Jack Grealish: England midfielder says he ‘loves pressure’ after impressing in Belgium | Football News

first_img Ashley Cole and Jamie Redknapp discuss what Jack Grealish offers England and how he fits into Gareth Southgate’s system England’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals were ended as they lost 2-0, but Grealish earned man-of-the-match honours as Gareth Southgate’s side produced an encouraging second-half display.“I absolutely loved it,” Grealish told Sky Sports. Harry Kane said he enjoyed playing alongside Jack Grealish in the Aston Villa man’s first competitive start for England against Belgium on Sunday 4:38 – Advertisement – Gareth Southgate praised the performance of Jack Grealish in England’s Nations League defeat to Belgium “For me, this is what I have been waiting for. These are the games that I dreamed of playing in. This is what I love, the pressure of needing to play well.”Grealish’s initial failure to break into Southgate’s squad – and then into his starting lineup – has been a bone of contention among many onlookers, who are convinced the 25-year-old offers a level of creativity that England are otherwise missing.While Grealish has made a fine start to the Premier League season, scoring four goals and providing six assists in Villa’s opening seven games, it was perhaps only injuries to first-team regulars Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling that saw him given his chance.Asked if Grealish had moved up the pecking order, Southgate told Sky Sports: “Yeah, 100 per cent.“I sort of explained to him what we wanted to see when we brought him in in September. I think it’s been helpful for him to bed in with the group so that he knows the way we want to play and the players get an understanding with him. And today was a great game for us to see him in and to see the level, and I couldn’t speak highly enough of his performance.“What I saw that I knew I would see was somebody with the bravery to play. I think he took the ball in tight areas, his techniques were good, he took players out of the game – we knew he would buy a lot of free kicks, which of course he did. I just thought he was outstanding and he should be absolutely delighted with the way he played.” Jack Grealish England Chat Thumbnail England captain Harry Kane provided an additional stamp of approval on Grealish’s display.“Fantastic player, really like him, really like training with him,” Kane told Sky Sports.“It was great to get out there on the pitch with him today. You can see his qualities on the ball, once he gets on it he’s not afraid one-v-one, always looking for that pass forward, which is obviously great for a striker.“So really positive signs, he’s obviously been on great form for his club as well, so he’s just got to keep his head down, keep working hard as he has done and I’m sure he will get plenty of opportunities in an England shirt.”Despite the high praise from coach and captain, Grealish is refusing to get ahead of himself and remains aware of the hard work that will be required to keep his place in the starting lineup. – Advertisement – Jack Grealish was the star of the show even in defeat for England and now his manager Gareth Southgate sees it too, writes Adam Bate.“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood,” wrote George Orwell. This was the night, surely, even in a 2-0 defeat to Belgium that ended England’s Nations League hopes, that Gareth Southgate came to understand Jack Grealish.The touch that will be remembered for some time came in the 79th minute, a delicate caress with the outside of his right boot that deceived Thomas Meunier and allowed Grealish to race free. The pass to Harry Kane that followed proved it was not just for show.There were plenty of them on a night when England lost but Grealish won. The debate about whether he should be in this squad is over. Discussion over whether he has a place in this team should stop too. A more fitting question is whether he is now England’s best player. Jack Grealish impressed on his first competitive start for England 5:51 Jack Grealish says he “loved the pressure” that came with making his first competitive start for England as he starred despite a Nations League defeat to Belgium.The Aston Villa midfielder started last month’s friendly victory over Wales but had lodged just 14 minutes of competitive action – in September’s 0-0 draw in Denmark – before Sunday’s encounter with the world’s top-ranked side in Brussels.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Jack Grealish in action for England against BelgiumImage:Jack Grealish produced a brilliant performance for England against Belgium 0:27 “He’s [Southgate] just obviously praised me after the game, which is obviously nice,” Grealish said.“He’s been brilliant with me since I first come here in September. He’s told me what I need to do to get into the side and I’ve gone away and worked on that. At the end of the day that’s what you need to do in football, there’s only one person that you need to impress if you want to get in the team and that’s the manager.“You look around the changing room and there’s unbelievable talent. There’s people that weren’t in this squad, the likes of Marcus and Raheem, there’s even Jadon (Sancho), Phil (Foden), there’s Mason (Mount) – all in my position, who are all world-class players.“Especially the two that aren’t here at the moment, Raheem and Marcus, when they’ve both been here I’ve tried to learn little bits off them and hopefully I can continue to do that because it would obviously be a dream for me to play with them one day.”Grealish genius earns Southgate trustlast_img read more

£200m RDA cash under threat from Euro probe

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Exiting chief warns against ‘big bang’ reform of beleaguered WTO

first_imgThe World Trade Organization’s exiting chief acknowledged Thursday that the body was facing “tremendous pressure”, but insisted that a “big bang” reform was not the way ahead.In his last press conference as WTO director-general before stepping down at the end of August, Roberto Azevedo insisted that he and his team had “achieved everything we could” have over the past seven years.”There was no effort spared,” he said, responding to a question on how he would grade his performance from one to 10 with: “I would rate 12”. But the Brazilian career diplomat, who made the surprise announcement in May that he would end his second term 12 months early, acknowledged that he was leaving the WTO in the midst of a range of dire crises.One of eight candidates currently in the running to succeed Azevedo will be taking the reins the midst of a devastating global economic downturn sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, with trade negotiations appearing hopelessly stalled and trade tensions between the US and China continuing to soar.At the same time, the appellate branch of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body, sometimes called the supreme court of world trade, stopped functioning in December after years of relentless US opposition.Washington accuses the court of major overreach and has blocked appointments of new judges, leaving it without the quorum needed to hear cases.  ‘Be ready for anything’ “We need to do things progressively, taking … constant steps in the right direction, instead of spending years deciding what the reform can be.”He called for more flexibility in negotiations, and also stressed the need for the WTO, renowned as a slow and lumbering organization, to move far more quickly to respond to rapidly evolving events on the ground.”One advice that I would give to my successor … is: be ready for anything. Because things can change in a split second,” Azevedo said.”It can be a political event, it can be a natural event, a great disaster… It can be a virus that comes from God knows where, and all of a sudden we are all facing now the steepest recession in peacetime in recent history.””We don’t have the luxury of time on our side, as often as we would like to have,” he said.”Trade negotiations take a long time, but we need to be faster, we need to be able to respond,” he said, insisting that any international organization must react “quickly and efficiently if it wants to maintain relevance.”Topics :center_img A number of the WTO’s 164 member states are urging a range of reforms, but Azevedo stressed that equally important as determining which reforms are needed is deciding how to proceed.”I don’t believe that a big bang reform is the way forward,” he stressed.last_img read more

Otto eyes Gulf of Mexico growth

first_imgAustralia-based oil and gas company Otto Energy is looking to grow its presence in the U.S Gulf of Mexico now that the SM 71 project is producing and contributing to its cash flow.Otto has interests in two leases in Louisiana, the South Marsh Island 71 (SM 71) lease and Bivouac Peak lease, both in partnership with Houston-based Byron Energy.In the SM 71 offshore lease, Otto holds a 50% working interest (40.625% net revenue interest) while the operator, Byron Energy, holds a 50% working interest.Production from two wells through the SM 71 platform on this lease started in late March but the third well is still not producing. Namely, during completion operations on the F3 well, a drill pipe and other completion equipment got stuck in the wellbore, forcing the operator to start production from the lease without it. In the meantime, the removal of the stuck components continued.As reported by Offshore Energy Today on Tuesday, Byron has resolved the issue with the third well by removing the damaged completion assembly with plans to start the production from the well by the end of the week.Waiting for the third well to start producing, Otto on Wednesday said that production from the other two wells, F1 and F2, has been steady at 2,500 bopd and 1,400 mcfpd.Otto noted that cash flow from the SM 71 project will contribute materially to the company beginning this quarter and will significantly underpin its strategy for growth in the Gulf of Mexico.Further detailing its growth plans, Otto said that its strategy is to grow its presence in the region through the sourcing of high-impact exploration assets with near-term drilling opportunities. The company expects to participate in a number of drilling events later in 2018, including the Bivouac Peak well, that have the potential to add significant value.Earned through a staged farm-in with Byron Energy, Otto has a 45% interest in the Bivouac Peak lease.Furthermore, Otto said that the deal flow in the Gulf of Mexico shelf continues to be attractive and the company is working on a number of “exciting new opportunities.”Otto’s Managing Director, Matthew Allen, commented: “Otto is at the start of a very exciting phase in its development. Few companies of our size have such substantial cashflow as the basis for funding their growth plans.““The start of 2018 has been a pivotal point for Otto shareholders and the remainder of 2018 promises to provide significant opportunities for the company to grow its presence in the Gulf of Mexico.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Bafana prepare for CHAN qualifier

first_imgSouth Africa head into the second leg of their CHAN qualifier against island minnows Mauritius, knowing that their 3-0 advantage from the first leg will more than likely be enough to see them comfortably into the next round. But after another 3 players withdrew from the squad, coach Shakes Mashaba has urged his inexperienced squad to focus on getting the job done this weekend. CCTV’s Sias du Plessis reportslast_img

Colin Tizzard has one-in-a-million Cue Card building up for Cheltenham

first_img Entries were released on Wednesday for the blue riband, backed by technology firm Timico for the first time, with Willie Mullins dominating the landscape. Ireland’s champion trainer has eight of the 32 possibles, including last year’s runner-up Djakadam, with last season’s RSA winner Don Poli a very strong second-string, according to the bookmakers. Colin Tizzard has just started to step Cue Card’s regime up a gear as the 10-year-old prepares to bid for a £1million bonus in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup. While plenty of water needs to pass under the bridge before the race, King George second Vautour, a winner at the last two Festivals, is also in the mix along with Sir Des Champs, the 2013 Gold Cup runner-up. Boston Bob, Valseur Lido, 2014 runner-up On His Own and Ballycasey could also line up for Mullins. But standing in his way is a rejuvenated Cue Card, who showed he was no back number when winning the Charlie Hall on his reappearance and took his form to a new level when slamming Silviniaco Conti in the Betfair Chase and reeling in Vautour at Kempton. Those two races form the first two legs of the bonus on offer from Jockey Club Racecourses if he can top it off in the Gold Cup “You don’t want to be dawdling around with them now, a couple of frosty weeks and suddenly we are there,” said Tizzard on At The Races. “His work will be building up now, he’ll be going faster, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, he’ll go back doing that now, we’ll up the pace, rather than do more (work). “He likes his routine, if I can hold my nerve and keep to the routine he’ll be fine. “We all thought last year there was something bothering him and he wasn’t the horse he is this year. “People thought he had gone but whatever it is this year – the wind op, but he’d had that before his last two runs last season, so it wasn’t immediate action – he’s come back in a healthier horse this year. “It’s brilliant he’s come back as a 10-year-old as good as he is.” As well as the Mullins army Gordon Elliott’s Don Cossack is also a huge threat for Ireland. He fell two out in the King George when staying on strongly and runs in the Kinloch Brae at Thurles on Thursday. Two interesting novices have been given the option – the Elliott-trained No More Heroes and Sandy Thomson’s Seeyouatmidnight – but Jonjo O’Neill decided against entering More Of That. “We have decided to keep to the novice route,” said O’Neill in the Gloucestershire Echo. “Weighing up the options and looking at the Gold Cup entries, it looked the best way to go at this stage. “We have the JLT or the RSA in mind for More Of That and we are looking to give him another run before then. He’s 100 per cent.” Road To Riches, third last March for Noel Meade, is another from Ireland to get excited about. “I could not be happier with Road To Riches,” said Meade. “We had a bit of a blood disorder and snotty nose with him at Christmas, but all is well now and the plan is to go to Leopardstown for the Irish (Hennessy) Gold Cup (February 6). “I felt last year that we tried to put it up to Coneygree and then Djakadam came and got us as we faded on the run-in. “I think Djakadam will improve because he was a young horse last year.” Meade could also run Wounded Warrior, third in the RSA last March. Hennessy winner Smad Place, O’Faolains Boy, Holywell, Grand National hero Many Clouds and 2014 Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere, who is recovering from a setback, also in the shake-up – as are Carlingford Lough and the long-absent Morning Assembly. Such is the strength of the Irish challenge Coral offer only 1-7 that the prize heads that way, with Paddy Power a slightly more enticing 1-4. “With six of the first seven in our betting trained across the Irish Sea, it’s long odds-on this season’s Timico Gold Cup is set for export, with Willie Mullins in particular holding a typically strong looking hand as he bids to win the race for a first time,” said Coral’s David Stevens. Press Associationlast_img read more

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Hospitalized with COVID-19

first_imgDue to a persistent high temperature ten days after being diagnosed with coronavirus British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, has been hospitalized for testing. According to reports, the Prime Minister is still battling COVID-19 and its symptoms such as fever and cough.Reports are that this was not an emergency admission but that Johnson was admitted to hospital for testing and monitoring. Meanwhile 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth address the nation today. It was a rare speech given by the queen who wanted to reassure England that there is light at the end of the tunnel with the virus and that “we shall succeed.” Her son, Prince Charles, 71, was also diagnosed with the coronavirus seven days ago and is now reportedly out of self-isolation.last_img read more

NFL mentors give back to game but also get a lot out of it

first_imgNFL mentors give back to game but also get a lot out of it “That was a year ago. I said, ‘Today, he’s the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars.’”“The easy story is Joe Burrow has a magical season, wins the Heisman, wins the national championship, we can see how that’s going to play out,” Brunell said. “But it’s those fifth- and six-round picks, it’s the Tom Brady stories, it’s the Gardner Minshew stories, that I think is the coolest thing about this whole process.”Also pretty cool is watching players get their mentor’s cell phone numbers and even approaching mentors at other positions.Randle, naturally, brings those Hall of Fame credentials to the initiative.“To actually see John Randle in person I was pretty stoked,” said Texas A&M D-lineman Justin Madubuike. “I used to watch his film of the Vikings when I was in high school and to see him in person and to meet him and talk to him was pretty spectacular. It’s pretty incredible. John Randle’s one of the greats in the NFL. And to have him in your corner and he tells you that if you need to talk about anything just let me know, it helps a lot.” ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL “It’s not just Mike Rucker. I can talk to John Randle. I can talk to any of them.”Brunell regrets he didn’t have just these kinds of tutors when he came to the combine in 1993 after a so-so career at the University of Washington.“I wish I had someone like me back in 1993, just somebody to ask questions of, a veteran guy who had been through the process,” Brunell said. “It would have been very helpful because I didn’t know anything, I got a late invite to the combine. I was fortunate to be there. I didn’t play a lot in college, my sophomore year, a little bit my senior year. I came into the combine very raw, not knowing anything. So, that would have been helpful.”Brunell tells the prospects, “It only takes one team to fall in love with you,” and who does he hold up as a prime example?Mark Brunell. He had just two interviews at the combine in ’93, with the Browns and Chiefs, “and I think I got Kansas City because they brought some cameras in there just doing a combine documentary on how the interviews go.”He later made an impression in Green Bay, which selected him in the fifth round. “The only reason I got drafted is because I reminded Mike Holmgren of Steve Young,” Brunell said. “That was my in. It only takes one team to like you.”He also gathered all of this year’s QB prospects and brought up a more recent example.“I said a year ago, there was a kid just happy to be at the combine, had some good stats in college, he was hoping to get drafted but he knew he was probably a late-round draft pick in all likelihood. If he wasn’t drafted, he was hoping to get on a team as a free agent. His expectations were high, but he came in realistic. He came in here and he just relaxed, he was himself, he just did his best,” Brunell said. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Brunell would love to see the members of 2020 class of quarterbacks have a long career like him. What he doesn’t want them to do is start out like he did.The former Jaguars star just wrapped up his fifth season serving as a mentor at the NFL scouting combine, where he and fellow QB alum Chad Pennington guided the soon-to-be rookies through a week of poking, prodding, testing and interrogation.“This is the most important job interview of their lives and a lot of them come in with obviously high expectations. They’re nervous, they’re overwhelmed, they’re stressed out because they realize how many sets of eyes are on them: GMs, personnel guys, coaches,” Brunell said. center_img “… They’re being evaluated in everything they do, so they’re trying to put their best foot forward and we try to help them.”These tips are more about sitting up straight than reading a Cover-2.“These guys know how to throw and run. They’re football players — but how to approach an interview? How to answer a question?” Brunell said.This year’s group of 14 combine mentors included Amani Toomer, Steven Jackson, and Hall of Famers John Randle and Rod Woodson. All are members of the NFL Legends Community, launched in 2013 as a way to connect the game’s greats with today’s pros and tomorrow’s prospects.“You can look at these guys like celebrities, but it’s celebrities that you can reach out to,” said Arkansas defensive lineman McTelvin Agim, whose mentor was Mike Rucker. “You can actually reach out to him and text him and say in this situation, what would you have done? If there’s one thing you could change, what would it be? “Yeah, he’s a legend,” said TCU D-tackle Ross Blacklock. “I just want to be able to soak up all the knowledge from a legend like him.” Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah took full advantage of Woodson’s tutelage.“I think he’s one of the greatest DBs to ever play the game. So just be able to be around him in his presence and just learn” is so beneficial, Okudah said, “because I want to have a smooth rookie season. So I’m always asking what you did this way, what did you do that way and just trying to try to learn everything I can.”Brunell, entering his eighth season as a high school head coach at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, said the mentors talk about how much they enjoy giving back to the game that gave them so much — and still does.“I love the game and it’s just a really great place to be because I think of all the people who had a huge influence in my life, for the most part it was on the football field,” Brunell said. “So, to influence that for somebody else is special.” March 3, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

Tennis: Changes planned for Australian Open.

first_imgOrganisers of the Australia Open tennis have changed their extreme heat policy for next year’s event.Canadian player Frank Dancevic and a ballboy both collapsed on court as temperatures exceeded 40-degrees Celsius on some days in Melbourne this year.Three courts have now been fitted with retractable roofs and the referee will be able to suspend play if the heat reaches over 40-degrees again.last_img

Ireland open with World Cup with 7 try rout of Canada

first_imgJoe Schmidt’s side trounced Canada by 50 points to 7 for a bonus point win.Ireland scores coming courtesy of tries from Sean O’Brien, Iain Henderson, Jonathan Sexton, Dave Kearney, Sean Cronin, Rob Kearney and Jared Payne together with 3 conversions each from Sexton and Madigan as well as an opening penalty for Sexton.Ireland’s next outing is against Romania in Wembley tomorrow weeklast_img