New England manager Sam Allardyce has decided to grant Michail Antonio his first invitation to play for the Three Lions.
The uncapped player has started this campaign well, scoring his second of the term in the game against Manchester City. The qualifiers poised for the international break would be a good opportunity for him to earn his first cap for England.
Red Devils player Luke Shaw will be in action when England meet Slovakia on September 4 in the World Cup qualifier. This makes for another surprise from Allardyce since Shaw was yet to play for the three Lions since breaking his leg in the last campaign. Man City’s Joe Hart has been invited to stay in goal despite his problems at the Etihad.
After missing out of the Euro 2016, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott and Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater have been recalled to the team. The surprises include Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley. Both players have been ignored, but Everton’s Phil Jagielka received a call to serve.
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African football has certainly been on the up in the last decade, but there are several countries still left in the continent to have not featured in the FIFA World Cup. Zambia is one of them. Since joining FIFA in 1964, the team has not reached the finals even once. However, the local team has been improving every year in this culminated in their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations success in shocking fashion. This has led to new belief within the national team that they can hope for qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Qualification for this tournament has just begun in several parts of the world.
CaptainRainfordKalabasays that the team are extremely unhappy with the way they failed to progress past the group stages of the Africa Cup of Nations. Hence, they have set out to overcome this disappointment by doing well at the qualification stages. The likes of Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Ghana will once again be expected to qualify for the World Cup. These heavyweights have consistently made an appearance in the finals, but they are yet to go the full length and win the title itself. In the last two Africa Cup of Nations, the team has failed to get past the group stages. Continue reading “African football has certainly been on the up in the last decade”