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Loew confirms Ter Stegen and Neuer will play during the international break

Germany head coach Joachim Loew has confirmed that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Manuel Neuer will play a game each during the forthcoming internationals. Ter Stegen was involved in a public spat with Neuer over the goalkeeping role with Germany last month and it appears that Loew wants to keep both shot-stoppers content with gametime this time around.

Speaking in a press conference, Loew confirmed that the goalkeeping duties would be shared between Ter Stegen and Neuer during the forthcoming internationals against Argentina and Estonia. He added that Neuer still remains the first-choice shot-stopper and captain, and he should start between the sticks during the 2020 European Championship.

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Micah Richards says Wolves and Everton may not make the top six

Former Manchester City star Micah Richards has said that Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton have made meaningful progress over the past year but they may still struggle to make the push for the top six. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Richards said that Wolves have done a great job since returning to the top-flight, but they may struggle during the ongoing campaign with the additional pressure of Europa League games, should they reach the group stage.

He added that the west Midlands outfit have players, who were too good for the Championship but they will have a tough task of making the European qualification spots similar to Everton, he said: “I think Wolves have done a great job. I think the difficulty for them this season is going to be the Europa League. They will be playing a lot of Sunday’s then Thursday’s and it’ll be a lot of travelling. But I think they have been amazing.

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Pep Guardiola has high hopes on club-record signing Rodri

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said that midfielder Rodri has the characteristics to become the next Sergio Busquets. The Spain international became the club’s record signing for £62m after making the move from Atletico Madrid and he was recently handed his debut against West Ham United in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Rodri had a relatively comfortable game where he had no concerns dealing with the threat from the likes of Michail Antonio and following the friendly, Guardiola happened to heap praise on the former Villarreal man, he said:”He is a young, typical defensive midfielder who thinks very quickly. I hope he is here for a long time. Rodrigo is tall, which for a short side like ours is very good. He is great at set-pieces but we didn’t buy him for that. [Rodri] is a Spain national team player and there they call him ‘the next Busquets’. I think he is a very good player.”

The Citizens had a comfortable encounter against West Ham United in Nanjing and goals from David Silva, Lukas Nmecha and a brace from Raheem Sterling contributed towards a 4-1 triumph over West Ham United. Next up, the club are scheduled to face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final of the friendly competition and they should be fancied to win the trophy, barring a surprise.

Manchester City have placed the emphasis on pursuing young players during the summer transfer window and they have landed Angelino and Zack Steffen in addition to Rodri. Out of the duo, goalkeeper Steffen has been instantly loaned out to Fortuna Dusseldorf, where he has the opportunity to earn European experience after spending his entire career in Major League Soccer. City start their Premier League defence with a game against West Ham United on the road. Prior to that, they have a Community Shield encounter against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to contend with.

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Whelan believes Aston Villa star should be named Player of the Year

Championship pundit Noel Whelan believes Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham should be named the division’s Player of the Year following his standout displays in the club’s shirt. The on-loan Chelsea striker has been hugely influential to the progress to the west Midlands outfit and he has already bagged 25 goals in the club’s push for promotion through the playoffs.

Speaking to the Football Insider, Whelan indicated that Abraham should pip Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki to the Championship Player of the Year accolade, considering he has been the complete centre-forward, he said: “He’s my player of the year. I know Pukki has had a great season but Abraham is the best [striker] in the league and a complete centre-forward.

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Jed Steer on buzzing atmosphere after late win over Sheffield Wednesday

Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer has revealed that the dressing room has been buzzing following the late triumph over Sheffield Wednesday on the road. The Villains appeared on course for a hard-fought 1-1 draw against the Owls at the weekend, but they managed to make a sensational comeback right at the end with both Albert Adomah and Tammy Abraham scoring in injury time.

Speaking after the game, Steer was delighted with the eventual outcome of the game and stated that the team will analyse on potential areas where they can improve from the Sheffield trip, he said: “To nick it at the end was great. We were under quite a bit of pressure in that second half. To come away with all three points at the end was brilliant. The dressing room was rocking. We will now analyse it and see where we could have done better but at the end of the day, three points at this stage of the season is massive. The whole dressing room is together. We have a very strong bond as a group.”

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Anwar El Ghazi says Aston Villa’s form should invite fear for the opposition

Aston Villa attacker Anwar El Ghazi has said that the recent form from the west Midlands side should present fear among other sides in the Championship. The Villains appeared on course to miss out on the top six after a winless run last month but they have managed to revive their fortunes with four-straight victories including a 3-0 rout of Middlesbrough last weekend.

Speaking to AVTV, El Ghazi, who is currently on loan from Lille, indicated that there has been a positive atmosphere at Villa Park which has witnessed the change in results at the stadium. He added the club have overcome their lean period in the Championship and they will now take game-by-game as they push for promotion to the top-flight.

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The Silence is Finally Broken for Micah Richards and He has also Summed up His Career Time at the Aston Villa

Defender, Micah Richards expresses content with his career ladder in spite of his frustrations with things faced in Aston Villa. The match against Wolves, which ended in a 1-1 draw was the last match paid by Micah. It was held in October 2016.

When a fan from Machester City tweets to his support, he replied back it was a nice journey and he has no regrets. He told that it was tormenting mentally in Claret and Blue because of his injuries. His physical trauma kept him off from reaching new heights. But he had no regrets. Also, he further commits to giving 100% in everything in the future course of time.

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Tom Carroll reveals Tammy Abraham urged him to join Aston Villa

Tom Carroll has revealed that Tammy Abraham played his role in convincing him to join Aston Villa before the transfer deadline. The ex-Tottenham Hotspur graduate was a surprise signing for the west Midlands side and the move was finalised with just three minutes before the transfer deadline on Thursday.

Speaking on club’s YouTube channel thereafter, Carroll said that the deal was actually in the pipeline from the beginning of the month, though there was not much speculation regarding the same in the media. He added that Abraham also persuaded him to join the Villains after saying fond words about the promotion hopefuls.