Guardiola: Walker faces challenge to regain England place

first_imgPep Guardiola has predicted his “outstanding” right-back Kyle Walker will rise to the challenge after losing his place in the England squad.For the second international break in a row, Manchester City star Walker has been left out by Gareth Southgate.Walker faces strong competition for his position from players including Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Kieran Trippier, who was left out for the Nations League Finals but has regained his spot after joining Atletico Madrid. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Guardiola, though, is in no doubt 29-year-old Walker can fight his way back into contention for the Three Lions having played throughout the 2018 World Cup for Southgate’s side.”Kyle, it’s a big challenge for him to show the manager from England how good he is and ready to come back,” Guardiola told a news conference on Friday ahead of Sunday’s Premier League game at home to Wolves.”In our sports life always it’s about challenge, deals, targets. He has one in front of him in every single game to show how good he is and come back in the national team.”He came as an incredible, outstanding player and he still is, physicality strong and fast, we try to help him since we’re together to be a better player.”We ask him many times to attack from wide or inside; Kyle Walker is a player who can do everything. But the opinion is of Gareth the manager, I’m not here to… he makes a decision to select and he decided the last two times.”I respect it, Kyle respects it, Gareth does what he does for the national team. It’s a challenge for Kyle to show how good he is. My opinion doesn’t change whether he’s in or not, he remains an incredible full-back.”Here it is: your #ThreeLions squad for this month’s #EURO2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria! https://t.co/uuLf9zGD3g — England (@England) October 3, 2019 City signed right-back Joao Cancelo from Juventus in the transfer window and the Portugal international has impressed in the Carabao Cup and Champions League, but Guardiola indicated Walker will remain his first choice.”Against Preston he made a step forward with all the kids, last game really good too,” Guardiola said of Cancelo. “Because he arrived late, not in pre-season, things we work on he was not there, it was different to his previous team so we need time.”But he’s getting better with and without the ball. He’s understanding what we want and he played well in the last two games. Kyle I don’t have doubts about, Danilo played a couple of games last season.”We cannot play with just one player. We survived with one [left-sided] full-back with Fabian [Delph] and Alex [Zinchenko] so we need this player to move forward, let Kyle rest and sometimes Joao plays to take his position. It is what it is.”Guardiola would not comment on Bernardo Silva being charged by the Football Association following a racially insensitive social media post about City team-mate Benjamin Mendy.last_img read more

‘Pogba isn’t Messi but Man Utd must keep him’

first_imgPaul Pogba may not be a match winner in the Lionel Messi mould, admits David Moyes, but the Frenchman is considered to be the Red Devils’ “best midfield player” and one they need to keep.Transfer speculation has raged around the World Cup winner for some time now.A summer of rumours saw him linked with a big-money switch away from Old Trafford, with the likes of Real Madrid and former employers Juventus said to be keen. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career No deal was done, but exit talk is never far away when it comes to a figure who has polarised opinion since returning to English football in 2016.Consistency is considered to have been an issue for the 26-year-old, but former United manager Moyes believes such talent should not be allowed the slip net by the Red Devils.He told talkSPORT: “Pogba is still Manchester United’s best midfield player.“He could probably play for any team in the world, certainly in Europe. He’d get a game for any team.“I’m not always sure he’s a player who’s consistent and makes the difference all the time.“For the profile he’s got, you’re hoping he makes the difference. He doesn’t always make the difference, but do I think he should stay at Manchester United? Yes, I do.”Paul Pogba, Man Utd vs Arsenal 2019-20Pogba has sat out United’s last eight games with a niggling ankle problem, with that injury also preventing him from figuring for his country in the most recent rounds of Euro 2020 qualifiers.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to have an all-action performer back at his disposal in the near future, but it remains to be seen how much longer he will be sidelined for after being spotted using a walking stick during the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Liverpool.Whenever the time comes for him to return to the fold, Moyes believes Pogba should be one of the first names on the teamsheet, even if he is not quite at the level of other talismanic figures in the global game.The Scot added: “I don’t think he wins games like Messi does for Barcelona or [Cristiano] Ronaldo does for Juventus, but I still think he’s a really talented player. He’s got a lot to give.“Watching him at his best was when he was at Juventus, he played a little bit further forward, he got nearer the box more often.“If you were picking the Manchester United team, Pogba would be in their midfield at the moment, that’s for sure.”last_img read more