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    How Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope and Dean Henderson compare and who do stats reveal should be England’s No1

    GARETH SOUTHGATE has a goalkeeping selection headache on his hands ahead of England’s Nations League games.
    The Three Lions boss has stuck with Jordan Pickford since the start of the 2018 World Cup but stats revealed today by SunSport show a change might be in order.


    Premier League 2019-20 stats
    Burnley’s Nick Pope and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson – are the Everton stopper’s two main threats.
    All three keepers were selected for England’s Nations League squad for the upcoming games against Iceland and Denmark.
    And pressure is on Southgate to give someone else a shot between the sticks.
    Pope, 28, was runner up in last season’s Premier League Golden Glove award with 15 clean sheets, just one behind the winner – Manchester City’s Ederson.

    Henderson was two behind with 13 while Pickford only managed nine shut outs.
    Pickford and Pope played all 38 Premier League games during 2019-20 campaign with Henderson playing 36.
    And the under pressure Toffees keeper also conceded the most goals of the trio with 56 getting past him against Pope’s 50 and Henderson’s mere 33.
    The stats only get worse for 26-year-old Pickford whose 94 saves from 150 shots on target faced give him the lowest save percentage of the three at 62.7 per cent.

    Henderson tops the table with an impressive 74.2 per cent – four per cent higher than Pope’s 70.2.
    And perhaps the most damning stat for Pickford is the errors leading to shots or goals column.
    The Sunderland born keeper made six mistakes that put his club in trouble last season while Henderson was the safest option while on loan at Sheffield United with just one.
    His solitary blunder at home to Liverpool handed the champions a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane last September.
    Another stat that puts Pickford bottom of the pile is one that could be key to England – penalties.
    Pickford’s finest moment in an England shirt was of course his penalty shootout performance during the Three Lions’ World Cup last-16 victory over Colombia in 2018.

    Gareth Southgate has picked the best three keepers on ability alone although they can all still improve with technique changes.Pickford has done well for England but club form has dipped while Pope has been in top form l still feel he will go with Pickford @England
    — Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) September 4, 2020

    But his record against spot-kicks in last season’s Prem was nowhere near as impressive.
    Having faced four, he failed to save a single one as three went in and one was missed by the taker.
    Henderson again takes the title on this one having let in just one of the three that were taken against him.
    The 23-year-old managed to save one – the same amount as Pope – while one was missed by the taker.
    While Burnley’s stopper let in the other four spot-kicks against him.
    The upcoming games will be the ultimate test of Southgate’s loyalty to Pickford – especially with the Euros approaching next summer.

    But the numbers suggest it is time for a change.
    Reports on Wednesday suggested Southate will axe Pickford for Pope.
    And you sense with Pope having more Premier League experience than Henderson and his edge on the stats that matter, it might be time for Burnley’s main man to get the nod for his country.

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    England launch new home kit inspired by iconic France 98 shirt but fans are NOT impressed… and it will cost £100

    ENGLAND have launched their new home and away kit for next summer’s European Championships.
    The Nike strip has taken inspiration from the iconic jersey the Three Lions wore for the 1998 World Cup in France.


    Nike have launched the new England kits for next summer’s EurosCredit: Twitter@ProD_Soccer


    The new Three Lions strip has taken inspiration from the 1998 World CupCredit: Twitter@ProD_Soccer
    Yet far from feeling nostalgic, fans were quick to voice their displeasure that buying the official England shirt will set them back a whopping £99.95.
    Supporters will then have to fork out an extra £59.95 for the shorts with the socks likely to be a further £10/15 when they become available.
    Fans hoping to sport the likes of Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling on their backs with their numbers as well will be scrambling for a total £114.95.
    Many appreciated the throwback to the ’98 kit most recognisable from England’s penalty shoot-out defeat by Argentina 22 years ago.

    Some supporters shared pictures of Michael Owen celebrating after scoring his wonder goal in the 2-2 clash while others harked back to David Beckham’s infamous red-card.
    Most pointed towards the high price of the kit, with one tweeting: “I like them – but you price me out of getting them for my two children.
    “I simply can’t justify that sort of money on two football tops. Pricing really needs to be reviewed and I am convinced you will sell so much more.”
    Another wrote: “Still in the midst of a pandemic and people are struggling financially and FA thinks it’s acceptable to bring out a new shirt.”

    A third added: “That home shirt might be the worst England home top ever made. Nike have done well to make something worse than the Euro 2016 effort.”
    England’s current stars will hope to have better luck than the icons that came before them when they wear the kit at next summer’s tournament.


    England fans were divided on the throwback kit that drew comparisons to the one Michael Owen famously scored against Argentina inCredit: AFP – Getty

    Three Lions captain Harry Kane was among those who hailed the kits, and claimed they both symbolise unity with the players and fans.
    He said: “This team is closer than it’s ever been before — when we put on that England jersey, all club rivalries are set aside.
    “We’re united in our goal of representing our fans far and wide. This collection captures that feeling of togetherness we hold so dearly.”


    David Beckham infamously saw red in the original World Cup kitCredit: AFP – Getty

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    Jack Grealish called up to England squad for first time as Southgate makes late U-turn after Rashford and Winks pull out

    JACK GREALISH has been handed his first ever England call up by Gareth Southgate with Marcus Rashford and Harry Winks withdrawing from the squad.
    The Three Lions boss was widely criticised for his initial decision to leave the Aston Villa star out of his squad to play Iceland and Denmark.


    Jack Grealish has been called up to the England squad for the first time


    But in a dramatic late U-turn, he has handed the midfielder his first chance to prove himself on the international stage.
    It comes as Manchester United striker Rashford withdraws with an ankle injury, while Tottenham midfielder Winks has also been forced to return to his club.
    Southgate’s squad are meeting up for coronavirus testing at St George’s Park today ahead of the Nations League double header.

    Grealish had hoped to make the original Three Lions party after saving his Midlands club from relegation.

    And having been initially snubbed, the uncapped 24-year-old made his feelings known.
    Grealish liked a Twitter post comparing his stats to Leeds’ star Kalvin Phillips, who made the squad despite having no Premier League experience.
    The ‘like’ was deleted but Grealish had made his point.
    Fans across the country were also stunned by the omission with many dubbing it a “shambles”.

    Southgate explained he left Grealish out due to the sensational form of Manchester United’s 18-year-old star Mason Greenwood.
    After his squad was announced, he said: “With Jack, the simple answer is Mason Greenwood.
    “He’s competing with Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling.”
    Despite Grealish shining for Villa in a central midfield role, Southgate appears to view him as more of a winger.

    The England boss added: “I know Villa have played him as No 8, I don’t see him in that role.
    “He could be a No 10 but we haven’t played like that and some of those other players I’ve talked about would be very good No 10s as well.”
    Rashford tweeted his disappointment at his inability to recover in time from the ankle problem picked up during Europa League semi-final defeat to Sevilla.
    He wrote: “Gutted. Never want to let this team down but these fixtures just came a little too soon for me.
    “I tried my best but I have to focus on starting the season at my strongest for club and country.
    “Good luck boys, I’ll be cheering you on from home.”

    Gutted 😔 never want to let this team down but these fixtures just came a little too soon for me. I tried my best but I have to focus on starting the season at my strongest for club and country. Good luck boys, I’ll be cheering you on from home 🦁♥️ @England
    — Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) August 31, 2020

    Southgate’s squad has already been shrouded in controversy.
    Harry Maguire was picked and then dropped just hours later after a guilty verdict landed in Greece after his Mykanos brawl.
    And then FIVE Three Lions stars tested positive for coronavirus – ruling themselves out of meeting up with the squad.
    Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Wolves’ Conor Coady have since been drafted in as replacements.
    England face Iceland on Saturday 5 September – kick-off at 5pm.
    Before their 7:45pm kick-off against Denmark on Tuesday 8 September just three days later.

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    Nemanja Matic retires from international duty to focus on battle to be included in Man Utd midfield

    MANCHESTER UNITED’s Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic has retired from international duty.
    The 32-year-old won 48 caps for his country after making his debut in 2008, but has decided now is the right time to step aside.


    Nemanja Matic has retired from playing for Serbia
    Matic will be fully focused on cementing a spot in the Red Devils midfield after signing a new three-year deal in July.
    Fred, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are all competing for central berths under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
    And despite Serbia still having a chance to make the delayed Euro 2020 tournament, Matic has made way for the next generation.
    The Serbian Football Association sports director Vladimir Matijasevic said: “Other than saying it was time for younger players to take over, Matic did not state any other specific reasons for quitting.

    “We respect his decision.
    “He is 32 years old and he’s had an exerting club season.
    “European club football is demanding and hence we are aware that we’ll have to inject fresh blood into the national team.
    “We’ve got several players who are over the hill and we realise that some of them may call time on their international careers in the next year or two.”

    Matic scored two goals at international level but will not feature in Serbia’s play-off semi-final against Norway.
    Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic and Co face the Norwegians on October 8.
    And a win would ensure a game at home against either Scotland or Israel on November 12 for a place in the European Championships.

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    How Holland could line up under Arsene Wenger with Depay and Van Dijk joined by Dutch kids including Liverpool teenager

    ARSENE WENGER has sensationally offered to become the new Holland boss, according to reports, and it’s not hard to see why.
    The Oranje is packed with superstar players with the potential to make history for their nation.

    Ronald Koeman will be desperate to rebuild at Barca
    With current Holland boss Ronald Koeman expected to leave to take charge of Barcelona, Fox Sports claim Wenger has offered to replace him.
    It would mark the former Arsenal manager’s first foray into management since his 22-year term with the Gunners came to an end.
    Here, we look at how the Frenchman might combine Holland’s standout talents with the rising stars of the national team…
    Jasper Cillessen
    A straightforward pick for Wenger between the posts with Jasper Cillessen the clear top choice. The Valencia keeper already has 56 caps to his name and keeps the likes of PSV’s Jeroen Zoet and Norwich reserve Tim Krul on the bench.

    Nathan Ake, Matthjis de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk, Ki-Jana Hoever


    Ki-Jana Hoever is trying to breakthrough at LiverpoolCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    A bit like when Wenger arrived at Arsenal, he walks into a team blessed with top quality defenders.
    It’s impossible to look beyond the pairing for Virgil van Dijk and Matthjis de Ligt in the centre-back positions. De Ligt had a shaky start after his £67.5million move to Juventus but became a regular in the side and helped them to their ninth straight Serie A title.
    Daley Blind is currently a regular pick at left-back, but with the more youthful Nathan Ake joining Man City for £40m, he might be a better long-term option in the position, which the 25-year-old has often played in during his career.
    Ki-Jana Hoever joined Liverpool from Ajax in 2018, and while he’s struggled for game time, it’s understandable when playing understudy to Trent Alexander-Arnold. If he can find a way to break into Jurgen Klopp’s team, or possibly go on loan, he could be in the frame for a place in Wenger’s side.

    Mohammed Ihattaren, Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong


    Van Dijk with Barcelona star Frenkie de JongCredit: Getty – Contributor
    Georginio Wijnaldum is a solid choice in the midfield and starts alongside Frenkie de Jong, one of few Barcelona players not to disgrace themselves recently.
    Mohammed Ihattaren, only 18, is being called a once in a generation talent having dazzled at PSV this season. Having made his debut at just 16, he’s already on the fringes of the Dutch squad and with Wenger’s love of promoting youth, he’ll be in the first-team frame.
    Wenger has loads of back up options, with the likes of Marten de Roon, Kevin Strootman and Tonny Vilhenna vying for a role in the starting XI.
    Memphis Depay, Myron Boadu, Donny van de Beek
    Memphis Depay has put his Manchester United nightmare well and truly behind him and is ripping it up for Lyon. His six goals in the Champions League have propelled the Ligue 1 side to unlikely semi-finalists this season.

    On the right of attack, Donny van de Beek gets in. Usually a midfielder, his attacking ability sees him pushed upfield to make room for other talents behind the Ajax ace.
    Wenger might overlook the more experienced Luuk de Jong, Ryan Babel and Wout Weghorst in favour of Myron Boadu.
    The 19-year-old centre-forward has banged in 14 goals and got eight assists in 24 league games for AZ Almaar in his breakthrough season. Rumours of a transfer to Barcelona are understandable and he scored on his debut for the Oranje to prove his potential as their new leading man.


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    MP calls for Euro 2021 games at Wembley to be played nationwide to aid Britain’s Covid recovery

    EURO Championship games due to be played at Wembley should be staged around Britain to boost the coronavirus recovery nationwide, according to a leading MP.
    Next year’s delayed Euro 2020 tournament will see three England games, a last 16 match, both semi finals and the final played at the national stadium, but acting Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey has written to the FA and UEFA to have the games played across the UK.
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    An MP believes the Euro Championship games at Wembley should be staged around Britain to boost other regionsCredit: PA:Press Association


    Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey told The Sun: ‘Let these matches give a kick-start to places hit hard by Covid’Credit: The Mega Agency
    They are calling for games to be played at St James’ Park, in Newcastle, Old Trafford, in Manchester, Anfield, in Liverpool, and Leicester’s King Power stadium instead.
    Sir Ed told The Sun: “We should spread football cheers around our country, and let these matches give a kick-start to places hit hard by Covid.
    “If it is safe, I want Boris Johnson to get his Government to work with UEFA and make use of the fantastic stadiums around the country. Let’s show off our whole country – we’re proud of every town and city, not just London.”

    The letter, to FA Chief Mark Bullingham, UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Sport can be a great healer to many and the rescheduled Men’s Euro 2020 fixtures next summer will be a tremendous opportunity to raise both the nation’s spirits and stimulate the economy across the nation.
    “Currently England are scheduled to play all their group games in London. Wembley is also hosting a last 16 game, the semi-finals and final.


    Next year’s delayed Euro 2020 tournament will see three England games played at the national stadiumCredit: Alamy

    “England has some fantastic stadia across the country and it feels like a missed opportunity not to spread the joy that these games will bring and the inevitable boost to the economy around the regions.
    “If it can be done, in a safe way, I’d urge you to work with UEFA to explore the possibility at spreading both the Euro 2020 fixtures and England’s warm-up games out around the country, in the same way that you have been able to do with the Women’s European Championship in 2022.”

    Yesterday the FA said Euro scheduling was down to UEFA, and the governing body did not reply to comment.

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    Clive Tyldesley ‘annoyed and baffled’ at ITV’s decision to replace him as main football commentator with Sam Matterface

    CLIVE TYLDESLEY is “annoyed and baffled” by ITV’s decision to replace him as their main football commentator.
    The veteran caller – who will be replaced by well known Sam Matterface – took to Twitter to share his dismay at the news.


    Clive Tyldesley is ‘annoyed and baffled’ by ITV’s decision to replace him as their main football commentator

    Tyldesley will stay with the broadcaster as their No 2 commentator but will no longer be their main man.
    The 65-year-old has been in the role for 22 years and has been the voice for many of football’s biggest games of the modern era.
    SunSport understands Tyldesley was told at least TWO years ago that he would eventually be replaced.
    He is said to have accepted the decision at the time and was told his last match as No 1 would be the final of this summer’s Euros.

    Unfortunately the tournament was delayed until next year because of coronavirus.

    As a result, Tyldesley expected ITV to leave him in place until then allowing him to cover the Euros.
    But the broadcaster was keen to stick with the original timeframe and make the change now.
    Tyldesley called England’s dramatic World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia in 2018 which was watched by the 24.3million people – the largest audience ever for a single game.

    As well as 17 Champions League finals and countless England games.
    World Cups, European Championships and FA Cups have all been covered by the commentary icon and he appeared devastated by the news.


    Tyldesley has been replaced by the talented Sam Matterface who is already the voice of football on TalkSPORT and ITV’s Dancing on Ice show
    Speaking from his home on a video posted on Twitter, he said: “If you haven’t seen the announcement I am being replaced as ITV’s senior football commentator.
    “I was told about three weeks ago so I have had some time to get my head around the decision but I haven’t got my head around it.
    “To be clear, this is ITV’s decision not mine. I am upset, annoyed and baffled.
    “I would have been entrusted with commentating on the Euro 2020 final for them less than 48 hours ago.
    “But now I won’t be commentating on any of the big England games in the coming year and I’m going to miss them.
    “I love this job and it’s gone.
    “Why? I do not know exactly why this decision has been taken.

    Nothing but admiration for Clive Tyldesley and Sam Matterface.Two lovely guys and bloody good professionals in their job.Any political decision is not their own.So my best wishes to both.
    — Duncan Wright (@dwright75) July 14, 2020

    “I don’t know why I am being replaced.”
    Matterface is chief football commentator at TalkSPORT and already works for ITV on their Euroepan football coverage.
    And the 42-year-old is also well known to some viewers as the voice of ITV’s Dancing on Ice show.
    Despite Matterface’s impressive credentials, many fans online were sorry to see Tyldesley go and were quick to comment on the decision with some calling for ITV to reverse it.
    One wrote: “Joke. You’re the best commentator in football.”
    Another added: “Soundtrack of my childhood, Clive. Know that your voice has brought joy, excitement and passion to many, many homes across the country. Thanks for inspiring me.”
    And another simply said: “Good luck Clive. Baffling decision. Enjoyed your commentary over the years.”

    As well as expressing disappointment at the news, football fans also rushed to reminisce and share footage of Tyldesley’s best moments.
    ITV Sport’s director Niall Sloane said: “On behalf of ITV Sport, I would like to thank Clive for his superb work leading our commentary on some of the biggest occasions in world football throughout his outstanding career with us.
    “We are very glad he will continue with us and look forward to working with him on many more occasions in the future.”

    Disappointing news, Clive. A big part of my youth was listening to you commentate on Arsenal in Europe. And one of my favourite goals and pieces of commentary was this. The famous “ahh!”
    — AFCAMDEN (@AFCAMDEN) July 14, 2020

    Good luck Clive. Baffling decision. Enjoyed your commentary over the years.
    — Fazzamania (@fazzamania) July 14, 2020

    Joke. You’re the best commentator in football.
    — Jake Heasman (@jakeheasman) July 14, 2020

    “Manchester United are the Champions of Europe again and nobody will ever win a European Cup final more dramatically than this. Champions of Europe, Champions of England, the FA Cup holders, everything their hearts desire”.Icon of commentary and a disgrace of a decision
    — Liam Whelan (@liam11) July 14, 2020

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