Former Liverpool attacker Raheem Sterling paid tribute to a late Crystal Palace player during the Three Lions’ dominant win over Czech Republic in their Euro 2020 qualifying opener.
The Three Lions of England had too much quality for their opponents with the help of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.
He scored a treble as England ran out 5-0 winners in their Group A clash at the Wembley Stadium.
After his hattrick goal, Raheem Sterling raised his shirt up in tribute to Damary Dawkins who died of leukaemia earlier this week.
Sterling had the image of himself and the late Crystal Palace youth player underneath his shirt.
Apart from the treble from the Manchester City player, a first half penalty from Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and a Tomas Kalas own goal ensured that England started the Euro 2020 qualifiers with a five-star performance.
Raheem Sterling was able to match a 20-year feat achieved by Premier League legend Alan Shearer with the help of his treble.
He became the first England player to score a hattrick for club and country within the same month for the first time in 20 years (since Alan Shearer achieved the feat in 1999).
Sterling scored three goals during his last league game for Manchester City, a 3-1 home win over Watford.
United star confirms exit with Instagram post
Man United star Antonio Valencia seems to have confirmed his exit away from the Old Trafford after a post on his Instagram page.
It has been earlier reported that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has concluded that Antonio Valencia will not be a part of his team in the coming season as he hopes to secure fresh legs for the right back position.
The Man United team is due for a massive overhaul as hinted by the former Red Devils boss who already revealed he would be engaging in the coming summer transfer window to add more strength to his team.
After landing the job on a permanent basis, the Red Devils boss was handed the mandate to return the club to winning ways as well as compete for titles and that will only be possible with a big squad.
However, Antonio Valencia will not be a part of the plans as he would be heading out of the club with claims that he would be joining the MLS.
Antonio Valencia was also linked with a move to the North London outfit Arsenal but there are suggestions that he will not be in the English Premier League in the coming season.
Meanwhile, the former winger was transformed to right-back in 2015 under Louis van Gaal and it proved successful until he succumbed to injuries.
He has made 338 appearances for the club, scoring 25 times in all.
Zaha accuses former united manager of unfairness while at Old Trafford
English Premier League outfit Crystal Palace star player Wilfried Zaha has blamed former United manager David Moyes for his failure to be established at the Old Trafford when he had the opportunity.
Wilfried Zaha was signed to United shortly before legendary manager Alex Ferguson retired and was replaced by David Moyes but he was never given the opportunity to prove himself as he was favoured behind Adnan Januzaj, citing that the decision was not based on performance but was for personal reasons.
However, David Moyes was sacked by the Red Devils at the end of the season after failing to make an impact but Wilfried Zaha was already loaned away from the club to Crystal Palace before the deal was eventually made permanent.
Wilfried Zaha immediately transformed into a special player who is interesting a number of clubs including his former owners.
However, it is claimed that the Red Devils are ready to bring him back to the star player to the club as they seek to land strengthen their attack.
Meanwhile, Wilfried Zaha has hinted that he would love to quit Crystal Palace because he is now ready to play in the Champions League, hinting of his availability to Champions League-bound clubs.
Liverpool Lose Premier League Summit To Man City
Premier League champions Manchester City have replaced title challengers Liverpool at the top of the table after their slim victory over Champions League chasers Tottenham Hotspur.
It was some form of revenge for the Citizens after they were dumped out of the Champions League by the same opponent on Wednesday night.
Their Champions League exit at the hands of Spurs at the quarterfinal stage ensured that the dream of winning the quadruple (four trophies) would no longer be possible for Manchester City this season.
Manchester City had beaten Spurs 4-3 at home in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie but it was not enough for the Citizens who bowed out of the competition because of the away goal rule.
Tottenham Hotspur had beaten Manchester City 1-0 in the first leg and that was the same scoreline recorded in their Premier League meeting earlier on Saturday afternoon.
Young England midfielder Phil Foden was handed his first start in the Premier League by manager Pep Guardiola and he repaid the faith with the only goal of the game after five minutes.
The slim win was enough to take Manchester City above Liverpool at the Premier League summit ahead of the Reds’ away game at Welsh side Cardiff City on Sunday evening.
Chelsea Talisman Makes Player Award Shortlist
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has been rewarded for his superb displays in the Premier League this season after he was named on the shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.
Hazard made the six-man shortlist for the Player Award which was announced by the PFA earlier on Saturday.
The Belgian international player has been the key player for West London giants Chelsea in their quest for major honours in both the Europa League and the Premier League.
Hazard and Chelsea are keen to finish in the top-four of the Premier League thereby qualifying for Champions League football next season.
The Blues can also secure Champions League football by winning the Europa League.
They are in the semifinals of the competition following their aggregate win over Czech Republic team Slavia Prague.
Chelsea beat the Czech side 4-3 at home in what was the second leg of their quarterfinal clash to seal a 5-3 aggregate victory over their opponents.
Eden Hazard was subbed off during that game because of a slight injury but he’s expected to be fit for Monday’s home league game against Burnley.
He has scored 16 goals and also provided 12 assists in the Premier League.
The 28-year-old has been involved in more goals (28) than any other player in the league.
Liverpool Duo In Contention For PFA Player Award
Two Liverpool players are in contention for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award after the list of the nominees was unveiled on Saturday.
According to the list of six players released by the PFA, Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk are in contention for the award.
Apart from the two Liverpool players, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard also made the list after netting 16 goals and providing 12 assists for the Blues in their quest for a top-four spot on the Premier League table.
Apart from Hazard, three Manchester players also made the six-man list of nominees for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.
Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva all made the list for their respective performances for Manchester City this season.
Manchester City are under serious threat from Liverpool for the Premier League title and Senegalese international Sadio Mane has played a major role.
He has scored 18 goals in the Premier League and the former Southampton player is the in-form man for the Reds since the turn of the year.
Dutch international Van Dijk has also been a key performer for Merseyside giants Liverpool in their quest to win the Premier League title for the first time in their illustrious history.
Premier League: Liverpool Defender TAA Makes Young Player Award List
Liverpool defender Trent Alexandre-Arnold (TAA) has made the list of players for the PFA’s Young Player of the Year.
TAA was on the six-man shortlist unveiled by the PFA earlier on Saturday.
The England international right-back has been in very good form for Liverpool and his form has propelled the Reds to fight for the Premier League title alongside holders Manchester City.
The Reds defender has scored once for his club this season in the Premier League in addition to seven assists.
TAA and Liverpool came into the latest set of Premier League games at the top of the table but they have lost the summit to rivals Manchester City after the Citizens’ slim win over London club Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester City beat Spurs 1-0 at home to move to the Premier League summit with England junior international Phil Foden getting the only goal of the game.
Liverpool can go back to the top of the Premier League table with a win over Welsh Cardiff City who are in a relegation battle with the likes of Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton.
Apart from TAA, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Declan Rice (West Ham United) and Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).
Chelsea Loanee Doubtful For Crucial League Clash
Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham is a big doubt for the Midlands club ahead of their crucial league clash with Millwall in the English Championship.
Tammy Abraham could be a big miss for Aston Villa having been in superb form for former European champions since he signed for them on loan at the start of the season.
The Nigerian-born Three Lions of England striker joined Aston Villa from Premier League giants Chelsea on deadline day of last summer’s transfer window and he has not looked back since then.
He was amongst the goals as Aston Villa boosted their Premier League playoff hopes with a 2-0 away win over relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers.
Tammy Abraham scored his 25th goal for Aston Villa in the Bolton thus becoming the first player to hit that mark for the Midlands club for the first time in over two decades.
He sustained a shoulder injury against Bolton and the player had to be subbed off for Keinan Davis after 57 minutes.
Tammy Abraham is now doubtful for the Millwall game on Easter Monday.
The English striker has been a huge success at Aston Villa which his third spell away from Chelsea.
Tammy Abraham spent the last campaign at Welsh side Swansea City and at English Championship club Bristol City during the 2016/17 season.
Chelsea Trainee Named On Young Player Award Shortlist
West Ham United utility player Declan Rice has made the six-man shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year Award which was released on Saturday.
The recently capped England international was rewarded for his superb form for the Hammers this season.
His performances for West Ham United have not gone unnoticed with the big boys in the Premier League.
Major Premier League sides like Manchester United and Manchester City are said to be interested in a move for him ahead of the next transfer window scheduled for this summer.
Declan Rice is a utility player that can play either as a centre back or as a defensive midfielder.
He became an England international last month when he made his debut against Montenegro in what was a Euro 2020 qualifier.
Declan Rice impressed a great deal as England recorded a second successive win at the start of their qualifiers via a 5-1 victory over Montenegro.
He had previously played three games for the Republic of Ireland before deciding to switch to England since he has not represented them in a competitive game.
Declan Rice was a former trainee at West London giants Chelsea before he was released at the age of 14.
He joined West Ham United on a free transfer after his release at Chelsea.
Betting Preview: Everton vs Manchester United: Visitors Slight Favourites
Manchester United are running out of games in their quest to make the top-four at the end of this Premier League season thereby qualifying for the Champions League next season.
The Red Devils trail Arsenal in fourth place by two points and they have five games left to claw back that advantage starting with the Everton game on Sunday afternoon.
The Toffees face Manchester United at home with an agenda of their own which is a possible qualification for the Europa League via a seventh-place finish at the end of the season.
Just like what’s obtainable with Manchester United, Everton are in a four-team battle to finish in the seventh spot with the likes of Watford, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City.
On the part of Manchester United, the Red Devils are in a battle for the third and fourth positions alongside Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Manchester United were dumped out of the Champions League on Tuesday night by Spanish champions Barcelona meaning that they can’t qualify for next season’s competition by winning it this season.
The Red Devils will start as slight favourites ahead of the Toffees who have winning odds of 3.05 according to Surebet247.
Manchester United have victory odds of 2.35 while the possibility of a stalemate is at 3.45.
Barcelona Legend Predicts Tough Semifinal Clash vs Liverpool
Former Barcelona defender Carles Puyol is certain that the Catalans will face a tough semifinal clash with Premier League giants Liverpool in the Champions League.
The Barcelona legend talked about the tough Liverpool tie during an exclusive interview with popular media portal Goal.
According to him, Jurgen Klopp and his players will pose a big problem to the Catalan giants’ quest to win the treble this season.
Barcelona are in the hunt for three trophies namely the Spanish La Liga, the Spanish Copa Del Rey and the Champions League.
The Spanish champions sealed a last four meeting with Liverpool with an emphatic 4-0 aggregate victory over another English club, Manchester United.
The Catalans had earlier won 1-0 at Old Trafford through a Luke Shaw own goal before the Red Devils were beaten convincingly in their second leg clash on Tuesday night.
Barcelona thrashed Manchester United 3-0 courtesy a brace from star player Lionel Messi who has now scored 10 Champions League goals.
The Barcelona skipper is the topscorer in the competition with 10 goals.
Barcelona are also on course to win a second successive league title with just three wins needed from their remaining six matches.
They will also play Valencia in the Copa Del Rey final.
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