The Inter staff, ready to give up their salaries

first_imgThe details of the cuts will be decided when it becomes clearer whether the competitions for this course will resume or not.o: Most likely, the footballers will give up the salaries of March, April, May and June as those of the Vecchia Signora did, leaving open the possibility of renegotiating if they finally return to green. While the Serie A clubs are looking for a common path (and the meeting by teleconference with the Association of Footballers postponed yesterday should take place today), Inter would be close to imitating the example of Juventus and cutting the salaries of its footballers. According to the agency ‘ANSA’, both coach Antonio Conte and his players would have given the go-ahead to forgo their payments after a few days of contacts with the Nerazzur management.last_img read more

Rooney calls time on England despite recall

first_img0Shares0000Wayne Rooney scored 53 goals in 119 appearances for England © AFP/File / Ben StansallLondon, United Kingdom, Aug 23 – England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney announced on Wednesday he is retiring from international football with immediate effect after manager Gareth Southgate tried to recall him to the squad.The 31-year-old — scorer of 53 goals in 119 appearances for his country — told Southgate of his decision during a phone conversation on Tuesday. Southgate had phoned Rooney — who had lost both the captaincy and eventually his place in the squad under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United last season — to congratulate him on his early season performances for new club Everton.Rooney has looked rejuvenated and happy — scoring in both their Premier League matches so far — since he re-signed for the club that nurtured his talent as a teenager before he left for United.“It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that,” said Rooney in a statement sent to Press Association Sport.“Having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football.“It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton (Ronald Koeman) and those closest to me.“Playing for England has always been special to me. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me.“But I believe now is the time to bow out.”Rooney, England’s most capped outfield player, said his sole purpose now in football is to ensure Everton win trophies.He had alluded to his priorities in a post-match interview on Sky Sports on Monday after he matched Alan Shearer in scoring 200 Premier League goals — made sweeter as it came against Manchester United’s local rivals Manchester City.“Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton,” said Rooney.“Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful.”– ‘Icon of his generation’ –Another former England great, Gary Lineker said earlier on Wednesday that Rooney had been unlucky to be the only world-class player in many England sides that struggled to make an impression on either the world or European stage.“One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side,” said Rooney, whose four goals in Euro 2004 propelled England to the quarter-finals before their hopes were extinguished when he broke a bone against Portugal.Profile of Wayne Rooney, England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer, who is retiring from international football © AFP / Gal ROMA“Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further and I hope everyone will get behind the team.“One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan — or in any capacity.”Rooney passed Bobby Charlton as England’s all-time top scorer against Switzerland in September 2015.But despite being within touching distance of Peter Shilton’s record of 125 caps for England, he opted against chasing yet another international milestone.Captaining England to a 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over rivals Scotland last November proved to be Rooney’s final appearance for his country.Figures from English football were quick to pay tribute to the star.“Congratulations to @WayneRooney on a magnificent international career. A player’s player,” said Lineker on Twitter.Greg Clarke, chairman of English football’s governing body the Football Association (FA), said Rooney had earned the right to be termed a “legend”.“Today marks the end of an era in international football,” said Clarke.“Wayne Rooney is an icon of his generation and an undoubted legend of the game.”Former England captain Terry Butcher said Rooney had taken the right decision.“You do know as an international player when you have reached the point of no return,” Butcher told the BBC.“Sometimes you want to jump before you are pushed.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Revealed! Liverpool’s ideal XI this season featuring six superb Klopp signings

first_img 11 11 7. Blaise Matuidi (centre midfield) – Matuidi is reportedly open to moving to the Premier League this summer, and after an impressive Euro 2016 campaign for France, won’t be short of offers. He could be the ideal midfield foil for Can, providing the kind of box-to-box athleticism needed for ‘heavy metal football’. 11 11 1. Loris Karius (goalkeeper) – see the full possible ideal Liverpool XI by clicking the arrow above, right – With Klopp agreeing a deal for Karius, Mignolet’s time could be up on Merseyside. The pair will be battling for the no.1 spot over pre-season. 3. Nevan Subotic (centre back) – Middlesbrough have reportedly put in a shock bid, but there will be plenty of clubs vying for Subotic’s possible signing over the summer. He has struggled with injury throughout his career, which may persuade Dortmund to sell, but when fit he is among the best centre-backs in the Bundesliga. Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho would certainly need to up their game with Subotic at Anfield. 10. Philippe Coutinho (attacking left) – Coutinho is capable of producing world class, magical match-winning moments. More is expected of him and Klopp will demand consistency in his influence, but the Brazilian has the ability to unlock the best defences. 11 6. Emre Can (centre midfield) – Can has quickly established himself as a fan-favourite at Anfield, and last season became one of the first names on Klopp’s team sheet. His performances are expected to only improve and he can help the Reds boss the midfield area. Jurgen Klopp may have suffered the disappointment of losing two cup finals in his first (not quite full) season with Liverpool, but his achievements so far have breathed fresh belief around Anfield.The German has been rewarded with a new, extended contract, and he knows exactly what he wants to achieve with Liverpool, which also means he knows his squad requires new additions.So far the German has successfully lured Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Sadio Mane to the club, and more new faces are expected over the next two months.Last season Klopp was working with a group of players signed by previous Liverpool managers, but now he will want to build a team in his mould.Klopp is building his ideal XI at Anfield, and with this in mind, we’ve put together a line up we think could be exactly what the former Borussia Dortmund is after for the incoming campaign.Check out the XI by viewing the slideshow above, and let us know which transfer targets you believe would help Klopp achieve the line up he wants at Liverpool…‘LIVERPOOL TO SELL EIGHT PLAYERS?’ CLICK HERE TO SEE THE STORY AND WHO COULD LEAVE ANFIELD THIS SUMMER 11 11 4. Joel Matip (centre back) – Matip, who joins Liverpool on a free transfer, was officially unveiled earlier this week and is expected to be thrown straight into action by Klopp. He appears to be a shrewd signing and his capture demonstrates Klopp’s ability to attract talent. 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – Clyne was one of Liverpool’s most consistent players last term, comfortably settling into life at Anfield. Still only 25, the England international looks to be the long-term answer in this position. 8. Roberto Firmino (attacking midfield) – After a challenging start under Brendan Rodgers, Firmino’s quality emerged with Klopp’s management and he began to score regularly. His skill, work rate and eye for the back of the net 11 9. Sadio Mane (attacking right) – Given Klopp’s attacking options, some were surprised by the Reds’ decision to spend £34m on Mane. Klopp, however, obviously sees the Senegalese international as perfect for his favoured attacking formation. 11 11 5. Ben Chilwell (left back) – Liverpool are reportedly keen on the Foxes youngster, but the Premier League champions aren’t making negotiations easy. It seems, though, that this is the player Klopp wants to fight Alberto Moreno for his spot. And boy does Moreno need to up his game. 11. Alexandre Lacazette (striker) – At present Klopp has Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Christian Benteke to choose from as his main frontman (Danny Ings is not really suited to that role, and the less said about Mario Balotelli the better). It is obvious Klopp does not really rate Benteke in the role, while Sturridge has never truly convinced as an out-and-out striker (not to mention his injury issues), while Origi can’t be expected to lead the line all season. Lacazette is said to be on the radar of many a Premier League club this summer, for good reason. The Frenchman scored 21 goals in Ligue 1 last season.last_img read more