New Jay Jay Okocha tipped for England call-up

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid QPR midfielder Eberechi Eze will strengthen his bid for an England call-up if he continues his fine form at club level, according to Les Ferdinand. With the European Championship postponed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic, the club’s director of football believes the England U20 international has the talent to challenge for a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad. Ferdinand concedes Eze may need to be playing in the Premier League to be considered for a senior call-up and, with an impressive return of 12 goals and eight assists in the Championship this season, he is reportedly attracting interest from Tottenham. “A lot of the time you need to be in the Premier League to be recognised but he has shown the kind of form and, if he continues to develop in the way he is developing and keeps showing the type of football he has been playing, he is certainly going to put himself in the frame,” the former QPR and Tottenham striker told Sky Sports News. “People are going to start talking about him playing for England. “He came through and we have got a few others at the club too. Bright Osayi-Samuel is doing extremely well, as is Ryan Manning at left-back. He is not English but he is in the Ireland set-up. “We have got a few young players coming through the system now who we are really excited about. “They are helping us in our campaign this season to finish as high up the league as we possibly can.” After English football was put on hold until at least the end of April as a result of the outbreak, Ferdinand is urging people to follow government guidance on social distancing to help limit the spread of the disease. “We are all up in limbo at the moment in terms of when the season will start again,” he said. “There is lots of talk about when we are going to resume training, but that is all up in the air because the more we don’t isolate, the more this disease will continue to spread and the longer things will take to get back to normal. “It is imperative that people do stay at home, listen to the government advice and the sooner we all adhere to that, the sooner we can get back to some sort of normality.”Tags: Eberechi EzeGareth SouthgateLes FerdinandPremier LeagueQPRTottenhamlast_img read more

Grant cannot fathom Mata exclusion

first_img “I personally don’t understand (why he left Mata out),” Grant told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme. “But in this position Chelsea have so many players, so if Oscar, Eden Hazard, or Willian are out people will ask why they are out of the squad or team. “Mata was one of the best players in the midfield in the last year. “A manager needs to take a decision and in this case it’s a tough decision. Jose will know how to manage them well.” Asked if Mata had a future at Chelsea, Grant added: “I think yes. He’s a great player, he’s won games, gave assists and scored goals. “Chelsea have many players in this position, maybe one more than they need, but that can also be an advantage.” Grant succeeded Mourinho when the Portuguese was sacked in 2007, but his own reign lasted just one season. Abramovich is reported to have a significant say on team selection and transfer targets at Stamford Bridge, but Grant insists it is the manager who calls the shots. Mata, last season’s player of the year, was omitted from the squad altogether for Saturday’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Fulham, placing his future under renewed doubt. Napoli are reported to be considering an approach in January and it has been reported that Mourinho’s sparing use of the playmaker has caused friction with owner Roman Abramovich. Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant cannot understand why Jose Mourinho has marginalised Juan Mata, but insists the Spaniard still has a future at Stamford Bridge. When asked how often Abramovich interfered in picking his side, Grant responded: “Never. He didn’t do it and I don’t think he did it with any manager. This is a story that isn’t true. “Abramovich has spent a lot of money at Chelsea and so has the right to say his opinion. “But at the end of the day the manager made the decisions and he never said do this or that. “When we spoke about football he’d say what his opinion is, but so did the chief executive. But it was the manager’s decision and he would support that decision. “No one can complain because managers know his philosophy, they know when they sign what will happen if they don’t do well. “I’ve known him a long time and he never took a decision against me. If a manager said ‘I don’t want this player’, he will not buy him.” Press Associationlast_img read more