‘Anthony Martial is an ice cold assassin’ – Celebrity fan view

first_img Hurts Each week, a leading band or musician takes talkSPORT’s Starting XI Q&A. Here are the views of Adam Anderson from Hurts…Who would be the most rock ’n’ roll signing your club could make? Zlatan. If I’m watching a band, I want to feel an element of danger and unease. With Ibrahimovic, literally anything can and will happen, so he’d be perfect. He also has an excellent head of hair, a plus point for any maverick, rock ‘n’ roll or otherwise.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be? Not Nineteen Forever by the Courteeners. It felt very apt when we made it 20. Plus, it’s a great tune and the singer is a mate.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground?) In England it would be Edgeley Park, home of Stockport County. We’d sell it out and my dad would have something to tell his mates about. In Europe we’ve played in numerous football stadiums. However, the Nou Camp would be tidy if I’m being choosy. Or St Pauli if things get gritty. Could probably sell that one out. Nou Camp-less likely to sell out. Just to clarify.Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star? Anthony Martial. He’s an ice cold assassin. Girls would want to be with him, lads would want to be like him. He’d sleep in an oxygen tank to preserve his cool and he’d sing exclusively in falsetto. Brit award or Premier League trophy? Brit Award. Never won one. Got 20 leagues. Let the others have a go.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your all? Eric Cantona and Radiohead. The perfect marriage. Elvis was the king of rock ’n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of Football? Wayne Rooney. He represents the hopes and dreams of the everyman. On his bad days where his touch is off and he looks Sunday League, we all feel we could do better than him. That vulnerability makes him identifiable. He battles with his weight, probably likes a can at half-time and went bald at 23. He’s one of us. At the same time there are moments where his skill has been otherworldly. On a good day he’s the player we all are in our dreams. If you were in charge of you club’s dressing room stereo, what tune would you put on before a big game and why? Joy Division’s ‘Atmosphere’. It’s devastatingly morbid and would send the lads out with no fear of consequence, due to being in complete and utter despair. They would therefore be liberated in a pressure cooker occupation. It’s basic reverse psychology. Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart? Me and my mate were gutted Dimitar Berbatov left, even though he was never a Man United player. There’s relaxed and there’s TOO relaxed and his talent was sadly housed in the latter category. I do admire players who play at their own pace, in their own little world. Everyone loves an enigma. He was also balding at 25 but hid it beautifully. I admire him for that. Most excited I’ve been – when we signed Karel Poborsky, drenched in Euro 96 hype. He was going to change everything but he changed nothing. I was so determined that he was, in fact decent, that I followed his post United career religiously, just longing for him to come good. At 33 years old, with his hair still thick and full, he came good whilst at Sparta Prague and retired a hero. Youtube it…Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Any teenage player earning more than £50k a week. There’s so much money given to unproven players in this age. As a punishment they’ll be denied tickets to watch a male duo sing songs of hope and sorrow. They’ll be gutted. Oh, and El Hadji Diouf ain’t getting near a ticket. Nobody likes a spitter. What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded? My friend (author Joe Stretch) wrote one for the 2010 World Cup. It’s the greatest football song never released. It’s called ‘God Save Colleen’. It features the lyric ‘I drink limoncello with Fabio Capello, it’s cold and it is yellow’ and ‘I’m Joe Cole, I’m Ashley Cole, we’re both called Cole’.  Genius.Hurts release new album ‘Surrender’ on October 9th via Columbia Records 1last_img read more

Liverpool FC are the butt of the internet’s Back To The Future Day jokes

first_img1 Back To The Future Day In case you’ve been living under a rock – which is more stone age than 2015 – you should be aware that today is ‘Back To The Future Day’.October 21 2015 was the date in the future that Marty McFly travelled to in Back To The Future Part II, as he leapt forward from the 1980s.Now we’ve actually arrived at that 2015 landmark, the internet has been awash with Back To The Future-themed chat and jokes, and as Liverpool FC were kings of English football back in the 1980s, the Reds have been the subject of most of the football-related jokes.Check out a selection, below…last_img

Fulham 4-2 Reading: Cottagers stage remarkable comeback from two goals down

first_imgMoussa Dembele inspired Fulham to a second-half comeback win over Reading.Fulham looked down and out after Lucas Piazon and Orlando Sa had struck for high-flying Reading.But with their manager Kit Symons’ position under serious threat, a three-goal blitz in six minutes completed an amazing recovery for a 4-2 victory. Ross McCormack, Dembele and Alex Kacaniklic all struck during the purple patch.Symons was able to breathe easy once Dembele – fresh from signing a long-term deal – sealed the unlikely win.Reading are among the Sky Bet Championship’s top scorers and it took them just 13 minutes to draw first blood following a sweeping move.Matej Vydra’s final defence-splitting, first-time pass freed Piazon and the on-loan Chelsea midfielder calmly stroked the ball home.It was the worst possible start for Symons, who knew he needed to get the home supporters back on side.But Fulham appeared low on confidence, in contrast to Reading whose intricate passing was catching the eye.Another fluid move saw Piazon once again find himself within sight of goal but Richard Stearman’s outstretched leg deflected the ball just over the top of the crossbar.Fulham finally threatened in the 38th minute, which was greeted with ironic cheers, when Dembele headed over.Symons knew his side needed to up their tempo after the break but instead it was Sa who struck for the Royals in the 49th minute.The Portuguese striker, who endured a miserable stint with Fulham three years ago, fared better here as he pounced on Tom Cairney’s mistake before firing home from the angle.Fulham were staring down the barrel but within a minute McCormack had thrown them a lifeline. The Cottagers captain flicked the ball up and shot on the turn to rock Reading.And the hosts, from looking dead and buried, were at it again when Dembele turned home Lasse Vigen Christensen’s cross.Nobody could have predicted the dramatic turnaround. Two minutes later the whole game had been turned on its head when substitute Kacaniklic netted.Dembele’s cushioned lay-off exposed the visitors’ defence and the Swede slotted past a shell-shocked Ali Al Habsi.Reading had failed to halt the onslaught but they had shown enough going forward to suggest this was not the end of the scoring.Their third almost arrived when the in-form Nick Blackman’s corner was met by Sa but Ryan Fredericks hacked the header off his own line.It proved crucial as Fulham would go up the other end to score again via Dembele.McCormack’s clever flick freed the Frenchman who beat the helpless Al Habsi for a fourth time in the half.The Scot was denied another goal late on when Chris Gunter cleared off the line, but the damage had already been done. 1 Moussa Dembele last_img read more

Real Madrid star has no interest in Arsenal or Liverpool move

first_imgArsenal and Liverpool target Jese wants to stay and fight for his place at Real Madrid.The winger made his third La Liga start of the season on Saturday, helping the side to a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo.In the past the Spaniard has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool, who have scouted the player on several occasions.However, the 22-year-old is desperate to prove his worth at Madrid and has vowed to fight for his Real future under Rafa Benitez.“I’ve always wanted to be at Real Madrid and be a success,” Jese told the Real Madrid website.“I’m very happy. I always try to make the most of the playing time the coach gives me, and I feel good and I have to carry on like this.” 1 Jese Rodriguez last_img

Garde will provide under-performing squad with a ‘fresh start’, insists Sinclair

first_img1 Scott Sinclair in action for Aston Villa against Tottenham Aston Villa midfielder Scott Sinclair says new manager Remi Garde will offer the squad a fresh start.Garde, who has taken over from sacked Tim Sherwood, was in the crowd to watch his new side lose to Tottenham on Monday night.And Sinclair believes the former Arsenal man will offer the struggling members of the Villa squad a clean slate after their seventh consecutive Premier League defeat.“I’m sure all the players will be thinking the same when the manager comes in,” Sinclair said. “He’s going to get his points across and we will take it from there.“At all times we all need to give it 100 per cent in training and matches and make sure everyone raises their game.“When the new manager comes in it’s a fresh start.”last_img read more

Rooney and Martial return – Predicted Manchester United line up v PSV Eindhoven

first_img 28. Morgan Schneiderlin 11 18. Ashley Young 7. Memphis Depay 17. Daley Blind 12. Chris Smalling Manchester United sit top of Champions League Group B, and victory over PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday will see the Red Devils qualify for the knockout stages.Louis van Gaal’s team have yet to really impress in Europe, but as they have done in the Premier League, United are getting the job done – even if it isn’t pretty.The international break wasn’t kind to United, with Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial returning with injury and illness, respectively, but there has been positive news ahead of their clash against PSV.Martial and Rooney are available for selection, and Van Gaal could therefore name his strongest side.Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester United XI by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.Who do you think needs to play and who should be dropped? Share your thoughts, just leave a comment below. 11 11 5. Marcos Rojo 10. Wayne Rooney 11 1. David De Gea – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 31. Bastian Schweinsteiger 11 11 35. Jesse Lingard 11 9. Anthony Martial 11 11 11 11last_img read more

Man United in crisis and LVG has TWO games to save job, says former star

first_imgManchester United are in crisis and the next two games will decide Louis van Gaal’s future, according to Mark Bosnich.The Premier League giants have failed to win any of their last six games and Van Gaal’s position is the subject of intense speculation.United visit Stoke on Boxing Day and host Chelsea 48 hours later, and Bosnich believes the Dutchman will be out of a job if they endure a miserable Christmas period.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former goalkeeper said: “Like with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, there is only so long in modern football that you can stand by somebody.“Three losses on the trot at a major club is a crisis.“If they lose against Stoke and lose against Chelsea, the United board will have no other choice [but to sack Van Gaal].”last_img

Steve McClaren insists he doesn’t deserve criticism for Newcastle’s failure to sign defender

first_imgNewcastle boss Steve McClaren has defended his decision not to sign any defenders in the January transfer window.The Magpies face a defensive crisis for this weekend’s visit of West Brom.McClaren will be without a specialist left-back and is down to his last two central defenders for a game which increasingly looks like a must-win affair after Chancel Mbemba and Paul Dummett picked up injuries in Wednesday night’s 3-0 defeat at Everton, during which Jamaal Lascelles was sent off.Newcastle fans have questioned why the club decided not to add any defenders to their ranks last month, but McClaren insists he could not have foreseen the current injury crisis.He said: “We had four fit ones (central defenders) all training before the window closed, so no, there’s no criticism there.“We would never envisage that in one game, we would lose three defenders, two centre-halves especially.“The sending-off right in the last minute was really frustrating because Jamaal was playing well and we’ll need Jamaal for the next few games.”Mbemba is the main concern with appointments to see specialists in both London and Belgium about his ankle problem having been arranged, and while McClaren is keeping his fingers crossed, there is a fear that the player’s absence could be lengthy.The former England boss said: “We are still waiting. He’s had one scan and I think he is going for a second opinion down in London and also in Belgium, so by the middle of next week, we will really know the diagnosis and how long he will be out.”McClaren, who will miss Lascelles through suspension for just one game, is more hopeful over Dummett after he aggravated an existing hamstring problem, but midfielder Jack Colback, a potential emergency left-back, will not be involved this weekend, leaving his boss with a major headache.He at least has experienced central defender Steven Taylor as his disposal, although his only football since he damaged a hamstring back in August came in a behind-closed-doors practice match defeat to Sunderland 10 days ago.McClaren said: “He’s the next one in line. It’s great for him. He’s been working hard, it’s been a long time. It’s very, very frustrating for him – he’s a true Geordie, he’s a Newcastle boy and he wears his heart on his sleeve.“We will need that kind of character tomorrow and that commitment from him.” 1 Steve McClaren last_img read more

Star midfielder commits long-term future to West Ham

first_img Dimitri Payet Dimitri Payet has signed a new long-term deal at West Ham, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.The 28-year-old French attacker was only seven months into a five-year deal having joined from Marseille for £10.75million in the summer, but had been a reported £38m target for an unnamed Chinese club.Such has been Payet’s impact for the Irons, the east London club moved to ensure he will not be easily lured elsewhere. That is because he has scored six goals in 23 appearances for the Hammers and the level of performance of Slaven Bilic’s side has been much higher when Payet is involved.A club statement on the official website read: “West Ham United are delighted to announce that Dimitri Payet has signed a new long-term contract with the club.“The outstanding France playmaker, who has made a huge impact in claret and blue since arriving from Marseille last summer, has penned a deal until the summer of 2021…. and is delighted to have pledged his long-term future to the club.”In his press conference earlier on Thursday, Bilic said of Payet before the contract extension was confirmed: “When you are playing like he is playing many clubs are showing interest, but we are going to do everything we can to keep him with us.“Every player has a price but the good thing is he is happy at West Ham, we are more than happy with him and I hope – and I really think – that he will play with us for a long, long time.” 1last_img read more

Talks between writers, studios stall

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe sticking points include a proposal to delay paying residuals on movies and TV shows until producers have recouped their costs, guild negotiators said. The guild also is proposing doubling payments on profits made from DVD sales and providing union pay and benefits to writers working in reality television and on basic cable shows. The two sides also remain far apart when it comes to setting pay for reality TV shows, and for work distributed online and to portable devices such as cell phones. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Talks between Hollywood writers and studios abruptly broke off for the weekend, dimming hopes of averting a strike that could cripple the television industry. The Writers Guild of America has been in talks since July with studios represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Negotiations lasted only about an hour on Friday and were not scheduled to resume until Tuesday. In statements Friday, each side accused the other of intransigence and expressed frustration at the sluggish pace of negotiations. The writers’ contract expires Oct. 31. Studios and TV networks have accelerated filming of shows and movies and begun stockpiling scripts in case of a strike. The last strike in 1988 lasted 22 weeks, and losses to the industry were put at $500 million. last_img read more