Kean out of Italy squad as Pellegrini makes cut for Euro qualifiers

first_imgLuca Pellegrini has been included in Italy’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Armenia and Finland in September.Left-back Pellegrini joined Juventus from Roma in June but has been loaned out to Cagliari – the team where he spent the second half of the 2018-19 campaign – for this season.The 20-year-old has now been handed a first international call up as Italy boss Roberto Mancini sticks by his plan to blood younger players heading towards the next major tournament. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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? However, one youngster who has not been selected this time around is Moise Kean. The Everton forward scored in qualifying victories over Finland and Liechtenstein in March before being part of Italy’s squad for the European Under-21 Championship in June.Nicolo Zaniolo and Cristiano Biraghi, who completed his move to Inter on Thursday, are also not among the list of names in a 26-man group.Experienced Juventus duo Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini are both included, while Emerson Palmieri retains his place following a bright start to the season for Chelsea.Italy, who lead Group J having won four from four in qualifying, are away to Armenia on September 5 before facing Finland three days later.#Azzurri Head Coach Roberto Mancini has called up  players for Italy’s #Euro2020 qualifying matches against #Armenia  and #Finland 🇫🇮.#VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/QLK6djLVm8— Italy (@azzurri) August 30, 2019Italy squad in full: Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta), Alex Meret (Naples), Salvatore Sirigu (Torino); Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Mattia De Sciglio (Juventus), Emerson (Chelsea), Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Armando Izzo (Torino), Gianluca Mancini (Roma), Luca Pellegrini (Cagliari), Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan); Nicolo Barella (Inter), Bryan Cristante (Roma), Jorginho (Chelsea), Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma), Stefano Sensi (Inter), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain); Andrea Belotti (Torino), Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus), Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina), Stephan El Shaarawy (Shanghai Shenhua), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Kevin Lasagna (Udinese).last_img read more

Sissoko stronger after Spurs ‘hurt’

first_imgMoussa Sissoko claims he never considered quitting Tottenham despite feeling “hurt” by team selections by Mauricio Pochettino that affected his international career.The midfielder is a key member of Pochettino’s Spurs side and has started all four of Tottenham’s Premier League matches in 2019-20, but two years ago it was a different story for Sissoko.While preparing for France’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Albania, the 30-year-old reflected on a 2017-18 campaign in which he started just 15 league games for Spurs and missed out on a place in Didier Deschamps’ World Cup-winning Les Bleus squad. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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 “Not being at the 2018 World Cup was of course a disappointment, but not an end in itself,” Sissoko told Le Parisien.”I was aware of having a complicated year with my Tottenham club. The coach’s choices hurt me, but it’s the law of football. The only thing to do was to redouble efforts. To abandon everything would have been a descent into hell.”I did not want to stay on a failure. I never thought of leaving Tottenham, it gave me even more the desire to do well.”I have a winning mind, it has been like that throughout my career. I do not make any noise, I do not come in the media to say that I had to play.”A good derby with 1point taken even we wanted the victory.Thanks to the fans, now let’s place to @equipedefrance #COYS #MS17 pic.twitter.com/7eUdWa1gym — Moussa Sissoko (@MoussaSissoko) September 1, 2019 Sissoko bounced back in 2018-19, starting 27 league games and playing a vital role in Spurs’ run to the Champions League final, where they lost to Liverpool.He has found his home in Tottenham’s midfield this season as one of two deep-lying players alongside Harry Winks, but he admitted he needed time to adapt to Pochettino’s desired style of play.”Perhaps I have never felt as strong as today,” said Sissoko.”I am comfortable, fulfilled, confident. It is often said that the best form of a player is between 28 and 30 years old. I did not believe it before, but I have certainly had my best season since playing football. I must continue to ride this wave.”Last season, I played 95 per cent of the games as an axial midfielder. This is where I have the most success, where I express myself best.”I have assimilated our possession game. It took time, but I like it there a lot.”last_img read more

‘They are fighting machines’ – Koeman wary of Northern Ireland

first_imgRonald Koeman warned his Netherlands players that Euro 2020 qualification rivals Northern Ireland are “fighting machines” and will “get you by the throat” if given the chance.Netherlands are third in Group C, three points behind second-placed Northern Ireland but with a game in hand ahead of the sides’ clash on Thursday.Victory at Feyenoord Stadium would move Koeman’s side level with Michael O’Neill’s side as well as leaders Germany on 12 points. 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 But the former Southampton and Everton boss warned that beating Northern Ireland – who won four consecutive qualifying matches before their 2-0 defeat at home to Germany in September – would not come easily.”They are fighting machines,” Koeman told reporters of their opponents.”Perhaps they haven’t got the structure or quality technically but it’s very direct, direct confrontations. They are a team that can make the games difficult for any opponent and we have to see how we can find the solutions. If they can get at you, they will, and they will get you by the throat. You’ve got to be prepared for that.”It can be that home and away there is a difference in their game. I think they had the idea to perhaps try to finish Germany off and, for an hour, they were able to live with them and had the better opportunities.”But from the moment they went 1-0 down, you can see the spaces increase and the Germans took advantage.” Defeat in Rotterdam would leave Netherlands six points behind Northern Ireland and Koeman admitted his side are under pressure to deliver a result before winning again in Belfast in November.The Oranje lost 3-2 at home to Germany in their most recent qualifier on home turf in March, but Koeman backed the likes of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong to cope with the high-stakes scenario.”We still have to qualify,” said Koeman. “Now we play both games against Northern Ireland for our ticket. It starts [on Thursday] and if we don’t get the result we want, it will be very painful.”There is always pressure for Holland. We think that we’ve always got to play everywhere, and we’ve got the quality for that. I think that this team is very hungry.”Not many players have played in the big tournaments and everyone wants to be there but there is always the development of a team.”These two games against Northern Ireland are really important. There is pressure but the players are used to that – they play for big clubs and they’ve got to win so it’s no different to that.”last_img read more

BBC calls in FBI to help solve Rillington Place riddles for new

first_img“He said he’s come across many cases where a young, uneducated person had been arrested for a terrible crime and just confessed, wrongly.”Malone added “alarm bells” had started ringing from the first words of Evans’ confession, where he told police: “I’ve disposed of my wife down a drain.”“That felt like a learnt phrase, not something he would have said himself,” she said. “A lot of the language used in his statement Gregg said didn’t sound like Tim’s language.“A big part of the case against him was that he knew more information than he should have known, but Gregg believes the police knowingly or unknowingly said that information to him in the long, overnight interviews.”The three-part drama is to be broadcast on BBC One later this month. Tim Roth as John Christie in the BBC drama Samantha Morton as Ethel ChristieCredit:BBC As well as speaking to family, writers also called on McCrary to shed light on criminal behaviour, handing him transcripts, court reports and autopsies from the 1950 case in a bid to shed light on why Evans initially confessed.After studying the material, McCrary confirmed he believed Christie had carried out all of the murders, with key similarities between them.Whitmore said: “Gregg said to an educated person, the idea of someone confessing to a crime they haven’t committed is bizarre and extraordinary and suspicious.“But he said the point is when you have these people under pressure for hours or days on end, they’ll do anything to make it stop. They’ll do anything to have a release from that. Writers Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone told the Telegraph they had been determined to reveal how Christie had convinced police and jury he was an upstanding member of society, while the less well-educated Evans was left to hang.In particular, they said, they had spent an “emotional” afternoon with Evans’ elderly half sister Mary, who claimed police had turned away key evidence from his siblings at the time of the investigation.Malone said: “His half-sister told us how she would babysit the baby sometimes, and they had been alone in the house when Christie would creep in. It really brought it home, hearing it from her.“After everything that happened, she and her sister were told different stories by Ethel and Christie about what had happened to Beryl and where she’d gone. Timothy Evans who was hanged for the murder of his baby daughter Geraline Evans Jodie Comer and Nico Mirallegro as Beryl and Timothy EvansCredit:BBC Tim Roth as John Christie in the BBC dramaCredit:BBC “She tried to tell the police this and they didn’t want to listen. They just thought they were young girls.“That was another frustration: had they [police] listened to some of those things, they might have come to a different conclusion.”She added: “There are a lot of inconsistencies in the police work. There were builders in the house and there worksheets went missing, conveniently.“Autopsy information was withheld because they felt it was too distasteful for the courtroom.” Jodie Comer and Nico Mirallegro as Beryl and Timothy Evans John Christie, the serial killerCredit:PA Timothy Evans who was hanged for the murder of his baby daughter Geraline Evans It is now widely believed the murders were in fact carried out by John Christie, who strangled at least eight women in his London home before burying them in the garden, in the walls and under floorboards in his home.The drama will depict the relationship between Christie, played by Roth, and wife Ethel, who is seen growing increasingly suspicious behaviour while lying for him amid the horror of domestic abuse before eventually being strangled herself.The family of Evans have long campaigned to have his conviction overturned, with several high-level investigations into the miscarriage of justice. Evans’ case has since become a central part of the argument against capital punishment. Samantha Morton as Ethel Christie It is one of the most notorious miscarriages of justice in British legal history, resulting in an innocent man being put to death for a grisly murder he did not commit.Now, the BBC is to shed new light on the serial killings at Rillington Place, after calling in one of the FBI’s star investigators to comb through the evidence.Rillington Place, a new drama starring Tim Roth and Samantha Morton, will be based on extensive research pieced together between the family of the innocent man, written archives and the expert opinion of former FBI agent Gregg McCrary.It will tell the story of how Timothy Evans, the young husband of murdered Beryl Evans and their daughter Geraldine, was hanged after an erroneous confession police failed to see through. John Christie, the serial killer Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more