1 Roy Hodgson insists the Premier League’s top stars DO care about playing for England.The Three Lions boss is on course to take the national side to his third major finals next summer, having previously overseen disappointing campaigns at Euro 2012 and last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.That has led to criticism of the players, with a disappointed and disillusioned public believing the star names in the squad are more interested in success with their clubs and the rewards that come with that, than they are in pulling on the white jersey of their country.Hodgson, however, is having none of it.In an exclusive interview with Sport magazine, he insisted: “I would defend the players to the hilt on this. We have had failures, when going out of Euro 2012 on penalties, and in particular at the World Cup. But I would never believe or listen to anyone telling me it is because the players didn’t want it enough.“I think freeing people of the stress and pressure of expectation is a very easy thing to talk about, but very hard to actually then achieve. We have to try and make certain, as we go forward with a very young group of England players, that they are capable of accepting this pressure.“We can’t change it – we can’t ask the media to treat us more kindly or not ask too much from us. We can’t ask the fans not to want or expect or hope that England might win tournaments. That’s a given. It’s always going to be there, so we have to breed players who are mentally strong enough to say: ‘I know this, I understand this, but I trust in myself and my ability, and I believe that my teammates and I are good enough to do it’.“That is what we are constantly talking about and working on. I get so little time with the players on the field, so a lot of my job is on that leadership front, about man-management.”To read the full interview with Roy Hodgson, visit the Sport magazine website England’s players celebrate victory over Slovenia
NOTE – Strong language below Sheridan was sacked by Notts County in early January and soon returned for a third spell at Oldham New Notts County owner Alan Hardy has revealed manager John Sheridan was sacked for gross misconduct following his expletive-laden rant at match officials. Sheridan departed the League Two club on January 3 after a run of nine successive league defeats, which left theMagpies just one place and one point above the relegation zone.But Hardy has revealed he wasn’t axed from the Meadow Lane hotseat because of the team’s miserable run of results.Last week, a Football Association document was made public for the first time detailing the foul and abusive comments made by Sheridan towards referee Eddie Ilderton and fourth official Matthew Donohue during a 2-0 defeat to Wycombe on December 10.The report revealed details of Sheridan saying to Donohue ”You’re a f****** c***. A c***.” before shouting at Ilderton ”You’re a f****** disgrace, you’re f****** useless, you’ve not f****** got anything right today, you should be f****** ashamed, you’re f****** s***, my kids aren’t going to get any f****** Christmas presents because of f****** you”.The tirade of abuse led to Sheridan, who has since returned for a third manager spell at Oldham, receiving a five-match ban.“I wish to make it clear that this sort of behaviour by any employee of this club will not be tolerated,” said Hardy in a statement on the club’s official website.“It was our decision to terminate the contract based on what I read in the referee’s report regarding the incident. This is a family-friendly club which aims to be a pillar of the local community.“Comments of the type made by Mr Sheridan were utterly appalling and wholly unacceptable, completely undermining the community spirit and focus we are striving to develop here.“In light of the recent disclosure of the referee’s report, I thought it appropriate to communicate the exact reasons behind the course of action we took.”Sheridan admitted the charge on December 15 and the FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission reported that the 52-year-old former Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder latter ‘submitted a letter apologising unreservedly for his actions.’Sheridan has since been replaced as manager at Notts County by former Leyton Orient boss Kevin Nolan. 1
LATEST Getty TROPHY Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Wilson scored 15 goals in all competitions during the 2018/19 campaign and has also been linked with both Chelsea and Tottenham, as well as Everton.His excellent form saw him called up to the England squad, where he scored on his debut against the US, while he was also part of Gareth Southgate’s side for the UEFA Nations League finals this summer. punished 1 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS deals Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Wilson is set to be offered a new contract by Bournemouth Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ boost Callum Wilson is set to be handed a new £100,000-a-week contract by Bournemouth to keep him out of West Ham’s hands.The 27-year-old only signed a four-year deal with the Cherries last July, but his fresh deal will work out to £26million over five years. JIBE Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star latest Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Wilson’s former club Coventry, who he spent five seasons with, would be given 10 per cent of any fee, if he were to leave.The Hammers are on the look out for a new striker after Marko Arnautovic left to join Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG for a reported £23million.West Ham were prepared to break the bank to sign Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, but are now believed to be resigned to losing him to Valencia.