COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 7: Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen #1 of Sporting Kansas City reacts to taunting from the crowd during a game against the Columbus Crew on October 7, 2012 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Fabian Delph will not be playing for England at EURO 2016 after picking up a groin injury in training.
Delph did not travel to Sunderland for England’s friendly against Australia on Friday, with manager Roy Hodgson saying he “probably won’t be in the 23 [final roster spots].”
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Delph’s inclusion in the provisional 30-man roster was met with some criticism, as the Manchester City midfielder managed just eight Premier League starts this season and made only nine appearances off the bench.
In his press conference on Thursday, Hodgson stated that Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has not trained with the team yet, as his fitness will be closely monitored leading up to EURO 2016. Hodgson also confirmed that Manchester United’s 18-year-old Marcus Rashford will make his international debut against Australia.
Sixteen teams enter next month’s Copa America Centenario tournament, and only one emerges as the champion of North, South and Central America.
Will it be Chile who continues its reign? Will Argentina, Brazil or Uruguay find revenge? Can a CONCACAF side thrive with the tourney in the United States?
There a varying degrees of likelihood that a country rises above the field to win this year’s competition. In this post, we’ll rank the sides from 16 to 1, unlikeliest to likeliest.
16. Haiti — Happy to be there? Circling the Peru match on its calendar.
15. Venezuela — If Salomon Rondon can make things happen, who knows?
14. Bolivia — Lots of work to be done here.
13. Jamaica — Winfried Schaefer’s team has struggled since its strong Gold Cup.
12. Peru — Inexperience will be a problem.
11. Paraguay — Wins have been hard to come by for Los Guaraníes.
10. Panama — Are they primed for a run, or too old to outlast its group opponents?
9. Ecuador — Dangerous but inconsistent, La Tricolor has an easier group from which to advance than most.
8. Costa Rica — If the USMNT falters under the pressure of hosts, Los Ticos will be most likely to benefit in Group A.
7. United States — Hosting is a big deal, and Jurgen Klinsmann seems ready to take a more orthodox approach to his lineups. The Yanks will run more than a few teams ragged, depending on how the chips fall.
6. Uruguay — Navigating the absence of Luis Suarez, which could last the group stage or longer, knocks them down a peg.
5. Mexico — It’s another golden generation for El Tri, and it’s not far-fetched to imagine Mexico makes a run at everything.
4. Colombia — James Rodriguez goes back to being the focal point of an attack, and will remind us just how good he is while under the spotlight.
3. Chile — Repeating is hard, and Chile had a lot of
home cooking good fortune in its hosted run to a first title.
2. Brazil — No the side won’t be fully loaded, but Dunga has shown he knows how to run a side with or without Neymar.
- Argentina — This could be Lionel Messi’s year to lift hardware for club and country.
Ferdinand said Mourinho’s personality is “made for this great club”, as the longtime Red Devils defender took to Facebook to hail the Special One.
Ferdinand, 37, made 455 appearances for United in a 19-year career that included stops at West Ham, QPR, Bournemouth and Leeds.
He says Mourinho will be a motivated and dangerous boss when he takes control in place of fired manager Louis Van Gaal.
“After his recent unsuccessful time at Chelsea in the final year, I can assure you this winner is now a wounded animal which makes him such a mouthwatering appointment. Jose went from winning the League Cup & Premier League to a season of disappointment at Chelsea and I am certain he will want to restore all of that very quickly.”
Pitbull has joined forces with Becky G to make the official song of the Copa America Centenario, “Superstar”, which they will perform before the final.
I know Pitbull for liking light beer, and Becky G for going on dates with Sebastian Lletget of the L.A. Galaxy.
This, in all its pop glory, has a catchy-enough hook and a stadium-like chant that hopes to catch on like “Seven Nation Army”. The kids should dig it.
That’s all I got. Enjoy the jammage.