FRIDAY 02 APRIL 2015
Harry Kane was on cloud nine this week, scoring only 79 seconds after coming on for England against Lithuania. He was quickly brought back down to earth yesterday against Italy in Mundial Mornings game of the week.
Harry Kane almost found the score sheet early again, but legendary defender Giorgio Chiellini gave him a footballing lesson to remember. There were glimpses of brilliance from Rooney and Kane, posing the question of a possible future strike partnership. Although it was his teammate Andros Townsend who was the hero for England, scoring a “FIFA like” cracker from 20 yards past veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The long rivals couldn’t be separated as the game finished 1-1. Kane will learn a lot from the last two international matches, having experienced an extreme high, and also the struggle of playing against a quality Azzuri defense. The striker played his first full 90 minutes and is in Roy Hodgson’s good books for a future spot in the Three Lions starting XI.
The Azzuri have been unstoppable since the World Cup, undefeated with five wins and five draws. If they can carry this form into the Euro’s next year, you might want to throw in a cheeky bet at the TAB.
TRANSFERS, TRANSFERS, TRANSFERS…
Arsenal may be in need of new defenders, but to the dismay of their fans Arsene Wenger is set on signing Stephan El-Shaawrawy. He may be a player that Arsenal needs, but not the one it needs right now…
Talks of Dani Alves moving to PSG made way for some hilarious footage, grabbing into the microphone and singing away to the journalists. After that tragic performance, our advice for Dani would be to stick to football.
Danilo is certain to move to Real Madrid, after FC Porto announced he would be departing the club. Word on the street is that Porto are laughing their way to the bank, after an apparent 23m sum was agreed on.
IN THE NEWS
Perth Glory in strife again as FFA hand down its second show-cause notice for alleged salary cap breaches. Loss of points and large fines overshadow what was such a successful season for Perth (Fox Sports)
Raheem Stirling is blocking out the haters, saying “I am not a money grabber” after turning down a £100,000-a-week Liverpool deal. The youngster has faced heavy criticism this week from fans and refuses to talk contracts until the summer. (BBC Sports)
GAMES TO WATCH ON THE BOX
AL // Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners – 7pm AEST on Fox Sports 4
EPL // Manchester Untied v Arsenal – 1am AEST on ESPN
Written by Ari Charilaou – @ari_charilaou
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