July 22nd, 2014
England’s disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign saw them being unable to advance through the group stages and even though the blame has been put towards almost the entire squad, David Beckham has urged Steven Gerrard to continue performing for England and remaining being the captain of the team.
Beckham said: ”Obviously I have been there. I played for England for quite a few years and captained England. But it’s one of the things I miss out of my whole career. I miss playing for Manchester United, I miss playing for Real Madrid, but England’s always been my real number one passion and playing for England always meant more to me than anything else. So for me it’s the thing I miss playing for England. I think it would be great if Steven continues because it was a disappointing tournament for the whole team and the captain kind of takes the real kind of brunt of things’’
The next international tournament is the 2016 Euro’s and by that time Steven Gerrard will be 36 years old which is a very high age for a player and even more for a midfielder who has to be active and mobile throughout the entirety of a match.
Even at his elevated age, Beckham strongly believes that Gerrard has what it takes to continue being the leader that he has always been in the pitch as young players need someone to look up to and to be their mentor which according to Beckham, Gerrard can do that and play that role.
Not only has Gerrard been the captain of England for the past few years but he is an icon for Liverpool as one of the main figures in Anfield Road but his influence inside the pitch has been diminishing.
May 20th, 2014
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea says that the club should be ensuring a good end to the season in such a way that they at least qualify for the Europa league next season. United will miss out on the Champions League next season after slipping to a lowly seventh place with less than four matches remaining. They have a trip to Goodison Park this weekend in what could be a hostile reception for manager David Moyes after he left the club in the summer for United. Moyes has not done too well in his first season at United.
Despite the failings, there have been several positives like the form of de Gea, who says that it is important that United should have some form of European football and he does not mind playing in Europa league for a change. It top six finish will ensure Europa league qualification, but United face tough competition for that too with the likes of Tottenham being very close to them. Despite the troubles faced by the Red Devils, de Gea says that the Champions League season this campaign has showed that the club will remain formidable nonetheless.
United managed to reach the quarter-finals of the competition in which they put up a good show against the reigning champions Bayern Munich.
“There are still plenty of important games to play. We are Manchester United and it’s our duty to win every game we take part in. That’s what we’ll try to do now because we want to finish as high as we can in the league, ensure we’re playing in a European competition next season and show we are still around and that we will never give in. The Bayern defeat was tough for us to take. But of course we have to keep going,” said the goalkeeper.
February 7th, 2014
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has revealed that he feels Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has what it takes to become one of the best in the world. Van der Sar is currently with Ajax as the marketing director. The Dutch club are preparing to play against Celtic in the group stages of the Champions league after having suffered a defeat in the reverse fixture. Van der Sar saw the best of Foster in the 2-1 defeat for Ajax and he has revealed that the English goalkeeper could become an international sooner rather than later.
Foster has gained a lot of press in recent months due to Celtic’s Champions league campaign. They went expected to struggle a lot in the Champions league group stages due to the presence of opponents like Barcelona and AC Milan, but Celtic have done exceedingly well so far. It has largely been due to the excellence of Foster. He is a huge goalkeeper standing at 6 ft 7 in. Van der Sar has said that many people said he has a huge frame, but after seeing Foster, he is convinced that this build could make him a top goalkeeper.
“I’m really impressed with Forster. I was down at pitchside when he came out for his warm-up in Glasgow before the Ajax game and I was really struck by his size. People look up to me, they always say I’m a big guy. But he is something else with his enormous frame. I found myself looking up to him. Of course there is more to him than that. He’s playing really well at the moment, “said van der Sar.
He has been constantly linked with appearing for the national team due to constant poor performances of Joe Hart. The Manchester City goalkeeper was recently dropped by his club.
January 21st, 2014
Spaniard David de Gea is starting to fulfil his potential at Manchester United after becoming a first-team regular. He has also started making more impressive saves, which has been going unnoticed due to the poor form of the club as a whole. After the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the club decided to bring in Everton manager David Moyes on a six-year contract. However, the club has been struggling for consistency on the pitch. De Gea has been one of the impressive players – along with Wayne Rooney – and Moyes cannot name many of his players in that category.
As a result, the 23-year-old has spoken about the delight with his current form and he hopes to reproduce the same for years to come. Due to his age, De Gea is only expected to get better with experience. Last season was his first in English football after he came through the ranks at Atletico Madrid. He became one of the most expensive goalkeepers in the history of the game after the £ 18 million move to United, which also appeared to put a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
De Gea says that he would be extremely happy if he gets into the Spain squad, which has many top-class goalkeepers, for the World Cup 2014.
“I am pleased with my contribution so far. I feel very settled here and I am happy with the way I am playing. I am still learning and improving all the time. That is important. I hope to carry on doing that and keep my spot in the team. It is important to be honest. Off the pitch I like to be friendly and enjoy people’s company but when I am on the pitch I am a lot more focused and concentrate totally on the game,” said De Gea.