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Here we take a look at Colombia's World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know. Colombia's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (AC Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (CD Once Caldas). Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Oscar Murillo (CF Pachuca), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Johan Mojica (Girona FC), Frank Fabra (CA Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios (CA Boca Juniors), Carlos Sanchez (RCD Espanyol), Abel Aguilar (AC Deportivo Cali), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (Club America), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Fernando Quintero (CA River Plate). Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Monaco), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (SE Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton & Hove Albion). Colombia fans bring the colour Credit: ap Colombia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Japan: Tuesday, June 19 at 1pm Poland: Sunday, June 24 at 7pm Senegal: Thursday, June 28 at 3pm What odds are Colombia to win the World Cup? 40/1 The kits See where Colombia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Jose Pekerman. The 68-year-old comes from the Arsene Wenger school of professorial coaches, with a penchant for patient - some might say laborious - possession football. Who's the star? James Rodriguez. Has been revitalised by his move to Bayern Munich after a miserable spell at Real Madrid, scoring eight and delivering 14 assists last season. Best thing about them Pace on the counter-attack and a reasonably tight defence. Worst thing about them Goals are hard to come by - they scored only 21 in 18 qualifiers. You may recognise... There is a north London look about their defence - with David Ospina in goal and Davison Sanchez at centre-half - while Radamel Falcao, so underwhelming in England, still plugs away up front. Cameramen will be picking out... Any giant insects that take a liking to James, who spawned a million memes after being alighted on by a fearsome-looking grasshopper during Brazil 2014. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know Fans' favourite chant A patriotic bunch, Colombia enjoy belting out the national anthem - "Oh Gloria Inmarcesible!" ('Oh, unfading glory') at appropriately stirring moments. On-field prediction Not as stylish as Brazil, or starry as Argentina, but could go just as far as both. Off-field prediction Shakira to release a wretched World Cup song which sounds like it has been written via Google translate. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Colombia World Cup 2018 squad and team guide
Here we take a look at Colombia's World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know. Colombia's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (AC Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (CD Once Caldas). Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Oscar Murillo (CF Pachuca), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Johan Mojica (Girona FC), Frank Fabra (CA Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios (CA Boca Juniors), Carlos Sanchez (RCD Espanyol), Abel Aguilar (AC Deportivo Cali), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (Club America), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Fernando Quintero (CA River Plate). Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Monaco), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (SE Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton & Hove Albion). Colombia fans bring the colour Credit: ap Colombia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Japan: Tuesday, June 19 at 1pm Poland: Sunday, June 24 at 7pm Senegal: Thursday, June 28 at 3pm What odds are Colombia to win the World Cup? 40/1 The kits See where Colombia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Jose Pekerman. The 68-year-old comes from the Arsene Wenger school of professorial coaches, with a penchant for patient - some might say laborious - possession football. Who's the star? James Rodriguez. Has been revitalised by his move to Bayern Munich after a miserable spell at Real Madrid, scoring eight and delivering 14 assists last season. Best thing about them Pace on the counter-attack and a reasonably tight defence. Worst thing about them Goals are hard to come by - they scored only 21 in 18 qualifiers. You may recognise... There is a north London look about their defence - with David Ospina in goal and Davison Sanchez at centre-half - while Radamel Falcao, so underwhelming in England, still plugs away up front. Cameramen will be picking out... Any giant insects that take a liking to James, who spawned a million memes after being alighted on by a fearsome-looking grasshopper during Brazil 2014. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know Fans' favourite chant A patriotic bunch, Colombia enjoy belting out the national anthem - "Oh Gloria Inmarcesible!" ('Oh, unfading glory') at appropriately stirring moments. On-field prediction Not as stylish as Brazil, or starry as Argentina, but could go just as far as both. Off-field prediction Shakira to release a wretched World Cup song which sounds like it has been written via Google translate. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Here we take a look at Colombia's World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know. Colombia's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (AC Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (CD Once Caldas). Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Oscar Murillo (CF Pachuca), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Johan Mojica (Girona FC), Frank Fabra (CA Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios (CA Boca Juniors), Carlos Sanchez (RCD Espanyol), Abel Aguilar (AC Deportivo Cali), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (Club America), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Fernando Quintero (CA River Plate). Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Monaco), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (SE Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton & Hove Albion). Colombia fans bring the colour Credit: ap Colombia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Japan: Tuesday, June 19 at 1pm Poland: Sunday, June 24 at 7pm Senegal: Thursday, June 28 at 3pm What odds are Colombia to win the World Cup? 40/1 The kits See where Colombia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Jose Pekerman. The 68-year-old comes from the Arsene Wenger school of professorial coaches, with a penchant for patient - some might say laborious - possession football. Who's the star? James Rodriguez. Has been revitalised by his move to Bayern Munich after a miserable spell at Real Madrid, scoring eight and delivering 14 assists last season. Best thing about them Pace on the counter-attack and a reasonably tight defence. Worst thing about them Goals are hard to come by - they scored only 21 in 18 qualifiers. You may recognise... There is a north London look about their defence - with David Ospina in goal and Davison Sanchez at centre-half - while Radamel Falcao, so underwhelming in England, still plugs away up front. Cameramen will be picking out... Any giant insects that take a liking to James, who spawned a million memes after being alighted on by a fearsome-looking grasshopper during Brazil 2014. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know Fans' favourite chant A patriotic bunch, Colombia enjoy belting out the national anthem - "Oh Gloria Inmarcesible!" ('Oh, unfading glory') at appropriately stirring moments. On-field prediction Not as stylish as Brazil, or starry as Argentina, but could go just as far as both. Off-field prediction Shakira to release a wretched World Cup song which sounds like it has been written via Google translate. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Colombia World Cup 2018 squad and team guide
Here we take a look at Colombia's World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know. Colombia's World Cup squad - the 23 names 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (AC Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (CD Once Caldas). Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Oscar Murillo (CF Pachuca), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Johan Mojica (Girona FC), Frank Fabra (CA Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios (CA Boca Juniors), Carlos Sanchez (RCD Espanyol), Abel Aguilar (AC Deportivo Cali), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (Club America), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Fernando Quintero (CA River Plate). Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Monaco), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (SE Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton & Hove Albion). Colombia fans bring the colour Credit: ap Colombia's World Cup 2018 fixtures Japan: Tuesday, June 19 at 1pm Poland: Sunday, June 24 at 7pm Senegal: Thursday, June 28 at 3pm What odds are Colombia to win the World Cup? 40/1 The kits See where Colombia's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below: World Cup kits ranked Who's the coach? Jose Pekerman. The 68-year-old comes from the Arsene Wenger school of professorial coaches, with a penchant for patient - some might say laborious - possession football. Who's the star? James Rodriguez. Has been revitalised by his move to Bayern Munich after a miserable spell at Real Madrid, scoring eight and delivering 14 assists last season. Best thing about them Pace on the counter-attack and a reasonably tight defence. Worst thing about them Goals are hard to come by - they scored only 21 in 18 qualifiers. You may recognise... There is a north London look about their defence - with David Ospina in goal and Davison Sanchez at centre-half - while Radamel Falcao, so underwhelming in England, still plugs away up front. Cameramen will be picking out... Any giant insects that take a liking to James, who spawned a million memes after being alighted on by a fearsome-looking grasshopper during Brazil 2014. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know Fans' favourite chant A patriotic bunch, Colombia enjoy belting out the national anthem - "Oh Gloria Inmarcesible!" ('Oh, unfading glory') at appropriately stirring moments. On-field prediction Not as stylish as Brazil, or starry as Argentina, but could go just as far as both. Off-field prediction Shakira to release a wretched World Cup song which sounds like it has been written via Google translate. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
All 32 teams at the 2018 World Cup have named their 23-man squads - and you can see the names of all 736 players here. Some, like England and Brazil, named their final line-ups in good time, while others waited until the June 4 deadline. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad so far, while you can find more detail about each side below: Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Group A Russia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow). Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar). Egypt 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Saudi Arabia 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Uruguay 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. World Cup predictor Group B Iran 23-man final squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad Morocco 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Mounir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger) Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille) Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke) Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga) Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. Group C Australia 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones. Defenders: Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Aziz Behich, James Meredith. Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (captain), Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tomi Rogic, Dimitri Petratos, Mathew Leckie, Daniel Arzani. Forwards: Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren, Robbie Kruse. Denmark 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby) Defenders: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich) Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen) Forwards: Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers:Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola. Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez. Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi. Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir. Peru 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC). Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar). Midfielders: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz). Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo) Group D Argentina 23-man final squad: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Croatia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) Iceland 23-man final squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United). Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa). Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino). Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone) Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim) Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica) Serbia 23-man squad Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar). Defenders:Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina). Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade). Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica). Group F Germany 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain). Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich). Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Mexico 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders:Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV) South Korea 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka, Japan), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo, Japan), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City, England), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg, Germany), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona, Italy), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United). Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham, England), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria) Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium 24-man squad* *Roberto Martinez said that World Cup rules allowed the final squad to be named 24 hours before they kick off their campaign Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). Tunisia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Group H Colombia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (AC Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (CD Once Caldas). Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Oscar Murillo (CF Pachuca), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Johan Mojica (Girona FC), Frank Fabra (CA Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios (CA Boca Juniors), Carlos Sanchez (RCD Espanyol), Abel Aguilar (AC Deportivo Cali), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (Club America), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Fernando Quintero (CA River Plate). Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Monaco), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (SE Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton & Hove Albion). Japan 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol). Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds), Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers). Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale). Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz). World Cup 2018 venues Poland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers:Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus). Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warszawa), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warszawa), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund). Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli). Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht) Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018 squad lists and team guides - latest news and updates
All 32 teams at the 2018 World Cup have named their 23-man squads - and you can see the names of all 736 players here. Some, like England and Brazil, named their final line-ups in good time, while others waited until the June 4 deadline. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad so far, while you can find more detail about each side below: Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Group A Russia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow). Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar). Egypt 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Saudi Arabia 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Uruguay 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. World Cup predictor Group B Iran 23-man final squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad Morocco 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Mounir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger) Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille) Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke) Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga) Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. Group C Australia 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones. Defenders: Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Aziz Behich, James Meredith. Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (captain), Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tomi Rogic, Dimitri Petratos, Mathew Leckie, Daniel Arzani. Forwards: Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren, Robbie Kruse. Denmark 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby) Defenders: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich) Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen) Forwards: Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers:Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola. Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez. Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi. Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir. Peru 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC). Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar). Midfielders: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz). Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo) Group D Argentina 23-man final squad: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Croatia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) Iceland 23-man final squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United). Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa). Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino). Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone) Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim) Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica) Serbia 23-man squad Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar). Defenders:Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina). Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade). Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica). Group F Germany 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain). Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich). Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Mexico 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders:Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV) South Korea 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka, Japan), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo, Japan), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City, England), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg, Germany), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona, Italy), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United). Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham, England), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria) Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium 24-man squad* *Roberto Martinez said that World Cup rules allowed the final squad to be named 24 hours before they kick off their campaign Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). Tunisia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Group H Colombia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (AC Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (CD Once Caldas). Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Oscar Murillo (CF Pachuca), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Johan Mojica (Girona FC), Frank Fabra (CA Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios (CA Boca Juniors), Carlos Sanchez (RCD Espanyol), Abel Aguilar (AC Deportivo Cali), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (Club America), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Fernando Quintero (CA River Plate). Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Monaco), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (SE Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton & Hove Albion). Japan 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol). Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds), Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers). Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale). Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz). World Cup 2018 venues Poland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers:Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus). Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warszawa), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warszawa), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund). Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli). Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht) Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
All 32 teams at the 2018 World Cup have named their 23-man squads - and you can see all of them here. Some, like England and Brazil, named their final line-ups in good time, but there are still several teams that need to submit theirs to Fifa. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad so far, while you can find more detail about each side below: Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Group A Russia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow). Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar). Egypt 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Saudi Arabia 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Uruguay 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. World Cup predictor Group B Iran 23-man final squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad Morocco 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Mounir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger) Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille) Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke) Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga) Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. Group C Australia 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones. Defenders: Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Aziz Behich, James Meredith. Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (captain), Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tomi Rogic, Dimitri Petratos, Mathew Leckie, Daniel Arzani. Forwards: Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren, Robbie Kruse. Denmark 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby) Defenders: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich) Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen) Forwards: Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers:Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola. Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez. Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi. Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir. Peru 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC). Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar). Midfielders: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz). Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo) Group D Argentina 23-man final squad: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Croatia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) Iceland 23-man final squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United). Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa). Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino). Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone) Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim) Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica) Serbia 23-man squad Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar). Defenders:Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina). Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade). Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica). Group F Germany 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain). Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich). Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Mexico 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders:Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV) South Korea 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka, Japan), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo, Japan), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City, England), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg, Germany), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona, Italy), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United). Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham, England), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria) Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium 24-man squad* *Roberto Martinez said that World Cup rules allowed the final squad to be named 24 hours before they kick off their campaign Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). Tunisia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Group H Colombia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (AC Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (CD Once Caldas). Defenders: Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Oscar Murillo (CF Pachuca), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), Johan Mojica (Girona FC), Frank Fabra (CA Boca Juniors), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Wilmar Barrios (CA Boca Juniors), Carlos Sanchez (RCD Espanyol), Abel Aguilar (AC Deportivo Cali), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus), Mateus Uribe (Club America), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Juan Fernando Quintero (CA River Plate). Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Radamel Falcao Garcia (Monaco), Luis Muriel (Sevilla), Miguel Borja (SE Palmeiras), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton & Hove Albion). Japan 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol). Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds), Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers). Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale). Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz). World Cup 2018 venues Poland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers:Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus). Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warszawa), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warszawa), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund). Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli). Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht) Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018 squad guide: Latest news and updates
All 32 teams at the 2018 World Cup have named their 23-man squads - and you can see all of them here. Some, like England and Brazil, named their final line-ups in good time, but there are still several teams that need to submit theirs to Fifa. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad so far, while you can find more detail about each side below: Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Group A Russia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg). Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow). Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar). Egypt 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El Shennawy (Al Ahly) Defenders: Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al Fateh), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Saad Samir (Al Ahly) Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Abdallah El Said (Al Ahly Jeddah), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad Jeddah), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Shikabala (Al Raed), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos) Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) Saudi Arabia 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal) Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal) Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad) Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli) Uruguay 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana. Defenders: Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela. Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Cristian Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez. Strikers: Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez. World Cup predictor Group B Iran 23-man final squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mehdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad Morocco 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Mounir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger) Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille) Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke) Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga) Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain 23-man final squad: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez. Group C Australia 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Brad Jones. Defenders: Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Aziz Behich, James Meredith. Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (captain), Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tomi Rogic, Dimitri Petratos, Mathew Leckie, Daniel Arzani. Forwards: Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren, Robbie Kruse. Denmark 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby) Defenders: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich) Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen) Forwards: Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers:Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Alphonse Areola. Defenders: Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Lucas Hernandez. Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, N'Golo Kante, Steven Nzonzi. Forwards: Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Florian Thauvin, Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir. Peru 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Deportivo Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC). Defenders: Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Luis Advincula (Lobos Buap), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Alberto Rodriguez (Atletico Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Nilson Loyola (Melgar). Midfielders: Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz). Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo) Group D Argentina 23-man final squad: Sergio Romero, Willy Caballero, Franco Armania, Gabriel Mercardo, Cristian Ansaldi, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Acuna, Javier Mascherano, Eduardo Salvio, Lucas Biglia, Giovani Lo Celso, Ever Banega, Manuel Lanzini, Maximiliano Meza, Angel Di Maria, Cristian Pavon, Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more Croatia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb) Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg) Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka) Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) Iceland 23-man final squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United). Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa). Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino). Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone) Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Roman Buerki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Yann Sommer (Borussia Moenchengladbach) Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Jacques-Francois Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodriguez (AC Milan), Fabian Schaer (Deportivo La Coruna) Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim) Forwards: Josip Drmic (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Mario Gavranovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Haris Seferovic (Benfica) Serbia 23-man squad Goalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar). Defenders:Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina). Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade). Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica). Group F Germany 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St Germain). Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Ruediger (Chelsea), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich). Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). Mexico 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul) Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (Club America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla) Midfielders:Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy) Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham United), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (Club America), Jesus Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (LAFC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV) South Korea 23-man final squad Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka, Japan), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC) Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo, Japan), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu, Japan), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City, England), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe, Japan), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg, Germany), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona, Italy), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United). Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham, England), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg, Austria) Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium 24-man squad* *Roberto Martinez said that World Cup rules allowed the final squad to be named 24 hours before they kick off their campaign Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). Tunisia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Group H Colombia 23-man final squad: Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (AC Deportivo Cali), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (CD Once Caldas). 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Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Exclusive interview: Lady Elsie Robson on life with Sir Bobby - 'He was exhausting, determined... and an inspiration'
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Exclusive interview: Lady Elsie Robson on life with Sir Bobby - 'He was exhausting, determined... and an inspiration'
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Exclusive interview: Lady Elsie Robson on life with Sir Bobby - 'He was exhausting, determined... and an inspiration'
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Exclusive interview: Lady Elsie Robson on life with Sir Bobby - 'He was exhausting, determined... and an inspiration'
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Exclusive interview: Lady Elsie Robson on life with Sir Bobby - 'He was exhausting, determined... and an inspiration'
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Exclusive interview: Lady Elsie Robson on life with Sir Bobby - 'He was exhausting, determined... and an inspiration'
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Exclusive interview: Lady Elsie Robson on life with Sir Bobby - 'He was exhausting, determined... and an inspiration'
Lady Elsie Robson remembers her husband, Sir Bobby, often being late for his evening meal in Porto, where he managed from 1994 to 1996. Causing the delay was a young fan who would wait for the former Ipswich, England and Barcelona manager to badger him about football. “We had an apartment in the same block as his parents,” Lady Elsie recalls, referring to the lad. “The two doors were side by side. He was just a schoolboy at that time, and his ambition was to get into football. He used to wait at the elevator for Bob so he could have a chat and tell Bob who he thought should be in the team. “I think Bob just looked forward to seeing him and having a chat with him. I would have his tea ready, and I’d think - where is he, where is he? He’d be talking to Andre.” Andre Villas-Boas, the boy by the elevator, went on to manage Porto, Chelsea and Spurs, and was so eager to be involved in the new documentary - Bobby Robson, More Than a Manager - that he offered to fly back from China, were he was working, to speak to the film-makers. Villas-Boas was one of many young people in football whose lives were shaped by knowing the man who died in July 2009, aged 76, after multiple bouts of cancer. “Bob wanted to share what he had. That’s a great gift,” Lady Elsie adds. Then she allowed herself a smile. “He could be exhausting as well, you know.” Ipswich Town manager Bobby Robson (left) tries to get the attention of Arsenal coach Don Howe Credit: pa Robson, who was England manager for eight years after winning the FA and Uefa Cups with Ipswich, left two great legacies. One in football, the other in the form of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which set out to raise £500,000 for cancer research but has now passed the £10 million mark. Based in his native north-east England, the foundation has kept Robson’s memory alive and provided Lady Elsie with a new purpose. “It’s helped me a lot as well,” she says. “He lived for 16 months after we started the foundation. He got a lot of purpose out of that in the last year or so of his life. It gave him a driving force.” Lady Elsie Robson was the rock by her husband Bobby's side Credit: PAUL GROVER Robson’s career trajectory and infectious personality are at the heart of English football’s story since the 1950s. Less well-known are the details of how his later years descended into illness and how cancer stalked him, from colon, in his time at PSV Eindhoven (1990-92), melanoma (Porto) and lung after his five-year spell as manager of his boyhood love, Newcastle (1999-2004). “He was very poorly for the last three years of his life really and he wasn’t able to get about so easily," says Lady Elsie. "He became wheelchair-bound in the last few months of his life, but his determination got him through such a lot. He was just determined that he was going to make the most of whatever time he had left. “I can still see him trying to get upstairs and falling. And eventually he had to sleep downstairs. That was a hard thing for him to accept, which it would be for any man who had been as active in their lives as he was.” Sir Bobby Robson (left) giving a speech at the Northern Cancer Unit in the Freeman hospital, Newcastle Credit: pa The relentlessness of cancer’s attacks on Lady Elsie’s husband might have claimed him much earlier. After radical facial surgery in the mid-1990s left him with a hole in the roof of his mouth that required a rubber plug to fill, after much agonising practice in the bathroom, Robson was advised to retire. “People with this don’t go back to work,’ was his surgeon’s verdict. In the film, Lady Elsie, a former nurse, says: “Well, they don’t know Bob the way I knew him. “It was horrendous. Tremendous surgery, but very tough to accept when you look in the mirror. He battled through so many bouts of cancer. You couldn’t believe how resilient he was. I’ve never seen it before. Because he’d been athletic he had that strength.” Robson went on to manage Barcelona for a season, luring the Brazilian Ronaldo for £20m, and inspiring Jose Mourinho (his assistant) and Pep Guardiola (player), who speak at length about him in the documentary. But after a successful spell at Newcastle, where he never came to terms with his dismissal, lung cancer was waiting for him, two years after he left St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson inspired Jose Mourinho Credit: reuters Sir Bobby Robson brought Brazilian Ronaldo to Barcelona Credit: ap “It was blow after blow after blow,” Lady Elsie says. “It’s like a boxer I suppose, getting up and getting knocked over again and again. But he had that capacity to rise above things. As I say, he had a lot of physical strength, Bob.” The quality she most wants to keep alive is “his determination”. She says: “It was very strong. I think he was able to inspire younger players, and that comes over in this film. He led by example in his profession. As you know it’s quite a precarious profession.” Precarious, and peripatetic. Lady Elsie moved with her husband from England to Holland to Portugal to Spain to Holland again and finally home to County Durham, where they began. She says: “I was a camp follower. I just went with the flow. I don’t think that happens now. The coach goes and the wife stays behind. It depends on the age of the children. But marriage is very fragile, as you know. It can easily tip one way or the other. If you want to protect it, you’ll go with it. “His life was very exciting, for him. I got a lot out of my life alongside him. Because I had a lot of space in the marriage, I was able to do what I wanted to do. I retrained as a school teacher. I enjoyed that very much as well. When the boys were young it was great for them to have that going on as well. Life was very busy and very exciting.” Sir Bobby Robson's England inspired a nation at Italia 90 Credit: pa With a World Cup approaching, Lady Elsie remembers Italia 90, where Robson led England to the semi-finals: “I was telling him when I was ringing him: people are very excited. You won’t believe the excitement, the euphoria here. Of course he was wanting to be back - to see it. “You see, he kept the England job for eight years. Not many people do that. I remember Roy Hodgson getting the job. He rang me up, because he’s a good friend of ours, and said: ‘How long did you say Bob was in this job?’ I think he’d been in it a couple of months then.” Lady Elsie thinks people remember, above all, her husband’s “dignity in setbacks”. Only the sack at Newcastle and the onset of lung cancer stopped him. “There is no way he was ever going to give up,” she says. “He had to be kicked out.” 'Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager' will be shown in select cinemas in June and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Blu Ray & DVD from June 4
Everton have opened talks with Marco Silva to become their new manager after formally ending Sam Allardyce’s acrimonious reign on a day the axe fell with frequency at Goodison Park. Director of football Steve Walsh was also dismissed within hours of Allardyce, along with the outgoing manager’s backroom staff. Walsh is replaced by Dutchman Marcel Brands, who immediately prioritised appointing the next head coach. Meetings with Silva’s representative were stepped up instantly. Silva was Everton’s first choice when Ronald Koeman was sacked in November, so there is no surprise his agent, Carlos Goncalves, was swiftly contacted with another recruitment process under way. Watford are seeking compensation from Everton so it may yet cost £8 million to settle differences with the Vicarage Road club, who reserve the right to pursue a Premier League complaint for an alleged ­illegal approach to their ex-coach dating back to before Silva’s sacking in January. Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri had concluded due diligence on Silva before feeling compelled to appoint Allardyce. Everton want Marco Silva to replace Allardyce Credit: Reuters It is hoped Silva will bring youth, dynamism, ambition and a pacier style to Goodison Park, something the supporters feel was lost in a torturous campaign which has seen three managers try and fail to secure their position. Allardyce was called to a scheduled meeting with Moshiri in London at 8.30am yesterday. Confirmation of his dismissal came 75 minutes later. Newly appointed chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale explained why. “We have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately,” she said. Allardyce leaves with neutrals offering more sympathy than Everton fans, who never wanted him before he was recruited and grew increasingly intolerant while he was in post. He was employed at a time when the club was genuinely threatened with relegation in the aftermath of a dismal summer of recruitment, and Koeman’s poor start to the season. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked David Unsworth was given the chance as a caretaker, but could not acquire the necessary points during a tough run of fixtures to convince he should be retained as head coach. Allardyce arrived just as Unsworth had overseen the most encouraging performance of the season – a 4-0 win over West Ham – and the controversy of who deserved credit for that victory summed up the divisiveness of reign. The new manager was in the stands, but Unsworth was still in charge. Evertonians partially understood why he was given the job short-term, but did not welcome his receiving an extra year on his contract. He made two significant signings in January, adding Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun, but it irked Evertonians when exciting youngster Ademola Lookman moved to RB Leipzig on loan, where he performed well. Allardyce’s was not the only blood on the carpet on Wednesday. Six hours later, Everton announced Brands’ arrival and Walsh’s exit. Walsh was headhunted from Leicester City having been credited for overseeing their triumphant title season. Moshiri hoped he would be equally intuitive at Goodison Park, but the return on his investment last season was pitiful. Of last summer’s deals – costing in excess of £100 million – only goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was a success. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad Now the Merseyside club turns to Dutchman Brands, 56, who joined PSV Eindhoven having previously been instrumental in transforming the fortunes of RKC Waalwijk and AZ Alkmaar. “It is a privilege to be joining Everton as director of football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands. “The fantastic passion of the fans for their club, the magnificent history of the club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite. “It is only a challenge such as this which could have persuaded me to leave PSV.” Moshiri claimed Brands’ arrival will make the club “better and more equipped to challenge the top teams in the Premier League”. He needs the changes to work after some expensive missteps during his tenure so far. Since Moshiri invested in Everton, the club has sacked three managers – Roberto Martinez, Koeman and Allardyce. Wayne Rooney’s future should also become clearer by the end of this week. If it becomes clear to him the likely next manager does not see him as a key part of his plans, the former England captain may accept the offer to join DC United.
Everton open talks with Marco Silva after Sam Allardyce and director of football Steve Walsh are sacked
Everton have opened talks with Marco Silva to become their new manager after formally ending Sam Allardyce’s acrimonious reign on a day the axe fell with frequency at Goodison Park. Director of football Steve Walsh was also dismissed within hours of Allardyce, along with the outgoing manager’s backroom staff. Walsh is replaced by Dutchman Marcel Brands, who immediately prioritised appointing the next head coach. Meetings with Silva’s representative were stepped up instantly. Silva was Everton’s first choice when Ronald Koeman was sacked in November, so there is no surprise his agent, Carlos Goncalves, was swiftly contacted with another recruitment process under way. Watford are seeking compensation from Everton so it may yet cost £8 million to settle differences with the Vicarage Road club, who reserve the right to pursue a Premier League complaint for an alleged ­illegal approach to their ex-coach dating back to before Silva’s sacking in January. Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri had concluded due diligence on Silva before feeling compelled to appoint Allardyce. Everton want Marco Silva to replace Allardyce Credit: Reuters It is hoped Silva will bring youth, dynamism, ambition and a pacier style to Goodison Park, something the supporters feel was lost in a torturous campaign which has seen three managers try and fail to secure their position. Allardyce was called to a scheduled meeting with Moshiri in London at 8.30am yesterday. Confirmation of his dismissal came 75 minutes later. Newly appointed chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale explained why. “We have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately,” she said. Allardyce leaves with neutrals offering more sympathy than Everton fans, who never wanted him before he was recruited and grew increasingly intolerant while he was in post. He was employed at a time when the club was genuinely threatened with relegation in the aftermath of a dismal summer of recruitment, and Koeman’s poor start to the season. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked David Unsworth was given the chance as a caretaker, but could not acquire the necessary points during a tough run of fixtures to convince he should be retained as head coach. Allardyce arrived just as Unsworth had overseen the most encouraging performance of the season – a 4-0 win over West Ham – and the controversy of who deserved credit for that victory summed up the divisiveness of reign. The new manager was in the stands, but Unsworth was still in charge. Evertonians partially understood why he was given the job short-term, but did not welcome his receiving an extra year on his contract. He made two significant signings in January, adding Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun, but it irked Evertonians when exciting youngster Ademola Lookman moved to RB Leipzig on loan, where he performed well. Allardyce’s was not the only blood on the carpet on Wednesday. Six hours later, Everton announced Brands’ arrival and Walsh’s exit. Walsh was headhunted from Leicester City having been credited for overseeing their triumphant title season. Moshiri hoped he would be equally intuitive at Goodison Park, but the return on his investment last season was pitiful. Of last summer’s deals – costing in excess of £100 million – only goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was a success. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad Now the Merseyside club turns to Dutchman Brands, 56, who joined PSV Eindhoven having previously been instrumental in transforming the fortunes of RKC Waalwijk and AZ Alkmaar. “It is a privilege to be joining Everton as director of football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands. “The fantastic passion of the fans for their club, the magnificent history of the club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite. “It is only a challenge such as this which could have persuaded me to leave PSV.” Moshiri claimed Brands’ arrival will make the club “better and more equipped to challenge the top teams in the Premier League”. He needs the changes to work after some expensive missteps during his tenure so far. Since Moshiri invested in Everton, the club has sacked three managers – Roberto Martinez, Koeman and Allardyce. Wayne Rooney’s future should also become clearer by the end of this week. If it becomes clear to him the likely next manager does not see him as a key part of his plans, the former England captain may accept the offer to join DC United.
Everton have opened talks with Marco Silva to become their new manager after formally ending Sam Allardyce’s acrimonious reign on a day the axe fell with frequency at Goodison Park. Director of football Steve Walsh was also dismissed within hours of Allardyce, along with the outgoing manager’s backroom staff. Walsh is replaced by Dutchman Marcel Brands, who immediately prioritised appointing the next head coach. Meetings with Silva’s representative were stepped up instantly. Silva was Everton’s first choice when Ronald Koeman was sacked in November, so there is no surprise his agent, Carlos Goncalves, was swiftly contacted with another recruitment process under way. Watford are seeking compensation from Everton so it may yet cost £8 million to settle differences with the Vicarage Road club, who reserve the right to pursue a Premier League complaint for an alleged ­illegal approach to their ex-coach dating back to before Silva’s sacking in January. Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri had concluded due diligence on Silva before feeling compelled to appoint Allardyce. Everton want Marco Silva to replace Allardyce Credit: Reuters It is hoped Silva will bring youth, dynamism, ambition and a pacier style to Goodison Park, something the supporters feel was lost in a torturous campaign which has seen three managers try and fail to secure their position. Allardyce was called to a scheduled meeting with Moshiri in London at 8.30am yesterday. Confirmation of his dismissal came 75 minutes later. Newly appointed chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale explained why. “We have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately,” she said. Allardyce leaves with neutrals offering more sympathy than Everton fans, who never wanted him before he was recruited and grew increasingly intolerant while he was in post. He was employed at a time when the club was genuinely threatened with relegation in the aftermath of a dismal summer of recruitment, and Koeman’s poor start to the season. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked David Unsworth was given the chance as a caretaker, but could not acquire the necessary points during a tough run of fixtures to convince he should be retained as head coach. Allardyce arrived just as Unsworth had overseen the most encouraging performance of the season – a 4-0 win over West Ham – and the controversy of who deserved credit for that victory summed up the divisiveness of reign. The new manager was in the stands, but Unsworth was still in charge. Evertonians partially understood why he was given the job short-term, but did not welcome his receiving an extra year on his contract. He made two significant signings in January, adding Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun, but it irked Evertonians when exciting youngster Ademola Lookman moved to RB Leipzig on loan, where he performed well. Allardyce’s was not the only blood on the carpet on Wednesday. Six hours later, Everton announced Brands’ arrival and Walsh’s exit. Walsh was headhunted from Leicester City having been credited for overseeing their triumphant title season. Moshiri hoped he would be equally intuitive at Goodison Park, but the return on his investment last season was pitiful. Of last summer’s deals – costing in excess of £100 million – only goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was a success. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad Now the Merseyside club turns to Dutchman Brands, 56, who joined PSV Eindhoven having previously been instrumental in transforming the fortunes of RKC Waalwijk and AZ Alkmaar. “It is a privilege to be joining Everton as director of football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands. “The fantastic passion of the fans for their club, the magnificent history of the club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite. “It is only a challenge such as this which could have persuaded me to leave PSV.” Moshiri claimed Brands’ arrival will make the club “better and more equipped to challenge the top teams in the Premier League”. He needs the changes to work after some expensive missteps during his tenure so far. Since Moshiri invested in Everton, the club has sacked three managers – Roberto Martinez, Koeman and Allardyce. Wayne Rooney’s future should also become clearer by the end of this week. If it becomes clear to him the likely next manager does not see him as a key part of his plans, the former England captain may accept the offer to join DC United.
Everton open talks with Marco Silva after Sam Allardyce and director of football Steve Walsh are sacked
Everton have opened talks with Marco Silva to become their new manager after formally ending Sam Allardyce’s acrimonious reign on a day the axe fell with frequency at Goodison Park. Director of football Steve Walsh was also dismissed within hours of Allardyce, along with the outgoing manager’s backroom staff. Walsh is replaced by Dutchman Marcel Brands, who immediately prioritised appointing the next head coach. Meetings with Silva’s representative were stepped up instantly. Silva was Everton’s first choice when Ronald Koeman was sacked in November, so there is no surprise his agent, Carlos Goncalves, was swiftly contacted with another recruitment process under way. Watford are seeking compensation from Everton so it may yet cost £8 million to settle differences with the Vicarage Road club, who reserve the right to pursue a Premier League complaint for an alleged ­illegal approach to their ex-coach dating back to before Silva’s sacking in January. Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri had concluded due diligence on Silva before feeling compelled to appoint Allardyce. Everton want Marco Silva to replace Allardyce Credit: Reuters It is hoped Silva will bring youth, dynamism, ambition and a pacier style to Goodison Park, something the supporters feel was lost in a torturous campaign which has seen three managers try and fail to secure their position. Allardyce was called to a scheduled meeting with Moshiri in London at 8.30am yesterday. Confirmation of his dismissal came 75 minutes later. Newly appointed chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale explained why. “We have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately,” she said. Allardyce leaves with neutrals offering more sympathy than Everton fans, who never wanted him before he was recruited and grew increasingly intolerant while he was in post. He was employed at a time when the club was genuinely threatened with relegation in the aftermath of a dismal summer of recruitment, and Koeman’s poor start to the season. England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked David Unsworth was given the chance as a caretaker, but could not acquire the necessary points during a tough run of fixtures to convince he should be retained as head coach. Allardyce arrived just as Unsworth had overseen the most encouraging performance of the season – a 4-0 win over West Ham – and the controversy of who deserved credit for that victory summed up the divisiveness of reign. The new manager was in the stands, but Unsworth was still in charge. Evertonians partially understood why he was given the job short-term, but did not welcome his receiving an extra year on his contract. He made two significant signings in January, adding Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun, but it irked Evertonians when exciting youngster Ademola Lookman moved to RB Leipzig on loan, where he performed well. Allardyce’s was not the only blood on the carpet on Wednesday. Six hours later, Everton announced Brands’ arrival and Walsh’s exit. Walsh was headhunted from Leicester City having been credited for overseeing their triumphant title season. Moshiri hoped he would be equally intuitive at Goodison Park, but the return on his investment last season was pitiful. Of last summer’s deals – costing in excess of £100 million – only goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was a success. Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad Now the Merseyside club turns to Dutchman Brands, 56, who joined PSV Eindhoven having previously been instrumental in transforming the fortunes of RKC Waalwijk and AZ Alkmaar. “It is a privilege to be joining Everton as director of football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands. “The fantastic passion of the fans for their club, the magnificent history of the club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite. “It is only a challenge such as this which could have persuaded me to leave PSV.” Moshiri claimed Brands’ arrival will make the club “better and more equipped to challenge the top teams in the Premier League”. He needs the changes to work after some expensive missteps during his tenure so far. Since Moshiri invested in Everton, the club has sacked three managers – Roberto Martinez, Koeman and Allardyce. Wayne Rooney’s future should also become clearer by the end of this week. If it becomes clear to him the likely next manager does not see him as a key part of his plans, the former England captain may accept the offer to join DC United.
Everton have sacked Steve Walsh as director of football on a day of departures at Goodison Park. Having confirmed Sam Allardyce’s departure earlier on Wednesdaday, Walsh has also paid the price for his horrific spending spree of last summer when only Jordan Pickford emerged with credit for a vast outlay exceeding £100 million. As expected, he has been replaced by Marcel Brands, who joins from PSV Eindhoven. Walsh was headhunted from Leicester City in 2016 having been credited for overseeing their triumphant title season. Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri hoped Walsh would be equally intuitive at Goodison Park, but the return on his investment last season was pitiful. Now the Merseyside club turns to Dutchman Brands, 56, who joined PSV Eindhoven having previously been instrumental in transforming the fortunes of RKC Waalwijk and AZ Alkmaar. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has sacked his manager and director of football today Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images “It is a privilege to be joining Everton as director of football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands. “The fantastic passion of the fans for their club, the magnificent history of the club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the Club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite. “It is no straightforward challenge but this must be our motivation each and every day. “I am looking forward to working with Farhad Moshiri and Chairman Bill Kenwright, whom I thank for entrusting me with this role and responsibility, and I am also looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and with our new CEO, Denise Barrett-Baxendale. I know we have very committed people here who want only the best for Everton. Marcel Brands joins Everton from PSV Credit: Edwin van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images “It is only a challenge such as this which could have persuaded me to leave PSV where I am indebted to the many people whose collective effort led to some great achievements. “Now we will look to build something really strong and lasting here at Everton.” Everton’s major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, added: “Marcel’s record of achievement has cemented his reputation across Europe and I am extremely pleased that we will be bringing his drive, energy and expertise to Everton. Marcel Brands leaves PSV for @Everton. Now it’s your turn, Marcel. Good luck in England! �� pic.twitter.com/yqmRE1AXzd— PSV International (@psveindhoven) May 16, 2018 “It was clear to me in our conversations that he shares in the vision we have for the club and he has much to contribute in making us better and more equipped to challenge the top teams in the Premier League.” Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “His successful track record is there for all to see and having him here to help lead Everton forward is something which I’m sure will excite all Evertonians.” Brands first job is to secure the next manager, who is expected to be Marco Silva, the former Watford coach. New chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “I know that Marcel will bring an unsurpassed level of quality and prowess to his work at Everton. “We will work alongside Marcel on the recruitment of a new manager, which is now our biggest focus.”
Everton sack Steve Walsh as director of football and welcome PSV's Marcel Brands
Everton have sacked Steve Walsh as director of football on a day of departures at Goodison Park. Having confirmed Sam Allardyce’s departure earlier on Wednesdaday, Walsh has also paid the price for his horrific spending spree of last summer when only Jordan Pickford emerged with credit for a vast outlay exceeding £100 million. As expected, he has been replaced by Marcel Brands, who joins from PSV Eindhoven. Walsh was headhunted from Leicester City in 2016 having been credited for overseeing their triumphant title season. Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri hoped Walsh would be equally intuitive at Goodison Park, but the return on his investment last season was pitiful. Now the Merseyside club turns to Dutchman Brands, 56, who joined PSV Eindhoven having previously been instrumental in transforming the fortunes of RKC Waalwijk and AZ Alkmaar. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has sacked his manager and director of football today Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images “It is a privilege to be joining Everton as director of football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands. “The fantastic passion of the fans for their club, the magnificent history of the club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the Club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite. “It is no straightforward challenge but this must be our motivation each and every day. “I am looking forward to working with Farhad Moshiri and Chairman Bill Kenwright, whom I thank for entrusting me with this role and responsibility, and I am also looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and with our new CEO, Denise Barrett-Baxendale. I know we have very committed people here who want only the best for Everton. Marcel Brands joins Everton from PSV Credit: Edwin van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images “It is only a challenge such as this which could have persuaded me to leave PSV where I am indebted to the many people whose collective effort led to some great achievements. “Now we will look to build something really strong and lasting here at Everton.” Everton’s major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, added: “Marcel’s record of achievement has cemented his reputation across Europe and I am extremely pleased that we will be bringing his drive, energy and expertise to Everton. Marcel Brands leaves PSV for @Everton. Now it’s your turn, Marcel. Good luck in England! �� pic.twitter.com/yqmRE1AXzd— PSV International (@psveindhoven) May 16, 2018 “It was clear to me in our conversations that he shares in the vision we have for the club and he has much to contribute in making us better and more equipped to challenge the top teams in the Premier League.” Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “His successful track record is there for all to see and having him here to help lead Everton forward is something which I’m sure will excite all Evertonians.” Brands first job is to secure the next manager, who is expected to be Marco Silva, the former Watford coach. New chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “I know that Marcel will bring an unsurpassed level of quality and prowess to his work at Everton. “We will work alongside Marcel on the recruitment of a new manager, which is now our biggest focus.”
Everton have sacked Steve Walsh as director of football on a day of departures at Goodison Park. Having confirmed Sam Allardyce’s departure earlier on Wednesdaday, Walsh has also paid the price for his horrific spending spree of last summer when only Jordan Pickford emerged with credit for a vast outlay exceeding £100 million. As expected, he has been replaced by Marcel Brands, who joins from PSV Eindhoven. Walsh was headhunted from Leicester City in 2016 having been credited for overseeing their triumphant title season. Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri hoped Walsh would be equally intuitive at Goodison Park, but the return on his investment last season was pitiful. Now the Merseyside club turns to Dutchman Brands, 56, who joined PSV Eindhoven having previously been instrumental in transforming the fortunes of RKC Waalwijk and AZ Alkmaar. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has sacked his manager and director of football today Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images “It is a privilege to be joining Everton as director of football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands. “The fantastic passion of the fans for their club, the magnificent history of the club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the Club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite. “It is no straightforward challenge but this must be our motivation each and every day. “I am looking forward to working with Farhad Moshiri and Chairman Bill Kenwright, whom I thank for entrusting me with this role and responsibility, and I am also looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and with our new CEO, Denise Barrett-Baxendale. I know we have very committed people here who want only the best for Everton. Marcel Brands joins Everton from PSV Credit: Edwin van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images “It is only a challenge such as this which could have persuaded me to leave PSV where I am indebted to the many people whose collective effort led to some great achievements. “Now we will look to build something really strong and lasting here at Everton.” Everton’s major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, added: “Marcel’s record of achievement has cemented his reputation across Europe and I am extremely pleased that we will be bringing his drive, energy and expertise to Everton. Marcel Brands leaves PSV for @Everton. Now it’s your turn, Marcel. Good luck in England! �� pic.twitter.com/yqmRE1AXzd— PSV International (@psveindhoven) May 16, 2018 “It was clear to me in our conversations that he shares in the vision we have for the club and he has much to contribute in making us better and more equipped to challenge the top teams in the Premier League.” Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “His successful track record is there for all to see and having him here to help lead Everton forward is something which I’m sure will excite all Evertonians.” Brands first job is to secure the next manager, who is expected to be Marco Silva, the former Watford coach. New chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “I know that Marcel will bring an unsurpassed level of quality and prowess to his work at Everton. “We will work alongside Marcel on the recruitment of a new manager, which is now our biggest focus.”
Everton sack Steve Walsh as director of football and welcome PSV's Marcel Brands
Everton have sacked Steve Walsh as director of football on a day of departures at Goodison Park. Having confirmed Sam Allardyce’s departure earlier on Wednesdaday, Walsh has also paid the price for his horrific spending spree of last summer when only Jordan Pickford emerged with credit for a vast outlay exceeding £100 million. As expected, he has been replaced by Marcel Brands, who joins from PSV Eindhoven. Walsh was headhunted from Leicester City in 2016 having been credited for overseeing their triumphant title season. Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri hoped Walsh would be equally intuitive at Goodison Park, but the return on his investment last season was pitiful. Now the Merseyside club turns to Dutchman Brands, 56, who joined PSV Eindhoven having previously been instrumental in transforming the fortunes of RKC Waalwijk and AZ Alkmaar. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has sacked his manager and director of football today Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images “It is a privilege to be joining Everton as director of football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands. “The fantastic passion of the fans for their club, the magnificent history of the club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the Club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite. “It is no straightforward challenge but this must be our motivation each and every day. “I am looking forward to working with Farhad Moshiri and Chairman Bill Kenwright, whom I thank for entrusting me with this role and responsibility, and I am also looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and with our new CEO, Denise Barrett-Baxendale. I know we have very committed people here who want only the best for Everton. Marcel Brands joins Everton from PSV Credit: Edwin van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images “It is only a challenge such as this which could have persuaded me to leave PSV where I am indebted to the many people whose collective effort led to some great achievements. “Now we will look to build something really strong and lasting here at Everton.” Everton’s major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, added: “Marcel’s record of achievement has cemented his reputation across Europe and I am extremely pleased that we will be bringing his drive, energy and expertise to Everton. Marcel Brands leaves PSV for @Everton. Now it’s your turn, Marcel. Good luck in England! �� pic.twitter.com/yqmRE1AXzd— PSV International (@psveindhoven) May 16, 2018 “It was clear to me in our conversations that he shares in the vision we have for the club and he has much to contribute in making us better and more equipped to challenge the top teams in the Premier League.” Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “His successful track record is there for all to see and having him here to help lead Everton forward is something which I’m sure will excite all Evertonians.” Brands first job is to secure the next manager, who is expected to be Marco Silva, the former Watford coach. New chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “I know that Marcel will bring an unsurpassed level of quality and prowess to his work at Everton. “We will work alongside Marcel on the recruitment of a new manager, which is now our biggest focus.”
Everton have sacked Steve Walsh as director of football on a day of departures at Goodison Park. Having confirmed Sam Allardyce’s departure earlier on Wednesdaday, Walsh has also paid the price for his horrific spending spree of last summer when only Jordan Pickford emerged with credit for a vast outlay exceeding £100 million. As expected, he has been replaced by Marcel Brands, who joins from PSV Eindhoven. Walsh was headhunted from Leicester City in 2016 having been credited for overseeing their triumphant title season. Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri hoped Walsh would be equally intuitive at Goodison Park, but the return on his investment last season was pitiful. Now the Merseyside club turns to Dutchman Brands, 56, who joined PSV Eindhoven having previously been instrumental in transforming the fortunes of RKC Waalwijk and AZ Alkmaar. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has sacked his manager and director of football today Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images “It is a privilege to be joining Everton as director of football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands. “The fantastic passion of the fans for their club, the magnificent history of the club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the Club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite. “It is no straightforward challenge but this must be our motivation each and every day. “I am looking forward to working with Farhad Moshiri and Chairman Bill Kenwright, whom I thank for entrusting me with this role and responsibility, and I am also looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and with our new CEO, Denise Barrett-Baxendale. I know we have very committed people here who want only the best for Everton. Marcel Brands joins Everton from PSV Credit: Edwin van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images “It is only a challenge such as this which could have persuaded me to leave PSV where I am indebted to the many people whose collective effort led to some great achievements. “Now we will look to build something really strong and lasting here at Everton.” Everton’s major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, added: “Marcel’s record of achievement has cemented his reputation across Europe and I am extremely pleased that we will be bringing his drive, energy and expertise to Everton. Marcel Brands leaves PSV for @Everton. Now it’s your turn, Marcel. Good luck in England! �� pic.twitter.com/yqmRE1AXzd— PSV International (@psveindhoven) May 16, 2018 “It was clear to me in our conversations that he shares in the vision we have for the club and he has much to contribute in making us better and more equipped to challenge the top teams in the Premier League.” Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “His successful track record is there for all to see and having him here to help lead Everton forward is something which I’m sure will excite all Evertonians.” Brands first job is to secure the next manager, who is expected to be Marco Silva, the former Watford coach. New chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “I know that Marcel will bring an unsurpassed level of quality and prowess to his work at Everton. “We will work alongside Marcel on the recruitment of a new manager, which is now our biggest focus.”
Everton sack Steve Walsh as director of football and welcome PSV's Marcel Brands
Everton have sacked Steve Walsh as director of football on a day of departures at Goodison Park. Having confirmed Sam Allardyce’s departure earlier on Wednesdaday, Walsh has also paid the price for his horrific spending spree of last summer when only Jordan Pickford emerged with credit for a vast outlay exceeding £100 million. As expected, he has been replaced by Marcel Brands, who joins from PSV Eindhoven. Walsh was headhunted from Leicester City in 2016 having been credited for overseeing their triumphant title season. Majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri hoped Walsh would be equally intuitive at Goodison Park, but the return on his investment last season was pitiful. Now the Merseyside club turns to Dutchman Brands, 56, who joined PSV Eindhoven having previously been instrumental in transforming the fortunes of RKC Waalwijk and AZ Alkmaar. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has sacked his manager and director of football today Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images “It is a privilege to be joining Everton as director of football and I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge,” said Brands. “The fantastic passion of the fans for their club, the magnificent history of the club over the years and the ambition and purpose we have as people tasked with driving the Club forward all mean that we need to be competing for honours against the Premier League elite. “It is no straightforward challenge but this must be our motivation each and every day. “I am looking forward to working with Farhad Moshiri and Chairman Bill Kenwright, whom I thank for entrusting me with this role and responsibility, and I am also looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and with our new CEO, Denise Barrett-Baxendale. I know we have very committed people here who want only the best for Everton. Marcel Brands joins Everton from PSV Credit: Edwin van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images “It is only a challenge such as this which could have persuaded me to leave PSV where I am indebted to the many people whose collective effort led to some great achievements. “Now we will look to build something really strong and lasting here at Everton.” Everton’s major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, added: “Marcel’s record of achievement has cemented his reputation across Europe and I am extremely pleased that we will be bringing his drive, energy and expertise to Everton. Marcel Brands leaves PSV for @Everton. Now it’s your turn, Marcel. Good luck in England! �� pic.twitter.com/yqmRE1AXzd— PSV International (@psveindhoven) May 16, 2018 “It was clear to me in our conversations that he shares in the vision we have for the club and he has much to contribute in making us better and more equipped to challenge the top teams in the Premier League.” Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “His successful track record is there for all to see and having him here to help lead Everton forward is something which I’m sure will excite all Evertonians.” Brands first job is to secure the next manager, who is expected to be Marco Silva, the former Watford coach. New chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “I know that Marcel will bring an unsurpassed level of quality and prowess to his work at Everton. “We will work alongside Marcel on the recruitment of a new manager, which is now our biggest focus.”
Mexicans can never be sure who will be playing for the national team under Juan Carlos Osorio. A different line-up has been deployed by Osorio in all 44 games in charge and now players are starting to question the tactical tinkering going into the World Cup. "It's time to stop with the experiments," goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said. "We have to focus on how we play as a team." Osorio, who replaced fan favorite Miguel Herrera in 2015, isn't budging. The Colombian has no plans to change the strategy because it carried Mexico to the World Cup as the top-place team in Concacaf qualifying for the first time in two decades. But changing formations depending on the opponent hasn't fared well in all competitions. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know "A lot of people said that the past few years have been good, but I'm not so sure about that," said Manuel Lapuente, who coached Mexico at the 1998 World Cup. "We were a failure in the Copa America Centenario. We failed at the Gold Cup and in the Confederations Cup. We did well in the qualifiers, but, guess what? We are not going to play against that kind of rival in Russia". The Mexicans were consigned to their worst-ever loss in the 2016 Copa America Centenario quarter-finals, trounced 7-0 by Chile. In a pair of semi-finals last year they were beaten 4-1 by Germany in the Confederations Cup and lost 1-0 to Jamaica in the Gold Cup. Progress for Mexico at the World Cup would be reaching the quarter-finals after failing to advance from the round of 16 at six successive editions. Only when the Mexicans hosted the World Cup did they make the last eight - in 1970 and 1986. Here's a closer look at the Mexico team: Coach Osorio, a former conditioning coach at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, won four league titles in Colombia and was managing Sao Paulo before taking over his first job as a national coach with Mexico in 2015. Osorio's success in Colombia, where he won the championship with Once Caldas and three more with Atletico Nacional, was based on the same tactical fluidity that he has brought to Mexico. His 44 games with Mexico have seen 29 wins, eight draws and seven losses. Mexico's national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio Credit: AFP Goalkeepers Guillermo Ochoa, who has made 92 appearances since his international debut in 2005, is renowned in Mexico for an outstanding save from Neymar's header at the 2014 World Cup. The 32-year-old "Memo," who plays for Standard Liege in Belgium, will be making the World Cup trip but he might not be guaranteed to start every game. Osorio is considering using either Jesus Corona or Alfredo Talavera in the final Group F game against Sweden because Ochoa can struggle dealing with crosses. Defenders Probably the weakest link in the team. Hector Moreno, who plays for Real Sociedad after a brief stint with Roma, is the strongest component of the back line. Osorio likes to play with three centre-backs, but only Moreno is a guaranteed starter. Nestor Araujo of Santos is uncertain for the tournament after sustaining a knee injury in a friendly against Croatia in March, while Carlos Salcedo injured his collarbone in the same match and is racing to be fit for Russia. Oswaldo Alanis, Hugo Ayala and Edson Alvarez could take over but all lack international experience. World Cup 2018 venues Midfielders This department is the team's strength. Hirving Lozano, who has scored 16 goals for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league, should start on the left wing. Carlos Vela, who joined Los Angeles FC from Real Sociedad last year, currently has the edge to start on the other flank rather than Jesus Corona of Porto. Andres Guardado (Real Betis) will play in the centre in his fourth World Cup alongside Hector Herrera, whose Porto teammate is set to be the defensive midfielder. Forwards Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez remains the main striker heading into the tournament, but Raul Jimenez is having a strong season with Benfica and giving the West Ham striker a run for his money. Oribe Peralta, who led Mexico to the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, is the third striker. Coach Osorio likes to use a formation with a withdrawn striker, a position where Giovani Dos Santos, Marco Fabian and Rodolfo Pizarro are contesting the starting position. World Cup predictor Group games Mexico open Group F against World Cup holders Germany on June 17 in Moscow where they have their tournament base. Then there's a trip to Rostov-on-Don to face South Korea on June 23, followed by a June 27 meeting with Sweden in Yekaterinburg.
Mexico World Cup 2018 squad: Latest player news and injury information
Mexicans can never be sure who will be playing for the national team under Juan Carlos Osorio. A different line-up has been deployed by Osorio in all 44 games in charge and now players are starting to question the tactical tinkering going into the World Cup. "It's time to stop with the experiments," goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said. "We have to focus on how we play as a team." Osorio, who replaced fan favorite Miguel Herrera in 2015, isn't budging. The Colombian has no plans to change the strategy because it carried Mexico to the World Cup as the top-place team in Concacaf qualifying for the first time in two decades. But changing formations depending on the opponent hasn't fared well in all competitions. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know "A lot of people said that the past few years have been good, but I'm not so sure about that," said Manuel Lapuente, who coached Mexico at the 1998 World Cup. "We were a failure in the Copa America Centenario. We failed at the Gold Cup and in the Confederations Cup. We did well in the qualifiers, but, guess what? We are not going to play against that kind of rival in Russia". The Mexicans were consigned to their worst-ever loss in the 2016 Copa America Centenario quarter-finals, trounced 7-0 by Chile. In a pair of semi-finals last year they were beaten 4-1 by Germany in the Confederations Cup and lost 1-0 to Jamaica in the Gold Cup. Progress for Mexico at the World Cup would be reaching the quarter-finals after failing to advance from the round of 16 at six successive editions. Only when the Mexicans hosted the World Cup did they make the last eight - in 1970 and 1986. Here's a closer look at the Mexico team: Coach Osorio, a former conditioning coach at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, won four league titles in Colombia and was managing Sao Paulo before taking over his first job as a national coach with Mexico in 2015. Osorio's success in Colombia, where he won the championship with Once Caldas and three more with Atletico Nacional, was based on the same tactical fluidity that he has brought to Mexico. His 44 games with Mexico have seen 29 wins, eight draws and seven losses. Mexico's national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio Credit: AFP Goalkeepers Guillermo Ochoa, who has made 92 appearances since his international debut in 2005, is renowned in Mexico for an outstanding save from Neymar's header at the 2014 World Cup. The 32-year-old "Memo," who plays for Standard Liege in Belgium, will be making the World Cup trip but he might not be guaranteed to start every game. Osorio is considering using either Jesus Corona or Alfredo Talavera in the final Group F game against Sweden because Ochoa can struggle dealing with crosses. Defenders Probably the weakest link in the team. Hector Moreno, who plays for Real Sociedad after a brief stint with Roma, is the strongest component of the back line. Osorio likes to play with three centre-backs, but only Moreno is a guaranteed starter. Nestor Araujo of Santos is uncertain for the tournament after sustaining a knee injury in a friendly against Croatia in March, while Carlos Salcedo injured his collarbone in the same match and is racing to be fit for Russia. Oswaldo Alanis, Hugo Ayala and Edson Alvarez could take over but all lack international experience. World Cup 2018 venues Midfielders This department is the team's strength. Hirving Lozano, who has scored 16 goals for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league, should start on the left wing. Carlos Vela, who joined Los Angeles FC from Real Sociedad last year, currently has the edge to start on the other flank rather than Jesus Corona of Porto. Andres Guardado (Real Betis) will play in the centre in his fourth World Cup alongside Hector Herrera, whose Porto teammate is set to be the defensive midfielder. Forwards Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez remains the main striker heading into the tournament, but Raul Jimenez is having a strong season with Benfica and giving the West Ham striker a run for his money. Oribe Peralta, who led Mexico to the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, is the third striker. Coach Osorio likes to use a formation with a withdrawn striker, a position where Giovani Dos Santos, Marco Fabian and Rodolfo Pizarro are contesting the starting position. World Cup predictor Group games Mexico open Group F against World Cup holders Germany on June 17 in Moscow where they have their tournament base. Then there's a trip to Rostov-on-Don to face South Korea on June 23, followed by a June 27 meeting with Sweden in Yekaterinburg.
Mexicans can never be sure who will be playing for the national team under Juan Carlos Osorio. A different line-up has been deployed by Osorio in all 44 games in charge and now players are starting to question the tactical tinkering going into the World Cup. "It's time to stop with the experiments," goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said. "We have to focus on how we play as a team." Osorio, who replaced fan favorite Miguel Herrera in 2015, isn't budging. The Colombian has no plans to change the strategy because it carried Mexico to the World Cup as the top-place team in Concacaf qualifying for the first time in two decades. But changing formations depending on the opponent hasn't fared well in all competitions. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know "A lot of people said that the past few years have been good, but I'm not so sure about that," said Manuel Lapuente, who coached Mexico at the 1998 World Cup. "We were a failure in the Copa America Centenario. We failed at the Gold Cup and in the Confederations Cup. We did well in the qualifiers, but, guess what? We are not going to play against that kind of rival in Russia". The Mexicans were consigned to their worst-ever loss in the 2016 Copa America Centenario quarter-finals, trounced 7-0 by Chile. In a pair of semi-finals last year they were beaten 4-1 by Germany in the Confederations Cup and lost 1-0 to Jamaica in the Gold Cup. Progress for Mexico at the World Cup would be reaching the quarter-finals after failing to advance from the round of 16 at six successive editions. Only when the Mexicans hosted the World Cup did they make the last eight - in 1970 and 1986. Here's a closer look at the Mexico team: Coach Osorio, a former conditioning coach at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, won four league titles in Colombia and was managing Sao Paulo before taking over his first job as a national coach with Mexico in 2015. Osorio's success in Colombia, where he won the championship with Once Caldas and three more with Atletico Nacional, was based on the same tactical fluidity that he has brought to Mexico. His 44 games with Mexico have seen 29 wins, eight draws and seven losses. Mexico's national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio Credit: AFP Goalkeepers Guillermo Ochoa, who has made 92 appearances since his international debut in 2005, is renowned in Mexico for an outstanding save from Neymar's header at the 2014 World Cup. The 32-year-old "Memo," who plays for Standard Liege in Belgium, will be making the World Cup trip but he might not be guaranteed to start every game. Osorio is considering using either Jesus Corona or Alfredo Talavera in the final Group F game against Sweden because Ochoa can struggle dealing with crosses. Defenders Probably the weakest link in the team. Hector Moreno, who plays for Real Sociedad after a brief stint with Roma, is the strongest component of the back line. Osorio likes to play with three centre-backs, but only Moreno is a guaranteed starter. Nestor Araujo of Santos is uncertain for the tournament after sustaining a knee injury in a friendly against Croatia in March, while Carlos Salcedo injured his collarbone in the same match and is racing to be fit for Russia. Oswaldo Alanis, Hugo Ayala and Edson Alvarez could take over but all lack international experience. World Cup 2018 venues Midfielders This department is the team's strength. Hirving Lozano, who has scored 16 goals for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league, should start on the left wing. Carlos Vela, who joined Los Angeles FC from Real Sociedad last year, currently has the edge to start on the other flank rather than Jesus Corona of Porto. Andres Guardado (Real Betis) will play in the centre in his fourth World Cup alongside Hector Herrera, whose Porto teammate is set to be the defensive midfielder. Forwards Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez remains the main striker heading into the tournament, but Raul Jimenez is having a strong season with Benfica and giving the West Ham striker a run for his money. Oribe Peralta, who led Mexico to the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, is the third striker. Coach Osorio likes to use a formation with a withdrawn striker, a position where Giovani Dos Santos, Marco Fabian and Rodolfo Pizarro are contesting the starting position. World Cup predictor Group games Mexico open Group F against World Cup holders Germany on June 17 in Moscow where they have their tournament base. Then there's a trip to Rostov-on-Don to face South Korea on June 23, followed by a June 27 meeting with Sweden in Yekaterinburg.
Mexico World Cup 2018 squad: Latest player news and injury information
Mexicans can never be sure who will be playing for the national team under Juan Carlos Osorio. A different line-up has been deployed by Osorio in all 44 games in charge and now players are starting to question the tactical tinkering going into the World Cup. "It's time to stop with the experiments," goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said. "We have to focus on how we play as a team." Osorio, who replaced fan favorite Miguel Herrera in 2015, isn't budging. The Colombian has no plans to change the strategy because it carried Mexico to the World Cup as the top-place team in Concacaf qualifying for the first time in two decades. But changing formations depending on the opponent hasn't fared well in all competitions. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know "A lot of people said that the past few years have been good, but I'm not so sure about that," said Manuel Lapuente, who coached Mexico at the 1998 World Cup. "We were a failure in the Copa America Centenario. We failed at the Gold Cup and in the Confederations Cup. We did well in the qualifiers, but, guess what? We are not going to play against that kind of rival in Russia". The Mexicans were consigned to their worst-ever loss in the 2016 Copa America Centenario quarter-finals, trounced 7-0 by Chile. In a pair of semi-finals last year they were beaten 4-1 by Germany in the Confederations Cup and lost 1-0 to Jamaica in the Gold Cup. Progress for Mexico at the World Cup would be reaching the quarter-finals after failing to advance from the round of 16 at six successive editions. Only when the Mexicans hosted the World Cup did they make the last eight - in 1970 and 1986. Here's a closer look at the Mexico team: Coach Osorio, a former conditioning coach at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, won four league titles in Colombia and was managing Sao Paulo before taking over his first job as a national coach with Mexico in 2015. Osorio's success in Colombia, where he won the championship with Once Caldas and three more with Atletico Nacional, was based on the same tactical fluidity that he has brought to Mexico. His 44 games with Mexico have seen 29 wins, eight draws and seven losses. Mexico's national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio Credit: AFP Goalkeepers Guillermo Ochoa, who has made 92 appearances since his international debut in 2005, is renowned in Mexico for an outstanding save from Neymar's header at the 2014 World Cup. The 32-year-old "Memo," who plays for Standard Liege in Belgium, will be making the World Cup trip but he might not be guaranteed to start every game. Osorio is considering using either Jesus Corona or Alfredo Talavera in the final Group F game against Sweden because Ochoa can struggle dealing with crosses. Defenders Probably the weakest link in the team. Hector Moreno, who plays for Real Sociedad after a brief stint with Roma, is the strongest component of the back line. Osorio likes to play with three centre-backs, but only Moreno is a guaranteed starter. Nestor Araujo of Santos is uncertain for the tournament after sustaining a knee injury in a friendly against Croatia in March, while Carlos Salcedo injured his collarbone in the same match and is racing to be fit for Russia. Oswaldo Alanis, Hugo Ayala and Edson Alvarez could take over but all lack international experience. World Cup 2018 venues Midfielders This department is the team's strength. Hirving Lozano, who has scored 16 goals for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league, should start on the left wing. Carlos Vela, who joined Los Angeles FC from Real Sociedad last year, currently has the edge to start on the other flank rather than Jesus Corona of Porto. Andres Guardado (Real Betis) will play in the centre in his fourth World Cup alongside Hector Herrera, whose Porto teammate is set to be the defensive midfielder. Forwards Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez remains the main striker heading into the tournament, but Raul Jimenez is having a strong season with Benfica and giving the West Ham striker a run for his money. Oribe Peralta, who led Mexico to the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, is the third striker. Coach Osorio likes to use a formation with a withdrawn striker, a position where Giovani Dos Santos, Marco Fabian and Rodolfo Pizarro are contesting the starting position. World Cup predictor Group games Mexico open Group F against World Cup holders Germany on June 17 in Moscow where they have their tournament base. Then there's a trip to Rostov-on-Don to face South Korea on June 23, followed by a June 27 meeting with Sweden in Yekaterinburg.
Chelsea are among the clubs taking a keen interest in Anthony Martial’s situation at Manchester United, but owner Roman Abramovich will once again have to wheel and deal his way through the transfer window. Abramovich is keen to spend big this summer, but is facing a shortfall between £50million and £70m if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League and will have to sell players in order to satisfy Financial Fair Play rules. The club’s loan army could pay dividends, with Chelsea comfortably able to raise over £100million if they sell off some of the players who have spent time elsewhere. Despite the uncertainty over who will be Chelsea’s manager next season, with head coach Antonio Conte expected to leave, Abramovich is preparing to refresh the club’s squad following a difficult Premier League title defence. Other than trying to strengthen the defence and midfield, Chelsea will attempt to boost their forward options and are having to consider the possibility of what to do if Real Madrid make a big offer for Eden Hazard. Has Jose Mourinho changed tactically since his early managerial days? Martial, who can play anywhere across a front three, is viewed as a potential target if United cannot convince the Frenchman to stay at Old Trafford. His contract runs to 2019 and there is a ‘plus one’ option that means his value will not drop dramatically this summer. Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have already shown an interest in Martial, with the Italians thought to be ready to pay £44m and that would comfortably fit into Chelsea’s budget – as would his salary with the 22-year-old currently thought to earn £65,000-a-week. Jose Mourinho would rather keep Martial at United and the club may not want to allow him to stay in the Premier League if he does leave, but the Portuguese has proved in the past that he is willing to let players join rivals for the right money. There are also good relations between United and Chelsea, following Nemanja Matic’s move to Old Trafford last summer and Mourinho has made no secret of his ongoing admiration of Willian. Chelsea still hope to convince Hazard to sign a new contract and stay at Stamford Bridge, but face an anxious wait to see if Real firm up their long-term interest with a serious offer. Contenders to replace Conte at Chelsea But Abramovich can easily raise the money to make up a possible Champions League shortfall and satisfy Financial Fair Play without having to sell off any of Chelsea’s stars. Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Michy Batshuayi, who Chelsea value at around £50m, while Kurt Zouma and Kenedy would both command at least £20m each. The Blues would also expect to pocket up to £10m for individuals such as Marco van Ginkel, who has been at PSV Eindhoven, and Lucas Piazon, who is helping Fulham’s promotion bid. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham will not be sold, but Danny Drinkwater could leave Chelsea just one year after his move from Leicester City. West Ham United are one of the clubs ready to pay £30m for the midfielder. There are also doubts over the futures of David Luiz, who has been out injured after falling out with Conte, and Pedro Rodriguez, who has not been a regular starter this season. Antonio Conte and Roman Ibramovich look likely to part ways this summer Credit: getty images Financial Fair Play rules have limited Abramovich to a net outlay of £119m since 2014, which places the club sixth in the list of the Premier League’s highest spenders and shows how their business model has changed. Sources close to the Russian insist his commitment to ensuring Chelsea remain successful remains as strong as ever, but he is working under stricter parameters than Manchester City and United. Abramovich has been honoured by the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia for investing over £365m into Jewish communities in Russia, Israel and other countries around the world. FJCR president, Rabbi Alexander Boroda, has claimed that 80 per cent of the developments in Jewish life in Russia are thanks to Abramovich, saying: “He never talks about it, but I want to because people don’t understand who is the source of it is – and it is him.”
Chelsea consider targeting Anthony Martial if Manchester United cannot convince him to stay
Chelsea are among the clubs taking a keen interest in Anthony Martial’s situation at Manchester United, but owner Roman Abramovich will once again have to wheel and deal his way through the transfer window. Abramovich is keen to spend big this summer, but is facing a shortfall between £50million and £70m if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League and will have to sell players in order to satisfy Financial Fair Play rules. The club’s loan army could pay dividends, with Chelsea comfortably able to raise over £100million if they sell off some of the players who have spent time elsewhere. Despite the uncertainty over who will be Chelsea’s manager next season, with head coach Antonio Conte expected to leave, Abramovich is preparing to refresh the club’s squad following a difficult Premier League title defence. Other than trying to strengthen the defence and midfield, Chelsea will attempt to boost their forward options and are having to consider the possibility of what to do if Real Madrid make a big offer for Eden Hazard. Has Jose Mourinho changed tactically since his early managerial days? Martial, who can play anywhere across a front three, is viewed as a potential target if United cannot convince the Frenchman to stay at Old Trafford. His contract runs to 2019 and there is a ‘plus one’ option that means his value will not drop dramatically this summer. Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have already shown an interest in Martial, with the Italians thought to be ready to pay £44m and that would comfortably fit into Chelsea’s budget – as would his salary with the 22-year-old currently thought to earn £65,000-a-week. Jose Mourinho would rather keep Martial at United and the club may not want to allow him to stay in the Premier League if he does leave, but the Portuguese has proved in the past that he is willing to let players join rivals for the right money. There are also good relations between United and Chelsea, following Nemanja Matic’s move to Old Trafford last summer and Mourinho has made no secret of his ongoing admiration of Willian. Chelsea still hope to convince Hazard to sign a new contract and stay at Stamford Bridge, but face an anxious wait to see if Real firm up their long-term interest with a serious offer. Contenders to replace Conte at Chelsea But Abramovich can easily raise the money to make up a possible Champions League shortfall and satisfy Financial Fair Play without having to sell off any of Chelsea’s stars. Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Michy Batshuayi, who Chelsea value at around £50m, while Kurt Zouma and Kenedy would both command at least £20m each. The Blues would also expect to pocket up to £10m for individuals such as Marco van Ginkel, who has been at PSV Eindhoven, and Lucas Piazon, who is helping Fulham’s promotion bid. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham will not be sold, but Danny Drinkwater could leave Chelsea just one year after his move from Leicester City. West Ham United are one of the clubs ready to pay £30m for the midfielder. There are also doubts over the futures of David Luiz, who has been out injured after falling out with Conte, and Pedro Rodriguez, who has not been a regular starter this season. Antonio Conte and Roman Ibramovich look likely to part ways this summer Credit: getty images Financial Fair Play rules have limited Abramovich to a net outlay of £119m since 2014, which places the club sixth in the list of the Premier League’s highest spenders and shows how their business model has changed. Sources close to the Russian insist his commitment to ensuring Chelsea remain successful remains as strong as ever, but he is working under stricter parameters than Manchester City and United. Abramovich has been honoured by the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia for investing over £365m into Jewish communities in Russia, Israel and other countries around the world. FJCR president, Rabbi Alexander Boroda, has claimed that 80 per cent of the developments in Jewish life in Russia are thanks to Abramovich, saying: “He never talks about it, but I want to because people don’t understand who is the source of it is – and it is him.”
Chelsea are among the clubs taking a keen interest in Anthony Martial’s situation at Manchester United, but owner Roman Abramovich will once again have to wheel and deal his way through the transfer window. Abramovich is keen to spend big this summer, but is facing a shortfall between £50million and £70m if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League and will have to sell players in order to satisfy Financial Fair Play rules. The club’s loan army could pay dividends, with Chelsea comfortably able to raise over £100million if they sell off some of the players who have spent time elsewhere. Despite the uncertainty over who will be Chelsea’s manager next season, with head coach Antonio Conte expected to leave, Abramovich is preparing to refresh the club’s squad following a difficult Premier League title defence. Other than trying to strengthen the defence and midfield, Chelsea will attempt to boost their forward options and are having to consider the possibility of what to do if Real Madrid make a big offer for Eden Hazard. Has Jose Mourinho changed tactically since his early managerial days? Martial, who can play anywhere across a front three, is viewed as a potential target if United cannot convince the Frenchman to stay at Old Trafford. His contract runs to 2019 and there is a ‘plus one’ option that means his value will not drop dramatically this summer. Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have already shown an interest in Martial, with the Italians thought to be ready to pay £44m and that would comfortably fit into Chelsea’s budget – as would his salary with the 22-year-old currently thought to earn £65,000-a-week. Jose Mourinho would rather keep Martial at United and the club may not want to allow him to stay in the Premier League if he does leave, but the Portuguese has proved in the past that he is willing to let players join rivals for the right money. There are also good relations between United and Chelsea, following Nemanja Matic’s move to Old Trafford last summer and Mourinho has made no secret of his ongoing admiration of Willian. Chelsea still hope to convince Hazard to sign a new contract and stay at Stamford Bridge, but face an anxious wait to see if Real firm up their long-term interest with a serious offer. Contenders to replace Conte at Chelsea But Abramovich can easily raise the money to make up a possible Champions League shortfall and satisfy Financial Fair Play without having to sell off any of Chelsea’s stars. Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Michy Batshuayi, who Chelsea value at around £50m, while Kurt Zouma and Kenedy would both command at least £20m each. The Blues would also expect to pocket up to £10m for individuals such as Marco van Ginkel, who has been at PSV Eindhoven, and Lucas Piazon, who is helping Fulham’s promotion bid. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham will not be sold, but Danny Drinkwater could leave Chelsea just one year after his move from Leicester City. West Ham United are one of the clubs ready to pay £30m for the midfielder. There are also doubts over the futures of David Luiz, who has been out injured after falling out with Conte, and Pedro Rodriguez, who has not been a regular starter this season. Antonio Conte and Roman Ibramovich look likely to part ways this summer Credit: getty images Financial Fair Play rules have limited Abramovich to a net outlay of £119m since 2014, which places the club sixth in the list of the Premier League’s highest spenders and shows how their business model has changed. Sources close to the Russian insist his commitment to ensuring Chelsea remain successful remains as strong as ever, but he is working under stricter parameters than Manchester City and United. Abramovich has been honoured by the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia for investing over £365m into Jewish communities in Russia, Israel and other countries around the world. FJCR president, Rabbi Alexander Boroda, has claimed that 80 per cent of the developments in Jewish life in Russia are thanks to Abramovich, saying: “He never talks about it, but I want to because people don’t understand who is the source of it is – and it is him.”
Chelsea consider targeting Anthony Martial if Manchester United cannot convince him to stay
Chelsea are among the clubs taking a keen interest in Anthony Martial’s situation at Manchester United, but owner Roman Abramovich will once again have to wheel and deal his way through the transfer window. Abramovich is keen to spend big this summer, but is facing a shortfall between £50million and £70m if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League and will have to sell players in order to satisfy Financial Fair Play rules. The club’s loan army could pay dividends, with Chelsea comfortably able to raise over £100million if they sell off some of the players who have spent time elsewhere. Despite the uncertainty over who will be Chelsea’s manager next season, with head coach Antonio Conte expected to leave, Abramovich is preparing to refresh the club’s squad following a difficult Premier League title defence. Other than trying to strengthen the defence and midfield, Chelsea will attempt to boost their forward options and are having to consider the possibility of what to do if Real Madrid make a big offer for Eden Hazard. Has Jose Mourinho changed tactically since his early managerial days? Martial, who can play anywhere across a front three, is viewed as a potential target if United cannot convince the Frenchman to stay at Old Trafford. His contract runs to 2019 and there is a ‘plus one’ option that means his value will not drop dramatically this summer. Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur have already shown an interest in Martial, with the Italians thought to be ready to pay £44m and that would comfortably fit into Chelsea’s budget – as would his salary with the 22-year-old currently thought to earn £65,000-a-week. Jose Mourinho would rather keep Martial at United and the club may not want to allow him to stay in the Premier League if he does leave, but the Portuguese has proved in the past that he is willing to let players join rivals for the right money. There are also good relations between United and Chelsea, following Nemanja Matic’s move to Old Trafford last summer and Mourinho has made no secret of his ongoing admiration of Willian. Chelsea still hope to convince Hazard to sign a new contract and stay at Stamford Bridge, but face an anxious wait to see if Real firm up their long-term interest with a serious offer. Contenders to replace Conte at Chelsea But Abramovich can easily raise the money to make up a possible Champions League shortfall and satisfy Financial Fair Play without having to sell off any of Chelsea’s stars. Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Michy Batshuayi, who Chelsea value at around £50m, while Kurt Zouma and Kenedy would both command at least £20m each. The Blues would also expect to pocket up to £10m for individuals such as Marco van Ginkel, who has been at PSV Eindhoven, and Lucas Piazon, who is helping Fulham’s promotion bid. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham will not be sold, but Danny Drinkwater could leave Chelsea just one year after his move from Leicester City. West Ham United are one of the clubs ready to pay £30m for the midfielder. There are also doubts over the futures of David Luiz, who has been out injured after falling out with Conte, and Pedro Rodriguez, who has not been a regular starter this season. Antonio Conte and Roman Ibramovich look likely to part ways this summer Credit: getty images Financial Fair Play rules have limited Abramovich to a net outlay of £119m since 2014, which places the club sixth in the list of the Premier League’s highest spenders and shows how their business model has changed. Sources close to the Russian insist his commitment to ensuring Chelsea remain successful remains as strong as ever, but he is working under stricter parameters than Manchester City and United. Abramovich has been honoured by the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia for investing over £365m into Jewish communities in Russia, Israel and other countries around the world. FJCR president, Rabbi Alexander Boroda, has claimed that 80 per cent of the developments in Jewish life in Russia are thanks to Abramovich, saying: “He never talks about it, but I want to because people don’t understand who is the source of it is – and it is him.”
Everton’s summer overhaul has gathered pace with PSV Eindhoven sporting director Marcel Brands confirming he is preparing to join the Merseyside club. The Dutchman will move to Everton to oversee changes in football operations. As well as manager Sam Allardyce seeking clarity on his future, current Director of Football Steve Walsh will need likewise. “Saying goodbye to the people at this club will be the hardest thing for me,” said Brands. “But it is correct. The first contact with Everton goes back to 2016. I have said, ‘no’ to beautiful clubs in Germany and I am with the best club in the Netherlands.” Brands will bring an extensive portfolio and is already believed to be targeting PSV Mexican winger Hirving Lozano and Ajax’s Hakin Ziyech. Once Brands is in place, there are likely to be fundamental changes, although manager Allardyce has not given up on winning the support of the Goodison faithful as he offered another defence of his reign by arguing he inherited ‘chaos’. Allardyce faces the Gwladys Street for the first time since the club encouraged its fans to rate the former England’s boss’ period in charge. “You win fans over by winning football matches and winning them in style,” said Allardyce, ahead of the visit of Newcastle. "You can only do what you do and work as hard as you possibly can with the squad and the players you have got to deliver what you can. That has been a difficult challenge.” Sam Allardyce has claimed credit for David Unsworth's final victory of his eight-game caretaker stint Credit: Getty Images Allardyce feels he deserves more credit for ending any relegation fears. “We have managed to overcome the chaos,” he said. “Even David Unsworth said he could not wait for the new manager to be appointed. He was in for (eight) games and he was saying before the West Ham game, ‘get me out of this position, get a new manager appointed because I am struggling to cope and these players have got no confidence’. That is where I came from.” Although Unsworth oversaw the final victory of his caretaker reign, Allardyce says that was due to his arrival. "I came in for West Ham and spoke to the players,” he said. “It helped have a positive affect. David does the last game and he gets the win. We both benefit from that and move forward. Where we have gone from there, I consider it my contribution, which is 30 points from 21 games, rather than 13 games, 12 points. I had a contribution to play in the victory over West Ham that day. I spoke to the players before the game. The players reacted. I’m not saying they reacted to what I said but they certainly reacted to a new manager on the door. “When a new manager comes in, even if he hasn’t taken a coaching session, the players go out and respond to it. They think, ‘I have got to prove that I deserve my place in the side’. That contributed to what was a great victory.”
With new sporting director imminent, Sam Allardyce waits to learn if he will be part of Everton overhaul
Everton’s summer overhaul has gathered pace with PSV Eindhoven sporting director Marcel Brands confirming he is preparing to join the Merseyside club. The Dutchman will move to Everton to oversee changes in football operations. As well as manager Sam Allardyce seeking clarity on his future, current Director of Football Steve Walsh will need likewise. “Saying goodbye to the people at this club will be the hardest thing for me,” said Brands. “But it is correct. The first contact with Everton goes back to 2016. I have said, ‘no’ to beautiful clubs in Germany and I am with the best club in the Netherlands.” Brands will bring an extensive portfolio and is already believed to be targeting PSV Mexican winger Hirving Lozano and Ajax’s Hakin Ziyech. Once Brands is in place, there are likely to be fundamental changes, although manager Allardyce has not given up on winning the support of the Goodison faithful as he offered another defence of his reign by arguing he inherited ‘chaos’. Allardyce faces the Gwladys Street for the first time since the club encouraged its fans to rate the former England’s boss’ period in charge. “You win fans over by winning football matches and winning them in style,” said Allardyce, ahead of the visit of Newcastle. "You can only do what you do and work as hard as you possibly can with the squad and the players you have got to deliver what you can. That has been a difficult challenge.” Sam Allardyce has claimed credit for David Unsworth's final victory of his eight-game caretaker stint Credit: Getty Images Allardyce feels he deserves more credit for ending any relegation fears. “We have managed to overcome the chaos,” he said. “Even David Unsworth said he could not wait for the new manager to be appointed. He was in for (eight) games and he was saying before the West Ham game, ‘get me out of this position, get a new manager appointed because I am struggling to cope and these players have got no confidence’. That is where I came from.” Although Unsworth oversaw the final victory of his caretaker reign, Allardyce says that was due to his arrival. "I came in for West Ham and spoke to the players,” he said. “It helped have a positive affect. David does the last game and he gets the win. We both benefit from that and move forward. Where we have gone from there, I consider it my contribution, which is 30 points from 21 games, rather than 13 games, 12 points. I had a contribution to play in the victory over West Ham that day. I spoke to the players before the game. The players reacted. I’m not saying they reacted to what I said but they certainly reacted to a new manager on the door. “When a new manager comes in, even if he hasn’t taken a coaching session, the players go out and respond to it. They think, ‘I have got to prove that I deserve my place in the side’. That contributed to what was a great victory.”
Marcel Brands, the PSV Eindhoven technical director, says he faces a ‘hard' choice whether to leave the Dutch club this summer amid ongoing interest from Everton. The Merseyside club continue to court Brands as yet another Goodison restructure seems inevitable at the end of the season. After PSV secured the Dutch championship over the weekend, Brands admitted interest in his services, while insisting walking away from the Eredivisie club will not be easy. “I have a contract at PSV. There is interest but is it hard to leave this beautiful place,” he told Fox Sport. “We are busy preparing for next season. We started doing so at the winter break. Now it’s time to relax and celebrate.” Such comments are unlikely to dissuade Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri who has been analysing Brands' work for a considerable period. It is uncertain whether Everton's owner, Farhad Moshiri, right, is committed to his manager, Sam Allardyce, beyond the end of the season Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images Nevertheless, with Steve Walsh already in position as Goodison’s Director of Football, there continues to be a sense of ambiguity regarding the long-term positions of several key Everton figures. Chief Executive Robert Elstone’s imminent departure to Rugby’s Super League will create a significant opening, but it is inconceivable a figure of Brands' clout can be lured without the guarantee of authority to oversee a much-needed, thorough review of all footballing operations. That will do nothing to end uncertainty surrounding the position of Walsh, whose recruitment record since leaving Leicester for Everton has shown no sign of meeting the lofty expectations Moshiri set when buying the club. Points dropped from winning positions away from home Manager Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, has been unable to convince the sceptics among the club's fans that he should be considered anything more than a quick fix to the diabolical situation he inherited when Everton were flirting with a relegation fight. The Everton board knows if they stand by their manager going into next season, the disenchantment that has polluted this campaign will only subside if the club gets off to the most positive start imaginable – and even that would not prevent a summer of disillusionment for those anticipating and demanding a dynamic and fresh vision from the top of the club in response to a torturous year.
Everton target Marcel Brands admits leaving champions PSV would be hard
Marcel Brands, the PSV Eindhoven technical director, says he faces a ‘hard' choice whether to leave the Dutch club this summer amid ongoing interest from Everton. The Merseyside club continue to court Brands as yet another Goodison restructure seems inevitable at the end of the season. After PSV secured the Dutch championship over the weekend, Brands admitted interest in his services, while insisting walking away from the Eredivisie club will not be easy. “I have a contract at PSV. There is interest but is it hard to leave this beautiful place,” he told Fox Sport. “We are busy preparing for next season. We started doing so at the winter break. Now it’s time to relax and celebrate.” Such comments are unlikely to dissuade Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri who has been analysing Brands' work for a considerable period. It is uncertain whether Everton's owner, Farhad Moshiri, right, is committed to his manager, Sam Allardyce, beyond the end of the season Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images Nevertheless, with Steve Walsh already in position as Goodison’s Director of Football, there continues to be a sense of ambiguity regarding the long-term positions of several key Everton figures. Chief Executive Robert Elstone’s imminent departure to Rugby’s Super League will create a significant opening, but it is inconceivable a figure of Brands' clout can be lured without the guarantee of authority to oversee a much-needed, thorough review of all footballing operations. That will do nothing to end uncertainty surrounding the position of Walsh, whose recruitment record since leaving Leicester for Everton has shown no sign of meeting the lofty expectations Moshiri set when buying the club. Points dropped from winning positions away from home Manager Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, has been unable to convince the sceptics among the club's fans that he should be considered anything more than a quick fix to the diabolical situation he inherited when Everton were flirting with a relegation fight. The Everton board knows if they stand by their manager going into next season, the disenchantment that has polluted this campaign will only subside if the club gets off to the most positive start imaginable – and even that would not prevent a summer of disillusionment for those anticipating and demanding a dynamic and fresh vision from the top of the club in response to a torturous year.
Marcel Brands, the PSV Eindhoven technical director, says he faces a ‘hard' choice whether to leave the Dutch club this summer amid ongoing interest from Everton. The Merseyside club continue to court Brands as yet another Goodison restructure seems inevitable at the end of the season. After PSV secured the Dutch championship over the weekend, Brands admitted interest in his services, while insisting walking away from the Eredivisie club will not be easy. “I have a contract at PSV. There is interest but is it hard to leave this beautiful place,” he told Fox Sport. “We are busy preparing for next season. We started doing so at the winter break. Now it’s time to relax and celebrate.” Such comments are unlikely to dissuade Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri who has been analysing Brands' work for a considerable period. It is uncertain whether Everton's owner, Farhad Moshiri, right, is committed to his manager, Sam Allardyce, beyond the end of the season Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images Nevertheless, with Steve Walsh already in position as Goodison’s Director of Football, there continues to be a sense of ambiguity regarding the long-term positions of several key Everton figures. Chief Executive Robert Elstone’s imminent departure to Rugby’s Super League will create a significant opening, but it is inconceivable a figure of Brands' clout can be lured without the guarantee of authority to oversee a much-needed, thorough review of all footballing operations. That will do nothing to end uncertainty surrounding the position of Walsh, whose recruitment record since leaving Leicester for Everton has shown no sign of meeting the lofty expectations Moshiri set when buying the club. Points dropped from winning positions away from home Manager Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, has been unable to convince the sceptics among the club's fans that he should be considered anything more than a quick fix to the diabolical situation he inherited when Everton were flirting with a relegation fight. The Everton board knows if they stand by their manager going into next season, the disenchantment that has polluted this campaign will only subside if the club gets off to the most positive start imaginable – and even that would not prevent a summer of disillusionment for those anticipating and demanding a dynamic and fresh vision from the top of the club in response to a torturous year.
Everton target Marcel Brands admits leaving champions PSV would be hard
Marcel Brands, the PSV Eindhoven technical director, says he faces a ‘hard' choice whether to leave the Dutch club this summer amid ongoing interest from Everton. The Merseyside club continue to court Brands as yet another Goodison restructure seems inevitable at the end of the season. After PSV secured the Dutch championship over the weekend, Brands admitted interest in his services, while insisting walking away from the Eredivisie club will not be easy. “I have a contract at PSV. There is interest but is it hard to leave this beautiful place,” he told Fox Sport. “We are busy preparing for next season. We started doing so at the winter break. Now it’s time to relax and celebrate.” Such comments are unlikely to dissuade Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri who has been analysing Brands' work for a considerable period. It is uncertain whether Everton's owner, Farhad Moshiri, right, is committed to his manager, Sam Allardyce, beyond the end of the season Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images Nevertheless, with Steve Walsh already in position as Goodison’s Director of Football, there continues to be a sense of ambiguity regarding the long-term positions of several key Everton figures. Chief Executive Robert Elstone’s imminent departure to Rugby’s Super League will create a significant opening, but it is inconceivable a figure of Brands' clout can be lured without the guarantee of authority to oversee a much-needed, thorough review of all footballing operations. That will do nothing to end uncertainty surrounding the position of Walsh, whose recruitment record since leaving Leicester for Everton has shown no sign of meeting the lofty expectations Moshiri set when buying the club. Points dropped from winning positions away from home Manager Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, has been unable to convince the sceptics among the club's fans that he should be considered anything more than a quick fix to the diabolical situation he inherited when Everton were flirting with a relegation fight. The Everton board knows if they stand by their manager going into next season, the disenchantment that has polluted this campaign will only subside if the club gets off to the most positive start imaginable – and even that would not prevent a summer of disillusionment for those anticipating and demanding a dynamic and fresh vision from the top of the club in response to a torturous year.
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV cruise to Dutch title with win over rivals Ajax
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV cruise to Dutch title with win over rivals Ajax
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV cruise to Dutch title with win over rivals Ajax
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
Play of the Day: PSV seal Eredivisie title in style
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
Play of the Day: PSV seal Eredivisie title in style
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
Play of the Day: PSV seal Eredivisie title in style
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy (AFP Photo/Olaf KRAAK)
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy (AFP Photo/Olaf KRAAK)
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
PSV stun AZ with remarkable comeback
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
PSV stun AZ with remarkable comeback
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
PSV stun AZ with remarkable comeback
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
Bumbling Bizot gifts PSV equaliser
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
Bumbling Bizot gifts PSV equaliser
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
Bumbling Bizot gifts PSV equaliser
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Luuk de Jong (L, on the ground) of PSV Eindhoven tries to score but fails during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Luuk de Jong (L, on the ground) of PSV Eindhoven tries to score but fails during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Luuk de Jong (L, on the ground) of PSV Eindhoven tries to score but fails during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV cruise to Dutch title with win over rivals Ajax
PSV Eindhoven regained the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
Play of the Day: PSV seal Eredivisie title in style
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
Play of the Day: PSV seal Eredivisie title in style
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
Play of the Day: PSV seal Eredivisie title in style
PSV Eindhoven enjoyed the perfect day, regaining the Eredivisie title with a 3-0 win against bitter rivals, Ajax.
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy (AFP Photo/Olaf KRAAK)
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy
PSV Eindhoven fans celebrate their team's Dutch title triumph with replicas of the league trophy (AFP Photo/Olaf KRAAK)
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
56929602. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 15/04/2018.- Fans of PSV Eindhoven gather prior to the match against Ajax Amsterdam at the centre of Eindhoven, The Netherlands,15 April 2018. If PSV win the match they would clinch the title of the Dutch soccer League. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/JASPER JUINEN
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
PSV stun AZ with remarkable comeback
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
PSV stun AZ with remarkable comeback
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
PSV stun AZ with remarkable comeback
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
Bumbling Bizot gifts PSV equaliser
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
Bumbling Bizot gifts PSV equaliser
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
Bumbling Bizot gifts PSV equaliser
AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Marco Bizot will not want to see a replay of his attempted clearance in the 76th minute of the clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Luuk de Jong (L, on the ground) of PSV Eindhoven tries to score but fails during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Luuk de Jong (L, on the ground) of PSV Eindhoven tries to score but fails during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Luuk de Jong (L, on the ground) of PSV Eindhoven tries to score but fails during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Marco van Ginkel (R) of PSV Eindhoven cheers with teammate Gaston Pereiro after scoring the 3-2 against AZ Alkmaar during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Marco van Ginkel (R) of PSV Eindhoven cheers with teammate Gaston Pereiro after scoring the 3-2 against AZ Alkmaar during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
56793477. Alkmaar (Netherlands), 07/04/2018.- Marco van Ginkel (R) of PSV Eindhoven cheers with teammate Gaston Pereiro after scoring the 3-2 against AZ Alkmaar during the Dutch Eredivisie match between AZ and PSV in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 07 April 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/OLAF KRAAK
Former Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has revealed he left Barcelona for Internazionale in 1997 after just 12 months, because he did not trust the board at Camp Nou. The 2002 World Cup winner swapped PSV Eindhoven for Catalonia in 1996 after exploding onto the scene in the Netherlands. During his first term at the Camp Nou, the now-41-year-old's goals per game ratio was impressive (he netted 34 in 37 in La Liga), but lasted only one campaign in Barcelona before moving on to Italy. It was hoped...
Ronaldo Reveals Reason Why He Ditched Barcelona for Inter After Only One Season
Former Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has revealed he left Barcelona for Internazionale in 1997 after just 12 months, because he did not trust the board at Camp Nou. The 2002 World Cup winner swapped PSV Eindhoven for Catalonia in 1996 after exploding onto the scene in the Netherlands. During his first term at the Camp Nou, the now-41-year-old's goals per game ratio was impressive (he netted 34 in 37 in La Liga), but lasted only one campaign in Barcelona before moving on to Italy. It was hoped...
Former Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has revealed he left Barcelona for Internazionale in 1997 after just 12 months, because he did not trust the board at Camp Nou. The 2002 World Cup winner swapped PSV Eindhoven for Catalonia in 1996 after exploding onto the scene in the Netherlands. During his first term at the Camp Nou, the now-41-year-old's goals per game ratio was impressive (he netted 34 in 37 in La Liga), but lasted only one campaign in Barcelona before moving on to Italy. It was hoped...
Ronaldo Reveals Reason Why He Ditched Barcelona for Inter After Only One Season
Former Brazilian superstar Ronaldo has revealed he left Barcelona for Internazionale in 1997 after just 12 months, because he did not trust the board at Camp Nou. The 2002 World Cup winner swapped PSV Eindhoven for Catalonia in 1996 after exploding onto the scene in the Netherlands. During his first term at the Camp Nou, the now-41-year-old's goals per game ratio was impressive (he netted 34 in 37 in La Liga), but lasted only one campaign in Barcelona before moving on to Italy. It was hoped...
Perennial Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel gives the lowdown on how his parent club keeps track of his progress at PSV Eindhoven.
Van Ginkel reveals what it's like to be a Chelsea loanee
Perennial Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel gives the lowdown on how his parent club keeps track of his progress at PSV Eindhoven.
Perennial Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel gives the lowdown on how his parent club keeps track of his progress at PSV Eindhoven.
Van Ginkel reveals what it's like to be a Chelsea loanee
Perennial Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel gives the lowdown on how his parent club keeps track of his progress at PSV Eindhoven.
Perennial Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel gives the lowdown on how his parent club keeps track of his progress at PSV Eindhoven.
Van Ginkel reveals what it's like to be a Chelsea loanee
Perennial Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel gives the lowdown on how his parent club keeps track of his progress at PSV Eindhoven.
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Thierry Ambrose (R) of NAC Breda fights for the ball with Jorrit Hendrix of PSV Eindhoven during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Baile de la Rosa, Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Thierry Ambrose (R) of NAC Breda fights for the ball with Jorrit Hendrix of PSV Eindhoven during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Baile de la Rosa, Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Thierry Ambrose (R) of NAC Breda fights for the ball with Jorrit Hendrix of PSV Eindhoven during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Baile de la Rosa, Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Sadiq Umar (L) of NAC Breda fights for the ball with Daniel Schwaab of PSV Eindhoven during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Sadiq Umar (L) of NAC Breda fights for the ball with Daniel Schwaab of PSV Eindhoven during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Sadiq Umar (L) of NAC Breda fights for the ball with Daniel Schwaab of PSV Eindhoven during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Marco van Ginkel of PSV Eindhoven scores a penalty during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Marco van Ginkel of PSV Eindhoven scores a penalty during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
56695287. Eindhoven (Netherlands), 31/03/2018.- Marco van Ginkel of PSV Eindhoven scores a penalty during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and NAC Breda in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 31 March, 2018. (Países Bajos; Holanda) EFE/EPA/THOMAS BAKKER
1. Can City break the Premier League's record points haul? Yes. City are on 81 points and need 15 more – five wins from their final eight games – to beat the record set by Chelsea in 2004-05 which, remarkably, was their first Premier League title triumph and came in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. But City should beat that and deservedly so. They have taken an incredible 2.7 points per game on average so far so, over a 38-match season, if they keep that up, will top 100 points. They have tricky fixtures – Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home – but their biggest opponent may be whether they are distracted by the Champions League or, indeed, step off the gas when the title is won. It does not feel like manager Pep Guardiola, who wants records as well as trophies, will allow that. 2. Can Mourinho banish the uncertainty over his tenure at Manchester United? United desperately hope so but, frankly, it is far from certain. Mourinho extended his contract earlier this year but is already showing familiar signs of discontent, unhappiness with his squad, murmurings over transfer dealings and that sense that the world is conspiring against him. Right now Mourinho is also doing little to dispel the theory that football has moved on and he has not and that, ultimately, United is therefore not the right job for him. It does not feel right. The Champions League exit to Sevilla was damaging and will not be easily forgotten but if he can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League he can save face. Mourinho will start next season in charge of United, but will he finish it? 3. Can Liverpool finish as the best of the rest? Yes. Jurgen Klopp’s side have a growing sense of momentum. The Premier League win over Manchester City in January was a significant bridgehead in their progress. It showed they can be the best of the rest and, maybe, with the right recruitment in the summer, City’s nearest challengers next season. It will be fascinating to see what happens with the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. If – and a big if – Liverpool get through that, belief will soar. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Mohamed Salah’s goal-scoring feats have been freakish and – possibly – have skewed Liverpool’s campaign but there is no doubt they feel like they are on the right track and are also building something sustainable. And playing some very good, attacking football along the way. 4. Can Chelsea salvage their hopes of Champions League qualification? If Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur – another big if – at Stamford Bridge on Sunday then they have a chance. Otherwise it seems they will finish outside the top four and not qualify for the Champions League. Certainly if they were to lose to Spurs then it would be all over and Chelsea’s decline since they sat in second place not so long ago has been alarming. Even so, and despite the fact that he is expected to leave at the end of the season, the team is still playing for manager Antonio Conte – as was shown in the recent FA Cup win over Leicester City. If anything Chelsea have been a little unlucky this season especially with their forwards. But the Spurs game is key and even then it might not be enough. 5. Who will win the Golden Boot? Harry Kane’s ankle injury has meant that Mohamed Salah is now the clear favourite to deny the Tottenham Hotspur striker a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. Salah has pulled four goals ahead of Kane – with 28 – and with Sergio Aguero the nearest challenger on 21 goals. Given the remarkable scoring runs all three players are capable of going on then with eight games to left – seven for Liverpool – it is not yet over. But it is hard to see either Kane returning from injury in time to catch Salah or, just as importantly, the goals drying up for the Egyptian in Liverpool’s final few fixtures. If anything his goal-scoring rate is speeding up as the season progresses. The numbers for all three forwards are remarkable. 6. Can Burnley finish above Arsenal? Probably not. The gap is five points with eight games to go although, with back-to-back wins, Burnley have arrested the sense that their season was becoming a little becalmed after their extraordinary start to the campaign. Arsenal should stay ahead of them although, in saying that, Burnley only have two fixtures left against teams who are above them – Chelsea at home, who they beat on the opening day of the season, and, interestingly Arsenal away. Given Arsene Wenger is going to prioritise the Europa League to try and salvage Arsenal’s campaign and, he will hope, save his job then he could well continue to field weakened teams in the Premier League. It would then be up to Burnley to see whether they have enough to take advantage of that. 7. Can Allardyce prove he deserves a full season at Everton? It seems unlikely. The disenchantment among the supporters about Allardyce quickly re-surfaced and having pretty much banished fears of relegation in his first few games in charge, his job was done at Everton. Performances have been poor and Allardyce’s tactics have been criticised. The expectation is that the club will look for a new head coach, with the Portuguese pair of Marco Silva – who Everton of course tried to lure away from Watford before appointing Allardyce – and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonesca appearing to be the favourites to take over if the change is made. Sam Allardyce has not been a huge success at Everton Credit: Action Images It also seems that Everton might, in a wider clear-out, replace director of football Steve Walsh, who has overseen some poor signings, with PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands linked with succeeding him. Feels like a fresh start is on its way. 8. Will all three promoted sides stay up for just the third time in Premier League history? With West Bromwich Albion appearing doomed and Stoke City grimly clinging on for now it would seem there will eventually only be one relegation place to settle. Southampton occupy it at present but, surely have enough to stay up under new manager Mark Hughes? None of the three promoted clubs – Brighton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town – are safe yet but Brighton appear the closest to making sure they stay up and are superbly organised by Chris Hughton. Rafael Benitez should also get enough out of Newcastle which makes Huddersfield, three points ahead of Southampton, the most vulnerable and sadly they might well go back down. Even so they have a happy knack of pulling off results and with their manager, David Wagner, their fans and there sense of togetherness they have a chance. 9. Will the unrest at West Ham cost them their Premier League status? We will know on Saturday. West Ham face Southampton at home and the loser of that fixture, if there is one, will be in deep trouble. Even a draw is tricky. In terms of the squad available to West Ham they should not be in trouble but the toxicity around the club has taken its toll. Five home games from of their last eight should be an advantage but it does not feel like that. Maybe, just maybe, the scenes during the defeat to Burnley will be a line in the sand moment. West Ham fan protests boils over at the London Stadium But what happens if West Ham fall behind against Southampton? It does not bear thinking about in terms of the fans' reaction. Saturday, even with seven games after that, could be make or break in deciding whether they can stay up. Even if they do a lot has to change in the way West Ham is run and not least with their stadium. 10. Can Hughes spark Southampton into life? Yes. Hughes may have been an underwhelming appointment for some Southampton fans but there is no doubt he is a highly-experienced and capable manager with an equally seasoned coaching staff. Appointing Hughes to the end of the season, initially, appeared a shrewd move for a club who has lost their way under Mauricio Pellegrino who, frankly, seemed out-of-his-depth. Southampton simply have too many good players to be in this position – although it has happened to teams before – but scoring goals remains a problem. Another concern is that they do not have the easiest of run-ins. It could still be touch and go for them and Saturday’s fixture away to West Ham United should be an indicator as to which way it is heading.
The 10 questions still to be answered this season ahead of the Premier League's return
1. Can City break the Premier League's record points haul? Yes. City are on 81 points and need 15 more – five wins from their final eight games – to beat the record set by Chelsea in 2004-05 which, remarkably, was their first Premier League title triumph and came in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. But City should beat that and deservedly so. They have taken an incredible 2.7 points per game on average so far so, over a 38-match season, if they keep that up, will top 100 points. They have tricky fixtures – Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home – but their biggest opponent may be whether they are distracted by the Champions League or, indeed, step off the gas when the title is won. It does not feel like manager Pep Guardiola, who wants records as well as trophies, will allow that. 2. Can Mourinho banish the uncertainty over his tenure at Manchester United? United desperately hope so but, frankly, it is far from certain. Mourinho extended his contract earlier this year but is already showing familiar signs of discontent, unhappiness with his squad, murmurings over transfer dealings and that sense that the world is conspiring against him. Right now Mourinho is also doing little to dispel the theory that football has moved on and he has not and that, ultimately, United is therefore not the right job for him. It does not feel right. The Champions League exit to Sevilla was damaging and will not be easily forgotten but if he can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League he can save face. Mourinho will start next season in charge of United, but will he finish it? 3. Can Liverpool finish as the best of the rest? Yes. Jurgen Klopp’s side have a growing sense of momentum. The Premier League win over Manchester City in January was a significant bridgehead in their progress. It showed they can be the best of the rest and, maybe, with the right recruitment in the summer, City’s nearest challengers next season. It will be fascinating to see what happens with the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. If – and a big if – Liverpool get through that, belief will soar. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Mohamed Salah’s goal-scoring feats have been freakish and – possibly – have skewed Liverpool’s campaign but there is no doubt they feel like they are on the right track and are also building something sustainable. And playing some very good, attacking football along the way. 4. Can Chelsea salvage their hopes of Champions League qualification? If Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur – another big if – at Stamford Bridge on Sunday then they have a chance. Otherwise it seems they will finish outside the top four and not qualify for the Champions League. Certainly if they were to lose to Spurs then it would be all over and Chelsea’s decline since they sat in second place not so long ago has been alarming. Even so, and despite the fact that he is expected to leave at the end of the season, the team is still playing for manager Antonio Conte – as was shown in the recent FA Cup win over Leicester City. If anything Chelsea have been a little unlucky this season especially with their forwards. But the Spurs game is key and even then it might not be enough. 5. Who will win the Golden Boot? Harry Kane’s ankle injury has meant that Mohamed Salah is now the clear favourite to deny the Tottenham Hotspur striker a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. Salah has pulled four goals ahead of Kane – with 28 – and with Sergio Aguero the nearest challenger on 21 goals. Given the remarkable scoring runs all three players are capable of going on then with eight games to left – seven for Liverpool – it is not yet over. But it is hard to see either Kane returning from injury in time to catch Salah or, just as importantly, the goals drying up for the Egyptian in Liverpool’s final few fixtures. If anything his goal-scoring rate is speeding up as the season progresses. The numbers for all three forwards are remarkable. 6. Can Burnley finish above Arsenal? Probably not. The gap is five points with eight games to go although, with back-to-back wins, Burnley have arrested the sense that their season was becoming a little becalmed after their extraordinary start to the campaign. Arsenal should stay ahead of them although, in saying that, Burnley only have two fixtures left against teams who are above them – Chelsea at home, who they beat on the opening day of the season, and, interestingly Arsenal away. Given Arsene Wenger is going to prioritise the Europa League to try and salvage Arsenal’s campaign and, he will hope, save his job then he could well continue to field weakened teams in the Premier League. It would then be up to Burnley to see whether they have enough to take advantage of that. 7. Can Allardyce prove he deserves a full season at Everton? It seems unlikely. The disenchantment among the supporters about Allardyce quickly re-surfaced and having pretty much banished fears of relegation in his first few games in charge, his job was done at Everton. Performances have been poor and Allardyce’s tactics have been criticised. The expectation is that the club will look for a new head coach, with the Portuguese pair of Marco Silva – who Everton of course tried to lure away from Watford before appointing Allardyce – and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonesca appearing to be the favourites to take over if the change is made. Sam Allardyce has not been a huge success at Everton Credit: Action Images It also seems that Everton might, in a wider clear-out, replace director of football Steve Walsh, who has overseen some poor signings, with PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands linked with succeeding him. Feels like a fresh start is on its way. 8. Will all three promoted sides stay up for just the third time in Premier League history? With West Bromwich Albion appearing doomed and Stoke City grimly clinging on for now it would seem there will eventually only be one relegation place to settle. Southampton occupy it at present but, surely have enough to stay up under new manager Mark Hughes? None of the three promoted clubs – Brighton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town – are safe yet but Brighton appear the closest to making sure they stay up and are superbly organised by Chris Hughton. Rafael Benitez should also get enough out of Newcastle which makes Huddersfield, three points ahead of Southampton, the most vulnerable and sadly they might well go back down. Even so they have a happy knack of pulling off results and with their manager, David Wagner, their fans and there sense of togetherness they have a chance. 9. Will the unrest at West Ham cost them their Premier League status? We will know on Saturday. West Ham face Southampton at home and the loser of that fixture, if there is one, will be in deep trouble. Even a draw is tricky. In terms of the squad available to West Ham they should not be in trouble but the toxicity around the club has taken its toll. Five home games from of their last eight should be an advantage but it does not feel like that. Maybe, just maybe, the scenes during the defeat to Burnley will be a line in the sand moment. West Ham fan protests boils over at the London Stadium But what happens if West Ham fall behind against Southampton? It does not bear thinking about in terms of the fans' reaction. Saturday, even with seven games after that, could be make or break in deciding whether they can stay up. Even if they do a lot has to change in the way West Ham is run and not least with their stadium. 10. Can Hughes spark Southampton into life? Yes. Hughes may have been an underwhelming appointment for some Southampton fans but there is no doubt he is a highly-experienced and capable manager with an equally seasoned coaching staff. Appointing Hughes to the end of the season, initially, appeared a shrewd move for a club who has lost their way under Mauricio Pellegrino who, frankly, seemed out-of-his-depth. Southampton simply have too many good players to be in this position – although it has happened to teams before – but scoring goals remains a problem. Another concern is that they do not have the easiest of run-ins. It could still be touch and go for them and Saturday’s fixture away to West Ham United should be an indicator as to which way it is heading.
1. Can City break the Premier League's record points haul? City are on 81 points and need 15 more – five wins from their final eight games – to beat the record set by Chelsea in 2004-05 which, remarkably, was their first Premier League title triumph and came in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. But City should beat that, and deservedly so. They have taken an incredible 2.7 points per game on average so far so, over a 38-match season, if they keep that up, will top 100 points. They have tricky fixtures – Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home – though their biggest opponent may be whether they are distracted by the Champions League or, perhaps, step off the gas when the title is won. But it does not feel like manager Pep Guardiola, who wants records as well as trophies, will allow that. 2. Can Mourinho banish the uncertainty over his tenure at Manchester United? United desperately hope so but it is far from clear. Mourinho extended his contract earlier this year but is already showing familiar signs of discontent, unhappiness with his squad, murmurings over transfer dealings and that sense the world is conspiring against him. Right now, Mourinho is also doing little to dispel the theory that football has moved on and he has not and that, ultimately, United is not the right job for him. It does not feel right. The Champions League exit to Sevilla was damaging and will not be easily forgotten but if he can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League he can save face. Mourinho will start next season in charge of United, but will he finish it? 3. Can Liverpool finish as the best of the rest? Jurgen Klopp’s side have a growing sense of momentum. The Premier League win over Manchester City in January was a significant bridgehead in their progress. It showed they can be the best of the rest and, maybe, with the right recruitment in the summer, City’s nearest challengers next season. It will be fascinating to see what happens with the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. If – and it is a big if - Liverpool get through that, belief will soar. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Mohamed Salah’s freakish goal-scoring feats have possibly skewed Liverpool’s campaign, but they appear to be are on the right track and are building something sustainable. And playing some very good, attacking football along the way. 4. Can Chelsea salvage their hopes of Champions League qualification? If - and it's a nother big if - Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, they have a chance. Otherwise, it seems they will finish outside the top four and miss out on the Champions League. If they were to lose to Spurs, it would be all over and Chelsea’s decline since they sat in second place not so long ago has been alarming. Even so, and despite the fact that he is expected to leave at the end of the season, the team is still playing for manager Antonio Conte - as was shown in the recent FA Cup win over Leicester City. If anything, Chelsea have been a little unlucky this season especially with their forwards. But the Spurs game is key - and even then victory might not be enough. 5. Who will win the Golden Boot? Harry Kane’s ankle injury has meant that Mohamed Salah is now the clear favourite to deny the Tottenham Hotspur striker a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. Salah has pulled four goals ahead of Kane – with 28 – and with Sergio Aguero the nearest challenger on 21 goals. Given the remarkable scoring runs, all three players are capable of going on then with eight games to left – seven for Liverpool – it is not yet over. But it is hard to see either Kane returning from injury in time to catch Salah or the goals drying up for the Egyptian in Liverpool’s final few fixtures. If anything, his goal-scoring rate is accelerating as the season progresses. The numbers for all three forwards are remarkable. 6. Can Burnley finish above Arsenal? The gap is five points with eight games to go, although, with back-to-back wins, Burnley have arrested the sense that their season was becoming becalmed after their extraordinary start to the campaign. Arsenal should stay ahead of them although Burnley only have two fixtures left against teams who are above them – Chelsea at home, who they beat on the opening day of the season, and, interestingly, Arsenal away. Given Arsene Wenger is going to prioritise the Europa League to try and salvage Arsenal’s campaign and, he will hope, save his job, then he could well continue to field weakened teams in the Premier League. It would then be up to Burnley to see whether they have enough to take advantage of that. 7. Can Allardyce prove he deserves a full season at Everton? The disenchantment among the supporters about Allardyce quickly re-surfaced, and having pretty much banished fears of relegation in his first few games in charge, his job was done at Everton. Performances have been poor and Allardyce’s tactics have been criticised. The expectation is that the club will look for a new head coach, with the Portuguese pair of Marco Silva – who Everton tried to lure away from Watford before appointing Allardyce – and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonesca appearing to be the favourites to take over. Sam Allardyce has not been a huge success at Everton Credit: Action Images It also seems that Everton might, in a wider clear-out, replace director of football Steve Walsh, who has overseen some poor signings, with PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands. Feels like a fresh start is on its way. 8. Will all three promoted sides stay up for just the third time in Premier League history? With West Bromwich Albion appearing doomed and Stoke City grimly clinging on, it would seem there will eventually only be one relegation place to settle. Southampton occupy it at present but, surely have enough to stay up under new manager Mark Hughes. None of the promoted clubs – Brighton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town – are safe yet but Brighton appear the closest to making sure they stay up and are superbly organised by Chris Hughton. Rafa Benitez should also get enough out of Newcastle which makes Huddersfield, three points ahead of Southampton, the most vulnerable. Even so, they have a happy knack of pulling off results and, with their manager David Wagner, their fans and their sense of togetherness, they have a chance. 9. Will the unrest at West Ham cost them their Premier League status? We will know on Saturday. West Ham face Southampton at home and the loser, if there is one, will be in deep trouble. Even a draw is tricky. In terms of the squad available to West Ham, they should not be in trouble but the toxicity around the club has taken its toll. Five home games from of their last eight should be an advantage but it does not feel like that. Maybe, just maybe, the scenes during the defeat to Burnley will be a line in the sand moment. West Ham fan protests boils over at the London Stadium But what happens if West Ham fall behind against Southampton? It does not bear thinking about in terms of the fans reaction. Saturday, even with seven games after that, could be make or break in deciding whether they can stay up. Even if they do, a lot has to change in the way West Ham is run and not least with their stadium. 10. Can Hughes spark Southampton into life? Hughes may have been an underwhelming appointment for some Southampton fans but there is no doubt he is a highly-experienced and capable manager with an equally seasoned coaching staff. Appointing Hughes to the end of the season, initially, appeared a shrewd move for a club who have lost their way under Mauricio Pellegrino who, frankly, seemed out-of-his-depth. Southampton simply have too many good players to be in this position – although it has happened to teams before – but scoring goals remains a problem. Another concern is that they do not have the easiest of run-ins. It could still be touch and go for them and Saturday’s fixture away to West Ham United should be an indicator as to which way it is heading.
The 10 questions still to be answered this season ahead of the Premier League's return
1. Can City break the Premier League's record points haul? City are on 81 points and need 15 more – five wins from their final eight games – to beat the record set by Chelsea in 2004-05 which, remarkably, was their first Premier League title triumph and came in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. But City should beat that, and deservedly so. They have taken an incredible 2.7 points per game on average so far so, over a 38-match season, if they keep that up, will top 100 points. They have tricky fixtures – Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home – though their biggest opponent may be whether they are distracted by the Champions League or, perhaps, step off the gas when the title is won. But it does not feel like manager Pep Guardiola, who wants records as well as trophies, will allow that. 2. Can Mourinho banish the uncertainty over his tenure at Manchester United? United desperately hope so but it is far from clear. Mourinho extended his contract earlier this year but is already showing familiar signs of discontent, unhappiness with his squad, murmurings over transfer dealings and that sense the world is conspiring against him. Right now, Mourinho is also doing little to dispel the theory that football has moved on and he has not and that, ultimately, United is not the right job for him. It does not feel right. The Champions League exit to Sevilla was damaging and will not be easily forgotten but if he can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League he can save face. Mourinho will start next season in charge of United, but will he finish it? 3. Can Liverpool finish as the best of the rest? Jurgen Klopp’s side have a growing sense of momentum. The Premier League win over Manchester City in January was a significant bridgehead in their progress. It showed they can be the best of the rest and, maybe, with the right recruitment in the summer, City’s nearest challengers next season. It will be fascinating to see what happens with the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. If – and it is a big if - Liverpool get through that, belief will soar. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Mohamed Salah’s freakish goal-scoring feats have possibly skewed Liverpool’s campaign, but they appear to be are on the right track and are building something sustainable. And playing some very good, attacking football along the way. 4. Can Chelsea salvage their hopes of Champions League qualification? If - and it's a nother big if - Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, they have a chance. Otherwise, it seems they will finish outside the top four and miss out on the Champions League. If they were to lose to Spurs, it would be all over and Chelsea’s decline since they sat in second place not so long ago has been alarming. Even so, and despite the fact that he is expected to leave at the end of the season, the team is still playing for manager Antonio Conte - as was shown in the recent FA Cup win over Leicester City. If anything, Chelsea have been a little unlucky this season especially with their forwards. But the Spurs game is key - and even then victory might not be enough. 5. Who will win the Golden Boot? Harry Kane’s ankle injury has meant that Mohamed Salah is now the clear favourite to deny the Tottenham Hotspur striker a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. Salah has pulled four goals ahead of Kane – with 28 – and with Sergio Aguero the nearest challenger on 21 goals. Given the remarkable scoring runs, all three players are capable of going on then with eight games to left – seven for Liverpool – it is not yet over. But it is hard to see either Kane returning from injury in time to catch Salah or the goals drying up for the Egyptian in Liverpool’s final few fixtures. If anything, his goal-scoring rate is accelerating as the season progresses. The numbers for all three forwards are remarkable. 6. Can Burnley finish above Arsenal? The gap is five points with eight games to go, although, with back-to-back wins, Burnley have arrested the sense that their season was becoming becalmed after their extraordinary start to the campaign. Arsenal should stay ahead of them although Burnley only have two fixtures left against teams who are above them – Chelsea at home, who they beat on the opening day of the season, and, interestingly, Arsenal away. Given Arsene Wenger is going to prioritise the Europa League to try and salvage Arsenal’s campaign and, he will hope, save his job, then he could well continue to field weakened teams in the Premier League. It would then be up to Burnley to see whether they have enough to take advantage of that. 7. Can Allardyce prove he deserves a full season at Everton? The disenchantment among the supporters about Allardyce quickly re-surfaced, and having pretty much banished fears of relegation in his first few games in charge, his job was done at Everton. Performances have been poor and Allardyce’s tactics have been criticised. The expectation is that the club will look for a new head coach, with the Portuguese pair of Marco Silva – who Everton tried to lure away from Watford before appointing Allardyce – and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonesca appearing to be the favourites to take over. Sam Allardyce has not been a huge success at Everton Credit: Action Images It also seems that Everton might, in a wider clear-out, replace director of football Steve Walsh, who has overseen some poor signings, with PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands. Feels like a fresh start is on its way. 8. Will all three promoted sides stay up for just the third time in Premier League history? With West Bromwich Albion appearing doomed and Stoke City grimly clinging on, it would seem there will eventually only be one relegation place to settle. Southampton occupy it at present but, surely have enough to stay up under new manager Mark Hughes. None of the promoted clubs – Brighton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town – are safe yet but Brighton appear the closest to making sure they stay up and are superbly organised by Chris Hughton. Rafa Benitez should also get enough out of Newcastle which makes Huddersfield, three points ahead of Southampton, the most vulnerable. Even so, they have a happy knack of pulling off results and, with their manager David Wagner, their fans and their sense of togetherness, they have a chance. 9. Will the unrest at West Ham cost them their Premier League status? We will know on Saturday. West Ham face Southampton at home and the loser, if there is one, will be in deep trouble. Even a draw is tricky. In terms of the squad available to West Ham, they should not be in trouble but the toxicity around the club has taken its toll. Five home games from of their last eight should be an advantage but it does not feel like that. Maybe, just maybe, the scenes during the defeat to Burnley will be a line in the sand moment. West Ham fan protests boils over at the London Stadium But what happens if West Ham fall behind against Southampton? It does not bear thinking about in terms of the fans reaction. Saturday, even with seven games after that, could be make or break in deciding whether they can stay up. Even if they do, a lot has to change in the way West Ham is run and not least with their stadium. 10. Can Hughes spark Southampton into life? Hughes may have been an underwhelming appointment for some Southampton fans but there is no doubt he is a highly-experienced and capable manager with an equally seasoned coaching staff. Appointing Hughes to the end of the season, initially, appeared a shrewd move for a club who have lost their way under Mauricio Pellegrino who, frankly, seemed out-of-his-depth. Southampton simply have too many good players to be in this position – although it has happened to teams before – but scoring goals remains a problem. Another concern is that they do not have the easiest of run-ins. It could still be touch and go for them and Saturday’s fixture away to West Ham United should be an indicator as to which way it is heading.
1. Can City break the Premier League's record points haul? City are on 81 points and need 15 more – five wins from their final eight games – to beat the record set by Chelsea in 2004-05 which, remarkably, was their first Premier League title triumph and came in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. But City should beat that, and deservedly so. They have taken an incredible 2.7 points per game on average so far so, over a 38-match season, if they keep that up, will top 100 points. They have tricky fixtures – Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home – though their biggest opponent may be whether they are distracted by the Champions League or, perhaps, step off the gas when the title is won. But it does not feel like manager Pep Guardiola, who wants records as well as trophies, will allow that. 2. Can Mourinho banish the uncertainty over his tenure at Manchester United? United desperately hope so but it is far from clear. Mourinho extended his contract earlier this year but is already showing familiar signs of discontent, unhappiness with his squad, murmurings over transfer dealings and that sense the world is conspiring against him. Right now, Mourinho is also doing little to dispel the theory that football has moved on and he has not and that, ultimately, United is not the right job for him. It does not feel right. The Champions League exit to Sevilla was damaging and will not be easily forgotten but if he can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League he can save face. Mourinho will start next season in charge of United, but will he finish it? 3. Can Liverpool finish as the best of the rest? Jurgen Klopp’s side have a growing sense of momentum. The Premier League win over Manchester City in January was a significant bridgehead in their progress. It showed they can be the best of the rest and, maybe, with the right recruitment in the summer, City’s nearest challengers next season. It will be fascinating to see what happens with the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. If – and it is a big if - Liverpool get through that, belief will soar. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Mohamed Salah’s freakish goal-scoring feats have possibly skewed Liverpool’s campaign, but they appear to be are on the right track and are building something sustainable. And playing some very good, attacking football along the way. 4. Can Chelsea salvage their hopes of Champions League qualification? If - and it's a nother big if - Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, they have a chance. Otherwise, it seems they will finish outside the top four and miss out on the Champions League. If they were to lose to Spurs, it would be all over and Chelsea’s decline since they sat in second place not so long ago has been alarming. Even so, and despite the fact that he is expected to leave at the end of the season, the team is still playing for manager Antonio Conte - as was shown in the recent FA Cup win over Leicester City. If anything, Chelsea have been a little unlucky this season especially with their forwards. But the Spurs game is key - and even then victory might not be enough. 5. Who will win the Golden Boot? Harry Kane’s ankle injury has meant that Mohamed Salah is now the clear favourite to deny the Tottenham Hotspur striker a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. Salah has pulled four goals ahead of Kane – with 28 – and with Sergio Aguero the nearest challenger on 21 goals. Given the remarkable scoring runs, all three players are capable of going on then with eight games to left – seven for Liverpool – it is not yet over. But it is hard to see either Kane returning from injury in time to catch Salah or the goals drying up for the Egyptian in Liverpool’s final few fixtures. If anything, his goal-scoring rate is accelerating as the season progresses. The numbers for all three forwards are remarkable. 6. Can Burnley finish above Arsenal? The gap is five points with eight games to go, although, with back-to-back wins, Burnley have arrested the sense that their season was becoming becalmed after their extraordinary start to the campaign. Arsenal should stay ahead of them although Burnley only have two fixtures left against teams who are above them – Chelsea at home, who they beat on the opening day of the season, and, interestingly, Arsenal away. Given Arsene Wenger is going to prioritise the Europa League to try and salvage Arsenal’s campaign and, he will hope, save his job, then he could well continue to field weakened teams in the Premier League. It would then be up to Burnley to see whether they have enough to take advantage of that. 7. Can Allardyce prove he deserves a full season at Everton? The disenchantment among the supporters about Allardyce quickly re-surfaced, and having pretty much banished fears of relegation in his first few games in charge, his job was done at Everton. Performances have been poor and Allardyce’s tactics have been criticised. The expectation is that the club will look for a new head coach, with the Portuguese pair of Marco Silva – who Everton tried to lure away from Watford before appointing Allardyce – and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonesca appearing to be the favourites to take over. Sam Allardyce has not been a huge success at Everton Credit: Action Images It also seems that Everton might, in a wider clear-out, replace director of football Steve Walsh, who has overseen some poor signings, with PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands. Feels like a fresh start is on its way. 8. Will all three promoted sides stay up for just the third time in Premier League history? With West Bromwich Albion appearing doomed and Stoke City grimly clinging on, it would seem there will eventually only be one relegation place to settle. Southampton occupy it at present but, surely have enough to stay up under new manager Mark Hughes. None of the promoted clubs – Brighton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town – are safe yet but Brighton appear the closest to making sure they stay up and are superbly organised by Chris Hughton. Rafa Benitez should also get enough out of Newcastle which makes Huddersfield, three points ahead of Southampton, the most vulnerable. Even so, they have a happy knack of pulling off results and, with their manager David Wagner, their fans and their sense of togetherness, they have a chance. 9. Will the unrest at West Ham cost them their Premier League status? We will know on Saturday. West Ham face Southampton at home and the loser, if there is one, will be in deep trouble. Even a draw is tricky. In terms of the squad available to West Ham, they should not be in trouble but the toxicity around the club has taken its toll. Five home games from of their last eight should be an advantage but it does not feel like that. Maybe, just maybe, the scenes during the defeat to Burnley will be a line in the sand moment. West Ham fan protests boils over at the London Stadium But what happens if West Ham fall behind against Southampton? It does not bear thinking about in terms of the fans reaction. Saturday, even with seven games after that, could be make or break in deciding whether they can stay up. Even if they do, a lot has to change in the way West Ham is run and not least with their stadium. 10. Can Hughes spark Southampton into life? Hughes may have been an underwhelming appointment for some Southampton fans but there is no doubt he is a highly-experienced and capable manager with an equally seasoned coaching staff. Appointing Hughes to the end of the season, initially, appeared a shrewd move for a club who have lost their way under Mauricio Pellegrino who, frankly, seemed out-of-his-depth. Southampton simply have too many good players to be in this position – although it has happened to teams before – but scoring goals remains a problem. Another concern is that they do not have the easiest of run-ins. It could still be touch and go for them and Saturday’s fixture away to West Ham United should be an indicator as to which way it is heading.
The 10 questions still to be answered this season ahead of the Premier League's return
1. Can City break the Premier League's record points haul? City are on 81 points and need 15 more – five wins from their final eight games – to beat the record set by Chelsea in 2004-05 which, remarkably, was their first Premier League title triumph and came in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager. But City should beat that, and deservedly so. They have taken an incredible 2.7 points per game on average so far so, over a 38-match season, if they keep that up, will top 100 points. They have tricky fixtures – Tottenham Hotspur away and Manchester United at home – though their biggest opponent may be whether they are distracted by the Champions League or, perhaps, step off the gas when the title is won. But it does not feel like manager Pep Guardiola, who wants records as well as trophies, will allow that. 2. Can Mourinho banish the uncertainty over his tenure at Manchester United? United desperately hope so but it is far from clear. Mourinho extended his contract earlier this year but is already showing familiar signs of discontent, unhappiness with his squad, murmurings over transfer dealings and that sense the world is conspiring against him. Right now, Mourinho is also doing little to dispel the theory that football has moved on and he has not and that, ultimately, United is not the right job for him. It does not feel right. The Champions League exit to Sevilla was damaging and will not be easily forgotten but if he can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League he can save face. Mourinho will start next season in charge of United, but will he finish it? 3. Can Liverpool finish as the best of the rest? Jurgen Klopp’s side have a growing sense of momentum. The Premier League win over Manchester City in January was a significant bridgehead in their progress. It showed they can be the best of the rest and, maybe, with the right recruitment in the summer, City’s nearest challengers next season. It will be fascinating to see what happens with the Champions League quarter-final between the two clubs. If – and it is a big if - Liverpool get through that, belief will soar. Salah is outscoring Messi and is on course to re-write the Premier League record books Mohamed Salah’s freakish goal-scoring feats have possibly skewed Liverpool’s campaign, but they appear to be are on the right track and are building something sustainable. And playing some very good, attacking football along the way. 4. Can Chelsea salvage their hopes of Champions League qualification? If - and it's a nother big if - Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, they have a chance. Otherwise, it seems they will finish outside the top four and miss out on the Champions League. If they were to lose to Spurs, it would be all over and Chelsea’s decline since they sat in second place not so long ago has been alarming. Even so, and despite the fact that he is expected to leave at the end of the season, the team is still playing for manager Antonio Conte - as was shown in the recent FA Cup win over Leicester City. If anything, Chelsea have been a little unlucky this season especially with their forwards. But the Spurs game is key - and even then victory might not be enough. 5. Who will win the Golden Boot? Harry Kane’s ankle injury has meant that Mohamed Salah is now the clear favourite to deny the Tottenham Hotspur striker a third successive Premier League Golden Boot award. Salah has pulled four goals ahead of Kane – with 28 – and with Sergio Aguero the nearest challenger on 21 goals. Given the remarkable scoring runs, all three players are capable of going on then with eight games to left – seven for Liverpool – it is not yet over. But it is hard to see either Kane returning from injury in time to catch Salah or the goals drying up for the Egyptian in Liverpool’s final few fixtures. If anything, his goal-scoring rate is accelerating as the season progresses. The numbers for all three forwards are remarkable. 6. Can Burnley finish above Arsenal? The gap is five points with eight games to go, although, with back-to-back wins, Burnley have arrested the sense that their season was becoming becalmed after their extraordinary start to the campaign. Arsenal should stay ahead of them although Burnley only have two fixtures left against teams who are above them – Chelsea at home, who they beat on the opening day of the season, and, interestingly, Arsenal away. Given Arsene Wenger is going to prioritise the Europa League to try and salvage Arsenal’s campaign and, he will hope, save his job, then he could well continue to field weakened teams in the Premier League. It would then be up to Burnley to see whether they have enough to take advantage of that. 7. Can Allardyce prove he deserves a full season at Everton? The disenchantment among the supporters about Allardyce quickly re-surfaced, and having pretty much banished fears of relegation in his first few games in charge, his job was done at Everton. Performances have been poor and Allardyce’s tactics have been criticised. The expectation is that the club will look for a new head coach, with the Portuguese pair of Marco Silva – who Everton tried to lure away from Watford before appointing Allardyce – and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonesca appearing to be the favourites to take over. Sam Allardyce has not been a huge success at Everton Credit: Action Images It also seems that Everton might, in a wider clear-out, replace director of football Steve Walsh, who has overseen some poor signings, with PSV Eindhoven’s Marcel Brands. Feels like a fresh start is on its way. 8. Will all three promoted sides stay up for just the third time in Premier League history? With West Bromwich Albion appearing doomed and Stoke City grimly clinging on, it would seem there will eventually only be one relegation place to settle. Southampton occupy it at present but, surely have enough to stay up under new manager Mark Hughes. None of the promoted clubs – Brighton, Newcastle United or Huddersfield Town – are safe yet but Brighton appear the closest to making sure they stay up and are superbly organised by Chris Hughton. Rafa Benitez should also get enough out of Newcastle which makes Huddersfield, three points ahead of Southampton, the most vulnerable. Even so, they have a happy knack of pulling off results and, with their manager David Wagner, their fans and their sense of togetherness, they have a chance. 9. Will the unrest at West Ham cost them their Premier League status? We will know on Saturday. West Ham face Southampton at home and the loser, if there is one, will be in deep trouble. Even a draw is tricky. In terms of the squad available to West Ham, they should not be in trouble but the toxicity around the club has taken its toll. Five home games from of their last eight should be an advantage but it does not feel like that. Maybe, just maybe, the scenes during the defeat to Burnley will be a line in the sand moment. West Ham fan protests boils over at the London Stadium But what happens if West Ham fall behind against Southampton? It does not bear thinking about in terms of the fans reaction. Saturday, even with seven games after that, could be make or break in deciding whether they can stay up. Even if they do, a lot has to change in the way West Ham is run and not least with their stadium. 10. Can Hughes spark Southampton into life? Hughes may have been an underwhelming appointment for some Southampton fans but there is no doubt he is a highly-experienced and capable manager with an equally seasoned coaching staff. Appointing Hughes to the end of the season, initially, appeared a shrewd move for a club who have lost their way under Mauricio Pellegrino who, frankly, seemed out-of-his-depth. Southampton simply have too many good players to be in this position – although it has happened to teams before – but scoring goals remains a problem. Another concern is that they do not have the easiest of run-ins. It could still be touch and go for them and Saturday’s fixture away to West Ham United should be an indicator as to which way it is heading.
PSV Eindhoven extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 10 points with a 3-0 win over VVV Venlo.
PSV 3-0 VVV Venlo
PSV Eindhoven extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 10 points with a 3-0 win over VVV Venlo.
PSV Eindhoven extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 10 points with a 3-0 win over VVV Venlo.
PSV 3-0 VVV Venlo
PSV Eindhoven extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 10 points with a 3-0 win over VVV Venlo.
PSV Eindhoven extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 10 points with a 3-0 win over VVV Venlo.
PSV 3-0 VVV Venlo
PSV Eindhoven extended their lead at the top of the Eredivisie to 10 points with a 3-0 win over VVV Venlo.
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Hirving Lozano of PSV competes for the ball with Clint Leemans of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Hirving Lozano of PSV competes for the ball with Clint Leemans of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Hirving Lozano of PSV competes for the ball with Clint Leemans of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Hirving Lozano of PSV competes for the ball with Clint Leemans of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Hirving Lozano of PSV competes for the ball with Jerold Promes of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Hirving Lozano of PSV competes for the ball with Jerold Promes of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with team mates during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with team mates during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with team mates during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with team mates during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with team mates during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams second goal of the game with team mates during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with team mates during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with team mates during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Goalkeeper, Lars Unnerstall of VVV Venlo cant stop the header as Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Goalkeeper, Lars Unnerstall of VVV Venlo cant stop the header as Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with team mate Hirving Lozano during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with team mate Hirving Lozano during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with team mate Hirving Lozano during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with team mate Hirving Lozano during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Goalkeeper, Lars Unnerstall of VVV Venlo cant stop the header as Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Goalkeeper, Lars Unnerstall of VVV Venlo cant stop the header as Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV in action during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV in action during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with team mate Hirving Lozano during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with team mate Hirving Lozano during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with team mates during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with team mates during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Luuk de Jong of PSV battles for the ball with Nils Roseler of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Luuk de Jong of PSV battles for the ball with Nils Roseler of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV battles for the ball with Nils Roseler and Leroy Labylle of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV battles for the ball with Nils Roseler and Leroy Labylle of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV battles for the ball with Nils Roseler and Leroy Labylle of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV battles for the ball with Nils Roseler and Leroy Labylle of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV battles for the ball with Nils Roseler and Leroy Labylle of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Marco van Ginkel of PSV battles for the ball with Nils Roseler and Leroy Labylle of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Danny Post of VVV Venlo battles for the ball with Steven Bergwijn of PSV during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Danny Post of VVV Venlo battles for the ball with Steven Bergwijn of PSV during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Danny Post of VVV Venlo battles for the ball with Steven Bergwijn of PSV during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Danny Post of VVV Venlo battles for the ball with Steven Bergwijn of PSV during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Steven Bergwijn of PSV competes for the ball with Danny Post of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Steven Bergwijn of PSV competes for the ball with Danny Post of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Steven Bergwijn of PSV reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Steven Bergwijn of PSV reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Danny Post of VVV Venlo battles for the ball with Steven Bergwijn of PSV during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Danny Post of VVV Venlo battles for the ball with Steven Bergwijn of PSV during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Bart Ramselaar of PSV competes for the ball with Moreno Rutten of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Bart Ramselaar of PSV competes for the ball with Moreno Rutten of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Luuk de Jong of PSV gets past the tackle from Moreno Rutten of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Luuk de Jong of PSV gets past the tackle from Moreno Rutten of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Luuk de Jong of PSV battles for the ball with Ralf Seuntjens of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
PSV v VVV Venlo - Eredivisie
EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - MARCH 17: Luuk de Jong of PSV battles for the ball with Ralf Seuntjens of VVV Venlo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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