Cole misses Montenegro match

first_img “This isn’t about them giving the England job to me or Roy Hodgson, but English football being run by people who really haven’t got a clue. And they get to pick the England manager! “Everyone said I was the people’s choice, the only choice. All the senior players seemed to be up for me to get the job. I got quite a few text messages at the time from players saying they would love me to manage England: Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry. “But the FA went for Roy Hodgson to be the England manager – a man who is more their cup of tea.” While Redknapp was expected to leave Tottenham for England, he ended up leaving them without a job at all as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy parted company with him that summer. The 66-year-old continued: “If I had become the England manager I would have taken Brendan Rodgers as my number two. “My thinking on Brendan was this: if he can do it with players from the lower leagues at Swansea what can he do with Rio and Terry or Rooney and Gerrard? “So when Tottenham played Swansea on April 1, 2012 I pulled Brendan after the game and said that if all the speculation about me and England was true would he consider coming to the European Championships in the summer as my part-time coach? “I told him I wanted England to play with as much technical ambition as Swansea. He was up for it. “Some Tottenham fans might think I was distracted from my club job, but I can assure you the conversation took five minutes. And we beat Swansea 3-1 that day, by the way. “It didn’t work out. On April 1, I was contemplating the way forward for England with Brendan Rodgers – and on April 29 the FA offered the job to Roy Hodgson. “I’ll admit, I thought it was mine. Everyone seemed so certain, everyone I had met from all parts of the game seemed utterly convinced it was my job.” Redknapp believes the issue of compensation to Tottenham remains one of the reasons why he was never asked. “I’m sure the FA would deny they were interested in me anyway, they always like to say they got their number one choice, but maybe what helped make their minds up was the thought of writing a cheque in the region of £16million to Levy. “He is known for driving a hard bargain at the best of times; get Daniel on a bad day and I would have ended up more expensive than Capello – and the FA were already getting a lot of criticism over his £6million-a-year salary. “Of all the reasons doing the rounds for me not becoming England manager, the compensation issue makes most sense.” The FA opted not to respond today, although Hodgson is likely to do so on Thursday – when he is due to address the media in his pre-match press conference. Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs has been added to Roy Hodgson’s squad, whilst Everton’s Leighton Baines is set to start. Whilst the injury itself is not a complete disaster with Baines in outstanding form, which brought interest from Manchester United this summer, it does add a complication Hodgson could have done without ahead of such a massive week. England might qualify with four points, but to be certain of reaching next summer’s Finals in Brazil they need to beat Montenegro and Poland. They must do so without a recognised wide man due to injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, plus Ashley Young’s loss of form. There is also the small matter of Harry Redknapp’s autobiography, and his controversial comments about Hodgson and the FA. Redknapp was considered to be the clear favourite to take the England job when Fabio Capello resigned last year, but the FA opted to approach Roy Hodgson, then in charge at West Brom. Redknapp maintains he holds no grudge against Hodgson, but in his new autobiography, serialised in the Daily Mail, he said: “I wouldn’t trust the FA to show me a good manager if their lives depended on it. “How would they know? What clubs have they ever run? Who do they speak to who really knows the game? Ashley Cole will miss Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Montenegro at Wembley, the Football Association has confirmed. Cole complained of a rib problem during Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League victory at Norwich on Sunday and went for a scan on Monday morning which has confirmed the full-back will not be able to play in the first match of England’s double header at Wembley on Friday. Whilst the left-back could be available for the following Tuesday’s game against Poland, it does seem unlikely the veteran will be involved. Press Associationlast_img read more

FH : Syracuse overcomes physical play from Villanova to advance to Big East championship game

first_img Published on November 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 The Syracuse forwards entered Friday’s game prepared for a battle. After playing Villanova one week ago, SU senior forward Heather Susek was familiar with the physical nature of the Wildcats’ backs.‘We knew it was going to be a physical game,’ Susek said. ‘Villanova’s always coming up from the backfield, so we just had to hold our ground and work around them.’And with that mindset, the Orange forwards entered the game ready to exceed the grit and fortitude of the Wildcats.The Syracuse (17-3, 5-1 Big East) forwards displayed toughness, helping the second-seeded Orange to a 3-0 victory over third-seeded Villanova (8-11, 3-3) in front of 1,307 at J.S. Coyne Stadium in Friday’s Big East tournament semifinal. They combined for two of the team’s three goals to lead No. 5 SU into the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. against No. 4 Connecticut.The Huskies rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat fourth-seeded Louisville 3-2 in the first semifinal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom the opening minutes, the Villanova backs established that aggressive presence to frustrate the Orange early on.In the eighth minute, Susek had a chance to put SU in front. She brushed past a pair of Villanova backs outside the shooting circle, but before she could fire a shot, another Wildcats’ back tackled her and the ball rolled unclaimed toward the sideline. Syracuse junior forward Kelsey Millman had a chance to make a play on the ball, but she slipped and fell.Just moments later, though, the Orange broke through.After Jordan Page launched a shot into the box, a scramble broke loose. A cluster of Syracuse and Villanova players fought for possession to the right of the net. The ball kicked left and freshman forward Lauren Brooks dove fully extending herself to knock the ball past goalkeeper Megan Goelz.The Orange proved tougher in this particular scrum.‘It was going between people on our team and it was coming across, so I just swept it in,’ Brooks said. ‘… When we’re in the circle, we want to try to put the ball in the cage or obviously get a corner. We want a result out of it, so we do whatever it takes to get it in there. So I just laid it out and it went in for me.’From there, the SU forwards continued to battle. Page continuously attacked the baseline, sending crosses into the circle. Susek and Millman regularly penetrated the Wildcats defense to set up chances. But none were converted into goals.While the Orange forwards struggled to find the back of the cage, they created scoring opportunities consistently throughout the game despite a constant stream of bumps and shoves from the Villanova backs. While it may have frustrated other teams, Page said the SU forwards made an effort to not let the Wildcats’ physicality affect their mindset.‘It’s just all about keeping composed,’ Page said. ‘At times when someone knocks you off the ball, you might get upset. But you just have to keep composed, and that’s exactly what we did.’Leading 2-0 following a goal by back Iona Holloway in the 22nd minute, another SU forward broke through in the 63rd minute.Millman stood in the shooting circle, jockeying for position with a Villanova player to the left of the goal as sophomore midfielder Leonie Geyer dribbled up the right sideline. Geyer crossed into the shooting circle and smacked a pass into the open space between Millman and Goelz.Simultaneously, Millman broke free of her mark and crashed back post. In one sweeping motion, she collected the pass and pushed the ball into the cage for a 3-0 lead.The game was decided at this point, and the goal capped off a Syracuse victory in which the forwards overcame a brutish Villanova defense.As Susek said, the SU forwards entered the game ready to scrap and claw for a victory. Though the physicality certainly caused the Orange to miss several chances throughout the game, the forwards stayed strong to leave the field with the desired result and a trip to the Big East championship game.‘I think we missed some opportunities where we could have put in a couple more goals,’ Brooks said. ‘But I think overall, we got the result that we wanted.’ Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more