Wayne Rooney Makes Final England Appearance

Since the initial shock at the beginning of the month that Wayne Rooney might be making his last run for England, attention has centred around the country’s record goalscorer. How long would Rooney play for? Will he be wearing the captain’s armband during the match? And is it right that he received another cap? Let’s take a look at Wayne Rooney’s final appearance for England and answer all the questions in the process.


“It’s been sensational having him around this week, providing those bits of glory,” Gareth Southgate stated before kick-off. Wayne Rooney clearly had a positive impact on Gareth’s young squad during training where he managed to present England shirts to three players who made their international debuts for the team on Thursday.

Wayne Rooney had to wait until the second half of the match to wear his England shift for the 120th time. However, prior to the start of the match, Rooney walked his sons through the prestigious guard of honour where he received some silverware from Greg Clarke and Henry Kane. There were more than 60,000 fans in the stands, and every single one was on their feet as Wayne saluted the massive crowd before the start of the National anthems.

The Cameo

Wayne Rooney was all jokes and smiles with Henry Kane during the game, and there was plenty for the 33-year-old football player to enjoy during the first half of the match as the new generation of players showed off their skills, including Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jadon Sancho. Rooney didn’t have to wait too long during the second half to be called by Southgate, allowing him to step onto the Wembley turf for the last time with just under an hour left on the clock.

Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson entered the match at the same time, but it was Rooney that got the fans up on their feet, chanting his name while passing the captain’s armband. Wayne Rooney took his place alongside Callum Wilson, and Sancho in England’s front three and immediately searched for the striker with a striving ball which was unfortunately cut out.

During the 69th minute, there was also an interruption where an over-eager fan managed to run up to Rooney to give him a hug. However, once the fan was escorted off the field, Rooney was back in the game where he received a pass from Sancho followed by a tame shot towards goal. He certainly didn’t see the ball as much as he wanted to, but every time he touched the ball it was pure quality. Rooney received his best chance for a goal during the 91st minute mark, but unfortunately, the low shot was too comfortable and central for the goalkeeper. Rooney obviously knew he should have done better and smiled.

Shortly thereafter, the full-time whistle blew which brought the end of Wayne Rooney’s international career which was the second time for the outstanding player. As he walked off the pitch, Rooney made jokes with the goalkeeper with handshakes and hugs all around while the crowd gave him an applause along with a pat on the back from Gareth Southgate.

Who Can Save Real Madrid and Manchester United?

Manchester United have a problem. Real Madrid has one, too. Although they are considered two of the largest football clubs in the world, when there’s a shortage of world-renowned coaches capable of transforming a bad situation into a good one, not even history and money can generate a possible solution out of thin air.

Julen Lopetegui Gets Sacked

After overseeing an awful run of 5 defeats in 7 matches – the most recent of which was the humiliating 1-5 defeat while playing against Barcelona – Julen Lopetegui’s short-lived reign as Real Madrid’s head coach has finally come to an end at Santiago Bernabeu. The recent form displayed by Real Madrid would put any football manager under immense pressure, and therefore it became rather obvious that Lopetegui’s time was up and it was time to clear his desk and take a vacation.

Jose Mourinho’s Jon Security

At Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has managed to avoid the storm that was ready to engulf him during the four matches that couldn’t produce a single victory in late September as well as early October. However, the Old Trafford football manager is not out of the woods yet when it comes to his job security at Manchester United. The football club is currently in 8th position in terms of Premier League standings after their 2-1 victory over Everton on Sunday. This leaves them 9 points behind Liverpool who is currently leading the pack. It still looks like Mourinho’s red devil squad is limping along, online doing what is necessary to ensure the coach keeps his job.

Lack of Potential Managers

The fact that Mourinho maintains his current position and that Real Madrid decided to promote Santiago Solari from the B-team to the first team head coach, for the time being, is a testament which indicates the lack of alternatives available at both Real Madrid and Manchester United. The Glazer family, who owns Manchester United, are determined to give Jose Mourinho enough time to oversee a surge and revival to get the team into the Top 4 of the Premier League, but several sources state that the position is primarily influenced by the lack of potential replacements.

In terms of Real Madrid, they are in desperate need of finding a suitable replacement who has the ability to handle the enormous challenge of managing a super club that is currently failing along with a dressing room filled with huge personalities that are unquestionably under-performing. The best bet for Real Madrid is Antonio Conte. He has been out of work since he left Chelsea during the summer and is possibly the best option as the team’s next permanent football manager. However, although the former Italy and Juventus manager has a stellar VC, with several domestic titles in England and Italy, we cannot forget that the manager was sacked at Stamford Bridge in his previous job.

Is there anyone out there who is capable of saving Real Madrid or Manchester United? Only time will tell.

David De Gea’s Uncertain Future Plans at Manchester United

Manchester United’s Player of the Year in four of the last five seasons is goalkeeper David De Gea. No other Man Utd goalkeeper, not even Edwin van der Sar or Peter Schmeichel, has ever claimed this award. As De Gea’s performance rose to be considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, so did the speculation that he might be leaving. This speculation will obviously dip when he signs a brand-new contract, but the fact that he might eventually leave is never far away.

David De Gea’s Contract

At 27 years of age, David De Gea has made 325 appearances for Manchester United in a total of seven, and the fact that he hasn’t signed a new contract as of yet means that he won’t be at Man Utd in 2019. If De Gea doesn’t sign a new contract, Man Utd will exercise the option to prolong his current agreement to 12 months. Manchester United will need to protect itself by avoiding De Gea to leave for free in 2019. They also need to ensure that he doesn’t leave in 2020 for free, especially due to the fact that goalkeepers are starting to attract a premium.

Factors in Man Utd’s Favour

There are actually two factors that will help swing the situation in Manchester’s favour. One is the stability and support De Gea receives at Manchester United since he joined the squad, a club that has never pushed him or messed him around like Atletico Madrid once did against the goalkeeper’s wishes. De Gea fully understands that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and he once stated that is feels really loved at Manchester United. Jose Mourinho also stated that feels that De Gea would sign a brand-new contract really soon.

Fans of Manchester United have backed him for a long time, even when they thought De Gea would leave the club to join Real Madrid in early 2015. Manchester United expected fans to turn on him in the final matches on the season, but they instead applauded him. Manchester United also supported De Gea during the early months he spent in England which is something David De Gea has never forgotten. He also hasn’t been attacked by the media in England, leading a tranquil life which he truly enjoys in Manchester. However, in Spain De Gea is a frequent fixture when it comes to gossip due to the fact that his partner is a pop star.

Should David De Gea feel that Manchester United is on their way back to the top, where he can challenge the best, he will undoubtedly sign a new contract in January 2019. However, if this doesn’t occur and he sees his close friends Ander Herrera, and Juan Mata depart, he’ll still stay with Man Utd. Manchester United are extremely fortunate to have David De Gea as goalkeeper. However, he needs to decide if he wants to leave England and join another club or remain at the club to see how everything turns out. One thing is for sure, he has the time to decide.

Top Goal Scorers in the History of Football

Soccer is undeniably a beautiful game, and the goals that are scored in matches is a key ingredient as to why more than half the population of the world loves to watch this incredible sport. Below, we take an in-depth look at the best goal scorers in the history of football and include the number of goals they scored during their careers.

1. Josef Bican – Total Goals: 805

The most outstanding goal scorer in the history of football is undoubtedly Jose Bican, but there aren’t a lot of football fans that even know this player to be honest. Bican was an Austria football star during the 1930’s and was a member of the squad that managed to reach the World Cup semi-finals in 1934. Bican continued playing soccer until 1955 and retired at the age of 42. As a two-footed forward with immense pace, he managed to rake up 805 goals.

2. Romario – Total Goals: 772

Ronaldo, the Brazilian soccer legend, said that he learned the art of scoring goals from Romario. Johann Cruyff, the former Barcelona coach, also stated that Romario was a genius when it came to the penalty area. There’s no denying that Romario was one of the best finishers when it comes to football where he managed to score a total of 772 goals in only 994 matches in his career.

3. Pele – Total Goals: 767

Pele is considered to be the greatest football player of all time by Franz Beckenbauer. Pele is also regarded as the most prolific football forwards the beautiful game has ever seen. Pele is a three-time World Cup winner while playing for Brazil and was nicknamed “The King” where he netted a total of 767 goals in only 831 appearances. This means that he boasts with an impressive 0.92 strike rate per game.

4. Ferenc Puskas – Total Goals: 746

Ferenc Puskas is referred to as “The Galloping Major”. He was a key player in two of the greatest football squads in the history of the sport, including Real Madrid during the 1960 European Cup and the Magnificent Magyars from Hungary. Puskas was small, stocky, and his right foot wasn’t very strong. However, his left foot was a canon which he used to score most of his 746 goals in only 754 matches.

5. Gerd Muller – Total Goals: 735

Gerd Muller, the supreme poacher, was world-renowned for his incredible predatory instincts when it came to the penalty area. As an icon for Bayern Munich, Muller scored the winning goal for West Germany during the World Cup final in 1974, and he averaged over a goal a game when it came to the international level, scoring 68 goals in only 62 matches.

6. Christiano Ronaldo – Total goals: 670

He initially started as a fleet-footed winger, but quickly transformed himself into a sensational goalscoring machine. The football superstar for Portugal has broken several records in his career and continues to do so while playing for Juventus.

Paul Pogba Struggles to Focus After World Cup Win

Paul Pogba, who currently plays for Manchester United, has stated that he is struggling to focus after France won the World Cup in Russia, but insisted that he can still successfully lead the squad despite the fact that he has been released from vice-captaincy duties.

Paul Pogba has reportedly had a fallout with Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United football manager, on several occasions during the season which coincided with an extremely slow start for Manchester United this season who are currently eighth in Premier League standings with 13 points which is 7 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Pogba, the former Juventus midfielder, has managed to score twice this season and provided two assists in 8 top-flight meetings. He recently stated that he finds it extremely difficult to motivate himself after winning the biggest trophy of them all during the World Cup in Russia.

“It’s difficult to concentrate or to start again and hit hard in the Premier League after we managed to touch the stars,” Paul Pogba stated in a recent interview. “It was undoubtedly the ultimate trophy you can win when it comes to football. But I still have other challenges too. For instance, I have never managed to win the Premier League and its certainly an objective that I would like to accomplish.”

Pogba Released from Vice-Captaincy Duties

Jose Mourinho has recently revealed that Pogba will no longer be considered for vice-captaincy for the Manchester United squad despite the fact that he already managed to wear the captain armband a total of 3 times this season while Antonio Valencia is currently absent.

Before the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Pogba stated his interest in stepping up his role when it comes to the France squad. Most of his team members state that he gave several inspirational speeches during the summer triumph of Les Bleus.

Hugo Lloris was the one who lifted the trophy during the 2018 World Cup as captain of Didier Deschamps, and Pogba stated that he will continue to be an influential figure in the team even if they don’t replace the sensational goalkeeper for Tottenham Hotspur.

“I don’t play for France to be the captain of the team, just being in the team is a huge honour for me” Pogba stated. “There’s no need to be captain if you want to speak. A leader is not someone that wears an armband during a match. It’s the team that places you in that position, who gives you the freedom to express yourself.”

Ballon d’Or Nominees

Although Pogba is currently struggling at Man Utd, he was one of 6 players from the France squad that was included on the list of 30 players to receive the Ballon d’Or award. Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo have each claimed the award five times in the last decade, and Zinedine Zidane was the last French player to receive the award. Pogba also hopes that the second star on their jerseys will provide enough motivation to claim it again in the near future.

Best Soccer Players in the World for 2018

Every soccer enthusiast has their own opinion on the best soccer players in the world, but everyone will agree on a handful of elite players. Most of these players are featured in top-rated teams, including Manchester, Barcelona, and Real Madrid. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best soccer players in the world for 2018.

1. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has claimed the FIFA Player of the Year award on multiple occasions and is considered the best player of all time when it comes to the beautiful game of soccer. His ability to run past defenders with ease along with a sensational mix of pace and skill is unmatched, and it usually looks like the ball is glued to his feet. The elite soccer star managed to lead Argentine to the World Cup Final in 2014 as well as the Copa Americas Finals in 2016 and 2015.

2. Christiano Ronaldo

Christiano Ronaldo is considered the only soccer player that can match Lionel Messi. Ronaldo is both taller and stronger than Messi, and his games-to-goal ratio is on par with the Argentinian. Ronaldo claimed the FIFA Players of the Year award in 2016, which makes it 4 in total. In fact, Messi and Ronaldo are the only two soccer players to receive this award since 2007. He recently transferred from Real Madrid to Juventus and continues to shock the world with his incredible skills and number of goals.

3. Luis Suarez

Although he is not everyone’s cup of tea, his ability to play the game is not up for debate. The Barcelona striker is a true master when it comes to weaving his way towards the penalty box and is deadly in terms of one-on-one situations. He is also a phenomenal free-kick taker. His collaboration with other team members is unmatched, and he always gives 100% in every game. Barcelona paid a whopping $128.5 million to transfer him from Liverpool, and he is certainly worth every penny.

4. Neymar

Neymar has been part of the beautiful game since he turned 17 and quickly established himself as one of the elite soccer players in the world. Neymar has managed to score more goals than Ronaldo and Messi when they were his age and has the ability to become the best soccer players in the world when Messi eventually retires. In 2016, Neymar became the captain of the Brazil soccer team at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

5. Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero formed part of the Argentina team in the World Cup finals of 2014. Aguero was the key player in two title victories under Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini, scoring the incredible late goal in 2012 to claim the Premier League trophy. He has the phenomenal ability to bring other team members into play and boasts with an excellent first touch. He currently plays for Manchester City and receives a salary of £13 million with a total of 148 goals to his name in the Premier League.

Eden Hazard Is Currently the Best Player in the Premier League

You can easily compare Eden Hazard’s performance to that of Pele and Diego Maradona after his incredible match-winning goal against Liverpool. The Belgian football star came off the bench and managed to score a phenomenal solo goal only 5 minutes from full-time to make it a 2-1 final score against Liverpool. This occurred after the header from Emerson cancelled out the opening goal from Daniel Sturridge.

Jamie Carragher on Eden Hazard

Jamie Carragher, the former Liverpool defender in the Premier League, was full of praise for the composure and strength displayed by Hazard as he managed to beat several defenders before he presented a beautiful shot past the Liverpool goalkeeper, stating that it’s reminiscent of the greatest football players in the world.

“All the best football players have the power. Think of Gianfranco Zola, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, and you can even go as far back as Pele and Diego Maradona. These players can’t be bullied when it comes to football. You continuously think how on earth are you going to stop them?”

“You won’t be able to knock them away from the ball, and each of these players have the strength and power in the backside and in their legs. The same can be said for Eden Hazard. When you look at the Liverpool goal, you could clearly see that he wasn’t in the best position to receive it, but he still managed to score a tremendous goal from it.”

Hazard is a superstar, there’s no denying it. In the previous domestic cup match, Hazard played in the FA Cup final where he won a penalty and managed to score from it. He won this Premier League match as well.”

Eden Hazard’s Current Contract

Eden Hazard hinted that he wanted to be transferred to Real Madrid over the summer, but the transfer failed to materialize even though the club sold Christiano Ronaldo. Jamie Carragher is suspecting that the Chelsea forward, who currently has less than two years left on his contract, will be the centre of attention in the coming months. “When January rolls around or when we get to the end of the Premier League season, there’s certainly going to be questions asked when Hazard is left with a year on his contract.”

Although Eden Hazard is quite happy with Chelsea at the moment, it won’t stop Barcelona or Real Madrid from getting their hands on him when they want him in their club. It’s extremely difficult to hold onto your star players when another club is on the hunt, especially when you consider that its every player’s dream to play for Barcelona or Real Madrid. Liverpool had Luis Suarez and Xabi Alonso, and Manchester United had Christiano Ronaldo. So if Eden Hazard gets his way and Real Madrid makes him an offer, there’s no denying that Chelsea will be in serious trouble when summer rolls around. He is undoubtedly the best player in the Premier League at the moment and only time will tell where he’ll end up.

Has Tottenham Hotspur’s Hit A Ceiling?

Tottenham Hotspur suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat against Inter Milan in the Champions League earlier this week. This defeat means that Mauricio Pochettino, the highly-regarded Spurs manager, lost three consecutive matches for the very first time at the club.

It looks like the pressure is getting to the highly-rated manager at Hotspur. The former manager of Southampton gave a post-match outburst after journalists started asking questions regarding the omission of Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier from the team to play against Inter Milan. In all fairness, it did seem rather strange to leave both these football stars out of the team.

Lack of Strength at the north London Club

There’s no denying that Pochettino did a marvellous job at transforming Tottenham Hotspur into a sensational football squad that manages to finish in the top 4 positions in the Premier League on a regular basis. However, there’s only so much you can do with great man-management and coaching. Tottenham should have taken the time to strengthen the team over the summer. They have a great team of players, but newcomers give everybody a lift at the club. This usually leads to players improving their game that are already at the club which in turn produces better results. Unfortunately, the players at Tottenham Hotspur seem rather stale this season and doesn’t look like they are up to the task.

Stuck in an Awkward Position

The Hotspurs are currently in an awkward position as a squad. They manage to rank in the top 4 when it comes to the Premier League but aren’t able to make a significant impact when it comes to the Champions League. The match against Inter Milan should have been an easy victory, but Inter Milan somehow scored two goals with 5 minutes remaining, which resulted in the Hotspurs losing the match.

Inter Milan is a great team, but they are not considered one of the elite teams. When it comes to quality, Inter Milan is essentially the Tottenham’s of Serie A, but with less finishes in the top 4 of late.

Chances of Hotspurs Making It To The Knockout Stages

Group B was always going to be a daunting task in the Champions League for Tottenham Hotspur as they were matched up alongside Inter Milan and Barcelona. Even PSV Eindhoven, which is the other team in Group B, can’t be seen as pushovers in this tournament. The defeat by the hands of Inter Milan earlier this week places the odds at 10/11 for Tottenham Hotspur to reach the knockout stages. In fact, Tottenham Hotspur is now behind Inter Milan to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

There’s no denying that Tottenham Hotspur has endured a tough period lately. The squad usually encounters poor form during a tournament but eventually starts improving as time goes on. However, it’s highly unlikely that Hotspur will be able to recover from the poor form they recently experienced. Only time will tell.

Rashford Is As Great As Kane and Ronaldo When They Were His Age, According To Southgate

Marcus Rashford has a special talent whose career record at his age can be compared to the likes of Christiano Ronaldo or even Henry Kane, Gareth Southgate believes. The manager of the England national squad also stated that Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese football manager, thinks the world of Marcus Rashford, even though the Manchester United striker has been frustrated with the total number of starts he made with the club, especially as centre-forward which is his favourite role.

Rashford’s Importance

The importance of Rashford to England was beautifully underlined with his goal in the friendly win against Switzerland. This followed after his strike while playing against Spain, pushing his case to become a regular starter for the England national squad. When asked if Rashford, 20, has a special talent, Southgate replied with “Yes he is. I believe Harry Kane at that age played far less matches while playing for Spurs. Most of the things Ronaldo did at that age wasn’t converted into goals, so we have to give Rashford time to develop his game. He has played loads of football but he hasn’t started as much as he wanted to”. Comparing Ronaldo and Kane to Rashford might seem over the top. However, Southgate is onto something with his statement.

Rashford’s Career

Marcus Rashford made his debut at Manchester United in February 2016 and managed to score twice. At a mere 18 years and a total of 141 days, Rashford managed to become the youngest scorer for Manchester United during the Europa League and records and landmarks tumbled after that where he managed to score on his debut in the League Cup, Champions League, and Premier League, as well as his initial appearances for the England senior team and England Under-21s – making him the youngest player to ever achieve it. Rashford is also the first teen in the Premier League to concede a goal in his first Manchester derby.

Marcus Rashford claimed a total of 9 goals in 21 appearances during the first half-season but has since experienced fallow periods. For instance, after scoring 6 goals in just 7 matches last autumn, Rashford only scored 2 goals in the following 19 matches. However, at 20 years and 317 days, Christiano Ronaldo scored 32 goals for country and club whereas Rashford scored a total of 37 goals.

Henry Kane, on the other hand, had just went through loan spells with Leicester City, Norwich City, and Millwall, and although he made his debut at Tottenham Hotspur, also during the Europa League after turning 18, it wasn’t until age 20 in April 2014 that he started in the Premier League and scored.

Rashford Won’t Play For The Next Three Matches

Marcus Rashford has started a total of 2 games for Manchester United this season and will, unfortunately, miss the next 3 matches in the Premier League. In an attempt to dampen Rashford’s frustration of not being seen as a regular starter, Southgate decided to let him play in the recent fixtures for the England national team.

Is Pellegrini the Answer for West Ham

There is no denying that in appointing the veteran Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham made a good move. Pellegrini, the Chilean boss, has a proven success record in the Premier League and is highly experienced. The only reservation some have is that the boss’s previous task in the Premier League was managing a “right end of the table” team, while West Ham, last season fought relegation for most of the campaign.

Season Start Nothing but Nightmare

Slaven Bilic exited, and David Moyes was appointed by the Hammers, and thus, they had a similar start to last season. Moyes was considered a temporary solution in keeping the team going. He surprised and did less than expected, so the Scot was replaced by Pellegrini in summer. Yet it was not over yet as unfortunate for the Hammers they had another Premier League nightmare start, with the sum of money they invested in the summer to overhaul the team they did not gain much on their huge outlay.

Under the leadership of Pellegrini, they suffered four defeats, these were straight overthrow’s the team from the capital experienced. With a raft of new signings followed with Pellegrini at the helm and it got people talking about the Hammers as a team that could be the surprise package of the season. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out that way, so far.

When it Comes to European Clubs, Pellegrini Enjoyed Success in All

Pellegrini has worked with Real Madrid, and Manchester City and that is how the Chilean made a name for himself, he worked with some of the biggest clubs and took some to new heights. At the Spanish Club he had fewer resources than at West Ham, but then he also did a great job while at Malaga, though the Andalusian’s had major investments in their team. At every club he managed, Pellegrini enjoyed success, this includes in Real Madrid.

Pellegrini Has the Credentials of a Top-Level Coach

With proven credentials as a top coach on several occasions, Pellegrini’s appointment with West Ham looked like the best option, and there is no doubt that he has the coaching abilities to bring success to the team. What it depends on is how long he will have the chance to turn things around since there are already rumours that his potion is under threat, what counts in his favour is that the owners of the club are quite keen for the Chilean to get the team issues sorted out.

West Ham’s Odds to Suffer Relegation Slashed

Due to a terrible start and considering the results of the team so far, a difficult September is what the Londoners face with games against Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton. Pellegrini could face difficulty should the team struggle to collect point during the upcoming tough encounters, for this reason, the break came at the perfect time, there is still the option of regrouping, although Pellegrini went off to visit his family in Chile. The trip might be bad timing as he could have better served the team working with the players, although the Hammers could come up with great surprises after their well-deserved two-week break, if not Pellegrini might live in East London on borrowed time.