FFF President insists Adrien Rabiot is far off from France recall

French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet has said that Adrien Rabiot is far off from making the national team following his decision to snub the standby role at last summer’s World Cup. The midfielder has since endured a tough time at club level with Paris Saint-Germain where he has been laid off due to a contract dispute and it appears that he won’t return to the national side anytime soon.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Le Graet said that the midfielder has not been suspended for his actions during the summer and any selection depends on manager Didier Deschamps. He added that Rabiot may not return to the side anytime soon with his struggles to acquire gametime with Paris Saint-Germain this term.
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Carlos Queiroz announced as Colombian’s new head coach

Colombia have announced that Carlos Queiroz has been assigned with the head coach role following his departure from Iran earlier in the month. The Portuguese tactician had been with the Asian heavyweights for the past eight years but he has now been given a fresh challenge with Colombia, who are keen to make progress in the Copa America as well as qualify for another World Cup.

Speaking to reporters, the former Manchester United assistant revealed that it’s an honour to take up the job and he is hoping to keep up with the country’s recent uptrend in terms of results, he said: “For me it’s an honour, and I’m happy to have the trust of the federation. First off, I intend to take care of the great tradition here that has grown larger over the years.
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Hugo Lloris focusing on Tottenham Hotspur than World Cup plaudits

Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has said that he is more focused on the present rather than thinking about his personal success at the summer World Cup. The France international led his country to their second World Cup crown last summer after beating surprise finalists Croatia by a comfortable 4-2 score.

Since then, Lloris has returned to normalcy with Tottenham Hotspur at the club level and speaking to reporters, the goalkeeper has highlighted that he is concentrating on the team’s performance rather than basking over his World Cup glory, he said: “To be honest, the football and the time is going so fast. I don’t want to say that I’ve forgotten about the World Cup but, for me, it belongs to the past. I don’t have time to make a step backwards and think about the World Cup. Every time people talk about this moment – it gives you a lot of positive energy. But as a professional and as a man I am just focused on today and tomorrow.”
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Pele tips Kylian Mbappe for stardom after France World Cup success

Brazil legend Pele has heaped praise on the qualities of Kylian Mbappe and believes the Frenchman can become the ‘new Pele’. The 20-year-old has experienced an astronomical rise over the past 30 months and last summer witnessed him secure the World Cup crown with Les Bleus while contributing four goals in the process.

As such, the forward was named the young player of the tournament and he has since received praise from all corners including Pele, who sees himself in the Frenchman, he told France Football: “He won the World Cup at nineteen, I was only seventeen. I teased him saying he had almost equalised. I think he can become the new Pele! Many people think I said that to laugh, but no, it’s not a joke.”
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Qatar Going Big with Gold Stadium for 2022

There may still be a lot of uncertainty with regards to the 2022 World Cup, but Qatar are going all out with regard to the competition. The nation is spending a huge sum of money in order to improve the stadium and other infrastructures. Unsurprisingly in a rich country, the biggest spending is being carried out with regard to the stadiums. The pinnacle of the event could be a brand new stadium, which is still being constructed in the Lusail City, which is situated to the north of Doha. This will be a80,000-seat stadium, which will be build to reflect one of the highlights of this nation – gold.

Apart from hosting the first and the last match of the World Cup 2022, this stadium will also be used as a place for all cultural activities in the city. The stadium is expected to cost in upwards of $1.5 billion. This marks a significant investment and Qatar are planning to spend an incredible $6.5 billion just in terms of the stadium and the training facilities. The World Cup will being in November 2022 and it will conclude by December. The Lusail Stadium is expected to be ready by the year 2020. Qatar is building seven stadiums in total at this massive cost.
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Wayne Rooney on England farewell

Former England international Wayne Rooney said that he did not make any demands for his farewell game and that it was the FA that chose to give him the last cap for his country. He made the statement after many former England players have criticized the England team for giving out caps like this.

Rooney admitted that this is the first time that the FA has done this and he hopes that this will not be the last time. He believes that this might be a normal thing in the future with players such as Harry Kane given a last cap for their country. Continue reading “Wayne Rooney on England farewell”

Nigeria manager still rues Victor Moses’ retirement decision

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has continued to express the disappointment with Victor Moses, who retired from international football at the age of just 27. The attacker announced his decision to retire in August this year after featuring for the Super Eagles at the summer World Cup finals in Russia.

Speaking to reporters, Rohr confirmed that the country’s federation did their best to convince him to prolong his international career but the attacker wanted to give more focus on his club career, he said:“I tried to convince him that it was not the best time to retire but he said he wanted to focus on his club career. I hope he will get an opportunity to play in Chelsea or with another club. I hope he will change his mind because he is only 27 years old. That is too young an age to retire.”
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Nigeria plan to convince Victor Moses to unretire from international duty

The second vice-president of the Nigeria Football Federation Shehu Dikko has suggested that they are expected to meet up with Victor Moses in an attempt to convince him to return to international football. The Chelsea ace retired from Nigerian duty in mid-August citing family and career concerns but things have since not gone smoothly for the 27-year-old.

Moses was a regular under Antonio Conte last term where he was pretty much a constant in the right wing-back position but he has not enjoyed a similar run with new boss Maurizio Sarri, who has ditched the 3-4-3 formation to go with the orthodox four-man defence. As such, Moses has managed just one start across all competitions with Sarri only regarding him as a winger but Shehu believes the decision does not disregard the qualities of the former Wigan Athletic star.
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Michael Ballack surprised by Germany’s decision to keep Joachim Loew

Germany legend Michael Ballack has admitted that he is surprised by the country’s handling of Joachim Loew following the team’s poor performance at the World Cup. The Germans suffered the recent curse of reigning champions as they were ousted within the group stage of the World Cup but this has however not hampered the head coach position of Loew.

Speaking to Deutsche Welle, Ballack said that he was surprised by the decision made by the German Federation despite the team going through one of the worst phases in recent history. He added that Loew should have parted ways with the team on his own after going with most of the 2014 World Cup-winning squad rather than placing emphasis on upcoming talents.
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ENGLAND EARNED RESPECT IN RUSSIA

In recent years, England have been derided by other top footballing nations due to their consistent below-par performances at major tournaments. The self-styled ‘inventors of the game’ only won the World Cup in 1966, and even then with some dubious refereeing decisions.

In modern soccer, despite the advancements in the Premier League, England regularly had issues reaching knockout stages in major events. Despite the abundance of talents, youth, finesse, support, and exposure some reason would hinder them. And then Gareth Southgate came along. Continue reading “ENGLAND EARNED RESPECT IN RUSSIA”