally brought criminal charges for those deaths 28 years ago.
The first official report by Lord Justice Taylor identified the causes of the disaster, http://www.authenticspurstore.com/George_Gervin_Jersey but the families were still somehow consigned to a 27-year campaign for the truth to be legally established by the new inquests verdicts in April 2016. It was Taylor’s second, final report into safety at sport generally which condemned the governance of football, the state of the grounds, the self-interest and greed of owners and directors, and the dismissive attitudes to supporters who stayed loyal throughout.
The clubs accepted Taylor’s recommendation for grounds to be compulsorily all-seater, which was never willed or agreed by supporters organisations who are still arguing for safe standing.
At the same time, the clubs managed to persuade the government they did not have the money to rebuild their grounds and secured grants of £200m public money, Anthony Sherman Authentic Jersey with the new millions from Sky TV’s desperate search for subscribers just over the horizon.
Taylor had argued against the supporters that seats need not necessarily mean higher prices – citing the then £6 cost of a ticket at Rangers’ Ibrox, which was virtually all seats – but the clubs wholly jettisoned that part of his report and multiplied the price of tickets 1,000%.
At the heart of the Hillsborough tragedy was the youth of so many who were killed – 37 were teenagers, many attending their first away match – because to stand on that benighted terracing cost only £6, http://www.chiefsofficialsauthentic.com/...KEY-JERSEY to watch one of the greatest ever Liverpool teams play an FA Cup semi-final against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest. It has been another betrayal of supporters and the Taylor Report that through the Premier League’s 25 years, in grounds made safe by law because the FA and clubs themselves were no longer trusted to do it themselves, young people have largely been priced out.
It was a high point at the most curious of times. In 2011, long after Scotland’s national team had slid away from finals participation and its players had been revered in the English top flight, a mini coaching phenomenon was in play. Seven of the Premier League’s 20 managers were Scottish.
To say nothing lasts forever is gross understatement in these short-term football times but the onset of season 2017-18 still provides a grim line in the sand. There will not be a single manager from north of the border when England’s top division gets under way, [url= http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/D...heap]Damon Harrison Youth Jersey[/url] breaking a record of at least one per seasonal start which stretches back to the league’s 1992 rebranding. The run is technically even longer, given Sir Alex Ferguson took over at Manchester United six years earlier. Context is of course necessary; only five of those in Premier League office are English.
Ferguson is pivotal to this issue. His success – domestically and, crucially, in Europe – at Aberdeen almost singlehandedly put Scottish managers back on the map after Jock Stein’s monumental efforts at Celtic more than a decade earlier. Jim McLean performed similar 1980s heroics against illustrious opposition when at Dundee United but, unlike Ferguson, was never prised south.
As Ferguson’s star rose so, too, did his ability to influence which managers were appointed elsewhere. It was almost like a Godfather effect. [url= http://www.officialgiantsfootballs.com/A...rsey-Cheap[/url] Many of them, naturally, were Scots, right to the point of his succession at Old Trafford. Even Ferguson’s words were important; as a huge advocate of Scottish coaches and their methods, when he spoke others listened.
“I would put it down purely to the fact there was a very talented period of Scottish managers, led of course by Sir Alex – no doubt that spawned opportunities for others,” says Roy Hodgson, a man experienced in the Premier League and the famed coaching schools presided over by the Scottish Football Association. “There were also very, Authentic Jarell Martin Womens Jersey very good Scottish players [in England] who finished tremendous playing careers by going on to become managers. I don’t really see anything in it other than maybe that was a golden generation.”
Alex McLeish was one of that class of 2011, albeit he admits the controversial switch from Birmingham City to Aston Villa likely hampered his career. McLeish remains one of the most knowledgeable, dedicated and experienced Scots on the football market – by way of playing and coaching – yet has found passages back to England blocked since departing Nottingham Forest in 2013. His willingness to work was illustrated by subsequent stints in Belgium and Egypt.
“There are a lot of foreign players in the Premier League,” McLeish says. “Maybe owners think English or Scots guys can’t handle that but I walked into a dressing room [at Rangers] after Dick Advocaat and galvanised a group low on confidence; Dutch players, Italian players, Scots, World Cup semi-finalists.
“You look at what David Wagner did at Huddersfield, for which you’ve got to hand it to him. On the back of that, Norwich bring in the same kind of influence [Daniel Farke]. Whether it is a fad or whatever, http://www.officialgrizzliestore.com/aut...ersey.html it is certainly very current; foreign coaches are definitely the ones in vogue. But I was always taught by my mentors never to feel inferior to anyone in a coaching sense.”
Perhaps individual cases mattered more than anyone realised at the time but the woes of David Moyes, for example, in Manchester came after what the Scottish coaching guru Craig Brown describes as a “wholly unblemished record”. Did negative publicity surrounding Billy Davies or Malky Mackay resonate? There were also epic Scottish falls from grace after Premier League peaks; George Burley and Owen Coyle offer cases in point.
Evidence of a decline in the perception of Scottish managers is strong. Robbie Neilson left Hearts, then second in the Premiership, to join League One MK Dons. Although there was an element of believing he had done as much as he could in Edinburgh, Neilson was also aware of the possibility of greater exposure to top English clubs from within the Football League.
Lucy Bronze may have grown up in north Northumberland and have the accent to prove it but her olive skin suggests a southern European heritage.

“My dad’s Portuguese, from Lisbon,” says Mark Sampson’s right-back, who looks set to be a star of Euro 2017. “My mum, who is English, met him in Faro and she’ll make sure he’s supporting England on Thursday night. He’ll be told who to support.”
Bronze will run out against her father Joaquin’s homeland in Tilburg knowing that Authentic Bob Uecker Womens Jersey the Lionesses require a point, at most, to finish top of Group D before the knockout phase – and wondering what might have been had she accepted an invitation to represent Thursday night’s opponents.
“I was asked to play for them on Facebook,” says Bronze, who spent part of her childhood living off the north-east coast on Holy Island, otherwise known as Lindisfarne. “A woman called Mónica Jorge, who’s now the head of women’s football in Portugal, got in touch.
“She must have watched an England youth game I was playing in and heard it mentioned that I was half-Portuguese. http://www.authenticatlantabraves.com/Bobby-Cox-Jersey She got in touch with my mum and dad on Facebook and basically said: ‘Obviously, it’s a long shot as Lucy’s playing for England’s junior teams but if there’s ever a chance she might want to play for Portugal we’d more than welcome her into the squad and develop her.’”
Jorge may not have been overly optimistic yet the prospect of Bronze switching allegiances was not quite as remote a possibility as she imagined. “I was about 16 at the time and I didn’t break into the England senior team until I was 21,” the 25-year-old Manchester City defender says. “Before then it hadn’t looked on the horizon.
“In the end I only broke into the squad for the 2013 Euros because there were a lot of unfortunate injuries and it felt like I’d just been chucked in. Hope Powell [Sampson’s predecessor] said: ‘We’ve got a few players injured, you’re the next one in.’ So I didn’t really feel like I was properly in the squad.
“It got close to the point where I was thinking: ‘I just want to play international football and I’m just as much Portuguese as I’m English.’ It wouldn’t have felt like a disservice to England. But then the managers changed, Brent Hills [the interim head coach] played me and Mark’s played me.”
With Portugal the tournament’s bottom-ranked team and England among the favourites to lift the trophy, Bronze has no regrets before what should, Anthony DeSclafani Authentic Jersey nonetheless, be an evocative evening in the southern Netherlands against a side still in with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
“I’ve never faced Portugal before,” she says. “But I know two of their players. I’ve been quite close to Amanda Da Costa because I played with her at Liverpool. She was in the same situation as me – she was American but with Portuguese parents – and we used to joke that we’d go to play for Portugal together if we didn’t get the chance with the USA or England.
“Amanda’s ended up deciding on Portugal and I’ve stuck with England. At the end we’ll maybe swap shirts; it would be nice to have a Portugal shirt. http://www.authenticcincinnatireds.com/A...all-Jersey I also know Ana Borges, who played for Chelsea, but her English isn’t fantastic so I’ve spoken to her in Portuguese a few times.”
Bronze is too modest to describe herself as fluent but she will be able to understand the chatter between Thursday night’s opponents.
“My brother was born in Portugal and we were brought up to be bilingual,” she says. “Dad used to speak to us in Portuguese but we always replied in English. That’s probably why I’m not very comfortable speaking Portuguese.”
Although “not a cricket fan” she has been inspired by the example set by England’s women cricketers in winning the World Cup. “A lot of our girls are friends with some of the cricketers,” she says. “And we share a lot of ideas and methods about building a team and having a winning mentality with the cricket girls, as well as with all sorts of other women’s sports teams.”
José Mourinho has identified Tottenham as strong rivals to win the Premier League title next season and compared his challenge at Manchester United to the one he faced previously at Real Madrid, insisting the club had been left behind in “the evolution of football” when he succeeded Louis van Gaal last summer.

Mourinho has previously won the championship in every second season of his managerial career but believes this will be difficult in the forthcoming campaign. Adidas Brendan Shanahan Youth Jersey The manager feels United are candidates to win a 21st league title but identified Spurs as major contenders because they have retained all their players so far apart from Kyle Walker, who Mourinho asserted was sold to Manchester City because his replacement, Kieran Trippier, may be as good.
Asked how he assessed his chances of making United champions again, Mourinho said: “I don’t think we are big candidates for the title but we are [candidates]. Everybody speaks about the dimension of the investment at Man City [so far just below £220m] but there is another team that I feel the dimension of their investment is also phenomenal – Tottenham. Until now they spent zero pounds, right? They keep everybody they want to keep. They keep Dele Alli, [Harry] Kane and [Toby] Alderweireld, they keep Eric Dier, they keep everyone they want to keep.
“They sold Kyle Walker I think because they wanted to sell. And probably because they think Trippier is as good as Walker. And he’s younger than Walker. http://www.authenticdetroitredwings.com/...ull-jersey Chelsea are champions and they buy now. We are halfway through the market and they buy [Antonio] Rüdiger, [Tiemoué] Bakayoko and [Álvaro] Morata. So every club makes different kinds of investments but all of them are investing a lot to win the title.”
Mourinho joined Real in the summer of 2010 and claimed the title in his second season, gathering 100 points, then a record for any of Europe’s top leagues. He admitted the challenge at Old Trafford has been just as difficult having inherited a side from Van Gaal that missed out on Champions League qualification.
“The hardest part in my opinion was the period where there was an evolution in football overall, in terms of every other team, not just the typical powerful teams but all the others. Their evolution in relation to the changes in football allowed them also to be economically strong and to develop,” he said.
“At the same time there was an evolution and Man United did not follow that evolution and my work is not just about arriving at a football team and developing the football team to attack, football targets and objectives; it was more than that. Authentic Adidas Colin Wilson Youth Jersey It was to go into the structure and to try to adapt the structure around the football team to a new dynamic.
“That was the same at Real Madrid,” Mourinho added. “A big club with big expectations but a difficult period with the evolution of other teams and the distance between Real Madrid and Barcelona growing bigger and bigger and bigger. When I arrived it was not just about developing a football team to try to stop that domination but also to develop everything around the team and in that respect I can see similarities in terms of the difficulties and similarities in terms of the dimension of my job.”
Last season United claimed the EFL Cup and Europa League and Mourinho warned his team will be stronger in 2017-18. http://www.authenticnashvillepredators.c...bro-jersey “We are better than last season and the spirit is fantastic,” he said. “The confidence levels are good and the fact we had some kind of success last season also was important to relax some personalities. They feel more confident to go into the Champions League without being a candidate. That’s good.
Mark Sampson is hoping the Lionesses will create a little piece of English football history in Tilburg on Thursday night. His team face Portugal in this former textile town close to the Belgian border, Authentic Bobby Ryan Womens Jersey aiming to be the first senior England side to emerge from the group stage of a major tournament with a 100% record since 1982.

Sampson believes his players can eclipse the achievement of Ron Greenwood’s men’s squad in that year’s World Cup in Spain. “If we finish the group without conceding a goal we’ll be the first ever England team to do that,” said the 34-year-old Welshman, whose team won bronze at the 2015 World Cup in Canada and have begun Euro 2017 with 6-0 and 2-0 victories over Scotland and Spain.
Not that their coach is resting on his laurels. “We want to be the type of team that have already moved on to the next level before opponents work out a way of stopping us, or hurting us,” he said. “That’s our challenge.”
While England need a point to reach the quarter-finals, Portugal have confounded their status as Euro 2017’s lowest-ranked side by retaining hopes of leapfrogging Spain and qualifying for the knockout phase. http://www.officialottawasenators.com/Ad...ond-Jersey “This is a nation that found a way to win the men’s European Championship finals last summer having won only one game – very sadly for me, as a Welshman – over 90 minutes,” cautioned Sampson. “It’s an opportunity for Portugal’s women, at their first European Championship, to qualify for the knockout rounds.
“We know they’ll be incredibly motivated but so are we. We want to keep improving and building momentum. The more I look at this tournament the more I feel that momentum could be a big thing going into the latter stages. We want to make sure that when other teams get their snowball rolling down the hill, ours stays ahead of theirs and we keep it rolling at a faster rate.”
Sampson’s confidence is bolstered by the success of a calculated gamble which led him to field sides some distance from their physical peaks against both Scotland and Spain. Andrei Vasilevskiy Youth Jersey “One of the reasons we’re really pleased to have got six points is that we pushed the players so hard physically in our four-week prep camp that they had to taper off for the opening games,” he said.
“When you taper off after such a high-intensity period of work you’re not going to be up to speed for your first two games. A lot of the players have been saying that they’re not quite at the intensity they’d like to be.
“So the nice thing, physically, is we know that we can raise the bar now: we’ve planned to get fitter, faster and stronger as we progress. That tapering period took its toll in those first two games, but I’m confident now we’re really good to go and we’ll see a stronger England for the rest of the tournament. On our day, we feel we can beat anyone here.”
The Lionesses’ cause is assisted by their coach’s meticulous preparation. England have paid for the installation of a gymnasium at their Utrecht base. http://www.officialtampabaylightning.com...orn-Jersey They are also renting a cryotherapy, or ice, chamber, and players wear compression pumps on their legs after games.
These pneumatic sleeves, a cross between leggings and boots, constantly inflate and deflate, massaging the legs and helping rid muscles of lactic acid. As with the freezing cryotherapy chamber, they accelerate healing, reduce swelling and hasten recovery.
Significantly, Sampson did not employ these devices during a punishing training camp in soaring temperatures in Valencia. “When we started our prep it was about the body recovering naturally, the body naturally acclimatising and adapting to what we were doing,” he said. “It means that, when the tournament begins and you start using recovery methods, they make a bigger impact.
A slender win and subdued display against the third-best team in last season’s Slovakian Fortuna Liga was not how Wayne Rooney envisaged his Everton homecoming but he did find some consolation in the outer reaches of the Europa League. One is that the homecoming is out of the way. “I’ve done it now and I can focus more on the football,” he said after the 1-0 defeat of Ruzomberok. Another is that it was a far cry from the last time he made an emotional return to Goodison Park 12 years ago.

Then, sporting Manchester United colours for the first time since his acrimonious £27m departure the previous summer, the 19-year-old was welcomed back by a police cordon on Goodison Road, a police helicopter overhead, vitriol throughout the FA Cup tie and a few objects thrown his way for good measure. Alex Smith Youth Jersey He didn’t make it through the warm-up without coming in for abuse from an Everton match-day sponsor, biting back before being dragged away by some of the minders employed for the day. Time has healed Goodison’s wounds judging by the reception for his latest bow in royal blue. It will take sterner opposition and a game that does not form part of pre-season to reveal the impact of time on Rooney’s second Everton career. But, as a less temperamental and more decorated 31-year-old, England’s all-time leading goalscorer has already had a positive effect on the mood, the shirt sales and the wider interest in Everton since coming home from Old Trafford.
Rooney received the loudest ovation from the Gwladys Street when Ronald Koeman’s new-look team was announced before kick-off. The high-pitched chants of his name during the Europa League third-qualifying round first leg were a reminder that a new generation of fans have emerged since his 2004 exit provoked one irate fan to scrawl ‘Could have been a God but chose to be a Devil’ on a stadium wall.
The occasion and the Everton performance also underwhelmed, understandably given Koeman’s players returned to pre-season training three weeks ago and had played three friendlies before facing a Ruzomberok side on their fifth European tie of the campaign. http://www.kansascitychiefsauthorizedsto...rsey-elite In that context it would be harsh to draw conclusions about what Rooney can contribute to his boyhood club on the pitch, although his speed of thought and ability to find pockets of space immediately stood out. Everton will hope his finishing can be attributed to pre-season rust. “Overall he was good, positive,” the Everton manager said.
Koeman has four positions in mind for the striker, none in midfield, and started him at centre-forward here. He was given few opportunities in that role during his final seasons at United but should find Everton more accommodating: not only due to the current lack of alternatives with Romelu Lukaku headed in the opposite direction but because Koeman is reluctant to rotate. Or, to quote the blunt Dutchman: “I don’t like that.”
Rooney kicked off the new season at Goodison and had three chances of varying difficulty to open the scoring in a sterile first half. The first he created for himself, spinning on Leighton Baines’s ball into the box and shooting over from a tight angle. The second was the clearest but, Alec Ogletree Womens Jersey having controlled a cut-back from Dominic Calvert-Lewin in front of goal, Rooney scuffed his second touch straight at the goalkeeper, Matus Macik, while off-balance. He then missed Cuco Martina’s cross completely when attempting a first-time volley on the edge of the Ruzomberok area.
Rooney’s frustration at the missed chances was obvious. One of the motivating factors behind his decision to rejoin Everton, when more lucrative offers were on the table from China, was that his sons had never seen him play for the club. His family were present and he was desperate to mark his first competitive appearance for Everton at Goodison since May 2004 (a 2-1 home defeat by Bolton Wanderers) with a goal. They must wait.
In truth, and even by pre-season standards, Everton were laboured and pedestrian as an attacking unit until the 61st-minute introduction of Sandro Ramírez changed their shape and the overall dynamic. http://www.losangelesramsauthorizedstore...rsey-elite The arrival of the Spain Under-21 international, a £5.2m summer signing from Málaga, saw Rooney shift out to the right where his distribution and movement proved more effective.
The former United and England captain also swapped flanks with Kevin Mirallas late on as Koeman’s team edged ahead courtesy of Baines’s deflected long-range strike plus a fine save from Maarten Stekelenburg from Jan Maslo’s header. Rooney was more involved in the wider positions – he also received more support too having been isolated at times at centre forward – but this was a subdued opening for all of Everton’s players, new and old.
“It was great to be out at Goodison in a blue shirt again, a great feeling,” said Rooney. “But it was an important game for us and I had to put my emotions to one side.”
Mark Sampson paid tribute to Jodie Taylor after Euro 2017’s leading scorer propelled England into Thursday’s semi-final against Holland.

“This is not luck, this is not just down to ability, Jodie has an obsession with scoring goals and we are so, Alex Pietrangelo Youth Jersey so proud of her,” the Lionesses coach said. “She puts so much work in for the team, too, we are very fortunate to have her.”
Sampson is now the first England manager since Sir Alf Ramsey to reach two consecutive semi-finals at major tournaments and, in doing so, it involved a first victory over France since 1974. “We are proud to create history but now we want to go two steps further,” said the 34-year-old Welshman, who acknowledged it had been an extremely hard-fought win.
“We were at our very best tonight because we had to play at their level,” he said. “France are an outstanding team and we had to dig so deep tonight. http://www.authenticbluesstore.com/al-ma...c-429.html I’m incredibly proud, that was a real team effort. But we saw the winning mentality that we saw every single day. There was no way we were going to roll over tonight. It was a hard game, emotionally, physically, tactically, we feel like we’ve run into an absolute steam train. We’re very, very proud, it’s a special night for sure.”
Sampson appreciates just how significant victory was in the context of the bigger picture involving the growth of the women’s game in England. “We’re exciting the English public and we’re very proud of that,” he said. “It’s a very long time since the public felt a genuine sense of belief, and not just hope, that an England team could win a major championship and the players have earned the right to put themselves in that bracket.”
After his bullish pre-match comments as he engaged in potentially high-risk mind games with Olivier Echouafni, his France counterpart, Sampson cut a much more humble figure, suitably wary of complacency. Allen Barbre Authentic Jersey “There’s four outstanding teams left in this tournament, we know that,” he said on a night when Austria beat Spain on penalties to set up a semi-final against Denmark, surprise conquerors of the holders, Germany. “It’s going to be a huge game for us on Thursday night against the hosts, who are full of confidence. It’s going to be a great test for us.
“This tournament has shown that the favourites haven’t got on too well, so we’ll be sure to get ourselves ready for this game. But it’s not often England teams win quarter-finals and this group have now got two under their belt in the space of just two years [they finished third in the 2015 World Cup in Canada]. Now we have to make that next step and get into our first final together.”
He is disappointed that Jill Scott, one of his key midfielders, will miss the semi-final against Holland after collecting a second yellow card of the tournament. “The only sad thing is Jill Scott’s suspension,” he said. http://www.eaglesofficialsshop.com/Brand...rsey_Cheap “Jill will be devastated. Unfortunately she made a bad decision she probably shouldn’t have made but she doesn’t deserve this.”
All that remained was for Sampson to pay tribute to his family for their support while he directed “so much emotional energy” to trying to win the tournament. “I love them so much,” he said.
Manchester United are poised to complete the purchase of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea after the midfielder underwent a medical on Sunday.

Matic’s signing would be a significant boost to José Mourinho after United failed in their efforts to purchase Eric Dier from Tottenham Hotspur.
Juventus were also keen on Matic but the player, who will be 29 on Tuesday, preferred a move to Old Trafford to be reunited with Mourinho, who brought him back to Chelsea in January 2014. Bobby Orr Authentic Jersey Talks between United and Chelsea over a fee have taken some time, with the clubs initially substantially apart over the price.
Chelsea had set their sights on receiving £50m and it is not yet clear what the fee will be for the 28-year-old. They were particularly keen to drive a hard bargain with United after missing out to them over the signing of Romelu Lukaku.
Matic’s Stamford Bridge exit had long been expected after the Chelsea manager Antonio Conte signed the France international Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco in £39.7m deal this month.
A picture circulated on Twitter purporting to show Matic in United training kit and wearing No31, http://www.officialbruinsprostore.com/br...e-c-8.html which has been vacant since the departure of Bastian Schweinsteiger. Chelsea had left Matic out of their tour to Asia to allow him to finalise a move. Next on Juventus’s list of midfield targets are Paris Saint-Germain’s Blase Matuidi and Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi.
Matic would be United’s third signing of the summer following a £31m deal for the defender Victor Lindelof and the £75m move for Lukaku from Everton. Matic could make his debut against Sampdoria in Dublin on Wednesday or in the Uefa Super Cup against Real Madrid next week. Mourinho told MUTV: “I’m waiting for news. I know that he wants that very, very much and when a player wants very, very much the chance is bigger … so I think we have a chance but in football until it’s official, I saw so many things happen that I refuse to say more than I am telling you now.”
Matic was a key component of Chelsea’s title-winning team in 2014-15 after Mourinho brought him back to the club from Benfica for £20.75m.
United have also been linked with a winger and are keen on Ivan Perisic. Internazionale’s £49m asking price, however, has proved a substantial stumbling block.
Perisic fits Mourinho’s requirements but the United manager may now be forced to look elsewhere for an attacking solution, with the club reportedly also interested in Everton’s Ross Barkley.
Mourinho, speaking after a 3-0 friendly victory against Valerenga in Oslo on Sunday , appeared to end Galatasaray’s hopes of signing Marouane Fellaini. Cliff Pennington Authentic Jersey The Turkish club were sufficiently confident of getting the midfielder that they had made plans for their president, Dursun Ozbek, or another board member to come to Manchester on Monday or Tuesday.
An agreement has been reached in principle with the 29-year-old Fellaini over a four‑year contract worth in the region of €4m (£3.6m), which would make him their highest-paid player.
However, Mourinho said after Fellaini scored against Valerenga: “It’s easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane. http://www.officialangelsproshop.com/Cj_Wilson_Jersey If they need a manager, they can try and have a chance, but Marouane? Forget it. He’s too important for me.”

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