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Sir Trevor Brooking criticises young English players

Too much, too young: Brooking insists England kids lack hunger, desire and enthusiasm because of big contracts

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

09:45 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:13 GMT, 17 January 2013

Critical: Brooking

Critical: Brooking

Sir Trevor Brooking has hit out at the money culture that surrounds some of England's top young footballers.

The former England international and current FA director of football argued that the size of the contracts being handed to some teenagers results in a lack of 'hunger, desire and enthusiasm'.

Speaking as the FA launched its 150th anniversary celebrations in London on Wednesday, Brooking used the example of the England Under-17 side which won the European Championships in 2010 to illustrate his point.

'Players get lots of money too young,' he said. 'It’s a big challenge for the clubs to work out how to deal with that.

'If you’re getting paid 20,000 a week at 18 years old it will affect your hunger, desire and enthusiasm.

'We had an Under-17 team that won the European Championship back in 2010 where they beat Spain and France and passed the ball as well as any other young side. We had hoped that one or two of them might come through into the main national side.

'A couple of them have got big contracts and, to be honest, have not kicked on as we were hoping.'

Slow progress: Connor Wickham starred for England Under-17s in 2010 but has scored just twice for Sunderland since an 8m move in July 2011

Slow progress: Connor Wickham starred for England Under-17s in 2010 but has scored just twice for Sunderland since an 8m move in July 2011

The likes of Chelsea's Josh McEachran and Sunderland's Connor Wickham both featured in that side but have failed to hold down regular first-team places at their clubs despite signing long-term deals.

Later, Brooking reiterated his point on talkSPORT, comparing today's climate to the one in which he broke through in back in the late 1960s.

'When I first started you got a basic wage when you broke into the first team, but a lot of the rest of my wages were made up with appearance fees and win bonuses, whereas now they try to lock in massive basics straight away,' he said.

All smiles: Brooking chats with former England boss Fabio Capello on Wednesday

All smiles: Brooking chats with former England boss Fabio Capello on Wednesday

'If you’re getting a basic wage for sitting on the bench or not performing then your club will be thinking, “I’ve signed this guy up for four years and he’s not playing well”. They’re getting too much, too soon.

'It’s one of the biggest problems, especially if you’re a young English player.

'We haven’t got as many of them as we should do and then clubs have to abide by this home-grown player rule within their squads.

'Sometimes an English youngster is included in the squad and you’ll end up paying a bit over the top to get X number of home-grown players whereas, in reality, they’re not worth the money that they’re paid.'

Rugby news: Alex Corbisiero signs for Northampton

Corbisiero to leave Irish as England prop agrees summer switch to Northampton

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'There is a great culture and hopefully I can help the team succeed while continuing my progression as a player, and I am sure that Franklin's Gardens will be a good environment for me in that regard.'

Northampton have also announced new contracts for props Tom Mercey and Alex Waller.

Saints rugby director Jim Mallinder added: 'All three players have plenty of experience, and because they are still in their early-to-mid 20s we believe that there is plenty more to come from them.

'I am that all three props have put pen to paper to be a part of the Saints squad going forward.'

Dean Saunders to speak to Wolves

Saunders set for quick Wolves appointment as Doncaster boss heads for talks

– Mick McCarthy

Feb 2012 – Jul 2012 – Terry Connor

Jul 2012 – Jan 2013 – Stale Solbakken

Their defeat by Luton Town was the final straw following a series of incidents which have suggested all is not well at Molineux.

Paint was tipped over Solbakken's car last month and he openly admitted having fierce discussions with Wolves' players in the dressing-room following a series of defeats both before and after Christmas.

A club statement read: 'Wolves have announced Stale Solbakken has left the club with immediate effect.

'The club has also terminated the contracts of Johan Lange, assistant manager and Patrick Weiser, first-team coach.'

Kevin Thelwell, head of football development and recruitment, will take charge of first-team training until Saunders is appointed.

Wolves were out-battled against Luton

Overwhelmed: Wolves were out-battled against Luton

Jack Wilshere wants Theo Walcott to sign new Arsenal contract

Don't Jack it in here, Theo! Wilshere pleads for Walcott to sign new Arsenal deal

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 23 December 2012

Jack Wilshere has urged close friend Theo Walcott to give Arsenal six of the best by signing his new deal.

Arsenal persuaded five of British football’s brightest talents, including midfielder Wilshere, to extend their contracts last week, but an impasse remains with Walcott.

‘Everybody at the club wants Theo to re-sign. But that is something he has to sort out, it is up to him and the club if they can reach an agreement and I hope they do,’ said Wilshere, after Mikel Arteta’s penalty had given them a 1-0 win at Wigan.

Friends: Jack Wilshere (left) is keen for Theo Walcott to sign a new deal

Friends: Jack Wilshere (left) is keen for Theo Walcott to sign a new deal

‘Theo’s been great for us. We just signed five British boys so hopefully he can be the sixth and cap it off.

‘I’m always winding him up, saying, “C’mon Theo, sign”. It’s up to him and the club. Theo knows what he means to us and what he means to the fans.’

Wilshere hopes that the 24-year-old will be influenced by the lead shown by himself, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

He added: ‘I think he looked at that. We’re all great friends, the British boys, we all go out together, have meals together and sit together when we’re on the road, so hopefully he can follow us and sign.’

Wilshere’s return from a 16-month injury lay-off appears to have had recuperative effects on Arsenal.

Brit of all right: (left to right) Aaron Ramsey, Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Wilshere train at London Colney this week

Brit of all right: (left to right) Aaron Ramsey, Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Wilshere train at London Colney this week

Another win on the road…

ARSENAL have won 16 points away from home this season, but are 12th in the home form table.

Away P W D L Pts
1 Man Utd 10 7 1 2 22
2 Arsenal 10 4 4 2 16
3 Man City 8 4 4 0 16

Home
11 Liverpool 10 4 3 3 15
12 Arsenal 8 4 2 2 14

They have won five of the eight Premier League matches he has appeared in, including the last three, their best run since March.

On Saturday at Wigan, to the delight of Arsene Wenger, he combined technical acumen with bravery.

Never better illustrated than during the first period when he timed a sliding challenge on Shaun Maloney to perfection, only to be cautioned by referee Jon Moss.

‘I think it was a foul on Wilshere by Maloney. It looked a perfect tackle. I think he was a bit provoked by the crowd reaction,’ said Wenger.

‘I like Wilshere. After 25 minutes you look at him and he is dirty from top to bottom.’

This is a very different Arsenal midfield to the one the 20-year-old was used to before his catalogue of injuries. Having previously operated alongside Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song, Wilshere’s relationship with Spanish duo Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla is developing apace.

Midfield maestro: Wilshere is on a fine run of form

Midfield maestro: Wilshere is on a fine run of form

‘Suddenly, there are a lot of good things to talk about. But let’s not go overboard,’ urged Wenger, after his side moved into the Champions League places.

‘As much as we had not to be depressed after what happened previously, we have to keep our feet on the ground and focus on the next game.

‘I always said the group is very good mentally and that will come out in the end and hopefully we can show that now.

‘Our game is based on movement and technical quality and fluency and that demands confidence so it is very important we have confidence to play.

‘The domination was not convincing but we got the three points and it is important that you win these kinds of games, too. We have rebuilt the team and how far we go will be decided from now on.’

One person who will not be part of the revolution is long-term target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has extended his contract with Schalke for another two years until June 2015.

Harry Redknapp plans QPR clear-out

Redknapp plans QPR clear-out after blasting 'overpaid' remnants of Hughes' regime

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 23 December 2012

Harry Redknapp is facing a fight to offload his ‘overpaid’ players as he plans a Queens Park Rangers clear-out.

The Loftus Road manager wants to raise cash by moving out the players he believes are surplus to requirements.

Speaking on Saturday after the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle, Redknapp said: ‘There’s an awful lot of players at this club earning far too much money for what they are – far, far, far too much money for their ability and what they give to the club.’

Clear-out: Redknapp (left) wants to trim his playing squad

Clear-out: Redknapp (left) wants to trim his playing squad

A number of former manager Mark Hughes’s signings are expected to be slashed from Redknapp’s squad in the next two transfer windows.

These include defender Jose Bosingwa, who was last week fined 130,000 by the club for refusing to sit on the bench for the club’s 2-1 win over Fulham. He will lead the planned exodus.

Without naming Boswinga, Redknapp said: ‘He didn’t want to be on the bench and didn’t want to be a substitute, so he went home.

‘He has been fined two weeks’ wages, 130,000. Not too bad for two weeks – decent isn’t it’

Sportsmail understands Djibril Cisse, Samba Diakite and Stephane Mbia, who were all signed on lucrative contracts by Hughes, are facing the axe.

Fined: Bosingwa (left) refused to sit on the bench for Redknapp

Fined: Bosingwa (left) refused to sit on the bench for Redknapp

But club officials fear the players on big salaries will not be easy to shift because they will not be prepared to take the significant wage reduction needed to secure a move elsewhere. Continuing his attack on players not justifying their high wages, Redknapp said: ‘I don’t really want to see the owners have their pants taken down like they have in the past. A lot of agents made money out of them.

‘I fined a player last week and he was earning more than any player earned at Tottenham (Redknapp’s previous club). You shouldn’t be paying massive wages when you’ve got a stadium that holds 18,000 people.

‘Newcastle holds 52,000 and most of their players will be nowhere near the wages some of the players are earning here.’

QPR will now fear relegation is beckoning after this defeat and skipper Ryan Nelsen revealed that Redknapp was not just angry at the amount of money some of his players earn.

Toon super sub: Shola Ameobi (left) celebrates his winning goal

Toon super sub: Shola Ameobi (left) celebrates his winning goal

‘The manager is not very happy. That’s our first defeat under him and obviously he hates losing,’ Nelsen said. ‘He’s not very happy at all, but everyone is a wee bit disappointed with that performance to tell you the truth.’

A late goal by Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi, on as a substitute, saw Redknapp’s side beaten 1-0 but Nelsen admitted the driving rain had made the game enjoyable to play in.

‘I love those conditions,’ the central defender said. ‘I’ve got to admit it was fun out there for most of the match. St James’ Park is one of my favourite places, especially with the rain lashing down and wind biting and the crowd is really passionate.

‘Maybe I’m just old and sentimental but that’s what English football is all about. Good old English football. It was like the Alamo at times. I swear I heard the horns and the cavalry coming.’

Jack Wilshere welcomes Christmas break after Arsenal win at Wigan

Wilshere looking forward to Christmas break after hailing Arsenal's win at Wigan

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UPDATED:

14:11 GMT, 23 December 2012

Jack Wilshere hailed Arsenal's fighting spirit after the Gunners ground out a victory over Wigan that lifted them back into the Champions League places.

The Gunners had been at their free-flowing best in thumping Reading 5-2 on Monday but had to show a different side to their game in Saturday's 1-0 win at the DW Stadium.

The Latics more than matched their opponents on a sodden pitch but Arsenal made it three Barclays Premier League wins in a row thanks to Mikel Arteta's hotly-disputed penalty.

Festive cheer: Jack Wilshere, alongside Theo Walcott, was delighted with Arsenal's victory at Wigan

Festive cheer: Jack Wilshere, alongside Theo Walcott, was delighted with Arsenal's victory at Wigan

Arsene Wenger's side have been criticised in the past for slipping up in such games, and Wilshere said: “We got the points and we showed a different side to our game.

'It's a tough place to come to, Wigan, and they play a strange formation compared to other teams in England. They caused us some problems but we dealt well with it.

'It was a big adjustment with the pitch and the conditions but we showed great character. We know we can come to places like this and dig out results and we have to keep doing that.

'All the big teams when they come here, maybe they don't play very well but they seem to get results and we've done that.'

It has been an excellent week for Arsenal with two victories and five players signing new long-term contracts, including Wilshere.

The 20-year-old has been in very good form since returning to action in October following more than a year out with an ankle injury.

Art attack: Mikel Arteta celebrates Arsenal's winner after scoring from the penalty spot at the DW Stadium

Art attack: Mikel Arteta celebrates Arsenal's winner after scoring from the penalty spot at the DW Stadium

He said: 'It was nice to sign the new contract and I'm thankful for all the support the club have given me.

'This is a great club, everyone can see that, and for me it's like home. My friends and family are down the road, I've grown up at this club so I really feel like part of the family.

'I think I've shown commitment to the club and they've shown it to me so I think we have a good thing going on.'

The Gunners are now in the unusual position of having a week until their next game after the scheduled Boxing Day clash against West Ham was postponed because of a threatened tube strike.

They will aim to make it four league victories in a row next Saturday against Newcastle, who gained a much-needed win over QPR to pull away from the bottom three.

Wilshere said: 'I think this will be one of my first and only Christmases at home. It's going to be quite nice to have a day with the family and then go again at the weekend.

'It's a tough game against Newcastle. They need the points, they're not in a good run of form and they'll want to prove something but we want to keep this momentum going.

'At times it's been tough this season but it seems we've got a good thing going on and we have to keep it going and end the year on a high.'

Manchester City on course for Financial Fair Play despite losing 100m

Man City lose 100m… but insist they're still on course to meet financial fair play rules

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UPDATED:

17:20 GMT, 14 December 2012

Manchester City have revealed annual losses of almost 100million –
but insist they are still on course to fall in line with the new
financial fair play rules.

Although City's losses have been halved, they still posted a loss of 97.9m in the annual report for the 2011-12 season. City's overall wage bill rose from 151.6m to 178.1m.

Value for money: Manchester City have announced an interesting set of financial figures for the year

Value for money: Manchester City have announced an interesting set of financial figures for the year

The new financial fair play rules – that are introduced at the start of the next Barclays Premier League season – which require clubs to meet a series of stipulations.

City are confident as 15m of the losses comes from infrastructure and youth development costs, while approximately 80m comes from contracts that pre-date 2010, from which City expect to get some kind of relief.

A statement read: 'Whilst the 2011-12 financial results represent a
further step towards achieving the club’s objective of long-term
sustainability both on and off the field, the application of UEFA
allowable reliefs for certain categories of expenditure and investment
in 2011-12, position the club well for compliance with UEFA’s financial
fair play regulations which come into effect in season 2013-14.'

City's annual figures also revealed that they have recorded whopping
revenue of 231.1m – the first time they have smashed through the 200m
mark.

While the results show marginal increases in gate receipts and TV revenue, it is in the commercial sector where City are making huge gains.

Revenue went up from 64.7m to 121.1m, underlining City's increased growing global exposure, which is being shown in all areas, from merchandise to club tours.

The statement continued: 'This year’s report demonstrates the
tangible and positive impact of four years of strategic investment in
all operations since the acquisition of the Club by Sheikh Mansour bin
Zayed in September 2008.

Bright: City are able to put plenty of cash into their future, and announced plans for a new academy site

Bright: City are able to put plenty of cash into their future, and announced plans for a new academy site

Bright: City are able to put plenty of cash into their future, and announced plans for a new academy site

MANCHESTE CITY REPORT

Read City's annual report in full here

'Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak recognises the historic on field
achievements of 2011-12 and the impact on the club at home and
overseas. He also emphasises, following the securing of planning
permission, the importance of the City Football Academy (CFA) project to
the future of the Club and the community in which it resides, calling
it 'the most significant current initiative to secure the long-term
sustainability of the Club’s football operations'.

Chief executive officer Ferran Soriano, who arrived at the club
earlier this year after his time with Barcelona, said: 'What I have
found is a club on the verge of a historic transformation, reinforced by
a genuine commitment to doing things well. It is a club with a rich
history and the potential for an even brighter future.'

Steven Naismith won"t back down in Rangers row

Standing firm: Naismith won't back down in Rangers row as striker battles former club

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UPDATED:

23:15 GMT, 12 December 2012

Steven Naismith has maintained he will not back down from his legal dispute with Rangers and instead insisted he owes the Ibrox club nothing.

The Everton star is one of a posse of former players defending themselves against legal action brought by Ibrox chief executive Charles Green after they quit the club on free transfers in the summer.

Green wants the new clubs of Naismith, Steven Whittaker, Jamie Ness, Sone Aluko and Kyle Lafferty to pay compensation for signing players who walked out after objecting to their contracts being switched from the Rangers oldco to the newco.

Won't back down: Steven Naismith is involved in a dispute with Rangers

Won't back down: Steven Naismith is involved in a dispute with Rangers

The Ibrox club will learn in January if they have the right to pursue compensation via the SFA. If that is unsuccessful, Green has threatened to pursue the cash via the courts.

Unable to have their international clearance certificates transferred to their new clubs in the meantime, Aluko, Lafferty and Ness are counter-suing the Ibrox club for ‘constructive dismissal’.

Naismith says he wants no part in suing Rangers but is determined to defend himself from legal threats.

And, despite accepting a 75-per-cent wage cut when the club entered administration, he insists he is not after a penny.

‘I think 90 per cent of people that talk about this don’t know half of what happened,’ said Naismith in Glasgow.

New start: Naismith left Rangers to join Everton in the summer

New start: Naismith left Rangers to join Everton in the summer

‘I took legal advice and made the decisions I made.

‘I’m not looking to go after the club for money for 90 days’ pay or anything like that — it’s not something I’ve thought about or been interested in.
‘There’s so much going on, so many different cases.

‘People think it’s one big thing and everyone’s name gets thrown in the pot.

‘People want to say things as they think they know everything. But the people closest to me know what happened — and what’s gone on, on my part anyway.

‘You’re never going to make everyone happy.’

No brainer: Naismith left Ibrox after Rangers were relegated

No brainer: Naismith left Ibrox after Rangers were relegated

Taking advice from lawyers, Naismith admitted the prospect of counter-suing Rangers was raised.

Already unable to walk through the door at Ibrox amid the bitterness, he opted instead to concentrate on his new career at Everton.

And, frustrated that fans rarely mention the financial sacrifices players made when they took substantial wage cuts to keep others in their jobs, Naismith insists he never intended to leave Rangers and would still have been there but for financial meltdown in February.

‘In a couple of years, people will look back and say they did that (wage cuts) for the good of the club,’ he said. ‘People might think there were other agendas or we were only doing it for certain reasons, but the players know what we were trying to do at the outset. That was to try to stop the club from getting liquidated.’

Mohamed Diame may leave West Ham, says Sam Allardyce

Allardyce admits he may have to let Diame leave West Ham if release clause is met

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UPDATED:

23:38 GMT, 8 December 2012

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce fears the club could struggle to hold on to in-form midfielder Mohamed Diame.

Diame, 25, has impressed at Upton Park since completing a free transfer from Wigan after running down his contract at the DW Stadium.

The Senegal international is reportedly attracting attention from a number of clubs and, although Allardyce refused to discuss a potential release clause in Diame's contract, Hammers co-chairman David Gold confirmed the fact on Twitter.

Wanted man: Mohamed Diame may leave West Ham if his release clause is met

Wanted man: Mohamed Diame may leave West Ham if his release clause is met

'Diame does have a release clause in his three-year contract. He joined us from Wigan on a free transfer,' he wrote.

Allardyce would not be drawn on the speculation regarding the finer details of Diame's agreement, but did admit a big offer would leave the club “powerless” to stop him leaving.

'I don't disclose players' contracts publicly – there's always a situation where you're powerless to keep a player because of the size of the price,' he said. 'You can't turn it down – the chairman says, “Look, we can't turn that down, Sam – we've got to move him on”.'

With the January transfer window approaching, Allardyce compared Diame's situation to that of Swansea's Michu, who has also been linked with a host of clubs after his goalscoring exploits for Michael Laudrup's Swans.

Concerned: Allardyce believes his hands could be tied

Concerned: Allardyce believes his hands could be tied

Game changer: Diame turned the match around when the Hammers hosted Chelsea

Game changer: Diame turned the match around when the Hammers hosted Chelsea

He said: 'I think there's always a chance that you lose football players when they start getting attention – because everybody is searching for better players.

'I'm listening to Mr Laudrup about how desperately they don't want Michu to go because January is nearly here and the rumours are starting again.

'All the agents are ringing you up and telling you that such a club is after this, and such a transfer is here and that club wants this player.'

Diame's summer arrival was relatively low key at Upton Park in comparison to the club-record fee West Ham splashed out on England winger Matt Jarvis and the loan signing of 35million Liverpool forward Andy Carroll.

But Allardyce revealed the Reds had also been looking to make a move for Diame – something which convinced the former Blackburn boss he was signing a good player.

Lavish: Diame was signed on a free transfer as West Ham loaned 35million man Andy Carroll to Upton Park

Lavish: Diame was signed on a free transfer as West Ham loaned 35million man Andy Carroll to Upton Park

'I spoke to (former Liverpool manager) Kenny (Dalglish) about it – for me it just sort of made me feel so much better than I'd already felt when I signed him,' he said.

'When you speak to Kenny and he says, “yes, we were going to take him,” it gives you that little bit more these days, signing players on.

'It's a huge task in terms of what you have to go through and that process and then when you've done it you've got somebody of Kenny's experience backing up what your judgement is.'

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez set to be face of American sportswear firm Warrior

EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool striker Suarez set to be face of sportswear firm Warrior

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UPDATED:

13:49 GMT, 4 December 2012

Luis Suarez is the man sportswear firm Warrior want to lead their attempts to break into the UK market.

Warrior made their first move into
football earlier this year, agreeing a staggering 300million deal with
Liverpool to supply their shirts and training gear.

Warrior are in talks with Luis Suarez

Talks: Warrior want tie-up with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

And the US company have set their sights on striking a string of lucrative endorsement deals with the Premier League's biggest stars as they look to make the mark in this country.

In addition to Suarez, Sportsmail understands Warrior are targeting sponsorship contracts with Vincent Kompany, Micah Richards and Tom Huddlestone, while Craig Bellamy earlier this year became the firm's first football ambassador.

Target: Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany (right)

Target: Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany (right)

But it is the potential acquisition of Liverpool striker Suarez that the sportswear brand have made their top priority.

And the firm hope their already established links with the Anfield club will help their bid to land the Uruguay international.