Football Manager 2017: Most valuable players in the world – neither Messi nor Ronaldo top!

Who is the most valuable footballer in the world?You might have a number of names running through your head right now, but if you’re thinking it’s Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo – you’re wrong. Well, according to Football Manager 2017.content_imgThe hugely popular game has been released and neither of the duo, who have several individual and team titles on their CVs, are at No.1.Poor old Ronaldo, fresh from winning Euro 2016, canna want to buy Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this week.The Mirrmer England striker Michael Owen criticised Arsenal fans for booing under-fire captain Granit Xhaka off before his tirade.The Swiss midfielder was taken off during the Gunners’ draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday and his departure was greeted with deror says Barca are targeting a new frontman with Luis Suarez injured and see Aubameyang, 30, as the perfect candidate ahead of Friday night’s transfer deadline.The Gabon marksm’t even make the top 20, with him rated at £22million, when you start a new career on the game – that’s the same as West Brom’s Salomon Rondon, Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, and West Ham’s Michail Antonio, amongst others.So who are the most valuable players on Football Manager 2017? Click the right arrow above…

Julian Draxler update: Wolfsburg insist they will NOT allow Arsenal target to leave this summer

Arsenal have been dealt a bn has revealed Chelsea have threatened their players with fines if they breach self-isolation rules.Mason Mount broke the rules on Sunday by going out for a kick with West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.And Willian says there are repercussions forlow in their pursuit of German midfielder Julian Draxler, with Wolfsburg released statement insisting the 22-year-old will NOT be leaving them this summer.Draxs loving life at Goodison Park.Gomes signed permanently this summer from Barcelona.He told the St Domingo shirtzine: “The club is brilliant. The effort they put in outside the pitch is massive.“We feel we are a family: fans, club and players.“Iler has angered the club by The Germany international also claimed that the club and his manager had agreed to let him go if a bigger side came calling.But Wolfsburg havedenied those accusations and have reiterated that their star-man is NOT for sale during the current transfer window.However, it’s not all bad news for the Gunners, who are thought to be leadingthe race for Draxler, as the Bundesliga club allow that he could be snapped up next season – if his release clause if triggered.“The Supervisory Committee and the Board of Directors at VfL Wolfsburg Fußball-GmbH feel the need to comment on the interview with Julian Draxler which was published in the ‘BILD’ newspaper, in order to clarify the current situation and dispel any possible resulting rumours,” an official club statement read.“VfL Wolfsburg wish to make it absolutely clear that at no time did those responsible at the club make either written nor oral commitments on the transfer of Julian Draxler within the current transfer period, which is due to end on August 31st, 2016.“This is reiterated by a contractual release clause agreed upon with Julian Draxler and his management, which does not come into effect until summer 2017.“VfL Wolfsburg will not be selling Julian Draxler during the course of the current transfer period.“In joint discussions with Jucontent_imglian Draxler, VfL Wolfsburg again made it clear that they would not be granting the player’s wish to make a move.“We now consider any possible uncertainties to have been eradicated and that all parties can revert back to a professional and responsible collaboration for the good of VfL Wolfsburg and, in particular, for our fans.”

CONFIRMED! Crystal Palace sign Dutch full-back Patrick van Aanholt from Sunderland

Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Patrick van Aanholt from Sunderland.The 26-year-old left-back has peSouthampton midfielder Mario Lemina has opened the door to a move to Olympique Marseille.Lemina has confirmed Saints are prepared to sell him this summer.He told Foot Mercato: “I had a great adventure in Marseille. If OM calls me, why not, Marseille has always interested me. “It’s my heart club. “Frankly, it would be with pleasure, if the project is interesting, that I would go back.”nned a four-and-a-half year deal with the Eagles and joiul Le Guen has spoken with Samir Nasri about a move to Ligue 2.The former Manchester City star is available after being allowed to come off contract at West Ham.L’Equipe says Le Guen has called Nasri about a move to Le Havre with the aim of driving tns for an undisclosed fee.Reports claim Palace paid an initial £9million for the Dutch international, with the fee potentially rising to £14m.According to manager Sam Allardyce, Van Aanholt played an “instrumental” role in Sunderland unexpectedly surviving relegationlast season, and the defender will go straight into the Eagles squad for Tuesday’s trip to Boucontent_imgrnemouth.Allardyce also appeared to rule out a further approach for Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson, despite chairman Steve Parish “negotiating at least five or six deals”, and revealed free agent Martin Caceres could arrive after Tuesday’s transfer deadline.“He [Van Aanholt]is a player that brings something to the team we have not got and hopefully he has an instant impact,” Allardyce said.“We had great success together at Sunderland where he was instrumental in keeping them in the Premier League last season.“He will add pace and energy to our team, has strong defensive qualities and has the added ability to score and create goals. He will help in both departments.”Van Aanholt becomes the London club’s second recruit of the January transfer window, after the £12m capture of Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester.

Newcastle transfer news: Florian Thauvin to leave on loan after Andros Townsend completes move

Newcastle will allow Florian Thauvin to join Marseille on lcontent_imgoan – once they complete a deal for Totten and the impact he’s made.For Robson, one of Fernandes’ greatest assets is his movement, which he compared to another club legend from the past.Speaking to MUTV, Robson said: “I think it’s been a terrific impact and the first signs are he looks like ham winger Andros Townsend. and are now discussing personal terms with his representatives.Attacking reinforcements have been manager Steve McClaren’s priority this transfer window and he has already But, according to Le Parisien, Newcastle are now willing to let Thauvin hea.BILD says Arsenal will let Xhaka go in January for somewhere between £17million and £25million.A loan with an option to buy is also thought to be an option.Hertha had a tricky start to the Bundesliga season, but their form has picked up recently ud to Marseille on loan.The 23-year-old only moved to St. James’ Park from the French club in the summer after a £12m deal was struck.However, the Frenchman is now set for an early return to Marseille as they look to complete a loan deal until the end of the season.

Nolito hails Manchester City teammate Sergio Aguero as ‘one of the best players in the world’

Nolito is honoured to be playing alongside the prolific Sergio Aguero at Manchester City.Spain forwardNolito has made a fine start to his City career, scoring his second and third goals for the club in But it was still not enough to command the headlines as Aguero continued his flying start to the campaign with another double to take his tally to six in three games.“Aguero is one of the best players in the world and I’m very proud to work and play with him,” Nolito said. “I hope he keeps scoring to help us this season.“I feel very good here. It’s only been three games and I’m still settling in, but I feel fit and I just want to keep working with the team.“I’m really happy with both of my goals, and happy to score them because it was our first away game, but it was more important to get the three points.”City supporters at the bet365 Stadium chanted their support for goalkeeper Joe Hart and playmaker Yaya Toure, who were again both omitted by boss Pep Guardiola.But they were even more vocal in their appreciation of Guardiola, whose development of the team is gathering momentum.Fchester City in the Premier League title race. The Reds moved eight points clear at the top after they beat Leicester City and City lost to Wolves over the weekend.”So far we have been getting the points,” he told Sky Sports.”There is always room forollowing on from their impressive win at Steaua Bucharest in midweek, City were at their most fluid in the first half, with the rejuvenated Raheem Sterling again impressing.The lead came in the 27th minute as Aguero, not perturbed after two misses in Romania, stood up to take a penalty after Nicolas Otamendi was held back by Ryan Shawcross. He headed a second after 36 minutes.Stoke were denied a penalty before the break after Aleksandar Kolarov felled Joe Allen but did get one early in the second half when Sterling was adjudged to have impeded Shawcross by referee Mike Dean.Both of the penalties given underlined a new determination to clamp down on pushing and holding at set-pieces this season, but while there was no dcontent_imgoubting contact for the Otamendi spot-kick, the second award seemed harsh.Bojan converted and Stoke went on to have a good spell, but ultimately they could not take advantage of a dip in City’s intensity. Substitute Nolito eventually wrapped up victory, with the 29-year-old netting two goals in the last four minutes.Nolito said: “I was lucky to come on as a substitute. I did well. I won’t always start because of the other guys in the squad but the most important thing is we all worked together in the same direction and in the end we had a good win.”The result left Stoke still waiting for their first win of the new campaign but manager Mark Hughes saw reasons for optimism.“I don’t think the scoreline was a fair reflection for our efforts,” said Hughes, a former Manchester City boss.“Overall there were elements of our game I was pleased with, but other elements we need to improve on because they are the ones that cost us the game.“The scoreline was flattering for City but they are a good side, they are going to run the league title Alisson is set to be the first to win three Golden Glove awards in one season.He has kept five clean sheets in the Copa America for Brazil.No other goalkeeper can catch him with the final between Brazil and Peru still to come on Sunday evening. This very close. We need to be better next time we face them but I am sure they will build like we will.”

West Brom FC transfer news: Tony Pulis makes £10m move for Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore

West Brom have made a £10million bid for Hull City midfielderJake Livermore.Tony Pulis is eager to bring in a central midfield player this month and had earmarked Morgan Schneiderlin as his leading target.But from Manchester United, forcing Pulis to look elsewhere.Now the Baggies boss has set his sights on Livermore.The 27-year-old joined Hull from Tottenham in 2014 for a fee of around £8million after a succesira would have a hard time getting into the Club Brugge team.That is according to a former manager of the Belgian club, Henk Houwaart.He was speaking ahead of the second leg round of 32 clash between the two sides, which United won 4-0 to advance intsful loan spell andhas made144 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals,Livermore had started every Preld different teams in two separate competitions within 24 hours after the EFL announced the date of their Carabao Cup quarter-final with Aston Villa will not be changed.content_imgThe Reds will play at Villa on 17 December at 19:45 GMT and will compete in the Cmier League this season prior to , when he was surprisingly left on the bench by With the Tigers in a relegation battle, a move to West Brom could appeal to Livermore with Pulis’ side currently sitting eighth in the table and eyeing Europa League qualification.

Premier League champions Chelsea to parade trophy a day after FA Cup final

Premier League champions Chelsea will parade the trophy on May 28 – when they will also hope to be in possession of the FA Cup.Chelsea beat West Brom last Friday to reclaim the Premier League title they last won in 2014-15.The Blues will be presented with the trophy after Sunday’s final home game of the season against relegated Sunderland.Attention will then turn to the May 27 FA Cup final with Arsenal, when a Chelsea win would secure the double in Antonio Conte’s first season as head coach.John Terry, who leaves Stamford Bridge thioints” this season, says midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.The defending champions are second in the Premier League, eight points behind Liverpool, who have wo Dortmund after being made to feel like a scapegoat over the club’s recent form.The 19-year-old was dropped for one match and slapped content_imghim with a £86,000 fine after returning late from duty with England in October.He was then substituted just 36 minun all of their eight games.City have lost twice – 3-2 at Norwich and 2-0 at home to Wolves on Sundas summer after 22 years, will lift a fifth Premier League trophy and hopes to sign off from Chelsea with a 16th major honour at Wembley.Chelsea said on their official website: “After securing the Premier league title, and with agreement from all relevant local agencies, we can confirm a victory parade will be held on Sunday, May 28, commencing at midday.“Antonio Conte and his squad, who will contest the FA Cup final the day before the parade, will be accompanied on the route by the academy, which has enjoyed another unprecedented year of success.“The youth team completed a double of their own, adding the Under-18 Premier League title to a sixth FA Youth Cup in eight years.”The parade will begin at Stamford Bridge and travel east along Fulham Road, then on to King’s Road before stopping at Eel Brook Common.

Karren Brady insists West Ham ‘did everything in our power’ to prevent crowd trouble as 200 supporters face being banned from football

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says the club did all they could to prevent any trouble in their EFL Cup game with Chelsea. after skirmishes broke out at the London Stadium towardsonsidering his options at the end of last season after securing back-to-back titles.But The Sun says he started just 14 Premier League games last season and struggled to get in the starting XI.Spanish clubs looked at offering him regular game time an the end of the London derby on Wednesday night – which the Hammers won 2-1. behind the goal being defended by West Ham as coins, seats and other objects appeared to be thrown between rival supporters.The Hammers and Chelsea condemned the unsavoury scenes which – and swift and decisive action is being taken after the CCTV footage was pored over on Thursday.Brady said in her Sun column that the Hammers’ pre-match planning was meticulous but they were undone by “completely unacceptable behaviour”.“Ahead of the game, as a club, we did everything in our power to restrict and minimise potential problems,” she said.“We worked tirelessly day and night with thadmits there’s tension between management and young midfielder Boubakary Soumare.The youngster has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea leading the chasing pack. A transfer didn’t materialise ine safety and security teams at London Stadium and the Metropolitan Police Service to ensure that every potential risk was assessed and prepared for.“Without question, we could have sold out the stadium twice over but the safety of our supporters is always our primary concern.“And as a result we made the correct decision to impose strong restrictions on tickets, which were limited to supporters with a level of recorded purchase history – who could only access one ticket each.“Other avoidance measures, such as the restriction of alcohol sales around the stadium, were taken.“While the line of segregation between both sets of supporters was never actually broken – and supporters never made contact with one another – the baying behaviour that we witnessed is completely unacceptable to everyone at West Ham United and Chelsea Football Club and we will be taking the most severe action possible against individuals involved.”A spokesperson for stadium partners West Ham, E20 Stadium LLP and London Stadium 185 emphasised that the vast majority of supporters behaved “impeccably” and praised the response of the stewards to the disorder.“A small number of individuals were intent on becoming involved in disorder and are being investigated, identified and banned from London Stadium as a matter of priority,” the spokesperson said.“The response of our safety and security teams was measured, fast and effective and we commend our stewarding and response personnel who were called to deal with several incidents of challenging behaviour.”The Hammers’ next home match is againstcontent_img Stoke on November 5.

Mark Warburton dismisses reports of Rangers row with Martyn Waghorn

Rangers manager Mark Warburton has assured a frustrated Martyn Waghorn his time will come.Warburton described reports of a disagreement between the pair as “ludicrous” and stated that the answer to being left out of the team was to work harder.Waghorn, Rangers’ top goalscorer last season, has had to be content with coming off the bench for the paway from Chelsea.Morris is prepared to stump up a bumper £2.5m four-year deal to try and persuade his rookie boss to stay.Lampard took Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first year at the helm but is odds-on favourite to return to Chelast four matches.The former Leicester and Wigan striker suffered a hamstring injury in the Ladbrokes Premiership opener against Hamilton and haay the former Real Madrid coach was declaring he was “full of fire” to get back into management, serious doubts over the future of Valencia GM Mateo Alemany were being raised.Alemany has fallen out with Valencia owner Peter Lim and could be forced ous not scored a league goal since, although he bagged a cup hat-trick against Queen of the South.Warburton said: “I read a report that we had a big fallout, which was quite interesting.“Waggy knocked on the door and said: ‘Have we fallen out content_imggaffer?’ I said: ‘Not as far as I’m aware, Waggy’. Far from it.“He started five games in a row. He wants to play football, of course he does. When he is starting there are other guys that are frustrated. The decision (assistant manager) David (Weir) and I made was to increase the squad size from 21 to 23 because last year we literally ran out of bodies by the cup final.“So we had to add numbers, which we did. That means if everyone is fit and well you are going to have one or two frustrated players.“The answer? Work harder, just work harder. The hard work will be recognised and we will pick you. But there is no doubt about Waggy’s attitude. He is a first-class professional.“He is frustrated but he shows it by working harder. When his time comes, which it will do shortly, then I’m sure he will be in shape to take it.”

Transfer rumours and paper review – Tuesday, December 20: Costa to sign new long-term Chelsea deal, Arsenal plot Reus swoop, Liverpool frustrated in Van Dijk chase

Here arethe top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Diego Costa is set to be rewarded with a new £200,000-a-week contract to keep himered a fresh injury setback.The experienced German centre back has played just 45 minutes all season for Chelsea after undergoing surgery on his knee back in April. The Chelsea-defender-Antonio-Rudiger-suffers-injury-setback-miss-three-weeks.html”>Da at Chelsea for the rest of his career. Arsenal will move for Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus should they faist Newcastle United.A solid defensive display and a fourth clean sheet in five games – making it a league best 11 for the season – laid solid foundations as Burnley extended their unbeaten run to six.“We have a job to do and today it was job dol tocontent_img tie down Alexis Sanchez or Mesut Ozil to new deals. The Gunners are also prepared to pay £30million for 23-year-old Germany playmaker Julian Draxler from Wolfsburg.Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Virgil van Dijk, with Southampton set to reject any January bids for the 25-year-old Netherlands defender. However, the Saints WILL consider bids for captain and Portugal centre-back Jose Fonte. Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is considering a January move to either Inter or AC Milan. The Belgian was spotted in the Italian city with his twin brother Mansour on Monday. United are willing to accept half of the £25m they paid for Memphis Depay in 2015, with Everton leading the chase for the Dutch winger.The Red Devils are set to sign 22-year-old Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, after Benfica’s president flew to England for talks with the Premier League side over a £38million deal.Chelsea and Man United will battle it out for Roma and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger in January. The Blues are also interested in signing Fenerbahce centre-back Simon Kjaer, 27,, while boss Antonio Conte is keen on signing Genoa winger Diego Laxalt, 23, with the Italian club willing to sell at the right price.West Ham star Dimitri Payet has suggested he would be open to a return to Ligue 1 club Marseille.Argentina forward Carlos Tevez, 32, is set to leave Boca Juniors to join Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua in a deal worth £615,000 a week.

Arsenal v Hull City live stream and confirmed lineups: Premier League coverage on 11 February 2017

It’s all too familiar a scenario for Arsenal with a Premier League title challangonitoring Kepa Arrizabalaga’s situation at Chelsea.Okdiario says Leonardo is having doubts about Keylor Navas for next season and is looking around for a replacement.Kepa is on the Brazilian’s shortlist, with the PSG director well aware of his problee now all-but over, so they will be looking to strengthen thier place in the Premier League top four against Hull on Saturday afternoon – LIVE on talkSPORT.But the hosts could be in for a tough testagaisnt the stubborn relegation battlers, with the Tigers sure to be full of confidence of sealing another upset having stunned Liverpool 2-0 last weekend.However, new manager Marco Silva is without two key men, with captain Michael Dawson and top Brandon Williams in the 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade on Thursday.The two teenagers were thrown into the deep end in Serbia, with Solskjaer giving his man-of-the-match vote to fullback Williams.He said: “I thought Jimmy grew into the game, dicontent_imgd real striker Abel Hernandez missing from the midday clash with respective calf and hamstring injuries, althoughAhmed Elmohamady is back on the bench after returning from international duty andon-loan Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic starts.Meanwhile, the Gunners have been handed a boost with Hector Bellerin overcoming an injury scare to start, while midfielder Mohamed Elneny is available again after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations. Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez.Subs: Gabriel, Lucas Perez, Giroud, Ospina, Monreal, Welbeck, Elneny. Jakupovic, Elabdellaoui, Ranocchia, Maguire, Robertson, Huddlestone, N’Diaye, Markovic, Grosicki, Clucas, Niasse.Subs: Meyler, Maloney, Diomande, Marshall, Elmohamady, Tymon, Evandro.

Tottenham granted permission to stage 27 matches at Wembley next season

Tottenham moved one step closer to playing home games at Wembley next season after their application to host 27 matches at the stadium’s full 90,000 capacity was approved.Brent Council’s planning committee voted in favour of the proposal by a majority of five to one following a heated meeting, lasting three hours and 32 minutes and during which frustrated local residents were allowed to air their views.Spurs now have until March 31 to activate their option to play at the national stadium, which has already been agreed with the Football Association.The club, however, are likely to use all their available time to decide, as they assess whether their new stadium next to White Hart Lane will be completed in time for the start of the 2018-19 season.Tottenham could yet stay at their current ground next season and play home games at Wembley in 2018-19, before moving into the new stadium for the 2019-20 campaign.One resident broke down in tears midway through the debate at Brent’s Civic Centre while representations made by der Tanguy Ndombele.L’Equipe says Spurs smashed their transfer record to buy Ndombele from the Ligue 1 outfit for £55.5m, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy playing a key role in the negotiations that landed the midfielder on a six-year contract.He helTottenham’s executive director Donna Cullen and Wembley operations manager Chris Bryant were regularly interrupted by heckling.Wembley&#8content_img217;s current regulations meant Spurs could play any number of games there with the upper tier left empty, but this would mean a restricted capacity of 50,835.The club were desperate, therefore, to be granted the full 90,000 for all their games and avoid the dampening effect on atmosphere involved in playing in a half-empty stadium.Cullen said: “Brent is the proud home of Wembley but we would need to make it our proud home here.“We would need to create a vibrant home advantage in the stadium. The impact of support is well-acknowledged, hence our application tonight for full capacity.”But the issue of full capacity proved particularly contentious with objectors, who expressed concerns about anti-social behaviour, the extra strain on transport and the negative impact on local businesses.Transport expert and local resident Fatema Karim-Khaku said Tottenham’s concerns about the atmosphere at matches “was not a material planning consideration and should not be considered by the committee”.Councillor and non-member Sam Stopp, a Spurs supporter himself, said the residents’ well-being should come first.“While in my heart I would love to see Spurs play at Wembley, I cannot do anything but implore you to take the alternative decision,” Stopp said.“It would suggest a very wealthy football club might matter more to this council than the residents of Wembley and the residents of Brent.“There is also a danger Wembley ends up simply being treated like a cash cow, and a cash cow the residents of Brent don’t actually receive any benefit from.”The frustrations of the objectors fell on deaf ears, however.At least two councillors appeared to favour approving the proposal but only on the condition that the capacity be reduced from 90,000. A compromise option of 61,000 – the capacity at Tottenham’s new stadium – was suggested.It was decided, however, that to propose a new figure, more analysis would be required and a deferral was not an option.Councillor Barbara Pitruzzella was the only one to vote against the proposal while Councillor Michael Maurice approved, although admitted to feeling “between a rock and a hard place”.If Tottenham host more than 27 matches next season, in theory the extra games could only be played to the reduced attendance of 50,835.Bryant, however, suggested Spurs could yet play even those fixtures at fullmer.The Mali international spent last season on loan at Sivasspor in Turkey, as he was struggling to nail down a first team spot at the Premier League side.It does not appear he is in manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans for next season.Per Turkish reports capacity.“We would look to absorb those matches into the existing Wembley calendar,” Bryant said. “Spurs will be made the priority.”

Capocannoniere: Just look how close the battle for the 2016/17 Serie A Golden Boot is

There are only three games left in Italy’s Serie A season and while Juventus are about to be crowned champions, the Golden Boot award is still up for grabs.Known as the Capocannoniere, Gonzalo Higuain scored 36 times last year to win the award, but look how close it is this term. has scored 27 goals in 35 Serie A games this seasonRemaining games: Juventus (H), Chievo (A), Genoa (H) has scored 25 goals in 32 games this seasonRemaining gam, which will run until 2023.Sterling is one of the most marketable and talented attackers in the Premier League.The Englishman has thrived under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.Ncontent_imgike want to ensure Sterling remains with them, as interest from Puma maes: Napoli (H), Genoa (A), Sassuolo (H) has scored 24 goals in 33 games this seasonRemaining games: Sassuolo (H), Lazio (A), Udinese (H) has scored 24 goals in 32 games this seasonRemaining games:Torino (A), Fiorentina (H), Sampdoria ht now.Villa have a massive Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on March the 1st coming up.But they are also in a relegation dogfight, and Smith knows that even one or two bad results at this stage of the season could doom them.It is why he is (A) has scored 24 goals in 35 games this seasonRemaining games: Roma (A), Crotone (H), Bologna (A)

‘He was brilliant!’ – Sam Allardyce on Wayne Rooney’s England performance

Wayne Rooney looks set to keep playing in midfield for England after his ‘brilliant’ performance against Slovakia, according to Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce.On the occasion of his 116th cap, breaking David Beckham’s outfield record, the Manchester United star was deployed in the centre of the park.And whilst many believed he would be patrolling the number 10 position, Rooney actually played much deeper – occasionally even appearing behind centre-back John Stones.Roy Hodgson used the Three Lions skipper similarly throughout Euro 2016, but the experiment appeared to be at an end after Jose Mourinho restored him to an attacking position at Old Trafford.Allardyce declared himself happy with Rooney’s performance but curiously suggested that he had deferred to his skipper over where he played and even expressed surprise at how far he dropped.“Today Wayne played wherever he wanted to. He was brilliant and controlled midfield. I can’t stop Wayne playing there,” said the manager.“I think that he holds a lot more experience at international football than me as an international manager.“Yes he played a bit deeper than he does at United, but Wayne’s comfortable, when I talk to him, about the position.“This is the most decorated outfield player in England. He’s won everything at Man United, more or less, and at Champions League and domestic level.“Using his experience with a team, and playing as a team member, it’s not for me to say where he’s going to play. It’s uon this season.With the club splashing the cash — notably £42million on record buy Sebastian Haller — Wilshere wants the Hammers to aim higher and focus on a Europa League spot.He said: “During my whole career, I’ve spent a lot of time injuredp to me to ask whether he’s doing well in that position, and contributing.“If so, great. We’d like to get him into goalscoring positions more. He’s been a goalscorer all his life and I want him to do that again, but he reads a game as he reads it. He read it very well, we won the game and derre-Emerick Aubameyang is angry over questions about his relationship with Youtubers AFTV.The 30-year-old’s ties with AFTV is a contentious issue, and is believed to be contributing to unrest in the Arsenal camp.Aubameyang responded to the rumours bominated the game, outplaying the opposition.“I must admit, he did play a little deeper than I thought he’d play today, but I was pleased with his performance.”It is unlikely to content_imgbe the last we hear about Rooney’s place in the team, or his apparent influence on Allardyce’s tactics.For now, though, he is able to look back on an exciting start, and a winning one, in his dream job.“It’s the biggest job I’ve ever had,” he said. “You know you’re leading the nation forward. Everyone is looking at you. They want you to show the way forward and be successful and it’s that much bigger when the nation’s watching you.“I had a whole lot of messages today. It was impossible to try and attempt to reply to all the goodwill messages from across the country. In the end, everyone back home was waiting with bated breath and we scored the winner.“Everyone back home is happy and can have an extra drink. The fans here were happy and the goal came in their end. We dominated the game and finally got what we deserved.“The result did us justice in the end.”

Manchester United FC news: Rivals not impressed by Marcus Rashford’s ‘dive’ against Swansea

Marcus Rashford won a penalty against Swansea, but it should not havecontent_img been given.Television replays showed Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz FabiansThe mother of AS Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo has blasted the media over claims her son made a ‘come and get me’ plea to Juventus.Corriere Torino reported Zaniolo had confessed he could not say ‘no’ if Juve came calling during a night out.However, Francesca Costa hit back on Instagram: “Nicolo never said any of th Thilo Kehrer explained the players’ very public wind-up for Erling Haaland after their Champions League win against Borussia Dortmund.Following the 2-0 win, PSG’s players assembled on the pitch and had a photo taken of them mimicking Haaland’s ‘lotuis.“I don’t understand how some journalists can make up certain things, destabilising a 19-year-old boy who is striving to be the utmost professional.“If you left him alone, we’d all be grateful.”ki pulledhis hands away from the Man United striker’s legs at the last moment, but the 19-year-old still fell to the ground.Wayne Rooney converted the spot kick and rivals watching the game at home were pretty angry, as you can see here…