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England endured a scoreless draw with Slovakia on Monday in the final game of Group B, where the country finished second.

England could do nothing to secure a first-place finish as the Three Lions watched rival Wales surpass them on the final matchday of the group with a 3-0 win against Russia. England made six changes to the starting lineup, resting the likes of Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane, by adding Jack Wilshere, Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Rose, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson to the mix in a lackadaisical effort to secure only a point when one goal would have won the group. Joe Hart and the back-line held strong, but Roy Hodgson's men couldn't manage a goal despite 29 shots.
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 21 - 5:44 AM

Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard will miss training as a precaution after picking up knocks during the defeat to Italy on Monday evening. However, both are expected to be available for Saturday’s crucial encounter with the Republic of Ireland.

The Red Devils failed to live up to their pre-tournament billing as Marc Wilmots men were outplayed in a disappointing 2-0 loss. Belgium have an array of individual talent, but once again, they failed to deliver on the big stage and were deservedly beaten. Romelu Lukaku was guilty of missing a gilt-edged opportunity at 1-0 while his play in and around the box was simply not good enough. Hazard failed to impose himself on the match while De Bruyne looked way off the pace, although Wilmots refused to "slate" his performance: "Is the kid tired after a long season? Probably, but I am not going to slate him, he has been a big player for us in the past."
Jun 15 - 7:17 AM

Manchester City's summer of cleanup has only just begun following the release of Martin Demichelis and Richard Wright.

The veteran duo became the first Manchester City players to see the axe under new manager Pep Guardiola's reign after the former Barcelona and Bayern manager signed Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund in his first move as boss. Demichelis proved to be an instrumental piece of the Manchester City defense over the past three seasons, filling in mostly as an injury replacement in an aging defense. Despite this status, the 35-year-old made 17 appearances in all competitions last season, including Champions League. Meanwhile, Wright's four-year stint as No. 3 goalkeeper has come to an end as the 38-year-old will become a free agent.
Jun 13 - 4:12 AM

The long-rumored move that will see Ilkay Gundogan move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City has finally been announced.

The midfield creator has been linked to a move to the Etihad since around the time Pep Guardiola was announced as manager in February. A recent injury to his patellar tendon cast minor doubt over the move but it has now been confirmed. City needed to get younger in midfield with Yaya Toure and David Silva aging rapidly and this move will help significantly once Gundogan recovers from his injury and is at full strength. One side benefit of his injury is that he will not be featuring for Germany this summer in Euro 2016 but can instead focus on getting healthy and being ready for pre-season training at City.
Source: @MCFC
Jun 2 - 3:28 PM

Defensive woes deepen for Belgium coach Marc Wilmots after Nicolas Lombaerts and Dedryck Boyata were omitted from the Red Devils European Championship squad.

Lombaerts has been struggling since earlier this month due to an ongoing hamstring problem and Wilmots today made the decision to axe the Zenit Saint-Petersburg defender in favour of the uncapped Christian Kabasele. International teammate Boyata is another who will be leaving the Belgium camp after suffering an unspecified muscular problem in training on Monday - the pair join captain Vincent Kompany on the sidelines who recently underwent thigh surgery. However, with Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Jason Denayer and Thomas Vermaelen still at his disposal, Wilmots will not be panicking just yet: "It's not too bad after all," revealed the 47-year-old.
Source: beIN Sports
May 30 - 5:00 PM

Yaya Toure is reportedly set to stay at Manchester City this summer to fight for a spot under incoming manager Pep Guardiola.

The Ivorian midfielder rejected two offers from the Chinese Super League sides Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu Suning that would have made him the highest-paid footballer in the world with a contract of more than £300,000-a-week on top of a massive signing bonus. But if he rejects advances from Inter Milan and former coach Roberto Mancini, Toure faces a fight on his hands under Guardiola, who sold him from Barcelona. The legendary manager is set to make Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan his first signing with a £17.8 million move lined up.
May 28 - 2:40 PM

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Fabian Delph will not travel with the squad to the Stadium of Light tomorrow after picking up a groin injury in training.

The Manchester City midfielder only ever had an outside chance of making the European Championships, but this latest setback means Delph will not be considered for the 23-man squad when the final list is submitted on May 31. However, the door hasn’t been completely slammed shut on the injury plagued 26-year-old who will remain on the standby list as his injury is not thought to be long-term: "If I needed him and wanted him to come with us, it's easy for me to call him and ask him to do so," revealed the Three Lions manager speaking ahead of the friendly against Australia. Hodgson also confirmed that Daniel Sturridge has not trained with the group, although the specifics of his problem remain unknown - Marcus Rashford "is going to play a serious part in the game."
Source: Sportinglife
May 26 - 5:09 PM

The rumor mill has turned out a doozy today with the news that Joe Hart could be headed to Everton to fill the Tim Howard-sized hole in net at Goodison Park.

The build-up to this conclusion has elements that make at least some sense. Pep Guardiola has been rumored to want to bring in former Barcelona pupil Marc-Andre ter Stegen as he ascends to the top job at the Etihad. At Everton, Tim Howard has departed leaving only an adequate reserve in Joel Robles for the spot. The Goodison Park outfit also have a new owner with lots of money which will always lead to crazy transfer rumors. Perhaps the stumbling block here will be City's need to keep their English players to make up the home grown numbers required by UEFA and the FA. Seems hard to believe that this one would happen but at least it's something to break up the monotony of Zlatan-to-United rumors.
Source: The Sun
May 24 - 1:57 PM

Yaya Toure's agent has indicated that his client's future should be decided within the next two weeks amidst interest from Inter Milan.

Once THE driving force behind Manchester City title drives, Yaya Toure has looked like a spent force over the past two seasons. He is still capable of moments of magic but his days of dominating at a league as physical and fast as the Premier League are likely over. Whether Pep Guardiola is interested in a reunion with his former Barcelona player remains to be seen but unless he thinks he can get something extra compared to what we've seen over the past two seasons then it seems unlikely.
Source: espnfc.com
May 17 - 2:00 PM

On Monday, England national team manager Roy Hodgson released the 27-man provisional squad for the European championships this summer following the conclusion of the Premier League season.

Hodgson named three Manchester City players in his plans for the team's upcoming friendlies as goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielders Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling will feature in the squad. However, Hodgson and his staff will have to cut four players to get down to the requisite 23-man team for the summer's tournament. Delph is one of the favorites to be cut, but will have two friendlies to prove his worth. Raheem Sterling will be fighting for a starting spot while Joe Hart is practically guaranteed the spot in goal in the starting XI with Jack Butland out injured.
May 16 - 12:25 PM

Manchester City has officially qualified for Champions League next season after securing a point in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City.

Entering the game, the Sky Blues only needed one point to seal fourth place and entry into the playoff stage of next season's Champions League in Pep Guardiola's first season as manager and they did so in lackluster fashion, akin to their uninspiring end to the season. In what was Manuel Pellegrini's last game as the club's manager, City could only manage one goal in the fifth minute courtesy of Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored his eighth goal in all competitions on his 12th shot on target, as he put in Sergio Aguero's saved shot. Andre Ayew made things interesting in stoppage time of the first half but City held on in a scoreless second half for the draw.
Source: NBC Sports
May 15 - 11:59 AM

Pablo Zabaleta will spend more time on the sidelines with the Argentine full-back set for surgery to remedy a troublesome ankle problem.

Zabaleta suffered a calf strain at Southampton in game week thirty-six and the defender confirmed via his Twitter account that the injury had ended his campaign prematurely: ‘Sadly after an MRI scan I can confirm a muscle tear grade 2 in my left calf which is around 3 weeks off’. However, Zabaleta was expected to be ready for the Copa America which starts in June. But reports now suggest that the 31-year-old will go under the knife to ensure his fitness ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season meaning Zabaleta will miss the tournament.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 14 - 9:16 AM

Manchester City could welcome back Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri to the squad for the season finale this weekend.

Manchester City has a massive game coming up this weekend, needing just a point against Swansea City to secure a top-four finish and a Champions League berth. In his last game as City manager, Manuel Pellegrini said Kolarov is likely to be available from a knock that forced him out against Arsenal last week while Samir Nasri is back training with the first team following an illness, although it is unlikely either will start. However, there won't be any surprise returns as David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Pablo Zabaleta have all been ruled out with injury.
May 12 - 10:09 PM

Rightfully so, Sergio Aguero took home the Barclays Player of the Month award for April after scoring seven goals in five league matches.

The award was Aguero's fourth of his career as the Argentine international scored in all five Premier League matches in April, including a hat-trick against Chelsea. Aguero and his 24 goals are tied with Jamie Vardy and is currently chasing down Harry Kane for the Golden Boot, which will be settled this weekend. With that in mind, Aguero is sure to start despite his heavy workload (he played at least 60 minutes in eight matches since April 1), not to mention all the Sky Blues have to do this weekend is draw with Swansea to guarantee a top-four finish and Champions League berth.
May 12 - 10:03 PM

Aleksandar Kolarov has a chance of making the trip to Swansea after missing last weekends’ draw with Arsenal due to an unspecified muscular problem.

If passed fit, the left-back could replace Gael Clichy for the final game of the season. Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva will be fit within a matter of weeks but Vincent Kompany is expected to miss the start of the 2016/17 campaign after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured thigh muscle. Samir Nasri is back in the squad: "He is working as normal," confirmed Manuel Pellegrini who will take charge of City for the last time with Pep Guardiola poised to take the reins following his decision to leave German champions Bayern Munich.
Source: Man City FC
May 12 - 9:44 AM


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