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Sam Allardyce confirms he wants to keep Andy Carroll at Upton Park after two-goal display

I want him to stay: Allardyce confirms desire to keep Carroll at Upton Park after his two-goal display against West Brom

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

19:44 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:50 GMT, 30 March 2013

Sam Allardyce cautiously underlined his desire to keep Andy Carroll at Upton Park next season after watching the striker fire West Ham to a vital 3-1 victory over West Brom.

Carroll has endured a difficult time in east London since he arrived on loan from Liverpool last summer, but he looked back to his menacing best today, scoring a fine brace which eased any lingering fears of relegation for Allardyce's men.

The 24-year-old fired a bullet header past Ben Foster to put West Ham 1-0 up and he then sealed the victory with one of the goals of the season following Gary O'Neil's strike.

Flying : The on-loan striker celebrates his goal

Loan ranger: Carroll notched his third goal of the season with a thumping header

Carroll watched the ball come over his shoulder after James Collins had sent a long punt up field and he volleyed past Foster with his right foot from a tight angle.

When asked whether he would like to retain the 6ft 3in striker's services next season, the West Ham manager said: 'The answer to that would be yes.

'There is always a possibility. We will look at the end of the season and we will se what negotiations can be done.'

Carroll's time in London has been blighted by injury, but he is now fully fit and judging by today's performance, it will only be a matter of time before he earns an international recall.

Opener: Carroll (centre) heads home O'Neil's cross to give West Ham the lead

In the air: Carroll headed home to give the Iron an early lead

Roy Hodgson omitted Carroll from his squad for the double-header against San Marino and Montenegro, but when the England manager comes to watch the footage of today's game at Upton Park, he will be impressed, Allardyce reckons.

'That was the best we have seen of him here,' Allardyce added.

'Because he has put two goals in, on top of a good performance.

'I hope this kicks him on to being a regular scorer for us in the next eight games.

'He is in a good frame of mind now and finally after a long wait his fitness is good and that's why you are seeing these performances and the goals are coming.'

West Ham are now two points short of the 38-point mark Allardyce thinks the club will need to avoid relegation.

Happy Hammers: West Ham players celebrate Carrol's early effort

Happy Hammers: West Ham now sit six points off the relegation zone with 36 points

The only disappointment for the West Ham boss today was the fact that he is likely to be without George McCartney for the rest of the season after he hobbled off with the same knee injury that had kept him out of the previous four months.

'I would have thought (he will miss the rest of the season),” Allardyce said of the left-back.

'It's a recurrence of the same injury, his medial ligaments, which is a very big disappointment for him and for us.

Downcast: Steve Clarke was disappointed with his side after the 3-1 defeat

Downcast: Steve Clarke was disappointed with his side after the 3-1 defeat

'That was the only downside for us today. Otherwise, it was a great day for us.

'It was a great performance and it takes us ever closer to that safety margin.'

West Brom were poor throughout
today's encounter. Aside from a deflected Romelu Lukaku free-kick in the
first half, Jussi Jaaskelainen barely had a save to make.

The only time the Baggies beat the Finn was three minutes from the end courtesy of a Graham Dorrans penalty.

West Brom boss Steve Clarke said: 'I can have no complaints about the result. West Ham deserved to win.

'It was a difficult afternoon but we haven't had too many of those this season.'

Clarke will speak to Youssouf Mulumbu tomorrow about his red card for petulantly kicking the ball at O'Neil in injury time.

'I said to the group after the game that they must control their frustrations,' the Scot said.

'It doesn't affect today's game but it affects our group and our squad and the next three games.
“We have a small group and it's a big loss for us.

'The time to speak about it is tomorrow. He probably did it out of frustration.'

Arsenal deny Jack Wilshere will miss a further six weeks through injury

Arsenal play down Wilshere injury fears and confirm England star will be fit for Champions League run-in

By
Frank Foster

PUBLISHED:

16:41 GMT, 18 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:28 GMT, 18 March 2013

Arsenal have confirmed Jack Wilshere is expected to return from an ankle in injury for their clash with Reading at the end of the month.

The England midfielder has not played since Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham and has already been ruled out of his country's crucial World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

It was claimed by some outlets that Wilshere could be missing for a further six weeks and that manager Arsene Wenger had ruled out the possibility of using him again this season.

Road to recovery: Arsenal expect Jack Wilshere to be fit to face Reading on March 30

Road to recovery: Arsenal expect Jack Wilshere to be fit to face Reading on March 30

Precaution: Arsene Wenger has claimed that Wilshere's latest injury does not require surgery

Precaution: Arsene Wenger has claimed that Wilshere's latest injury does not require surgery

The club was quick to deny any such setback for the 21-year-old as he continues his rehabilitation in London.

'Nothing has changed in Jack's recovery, there’s no setback or further damage to his ankle and no concern about any long-term problems,' said an Arsenal spokesperson.

'Jack was told to rest and we are still on course for him to resume training and be available for selection for the home game against Reading.'

Blow: Wilshere has emerged as one of England's most consistent performers but will miss the qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro

Blow: Wilshere has emerged as one of England's most consistent performers but will miss the qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro

Arsenal's run-in:
Reading (H) – March 30West Brom (A) – April 6 Norwich (H) – April 13Everton (H) – April 16Fulham (A) -April 20Man United (H) – April 28QPR (A) – May 4Wigan (H) – May 12Newcastle (A) – May 19

The news will come as a relief for Gunners fans who are well acquainted with the fitness issues that have plagued Wilshere for the past two years.

What should have been a routine operation on his right ankle in 2011 forced him to miss 17 months of action after suffering various setbacks on his road to recovery.

Arsenal's win at Swansea on Saturday has thrown Wenger's side back into the mix of teams challenging for fourth place and entry into the Champions League next season.

The Gunners currently lie four points behind North London rivals Spurs with a game in hand.

If Wilshere progresses as Arsenal expect then he will be available for the run-in as Arsenal look to salvage their season following another campaign without a trophy.

Phil Jagielka surgery blow for Everton

Everton defender Jagielka out for 'a couple of weeks' with badly gashed ankle

By
Andy Hampson, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:12 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

23:38 GMT, 2 March 2013

Everton defender Phil Jagielka faces two weeks out witha badly gashed ankle, manager David Moyes confirmed.

The England international was injured in a challenge from Adam Le Fondre in the opening minutes of Everton's 3-1 win over Reading on Saturday at Goodison Park.

Agony: Everton's Phil Jagielka lies injured after challenge from Reading's Adam Le Fondre.

Agony: Everton's Phil Jagielka lies injured after challenge from Reading's Adam Le Fondre.

Jagielka will certainly hope to be
fit to take his place in England's squad for their next World Cup
qualifiers, against San Marino on March 22 and Montenegro four days
later.

When pressed, Moyes later said Jagielka could be out for 'a couple of weeks, maybe'.

Le Fondre apologised after the game,
saying via Twitter: 'Fans were brilliant today! Shame about result!
Everton were class! Thoughts with jags never meant to catch him,caught
him late an apologised.'

Guilty: Nikica Jelavic is furious with Adam Le Fondre

Guilty: Nikica Jelavic is furious with Adam Le Fondre

Jagielka had to be immediately replaced,
and Moyes said: 'I genuinely haven't seen it again but I thought on the
pitch it didn't look good.

'Jagielka knew about it and it is a bad one. He will have surgery tonight to stitch up his ankle.

'It is a bad one because he is a key player for us.'

Moyes said he did not know how long Jagielka would be out but the 30-year-old must now be doubtful for next week's FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan.

The incident also reminded Moyes of some of the treatment goalkeeper Tim Howard received in the two previous cup matches against Oldham.

Howard was unable to face Reading after suffering a knock in the fifth-round replay win over over the League One side on Tuesday and was replaced by back-up Jan Mucha.

'I'm not happy with the challenges on the goalkeeper in the last two games that have put him out and I am not happy with the challenge today that puts Phil Jagielka out,' said the manager.

'I'm not one who minds challenges. I like a bit of that, if that's what it is.

'I don't mind robust challenges but not one that puts out arguably one of my best players.'

Howard's absence ended the American's run of 210 consecutive Premier League appearances.

Moyes said: 'I thought Jan did very well but it came about because the goalkeeper wasn't protected in the first game against Oldham and they felt it was right they could do that again in the second game.

'In the end the goalkeeper has been injured because of decisions which should have been deemed free-kicks long before.'

Reading manager Brian McDermott also said he did not get a clear view of Le Fondre's challenge on Jagielka but defended his player.

McDermott said: 'Adam Le Fondre is not that type of player, no way. He is a very honest type of player.

'I don't know what they are saying but there is no way Adam Le Fondre is a player that would `do` anybody.'

Wayne Rooney coaching young players in Switzerland – video

VIDEO: Watch out Fergie! Rooney reveals taking charge of training in UEFA punishment was kid's play

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UPDATED:

14:22 GMT, 19 December 2012

Wayne Rooney has spoken for the first
time about helping train a group of youngsters on a unique training day
in Switzerland last week that even involved a crossbar challenge to win a
pair of his signed boots.

The England and Manchester United
striker flew to Switzerland's centre of excellence last week as part of
his successful appeal following his dismissal against Montenegro.

He told the FA's website: 'It was great to work with the kids, they were fantastic and have great ability. It's obviously something different for me but I enjoyed it.

In charge: Wayne Rooney training a group of youth players in Switzerland

In charge: Wayne Rooney training a group of youth players in Switzerland

Target men: Rooney organises crossbar challenge

Target men: Rooney organises crossbar challenge

'It was a long time ago that I was in their position but I remember being young and trying to become a professional footballer, going to training in similar facilities to what we have here.

'It's something all footballers go through what these kids are doing here.'

Rooney imparted some tactical nous and drilled the teenagers at Swiss club Payerne.

At the end of training, Rooney even
challenged the players to hit the crossbar from the edge of the area to
win his boots. Four players managed it but only one could repeat it to
scoop the unique prize, which Rooney signed.

But the United striker didn't make the trip to the continent just for the fun of it.

The 27-year-old only received a two-match international ban from UEFA after being sent off during England's final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro in October 2011.

Rooney was initially banned for three matches for viciously kicking out at Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic, which the disciplinary panel described as an assault, but it was cut to two games after he and Fabio Capello attended an appeal at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland before the Euros.

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The third match of Rooney's ban was suspended for four years.

As a result, Rooney was able to make a goalscoring return in the final group stage game of England's European Championships campaign against Ukraine. He missed the matches against France and Sweden.

One of the conditions of the relatively lenient sentence was that Rooney would take part in a community project supported by UEFA.

England plan 2014 World Cup base close to Copacabana beach

Hodgson choice is Rio base for World Cup – providing they qualify for Brazil

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UPDATED:

22:49 GMT, 4 December 2012

England are planning for a World Cup in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain, and close to Copacabana beach, after Roy Hodgson’s fact-finding trip to Brazil.

There is work for Hodgson’s team to do on the pitch to reach the World Cup finals in 2014 but, if they qualify, they want to be based at the heart of the party in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil base: Roy Hodgson is planning to base England near the Copacabana beach for the 2014 World Cup - should they qualify

Brazil base: Roy Hodgson is planning to base England near the Copacabana beach for the 2014 World Cup – should they qualify

The England manager has examined and approved the facilities at the Physical Education School in the wealthy neighbourhood of Urca near Sugarloaf Mountain, but must wait for the local organising committee to finalise the details.

Training grounds will be paired with hotels by the organisers and FIFA are expected to pounce on Rio’s swankiest pads for their own executives.

Meanwhile, England must acquire a few more qualifying points, starting with away games in San Marino and Montenegro in March, before they can plan too far ahead.

Manchester City ramp up efforts to land Stevan Jovetic

Vieira checks out Jovetic as Manchester City ramp up bid to sign Fiorentina striker

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UPDATED:

09:06 GMT, 3 October 2012

Manchester City have stepped up their
efforts to land Stevan Jovetic as they prepare to make a fresh move for the Fiorentina striker in the
January transfer window.

The Blues' football development executive Patrick Vieira flew to Italy to check on Jovetic during Fiorentina's 2-1 defeat by Inter Milan on Sunday.

Watching brief: City chief Patrick Vieira checked out Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic

Watching brief: City chief Patrick Vieira checked out Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic

Roberto Mancini tried to sign the 22-year-old striker in the summer but the Serie A side ignored his overtures.

The Blues remain keen and hoped to make a preliminary agreement to see off interest from Italian giants Juventus in the Montenegro international, who bagged 14 goals in 27 appearances last season.

Fiorentina's technical director Eduardo Macia conceded that Jovetic will eventually have to be let go.

'It will be very difficult to keep him at Fiorentina, he is a great player, who will eventually play for another club,' he said.

'For
us his situation is similar to that of Steven Gerrard for Liverpool.
This summer we decided that Jovetic was not on the market and he
understood it perfectly despite Juventus' offer.'

Fiorentina deny pre-arrangement with Manchester City over Stevan Jovetic

He's going nowhere… yet! Fiorentina deny having pre-arrangement with City over Jovetic

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UPDATED:

08:21 GMT, 14 September 2012

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Fiorentina have denied that they have a preliminary agreement with Manchester City over the future of prized striker Stevan Jovetic.

The Montenegro international was linked with a summer switch to the Etihad, with Juventus also keen to acquire the 22-year-old’s services.

But City boss Roberto Mancini was unable to get his man before the transfer window shut, and Jovetic opted to stay in Florence.

Going nowhere: Fiorentina have shrugged of talk that Stevan Jovetic (left) will leave the club in January

Going nowhere: Fiorentina have shrugged of talk that Stevan Jovetic (left) will leave the club in January

Fiorentina’s sporting director Daniele Prade also rejected speculation that the striker will leave in January.

‘Jovetic’s buy-out clause I want to close this issue once and for all,’ he told La Nazione. ‘What we will do, will be done in a transparent way.

‘So when there will be news about Jovetic’s contract, we will notify it in an official manner.

‘A pre-arrangement with Manchester City The Della Valle family (Fiorentina’s owners) has excellent relations with City but there is no preliminary contracts with anyone.

‘Jo-Jo is our player and he will be at least until the end of the season.’

But Mancini needn’t be too downhearted, as the Viola’s technical director Eduardo Macia conceded that Jovetic will eventually have to be let go.

'It will be very difficult to keep him at Fiorentina, he is a great player, who will eventually play for another club,' he said.

‘For us his situation is similar to that of Steven Gerrard for Liverpool. This summer we decided that Jovetic was not on the market and he understood it perfectly despite Juventus’ offer.’

Last season the highly rated Montenegrin bagged 14 goals in 27 appearances for his club.

In action: Jovetic (right) played for Montenegro in their match against Poland

In action: Jovetic (right) played for Montenegro in their match against Poland

Patience: Roberto Mancini will have to wait if he is to capture Jovetic

Patience: Roberto Mancini will have to wait if he is to capture Jovetic

Manchester City sign Matija Nastasic from Fiorentina

City sign the 'new Vidic': Champions complete deal for defender Nastasic from Fiorentina

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UPDATED:

20:56 GMT, 31 August 2012

Manchester City have announced the signing of teenage Serbia defender Matija Nastasic from Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old joins the Barclays Premier League champions in a deal which also sees Montenegro international Stefan Savic moving in the opposite direction.

Nastasic is the fourth player to join City on a hectic final day of the summer transfer window.

More to follow…

City boy: Matija Nastasic has joined Premier League champions Manchester City

City boy: Matija Nastasic has joined Premier League champions Manchester City

London 2012 Olympics: Angola 31 Great Britain 25 – women"s handball

Angola 31 Great Britain 25: Four defeats from four as women slump in handball

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10:29 GMT, 3 August 2012

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Great Britain women's tough introduction to the Olympic Games continued as they slumped to a fourth successive Group A defeat at the hands of Angola, ending any faint hopes of progressing to the quarter-finals.

Losses to Montenegro, Russia and Brazil in their opening three matches were par for the course, after only forming six years ago, but they went into the day's opening encounter at the Copper Box with realistic hopes of beating the African champions, having done exactly that in this arena in November's test event.

But Angola have improved considerably
since then and Team GB were unable to replicate their performance of
nine months ago, though they did produce a display to be proud of in
parts, with nine-goal Marie Gerbron top-scoring.

Handed a beating: Angola romped to victory over Team GB in the handball, the hosts' fourth defeat

Handed a beating: Angola romped to victory over Team GB in the handball, the hosts' fourth defeat

Handed a beating: Angola romped to victory over Team GB in the handball, the hosts' fourth defeat

However, it was sloppy play in the attacking third that really cost Team GB, with too many missed chances and handling errors preventing them from recording a historic Olympic win.

With the track and field events and cycling now under way in the Olympic Stadium and Velodrome, Team GB will have been keen to keep handball in the headlines after the unprecedented exposure it received in the first week of London 2012.

And Jesper Holmris' side enjoyed a solid start, with two Lynn McCafferty goals and a Holly Lam-Moores fast break giving the crowd reason to cheer, while keeping the deficit down to 5-4 after the opening 10 minutes.

But a familiar story was unfolding as for all their impressive defensive work, with goalkeeper Sarah Hargreaves again in good form, they could not make it pay at the other end due to several misplaced passes and glaring misses.

No was past: Angola proved to be a far harder challenge than had been expected by Team GB

No was past: Angola proved to be a far harder challenge than had been expected by Team GB

No was past: Angola proved to be a far harder challenge than had been expected by Team GB

That allowed Angola to score five of the next six goals to open up what was looking like an already unassailable five-goal lead after 18 minutes.

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Rough and tumble: The British women put up a good fight but found their opponents a bit too rugged

Angola continued to keep Team GB at arm's length, though, and four of the next five goals stretched that lead to six as they remained in control.

To their credit, GB continued to chase the impossible dream, with Gerbron excelling, but the Africans flexed their muscles, snuffing out GB's challenge courtesy of four successive goals midway through the second period.

Goals from Ewa Palies and Lam-Moores gave the Copper Box reason to cheer in the final 10 minutes and brought some respectability to the scoreboard, but with four defeats from four, Team GB will go no further in the competition after Sunday's last preliminary clash with Croatia.

Euro 2012: Wayne Rooney not good enough says Roy Hodgson

Rooney wasn't good enough! Hodgson admits suspended striker did not live up to expectations

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UPDATED:

00:28 GMT, 26 June 2012

Roy Hodgson admits Wayne Rooney failed to live up to expectations as England crashed out of Euro 2012 but insists the fitness of the striker was not an issue.

Head coach Hodgson was aware of the pressure on Rooney to perform at his best after returning from a two-match ban for his sending off against Montenegro in a qualifying game last October.

But, after scoring the winner against Ukraine, Rooney was below par in the quarter-final defeat by Italy in Kiev last night when England were beaten 4-2 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.

No impact: Wayne Rooney could not make his mark against Italy

No impact: Wayne Rooney could not make his mark against Italy

Hodgson said: 'I think we put a lot of expectations on Wayne.

Euro 2012

'When he missed the first two games, we were all believing that what we needed to do was to get to the third game and Wayne Rooney will win us the championships.

'That maybe was too much to ask of him. Wayne certainly tried very hard, but he didn't have his best game. I think he would admit that.'

But Hodgson conceded it was natural for the onus to be on the top players to perform on the biggest stages.

He said: 'Do we put too much expectation on Rooney Well we do, but so do other teams with their players, don't they

'I think had (Andrea) Pirlo played poorly last night, it might have affected the Italians' performance.

Upset: Rooney was distraught as England lost on penalties

Upset: Rooney was distraught as England lost on penalties

'I think in all top international
teams, you're looking at one, two, possibly three individuals that
everyone recognises as being exceptional world-class talents.

'When you get to the big stage,
you're hoping those players perform and show they're world-class
talents, like the Maradonas that win Argentina a World Cup with his
performance.'

Rooney went on holiday in Las Vegas at the end of the domestic season and was pictured at a nightclub until the early hours.

But Hodgson was adamant Rooney was fit and up to speed in training sessions even though his only action in six weeks before returning against Ukraine was as a second half substitute against Belgium.

When asked if the Las Vegas trip was
ideal, Hodgson said: 'Well, we haven't noticed anything with his fitness
levels. We've monitored his fitness levels and in training he has
looked very fit.

Expectant: Roy Hodgson admits he hoped for more from Rooney

Expectant: Roy Hodgson admits he hoped for more from Rooney

'In the first game (against Ukraine)
he didn't show any particular signs of lacking any fitness and he played
the 120 minutes last night.

'I think what you might be saying is that you're a bit disappointed with his performance and maybe thought he could have played better.

'It's not necessarily related to this (Rooney's fitness). You could put fitness down to anything. That was the classic Italian trick. Every time an Italian team loses a game, you hear they're not fit.

'You can put a lot of things down to fitness, but there was no reason for us to doubt his fitness. His running stats in the training sessions and the games were actually very good.'