Blackpool have taken the opportunity to re-sign Mark Howard from Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer this summer. The 31-year-old previously plyed his trade for the Trotters on a temporary basis during the 2011/2012 season where he acted as cover to Matt Gilks and Mark Halstead due to their injury concerns.
During that period, Howard could only manage four appearances before he was released to join Sheffield United but hopefully, he can have a better experience this time around with manager Gary Bowyer confirming that he would serve as the club’s first-choice shot-stopper for the 2018/19 season.
Australia defender Aziz Behich has said that the Socceroos are confident and upbeat ahead of the second World Cup group stage game against Denmark. Australia put in a strong performance against France during their opening match of the tournament but they eventually succumbed to a 2-1 defeat with Behich registering an unfortunate own goal.
Speaking ahead of the Denmark game, Behich admitted that the team have forgotten the previous result and they are now keen to show the progress made under the management of Bert van Marwijk, he said: “We’re confident going into tomorrow… I think we’ve come a long way from when [head coach] Bert first took over… We’ve showed it in the last game and we want to improve on that… The boys are really confident and upbeat about tomorrow. From the last game, obviously, we didn’t get the end result, which was disappointing. So, look, we analysed the game, and we’ve been working hard the last month or so preparing for that game. I think we showed a lot of good signs.”
Denmark international striker Nicolai Jorgensen has received death threat and the Denmark Football Federation made a complaint to the police. The Danish striker was one of the three players that have missed their penalty in the match against Croatia.
The player has also received some serious online abuse following his miss at the World Cup but the most serious things have been the death threats that have been reported to the police. (more…)
Agent Bayram Tutumlu has revealed that Barcelona had expressed an interest in signing Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur during the last transfer window. However, a deal could not materialise for the Denmark international with his representative Martin Schoots said to have hampered the move.
In a report covered by Calciomercato, Tutumlu said: “I was invited to see Christian Eriksen in London in September, even though he was having a renovation of the house, and here he asked me what to do to get to a bigger club. I told him that a bigger club wants him. I also told Christian Eriksen that Barcelona is looking at more things when buying a player, not just his football qualities. And it ended with the fact that they bought Coutinho instead. This is because alone, his agent (Martin Schoots) has destroyed it for him.” (more…)
Christian Eriksen’s agent has said that it is always a compliment for his client to be associated with some of Europe’s elite. The Denmark international, who is currently in the ranks of Tottenham Hotspur, has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid of late, with the latter said to be planning a major squad overhaul for the summer.
Speaking to Danish newspaper BT, Martin Schoots said: “I don’t comment on rumours much. But when clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United are mentioned, it’s always a compliment. Since Christian was 14-years-old, big clubs have shown interest. The first were Chelsea, AC Milan, and Barcelona, since then there has been no transfer window without any offer or interest. It is not all clubs known by the press. ‘Christian is not a guy who wants to talk too much. He talks with his feet.”
Age Hareide says that he is extremely delighted to have guided Denmark to the World Cup 2018, but things could have been very different for the manager had it not been for the patient approach from the national team during difficult times. Hareide has revealed how he was on the brink of leaving the job after a 1-0 loss against minnows Montenegro earlier in the campaign. After taking over as the coach of the national team in December 2015, Hareide was given the task of qualifying for the World Cup 2018 without fail. This was due to the national team’s failure to reach the Euro 2016 under Morten Olsen.
Denmark had a difficult start to the campaign under Hareide as the team suffered defeats against Poland and Montenegro. This was in the second and third games of the World Cup qualification. This immediately raised doubts about the ability of Hareide to be able to lead the national team role. It was only after a 4-1 victory over Kazakhstan that things looked on the positive side for Denmark. Immediately after this result, the national team had to go through three consecutive draws – across friendly and World Cup qualification matches combined. Denmark’s form improve only towards the end of the campaign, and they were able to beat Ireland in a play-off game.
Denmark goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel has sent out a warning to the national team to guard against complacency in the upcoming crunch World Cup playoff against the Republic of Ireland.
The former Manchester United stopper was initially very happy being drawn against the Irish but has been thinking again as the tie looms ever nearer.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard feels Dele Alli won’t be missed by Tottenham Hotspur when they host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The north London outfit will be without Alli for the first three games of the group stage after he received a straight red card in last season’s Europa League round of 32 tie against Genk.
Writing in his Evening Standard column, Lampard insisted that Spurs can cope without the presence of Alli as Eriksen can step up to the plate. The Denmark international has often played second fiddle to Alli in the forward department, but Lampard backs him to impress in the Champions League following his impressive showing at Everton.
He said: “Christian Eriksen has become such a good player for Tottenham he can ensure Dele Alli won’t be missed too much against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. Being without a player of Alli’s quality through suspension is never ideal, yet Eriksen is the one I expect to step up. I saw Spurs’ win over Everton at the weekend and he was fantastic in midfield, creating chances and dictating play. Now, it is important for Tottenham’s season to get their first win at Wembley.” (more…)
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen claims that the blues need to be extremely clever and be ready for a fight when they take on Tottenham during the weekend.
The London rivals will be meeting each other at the Wembley stadium, which has been the source of several miseries for Tottenham. However, Spurs will be playing at this ground for the foreseeable future until the ground work on their new stadium completes. Chelsea come into the match after having suffered a 3-2 defeat against Burnley in the opening match of the season. It was a surprise result that further complicated the negativity surrounding the club.
The blues have sold plenty of players in the summer transfer window and the lack of high quality players led to the manager fielding inexperienced players in the first game of the season against Burnley. Even though the blues came up with an impressive fight back to almost snatching a point with a numerical disadvantage, it was a need to result at the start of the season which could complicate things going forward. (more…)
Denmark’s Under-21 team recently ended their miserable Under-21 European Championship campaign with a victorious win over Czech Republic.
The game which saw Kenneth Zohore, Cardiff City ace score a stunning brace for Denmark was not enough to ensure that they remained in the competition.
Denmark had previously lost out in their two previous opening encounters against Italy and Germany, two games which saw Zohore sit on the bench at their start.
In the two games, he however came in as a substitute, going on to show his prowess and at the end of the game against Germany where they lost 3-0, he received praise for his efforts.
However, he ended the game on a frightening note as he collapsed to the ground in agony, clutching his knee.
For his efforts, the 23-year old was rewarded with a starting place against Czech, which was Denmark’s third and final group match. (more…)