Hodgson backs Wayne Rooney to score record-breaking England goal in front of Wembley crowd

first_imgEngland manager Roy Hodgson was forced to defend his decision to deprive Wayne Rooney of the chance to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record in Saturday’s 6-0 win over San Marino.Manchester United striker Rooney equalled Charlton’s 49-goal tally with a 12th minute penalty, but was then taken off just before the hour as the minnows were starting to tire.If Rooney had stayed on, he would have almost certainly scored his 50th goal, with replacement Harry Kane and fellow substitute Theo Walcott scoring three goals between them in the closing stages.But Hodgson would not alter his plan to take the striker off, wanting to keep the frontman fresh for Tuesday’s qualifier against Switzerland at Wembley.And the boss has backed to hit that record-breaking strike in front of a jubilant home crowd.“The substitution was planned with a view to Tuesday night,” Hodgson said.“It would be nice if Wayne could get the 50th goal against Switzerland on Tuesday night, but one thing is for certain – he’ll get it.“If it’s not on Tuesday, it might be October, if it’s not October, it might be in November, and if it’s not in November, it might be 2016. But he’ll get it. It’s not as if this was his last and only chance.“If this was his last game for England and he needed one more goal to break the record, I wouldn’t have taken him off.”Rooney calmly slotted the penalty past Aldo Simoncini to give England an early lead after the referee spotted a push in the box, and the floodgates opened after the break to allow the visitors to seal the win that meant they became the first nation to qualify for Euro 2016.The skipper held his arms aloft and pointed to the sky in his celebration before waving to his wife Coleen and eldest son Kai, who had made the trip to the Stadio Olimpico in Seravalle in the hope of watching the star rewrite the history books.His 49th goal may have come against a team containing a bank clerk, an accountant and a barman, but that did not take any gloss off the striker’s enjoyment at equalling one of his heroes.”Obviously it is a proud moment for me to equal Sir Bobby’s record and my aim now is to push on, to help the team get the victory on Tuesday night and try to break that record to become the outright holder,” the United forward said.“It would have been great if it had happened tonight, but it will be on Tuesday, if selected, with the tradition at Wembley. But again it is important we win the game,” he said.Rooney also paid tribute to United and England ambassador Charlton.“Since I joined Manchester United at 18, Sir Bobby has been in the dressing room after all the games,” said Rooney.“He has got a presence about him, he goes around and speaks to all of the players, in particular myself after England and United games. He comes in and gives me advice to try to help me and I am sure if there is anyone who would be happy for me to have broken his record, it would be him.” 1 Wayne Rooney sits in the dugout after being denied the chance to score record-breaking 50th England goal against San Marino last_img read more

Former West Ham star training with League Two team

first_imgKevin Nolan is training with League Two side Leyton Orient following his departure from West Ham.The midfielder left the Hammers by mutual consent at the end of August after being told by manager Slaven Bilic he could not be guaranteed first-team football.Nolan subsequently told talkSPORT he is planning to remain in London and the 33-year-old has now linked up with West Ham’s near neighbours for an indefinite period as he weighs up his next move.“It is great to have such a model professional in Kevin at the club, and I am more than happy for Kevin to come in and train with the squad,” Orient manager Ian Hendon, who has inspired his side to first place and five wins from their opening six league fixtures this season, told the club’s official website.“It is good for our players to be training with a vastly experienced and talented Premier League midfielder.” 1 Kevin Nolan last_img read more

‘I don’t have to tell you!’ – Jose Mourinho refuses to discuss Chelsea future

first_imgJose Mourinho refused to comment on whether he has received reassurances from Chelsea’s board and owner Roman Abramovich over his future as manager.Mourinho was subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of Abramovich’s 12-year ownership on October 5, and Chelsea have won just one of four matches since ahead of Saturday’s clash with Liverpool.WILL JOSE MOURINHO’S CHELSEA CONTINUE TO BE THE SCOURGE OF LIVERPOOL?Chelsea, the defending Barclays Premier League champions, enter this weekend’s fixtures 15th in the table after losing half of their 10 games, including last Saturday at West Ham, while their Capital One Cup defence ended at Stoke on Tuesday.Asked whether he had been given assurances over his position, Mourinho, who in August signed a four-year contract extension until June 2019, said: “I don’t have to tell you.”JURGEN KLOPP: CHELSEA MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO ‘IS A NICE GUY…UNLESS YOU’RE A JOURNALIST OR A REFEREE!’Abramovich has previously axed managers when Chelsea’s place in the Premier League’s top four and qualification for the Champions League the following season had been in doubt.Asked if he can guarantee Chelsea a place in Europe’s elite competition next term, Mourinho said: “I cannot promise.”He then pointed to the failure of Manchester United and Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League in recent seasons.Mourinho added: “Chelsea is a big club. It’s the club that I choose to come (to). It’s a club I live in a very specific way every day.“Liverpool is a big club, Man United is a super big club. Last season Liverpool win nothing and didn’t qualify for the Champions League.“Two years ago Man United didn’t qualify for the Champions League – not even Europa League – and won nothing.“They are still a monster club, but that’s football.”Mourinho declined to comment on two disciplinary matters hanging over him.The 52-year-old Portuguese had until Thursday at 6pm to respond to a misconduct charge relating to his half-time dismissal by referee Jonathan Moss at West Ham.Mourinho expects his appeal against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about referee Robert Madley following the October 3 loss to Southampton to be heard on Friday.“I think so,” he said. “Not optimistic, not pessimistic – just wait.” Jose Mourinho 1last_img read more

‘I wouldn’t sell them Gunnersaurus, let alone a player’ – fans on transfer rumour

first_imgChelsea are reportedly chasing Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but a deal is likely to anger many Gunners fans. The Blues could lose star winger Eden Hazard at the end of the season with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United said to be keen on the Belgian.If the Blues do decide to cash in on the Belgian then Oxlade-Chamberlain is a potential replacement.OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN SHOULD LEAVE ARSENAL TO BOOST EURO 2016 HOPESThe 22-year-old’s four-year stint at the Emirates Stadium has been blighted by injuries and former Chelsea player Ray Wilkins thinks the England international should make the move.“I would say to Oxlade-Chamberlain: leave, because he needs to be playing football,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.However, Arsenal fans don’t share Wilkins’ views and you can see their opinion below. Arsenal fans are completely against selling Chelsea Oxlade-Chamberlain 1last_img read more

WATCH! Brilliant assistant referee fail during Peterborough’s clash with Southend

first_imgAssistant referee Matthew Buonassisi got himself into a right muddle during Peterborough United’s clash with Southend United on Saturday.When Posh striker Marcus Maddison was felled in the box in stoppage time, Buonassisi had the seemingly simple task of putting his flag over his chest to signal for a penalty kick.But he seemed to completely forget how to do so, signalling for a foul, a throw-in, a corner, a goal-kick and a substitution before eventually getting it right! Watch the lino… foul, throw, corner, goal-kick, sub. pic.twitter.com/kkurB47fcH— Jonny Blain (@jonoblain) January 16, 2016 1last_img

Liverpool transfer news: Summer targets Gotze and Hector score for Germany

first_imgLiverpool fans will have had a keen eye on Germany’s friendly with Italy following rumours linking them with Mario Gotze and Jonas Hector.And Reds supporters won’t have been disappointed as both stars got on the scoresheet in Munich as the hosts ran out 4-1 winners over the Azzurri.Gotze scored the second German goal, heading home a cross from Thomas Muller – who celebrated with his team-mate by slapping his cheeks.Meanwhile, Hector grabbed the third, turning home an excellent team move, which included a stunning backheel from Gotze.You can see both strikes below…Mario Gotze’s goal v ItalyJonas Hector’s goal v Italy Mario Gotze celebrates scoring against Italy 1last_img

Chaffey women searching for an identity

first_imgGary Plunkett envisioned a rough go of things in his first venture as a head coach. But even with a late start, small numbers and the lack of a recruiting class – not to mention having to endure a 10-game losing streak – the Chaffey College women’s basketball coach did not figure on battling so much uncertainty in his own mind. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Yes, the Panthers had reached the playoffs 15 consecutive seasons – three under previous head coach Dawn Baker and 12 in a row under Chris Stephens. But a quick fix doesn’t exist when you’re hired after the start of school, when the previous regime’s recruits have scattered without a coach in place and when you haven’t had the time to recruit or properly implement your own system. No, the fixes come with time, patience and faith. “We established our lineup and our rotation and we tightened it and firmed it up,” said Plunkett, whose team opens Foothill Conference action tonight at Barstow. “We refined what we do on offense and on defense. We focus on the positives and we focus on the improvements we’ve made.” Those improvements have been considerable. Chaffey is certainly a long shot, at best, to qualify for the playoffs after a 3-12 start. But the Panthers, who have lost eight games by nine points or less, have won two of their last three games and are finally getting comfortable with Plunkett calling the shots. “There’s always self-doubt,” Plunkett said. “Is it the wrong offense? Is it the wrong lineup? Is it something I’m doing wrong in practice? I was seeking advice from some of my mentors.” The answers he got? Don’t change a thing. center_img Turnovers are down. The offensive and defensive schemes are becoming sound. With the preseason behind it, Chaffey has nowhere to go but up. “I’m not worried about nobody in conference,” said Unique Bennett, one of two sophomores on the team. “If we play the way we’ve been playing the last four or five games, we’ll roll over everybody in conference.” That might have been an easier chore to complete in years past, when the Foothill Conference was a two-team show with Antelope Valley and Chaffey at the top. This year, expect a bit more parity and a lot more competition. Defending Foothill Conference champion Antelope Valley is off to a 10-7 start, with injuries keeping the Marauders from fielding their projected starting five. But Cerro Coso (12-3), Rio Hondo (11-6), Mt. San Jacinto (8-5) and Barstow (9-7) have already surpassed last year’s win totals, while the Panthers are a shell of the team that won 23 regular season games and gave the Marauders their only real competition in conference action. “It takes some time,” said Antelope Valley coach John Taylor, who has built the Marauders’ women’s program into a state power. “Any time you come in and it’s your first gig it takes quite a while.” The circumstances at Chaffey made it especially difficult to expect to contend this season. Baker compiled a 61-29 overall record and a 37-8 mark in conference and then Chaffey learned in June that its three-year coach would not return. By the time Plunkett was hired in late August, the fall semester had begun, some potential incoming recruits had left for other local colleges and the Panthers had completed the summer tournament league with just six players. It didn’t get much easier when Plunkett took over. The Panthers barely had enough for five-on-five drills and they had a tough schedule with some of the top teams in the state. By the time an early December 65-56 loss against conference foe Barstow hit – which came in the middle of the 10-game losing streak – the Panthers were reeling. “I felt they were at a point where they might start to give up on the season and on each other,” Plunkett said. “You can almost point to that game and say that’s where we nearly lost it. It was either we pull together or we fall apart. We had a heart-to-heart and it really changed them. They’ve responded.” Two games later, the Panthers nearly erased a 30-point deficit in a loss to Grossmont. They played No. 8 Orange Coast and San Diego Mesa close in losses and then put together a two-game winning streak (over Fullerton and Los Angeles City) that had the Panthers beaming with confidence. Over that time, freshman Lillie Parks (12.9 ppg) and Bennett (12.1 ppg) had begun to develop a formidable inside-outside game, freshman Mary Barbera had improved dramatically at point guard, turnovers were dropping and the offense was increasing its output. “I knew it was going to be difficult with (Plunkett) coming in for his first year,” said Roel, whose team snapped a winning streak with a 70-47 loss to El Camino on Friday. “But we’re starting to get it together.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Landmark Donegal hotel fails to attract buyer at auction

first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known hotels has failed to find a new owner at auction.An Ostan, Gaoth Dobhair, went under the hammer at at AllSops auction in Dublin with a knock-down reserve price of €590,000.However, the hotel failed to attract any bidders. The 32 bedroom hotel, which has its own leisure centre, sits on a stunning site of 76 acres at Bunbeg.The property also comes with 6 holiday apartments overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean.When it was opened the hotel was a hugely popular venue for weddings and other functions because of its stunning location.There were hopes that if the hotel is re-opened, it would bring a much-needed jobs boost back into the area. Landmark Donegal hotel fails to attract buyer at auction was last modified: December 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgBernadette PorterA nurse consultant from Raphoe has been awarded an MBE for her trailblazing work for patients with multiple sclerosis.Bernadette Porter who has been awarded an honorary award for services to nursing, has pioneered projects to help thousands of patients at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.She was the first nurse in the NHS to be appointed a multiple sclerosis nurse consultant in 2003. Bernadette, who has worked at the NHNN for nearly 25 years, said: “It was such a surprise for me to receive an award – and such an honour!“I feel very humbled and continually feel inspired by the people I meet who face a challenging disease like MS and live their life with such dignity.”“Around 3,000 people a year use the MS service at UCLH and it’s important to put patients at the centre of all we do. I try to really listen to what patients say about our services, to ensure they fulfil their needs.”She developed and spearheaded the use of new technology to give patients with neurological disability more control over their own lives and the care they receive. This is now due to be adopted elsewhere in the NHS. It included: a telephone triage/advice line staffed by specialist nurses; email advice service for GPs wishing to contact a consultant neurosurgeon and a video clinic linking the neurology team with the patient and local clinical team in the patient’s community.The original ‘NeuroResponse’ pilot in 2009 was supported by UCLH and the Young Foundation, a centre for social innovation.Bernadette said: “It has linked up people with MS with expert clinicians and patients tell us it has improved their quality of life by giving them the confidence to manage their condition.”Bernadette also paid tribute to her ‘excellent colleagues.’“I feel privileged to work with them,” she added. The Raphoe native, daughter of the late Joe and Kathleen Porter, trained in Dublin’s Richmond Hospital before moving to work in London in the late 1980s.Bernadette also won recognition at the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2011. She was chosen by a panel of respected judges as one of the top three nurses for clinical excellence and innovation in nursing.DONEGAL NURSE GETS MBE FOR TRAILBLAZING WORK was last modified: June 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bernadette PorterMBElast_img read more


first_imgWell-known Letterkenny man Pascal Blake is expected to be named the next Mayor of the town.The highly-respected nurse and undertaker is tipped to take over the Mayor’s chain of office from current mayor Cllr Dessie Larkin.Cllr Blake is a relative newcomer to the political scene having been co-opted onto the council in June 2011 to replace outgoing councillor Jimmy Harte. Cllr Blake took over the Labour seat on the council as Cllr Harte took his seat in Seanad Eireann.Cllr Blake comes form the well-known Blake family who have many political and cultural ties with the Cathedral Town.Meanwhile outgoing Mayor Larkin will perform his last official function when he affords a civic reception to his brother-in-law Jason Black on Thursday next.Mayor Larkin, who is completing his second term as Mayor, told Donegal Daily that he had enjoyed his term in his office and thanked all his councillors for their support. PASCAL BLAKE EXPECTED TO BE NAMED NEW MAYOR OF LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more