TAKE THE POSITIVES

The Manchester city midfielder Gareth Barry has said that he hopes that the club take the positives from the 3-2 defeat in the hands of Real Madrid in the opening group stage match in the Champions League.

Manchester city had a tough draw in the Champions League last time around, while they have been dealt a huge blow this time around as well because they will be facing the likes of Dortmund and Real Madrid. They were facing the Spanish champions Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, they managed to stun the home crowd by taking a lead in the second half through Edin Dzeko with only a few minutes remaining.

PROBLEMS FOR ENGLAND

England manager Roy Hodgson will have a lot of problems in the match against Moldova and Ukraine due to the lack of fitness for a number of key players like Ashley Young. The Manchester United midfielder will be coming into the match against Moldova not having the best of pre-season, which has meant that he has not been at his best in the opening two matches.

He recently sustained an injury against Fulham and there has been a lot of question marks about the fitness of the players called up for the match against Moldova. The Chelsea defender John Terry has been included in the squad as well, despite the fact that he has not played for a week now due to the neck injury.

RIO ENGLAND CAREER OVER

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he thinks that the international career for the defender Rio Ferdinand is all but over. The Manchester United defender was not selected by England manager Roy Hodgson as part of the squad for the Euro 2012.

Many thought that it was a selection made due to the controversial presence of John Terry in the squad. However, at 33 years of age, Ferguson reckons that the former Liverpool manager decided to omit Rio Ferdinand from the squad due to his age concerns. Ferguson has also said that he is not expect Rio Ferdinand to be picked for the upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers. The latest Football betting odds agree with Sir Alex.

CAPELLO WOULD HAVE DONE BETTER

The former England manager Fabio Capello has said that he would have been a much better job with the England national side had he been the manager of the team at the Euro 2012, according to the Chelsea news website.

Fabio Capello helped England reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup when they were knocked out by an incredible German team.

This time around, England lost at the hands of Italy, who reached the final of the competition. The Italian resigned from his job a few months prior to the start of the Euro 2012 after falling out with the England football Association over the John Terry issue.

JAGIELKA INCLUDED IN SQUAD

The English Football Association has confirmed that they have included Everton midfielder Phil Jagielka, who can also play in the defence, as a replacement for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry, who has been ruled out for the competition after suffering an injury in the friendly against Norway recently.

HOLLOWAY HOPES FOR FINAL PLACE

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has said that he is extremely happy following the 1-0 victory over Birmingham city in the first leg of the play-off semi-final between the two clubs.

Even though the second leg is away from home, Ian Holloway has said that he is extremely confident of making it into the finals, and hopefully postpone everyone forgetting about the seasiders and getting their England Flags out!

FERGIE RULES OUT OLYMPICS

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been relieved of some of the stress concerning Wayne Rooney after it was revealed that the England striker will not qualify for the London Olympics if he is picked up by the England national team for the Euro 2012.

Sir Alex Ferguson recently condemned the decision by team GB manager Stuart Pearce to include the 26-year-old in the preliminary squad for the London Olympics 2012.

HODDLE BACKS REDKNAPP

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has said that current Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp would be one of the best candidates for the England managerial position.

The English football Association are yet to announce a successor for Fabio Capello, who resigned from his post a few weeks ago.

COLE ENJOYING LILLE

Joe Cole said that he is enjoying his days playing for Lille.

He has played some wonderful matches in Liverpool, but has only really returned to his very best now that he is playing in France. He recently Cole scored a hatrick in the Coupe de France - the first of his career.

Cole has put in some great performances after coming to Lille, and is one of the team's most important players. He said that he is enjoying his football career in France, with his family settling in well in France too.

ROONEY WANTS REDKNAPP

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has said that Harry Redknapp is the perfect candidate for the vacant England manager job.

Former England manager Fabio Capello quit his post in acrimonious circumstances after falling out with the English football Association and its board over the captaincy of the England national team.

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