Sagna Believes Koscielny Has Reached Career Peak

Bacary Sagna believes that Laurent Koscielny, his teammate both at the club and international level, has reached the peak of his career now.

Sagna and Koscielny are currently representing Les Blues in the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

Koscielny had flourished for the Gunners playing at the left back position in the last season and he has carried on the same form in international football as well. Although he has played at a slightly different position for France in Brazil but, he’s been able to create the same sort of impact.

Anton Ferdinand denies Police United link

English defender Anton Ferdinand has denied claims that he has signed on to play for Police United in the Thai Premier League.

Ferdinand, the younger brother of former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand signed on a three year contract to play for Turkish club Antalyaspor last August but he just managed a handful of appearances for the Turkish club as they were relegated from the top flight at the end of the season.

Ferdinand Expected To Leave United

Manchester United have revealed that defender Rio Ferdinand will leaving the club at the end of the season. The former England international has been under club for the last 12 years. His contract comes to an end in a few weeks and United are thought to have told him that they will not be renewing the deal. At 35 years of age, Ferdinand does not have a long time left in football. After a very poor campaign, it is thought that United are expected to start the rebuilding job from the back. Defender Nemanja Vidic has already been allowed to join Inter Milan on a free transfer.

WEST HAM BATTLE IT OUT

West Ham United entered the Premier League in 2014 battling it out in the bottom spots of the league but after a number of positive results in February, Sam Allardyce and his squad have been able to climb higher and are relatively safe from the bottom danger zone.

Hull City travelled to the Boleyn Ground to face off against West Ham United and a 2nd half own goal from James Chester gave Sam Allardyce’s side the victory but even though the home team came out with a positive result Allardyce received boo’s from the club fans in the stadium.

Terry Cleared Of All The Charges

John Terry has been cleared of the criminal charges against Anton Ferdinand and Terry said that the door has been closed about that incident. Anton Ferdinand was racially abused by John Terry in October 2012 for which he was banned for four matches.

The current England manager Roy Hodgson said that John Terry would not be in the squad which will travel to Brazil for the World Cup 2014. Although there were rumors about John Terry coming back but the manager has ruled out the possibilities of that happening.

HODGSON REJECTS CRITICISMS

The manager of the England national football team, Roy Hodgson, doesn’t feel that his decision to include the Liverpool player Daniel Sturridge in the starting XI for the friendly match against Germany was a wrong one and he has made it clear that he is not going to apologize for that.

Sturridge was actually not 100% fit before that game against Germany. He was struggling with an injured thigh, but, despite that, Hodgson started with him and kept him on the ground for the entire game.

ENGLAND FOR THE ENGLISH

Jack Wilshere has said that the Football Association shouldn’t allow the non-English players to feature for the Three Lions.

Recently, there have been speculations that the Belgian player Adnan Januzaj who has made his debut for Manchester United just a few days ago might play for England in a few years.
If Januzaj stays in England for 5 more years, he will become eligible to represent the Three Lions on the grounds of residency.

RODWELL BACK IN ACTION

It seems Jack Rodwell has got back to 100% fitness. He featured for the youth team of Manchester City in a match against U-21 Rochdale side yesterday and played for full 90 minutes.
The City youth team ended up winning that match in the penalty shootout by 4-2.

Anton Ferdinand makes clever dig

Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand has had a cheeky dig at former England international captain John Terry after the Chelsea skipper’s father was accused of racial abuse in a pub.

And the younger brother of Manchester United defender Rio has posted a cheeky message of Twitter, where he posted a picture of the cover of The Game’s song ‘Like Father, Like Son’, telling his followers that it’s always nice to have his music on shuffle.

Ted Terry was arrested earlier in the year after a scuffle broke out between him and another man in a pub central London before being charged with two offences that were racially motivated a week back when he was answering his bail. Anton Ferdinand himself accused the former England international captain of racially abusing him during a Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea at the club’s Loftus Road ground in October 2011.

Terry always maintained he was innocent of the charge labeled on him and was acquitted of any criminal offence after his case reached the magistrates. The verdict last year saw an end to a long drawn saga that led to the Chelsea skipper being stripped of his international captaincy by the FA which led the then national team boss Fabio Capello to resign and Terry soon announced his retirement from international football, and became a piece of football art.

The FA eventually banned him from four domestic games and fined £ 220,000 which also caused much furor among fans and media pundits as well as critics. A spokesperson for the Terrys stated that they are declining to comment as the charges have already been brought. This incident is another controversy in an already chequered career for terry which includes his arrest for a bar room brawl in 2002 and the controversy surrounding Anton Ferdinand last season.

BLUNDERS

The manager of Queens Park Rangers, Harry Redknapp, has said that he doesn’t want to use the strong words for his players even after their blunders in the match against Wigan Athletic which was played at the Loftus Road Stadium on Sunday.

That match finished in the form of a draw and QPR managed to get only one point. The Rangers need points badly to make their way out of the relegation zone and they were desperately looking for a victory against Wigan.

However, one thing for which the Rangers need to be praised is that they played with only 10 players for almost 70 minutes of the match, but, they didn’t let the opposition capitalize on that.
However, in the last few moments, the Rangers made some big mistakes and as a result of that, they lost a couple of points.

The rangers went ahead by 1-0 with the goal of Loic Remy in the 85th minute. That seemed to be the decisive blow, but, Latics didn’t have the same opinion. They were not ready to give up and their fighting attitude paid off in the 4th minute of the injury time when Shaun Maloney found the net for them.

Maloney’s shot could have been cleared by Adel Taarabt, but, he didn’t keep his eye on the ball. He turned the other way and the ball went over him. His team mates looked gutted after that leveller.

Talking to the reporters after the match, Redknapp said, “This is a team which is very low in confidence. All the guys are nervous at this point of time. So, I don’t want to demoralize them even more by criticizing them here.”

“I just want to look at the positives. We were one guy short for a large part of the match and despite that, we didn’t let them dominate. It was a fighting effort by the team.”

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