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Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by jackpinnock

England was in Sweden’s capital city of Stocklolm during the week preparing for their friendly match at the Friends Arena.

The likes of Liverpool winger, Raheem Sterling, Everton stalwart, Leon Osman, Arsenal youngster, Carl Jenkinson and Tottenham Hotspur defender, Steven Caulker have been selected, as well as Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha, who is the first player to picked for the full England squad at Championship level since Jay Bothroyd was picked in 2010.

Zaha’s selection has already sparked controversy, as former Chelsea hitman, Didier Drogba has openly said that Zaha should not play for England and play for the Ivory Coast.

However, Zaha recently said that there weren’t many players better than him. Zaha had quickly denied this and took to Twitter to say “Just to clear things up, when I say I don’t see anyone better than me i just say that to boost my confidence when I get on the field”. “I know there’s players out there better than me so please don’t take my words the wrong way”.

Former Crystal Palace player and fan, Mark Bright, who is now a BBC pundit, also took to twitter and said that “he is the most talked about and most talented player outside the PL in English football !!! “.

England’s last meeting against the Swedes came in the group stage at Euro 2012 in Ukraine when the Three Lions took the lead through a superb Andy Carroll header.

In a blink of a eye, Roy Hodgson’s men were 2-1 down when former Aston Villa legend, Olof Mellberg, scored a surprising brace.

However, a looping effort from Theo Walcott, and a sublime backheel finish from Danny Welbeck enabled England to beat Sweden for the very first time in a competitive match.

Four months on, and Hodgson has selected some younger and uncapped players to fully prepare themselves for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Posted in Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by jackpinnock

Despite his comments made in the press before the Merseyside derby, Everton manager David Moyes still believes that most managers would agree with him about Luis Suarez’s theatrical diving, and that the Liverpool forward was a lucky man to even stay on the pitch in this thrilling 2-2 draw.

Suarez wasted no time in silencing his critics when his first goal came after just 14 minutes.  Spanish left back, Jose Enrique’s low cross found the feet off the South American, whose drilled shot took a wicked deflection off Everton’s Leighton Baines.

Suarez doubled his tally 5 minutes later, when Leon Osman’s foul on Liverpool’s promising young winger, Raheem Sterling, lead to Suarez glancing a tremendous header past Tim Howard from a superb Steven Gerrard free kick.

However, David Moyes’ men responded in dramatic fashion, and in the space of 14 minutes, the tie was all square.

First, Leon Osman’s drilled effort took a slight deflection off summer signing Joe Allen and past Brad Jones’ goal.

Then, on 35 minutes, exciting talent Kevin Miralles’ cross was expertly controlled by the returning Maroune Fellaini, whose low cross was latched onto by former Rangers striker Steven Naismith to put the Toffees on level terms.

With the loss of Miralles at the interval, Everton lost their flair and creative spark in the second half, and Liverpool capitalised on that in the second half, with good possession play, and creating multiple chances.

At the start of the second half, Sterling had a golden opportunity to put the Reds back in the lead, with a one- on- one chance that he wasted, much to the disappointment of Suarez, who felt the ball should have been squared to him to put Liverpool 3-2 ahead.

Man of the match Suarez then angered much of the Everton faithful when his late challenge on veteran defender Sylvain Distin should have been more than just a bookable offence.

However, another referee howler was to come on the 93rd minute when Steven Gerrard’s free kick was met by Argentinian defender Sebastien Coates, whose header reached Suarez, who tapped in, only for the fourth official and referee Andre Marriner to judge it was offside.

Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers was surprisingly grateful for the point despite Marriner’s decision by saying “overall, it’s a good point at a difficult place, and its anpther strive forward”.