Southgate snubs Rooney for Slovenia clash
Gareth Southgate has done what many England managers have not been brave enough to do. He dropped Rooney for the match against Slovenia, the England skipper will have to watch the qualifier from the bench.
Rooney, who holds the record for the highest number of goals scored for England, will have to sit out this crucial World Cup qualifier, after his abysmal performance in his last couple of games, which earned him a snub from the interim coach
Rooney though, says he understands and accepts his coach’s decision and also promised to always give his all when he plays for England.
He told reporters: “I understand and respect the manager’s decision. You want to play but I will support the players 100 per cent and be ready to come on if needed. I show great pride playing for my country, whether that’s from the bench or from the start. Of course, you want to be on the pitch but my role as captain won’t change off the pitch. If selected I am available to play. I love playing for my country. I’ve made it clear what my plans were and they won’t change. If that [Rooney’s role] is from the bench that is from the bench.”
Christian Beneteke makes history with fasted WC qualifier goal
Benteke got his name into the history books, by scoring in 7 seconds, the fastest goal ever to be scored in a World Cup qualifier.
Gibraltar lost possession to Belgium immediately after the kickoff whistle. The Liverpool star was quick to capitalize on this, as he smashed the ball into the net to seal the opener for Belgium.
This was his first goal since March 2015, when he scored against Cyprus, also making history with the fastest strike in Belgium history.
Pogba dazzles in Netherlands clash
Under fire Paul Pogba rose above all the criticism directed this way at Manchester United to lead his team to an impressive win against Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier.
Over the last couple of weeks, Pogba has been heavily criticized for his subpar performance with English Premier League Giants Manchester United but it turns out he had the last laugh yesterday as he led France to a narrow win against Netherlands.
Pogba fired France to victory with an impressive 25-yard strike. Unsuspecting goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, attempted to but could not save the thunderous strike.
Les Blues are now joint top of Group A alongside Sweden and have secured three points, thanks to Pogba’s impressive showing.
Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan