Kieran Trippier could be unavailable for England’s key matches

There is now a significant possibility that Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier could be unavailable for England at the Euro 2020 due to a ban received for betting offences. The right back was found guilty of committing many betting offences ahead of his move to Spanish football in 2019. As a result, he has now been banned for 10 matches along with a fine of £ 70,000. FIFA have confirmed that the ban comes into effect immediately and that the defender will be unavailable for several matches for Atletico Madrid – including the last 16 Champions League game against Chelsea.


Trippier has come up with an appeal against the verdict but it may be awhile before the conclusion is known. Atletico Madrid are thought to be extremely angry with the verdict, as they believe that the defender has not made any profits from the bets that others have placed. As a result of the ban, Trippier will also be unavailable for the upcoming World Cup qualification matches against San Marino and Albania in March followed by the match against Poland in April.
The European Championship for England kicks off with the match against Croatia followed by a game against Scotland before concluding the group stages with a match against Czech Republic. The European Championships have been postponed from last summer to the summer of 2021.

SOUTHAMPTON EYEING UNITED FULLBACK

Southampton are reportedly interested in signing Manchester United defender Brandon Williams on loan in the current transfer market. The Saints want to take the young England player on loan from now till the end of the campaign. The interest of Southampton in the England fullback was disclosed by Sky Sports News earlier this week as it was revealed that the South Coast club is waiting on the decision of the Red Devils on the loan offer for the 20-year-old. Sky Sports News also said that three other teams are keen on the Manchester United Academy graduate.


England junior international Brandon Williams came through the ranks at Manchester United before he made his debut for the first team in September 2019. He was a regular feature in the Manchester United team last season as he made 36 appearances for the club. Brandon Williams scored his first senior goal for the Red Devils during the 3-3 draw with Sheffield United in the Premier League as Manchester United came back from 2-0 down to take a 3-2 lead before the Blades scored the equaliser to share the points.

SAKA KEY TO ARSENAL REVIVAL

Arsenal attacker Bukayo Saka has been a key player for the Gunners who have hit form in the Premier League after a difficult two months. The North Londoners had a poor run of seven league games without a win from the start of November 2021 and the end of December 2021.


The barren run saw Arsenal drop down to the bottom six places on the Premier League log but a run of three straight wins have lifted the mood at Arsenal. England international Bukayo Saka has been one of the few Arsenal players that emerged out of the aforementioned barren run with any form of credit and he has been a major player in the recent run of three successive victories in the league. The England national team player scored one and assisted another one as Arsenal beat London rivals Chelsea 3-1 at home at the end of last month to end their barren run of seven games without victory. England player Bukayo Saka was rewarded with the man-of-the-match award for his performance for the Gunners during that Chelsea game at the Emirates Stadium.

TOP ENGLAND PLAYERS WITH CAP

The Three Lions of England were recently in action as late as last month with games in the UEFA Nations League. In total, England manager Gareth Southgate led his wards to three games in November including the international friendly match with Home Nations rivals, the Republic of Ireland, and two UEFA Nations League games.


The three England games afforded the players the opportunity to add more appearances to their existing caps though it must be pointed out that important players like Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling and Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold missed the games with respective injuries.

Southgate would be pleased by Pickford’s display, claims Ancelotti

Everton were involved in a 1-1 draw with only during the weekend. After the game, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti claimed that England manager Gareth Southgate should be happy with the performance displayed by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The match witnessed Everton going 1-0 down after just three minutes thanks to a goal from Robbie Brady. However, Pickford was unable to save this goal since his view was blocked by the opposition defenders. After leading for most of the second half, but only were unable to prevent Everton from getting back into the game through Dominic Calvert Lewin.


One of the spectators in the stadium was England manager Gareth Southgate, who had the opportunity to look at Nick Pope and Jordan Pickford at the same time. Ancelotti said that Pickford might have done enough to impress the England boss just in time for the upcoming round of matches for the Three Lions.

Southgate would be pleased by Pickford’s display, claims Ancelotti

Everton were involved in a 1-1 draw with only during the weekend. After the game, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti claimed that England manager Gareth Southgate should be happy with the performance displayed by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The match witnessed Everton going 1-0 down after just three minutes thanks to a goal from Robbie Brady. However, Pickford was unable to save this goal since his view was blocked by the opposition defenders. After leading for most of the second half, but only were unable to prevent Everton from getting back into the game through Dominic Calvert Lewin.


One of the spectators in the stadium was England manager Gareth Southgate, who had the opportunity to look at Nick Pope and Jordan Pickford at the same time. Ancelotti said that Pickford might have done enough to impress the England boss just in time for the upcoming round of matches for the Three Lions.

HOW FODEN BOSSED ENGLAND GAME

Manchester City playmaker Phil Foden was deservedly named the man-of-the-match for his performance during the game between England and Iceland on Wednesday night. Phil Foden bossed the game from start to finish as his England team thrashed their guests 4-0 at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

Phil Foden scored two second half goals to add to his assist for the opening goal scored by Hammers midfielder Declan Rice in the 20th minute of the game. His manager Gareth Southgate praised him in his post-match press conference after the game. He told reporters that he has been impressed with his conduct since he was reprimanded for breaking a curfew to party with friends while on England duty in September. Phil Foden was punished alongside Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood after they both broke the Covid-19 guidelines in place while they were with the Three Lions squad.Phil Foden was making his first appearance for England during the Iceland game since the curfew incident two months ago.

YES! FODEN FULLY DESERVED THE CALL-UP

Since September, the young Manchester City star has now returned to the team, and the former right-back, Richard says he fully deserved another chance.

Tim Sherwood urges Jack Grealish to work harder for England call-up

Former Premier League star Tim Sherwood has said that Jack Grealish must continue to work hard in order to break into the England setup. The attacking midfielder had an impressive season for Aston Villa in the Premier League as he contributed eight goals and six assists, but he was still ignored by manager Gareth Southgate.


Speaking to TalkSPORT, Sherwood urged Grealish to continue working hard on the playing field such that he can break into the Three Lions squad in the future, he told: “Jack, keep your nut down, work hard, and don’t sulk about it, I’m sure he won’t anyway. Just get back on the football, which is your best friend and hopefully… look, it might be injures that gives him his opportunity and once you get in there, I’m sure when Gareth sees him in close quarters he realises what a talent this boy is.

Brendan Rodgers hopeful Ben Chilwell stays put with Leicester City

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that Ben Chilwell stays put with the club beyond the next transfer window. The England international has played a key part in the Foxes’ push for Champions League football this term and that has caught the eye of elite European sides including Chelsea and Manchester City.

Chelsea are deemed as the favourites to sign him, having already opened transfer negotiations but Rodgers remain optimistic that the left-back will remain with the east Midlands outfit next term, he told in a press conference: “All you can ever do is create an environment where players will feel they can improve and develop, and enjoy their football. But I also recognise players may well look beyond Leicester City.

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