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Rooney’s renaissance at Everton has media purring



Wayne Rooney labelled his 200th Premier League goal in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City a « sweet moment » and had the British media purring and suggesting Tuesday he be recalled to the England squad.

« Blue Roon » was the Daily Mirror’s headline while the Sun went with « Long May He Wayne » after Rooney joined former England and Newcastle great Alan Shearer as the only players to have reached the Premier League landmark.

« Plenty of life left in old dog Roo » said the Sun who complimented Everton manager Ronald Koeman on his punt in signing the 31-year-old from Manchester United.

Rooney sparkled against City showing a hunger, zest and alertness for the club that nurtured his formidable talent as a teenager in stark contrast to his displays under Jose Mourinho at United last season.

« His last season at Old Trafford suggested this was a player well into decline and Everton were making a romantic gesture that could backfire, » the Sun said.

« Two games into the new season he has scored the winner in one and last night very nearly grabbed another… perhaps that dream of bowing out next summer in the World Cup is not just that, » it added.

The Mirror said Rooney, whose 35th-minute goal went through City ‘keeper Ederson’s legs before Raheem Sterling’s equalised after the break, looked like he could inspire Everton to better things.

« This was all about Rooney’s renaissance… at 31, Rooney was an eye-catching signing, something of a risk.

The Daily Telegraph said Rooney had an England recall « in his sights ».

The paper says Rooney’s impeccable first touch and passing master class as well as his positional sense could serve his talented but inconsistent teammate Ross Barkley well.

« If the absent Ross Barkley (he is injured) had just an ounce of Rooney’s football intelligence he would be a world beater, » it remarked.

However, on his chances of an England recall it said Southgate faced a dilemma.

« He (Southgate) must calculate if there are really 22 English players who can contribute more in a World Cup year.

« Would the recall of Rooney truly be considered a retrograde step, or can he be redefined at international level to be a guiding influence on and off the field? »

Whatever the answer to that conundrum the Telegraph said that given Rooney’s rejuvenated form Southgate has to make a decision soon.

The Daily Mail went big on irony, recalling that Rooney was written off last season.

« He’s finished, you know. He doesn’t score, he doesn’t contribute, » observed the newspaper dryly.

« He should have just packed it in, or gone to China or the United States, for the money.

« He has nothing left to give to Premier League football.

« Yet somehow, here Wayne Rooney is.

« Two games, two goals. »

The Guardian said with Liverpool’s Adam Lallana out injured it opened up a spot for Rooney to be recalled and win his 120th cap.

« He (Southgate) must surely be impressed at how Rooney is knocking on the door to be recalled, » the paper said.

« Rooney may burn bright then fade as the season ages.

« But here he was the goalscorer for the second consecutive time in a league supposedly the continent’s toughest.

« There is not much more he can do. »

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Martial: « Mourinho is hard with me »



Author of a good start to the season as a replacement with Manchester United, Anthony Martial looks back on his relationship with José Mourinho.

It’s much better for Anthony Martial. A one-year absence from the French team, the Manchester United striker found Didier Deschamps’ starting lineup against Germany (2-2) on Tuesday and signed a superb assist on the opening of the score of Alexandre Lacazette. A return to the international scene that results from his start to the season with the Red Devils. Lining Marcus Rashford on the left wing, the 21-year-old has turned into a super sub, with 6 goals and as many assists on his meter.

« Toto » Martial especially took the fold of the discipline that José Mourinho imposed on him for a year and a half. « He’s tough with all of us and he’s tough with me, that’s not the question, » said the native of Esssone on the Premier League channel. He recalls his long complicated relationship with the Portuguese coach: « At first we did not know each other very well, but things are better now. He knows my strengths and weaknesses and the result is that we learn to give the best every time.  »

I also know that he really loves me

If the former Monegasque, recruited for 50 million euros in 2015, manages to become a top player one day, he will probably thank the « Special One ». « I know it’s for my benefit and I also know he really loves me, so there’s no problem with this discipline », concludes Anthony Martial. Especially since the young striker now knows that the efficiency, which he knows to show today with his limited playing time, can allow him to be in the France group for the 2018 World Cup.

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Chelsea without Michy, Musonda ni Moses but with David Luiz



Against WBA, Chelsea will not be able to play Michy Batshuayi, Moses or Musonda.

Batshuayi is injured. (Marc Atkins / OFFSIDE / PRESS SPO / PRESS SPORTS)
Traveling to West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea will have to do without Michy Batshuayi (ankle), Danny Drinkwater (calf), Charly Musonda (knee) and Victor Moses (ischios). On the other hand, David Luiz returned to the group after being sidelined by Antonio Conte.

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Chelsea: the cost of the future stadium explodes and becomes historic!



Determined to build a new stadium, keeping the foundations of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea has revised upward the cost of its future speaker. Moreover, the next stadium of the Blues could become the third most expensive cave in the world.

In a world of football business where the race for money has become the major stake of clubs, the renovation or the construction of new stadiums are one of the means studied by the trainings to increase their income. In France, the Atlantic Matmut of Bordeaux or the Groupama Stadium of Lyon are two of the most telling examples. In England, the big arms of the Premier League have also yielded to temptation.
And if Tottenham, who plays all his home games at Wembley, is waiting for the delivery of his new White Hart Lane at the start of the 2018/2019 season, Chelsea is also preparing to give Stamford Bridge a serious facelift. Like the Spurs, the Blues rely on existing infrastructure to expand their stadium. A mission entrusted to the architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron. For the moment, nothing has been built yet, but according to the Times, the cost of the case is being exposed.
Clearly, the London club had expected a renovation to the tune of £ 500m, or about 561 M €. But the English newspaper reveals that the bill should eventually amount to 1 billion pounds, or 1.122 billion euros! A total cost that would be multiplied by two. A great accounting difference that would bring the new Stamford Bridge into the record books. Indeed, the future speaker of the Blues would become the third most expensive stadium in the world, behind two American behemoths: the Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta Falcons) and MetLife Stadium (New York Giants) whose cost is estimated at 1.3 billion euros.

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