England stars reflect on ‘quite an experience’ against Cameroon

Jill Scott emphasised her pride in the way England handled their Women’s World Cup last-16 clash with Cameroon – and does not believe she will ever play in another game like it.

Phil Neville’s side emerged with a 3-0 victory from a remarkable match in Valenciennes that saw Cameroon twice react to VAR decisions going against them by remonstrating with the officials at length and looking as if they might not continue playing.

England’s players – most notably Nikita Parris and Steph Houghton – were also on the receiving end of some considerably rough treatment, while Toni Duggan’s arm was spat on by Cameroon’s Augustine Ejangue. FIFA has said it is “looking into” the on-field incidents and will update in due course.

Houghton, Ellen White and Alex Greenwood got the goals as England set up a quarter-final against Norway in Le Havre on Thursday.

According to the BBC, Sunday’s clash set a new record as the UK’s most watched women’s football match, with a peak television audience of 6.9million.

England midfielder Scott said: “I don’t think I’ll ever play in another game like that to be honest.

“There were a lot of VAR incidents and a lot of protests. It kind of had everything.

“I think one thing that I’m proud of is how logical this team stayed and we just focused on the next moment that we could control. I thought we did that fantastically well.”

The 32-year-old now stands alone as England’s record World Cup appearance maker, surpassing Peter Shilton as she played her 18 match at a finals on Sunday.

She added: “We knew it was going to be physical and that if you took three or four touches on the ball you’d probably get it taken off you.

“I think we moved the ball well at times and that we’re growing nicely in this tournament. Hopefully we can continue that on Thursday.

“There was obviously a few rough challenges, but you know in games like this everybody is just so desperate to get to the next round.

“I think that was the same for Cameroon and they probably knew we were going to be technically too good for them, so they probably had to play a more physical game and I think that’s probably what you have seen.”

After Parris took an elbow in the face early on from Yvonne Leuko, who was booked by referee Qin Liang, England went ahead in the 14th minute when Cameroon were judged to have been guilty of a back pass. Duggan, spat on by Ejangue just after the incident, rolled the resulting indirect free-kick to Houghton and the captain fired in.

Then came the two moments of fierce protest from Cameroon where it seemed play might not be able to continue – in first-half stoppage time when the decision to rule out White’s finish for offside was overturned via VAR and just after the break, once again involving an offside call, as Ajara Nchout’s strike was disallowed following a review.

Greenwood subsequently struck to made it 3-0 just prior to the hour mark, before Houghton was caught on the ankle late on by an awful tackle by Alexandra Takounda, who was also shown a yellow card.

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England defender Millie Bright said: “That’s my first time playing against Cameroon. It was quite an experience.

“It was a strange game, we always knew they were going to be physical, so we had to win that battle first.”

On Cameroon looking as if they might walk off, Bright said: “It’s the first time in my career I’ve experienced anything like that. I was thinking, ‘Get on with it’, but I was trying to remain focused on the game and we kept all the focus on ourselves, we will do that against any opponent.”

Newcastle confirm Benitez departure ‘with disappointment’

Newcastle have confirmed that manager Rafael Benitez will leave the club when his contract expires on June 30.

Reports early on Monday suggested that there was ‘no realistic prospect’ of Benitez staying beyond the end of his current deal.

The Spaniard signed a three-year contract to replace Steve McClaren in March 2016, guiding the club to Championship promotion in his first full season and Premier League safety in each of his next two.

But Newcastle were unwilling to meet the Spaniard’s pleas for more ambition in the transfer market, and announced on Monday that he will leave at the end of the week.

“It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benitez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on 30th June 2019,” read a statement on their official website.

“We have worked hard to extend Rafa’s contract over a significant period of time, however it has not been – and will not be – possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives.”

Newcastle confirmed Benitez’s coaching staff, Paco de Miguel Moreno, Antonio Gomez Perez and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club.

“We would like to thank Rafa and his coaching team for their efforts over the last three years and their significant contribution to what has been collectively achieved,” the Magpies added.

“We would also like to thank our supporters, players and staff for their patience during a period of uncertainty.

“The process to appoint a successor will now begin.”

 

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Four reasons given as Man City withdraw from £107m race

Manchester City have no interest in pursuing Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly this summer.

A number of clubs have been linked with a move for Koulibaly, including City’s bitter rivals Manchester United.

Liverpool have been warned off what would be a “disaster” of a transfer, and City have followed a similar tact.

The Manchester Evening News suggest they ‘have NO interest’ in the Senegal international, and that ‘he is not even on a short-list of centre backs they drew up after the departure of Vincent Kompany’.

Harry Maguire remains their ideal replacement for the Belgian, but Koulibaly ‘does not fit the bill’ for four specific reasons.

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His fee, a reported £107m, is mentioned, along with the 28-year-old’s age and lack of homegrown status in comparison to his Leicester counterpart.

But City are also ‘still smarting’ from their last negotiations with Napoli, which saw the Italian side break a ‘verbal agreement’ over Jorginho before selling him to Chelsea last summer.

 

Man United look to beat Liverpool with ‘ambitious’ approach

Liverpool and Manchester United ‘have not said their last word’ on Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.

Although we have never seen him play, Ivory Coast international Pepe has emerged as one of the most sought-after players across Europe this summer.

Liverpool have been heavily linked with a player Jurgen Klopp is apparently ready to risk losing Mohamed Salah to sign.

But United are also interested in the 24-year-old, who remains a target for Champions League clubs.

Local French newspaper La Voix Du Nord, described as ‘hyper-reliable’ by Get French Football News, offer an update on the forward’s future.

They say Liverpool and United ‘have not said their last word’ on the player, with the latter ‘especially’ eager ‘to build an ambitious group for next season’.

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Pepe is said to welcome the idea of playing in the Premier League, but ‘the shortlist’ of potential suitors ‘seems to be reduced to four or five contenders’.

Along with the two English clubs, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid are monitoring developments. PSG could also be weighing up a ‘surprise’ offer if Neymar leaves for Barcelona.

 

Liverpool stance means Coutinho ‘will pick from three clubs’

Philippe Coutinho reportedly has a choice of three clubs to sign for this summer, but Liverpool have ruled themselves out of the chase.

The 26-year-old endured a difficult season in Catalonia and he admitted as much earlier this month with several interested parties in the attacking midfielder.

Shock reports in France on Friday claimed a surprise return to Anfield was on the cards with “Barcelona leaders not opposed to his transfer” and willing to let Coutinho leave Barcelona just 18 months after signing for £142million from the Reds.

However, Mundo Deportivo claim sources close to the Brazilian have told them that any reports saying he’s returning to Liverpool are untrue.

They also claim the Brazilian has three offers on the table this summer in the form of Chelsea, Manchester United, and PSG.

And of the three, a switch to PSG looks most likely with Chelsea needing to beat a transfer ban to make any signings possible and United apparently not in the player’s thinking out of loyalty to Liverpool.

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Arsenal must break two transfer records to land left-back

Arsenal will have to part with a double record fee for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney.

The Gunners have identified Tierney as an upgrade on Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac, who shared left-back duties for most of last season.

An opening offer of £15m was rejected by Celtic this week, but there is ‘optimism’ that the two parties can come to an agreement over the fee.

The Daily Mail say it is likely that ‘a compromise’ will be found, and that Celtic ‘have already identified possible replacements’.

But Arsenal will have to increase their offer to ‘at least’ £25m for a player who ‘is keen to join’ and ‘is understood to have asked for the opportunity to talk to interested clubs’.

It would be the most ever paid for a Scottish player, far surpassing the £15m mark set by Oliver Burke’s move to West Brom in August 2017.

Moussa Dembele remains the most expensive player in Scottish Premiership history, leaving Celtic for Lyon in a £19.7m move last summer.

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Arsenal will have to break both records to land Tierney, who is also wanted by Napoli.

 

Arsenal insider reveals ‘optimism’ despite rejected £15m bid

Arsenal remain positive over negotiations for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney despite having a £15million bid rejected.

Tierney has long been a Premier League target, with Manchester United and Everton both having been linked in recent years.

The 22-year-old has four years remaining on his contract at Celtic, who have no desire to sell one of their most valuable players.

But Arsenal have already tested their resolve with a £15m offer, as Unai Emery is eager to bolster his options at left-back.

BBC Sport’s David Ornstein says the Gunners remain confident of striking a deal which would represent a fair portion of their reported £40m budget – although it would be a fine signing.

It makes more sense than spending £35m on Presnel Kimpembe, put it that way.

 

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Man Utd ‘could be stuck’ with Alexis Sanchez next season

Manchester United could face an embarrassing Alexis Sanchez transfer scenario that would see him start the new season at Old Trafford, according to reports.

Sanchez scored just one goal and assisted three in 20 Premier League appearances this campaign as his struggles since joining United in January 2018 have only continued.

The Chilean was part of a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head to the Emirates Stadium.

On Friday came the news that Brazilian side Palmeiras reportedly tried to sign him on loan, only for them to offer a small percentage of his £500,000 a week wages.

Sanchez’s reported salary is understood to be about six times more than the salary of Palmeiras’ best paid stars.

And now the Daily Mirror claims that Sanchez ‘could be forced to start next season’ at United with the club receiving ‘just two enquiries’ for the Chile international.

European clubs seem to be steering clear of Sanchez with the only two ‘tentative proposals’ coming from China and South America.

The newspaper adds that United are yet to have been offered ‘a substantial fee’ for Sanchez and that even if they had, the deal would likely fall apart over wage demands.

And Sanchez ‘could now be forced to link up during the summer tours of Australia and the Far East if United are unable to find him a new club’.

The former Arsenal man apologised for his poor form for United after the Premier League season had finished.

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After a measly two goals in 27 appearances in all competitions, Sanchez took to Instagram.

“It was a very tough season…the fan (sic) are the ones who deserve an apology as they always support you no matter what happens,” he wrote.

“Personally, I didn’t perform as much as I was expecting because of unpredictable injuries.

“Press and people were speculating of things that were not even true. I was always a professional in all aspects. I apologise to the fans for not being able to achieve our goals, Nevertheless we are Manchester United!”

Sanchez scored his first goal in five months in Chile’s Copa America victory over Japan this week.

 

Man Utd, Liverpool target De Ligt ‘decides future’ ahead of €70m move

Matthijs de Ligt has decided to join Juventus over other potential suitors ahead of a move this summer, according to reports.

The 19-year-old defender has emerged as one of European football’s hottest properties this summer amid reports Ajax are prepared to let him leave for the right price.

De Ligt’s future destination is still not official, with links to all of Manchester UnitedLiverpool, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

Recent reports had claimed that his agent Mino Raiola would prefer his client to join either PSG or another club over favourites Barcelona and now it seems he could have got his wish.

Sky Sport Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio and Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf say that Juventus have beaten off the competition to sign De Ligt.

Juventus are willing to offer De Ligt a huge contract of €15-20m to make him the second highest-paid player in Serie A behind potential new team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Old Lady, meanwhile, will reportedly agree a five-year deal with the player and a €70m fee with Ajax for the centre-back.

The reports seem convincing but it was only a few weeks ago that Barcelona had reportedly won the battle. One to follow.

 

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Arsenal target calls for Dalian Yifang ‘problem’ to be ‘solved’

Yannick Carrasco wants his situation at Dalian Yifang “solved” as soon as possible amid speculation of a move to Arsenal.

The Belgium international has been suspended by the Chinese Super League club after failing to turn up for a match and being absent from training.

On the incident, the club wrote in a statement: “Yannick Carrasco of the Dalian Football Club was absent from the away game against Hebei China Fortune and missed training.

“The club now imposes the following penalties on him: Order Carrasco to apologise to the team within three days and stop training.

“The club has always attached importance to the team’s discipline construction, and no individual is above the collective. The club treats everyone equally.”

Recent reports have suggested that the Gunners are closing in on a deal for Carrasco this summer, with Dalian Yifang happy to sell for the right price.

Arsenal have been tracking the former Atletico Madrid man for some time and came close to landing him in January, when the two clubs were unable to agree on a fee.

Carrasco recently revealed his desire to return to Europe but, in response to his suspension, Carrasco insisted he wants to help Dalian Yifang.

“The attitude of some club’s leaders and team-mates towards me is incomprehensible to me given my commitment and performance with the team so far,” Carrasco wrote on Twitter.

“The team needs me and I want to help the team. This problem need to be solved.”

 

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