Abraham denies talk of switch to Nigeria

21 September 2017 22:32

Tammy Abraham remains available for England selection despite suggestions he could switch allegiance to Nigeria.

Abraham – on loan at Swansea City from Chelsea – has played for England at Under-18, U19 and U21 level, but he is eligible for Nigeria through his father.

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick had said the governing body was “working on” securing Abraham for the national team.

But in a statement, the 19-year-old said: “I have informed The FA that I remain available for selection for England.

“Contrary to reports in the media I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national-team allegiance.

“I can confirm I met the president of the NFF after our last game against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday given he is a friend of my father.

“However, any suggestion that I have made a decision to change my international representation is incorrect and wide of the mark.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2017/September/21/abraham-denies-talk-of-switch-to-nigeria

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No celebrations for Barry unless West Brom take something from Arsenal

21 September 2017 16:16

Gareth Barry may become the Premier League’s all-time leading appearance maker on Monday but he will not be celebrating the milestone unless West Brom get something against Arsenal.

Barry moved level with Ryan Giggs’ tally of 632 games last weekend as Albion were held to a goalless draw by West Ham.

The 36-year-old described his impending achievement as a “proud” moment and something he never expected to achieve when he made his Aston Villa debut as a 17-year-old in 1998.

But it will mean little unless the Baggies can come away from the Emirates Stadium with a positive result.

“The number I’ll achieve is an individual one. Football is a team game,” he told a media conference.

“My family will be at the game but there won’t be a smile on my face after anything other than a positive result!

“As crazy as it sounds after all these years, my focus will be on winning the game.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2017/September/21/no-celebrations-for-barry-unless-west-brom-take-something-from-arsenal

No celebrations for Barry unless West Brom take something from Arsenal

21 September 2017 16:16

Gareth Barry may become the Premier League’s all-time leading appearance maker on Monday but he will not be celebrating the milestone unless West Brom get something against Arsenal.

Barry moved level with Ryan Giggs’ tally of 632 games last weekend as Albion were held to a goalless draw by West Ham.

The 36-year-old described his impending achievement as a “proud” moment and something he never expected to achieve when he made his Aston Villa debut as a 17-year-old in 1998.

But it will mean little unless the Baggies can come away from the Emirates Stadium with a positive result.

“The number I’ll achieve is an individual one. Football is a team game,” he told a media conference.

“My family will be at the game but there won’t be a smile on my face after anything other than a positive result!

“As crazy as it sounds after all these years, my focus will be on winning the game.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2017/September/21/no-celebrations-for-barry-unless-west-brom-take-something-from-arsenal

Mourinho: Scrapping EFL Cup could help English clubs in Europe

21 September 2017 10:12

Jose Mourinho has suggested scrapping the EFL Cup could result in Premier League clubs enjoying greater success in Europe.

Mourinho guided Manchester United to EFL Cup and Europa League glory last season, but English sides have struggled in the Champions League in recent years – only Chelsea (2013-14) and Manchester City (2015-16) have progressed as far as the semi-finals since the Blues won Europe’s top competition in 2012.

United cruised into the fourth round of the League Cup with a 4-1 win over Burton Albion on Wednesday, but Mourinho made nine changes to his starting XI.

With United’s Premier League rivals also making sweeping alterations for their fixtures – a much-changed Liverpool side losing at Leicester City – Mourinho believes England’s packed schedule can be a problem.

He told the BBC: “You know, if the competition is an official competition, it is important for Manchester United and for me as a manager and I want the players to think the same way.

“If you ask me ‘could English football survive or even be better without this competition?’ Maybe.

“Maybe we would be fresher for European competitions, for example.

“But we have this competition, we have to respect it, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents, we have to respect the professionalism of all of us trying to do the best.

“If we can win it, we win it. If we don’t win it is because the opponents were better than us.”

Article source: http://www.soccerway.com/news/2017/September/21/mourinho-scrapping-efl-cup-could-help-english-clubs-in-europe

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