Legendary striker Regis dies at 59; One of first black players capped by England

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Trailblazing striker Cyrille Regis has died at the age of 59.

West Brom hails Regis as “one of the great symbols of the fight against racism in Britain as a pioneer for black footballers across this nation and beyond.”

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Regis was a key part of West Brom trio “Three Degrees” with Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson, won the 1987 FA Cup with Coventry City and was just the third black player to be capped by England. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire.

He scored 81 goals at West Brom before moving on to pot another 47 at Coventry City in a career with stops at Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe Wanderers, and Chester City.

Tributes poured in for Regis on Monday from across the football world on a day celebrated in the United States for civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shearer rips Newcastle backs Yedlin, Manquillo

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Newcastle United legend and Match of the Day analyst Alan Shearer was not having the Magpies’ 3-0 home loss to Watford on Saturday.

Shearer laid into the Magpies defense, which was without captain Jamaal Lascelles, and laid scathing criticism on fullbacks Javier Manquillo and DeAndre Yedlin.

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It was especially brutal for Yedlin, who was noted by name and by side.

From The Newcastle Chronicle:

“Time and time again it happened. Watford picked up their ball, looked to their left-hand side and it was so, so open.

“The third goal is an embarrassment for Newcastle United. Have a look at Yedlin and Manquillo and where they end up.

“They both don’t bother at all, to even attempt to get back in.”

Here’s the goal in question. We’re not just buying American here, but Yedlin — who wasn’t good on the day — is coming back from a foray up field; Manquillo is the one who fails to stay with Gray while NUFC center back Florian Lejeune allows dangerous Richarlison the room to cross:

Alan Shearer has a message for Wayne Rooney

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Alan Shearer finally has a friend.

On Monday Wayne Rooney scored in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City (see in the video above) and he became just the second-player in history to reach 200 goals in the Premier League.

Rooney, 31, still has some way to go to catch Shearer’s all-time record of 260 goals in the PL but the former Manchester United striker has a few more years left in the tank to try and get as close as he can.

Take a look at the video below as Shearer (or, Mary Poppins to Newcastle fans) delivers a message to Rooney.

Man City 1-1 Everton: Pep’s 10 men tarnish Rooney’s day

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  • Rooney scores 200th (video)
  • Pickford stands tall
  • Walker sent off for MCFC
  • Sterling scores

Wayne Rooney scored his 200th career Premier League goal, but Everton could not hold on to beat 10-man Man City in a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

Raheem Sterling scored a deserved equalizer for Man City in the draw as both the Toffees and Citizens scooped up their fourth points of the season.

The Toffees went down to 10 men late, as Morgan Schneiderlin joined Kyle Walker in earning a rather soft sending-off.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin dragged a long shot across goal for Everton’s first real chance, while Kevin De Bruyne‘s deflected free kick was collected by Jordan Pickford as Man City tempted goal.

A long feeling-out period followed, but the match sprang to life when Pickford parried a Nicolas Otamendi chance to Sergio Aguero. The striker’s popped header was cleared off the line by Phil Jagielka.

Aguero wasted a gorgeous pass from De Bruyne with superfluous touches in the 33rd minute. The Argentine made up for it with a inch-perfect pass that David Silva cranked off the left post a minute later.

That’s when Everton scored, with Calvert-Lewin squaring for Rooney’s clinical finish through the legs of Ederson.

Gabriel Jesus chested an Aguero trap into shooting position, but Pickford collected the shot.

Kyle Walker took two yellow cards in four minutes to earn a red card from Bobby Madley, and City was down a goal and two men. The second was especially questionable.

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Man City had the better of the early second half play, with Morgan Schneiderlin blocking a De Bruyne free kick and Jagielka racing out to stop the rebound.

That’s when Ronald Koeman readied new Everton signing Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Ederson made an outstanding 80-yard pass to a streaking Aguero, and Man City set up a play that ended with Bernardo Silva bouncing a shot wide of the Everton goal.

Pickford made another strong save when Danilo stepped into the right of the 18 with about 15 minutes to play. An Everton free kick saw Ederson collect a Rooney header moments later.

Sterling gave City its equalizer when Mason Holgate was occupied with David Silva and headed his clearance to the top of the 18 for a near point blank finish.

Schneiderlin made it 10 men a piece in the 88th minute when he collected his second yellow card.

Alan Shearer says Ibrahimovic needs a strike partner at Manchester United

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Legendary Newcastle striker Alan Shearer believes he can solve Manchester United’s misfires up front.

The Red Devils have not won a Premier League match since late September, and they have gone three straight matches without scoring a goal, a run of 290 minutes. Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has gone a whopping six league matches without scoring, the first time in his career since his time at Inter in 2007.

According to Shearer, Ibrahimovic needs a partner with speed up front to open things up for the Swedish superstar, relating to the twilight of his own career.

“[Ibrahimovic] looked better when [Marcus] Rashford went up front with him in the second-half. It added more pace to the game,” Shearer said on BBC’s Match of the Day, referring to Saturday’s match against Burnley. “Ibrahimovic has never been blessed with great pace, but when you get to your thirties, you lose a yard of pace. Craig Bellamy came to help me at Newcastle with his pace.

“I feel as though that’s what Manchester United need, to have him up front along with Rashford to ask more questions going in behind rather than facing up all the time.”

Manchester United pumped 37 shots towards the Burnley net, but failed to produce anything tangible as Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton 11 saves in a fabulous effort. Rashford started the match and played 82 minutes before being replaced by Memphis Depay.

Ibrahimovic played alongside Edison Cavani for most of his time at Paris Saint-Germain, with the Uruguayan providing both pace and width up front which opened things up Zlatan to make his mark in the penalty area. Rashford would offer a similar skill set to Cavnai, and while Jose Mourinho could deploy a two-striker formation, he hasn’t been known to do so in the past, often playing with a single striker up top in both his spells at Chelesa. However, at Manchester United, Shearer believes Mourinho is still working on how to get the best out of his players on the pitch.

“He doesn’t know his best XI yet,” Shearer said. “He’s playing around with the team and the formation as well. He’s still trying to work it all out.”

If history tells us anything, it’s that Zlatan will break out of his slump in a big way. During that 2007 slump with Inter Milan, Ibrahimovic failed to score for the entirety of October and November before finally kicked his streak by scoring six goals in his next five league matches, including back-to-back braces.