Geoff Cameron discusses diving and Chelsea ahead of Stoke’s trip to Stamford Bridge

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Geoff and Stoke will come up against Hazard this weekend.

Each week at ProSoccerTalk we will hear from from U.S. national team and Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron, who is now a special correspondent for

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The proud Bostonian tells us what life is like behind-the-scenes in England’s top-flight with Q&A’s, first-person pieces and more. This week Geoff previews Stoke’s big game at Chelsea on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) as the Potters take on Jose Mourinho’s league leaders. 

How is everyone at Stoke feeling after the break and how is the squad feeling ahead of the game against Chelsea? You’ve had some success in the past against them.

We know it is a difficult place to play, they are top of the league and a very good team. We are coming off a very disappointing home loss to Crystal Palace before the break which we felt we deserved to win. We played well enough to win but a few mistakes cost us. This week of training has been great with guys coming back of international duty feeling good and I think they are ready to go.

[ RELATED: Geoff’s guide for an American in London ]

We are all in a positive frame a mind knowing that we want to rebound and get back to our winning ways and finish with some points so we can finish higher than we did last season. Our main focus is to get better and better each game. Obviously we know the caliber of players they have and that it’s going to be difficult but we believe in ourselves and we go from there.

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Will Geoff’s Stoke City shock Chelsea this Saturday?

Geoff, do you see any weaknesses in this Chelsea side, they are obviously top of the league for a reason, but are there any areas you will be looking to pinpoint and exploit?

I’m not too sure about weaknesses but I know that maybe overconfidence can be one thing, but it’s tough because there are so many good players. I think we could hit them on the counter-attack a little bit, because we had some success against Chelsea and Arsenal at home doing that and grabbing big wins in recent seasons.

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With their full backs pushing high and getting on offensively, maybe we can exploit that a bit. Tactically we have been doing some stuff this week and watching videos on them, so we are prepared.

The likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Oscar have come under plenty of scrutiny this season for taking dives in and around the box. As a defender, how often do you deal with that in the PL and how do you prepare for the potential for players to dive?

The fact is that it is in the game now. I don’t really think about it too much before a game and I think it’s the same for most guys. The referees are good enough know to see when it is a dive so the players aren’t too worried about it because we believe in the refs that they will make the right call. They are all good players, those guys you mentioned. I don’t think they need to dive, and for the most part I don’t think they do. Some players want to take advantage of a situation so when they have an opportunity to go down, they go down.

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Stoke have enjoyed plenty of success against Chelsea at home in recent years.

So when Costa or Hazard are running at you in the box, does it enter your mind? What goes through your mind?

They are very shifty players, you read about Hazard being the most fouled player in the Premier League, well yeah, that’s probably because he’s one of the best players in the Premier League. Guys don’t want to let him get by. But you have to be aware because you go in for a tackle and all of a sudden the ball has shifted because he cuts the other way and you end up taking him out or you hit him and he falls down.

 [ RELATED: Latest PL standings ]

You just have to be aware of it. I don’t think Hazard or Costa are divers, they play to their strengths. You have to be patient and you can’t dive in. They are so good and clever at using their body and then using their skills to get past you or draw a foul.

You said earlier that diving was part of the game in the PL, so did you think the way Chelsea has been singled-out this season as “divers” is a little unfair?

Yeah, I think so. Because they are a big team and they are in the Champions League and at least for me, there is a lot more scrutiny on teams like that. We get it at Stoke as well, people label us as a kick and run team and bunch of brutes who are aggressive and kick people. But I think that perception of Stoke is changing over the last couple of years. We are now a team who like to play football, get the ball on the ground and play. People have their own ideas and opinions but I think Chelsea has taken criticism that is unjustified because of who they are.

So what did you get up to during the international break? 

This week I was able to take a trip to see Bojan and Marc Muniesa in Barcelona, their hometown. I have never been there before and for me it was a great chance to go and see one of my good friends, Bojan, and see how he is doing after his ACL surgery and catch up. It was great to see Barcelona and my expectations did not let me down at all.

If anything Barcelona was one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. The weather was perfect, the architecture was amazing and now I know why people want to live there! I don’t get a chance that often to do things like that, so it was great. We went hiking, had some great paella and just wandered around and saw all the cool buildings and the great views from up in the hills around Barcelona that overlook the city.

Chelsea vs. Stoke is live on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, so as the lone American outfield player in the Premier League, have you got a message for your fans back in the USA and perhaps people who haven’t seen Stoke play before. What can they expect?

Playing away from home will make it tough for us but we will not be super-defensive. We will respect a team like Chelsea but we will go for it. For everyone watching back home, I really appreciate your support and I hope even the Chelsea fans in the U.S. are cheering on your American player this weekend!

Italy vs England: How to watch live, stream link, team news


England will begin their EURO 2024 quest the same way they finished their heartbreaking EURO 2020 campaign: facing Italy, now two-time champions of Europe, on Thursday.

[ LIVE: EURO 2024 qualifying scores – Italy vs England ]

The two European giants faced off in the 2020 final (in the summer of 2021) at Wembley Stadium in London, and it was the Italians who triumphed in the penalty shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw after regular time and extra time.

Italy and England are joined in Group C by Ukraine, North Macedonia and Malta. The sides that finish 1st and 2nd in the group will qualify for next summer’s tournament in Germany.

[ MORE: USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, Gold Cup ]

Here is everything you need for Italy vs England. 

How to watch Italy vs England live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3:45pm ET, Thursday (March 23)
Stadium: Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Napoli

Italy squad

Goalkeepers – Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Alex Meret (Napoli), Claudio Carnesecchi (Cremonese), Wladimiro Falcone (Lecce)

Defenders – Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Inter Milan), Francesco Acerbi (Inter Milan), Emerson Palmieri (West Ham), Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli), Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma), Alessio Romagnoli (Lazio), Rafael Toloi (Atalanta), Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta), Alessandro Buongiorno (Torino)

Midfielders – Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain), Jorginho (Arsenal), Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Matteo Pessina (Monza), Sandro Tonali (AC Milan), Davide Frattesi (Sassuolo)

Forwards – Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo), Gianluca Scamacca (West Ham), Vincenzo Grifo (Freiburg), Wilfried Gnonto (Leeds), Simone Pafundi (Udinese), Mateo Retegui (Tigre)

England squad

Goalkeepers – Jordan Pickford (Everton), Fraser Forster (Tottenham), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders – Kyle Walker (Manchester City), John Stones (Manchester City), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Reece James (Chelsea), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace)

Midfielders – Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Declan Rice (West Ham), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)

Forwards – Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Phil Foden (Manchester City), James Maddison (Leicester), Ivan Toney (Brentford)

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Ivan Toney – Video of all his Premier League goals in 2022-23


Ivan Toney has proven himself a bona fide Premier League striker, as he chases a 20-goal season and closes in on 30 scored across two top-flight campaigns, after just one (record-setting) season in the Championship.

Toney bagged a sensational 31 goals in 45 second-division games as Brentford won Premier League promotion in 2020-21, but there were (reasonable) questions about those goals translating to the best league in the world.

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He finished 11th in the PL with 12 goals last season, and now Toney is up to 16 goals through the Bees’ first 27 games this season — 3rd-most currently, behind only Erling Haaland’s 28 goals (WATCH HERE) and Harry Kane’s 21 (WATCH HERE).

Below you will find every Ivan Toney goal video from the 2022-23 Premier League season so far.

Goal vs Southampton – March 15, 2023

Goal vs Fulham – March 6, 2023

Goal vs Arsenal – February 11, 2023

Goal vs Bournemouth – January 14, 2023

Goal vs West Ham – December 30, 2022

Goal vs Tottenham – December 26, 2022

2 goals vs Manchester City – November 12, 2022

2 goals vs Brighton – October 14, 2022

Goal vs Newcastle – October 8, 2022

Hat trick vs Leeds – September 3, 2022

Goal vs Fulham – August 20, 2022

Goal vs Leicester – August 7, 2022

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New deadline looms for Manchester United bids


A new deadline is looming for potential new owners of Manchester United, as our partners in the UK at Sky Sports say the deadline for second offers is Wednesday, March 22.

They add that up to eight bids are expected, while INEOS owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe has told The Wall Street Journal he won’t pay a ‘stupid price’ for the Red Devils.

The Glazer family continue to explore either the full or partial sale of the Premier League giants.

It has been widely reported by ESPN and Sky Sports that two bids, one from Ratcliffe and another led by Qatari Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, are the frontrunners as the Glazers look at all of their available options.

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Over the last few months the American family have been seeking potential investors in Manchester United and they have not been short of suitors.

Presentations have been taking place between potential new owners and investors and the Man United hierarchy over the last few weeks.

The latest updates

Two bids have now taken center stage as they arrived before the first, well-documented, deadline.

One is from INEOS owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who failed to buy Chelsea last year but was always said to prefer a bid for his boyhood club Manchester United.

“How do you decide the price of a painting? How do you decide the price of a house? It’s not related to how much it cost to build or how much it cost to paint. What you don’t want to do is pay stupid prices for things because then you regret it subsequently,” Ratcliffe told The Wall Street Journal.

Another bid is led by Qatari Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, who is seeking full control of the club and is the chairman of Qatar Islamic Bank as his father was the former prime minister of Qatar.

The Glazer family bought United in 2005 for $1.4 billion and it is believed they are now asking over $7.3 billion for a full sale of the club.

Statement from INEOS

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS confirmed they have ‘submitted a bid for majority ownership of Manchester United’ and went into more detail on their plans.

“We would see our role as the long-term custodians of Manchester United on behalf of the fans and the wider community. We are ambitious and highly competitive and would want to invest in Manchester United to make them the number one club in the world once again.

“We also recognise that football governance in this country is at a crossroads. We would want to help lead this next chapter, deepening the culture of English football by making the club a beacon for a modern, progressive, fan-centred approach to ownership. We want a Manchester United anchored in its proud history and roots in the northwest of England, putting the Manchester back into Manchester United and clearly focusing on winning the Champions League.”

Statement from Qatari bid

The Qatari bid, led by Sheikh Jassim, promised that their offer is ‘completely debt free’ and they want United to become ‘the greatest football club in the world’ during their stewardship of the club.

“The bid will be completely debt free via Sheikh Jassim’s Nine Two Foundation, which will look to invest in the football teams, the training center, the stadium and wider infrastructure, the fan experience and the communities the club supports.

“The vision of the bid is for Manchester United Football Club to be renowned for footballing excellence, and regarded as the greatest football club in the world.”

USMNT roster for Nations League features Gio Reyna, no Tyler Adams


The USMNT will be without captain Tyler Adams when they play a pair of CONCACAF Nations League games later this month, but they will have 13 members of the 2022 World Cup squad, including Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna, as confirmed by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday.

The Yanks will also not have Timothy Weah, who suffered a scary concussion for Lille versus Toulouse on Sunday. He’s been replaced by AZ Alkmaar’s Djordje Mihailovic.

[ MORE: USMNT to face rivals Mexico in April friendly ]

Adams will miss the games against Gernada (March 24) and El Salvador (March 27) after suffering a hamstring injury during a recent training session with Leeds United.

Reyna’s place within the team and program had come into question in the weeks and months since the World Cup, with events and an investigation transpiring involving former/a candidate to remain USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter and Gio’s parents, Claudio and Danielle. Interim head coach Anthony Hudson explained Reyna’s inclusion as a decision to “move forward.”

[ MORE: USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, Gold Cup ]

“It became a bit more complex in the months since the World Cup, but as far as we’re concerned Gio is a part of our program,” Hudson said. “He’s a good guy and a top talent, and he is evaluated like any other player. We made the roster decisions based on what gives the team the best opportunity to win these games, and we brought him in because we think he can help us do that.”

Full USMNT roster for 2022-23 CONCACAF Nations League

Goalkeepers (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough), Matt Turner (Arsenal)

Defenders (8): Sergiño Dest (AC Milan/), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Tim Ream (Fulham/), Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach/), Auston Trusty (Birmingham City)

Midfielders (7): Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Leeds United), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Alan Sonora (Juárez), Djordje Mihailovic (AZ Alkmaar)

Forwards (6): Taylor Booth (Utrecht), Daryl Dike (West Bromwich Albion), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (Club America)

EDIT: Tim Weah (Lille) was originally called up, but exited due to a head injury.

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