The announcement of the Three Lions team for the Euro Championships has been postponed by a few days as Roy Hodgson is not sure about some of the players as far as their fitness is concerned.
Injuries might not let a couple of players whom Hodgson would have wanted as first choice in the team make the cut, but, the boss has plenty to pick from, particularly from those who have surprisingly starred for their teams in the Premiership.
One of the names who, until last summer, wouldn’t have the backing of anyone for a Euro spot is Jermain Defoe.
Hodgson had not taken him to Brazil and after the World Cup; the boss hadn’t looked in any mood to go to the aged players anyway. He had put all his weight behind the youngsters, getting them ready for the Euros and one could have imagined that the last international game for Defoe might already have taken place.
But, now with Danny Welbeck’s knee not healing quickly enough and Defoe having finished the third highest goal scorer in English top tier this season, in spite of being a part of a survival campaign for the Black Cats, here is a chance for the veteran and it’s a big chance.
Hodgson has to see who the in-form players are at the moment. It doesn’t matter if they are going to be in the mix or not a couple of years hence, but, can they get the job done right now, for this tournament? That’s what the question should be. If the answer is yes, then they should go to France and by that logic, Defoe must have the ticket.
Hodgson will, no doubt, be waiting for Welbeck till the last second and only when he is sure the player won’t be available, he will think of a replacement and there is none better replacement than Defoe right now.
Wes Brown’s time in Sunderland has seen the defender having to settle with a place on the sidelines as an unused substitute for a large part of the season and his contract with the Premier League club expires in the summer but the English defender does not have any desire of hanging up his boots anytime soon.
At the age of 36, Brown is reaching the point of his career where players start thinking about retiring but even at his fairly elevated age, Brown wants to continue performing for Sunderland beyond what his contract has stipulated but this will ultimately depend if the Premier League club is interested in keeping hold Wes Brown past the summer.
“I will try to carry on next season. Whilst I'd love to yacht charter Scotland's coasts, I love football and that’s all I’ve ever done. Until the knees can’t carry on, I’ll try to play as long as possible. The age is catching up with me now, but it was just good to sign again last summer. I wasn’t going to stop, I was going to carry on and obviously it was better to stay here, because that’s what I wanted to do.” Sunderland’s Wes Brown said as he voiced his desire to keep on playing for a few more years.
Even though Wes Brown is not planning on retiring and wants to continue performing with the rest of his teammates of Sunderland, the manager of the club Sam Allardyce is already looking for possible replacements and one of the players who is constantly being linked with Sunderland as a defensive reinforcement is the 23 year old Adama Soumaoro who is currently performing for the French side Lille.
Adama Soumaoro is a young player who has managed to attract the interest of Sam Allardyce and a summer move might be made as the English manager wants to lure Soumaoro into the Stadium of Light.
At the age of 36, Wes Brown is reaching the last few years of his career and the English defender is well aware of this.
This is why he wants to spend the remaining months of his playing career performing at his very best and most importantly helping Sunderland in avoiding the bottom relegation zone which is where they are currently positioned.
"At this stage of my career, I treat every game as if it's my last one. I'll give 100 per cent in every game I play and am more than willing and up for Villa. We are way off safety at the minute and it doesn't matter that we have done it before. If you look at the points situation, it probably looks worse than last year but if we can nick a few points soon, we are back in it Anything can happen. I have seen it all at my age." Sunderland’s experienced defender Wes Brown said.
Unfortunately for Wes Brown, he hasn’t been able to help out Sunderland as much as he would like and this is due to him having served a back-up option in this season of the Premier League.
Out of the 20 Premier League matches which have been played at this point so far, Wes Brown has made less than 4 starts. The only real reason of why Brown was featured in these games is because of the injury crisis that is currently affecting the team of Sam Allardyce as the coach has had to make a number of last minute changes.
Standing on the sidelines is probably not the way that Wes Brown would want to spend his last few years but as long as Sunderland is able to survive in the Premier League, the English defender stated that he would be more than happy in seeing that happen even if he has stay out of the pitch. However, if injuries continue hampering Sunderland then Brown will be able to get more time on the playing grounds.
Wes Brown is presently not in favour at all at the stadium of Light despite the fact that Sunderland’s in need of some experience in the backline after their horrible defensive shows of late.
Brown is a wily, old defender and is quite efficient too technique wise. He is somebody, whom many believe, might prove to be pretty useful for Sunderland at this juncture, but, he is not being able to get a look in which is probably a sign that his time at the Premier League Club is up.
If that’s the case indeed, it might mark an end to Brown’s overall career too as being in his late thirties, it’s hard to imagine any club offering a contract to him once he leaves Sunderland.
In this age and time, when the players tend to change destinations pretty frequently, Brown has been somebody who has been quite loyal to the clubs he has been part of in his career.
He served Manchester United for a long duration, one and half decades to be precise and it was the club where he touched the peak of his game.
Most of his best performances came as a Manchester United player only as he achieved both domestic as well as continental glory in the Red jersey.
It was that golden Ferguson era when United had been winning literally everything and one of the most important cogs in their defence was Brown.
Brown’s glorious career at Old Trafford came to an end in 2011 when he made the move to Sunderland.
The veteran has been a decent performer at Sunderland as well, but, now, he is out of the scheme of things over there. He has been seen featuring for the Black Cats just once in the 2015-16 Season.
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta believes that the duo Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa will be even more influential in the upcoming campaign since they have already shown signs of improvement over last season.
The two players played a key role in Chelsea winning their first league title after more than five years. Costa ended the campaign with 20 league goals, while Fábregas had another stellar campaign in terms of assists. Even though Costa failed to score in any of the competition apart from the Premier league, it was seen as a successful campaign for the 26-year-old.
Azpilicueta, meanwhile, was extremely solid last season and he will be hoping to continue the same. The former Marseille defender is on the verge of becoming a permanent fixture at left back. His presence has already seen Chelsea move on the verge of selling Filipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid. Ahead of the new campaign, Azpilicueta says that the blues are aware of thesignings made by rivals like Manchester United and Manchester City. Even Liverpool have gone on a spending spree. This is likely to make the upcoming challenge of retaining the title extremely difficult. Chelsea, meanwhile, have not been similarly active in the transfer window.
"We know their quality and, despite what they did last season, they want to do better. They are competitive and have a winning mentality. They will not just settle for what they did before and will want to do more.The season they did before was amazing but they are looking to go even further than they did before for Chelsea.That should worry the other teams. What they do is key for us. The amount of goals and assists these two players give us make the difference,” said the Chelsea defender. The 25-year-old made 33 appearances last season.
Sunderland have extended the contract of defender Wes Brown, who appeared close to leaving the club this summer.
The former Manchester United man had just a few weeks before his contract with the Northeast outfit expired. After managing to secure their Premier League status for another season, the club brought in Dick Advocaat for another campaign at the club.Advocaat revealed that he was stepping down after just a few months at Sunderland. However, he was highly regarded at the club after managing to avoid relegation in a stunning fashion.
Wes Brown had just completed a disappointing season with the club. After having joined the black cats in 2011, he has experienced relegation trouble since his time at the club. It does not appear to go away any time soon, but Brown has been partly blamed for the poor defensive performances by the team. The team had conceded 53 goals in just 38 league games. Even though they averaged more than a goal per game in terms of conceding, the team could manage only 31 goals in the attacking side. Since his move to the Stadium of Light, Brown has featured in 80 matches for Sunderland.
His most productive time came during his spell at Manchester United where he won 17 major titles before his move to Sunderland. Meanwhile, the club’s star striker Jermain Defoe has comparedAdvocaat to Chelsea boss José Mourinho.Advocaat has been a winner in terms of club career and it is only at Sunderland that he is involved with relegation fight. Defoe is hoping thatAdvocaat transforms Sunderland into a club that will be capable of finishing in the top half of the league table. Last season, the club avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth after finishing three points above Hull City, who were relegated.
Wes Brown hasn’t enjoyed the best of times since arriving to Sunderland in July of 2011 as the defender has had to deal with a number of injuries that has not allowed him to perform at his best. The English player even had to miss out from playing an entire season due to fitness problems.
In this season, Brown has made a total of 24 appearances which is a good amount of matches in a single season but now that the season is reaching it’s end, Brown does not look like he will be able to perform in these last matches of the campaign.
Sunderland is pitted in the bottom spots of the Premier League and Dick Advocaat will need all the help he can get in order to avoid the bottom relegation zone but Wes Brown is struggling with an ankle injury and it remains uncertain if he can play in any of the remaining matches of the season.
Even with all the injuries that Wes Brown has sustained, the played has been a key member for Sunderland and there were talks of the player wanting to have his contract extended which currently runs out in the summer.
These recurring injuries is a huge setback for Wes Brown and Sunderland as Dick Advocaat is not interested in extending the contract of a player who continuously gets affected by long term injuries and at the age of 35, Brown is not able to recover so easily from his physical problems as it takes more time for him to get back into the pitch.
Wes Brown sustained his ankle injury back in March 21 when Sunderland faced off against West Ham and the veteran defender had to be removed from the pitch at the 11th minute and ever since then, he has not been able to return to the playing grounds.
Sunderland defender Wes Brown has reacted to the criticism by the home supporters after the club recently suffered a 4-0 defeat against Aston Villa.
Despite being at home, Sunderland performed miserably and were booed off the pitch by their own supporters. Brown has been the part of defences that have held clean sheets against the likes of Chelsea, but he could do little about the collective poor performance by the team. Villa scored all their goals in the first half, while Sunderland did little to please the fans in the second half after turning out with only 10 players on the pitch.
The opening goal went in after just 16 minutes through striker Christian Benteke, who once again scored either side of the brace from Gabriel Agbonlahor in the 44th minute. Agbonlahor scored two goals to take his league tally for the season to a respectable six goals. Scoring goals has been a major problem for Aston Villa this season. Even though the first few matches were disappointing after the arrival of Tim Sherwood, the club has now managed three consecutive victories in all competitions. It has helped them create a three point gap between them and the relegation zone. Villa have another crucial match against Swansea next week.
"To go 4-0 behind before half-time is disappointing to say the least.Aston Villa were creating chances and it took us until the second half to create chances. But it was all over by then.We have to lift it now and train hard. Of course I understand the boos. We have been terrible at home.We have to let this game go and train hard ahead of next week's game," said Brown, who will be aware that the team needs to forget this result soon enough since West Ham are the next opponents.
Former England international Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he is no longer friends with his former international teammate, John Terry, who was found guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother, Anton Ferdinand, back in 2011.
Terry escaped punishment from the court of law, but he was given a four match ban by the English FA. Terry since retired from international duty claiming that the FA have not been treating him properly. Ferdinand also announced his retirement from international football in order to extend his club career. Even this was unable to prevent him from leaving United in the summer.
The 35-year-old has since joined QPR on a free transfer. QPR was the destination of his brother Anton Ferdinand a few years ago. It was during a match between QPR and Chelsea that the racial abuse incident came to the surface. Terry retired from international duty shortly, but he had come against Ferdinand on a couple of occasions with United. Despite this, the 35-year-old says that he is not on speaking terms with Terry especially given that the Chelsea defender failed to apologise for the incident. Ferdinand also does not get along well with another former England teammate, Ashley Cole.
Ferdinand will be coming up against Manchester United during the weekend and it will be his first time since leaving the club."He never apologised to me or Anton and has never hinted he has had a moment of understanding over the damage his stupidity has inflicted on everyone. There were bullets in the post and unending racist abuse. He could have saved everyone a lot of pain by admitting immediately that he had used the words in the heat of the moment, but was no racist.I think that's probably what happened and what the truth is. Anton and I would have accepted that - instead he never gave us the chance,” said Ferdinand.
Sunderland had an extremely positive result on Saturday after managing a 0-0 draw against table leaders Chelsea.
Wes Brown had a very good match after managing to keep Diego Costa relatively quiet. The former Manchester United man is keen to repeat the job against Premier League’s current top scorer Sergio Aguero. Manchester City will be the visitors to the Stadium of Light for the midweek Wednesday action.City have suffered several defeats against Sunderland away from home in recent seasons so much so that they have become their bogey team.
Even though the black cats have been struggling against relegation trouble for much of this period, there is believed within the Sunderland players that they can once again to the job on City. However, they have to stop Aguero if they are to do so. The former Atletico Madrid forward is one of the deadliest in world football and he leads the way with 12 league goals – one better than Costa. Even though City also have players like Yaya Touré and Jesus Navas who can find the back of the net, Brown has singled out the threat from Aguero. The draw against Chelsea was the fourth consecutive match in which Sunderland avoided a defeat.
“He’s a completely different type of threat to Costa, but just as deadly in that position he plays in.Aguero has got that low centre of gravity, he can do those quick-turns and he’s strong as well.But we just have to go into the game with the same attitude really.Every player has to work 100 per cent and put in a little bit more against the top teams.Catts started that off against Chelsea and continued all the way through. We put everything in and managed to stop them scoring and got a draw,” said Brown ahead of the City match.