Rooney excited to see what ‘fearless’ England are capable of

first_img0Shares0000Wayne Rooney will earn his 120th England cap against the USA on Thursday © AFP / Paul ELLISBURTON-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom, Nov 14 – Wayne Rooney will make his final farewell as England’s greatest ever goalscorer in a friendly against the United States on Thursday, but is excited at what a young squad can achieve under “fearless” coach Gareth Southgate in the years to come.Rooney, 33, made the last of his 119 international appearances midway through England’s World Cup qualifying campaign two years ago. In contrast to his prime when a “golden generation” disappointed at major tournaments and never made it beyond the quarter-finals, Southgate’s charges surpassed expectations by making it to the semi-finals of a World Cup for the first time in 28 years in Russia.“Fearless,” said Rooney when asked what set Southgate apart from the other five England managers he played under. “Because a lot of the other managers didn’t really give the youth the opportunity to express themselves and come into the team and have an impact.”Rooney insisted he has no regrets on retiring from international football a year before the World Cup, but admitted even he was surprised at how quickly Southgate’s squad matured into contenders to be world champions.“I saw over two years ago the talent we had with the young players,” he added. “I believed those players, maybe not in the World Cup but the one after that, would be good enough to have a go at it. They proved me wrong by doing so well in this World Cup.”England carried on the momentum from their World Cup campaign by inflicting Spain’s first competitive defeat on home soil for 15 years in a thrilling 3-2 victory in Seville last month.Should Luis Enrique’s men fail to bounce back with victory in Croatia on Thursday, England will have the chance to progress to the inaugural Nations League semi-finals by beating the Croats at Wembley on Sunday.– ‘I’m excited’ –Jadon Sancho has starred for Borussia Dortmund this season to break into the England squad © dpa/AFP / Bernd ThissenHowever, the long-term target remains success at Euro 2020 with the extra incentive of the semi-finals and final to be played at Wembley.“Myself along with all you guys (media) are of the opinion the squad is growing, getting better. I’m excited to see them in the next tournament,” added Rooney.While the former Everton and Manchester United striker brings down the curtain on his England career, Southgate has the chance to test some of those at the end other end of their international career against the States.Jadon Sancho, 18, is in line for his first start after starring in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 win over Bayern Munich on Saturday.Rooney himself burst onto the international scene as an 18-year-old at Euro 2004, but admitted he didn’t always enjoy his England career as he should have after that tournament given the burden of expectation to perform he shouldered.“When you’re in that mode you don’t want to admit there is pressure to perform. I’ve stepped back from that now and can analyse that there was that pressure,” he added.“Having that makes you try too hard and makes you a bit too anxious, so you don’t enjoy it as much as you should. You play your best football and best performances when you’re enjoying playing and winning.”And Rooney is confident this generation can succeed where his failed in winning England’s first major trophy since 1966 if they maintain the free spirit they showed in the summer.“Enjoy it. It’s a huge honour in your career. Probably the best honour you can have,” said when asked to give advice to the current squad.“It won’t always be good, every tournament or every game, but as long as you keep trying to learn and make sure you’re one of the players who can try and bring a trophy back to England, which is long overdue.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

How rich every Premier League club’s owners are, from Arsenal to Liverpool

first_imgIf Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman purchased the club, he would become one of the wealthiest owners, with an estimated worth of £2.3billion personally, with his entire family’s worth around a staggering £850billion.But who, currently, are the richest club owners in the Premier League? Find out the estimated values below. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 7 6. Tottenham Hotspur owner Joe Lewis is worth an estimated £3.83billion5. Crystal Palace co-owners Steve Parish, Josh Harris and David Blitzer are estimated to be worth a combined £3.68billion3= Fulham owner Shahid Khan is worth an estimated £5.28billion LATEST Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Abramovich’s time with the Blues is looking uncertain at the moment. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions gameday cracker whoops revealed getty images – getty 7 3= Wolverhampton Wanderers owner Guo Guangchang is worth an estimated £5.28billion2. Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is worth an estimated £6.51billion1. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is worth an estimated £8.88billion 20. Burnley chairman Mike Garlick and director John Banaskiewicz control 77 per cent of the club and are worth an estimated £61million19. Bournemouth majority shareholder Maxim Demin is worth an estimated £100million Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Khan recently tried to buy Wembley Stadium. 7 BEST OF Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Most Popular Football Stories scrap center_img 15. Brighton and Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom is worth an estimated £1billion14. Southampton owner Gao Jisheng is worth an estimated £1.1billion13. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is worth an estimated £1.3billion12. West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are worth an estimated £1.5billion Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ tense latest 7 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Manchester United’s owners insist they are not looking to sell the club, despite persistent talk of incoming investment from Saudi Arabia.Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has been linked with a sensational £4billion move for the Red Devils but it appears the Glazer Family are, for now, unwilling to do business. Tan celebrates promotion to the Premier League with manager Neil Warnock. SORRY 11. Liverpool owner John W. Henry worth an estimated £1.99billion10. Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is worth an estimated £2.45billion9. Manchester United owners The Glazer Family are worth an estimated £3.6billion8. Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is worth an estimated £3.75billion7. Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nayhan is worth an estimated £3.76billion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Sheikh Mansour has changed everything at Man City. 7 Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is reportedly interested in Manchester United. Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin with Jamie Redknapp. David Gold and David Sullivan are still with the Hammers. predicted 7 18. Watford owner Gino Pozzo is worth an estimated £120million17. Huddersfield Town owner Dean Hoyle is worth an estimated £290million16. Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan is worth a reported £628million 7last_img read more