RIBERY CAN BE MATCH WINNER

French national team manager Didier Deschamps has said that the Bayern Munich winger, Franck Ribery, has the potential to become the match winner against Spain in the World Cup qualifying match.

France will be taking on Spain in this crucial encounter knowing that they can pull away from the World and European champions if they manage a victory from the match. Despite saying this, Deschamps has acknowledged that it certainly will not be easy despite having drawn against Spain in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

Who will go down?

We are getting to that point in the Premier League season where those clubs in the vicinity of the relegation zone – and the fans who support them – start sweating and biting their nails a lot.

The same could be true of those who placed bets on the teams to be relegated before the start of the season – although a number of those struggling at the foot of the table are clubs that might have been expected to be there. So, for those thinking of betting on it now, which clubs are odds on for the drop?

ROY BACKS GERRARD

The England manager Roy Hodgson has said that he believes that the Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard can continue playing for England for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The influential midfielder is coming to the twilight of his career, and he will be 34 years of age before the start of the World Cup. This is usually the period when most of the players consider retiring from international football in order to focus on their club careers. Hodgson, though, believes that Gerrard will have the capability to carry on playing despite turning 34 years of age.

BECKHAM IN NO RUSH

The former England captain David Beckham has said that he will not be rushing his next destination, despite getting a lot of offers. The 37-year-old is one of the most wanted players across the world due to the fact that he is available on a free transfer after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the season.

He has been linked with clubs from England, France, China, and Spain. The QPR manager Harry Redknapp recently revealed that he would certainly consider the prospect of bringing Beckham to the Loftus Road. However, his most likely destination is set to be the French club Monaco.

BECKS STILL TOP CLASS

The new QPR manager Harry Redknapp has said that he believes that the former England international David Beckham is still good enough to play in the Premier league.

He has said that he will not rule out a possible move for the LA Galaxy star, who has recently revealed that he will be bringing an end to his American adventure from this season. The 37-year-old is out of contract after just two months. He has played for the last six seasons in the US where he has been able to raise the profile of the football to great levels.

ARENA TAKES BLAME

The LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena has said that much of the early season poor form of the team was down to him. He has said that he made significant changes to the team in the second half of the campaign, which has led them to dominate the latter stages.

The 4-2 win over Toronto in recent match put them in a great position to defend the MLS title that they won last season. LA Galaxy are now unbeaten in the last six matches, while they have won five matches in this run. Despite this, they are currently third in the table some 11 points behind the leaders San Jose earthquakes.

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