LIVERPOOL TO PLAY IN NEW STADIUM FOR CLUB WORLD CUP CLASH

The 2022 World Cup is two years away and host nation Qatar have continued to ramp up the construction of infrastructures for the tournament. One of the Stadiums that is expected to host the tournament the Education City Stadium has been completed.

Tammy Abraham open to representing Nigeria at the international level

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has said that he could be open to the possibility of representing Nigeria at the international stage. The 21-year-old was fancied to switch his allegiance to the west African nation prior to the 2018 World Cup but he refuted those claims by stating that he wants to make an international career with England.

Since then, Abraham has experienced a top season in the Championship with Aston Villa on loan before returning to the Blues and it appears that he is now open to the opportunity of representing the country of his father, he told ACL Sports: “Anything is still possible. I have not ruled it out completely but we will see!”

England’s 1966 World Cup hero fancies country’s chances in Qatar

England’s 1966 hero Geoff Hurst believes the Three Lions have a good chance of lifting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, considering the matches would be played between November and December. The schedule for the global tournament was postponed to the winter period to avoid the heat wave in the host nation and Hurst feels the same could benefit the Three Lions.

Speaking to FIFA.com, Hurst said that England players generally find their peak form during the month of November and that could be advantageous for the nation at the tournament in Qatar, he said: “Yes, I do – November is the peak of the season for us. After starting in August, the players will be at their peak – they should not be tired – so I can only see a benefit to our country.

Kevin de Bruyne believes England are one of the favourites for the Euro 2020 crown

Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne believes the England national side are one of the favourites alongside France to win the European Championship next year. The Three Lions exceeded expectations of their supporters last summer as they reached the semi-final stage of the World Cup before being eliminated at the hands of Croatia.

Since then, they have impressed in the Nations League where they have progressed to the semi-finals after beating the likes of Spain and Croatia in their group, and De Bruyne feels the nation have a good chance of securing the Euro 2020 title with many youngsters including Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho coming through the ranks, he said: "I told the England guys a week ago that you should win the Euros. I think they are favourites, with France. I see the guys already established, and those coming up, so the future looks really good. Will they win it? I don't know, because only one team can win it but you have a chance to do well in the next 10 years."

Didier Deschamps wants to guide France to 2022 World Cup success

France head coach Didier Deschamps has said that he is keen on helping Les Bleus retain their World Cup title in 2022. Les Bleus ended their two decade-long wait for the global crown last summer where they beat Croatia by a comfortable 4-2 score in the final but they have since experienced a mixed set of results.

Despite this, Deschamps is determined to continue with the team until the next World Cup, although that depends on the performance at the forthcoming European Championships. Speaking to reporters, Deschamps acknowledged that he would like to carry on for the next three years to the tournament in Qatar, but he does not have the right to do so unless the country can excel at the Euro 2020.

Belgium can win next World Cup

Former Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry believes that the Belgium national team can win the next World Cup in 2022. He said that the team has been really good at the last World Cup in Russia and that there is no reason why they cannot build on that.

The former Arsenal player believes that this is a golden generation for the Belgians and that they will want to make the most out of it. He said that there are some young players that were at their first World Cup and that they will want to use this experience for the next major tournaments.

Leroy Sane motivated since World Cup snub with Germany

Germany international Leroy Sane has indicated that the World Cup snub during the summer has provided him with the added motivation to perform better for club and country this term. The former Schalke graduate enjoyed a stunning season on the personal scale during the 2017/18 campaign but he was still a shock exclusion from Joachim Loew’s side for the global tournament in Russia.

Without him, Germany succumbed to a group stage exit at the World Cup for the first time in over 80 years and the country have since been in a transitional phase with another disappointing campaign in the Nations League. Speaking to BT Sport, Sane stressed that he did not feel hard done by after being omitted and the same has provided him with the motivation to become a better player.

POSTPONED LIBERTADORES FINAL MOVED

The Copa Libertadores final match between Boca Juniors and River Plate which was originally scheduled to be played at the El Monumental Stadium in Argentina has been moved out of the country.

The Argentine classic match will now be played at the home of Real Madrid, the Santiago Bernabeu in Spain.

Oliver Bierhoff explains Leroy Sane’s attitude change this season

Germany team manager Olivier Bierhoff has said that Leroy Sane has experienced an attitude change since the birth of his daughter which has enhanced his performances on the playing field. The promising attacker was a shock exclusion from the Germany squad for the summer World Cup and he thereafter found himself out-of-favour under Pep Guardiola amid concerns regarding his workrate especially in training.

However, he has since managed to overturn his fortunes with an impressive run of form for club and country and Bierhoff has spoken about the same saying: “I am very happy for him [Sané]. To be honest, I’ve seen some changes with him after the World Cup. That may have something to do with the experience of the [national team] nomination – or even with the birth of his daughter. The birth [of his daughter] certainly has given him another boost, he now also has more seriousness in his game. He has shown us what’s in him. Hopefully this will continue!”

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