Carrick recalled to England squad after two year absence | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Michael Carrick has been recalled to the England squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Italy.

Michael Carrick has been recalled to the England squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Italy.

The Manchester United midfielder asked not to be considered for international duty last January, having not featured at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

But with Scott Parker and Gareth Barry ruled out, the 31 year old has been recalled in midfield alongside Frank Lampard.

 

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Diarra makes West Ham switch | Transfers | Tribal Football

West Ham have confirmed the signing of France midfielder Alou Diarra from Marseille in a reported £2m deal.

West Ham have confirmed the signing of France midfielder Alou Diarra from Marseille in a reported £2m deal.

The 31 year old told the Hammers’ official website: “I am very happy to be here at West Ham – everything is signed now which is good and I am excited to be here at this club and to be playing for them in the Premier League.

“I know a lot about West Ham as a club, and when I knew they were interested in signing me, I was very happy and knew it would be a good choice for me.

“We are a Premier League club and I know of players who were here before like Paolo Di Canio and Scott Parker, but of the players now in the team, I know Guy [Demel], Mo [Diame] and, of course, Modibo Maiga, who played in the French league last year.

“The club has just been promoted and I am looking forward to a good challenge with the team ahead.

“I see this as my chance in the Premier League to do well with West Ham.

“I hope that my experience can help and the fans will see me give my all in the matches.”

He previously failed to make the grade at Liverpool, spending virtually all of his three years there on loan, but flourished after returning to France.

 
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Di Matteo: Sturridge has major role to play at Chelsea | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has suggested that striker Daniel Sturridge will be a regular starter for the Blues in the coming campaign.

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has suggested that striker Daniel Sturridge will be a regular starter for the Blues in the coming campaign.

“He is part of the squad, of the team, and still has a lot to give,” Di Matteo told the club’s official website.

“He still has a lot to learn as well but we are hopeful he can develop even more and become a great player for us.

“He did very well to recover from his illness in a short period of time. He is a very exciting player and it’s great for him to be involved in the England squad.

“He has the ability to play in more than one position. He made it quite public he likes to play as a number nine but there is competition, which is good, and we will see as the season starts who is going to play.”

 

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Vela departs Arsenal for Real Sociedad berth | Transfers | Tribal Football

Arsenal striker Carlos Vela has left to join Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee.

Arsenal striker Carlos Vela has left to join Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee.

The Mexican spent last season on loan with the Spanish side and scored 12 goals in 35 appearances.

The 23-year-old made 62 appearances for the Gunners since signing from Guadalajara for £550,000 in January 2006.

 

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Man City ponder move for South Korea full back Yun | Australia/Asia News | Tribal Football

Manchester City are weighing up a cut-price move for South Korean left-back Yun Suk-Young, reports talkSPORT.

Manchester City are weighing up a cut-price move for South Korean left-back Yun Suk-Young, reports talkSPORT.

The Premier League champions have been impressed with the 22 year old, who has starred for his country at the Olympic Games.

City have also had him watched at training sessions and may now make a £1m bid for the Chunnam Dragons defender.

 

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Aussie defender Williams delighted with Middlesbrough captaincy | Australia/Asia News | Tribal Football

Australia defender Rhys Williams was honoured to be chosen as skipper of Championship outfit Middlesbrough for the coming season.

Australia defender Rhys Williams was honoured to be chosen as skipper of Championship outfit Middlesbrough for the coming season.

“I am honoured and proud to be captain of such a brilliant club,” said Williams.

“I have been captain a few times in my junior days and in some pre-season games for Boro but being the official captain for the coming season is just fantastic.

“It is also a big responsibility but one that I’m looking forward to.

“I would like the players to look up to me and serve as a middle man between management and the team during any issues that might arise during the season.

“We had a good season in 2011-2012 but this time we want to go one step better.”

“It’s nice to know that the club regards you so highly,” he added.

“Soon after the club supposedly turned down a bid from Bolton they offered me a deal for four and a half years.

“I see my future in Middlesbrough and I will do my best so the club can return to where it belongs … in the Premier League.”

 
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New Zealand select World Cup qualifying stadium | Australia/Asia News | Tribal Football

North Harbour Stadium and Christchurch’s new AMI Stadium will host New Zealand’s first two home 2014 World Cup qualifiers in September and October.

North Harbour Stadium and Christchurch’s new AMI Stadium will host New Zealand’s first two home 2014 World Cup qualifiers in September and October.

North Harbour Stadium hosts New Zealand’s second match of the stage, against Solomon Islands on September 11, while Oceania champions Tahiti arrive in Christchurch on October 16.

The venue for their third home qualifier, on March 22 next year, is yet to be decided.

“It’s been a long time between drinks for All Whites fans down south and it’s exciting to be able to bring the national team back to Christchurch given what the region has given to the All Whites,” New Zealand Football chief executive Grant McKavanagh said.

“It’s a strong footballing region and I’m sure they get out in numbers to help us get the points we need to get closer to a place in the intercontinental playoff.

“We have one venue yet to announce but that decision will be made in line with our desire to take games around the country where possible.”

 
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