David Beckham has added his name to the growing list of big names to announce his retirement at the end of the season. The former England captain turned 38 this month and was part of the Paris St Germain squad that won the French league title for the first time in 19 years this season.
Frank Lampard has finally been rewarded by Chelsea with a new one-year extension to the contract that was due to run out at the end of the season. The delay had understandably confused and infuriated the clubs fans who felt the long serving midfielder was more than deserving of an extension, even before he became the Blues record goal scorer last week.
The FA have officially announced a minimum punishment for players found guilty of racist or discriminatory abuse. The Football Association have said any player found guilty will serve at least a five match ban, increasing with the severity of the offence.
Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy has been bailed after being arrested yesterday on the suspicion of rape. The French forward was one of three men arrested for an incident on May 6 in west London; all three have been bailed until September.
After a successful first season back in the Premier League you would be forgiven for thinking all was rosy at Southampton. It turns out that executive chairman Nicola Cortese and the trust that own the club haven’t been seeing eye-to-eye, leading to rumours that Cortese could be ready to walk away from the club. To make matters worse, manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he will follow the Italian businessman if he were to leave.
Aston Villa Paul Lambert has urged the club to offer star striker Christian Benteke a new deal sooner rather than later amid growing rumours of impending bids from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has admitted he won’t be ruling out a move away from the club this summer. While he did say he has had no contact from PSG he did admit the French outfit provide an attractive proposition for any player. When asked about his future he simply said he is unsure what will happen but will remain focussed on Arsenal while he was still at the club.
The rumours about Tottenham signing every striker currently playing football have begun already, with Barcelona striker David Villa the focus of attention today. Manager Andre Villas Boas’ trip to Barcelona was always going to get chins wagging…expect Messi rumours next week…
Talk at the City of Manchester stadium has moved, temporarily I’m sure, away from who the next manager will be or even who the next influx of players are. Today Manchester City are planning on expanding their stadium capacity to 60,000 by adding a new tier on both the North and South stands.
I will end today with the England squad that was announced today ahead of their games against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Joe Hart, Alex McCarthy.
Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, Kyle Walker.
Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott.
Forwards: Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck.
Time to argue about players not good enough for club but good enough for country? Thought so.