Jack Grealish earns Gareth Southgate’s trust with masterclass against Belgium | Football News

first_img“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood,” wrote George Orwell. This was the night, surely, even in a 2-0 defeat to Belgium that ended England’s Nations League hopes, that Gareth Southgate came to understand Jack Grealish.The touch that will be remembered for some time came in the 79th minute, a delicate caress with the outside of his right boot that deceived Thomas Meunier and allowed Grealish to race free. The pass to Harry Kane that followed proved it was not just for show.- Advertisement – There were plenty of them on a night when England lost but Grealish won. The debate about whether he should be in this squad is over. Discussion over whether he has a place in this team should stop too. A more fitting question is whether he is now England’s best player.This was Grealish’s competitive debut for his country, away to the world’s best team, and it would be an understatement to say that he looked at ease. The swagger was there for all to see.“You always worry when a player steps up to international level, not so much whether they will bring their club form but whether they will bring their confidence, that football arrogance,” Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports. “Just watching him in this second half it is as if he is playing for Aston Villa. Everything is going through Jack Grealish.” 5:19 2:00 Jack Grealish England Chat Thumbnail Highlights of the Nations League Group A2 match between Belgium and England There was one passage of play that summed it up. Firstly, there was a hooked pass over the top of the Belgium midfield for Declan Rice to run onto. Then came a clever angled pass to the same player that he controlled nonchalantly out of the sky with his right knee.Grealish followed that with up a quick dart between three opponents before sliding a measured pass through to Bukayo Saka inside the box. Another probing ball took out four Belgium defenders and found the feet of Kane inside the penalty area once more.It was a contribution worthy of any highlights package but this little snippet of Grealish’s quality all came in the 85th minute of a match that, by that point, he had long since taken over.“Fantastic again from Grealish in and around that box,” said Carragher. “He has been the standout performer, certainly second half, and, I think, throughout the game for England.” – Advertisement – 4:38 Jamie Redknapp and Ashley Cole analyse England’s selection and formation problems center_img  5:51 It is an example of an intelligence that should quell concerns over some oft-repeated criticisms of Grealish’s game. Some seem to bristle at the sight of him on the deck but he won seven fouls for his side against Belgium, many of them in dangerous areas. They are chances that this team will cherish in the biggest games.Others point to his tendency to hold onto the ball too long, a perverse complaint given England’s pitiful history of ball retention. Midway through the second half, he sucked so many men to him that Kyle Walker was free to shoot from the edge of the area.If the balance of the team was not quite right in the absence of two wide-forwards with pace in Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling, that is a problem for Southgate to solve.Any solution now looks likely to include Grealish.“I thought Jack had an absolutely outstanding game,” Southgate told Sky Sports. Gareth Southgate praised the performance of Jack Grealish against Belgium – Advertisement – Ashley Cole and Jamie Redknapp discuss what Jack Grealish offers this England team preview image– Advertisement – “What I saw that I knew I would see was someone with the bravery to play. He took the ball in tight areas, his techniques were good, he took players out of the game. We knew he would buy a lot of free-kicks, which, of course, he did. I just thought he was outstanding. He should be absolutely delighted with the way that he played.”Has he climbed up the England manager’s list?“Yeah, 100 per cent. Today was a great game for us to see him in and to see the level. I could not speak highly enough about his performance.”As for the man himself, even in defeat he struggled to mask his delight in producing such an impressive showing in a match that must have felt like a trial game given the speculation.“I absolutely loved it,” he told Sky Sports.“For me, this is what I have been waiting for. These are the games that I dreamed of playing in. This is what I love, the pressure of needing to play well.”Jack Grealish loved it and he is no doubt feeling that love from everyone now. But perhaps the most significant outcome of this evening in Belgium is that, however belatedly that appreciation might have come, his England manager now understands him too. That it came in a defeat should not detract from Grealish’s contribution. Two goals from outside the box scuppered England’s chances but they had their openings at the other end.Everything that they did create was instigated by him and his willingness to feed passes into the feet of Kane was something that will not have been lost on the England captain.“I really like him,” Kane told Sky Sports. “It was great to get out on the pitch with him. He is always looking for that pass forward which is great for a striker. Really positive signs.”Grealish felt that connection too“I think it just clicks with certain players,” he added. “Every time I had the ball I was trying to look for him because I know what damage he can cause in and around the box.”last_img read more

China virus death toll hits 636, more than 30,000 infections

first_imgThe official Chinese death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose on Friday to 636, with the government saying total infections had climbed past 30,000.The toll was raised by 73 new deaths from the epidemic, the National Health Commission said in its daily update.Another 3,143 new cases of infection were confirmed, bringing total infections in the country thus far to 31,161, it said. The central province of Hubei where the virus originated continued to be hardest-hit, accounting for 69 of the new deaths reported in the 24 hours to Friday.Of the reported infections, more than 4,800 of those people were in serious condition.Chinese authorities are still struggling to contain the outbreak despite ordering millions of people indoors in a growing number of cities, with overwhelmed hospitals struggling to treat the surging numbers of ill.The contagion emerged in the Hubei provincial capital of Wuhan in December, later spreading to the rest of China and more than two dozen other countries, prompting the World Health Organisation to declare a global emergency.The number of confirmed infections in China could still grow significantly, with the health commission saying that more than 26,000 other people were “suspected” of having contracted the virus.Topics :last_img read more

Jeremie Aliadiere unconvinced by Arsenal’s pursuit of Gremio star Everton Soares

first_imgEverton was one of the stars of Brazil’s Copa America campaign (Picture: Getty)Aliadiere, though, isn’t sure that Everton is physically cut out for English football and believes that Arsenal’s priority in the transfer window should be strengthening their defence.AdvertisementAdvertisementAliadiere speaking exclusively to 888sport said: ‘I really like Everton Soares. I saw him play at the Copa America and he was terrific.‘He was quick and sharp and skilful but he wasn’t very strong and in the Premier League you need to be. I am not so sure that a winger is an area where Arsenal need to buy at the moment.‘If you can bring in a top player on the cheap then great, that should be done. But at the moment when I’m seeing the kids in pre-season and I think they deserve a chance.‘We then also have Mkhitaryan, Ozil and Maitland-Niles – these are top players who need to play. With the budget that we have I’d rather we spent all of that on defenders and a central midfielder than Everton Soares.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal have had a quiet summer so far with 18-year-old Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli the club’s only addition with just over two weeks to go until the transfer window shuts.They are expected to secure deals for Real Madrid playmaker Dani Ceballos and Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba soon, though, although the latter will return to his current club on loan.Everton, meanwhile, helped deputise for the injured Neymar during the Copa America and he impressed, scoring three goals for his country including in their 3-1 win over Peru in the final.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Jeremie Aliadiere unconvinced by Arsenal’s pursuit of Gremio star Everton Soares Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 2019 5:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Everton Soares is on Arsenal’s transfer radar this summer (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere has hailed the club’s reported transfer target Everton Soares but is not convinced that he is what they need this summer.The 23-year-old Gremio winger is believed to be on Arsenal’s transfer shortlist after playing an important role in Brazil’s Copa America win earlier this month.Unai Emery is eager to add a wide player to his squad this summer and Everton would represent a far cheaper alternative to Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.It has been reported that Everton would cost around £36m compared to £80m for Zaha and with Arsenal’s budget stretched he could be the more viable option.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Why I live in … Ten News sports presenter Jonathan Williams loves living in Everton Park

first_imgWe live in Everton Park, which is a really central suburb for work, schools and lifestyle. It’s only an hour away from both the Gold and Sunshine Coast so it’s easy to get away on weekends. The traffic coming home on a Sunday afternoon is never fun. What do you love about your home? Where do you live and why? Both my wife and I are from the Sunshine Coast and that still has a big place in our hearts. We’re not fussy and don’t need something fancy overseas. Just a beachfront home at Sunshine Beach would do us just fine!Some of the places along that stretch of coast are just amazing and if we won the lottery that’s where we’d happily settle down. What was the best piece of property advice you were given? Our home is a really nice family home, there’s lots more I’d like to do with it, but that would interfere with the kids’ trampoline or swings or play areas. Anyone with a young family knows it’s a balance trying to reno your home and also make it child friendly. What would you change about your home? My mum and dad were very keen on Jacqui (my wife) and I entering the property market as soon as we could afford it. Their thinking was basically just get in, make the most of the government first homeowners grants (when they were available) and go from there. They were wise words and it’s been a great financial investment knowing when it does come time to sell, (hopefully) we’ll make some money.center_img We’d love to fix our outdoor living areas and also add a pool. The kids would love nothing more than a pool in summer. What is the best thing about your suburb? Ten News First sports presenter Jonathan Williams.JONATHAN Williams is the sports presenter for 10 News First in Queensland. He lives on Brisbane’s northside with his family. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoWe’ve found Everton Park to be really family friendly and community minded. Particularly our street, we have very welcoming neighbours, I mow their lawns, they’ll take the bins in if we’re away and feed the fish. We’ll often have barbecues. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? last_img read more

Balbriggan all the way

first_imgBalbriggan put up an admirable front-running performance to land a gamble in the highly competitive Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase at Navan. Groody Hill, winner of this race in 2011, stayed on strongly for third, with Back Off Mate fourth. “It was easy enough to fancy him off a light weight,” said Sexton, last season’s champion Irish conditional rider.. “He was loving it all in front. His ears were pricked and he was winging his fences. He loves galloping and he handles soft ground.” Elliott, completing a double on the day following the success of Free Expression, said: “He’s owned by two soccer agents (Lee Power and Willie McKay). “We gave a good few quid for him but he’s paid his way now. He ran at Sedgefield because the lads were going to be there and we had a great day out. “I couldn’t believe the price he was (20-1 on Saturday and 11-1 on track). He’s in all the staying chases like the Becher and the Paddy Power. “He’d a nice light weight on his back and Kevin jumped him out and made use of it. He gave him a fine ride.” Balbriggan was cut to 12-1 from 14s for the Coral Welsh National with Paddy Power. Available at 14-1 in places in the morning, the Gordon Elliott-trained grey was sent off the 4-1 favourite and barely gave his legion of supporters an anxious moment. Ridden with supreme confidence by 3lb claimer Kevin Sexton, Balbriggan saw off all-comers as he bounded to victory by a length and three-quarters from Owega Star, the only one to pose a threat coming down the straight. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

History to be created as GHB hosts Pan American Cup 2017

first_imgGUYANA will host its first Pan American Cup this year, following the announcement by the Pan American Hockey Federation recently, with the Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) hailing it as a historic achievement.The release from the body today indicated that Guyana will host both the men’s and women’s qualifying tournaments for the FIH Indoor World Cup 2018, a major accomplishment according to GHB president Philip Fernandes.“The Pan American Indoor Championships is a huge opportunity for Guyana. It is the first event of this magnitude for hockey that Guyana will host, in the history of the federation and it puts Guyana in the limelight for hockey.”He added, “It gives the country a great opportunity to showcase what Guyana is all about and that Guyana could function as a very effective host nation for international tournaments.”Meanwhile, Coco Budeisky, PAHF president, trusts that having a new country hosting a PAHF tournament will motivate other countries to apply for future events.According to the PAHF website, following the recommendation of the Bid Evaluation Committee, the Board of Directors approved Guyana to host the PAHF event for the first time and in the city of Georgetown.It will be held between October 14 and 22 with the exact dates to be confirmed along with the schedule of matches, which will be determined upon completion of team entries.last_img read more

Kwesé TV Thrills Anthony Joshua Fans in Sagamu

first_imgThis fight coincided with Sagamu Day, an annual celebration of life by Sagamu residents where praise and rituals are offered to the gods of the land.It was the second time Kwese will bring an Anthony Joshua fight to audience real time. In April 2017, Kwesé broadcast the fight between the champion, Anthony Joshua and Ukrainian former professional boxer, Wladimir Klitschko on its pay-tv, free-to-air and mobile platforms.Kwesé Sports is Econet Media’s exclusive sports content platform available on the Kwesé TV network.Through Econet Media’s pan-African presence, Kwesé Sports is accessible in a number of countries across sub-saharan Africa offering the very best in international and African sports.Kwesé Sports holds rights to some of the most popular sports content such as the Premier League, NBA, various FIFA tournaments including the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, Carabao Cup, Copa del Rey NFL, etc. Kwesé is also the exclusive home of ESPN offering 24 hours of comprehensive sports coverage.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria‘s innovative and newest pay-tv, Kwesé brought joy and excitement to the faces of Anthony Joshua’s family and fans over the weekend in Sagamu, Ogun State.The people of the ancient town, joined the rest of the world to celebrate Joshua as he defended his WBA and IBF heavyweight title against Cameroon-born French boxer, Carlos Takam, last Saturday.The much-anticipated bout which was screened live at Baba Josh Hall in Sagamu, saw over 2,000 fans cram into the facility to watch their own star win the iconic fight.Joshua dominated the fight, which was broadcast, to millions of Nigerians courtesy of Kwese TV from round one through the 10th round when the referee stopped the fight to save the Cameroonian from further punishment.The boxer has his roots in Sagamu, a historic town located in Ogun State.Ahead of the match, the Joshua family in Sagamu partnered Kwesé to air the live broadcast at the Joshua family hall in Sagamu.last_img read more

IHOC : Syracuse prepares for physical McGill team in exhibition match

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Paul Flanagan likes to talk about how his team is more unified this season than it has been in the past, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some competition in Syracuse practices.‘There’s always an American-Canadian rivalry,’ SU goaltender Kallie Billadeau said.‘As an American,’ she joked, ‘we don’t like (them).’When the Orange (5-7, 0-0 College Hockey America) takes on McGill (4-1, 2-1 Quebec Student Sports Federation) in an exhibition game Friday at Tennity Ice Pavilion, it will be taking the rivalry from the practice rink into a real-game situation. The Martlets are regularly one of the top teams in Canada and are currently the top-ranked team in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Syracuse is facing McGill for the first time since 2009, which was the Orange’s inaugural season.SU is no stranger to elite teams this season, having played and lost to third-ranked Minnesota 4-0 in the season’s opening weekend and getting clobbered 9-2 by No. 2 Cornell on Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s tough to play teams like this, but it’s a good thing,’ Billadeau said. ‘It shows where you are as a team and where you want to be.’Despite the Martlets’ Canadian origin, Syracuse doesn’t expect McGill to provide any more unique of a challenge than the other elite teams SU has faced this season. Syracuse has 10 players on its roster from Canada, but Canadians don’t play with any different schemes or strategies than the Americans.Even with the Martlets’ talent, the Orange still plans to treat the game as an exhibition. Though SU obviously hopes to win the game, Flanagan expects to get some players in the lineup who haven’t played as much this seasonFor Syracuse to successfully rebound from a loss to the Big Red and defeat McGill, the first priority is finding some way to beat McGill goaltender Charline Labonte.Another potential issue for the Orange is McGill’s physicality. Though Syracuse has 10 Canadian players, McGill, located in Montreal, is entirely Canadian. Billadeau expects the Canadians’ physical style of play to be notable on the ice Friday.‘I don’t know (many differences), but they’re physical,’ she said.Most importantly, though, is learning from the Cornell game. The blowout Syracuse suffered to the Big Red is a valuable learning experience for the Orange, and SU will make adjustments based on the game against McGill.‘You just take it game by game, period by period, even,’ SU forward Jessica Sorensen said. ‘You break it down even smaller, and that’s when good things happen.’Friday’s game against the Martlets will usher in a nearly two-week layoff that is much needed for the Orange after a brutal loss to Cornell and the challenge of this Canadian powerhouse.The time off will allow the Orange to overcome a few injuries that have hampered the team. SU forward Lisa Mullan hasn’t played since the opening weekend, and she can benefit from two straight weeks of treatment.But first come the Martlets. Though Syracuse’s final real game before a layoff didn’t go the way the Orange had hoped, the fight it showed when it finally got in the scoring column down 4-0 will have to carry over onto the ice Friday against McGill.‘It doesn’t count for any statistics other than just a chance to play,’ Flanagan said. ‘We can get everybody in. It’s an exhibition game, so we’ll have everybody dress and try to play everybody, and some of the kids that don’t play much are really going to get a chance to play a little bit more.’dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Published on November 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Transit online course teaches students financial wellness

first_imgFor Shaderica Lewis, a freshman studying electrical engineering, a curious click on the Transit financial wellness program while skimming the USC online safety and wellness courses last August paid off — quite literally. (From left to right) USC Credit Union training manager Eurie Im, chief marketing officer Tere Denison, Office for Wellness and Health Promotion health promotion specialist Amanda Vanni and Professor Beau. Photo courtesy of Oliver Tacto.“I knew that there were different types of loans, but I didn’t know you could push paying it back, or that you could not even have to pay it back at all,” she said. “Like if you joined the military, you don’t have to pay as much back.”Transit was brought to USC through a new partnership between the USC Office for Wellness and Health Promotion and the USC Credit Union with Everfi, the same platform through which USC students access AlcoholEdu. Launched officially last semester, the two-part online educational course teaches students about student loans, credit, paying off debt and financial decision-making. It’s part of a growing effort to support students against the student debt crisis by providing support for financial wellness, the OWHP website said.“We understand the stress that can come from financial concerns or feeling uncertain or unfamiliar with finances and how that can lead to stress and anxiety for students,” said Amanda Vanni, a health promotion specialist in the OWHP. She emphasized how the partnership between the OWHP and the Credit Union is the perfect marriage for a program like Transit to help students make sense not only of student loans and debt, but also their day-to-day budgets.“We have to think of finances as more than just loans and financial aid,” Vanni said. “On a day-to-day basis, you’re having to make decisions, you know, are you going to go to Starbucks or not? Is that in your budget? Can you afford to buy X, Y and Z? Students coming into college might not have had to work with budgeting before.”Everfi offers a multitude of different online wellness educational courses for K-12, undergraduate and graduate students. Transit was specifically created to help students whose financial concerns jeopardize their ability to graduate. According to an information sheet linked on the Everfi Transit page, 75 percent of college students have credit card debt and accumulate an average debt of $25,000 over six years in school. An overwhelming majority of students are worried about debt, and as funding declines, universities are looking for ways to support students when financial worries are on the rise. “The first semester [was] pretty successful,” said Eurie Im, a training manager for the USC Credit Union, on Transit’s first semester trial at USC. “We had 5,706 students complete it, and that was only incoming freshmen and transfers, so we hope to increase the participation rate with all other students. Our goal is to help students manage their student loan debt, to budget better, to learn about credit cards and to be successful in their financial lives.”The USC Credit Union currently serves about 8,000 students, and according to their chief marketing officer, Tere Denison, ensures financial wellness for students is one of their major goals, and Transit is one of the programs that helps them achieve it. “The students are the beginning, the middle and the end for us,” Denison said. “[They] are the foundation for a lot of what we do and what we aim to do.”last_img read more

Beat writers predict single-digit contest between Syracuse and No. 13 Virginia

first_img Published on January 23, 2016 at 10:42 am Syracuse (13-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) travels to No. 13 Virginia (14-4, 3-3) for a 7 p.m. tip on Sunday. Originally slated for Saturday, the game was pushed back due to a snowstorm headed toward Charlottesville. The Orange is coming off a two-point win at No. 20 Duke on Monday night.Here’s how our beat writers think the matchup will unfold.Sam Blum (15-5)Syracuse 75, Virginia 70Stay hot Baby it’s cold outside, but don’t tell that to the red hot Orange, coming off its best win of the season on Monday at Duke. The Cavaliers are stout at home, but have proven themselves beatable against the lesser ACC competition. The Orange is gradually proving that it belongs in the upper echelon of the conference, and a win against UVA does just that. Syracuse’s defense has been absurdly good this season, and a mixture of that and timely shooting will do the trick.Jesse Dougherty (14-6)Virginia 62, Syracuse 57Hoo goes there?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLet’s put it this way: The 2015-16 Virginia basketball team doesn’t lose at home. Period. And Syracuse, albeit coming off a road win at No. 20 Duke, isn’t the team to hand the No. 13 Cavaliers its first loss at John Paul Jones Arena. With Malcolm Brogdon and London Perrantes, the Hoos have a backcourt capable of breaking the zone and shutting down Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney on enough possessions for the Orange’s offense to sputter to the tune of a below-60-point performance.Matt Schneidman (13-7)Syracuse 66, Virginia 60Ice ageIn the aftermath of a snowstorm that shut down the entire UVA campus, Syracuse will turn back the clock and revert to the 3-point happy team that won the Battle 4 Atlantis at the beginning of the season. Cooney, Gbinije and Malachi Richardson are rarely all hot in the same game but Sunday provides an opportunity for a second straight win against a ranked opponent and a possible catapulting back into a glimmer of the national spotlight. Virginia is a stingy interior team, so Syracuse resorts to what it knows best for the upset. Comments Related Stories ACC moves Syracuse-Virginia game to Sunday at 7 p.m. due to impending snowstormSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 13 VirginiaTyler Roberson brings improved offensive game to No. 13 VirginiaTyler Lydon increases inside presence heading into matchup with UVASyracuse basketball roundtable: Rebounding, X-factors and the bubble watchcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more