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2 Man City players that will be the difference for the Lionesses tonight

The Lionesses face their second group match tonight against Argentina. 

England managed to bag a win against Scotland in their opening group game, and everyone’s hoping they can do the same tonight. Phil Neville has also said that because of the rivalry between the men’s team’s, it gives the women even more of a hunger to win too. Argentina had an unexpected start to their World Cup campaign in a goalless draw against Japan. I think it’s safe to say that everyone thought Japan would easily win as they’ve been in the previous two World Cup finals, and Argentina effectively had no team three years ago. 

After the Lionesses won on Sunday, fans were quick to say that the team had some work to do to better their performance. However, before the match kicks off tonight at 8 pm, I’ve picked two City players that I think will make a difference to the England team.

Now that the first game nerves are out of the way, I think England are looking at a couple of goals at least tonight… 

Ellen White

The striker managed to bag one goal against Scotland when given the chance, and I think more opportunities will be created tonight for the Man City star to take. The 30-year-old only announced she’d be signing for City in May 2019, however, with a lot of to-be teammates on the England side, she may also be out to impress them too. 

Steph Houghton

The most obvious option, I know. I’ve not only picked her for her skill and determination, but I’ve also picked her mainly for her leadership.

In the opening group games, there’s been a lot of VAR controversy. Even in England’s first game, their first goal came from a penalty awarded due to the assist of the video referee. Steph Houghton will have to keep her side from arguing and surrounding the referee in any cases tonight, as I think VAR is being used too much in these games. 

I would have included Nikita Parris in this selection because she had an amazing start, and I think she’ll only get better.

Man City Is The Perfect Move For Derby County’s Liam Delap – Agree?

The news of a possible move for Liam Delap had broken yesterday and that move could be to Manchester. 

The 16-year-old striker has supposedly impressed City as he has been a key part of Derby’s under 18’s title win. He has also been named as an “England youth sensation.” Delap already has a really successful set of stats behind him for a teenager, he managed to get the golden boot in Turkey at the Mercedes Benz Aegean Tournament, he scored in Derby’s under 18’s 6-0 win against Wolves and his dad is the former Rams player and coach, Rory Delap.

It’s no wonder that Delap has been looked at by the Premier League champions but if the youngster did move to City, he would start in their development squad and Derby would also be due some compensation as part of the FIFA solidarity payments scheme. 

I think City are one of the most tactical and sensible teams when it comes to signings. Looking at the young talent and investing in players early, is pleasing to see as a player comes through the youth teams and eventually ends up training with the first team. It’s not as daunting for a player to just throw them in at the deep end with a new club. If the blues do sign the youngster and it doesn’t work out in the long run, even having him on the team should value him at a large amount if it should come to letting him go. 

Like any team during this transfer window, every club is keeping their options open, and looking for new signings before the start of the season. However, Pep Guardiola also has the departure of Vincent Kompany on his hands and now talks of David Silva also on his way out of the club.

Now is a perfect time to start building their youth team so they can replace their legends. City would be a great move for the 16-year-old because it seems like when a player joins the club and is successful, they seem to spend a long time there. Silva and Kompany are both celebrating 10 years with the Manchester side, and I hope to see more youth players end up being title winners with the club. 

‘Women’s Football is Cr*p, They Don’t Cheat, They Don’t Play Act, They Just Play Football’ Twitter Reacts to Lionesses Opening WWC Win

England’s women had a promising start to their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Scotland. 

The Lionesses opened the scoring after 14 minutes when a penalty was rewarded. There was some confusion as the referee stopped the game, however, it was soon made clear that officials had pointed out a possible handball. It was about time VAR went in England’s favour as the men’s team had two goals disallowed in their Nations League campaign.  

Nikita Parris put the women ahead from the spot kick and after 40 minutes, Ellen White put the Lionesses 2-0 up. England should have had a third but it was ruled offside and Scotland’s Claire Emslie managed to pull one back in the 79th minute. Even though the lionesses have had a really promising opening to the World Cup they really want to win, manager Phil Neville spoke out after the match saying he thought his team could have done a lot better.

Personally, as this was the opening match and the teams are all just finding their feet, I think it’s a great start for the Lionesses and I can’t see them having too many problems in the group stages, but what did everyone else think?

Harry Kane wished the women well as his recent Nations League run came to an end.

A spot of sarcasm when comparing the women’s football to the men’s.

Some agreed with the Lionesses manager.

But most were just impressed and many are commenting on the rising interest in women’s football and the increased fans and viewers.

Two alternatives to Wan-Bissaka for Manchester United

With both senior right backs at Manchester United leaving the club, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will have opportunity to really put his stamp on a new look Manchester United side ahead of the coming season.

If you believe the rumours, the red side of Manchester have been hotly pursuing Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka identified as the long term heir to the right back position at Old Trafford. However, gone are the days when United had the pick of who they wanted in the English Leagues, and Palace have reportedly already turned down a big £40 million pound offer for the young Englishman.

Wan-Bissaka is contracted at Palace until 2022 and the London side seem to be holding out for roughly £60 million pounds.

With Solskjaer in charge, Manchester United are reportedly changing their transfer policy, instead of paying out for megastars. The club are apparently looking for young British talent that they can nurture and build their own ‘galactico’s’ out of, evidenced by the signing of young Welshman Daniel James from Swansea City.

After possibly being priced out of a move for the Palace right back, we took a look at some alternatives for the ‘Red Devils’ to fill the right-back role…

Keiran Trippier

Trippier doesn’t exactly fit the model of ‘Young’ but the Tottenham right back and England national team starter is reportedly available for around £35 million, saving Manchester United £30 million for a man with heaps more experience playing in the Premier League, Champions League and for the national side.

The Spurs full-back did struggle for game time last season but did impress playing for England. Trippier is from Manchester so could perhaps be persuaded to move back up north.

Nathanial Clyne

We could easily have filled this spot with Thomas Munier, who it is reported United are looking at, however, if they look close to home they could save themselves a lot of money.

Clyne is never going to take Alexander-Arnolds spot at Liverpool, but while out on loan at Bournemouth last season Clyne proved that he still has what it takes to be a Premier League player. With young Diego Dalot already at United, Clyne brings experience to the position that could be much needed in bigger games.

Unless Trent gets injured at Liverpool, Clyne isn’t going to play, so perhaps could be available on the cheap. With the right assurances about game time and the chance to get himself back into England contention?

The Lionesses Kick Off Their World Cup Shortly, Can These Man Utd & Man City Women Help Bring it Home

With the Women’s World Cup underway, an opening game saw the competition hosts, France beat South Korea, excitement is in the air as England may actually bring home a World Cup.

Before England’s first group D game, it’s time to have a look at how Manchester’s women will be dominating the England team.

Manchester City

Starting with Captain, Steph Houghton (MBE). One of the biggest names in women’s football, the 31-year-old centre back has played over 100 times for her national team after being called up for the first time in 2006. She joined Man City in 2014 and is captain of both teams. With her experience playing for England and leading her teammates, she gives a lot of hope for victory.

Just like Houghton, Manchester City midfielder, Jill Scott has also been called up to Phil Neville’s squad. She also was called up to the England team in 2006 and joined City only a year before her captain in 2013. She has had 134 appearances for the Lionesses and managed 24 goals. She’s also managed 18 goals in 83 appearances for a Man City.

Also keeping with the City theme, keeper Karen Bardsley has been called up again by Neville. The 34-year-old has 52 appearances for the blues, she has played for England’s under 19’s and under 21’s and in 2005 she was called up to the first team. She has since had 76 caps for England. During the 17/18 season and 18/19 season, Bardsley has been the first choice for England but has since lost her place as the first choice for City to teenager, Ellie Roebuck. This gives her a chance to prove herself.

Ellen White is another City player who Neville has put his trust into. The 30-year-old striker will be competing in her 3rd World Cup. White has only signed for City at the end of last season after a 2-year spell at Birmingham City. She has played for England before however and has had 80 appearances and 28 goals. Hopefully, this will be beneficial to the England side and to the striker as she will have a chance to play aside her new City teammates.

Demi Stokes is another City defender who has been called up for England’s World Cup run. The 27-year-old has had 62 appearances for City and bagged 3 goals, she was called up to her national team in 2014 after playing for the England youth teams, she now has 50 appearances for the Lionesses but this will be her first World Cup.

Then we have the younger teammates, Georgia Stanway is the youngest player on the side at 20 years old. The striker has bagged 22 goals in 51 appearances for Man City. She has 7 caps for England’s first team but has only managed 1 goal, so this competition may be a time for the youngster to shine. She also has pressure added to her performance as she has previously been nominated for young player of the year by the BBC and the PFA.

Kiera Walsh is another young player, at the age of 22, this will be the City midfielders first major tournament. She has 64 appearances for City since joining them in 2014 and now has 14 national caps behind her since 2017.

Manchester United

Alex Greenwood is one of the newly promoted Man United players to be called up to the women’s national team. The 25-year-old defender was named the captain of the United squad after joining them in 2018. She has played for England’s under 17’s, 19’s and 23’s but was finally called up to the first team in 2014. She now has 37 first team caps and has even managed 2 goals for England. She was part of the team that got United promoted to the Women’s Super League at the end of last season, so hopefully, she will be hungry for more success with the Lionesses.

Finally, there’s Abbie McManus. The 26-year-old was a defender for City from 2009-2013, the managed 6 goals in 69 games, she then rejoined City after a year away at Sheffield. At the end of the 2019 season, she decided to leave one Manchester side for another and join Man United. This World Cup will reunite her with her ex-City teammates one last time.

The Lionesses squad seems really strong and with 9 out of 23 women being from Manchester sides, it’s clear to see where a lot of the talent comes from.

Man City Looking To Further Strengthen Their Defence

With club captain, Vincent Kompany, taking the player-manager role on at Anderlecht, City are on the lookout for a replacement.

It has also been reported that Atlético Madrid are looking into Nicolas Otamendi, which would mean another defender would need to be recruited by the blues.

Pep Guardiola has spent big in the past in his defence, however, transfer links again this season seem to be defender heavy. With Pep looking for a hat trick of Premier League titles, something only their local rivals Man Utd have done, he knows the key to titles is a solid foundation.

We take a look at two defenders being linked with a move to the Etihad…

Harry Maguire

The 26-year-old defender looks to be in demand once again as the transfer window takes off. It has been reported that Maguire has had interest from Man United as well, but the Leicester City player has previously said that he would like to join a club that can give him more, such as Champions League fixtures. This would make him the perfect fit for Pep’s team next year.

Joao Cancelo

City are also said to be in competition with Juventus over a transfer for Cancelo. There’s supposedly a £50 million transfer fee for the defender but, Pep and his team are willing to sell Danilo in order to buy the right back so they can have a solid back four next season.

‘Could Get Used To De Ligt Doing This In a Man Utd Shirt’ ‘If De Ligt Plays In Man City Shirt, They Win All Competitions’ Utd & City Fans React To Target De Ligt

Matthijs De Ligt is wanted by nearly every major club across the world this transfer window, the two Manchester giants included.

Therefore we took to Twitter to look at how fans of the two clubs reacted to the performance of their potential new centre half, on Thursday night as he played for his country the Netherlands against our very own England in the semi-final of the Nations League.

On what wasn’t the greatest of performances from the young Dutchman, he definitely showed flashes of the incredible leadership and potential he possesses. Making up for earlier in the game when he was easily beaten by Jaden Sancho and, then giving away a penalty after a lack in concentration saw him miss-control a pass before fouling Marcus Rashford for England’s goal.

The concentration lapse coming from inexperience, something that will phase out of his game over time.

‘Absolute Joy To Watch’ ‘Sterling Played Very Bad’ England Fans Split Over Man City’s Sterling Performance

Raheem Sterling captained England for the first time last night on his 50th appearance. The Three Lions lost 1-3 in their Nations League semi-final vs Holland, with Man City team-mate John Stones making a huge error at 1-1, to gift the Dutch a lead in extra-time.

Sterling was voted PFA 2018/19 young player of the season, after playing a pivotal role in City’s domestic treble winning side. The winger finished his campaign with 25 goals and 17 assists, his best stats yet since joining The Blues from Liverpool in 2015.

Sterling is often criticised for his performances in an England shirt, particularly at last summer’s World Cup when fans thought he wasn’t effective enough. Had Harry Kane squared it to Sterling in the semi-final at 1-0, he would’ve been entered into folklore. If only, ey.

‘I’d Rather Have Kidney Stones Than John Stones’ England Fans Humorous Reactions to Man City’s John Stones

I think it’s safe to say that England fans were hoping for victory last night but instead, they were left disappointed by another semifinal loss.

The Three Lions managed to score first in the second Nations League Semi final last night when a penalty was awarded, but couldn’t cling on to the lead as the Netherlands equalised and took the game to a painful extra time were England ended up losing 3-1. 

After the disappointing loss to Croatia in the World Cup, I along with many other England fans were expecting a performance last night that showed the team were hungry to make it to the final but instead, a sloppy defence made the game unbearable to watch.

John Stones is the man in the firing line today as he was blamed for a lot of the mistakes at the back. Last night, most England fans were frustrated and fed up but, I’ve managed to cheer myself up this morning by having a scroll through Twitter.

Jamie Carragher was in the studio for Sky Sports last night and he had a lot to say about the City player if you missed it, I’ve attached his rant below but in my opinion, he is absolutely spot on.

This particular tweet and the replies had me laughing this morning. England fans have become that used to the disappointment and can make a joke out of a bad situation.

Some missed England’s previous stars.

There were very few fans this morning jumping to Stones’ defence, some thinking that the Nations League isn’t that important.

‘Let’s Win This Lionesses!’ Are England Ready To Change The World

As the England ladies team sets off on their short journey to the Women’s World Cup in France, we took to Twitter to have a look at what the people were saying about our Lionesses.

After finishing third last time out. England will be looking to go a couple of steps further under the guidance of manager Phil Neville and, win the entire thing.

On the back of the various media campaigns that have been launched this time around, for example, Budweiser becoming the official beer of the ladies team. The various hashtags across social media such as #thisgirlcan, #changethegame and #womeninfootball, means that the coverage and interest for the ladies side are on a higher level than its ever been before.

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