Why Jack Colback's call up isn't so surprising - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Roy Hodgson named his first England squad since the World Cup, including four uncapped players: Calum Chambers, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph and Jack Colback. When I first saw the squad, the biggest surprise to me was the inclusion of Newcastle's Colback.
Rumors abound that American international Geoff Cameron is being courted both within the Premier League as well as on the continent. ProSoccerTalk links Cameron to a number of clubs, the biggest name being traditional Serie A contender Lazio.
But recent moves to big clubs have hampered many an American abroad.
Manchester trotted out the 3-5-2 yet again and seem to have suffered for it. In a surprisingly close match, new signing Juan Mata scored early, but the Black Cats' Rodwell leveled before the half and that remained the final score in a match that saw Sunderland look much better than they should have. 1-1 the final.
McDiarmid Park, home of St. Johnstone, may not be foremost in the minds of soccer fans, but on the 13th of August it did play host to a couple of firsts. It was Celtic manager Ronny Deila's first taste of action in the Scottish Premiership; but perhaps more importantly the match marked the first competitive game Craig Gordon has played in since 2012.
Gustavo Poyet performed a minor miracle in guiding Sunderland to Premier League safety last season following the disastrous start to the campaign under the stewardship of Paolo Di Canio. The Uruguayan coach urged Sunderland supporters to persevere with the team until he was in a position to reshape the team in his image and start playing the football designed to attract supporters to the Stadium of Light.
Crystal Ball Gazing: Premier League 2014-15 predictions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Barclays Premier League is back. The long hibernation is over and time for the 'real game' to begin. How to pull the curtain of yet another silly season? By doing something silly of course. And is there anything sillier than gazing at crystal ball and doing non-sense predictions that may or may not come true?
[O]ur divisional previews of a year ago were so well received that we decided to go one better and offer a full set for 2014-5 even if bloggers enjoy the luxury of not being obliged to cover irrelevances such as the Community Shield. TTU staffer Ben Woolhead has a little extra time on his hands now after the masterful Newcastle United blog Black & White & Read All Over finally closed its doors after a decade.
DONE DEAL: Manchester City midfielder signs five-year deal with Premier League club - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Sunderland have confirmed they have signed Jack Rodwell from Manchester City on a five-year deal.
"OFFICIAL: Midfielder signs five-year contract. Sunderland have completed the signing of midfielder Jack Rodwell from Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City," a statement read on the Black Cats' official website.
Where should Jenkinson go on loan to? by KJ Sky Sports reported yesterday that Carl Jenkinson is to go on loan, with Arsenal's imminent acquisition of Calum Chambers. The four teams supposedly interested are West Ham, Hull City, Sunderland and Swansea. Which team provides the best opportunity for Jenkinson to grow?
Arsenal target could soon make Premier League switch, Chilean media claims deal done - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After Chilean media outlet Le Tercera claimed Napoli attacker Eduardo Vargas is set to have confided in his close friends about joining Arsenal, the trusted and respectable Gianluca Di Marzio have claimed that there are no confirmation of the rumours linking the player to the Gunners.
Harry Redknapp will endure the boo boy's again tomorrow if they put in a lacklustre performance like they did against Tottenham last week as they were thumped 4-0 at White Hart Lane, while Sunderland were rather unfortunate not to take maximum points from Manchester United last week at the Stadium of Light and a repeat performance will be enough to grab all three points tomorrow!
As has been in the pipeline for a day or so now, Jack Rodwell has officially completed his £10million (at least that's the fee being reported) move from Manchester City to Sunderland, signing a five-year contract at the Stadium of Light.
Here's the first photo of Jack with his new work uniform.