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  • Collymore: Only Messi and Ronaldo have b...

    Former England international Stan Collymore has claimed that only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have had better careers than Wayne Rooney in the past decade. Rooney became Manchester United's record goalscorer on Saturday when he netted his 250th goal for the club, having p...

    Collymore: Only Messi and Ronaldo have been better than Rooney

    Former England international Stan Collymore has claimed that only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have had better careers than Wayne Rooney in the past decade. Rooney became Manchester United's record goalscorer on Saturday when he netted his 250th goal for the club, having previously broken Bobby Charlton's record to become England's highest ever scorer. Pogba trolled by hilarious Stoke post SInce moving to Old Trafford in 2004, the Liverpool native has won five Premier League titles as well as the Champions League in 2007-08. Collymore believes Rooney's achievements in the past 10 years single him out as one of the best players in the world. "If you take out the big two, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he has had as good a career as anybody in the world over the last decade," the former Liverpool forward wrote in his Daily Mirror column. "You don’t break Sir Bobby Charlton’s England or Manchester United’s goal records without being something very special. "So huge congratulations to Wayne Rooney for achieving both, for a fantastic career that has seen him win virtually every trophy." Despite the claim that he has one of the best careers in club football, Collymore has been less than impressed with Rooney's showings for the Three Lions. Rooney was named in the Team of the Tournament at Euro 2004, but despite appearing at five major tournaments since then, has flattered to deceive as England never reached further than the quarter-finals stage. "It is a little disappointing that we couldn’t see him at his best for England in terms of winning trophies or getting to finals and semi-finals," the three-time England international said.

  • Chapman completes Incheon transfer

    Australian defender Connor Chapman has moved to K League club Incheon United from Melbourne City for an undisclosed transfer fee. Incheon confirmed the two-year deal on Monday after Chapman completed his medical with the club and he will leave South Korea on Tuesday to link up w...

    Chapman completes Incheon transfer

    Australian defender Connor Chapman has moved to K League club Incheon United from Melbourne City for an undisclosed transfer fee. Incheon confirmed the two-year deal on Monday after Chapman completed his medical with the club and he will leave South Korea on Tuesday to link up with his new team-mates at a training camp in Thailand.   Very Excited to have signed with @incheonutd for the next 2 years and cant wait to start training with the team #KLeague pic.twitter.com/exkQfBi8wh — Connor Chapman (@ConnorChap05) January 23, 2017 The 22-year-old departs City after 35 A-League games over two-and-a-half seasons having joined from Newcastle Jets in 2014. "I'm happy to join a big club in the K League - Incheon United," Chapman said in a statement. "I know that Incheon is one of the most beautiful cities in Korea. I'll do my best to show good performances here." In their statement announcing Chapman's arrival, Incheon highlighted his ability to play a variety of positions - centre-back, full-back and defensive midfield - and his international experience for various underage levels. City also released a statement on Monday confirming the transfer but declined to reveal the fee involved. After playing regularly in his first two seasons at City, Chapman has fallen down the pecking order in 2016-17 and has made just five league appearances. The rise of 20-year-old Ruon Tongyik has been particularly problematic for Chapman, while he has also struggled to earn games at full-back due to the arrival of Josh Rose and Manny Muscat this season. Chapman is one of two Australians set to play in the K League Classic - South Korea's top tier - in 2017 alongside Tomislav Mrcela, who is on the books of Jeonnam Dragons. Former Sydney FC midfielder and Iraq international Ali Abbas, who is a naturalized Australian, plays for Pohang Steelers. In the second-tier K League Challenge, Adrian Leijer and Bruce Djite play for Suwon FC and Antony Golec is at Bucheon FC 1995.    

  • David Silva lifts lid on what Man City p...

    David Silva says Manchester City players enjoy the "intense" games during Pep Guardiola's training routines. Guardiola has come under criticism this season as his side sit 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after 22 games, most recently drawing 2-2 with Tottenham....

    David Silva lifts lid on what Man City players like about Guardiola training style

    David Silva says Manchester City players enjoy the "intense" games during Pep Guardiola's training routines. Guardiola has come under criticism this season as his side sit 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after 22 games, most recently drawing 2-2 with Tottenham. While results may not be going their way at times, Silva has revealed that the squad are happy with life on the training field and that how they train depends on how many days they have between matches.  "If we've got more days available to just train, they usually are much tougher but otherwise it's more about recuperating," he told Dugout. "So it does just depend upon how many days we have available to train. "When we break into a small game at the end of the sessions, that's what we all like. Short games, full of intensity are what the players usually like best. "You just have to focus on that next game and recuperate well so you can win the next one." Silva has been utilised in the centre and on the left wing for City this season, stating that it is acting through the middle that comes more naturally to him. "I try to play the ball quickly between the lines which is a style of play I have to adapt in my particular position. "I try to improve that aspect of my game and instantly pick out players further up the pitch than me like the wide men and the strikers. That's how I always try to play. "I think that by playing centre midfield in the middle of the park I'm doing something which comes naturally to me. One of the things I did well as a young kid was to link well with the rest of the team so I reckon it's something which is natural for me." In 20 games in the Premier League for City this season, 31-year-old Silva has scored one goal and set up a further four. According to Opta’s stats, Kevin De Bruyne is the only player in the team to have created more chances than Silva, with the Belgian making 65 to the Spaniard’s 44.

  • Whitecaps sign Peruvian international at...

    The Vancouver Whitecaps have announced the acquisition of attacking midfielder/forward Yordy Reyna from Austrian club FC Red Bull Salzburg. Vancouver used targeted allocation money to acquire the 23-year-old, who has agreed to a contract through 2018, with club options for 2019 ...

    Whitecaps sign Peruvian international attacker Yordy Reyna

    The Vancouver Whitecaps have announced the acquisition of attacking midfielder/forward Yordy Reyna from Austrian club FC Red Bull Salzburg. Vancouver used targeted allocation money to acquire the 23-year-old, who has agreed to a contract through 2018, with club options for 2019 and 2020. "Reyna is an exciting, hard-working young talent, and we are thrilled to add him to our club," Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said in a club release. "He's very direct with the ball, he can make the final pass, and he can score goals. He has all the attributes we want." Acosta, Hedges and Manneh depart U.S. January camp Reyna joined Salzburg in 2013, and has made 22 appearances for the club. The Peru international has also spent time on loan with Austrian top-flight side SV Grodig, Red Bull Salzburg affiliate team FC Liefering of the Austrian Football First League, and German club RB Leipzig when it played in the 2. Bundesliga. Internationally, Reyna has scored two goals in five starts and 17 total appearances for the Peruvian senior national team.

  • Senegal 2-2 Algeria: Slimani at the doub...

    Islam Slimani scored a goal in each half but Algeria's Africa Cup of Nations campaign limped to a winless close as they drew 2-2 with a much-changed Senegal in Franceville. The Desert Warriors entered the final round of Group B matches on Monday knowing nothing less than victory...

    Senegal 2-2 Algeria: Slimani at the double as Desert Warriors bow out

    Islam Slimani scored a goal in each half but Algeria's Africa Cup of Nations campaign limped to a winless close as they drew 2-2 with a much-changed Senegal in Franceville. The Desert Warriors entered the final round of Group B matches on Monday knowing nothing less than victory and a shock win for Zimbabwe over Tunisia would prolong their participation in the tournament. Senegal – already through to a mouthwatering quarter-final against Cameroon at the same ground on Saturday – made 10 alterations but Georges Leekens' misfiring stars were still unable to ease the pain of missing out on a knockout berth. Papakouli Diop and Moussa Sow were on hand to cancel out efforts from Leicester City striker Slimani, whose embattled expression when he was substituted late on neatly encapsulated a tournament of wasteful underachievement for his country in Gabon. Senegal started brightly despite their unfamiliar line-up but Algeria hit the front after 10 minutes as Sofiane Hanni burst into space down the left and crossed for Slimani to plant a back-post volley into the roof of the net. News filtered through moments later that Tunisia were ahead in Libreville, although Algeria pressed on regardless – Anderlecht midfielder Hanni glancing a header wide from Riyad Mahrez's corner. Asselah Malik was out sharply to deny Senegal forward Sow but, as Tunisia put a second and then a third past Zimbabwe it became increasingly clear he was defending a lost cause. Algeria's mood was hardly improved by some poor refereeing in the 30th minute – Sow's free-kick striking the wall, where Slimani was incorrectly punished for handball before Fenerbahce striker Sow sent his more advanced attempt wide from 20 yards. Mahrez latched on to a fine Yacine Brahimi pass to call Senegal goalkeeper Khadim N'Diaye into action but Algeria appeared to be losing their composure in the face of elimination as Faouzi Ghoulam and Nabil Bentaleb picked up bookings within a minute of one another. Two minutes before the break, Diop interrupted an increasingly scrappy and physical contest with the Senegal equaliser. Metz youngster Ismaila Sarr tore down the left and Algeria captain Aissa Mandi could only loop a headed clearance as far as the Espanyol midfielder, whose bouncing volley beat an unsighted Malik from the edge of the box. Leekens' men momentarily restored their advantage in the 53rd minute, with Mahrez springing the offside trap and crossing for his club-mate Slimani to chest down and miscue a shot that got the better of Cheikh Ndoye's best efforts on the line. Sow restored parity 91 seconds later, lashing low into the net after Sarr collected Diop's lay-off and ran into traffic. Slimani was unable to connect sufficiently with a header to seal his hat-trick, while N'Diaye almost made a hash of Hanni's long-range drive in the 75th minute. The Leicester man then slotted wide when through on goal, but the matchball would have served as scant consolation, and Mahrez sidefooted over when presented with the chance to secure a meaningless victory two minutes from time.

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