Fabian Delph appears to scream ‘everybody is f**king s**t’ at Everton team-mates… then puts the ball in his own net against Bournemouth

15 Sep

A raging Fabian Delph appeared to scream ‘everyone is f**king s**t’ at his Everton team-mates… moments before putting the ball into his own net against Bournemouth.

In a video shared on Twitter, the two-time Premier League winner could be clearly seen having a pop at his fellow Toffees in frustration during their 3-1 defeat on the south coast.

Fabian Delph turned on his team-mates during Everton’s defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday
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But he was left red faced soon after as he deflected Ryan Fraser’s free-kick past Jordan Pickford and into the goal to give the Cherries a 2-1 lead.

Delph put in a decent display but overall Everton’s performance was a poor one as they slipped to their second defeat from five games this season.

And some fans have called for the 29-year-old midfielder to be given the captain’s armband after his display of passion at his side’s sluggish display.

Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson scored twice to down the Merseysiders at the Vitality Stadium.

The England man nodded the Cherries in front after a goal mouth scramble, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin then pulling Everton level with his own towering header from Richarlison’s cross.

Fraser came off the bench in the second-half and later fired his side into the lead again, via a deflection off Delph’s boot, and Wilson then took advantage of another Everton defensive error to lob Pickford and claim his brace.

It was the striker’s third goal in two games. Of the English players in the Premier League, only Raheem Sterling has been involved in more goals than Wilson since the start of last season.

Read the full match report here and watch Delph’s outburst in the clip below…

Rugby Union news: Former Wales international Gareth Thomas reveals he is HIV positive

15 Sep

Former Wales international Gareth Thomas has revealed he is HIV positive.

Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009, is thought to be the first UK sportsman to go public about living with the virus, and has revealed he was driven to suicidal thoughts as a result of his diagnosis.

Gareth Thomas is a former Wales captain

He went public with his illness after being put “through hell” by blackmailers who threatened to expose his secret.

The 45-year-old told the Sunday Mirror: “I’ve been living with this secret for years.

“I’ve felt shame and keeping such a big secret has taken its toll.

“I was in a dark place, feeling suicidal. I thought about driving off a cliff.

“To me, wanting to die was just a natural thought and felt like the easier way out, but you have to confront things.”

The former British and Irish Lions captain, who will be a TV pundit in the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan, said he “broke down” when he got the news of his diagnosis.

Thomas said: “I went for a routine sexual health test at a private clinic in Cardiff.

“I didn’t feel ill and thought everything was going to be fine.

“When (the doctor) said those words… I immediately thought I was going to die.

“I felt like an express train was hitting me at 300mph. Then I was thinking ‘how long have I got left?'”

He added: “I’ve been threatened by people who said they would give away my secret. It’s sick and I’ve been through hell.

“I was being blackmailed and in my mind I thought you only get blackmailed for something really bad, which compounded the feeling of shame.”

Gareth Thomas with talkSPORT’S Andy Jacobs and Paul Hawksbee and the Rugby League World Cup
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The former Cardiff Blues player won 103 caps and scored 41 tries for Wales between 1995 and 2007, and he is 13th on the all-time international test try-scoring list.

Last November, he was attacked in Cardiff city centre in a homophobic hate crime, but asked South Wales Police to deal with the 16-year-old assailant by way of restorative justice.

The sportsman now takes one tablet containing four medications each day, and doctors have said his condition is under control to the point that it is considered “undetectable” and cannot be passed on.

Thomas said that his husband Stephen, who he met after his diagnosis and married three years ago, does not have HIV.

His decision to speak out was backed by the Duke of Cambridge, through his Kensington Palace account, adding “W” meaning it was written by William himself.

 

Ian Green, chief executive at the Terrence Higgins Trust HIV charity, said Thomas’s diagnosis may help change public attitudes.

“I’m very proud to call Gareth Thomas a friend. Gareth is proof that an HIV diagnosis shouldn’t stop you from doing anything you want to do – whatever that is.

“I hope that by speaking publicly about this Gareth will transform attitudes towards HIV that are all too often stuck in the 1980s.”

Mr Green said improving treatment “means that people living with HIV like Gareth now live long healthy lives”.

“This is exactly the kind of information Gareth wants to get out there to challenge the stigma that still surrounds this virus.”

Mr Green said that Thomas blazed a trail by being the first rugby player to come out as gay and “has done so much to encourage inclusion and diversity within the sport”.

He added: “Now he is doing that once again with HIV and taking on the challenge of a lifetime in Ironman Wales to show that this virus doesn’t need to be a barrier when you’re diagnosed and accessing treatment.”

Arsenal team news: Mesut Ozil handed first start of the season, Granit Xhaka will captain against Watford

15 Sep

Mesut Ozil will make his first start of the season when Arsenal take on Watford in Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash.

All eyes will be on the German at Vicarage Road as he makes his first outing of the campaign for the Gunners.

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Ozil missed Arsenal’s opening three games through a mixture of illness and concerns over his safety, while he was included in the matchday squad for the north London derby against Tottenham but was left on the bench.

But Unai Emery has chosen to reinstall the midfielder into the team for Sunday’s trip to Watford.

On talkSPORT this week, former team-mate Per Mertesacker urged Ozil to ‘step up and deliver’ again for the Gunners, and it appears he has been given a chance to do just that.

“Mesut needs to play at this best,” the club’s academy manager said.

“When he is a leader on the field because of his actions with the football, because of this magic touch no one has in the squad. No one has that in the squad and we really need that.

“I want him to be as fit as possible and the manager to get the best out of him by putting him in the number ten position, because that’s him playing him at his best.

“But the manager has requirements for that to happen. So I wish that Mesut puts a shift in, gets fit as quickly as possible and blows everyone away again.

“There’s a lot of doubt with him, but he can deliver and that’s what’s stuck with me through all our years at Bremen, the Germany national team and Arsenal, that he has the capability of doing so.”

Watford vs Arsenal confirmed team news:

Watford: Foster, Dawson, Deulofeu, Cleverley, Doucoure, Gray, Hughes, Ferminia, Holebas, Kabasele, Capoue (C)

Arsenal: Leno, Sokratis, Ceballos, Ozil, Aubameyang, Maitland-Niles, Pepe, Luiz, Guendouzi, Kolasinac, Xhaka (C)

Championship results: Leeds United go top with late win over Barnsley, Huddersfield lose to Sheffield Wednesday in battle of new managers

15 Sep

Eddie Nketiah was the super sub for Leeds United as his late header and Mateusz Klich’s penalty sealed a dramatic win over Barnsley to lift them to the top of the Championship.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side looked to be heading for a goalless draw, with striker Patrick Bamford kicking himself after missing a number of gilt-edged chances.

Mateusz Klich celebrates scoring the second Leeds goal against Barnsley from the penalty spot at Oakwell Stadium
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But the luckless number nine was replaced by Arsenal loanee Nketiah on 69 minutes and the substitute changed the game for the visitors.

The 20-year-old finally put Leeds in front with an instinctive finish from a set piece on 83 minutes, and then won a penalty for his side after he was felled in the area.

There was a three-player battle to take the spot kick, with Nketiah, Pablo Hernandez and Mateusz Klich all vying to take it. But captain Liam Cooper ran the length of the pitch to have his say and place the ball in the hands of designated taker Klich, who slotted in nonchalantly to wrap up the late three points.

It was a game wrought with frustration for the Whites, who didn’t dominate the game as they usually do. Barnsley worked hard to keep them at bay and produced good chances of their own, but their players were obviously tiring at the end.

It appeared Leeds would be left to rue their missed chances, with Bamford and Hernandez both going close before Nketiah came off the bench to settle the tie.

The win sees Leeds climb to the top of the Championship table, leapfrogging Swansea City on goal difference with 16 points.

Barnsley remain a place above relegation, again on goal difference, having yet to win a game this season.

It was another frustrating afternoon for Patrick Bamford, who could not add to his tally of four Leeds goals this season
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In the afternoon’s other clash, Huddersfield Town were beaten by Sheffield Wednesday in the battle of the new Yorkshire managers.

Danny Cowley with his brother and assistant Nicky could not guide the Terriers to their first win of the season as they lost 2-0 at home, as Garry Monk enjoyed a winning start in charge of the Owls.

Huddersfield have endured a miserable start to the season following their relegation from the Premier League, with Jan Siewert sacked on August 16 after claiming just one win in seven months as manager.

Garry Monk enjoyed a winning start to his career as Sheffield Wednesday manager
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And, although there were positives for new boss Cowley, that run continued as Steven Fletcher’s tenth-minute header and Sam Winnall’s first goal since December 2017 wrapped up the win for Wednesday.

Huddersfield remain second from bottom of the Championship with just one point from their first seven matches of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday moved back up into the top ten with their win at the John Smith’s Stadium taking them to 12 points, four points off the top of the table.

Results:

Barnsley 0-2 Leeds United

Huddersfield Town 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Chelsea news: ‘Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount wouldn’t be anywhere near the first-team without transfer ban’, says Tony Cascarino

15 Sep

Chelsea have their transfer ban to thank for the impressive form of academy trio Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.

That’s according to former Blues striker Tony Cascarino, who is delighted the club are finally putting faith in their supremely talented youth but admits they wouldn’t be anywhere near the first team if it weren’t for their inability to sign any new players over the summer.

Frank Lampard came into tricky circumstances when he was appointed as manager in July, knowing that he was unable to strengthen his squad in the transfer window.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have just two wins from their opening five games this season, but their starlets have impressed
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Instead he worked with what he had and has promoted a number of Chelsea’s talented young players to the senior team – and to say the move has paid off is an understatement.

The Blues thumped Wolves 5-3 on Saturday, with Abraham netting a hat-trick, Tomori hitting a 35-yard screamer and Mount also scoring with a fine finish.

All 11 of Chelsea’s Premier League goals this season have been scored by those same three players, all academy graduates, all under the age of 21 and all sent out on loan by the club last term.

Their form will not have surprised their boss, who worked with Mount and Tomori at Derby County last season while he kept a close eye on Abraham as he scored 26 goals for Championship rivals Aston Villa.

But even though Lampard’s arrival would have boosted their chances of finally getting game time in a Blues shirt, Cascarino believes they wouldn’t be playing this big a role in the team if they had been able to bring players in.

“When we had the ‘Class of 92’ at Manchester United we applauded them for bringing all these young players through,” he said on Sunday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast. “Fergie was very fortunate to have such a group of players coming through at the same time.

“I’ve always been frustrated of Chelsea having so much success in the youth system but never having that conveyor belt of bringing those players through into the first team.

“Tammy was one of a good number of players who probably wouldn’t have been in the team if Chelsea had a transfer budget. They probably wouldn’t have been anywhere near the first team, Tammy would have gone on loan somewhere else.

Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have taken their chance in the Chelsea first-team

“So let’s give Lampard some credit here because he has got choices at Chelsea, their squad is big enough not to play these young players. Olivier Giroud could easily have played at centre-forward yesterday.

“At the start of the season it probably would have been Giroud first choice, Michy Batshuayi second and Tammy third, but Tammy has become the number one choice in a matter of three games. That’s credit to him but also the manager, because Frank has chosen to make that decision.

“Then you’ve got Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi waiting in the wings and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is older than the others but you’d like to think he’ll play a lot this season.

“I’ve always thought it would have been such a mistake to have had all these great academy players and them not to have some sort of say in Chelsea’s future in the next five years, so I’m delighted.”

Listen back to a clip of Tony Cascarino on the Weekend Sports Breakfast above

Kyle Walker is finished for Manchester City, says Tony Cascarino after Premier League champions’ stunning defeat at Norwich

15 Sep

Tony Cascarino believes Kyle Walker’s days are numbered in Manchester City’s first-team following the Premier League champions’ shock defeat at Norwich.

Pep Guardiola’s side were stunned in a 3-2 defeat to the injury-hit Canaries on Saturday, which saw them fall five points behind title rivals and table toppers Liverpool.

Without the calming influence of key defender Aymeric Laporte – set to be out for six months with a knee injury – City were all over the place at the back, with defensive errors leading directly to two Norwich goals.

John Stones reacts toward Nicolas Otamendi after a mistake in defence allows Teemu Pukki to score Norwich’s third goal
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John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi did not look settled alongside each other at Carrow Road, but it was England right-back Walker who was singled out as one of the worst performers.

His poor positioning allowed Norwich to pass their way through the City back-four and score their second goal on the breakaway.

Cascarino told talkSPORT the 29-year-old has not been playing at his best for some time, and predicts summer signing Joao Cancelo to take his place soon.

The Portuguese defender has played just one minute of football since arriving from Juventus for £60million and remained on the bench against Norwich.

Speaking on Sunday’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, ex-Chelsea and Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino said: “Manchester City were defensively awful yesterday.

“John Stones didn’t play well and got caught on the ball a couple of times and obviously it was dreadful defending from Nicolas Otamendi for the third goal.

“I wouldn’t have played them together, I would have played Fernandinho in that position instead.

“They don’t look like a partnership, they don’t look comfortable and there were many times they were in trouble during the game.

“But the one who has got away with it is Kyle Walker, he was poor.

Kyle Walker struggled throughout Saturday’s surprise defeat at Norwich
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Joao Cancelo has played just one minute of Premier League football since his £60million arrival from Juventus in the summer
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“I just don’t think he is the player he was. I think he’s way off. He had a difficult time last year and that’s why they bought a right back.

“I think Kyle Walker is going to lose his place, he will be out of the team.

“Joao Concelo will come in, they spent a lot of money on him from Juve and he will come in at right-back now, I’m totally convinced.

“For the second goal He’s tried to play offside and realised where he is and then dropped off, and that allowed Norwich about ten yards of space for them to score.

“You can’t do that.”

Listen back to a clip of Tony Cascarino on the Weekend Sports Breakfast above

Transfer news and football gossip: Pogba allowed to leave Man United, Eriksen holding out for Real Madrid, Mane in Liverpool contract talks

15 Sep

talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Sunday’s papers and online…

Manchester United will allow Paul Pogba to move to Real Madrid, if they get Germany midfielder Toni Kroos in return as part of a swap deal. (Bild)

David de Gea has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal with United, worth about £250,000 a week. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool have opened contract talks with star Senegal forward Sadio Mane. (SoccerLink)

Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen is holding out for a January move to Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain. (Marca)

Chelsea’s 18-year-old England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi will sign a new five-year contract with the London club after returning from injury. (Sun on Sunday)

David Beckham has stepped up his bid to bring Barcelona forward Lionel Messi to his new Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami by sending representatives to speak to the 32-year-old Argentina international’s father. (Sun on Sunday)

Inter Miami are also interested in signing 30-year-old Wales forward Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. (Maxifoot)

AC Milan and Inter Milan are interested in signing Man United midfielder Nemanja Matic in January. (Corriere Dello Sport)

The Red Devils are said to havesent scouts to watch 25-year-old Fenerbahcestriker Vedat Muriqi in action for Kosovo against England last week. (Sunday Express)

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, who was linked with Manchester United over the summer, is close to a move to MLS side LAFC. (Calciomercato)

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has been given the go-ahead to bring in new players in January, with a particular focus on wingers. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Ansu Fati: Barcelona’s 16-year-old sensation stars again with goal and assist in victory over Valencia

15 Sep

Barcelona’s teenage wonderkid Ansu Fati stole the show again as the LaLiga champions secured a convincing victory over Valencia at the Nou Camp.

The 16-year-old became Barca’s youngest ever debutant earlier this season and then become their youngest ever goalscorer before the international break when he netted against Osasuna.

Barcelona´s Guinea-Bissau forward Ansu Fati (R) celebrates after scoring against Valencia at the Nou Camp
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That strike earned him a place in the starting XI against Valencia and he certainly took his chance – needing less than two minutes to open the scoring with a strong finish after a darting run into the box.

He then returned the favour to Frenkie De Jong and provided the assist for the Dutchman to double Barcelona‘s lead just four minutes later.

Lionel Messi was again missing with a calf injury and watching the game from the stands.

But it appears Barca may have unearthed their future talisman in Guinea-Bissau-born Fati, who joined the club’s famous La Masia academy when he was ten.

Just six years later and he’s a first-team player, goalscorer and club record-breaker.

Being 2-0 down after seven minutes was not the start Valencia needed after a turbulent week that saw head coach Marcelino axed by owner Peter Lim and Albert Celades installed in his place.

Kevin Gameiro gave visiting fans something to cheer about, though, when he pulled a goal back in the 27th minute.

Ansu Fati (R) is congratulated by Barcelona’s French forward Antoine Griezmann after scoring
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But despite Messi’s absence, Barca had no trouble creating chances as Gerard Pique netted in the second half and substitute Luis Suarez came off the bench to score two brilliant goals.

There was still time for substitute Maximiliano Gomez to grab a second for Valencia but it did not take the gloss off a second victory in LaLiga this season for Barca.

You can watch all the goals, including Fati’s strike and assist, in the video below.

 

Arsenal’s Invincibles are the best Premier League team of all time – ‘They could have won in any era’, says Martin Keown

13 Sep

Martin Keown believes Arsenal’s Invincibles top Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking Manchester City as the best Premier League team in HISTORY.

Arsene Wenger‘s 2003/04 Gunners remain the only club in English football to end a 38-game league season without a single defeat – lifting the title with a tally of 90 points.

Can Liverpool emulate Arsenal’s famous ‘Invincibles’ team?

A number of teams have finished the campaign with more points, with City smashing that total by breaking the 100 barrier two seasons’ ago.

But Keown believes no side beats his famous Invincibles for style AND substance in the Premier League era with the world-class stars they had at their disposal.

The Arsenal legend told talkSPORT host Jim White: “Of course they were the best!

“I’m not messing about, that team could have won in any era.

“I saw them develop from young men, I was the senior figure then and they matured into a fantastic group of players, they were world class.

Thierry Henry was like an international sprinter with football boots instead of spikes. Dennis Bergkamp with his vision, it was unbelievable. Watching him perform was like watching ballet.

“Robert Pires on the left and Freddie Ljungberg on the right, he doesn’t get enough plaudits.

“Then that midfield; Gilberto Silva, a World Cup winner, and Patrick Vieira alongside him, another World Cup winner.

Keown believes the Invincibles were the most talented team the Premier League has ever seen

“Then there’s Sol Campbell at his absolute peak at the back.”

But Martin, are they really better than Jose Mourinho’s back-to-back title winners at Chelsea? Better than Pep’s City and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool?

He added: “I think the only team that comes close is Manchester United’s treble-winning 1999 team, I think that would have been the big play-off.”

Liverpool transfer news: ‘Adam Lallana should look for another club in January’, says Martin Keown

13 Sep

Adam Lallana should push to leave Liverpool in the next transfer window if he continues to be overlooked by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, Martin Keown believes.

The midfielder has battled back to fitness after a long on-and-off injury struggle, which has seen him make just 31 appearances in all competitions over the last two seasons.

Ahead of the new campaign the 31-year-old was described as ‘like a new signing’ by an Anfield legend, and Klopp suggested he could be moved into a deeper midfield role to get more minutes.

Lallana appeared regularly throughout Liverpool’s pre-season preparations but has featured just once off the bench since the campaign started
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But Lallana has played just four minutes of action in the Premier League after four games, coming on as a late substitute in the 3-1 victory over Arsenal.

This week the Reds star even revealed his surprise that he didn’t get a place on the bench for their Premier League opener against Norwich, calling it ‘an eye-opener’.

Arsenal legend Keown is a big admirer of the former Southampton man and believes he deserves to play more.

And he says Lallana should consider LEAVING the Reds if his game time does not improve.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the former defender said: “I’m a massive fan of Lallana, and England manager Gareth Southgate really likes him too

“He’s a player that’s really suffered with injury and he’s hit the buffers because he is simply not fit enough often enough to play for Liverpool.

“He’s only played a handful of matches over the last couple of seasons, but he’s got a clean bill of health now – can he get back into that Liverpool team? Can he fit into it?

“If he’s now fit again he has to have a conversation with the manager, because it hurts you to the core every Saturday when your name is not on that list. What on earth are you there for otherwise?

“He may have to move on if he doesn’t get into that team within the next four or five months.

“There are an awful lot of games coming up with the Champions League and cup competitions, and if he doesn’t play he’ll be seriously considering moving to another club.”

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The former Gunners star also suggests Lallana has become too comfortable at Anfield and must look to get more game time elsewhere if he is to resurrect his England career.

The midfielder was one of his country’s most consistent performers before his persistent injury troubles started, and Keown would love to see him back in a Three Lions shirt.

“If he can’t get into the Liverpool team he can’t even thinking about the international team,” the ex-England centre-back added.

“He was on his way to becoming an outstanding talent for England but he’s hit a brick wall. He has to have a sustained period of playing football before he can consider England again.

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Adam Lallana’s last England appearances was in March 2018
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“He’s good enough to be playing, he’s certainly good enough to be playing for England and Gareth Southgate wants him playing every week.

“I think players can lose direction, get into that comfort zone. They come detached from the group. They’re injured… there’s a lifestyle that comforts them and the money that surrounds them and it makes them feel a little bit better.

“But you’re there to make something happen, to make your mark, to create history at that football club and you need to be on the pitch to do that.”

Listen back to a clip of Martin Keown on talkSPORT

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