Alan Shearer expressed his dismay at Raheem Sterling’s exclusion from England’s starting line-up against Estonia through tiredness. The former England striker claims he has never heard of such a case in his entire career and cites Sterling’s young age and early season period as reasons to why the Liverpool ace should be ready to play.
Hary Redknapp’s future at QPR is under threat with chairman Tony Fernandes concerned about the newly promoted club’s early Premiership plight. Talks among the QPR hierarchy are planned this week to discuss the club’s situation. QPR face upcoming matches against Liverpool, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Gareth Bale is prepared to play through the pain barrier tonight as Wales seek to secure the top spot of Group B against Cyprus in Cardiff. The Real Madrid star suffered a back problem in Wales’ heroic draw against Bosnia on Friday. Wales manager Chris Coleman has 11 players injured for the crucial clash, which precedes a showdown with group favourites Belgium next month.
Arsene Wenger has apologised to Jose Mourinho after their infamous touchline bust-up earlier this month. However, the Gunners manager claims the Chelsea boss wound him up first.
Joe Hart was officially voted man of the match for the second game running, according to website visitors on England sponsors Vauxhall – poking fun at the Manchester City stopper’s lack of action. The 27-year-old received 83 per cent of the votes, while the widely regarded man of the match Jack Wilshere received just six per cent of the vote.
West Brom star Saido Berahino has said England’s Under-21s are prepared for potential racial abuse as they prepare to fly to Croatia for European Championship Under-21 qualification. Berahino scored from the spot to give England a 2-1 win over the Croats in the first leg at Molineux on Friday.
Sports journalist Kevin Garside says England need some ‘old-fashioned grunt’ and ‘for the pulse to quicken’, claiming post-1996 displays have often been unimaginative. He considers Wayne Rooney the ‘focal point around whom the team ethic is forged’, referring to his late game-winning goal against Estonia ‘as if dad had turned up and sorted out the mess’.
West Ham striker Andy Carroll is expected to return from injury in a fortnight, a month earlier than expected. However, the 25-year-old could be on his way out of Upton Park with Newcastle United reportedly interested in the England target man.