Liverpool move flatters Christian Eriksen but he insists he is happy at Ajax. Everton’s Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out of action due to a knee injury while Joe Hart has tipped Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney to be England’s next captain. Also, PFA chief Gordon Taylor has called for the FA to setup a review panel in order to retrospectively ban players found guilty of diving.
Christian Eriksen Is Flattered On Being Linked With Liverpool
The Danish International has been tipped for a bright future and has been linked with a number of big clubs across Europe including Liverpool. On being questioned about the link to Anfield, Eriksen showed his gratitude but also insisted that he is happy at Ajax and has no desire to switch clubs in the foreseeable future.
It’s very nice that one of the big clubs is looking at me. It’s very special, but I haven’t been thinking about moving clubs at all.”
The attacking midfielder has been touted to be a like-to-like replacement for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and although those are huge boots to fill-in, it might not be impossible for this highly talented 20-year old.
Everton Suffer Fellaini Blow
Everton and more importantly, Belgium have suffered a crucial blow as Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out of action for at least three weeks due to a knee-injury implying that he will miss Belgium’s crucial world-cup qualifiers against Serbia and Scotland. The statement on the Eberton site read,
“Marouane Fellaini is returning to Everton for further assessment of his knee injury. Fellaini picked up a knock during the 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic last weekend and although he managed to complete the game, the significance of his injury only became apparent 48 hours later. He was withdrawn from the World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Scotland and had the injury scanned in Belgium. The Blues medical team have reviewed his scans and will assess him fully when he returns to Finch Farm on Monday.”
Everton will be keen to have their top man return to full fitness before the Merseyside derby to be held at Goodison Park on 27th October.
Joe Hart Tips Wayne Rooney To Lead England Against San Marino
Following the retirement of John Terry, there has been huge speculation about who will lead the Three Lions out at Wembley against San Marino. After the Bridge-Terry saga, the captain’s armband was passed around far too often for anyone’s liking before Fabio Capello decided to hand it back to the Chelsea man. Now with Terry retired, Roy Hodgson will never want a repeat of that scenario and will be looking to name a full-time leader. With Rooney and Joe Hart being the only two sure starters, it is likely that the armband will be handed to one of the two. While Hart is ready to accept the role himself, he has tipped the Manchester United man to get the honour.
I’ve not thought about it at all. How the captain is chosen is the manager’s decision. I’ve got a big responsibility to keep my place in the team for club and country.
“If I do get the nod, I’ll try and give as much as I can in terms of helping the team. But I think it’s between Wayne Rooney and Wayne Rooney if we are going to go on experience and how captains have been chosen in the past.
PFA Chief Wants Review Panel To Advise The FA On Diving Instances
PFA chief Gordon Taylor has called for the FA to set up a new panel to review the increasing instances of diving in the English game. The panel will include a team of experts including ex-players and ex-referees who will advise the FA to ban the guilty players retrospectively.
We would like a review panel made up of respected ex-pros and ex-refs to review such instances and advise the FA accordingly within a few days of the game. I know how the FA feel about retrospective action but at least the advice would be in place.”
The diving issue has been in the news again following the dives of Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez on the weekend. While Stoke manager Tony Pulis called for action to be taken against the Liverpool striker who has been guilty of diving on more than a few occasions, FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce termed Suarez’s actions as a ‘form of cheating’ and labelled diving a ‘cancer of the game’.