Nasri hopes for redemption
- 18 June 2012 08:50
- Posted by Chris Eccles
Roy Hodgson faces a decision over whether to play Manchester City's James Milner or Theo Walcott against Ukraine and France look to make up for past tournament disappointments.
The Guardian reports that the England manager is hopeful Walcott will recover from a hamstring injury to play against the co-hosts.
Former national boss Terry Venables outlines in The Sun why he would stick with James Milner regardless of the Arsenal player's fitness.
"Every team needs a player like him [Milner]. The work he does — which often goes unnoticed — provides the platform for his more eye-catching team-mates to produce the spectacular.
He is the concrete on which the likes of Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney can showcase their talent."
Samir Nasri has been talking about the debt Le Bleus still owe the French fans after recent poor tournament performances.
Nasri told the Daily Mail that the disaster for the French at World Cup 2010 still requires redemption saying,
"You know, in France the image of the national team is really bad, so we've tried for two years to work on that. It's now 23 games that we're unbeaten and we're trying to show everybody something different, that we are not just like players with huge egos and big heads."
I don't think the fans have forgiven us, but we will do everything to be forgiven
Gael Clichy has told Tribal Football that he is frightened by the aerial prowess of Liverpool centre forward Andy Carroll.
Ex -Aston Villa player Ian Taylor has been lamenting the loss of players to City and says Villa need a new Gareth Barry. He told the Birmingham Mail,
"It’s been a difficult position for us in central midfield since Gareth Barry and James Milner left and it is a position where you do need somebody who can be the heartbeat of the team.
With Gareth he was tried and trusted and you always knew you were going to get a high level of performance from him. With James, he hadn’t got the same level of experience but he had got the energy and he could get about and make things happen in there."