Month: December 2019

England player ratings v Spain: Manchester United stars fare differently in Alicante defeatEngland player ratings v Spain: Manchester United stars fare differently in Alicante defeat

first_img Joe Hart (goalkeeper): 7.5 – Solid as ever. Not much he could have done with either goal but was quick to smother Juan Mata at one point, although a poor kick led to Cazorla’s goal. With his place perhaps under threat from the in-form Jack Butland, he will need to keep performing. Michael Carrick (central midfield): 5 – Carrick is undoubtedly England’s best passer but his qualities are wasted when the Three Lions see none of the ball. His lack of agility was painfully exposed as the Spanish midfielders played around him and his poor night was compounded by what looks like a nasty ankle injury. (Substituted for Jonjo Shelvey) 11 England’s 15-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt as European champions Spain gave them a lesson in possession during their 2-0 win in Alicante last night.Goals from Mario Suarez – a quite stupendous overhead kick – and Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla sealed a deserved win for the hosts, with Roy Hodgson’s men left chasing shadows for much of the 90 minutes.The defeat has raised more serious question marks about England’s Euro 2016 credentials as, despite cruising through their qualifying group, there was a distinct gap in quality between the sides.But how did Hodgson’s players perform individually on the night?talkSPORT runs the rule over those that featured – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see our ratings… Kyle Walker (right-back): 5.5 – While the Tottenham man has been impressive so far this season this seemed a bridge too far. Andres Iniesta and Nolito in either half tormented him with Jordi Alba in support as Spain exploited a clear weakness down England’s right. Nathaniel Clyne should be first choice at the Euros. 11 11 Harry Kane (striker): 6.5 – Despite six goals in his last five games, the Tottenham hitman unfortunately forgot to pack his shooting boots as he snatched at the several half chances that came his way. Far too isolated but ran the lines well. How does Hodgson incorporate all of his attacking options when they’re all fit? Phil Jones (centre-back): 7 – A few eyebrows were raised by his inclusion given his lack of playing time but Hodgson’s decision was vindicated with a typically combative display. Diego Costa’s poor form may have been conducive to a decent night for the Manchester United man, though. 11 Chris Smalling (centre-back): 7 – Similarly to Jones, marshalled Costa and Paco Alcacer well, although may feel he could have got closer to Mario before the Spain right-back’s stunning goal. (Substituted for Gary Cahill) 11 11 11 Raheem Sterling (attacking midfield): 6 – End product. Sterling’s pace is enough to give any defender nightmares but his decision making in the final third is extremely frustrating. He’s a certain starter in France though. 11 Ross Barkley (attacking midfield): 6 – On his day he is the most exciting player in England colours but, yet again, that day comes around far too rarely. Ran willingly at the Spain defence but faded in the second half. (Substituted for Wayne Rooney) 11 11 Fabian Delph (central midfield): 5 – A bizarre selection given Delph has played just 38 minutes of Premier League football so far this season. His lack of game time was evident, too, as he was sloppy in possession, although his characteristic high energy and pressing levels were impressive. (Substituted for Eric Dier) Adam Lallana (attacking midfield): 5.5 – Another frustrating evening for the Liverpool man whose potential at Southampton has faded since his move to Merseyside. Like a lot of the England attacking players his quality is clearly there but his end product leaves a lot to be desired. Cruyff turns look lovely but when they don’t construct anything, what’s the point Adam? (Substituted for Dele Alli) 11 Ryan Bertrand (left-back): 7 – With Luke Shaw sidelined for the foreseeable future, Bertrand laid down a marker to Hodgson as England’s best alternative at left-back with an accomplished display. Dangerous going forward with some particularly penetrating runs in the first-half. last_img read more

Everton predicted XI: Toffees to name strong line up against Middlesbrough in the League CupEverton predicted XI: Toffees to name strong line up against Middlesbrough in the League Cup

first_img 25. Ramiro Funes Mori (Centre back) 11 1. Joel Roubles (Goalkeeper) – find out who else makes our predicted line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above – Click the arrow on the right to see who else is expected to line up against Middlesbrough 11 9. Arouna Kone (Forward) 11 11 5. John Stones (Centre back) 19. Gerard Deulofeu (Right wing) – Gerard Deulofeu signed for Everton for £4.3m – they later sold him back to Barcelona for £10.5m 11 15. Tom Cleverley (Centre midfield) 11 11 18. Gareth Barry (Centre Midfield) 11 11 23. Seamus Coleman (Right back) 10. Romelu Lukaku (Forward) 32. Brendan Galloway (Left back) 11 20. Ross Barkley (Left wing) 11 Everton face Manchester United-conquering Middlesbrough in the League Cup on Tuesday night.Roberto Martinez’s side are in good form, having not lost since September 19 and with only Manchester City of the big teams remaining, the League Cup represents a realistic chance of a trophy for Everton.As a result, Martinez is likely to field a strong side for the quarter-final tie at the Riverside Stadium.Captain Phil Jagielka is definitely still out, along with Steven Pienaar, while midfielders James McCarthy and Gareth Barry are facing late fitness tests.Click the arrow above, right, to see who is likely to line up for the Toffees this evening.last_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc signs new contract with French championsParis Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc signs new contract with French champions

first_imgLaurent Blanc has penned a new two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain.The 50-year-old has enjoyed much success since replacing Carlo Ancelotti at the helm of the French giants in June 2013.He led them to a league and League Cup double in his debut campaign at the helm and last term he guided them to a domestic quadruple of league, League Cup, French Cup and Champions Trophy.PSG are on course to win the league again this season after building a 24-point lead over nearest rivals Monaco, while they are also through to the last 16 of the Champions League and are still in contention for the French Cup and League Cup.Blanc, who served as France coach between 2010 and 2012, has now penned an extension tying him to the club until June 2018.Jose Mourinho has been linked with the PSG post, but the new deal for Blanc ends speculation the former Chelsea boss could be on his way to the Parc des Princes. Laurent Blanc 1last_img read more

Europa League: UEFA consider request to move Man Utd v Liverpool kick-off timeEuropa League: UEFA consider request to move Man Utd v Liverpool kick-off time

first_img The second leg on March 17 is set for a 6pm start at Old Trafford 1 UEFA is evaluating Trafford Council’s request to move the Europa League clash between Manchester United and Liverpool back from its scheduled 6pm kick-off time.Last week’s last-16 draw threw up a mouth-watering clash between the long-term north-west adversaries – the first time they will face one another in continental competition.The first leg takes place at Anfield on March 10 at 8.05pm, but the return fixture on March 17 is slated for a 6pm start at Old Trafford.It is understood the scheduled timing of the St Patrick’s Day fixture has led Trafford Council’s safety advisory board to contact European football’s governing body requesting it is put back.UEFA confirmed to Press Association Sport that it has received the council’s letter on the matter and is currently evaluating its merits.United are also reportedly in favour of moving the tie from the current 6pm start and Trafford Council is expected to make a statement on Wednesday afternoon.last_img read more

Officer is acquitted of aiding enemyOfficer is acquitted of aiding enemy

first_imgIRAQ: But ex-U.S. commander at jail will serve two years for other convictions. By Katarina Kratovac THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – A former U.S. commander at the Iraqi jail that held Saddam Hussein was acquitted Friday of aiding the enemy but received two years imprisonment for convictions on other charges after pleading for leniency. Steele will be dismissed from the service.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Army Lt. Col. William H. Steele, 52, of Prince George, Va., could have faced a life sentence if convicted of accusations that he allowed prisoners to use his cell phone to make unmonitored calls. “I have no excuse that would even remotely justify my actions,” Steele told the judge at his court–martial near Baghdad. His voice shook as he described the humiliation he felt from being in confinement for the past eight months following a 28-year military career. “I have come to realize how severe and detrimental consequences could have resulted from my failures,” Steele said. “I violated the confidence and trust that was placed in me by those who selected me for this job.” Steele was acquitted of the charge of aiding the enemy for allegedly lending his cell phone to former members of Hussein’s regime, including those on death row, and an al-Qaida member. It was not known if Hussein was among them. The judge, Lt. Col. Timothy Grammel, convicted him of unauthorized possession of classified documents, behavior unbecoming an officer for an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter and failing to obey an order. last_img read more

donegaldaily.com goes globaldonegaldaily.com goes global

first_imgDONEGAL’S best news website has gone global – after just 48 hours on the web.Already ex-pats in more than a dozen countries have been logging on to donegaldaily.com to catch up with the news back home here in Co Donegal.And we’ve been inundated with messages of support from countries like Chile, Italy, France, Britain, Holland, the Czech Republic, Australia and all over the United States. A special welcome to Dave in Finland – hope it’s not as cold over there as it is here!Thousands of Donegal web viewers have also been logging on for the very latest news.Make www.donegaldaily.com your Homepage!donegaldaily.com goes global was last modified: December 1st, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CREDIT UNION ASSURES MEMBERS OVER LATE FEES DURING ULSTER BANK DEBACLECREDIT UNION ASSURES MEMBERS OVER LATE FEES DURING ULSTER BANK DEBACLE

first_imgLetterkenny Credit Union has advised its hundreds of customers to ensure there is enough money in their accounts to cover pending direct debits.The credit union is one of a number of institutions across Donegal whose electronic payments are processed by Ulster Bank.Because of the ongoing computer chaos within Ulster Bank, there is now a backlog of electronic payments going into Letterkenny Credit Union. However the financial institution has assured customers they will NOT be charged for late payment fees.Letterkenny Credit Union has also stated that if members feel they have incurred additional charges because of Ulster Bank delays, they will assist members.They have contacted members by text today thanking members for their patience and stating they are awaiting the receipt of standing orders.Manager Gordon Randles told Donegaldaily that the situation has been a headache for members. However he said he hoped the debacle was now coming to an end and praised their relationship with Ulster Bank.“If anybody has any issues with whatever aspect of payment or any situation then we are here to help.“It has been a headache for our members but Ulster Bank are hopefully getting it sorted now.“I have to say that Ulster Bank on a local level have always been exemplary in any dealings we have had with them,” he stressed.  CREDIT UNION ASSURES MEMBERS OVER LATE FEES DURING ULSTER BANK DEBACLE was last modified: July 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Credit Unionulster banklast_img read more

SENSATIONAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR DONEGAL TOWN SUMMER FESTIVALSENSATIONAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR DONEGAL TOWN SUMMER FESTIVAL

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: A superb line-up of entertainment for the Donegal Town Summer Festival has been announced.The festival has been an incredible success since its inception and organisers have again produced another superb line-up which promises to attract a huge crowd of revellers to Donegal Town. NATHAN CARTER is one of the many big names on the line-up, but the festival caters for all ages and has produced a diverse range of music.It’s a family orientated festival and there is plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy over the course of the FOUR-DAY music festival.The festival kicks-off on the 2nd of July.   SENSATIONAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR DONEGAL TOWN SUMMER FESTIVAL was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Summer FestivalEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Celtic eyeing Man United legend Ryan Giggs as Ronny Deila’s replacementCeltic eyeing Man United legend Ryan Giggs as Ronny Deila’s replacement

first_imgRyan Giggs is reportedly on Celtic’s radar to become their next boss.The Scottish champions announced on Wednesday that Ronny Deila will leave his post at the end of the season.Neil Lennon has expressed an interest in returning to the role, while former United boss David Moyes has also suggested he could be keen on the job.But United legend Giggs, who was part of Moyes’ coaching staff at Old Trafford and is now Louis van Gaal’s number two, is understood to be a leading contender.The Welshman has been tipped by Van Gaal to replace him in the top job when he departs the club.But is widely thought that Jose Mourinho is the favoured choice of the United hierarchy to succeed Van Gaal and there is speculation he could replace the Dutchman as soon as this summer.That leaves Giggs’ future unclear, and Celtic could now offer the 42-year-old the chance to start his managerial career in Scotland.Giggs is believed to have reservations about moving north of the border, but that has not stopped the Hoops board from putting him on their wanted list. Ryan Giggs [right] with Louis van Gaal on the Manchester United bench 1last_img read more

Man City blow! Pellegrini expects Silva to miss Champions League second legMan City blow! Pellegrini expects Silva to miss Champions League second leg

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes David Silva will not be fit enough to face Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final.The Spaniard sustained the problem in the first leg draw at the Etihad, a game in which Pellegrini felt his side played ‘very well’.Playmaker Silva limped off before half-time – something which Pellegrini feels disrupted his side’s performance – and the Chilean does not expect the 30-year-old to feature at the Bernabeu next Wednesday.“He has a hamstring (injury),” Pellegrini confirmed to BT Sport.“I don’t think he will be fit in one week.”On the performance, he said: “We defended very well, we tried to create until David [Silva] was injured, after that we lost the ball too much and did not create clear chances.“We play very well away, we beat Sevilla, drew against Paris St Germain.“We will go to the Bernabeu and there will be more space, Real Madrid must attack a little bit more.”Captain Vincent Kompany, who returned after missing the weekend win over Stoke, says the Citizens are ready for ‘a rumble’ in the Spanish capital.“Nil-nil is a very dangerous score,” Kompany admitted.“From the moment we manage to score in Madrid, it will be a very different game.“It’s a good result, it’s hard to keep a clean sheet against a good attacking team. We can be proud of what we’ve achieved in the first leg.“[Joe Hart] had to pull off a few saves, mainly on set-pieces so we need to look at that next time and make sure that doesn’t happen.”READ MORE: Manchester City news: ‘Hope you’re watching Pep Guardiola – Joe Hart was exceptional. DO NOT SELL HIM!’last_img read more