The Weekend Starts Here PODCAST – March 25/26, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Chelsea striker Diego Costa suffers injury scare during Spain training session

Chelsea striker Diego Costa suffered an injury scare during a training session with Spain. Costa was forced out of the session with a leg and ankle injury and underwent X-rays at the Sanitas Clinic in La Moraleja, but was given the all-clear, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) said. The striker is still under observation and ...

Danny Blind dismissed as Netherlands coach

Danny Blind has been dismissed as Netherlands coach in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Bulgaria in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying. The Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) professional football director Jean-Paul Decossaux and technical director Hans van Breukelen met with Blind on Sunday following his return from Sofia, where the Oranje slipped ...

Gareth Southgate refuses to rule out Jermain Defoe’s chances of playing at 2018 World Cup

Gareth Southgate would have put his house on Jermain Defoe’s goalscoring return, with the veteran’s attitude and aptitude meaning there is no reason for the England manager to believe next year’s World Cup is beyond him. The 34-year-old’s performances at Sunderland have belied his advancing years and led to a surprising international turnaround, having won ...

Danny Blind sacked by Netherlands following defeat to Bulgaria

Holland have sacked coach Danny Blind in the wake of their World Cup qualifying loss to Bulgaria. The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has called time on the former defender’s reign after only 20 months and 18 matches. Saturday’s 2-0 defeat in Sofia was Holland’s second in their opening five games in World Cup qualifying group ...

Premier League ever present team of the season – tireless XI of the 2016/17 campaign based on minutes played

Squad rotation is all the rage these days in the Premier League. We’ve been told that players simply can’t handle more than a game a week and should avoid the dreaded ‘red zone’ at all costs. But what about the players who don’t take a rest? Or the players who have featured in nearly every minute ...

England 2-0 Lithuania: Three Lions stars rated and slated

Gareth Southgate marked his first competitive match as full-time England manager with a routine win over minnows Lithuania. Jermain Defoe scored his first international goal since 2013 before Jamie Vardy stepped off the bench to add a second for the Three Lions. The result leaves England five points clear of Slovenia at the top of ...

England 2-0 Lithuania: Jermain Defoe rolls back the years to fire Three Lions to qualifying victory

Gareth Southgate may be preaching the need for England ‘to get off the island and learn from elsewhere’ as they seek international glory, but Sunday’s 2-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley was more of the same from the Three Lions. A listless performance which would not have looked out of place under Roy Hodgson, Fabio ...

Super League: Castleford 43-26 Catalans: Tigers claim top spot after comeback victory against Dragons

Castleford came from 14-0 down to thrash Catalans Dragons 43-26 and reclaim top spot in the Betfred Super League. The Tigers appeared to be suffering from a hangover from their surprise 13-12 defeat at Salford after allowing their visitors to run in two tries in the first 10 minutes but they responded in trademark fashion ...

Aviva Premiership: Saracens 53-10 Bath: Hosts cruise as Six Nations heroes enjoy winning return

Saracens responded to the return of their England contingent from RBS 6 Nations duty by crushing title rivals Bath in an ominous 53-10 Aviva Premiership victory. Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola were in action at Allianz Park where the double winners had the bonus point sealed with a quarter ...

The Warm Up podcast with Max Rushden – Sunday, March 26

Listen to Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning tackle the important – and utterly trivial – sporting matters of the day in another edition of the Warm Up. Guests include film director Jonny Owen and TV presenter Zoe Salmonn, former Southampton defender Jason Dodd is the subject of Footballers are Nice, and there is another edition ...

Aviva Premiership: Wasps 40-33 Worcester: Hosts move five points clear at top of the table

Wasps moved five points clear of Exeter at the top of the Premiership with a 40-33 win over Worcester at the Ricoh Arena. However the victory was far from straightforward as struggling Worcester were the better team until wing Bryce Heem was sent off in the 45th minute for a reckless challenge on Willie Le ...