TRANSFER NEWS: WAYNE ROONEY LEAVES EVERTON FOR DC UNITED; ENGLAND FACE BELIGIUM IN WORLD CUP PLAYOFF
Thursday June 28
By Aiden Graw
The 32-year-old forward is expected to arrive in Washington at around 7pm BST on Thursday and will hold a news conference at the MLS club on Monday.
Rooney has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract and will complete the formalities of his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10. Everton said in a statement: “From everyone at Everton, we thank Wayne for his service to the club and wish him every success in the next three-and-a-half years with DC United.”
Rooney said he is fulfilling a long-held ambition by moving to the MLS.
“It is fantastic to be joining DC United at such an exciting time in the club’s history with the new stadium opening in just a few weeks,” Rooney said.
“Moving to America and MLS fulfils another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100 per cent – as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.
Former England U21 goalkeeper Lee Grant looks set to move to Manchester United from Stoke City as the club’s new No.3 choice behind David de Gea and Sergio Romero.
Manchester United are close to announcing they have agreed a new two-year contract with midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has slammed his team-mates following their shock World Cup exit calling it “pathetic”.
Philippe Coutinho is the first Brazilian since Pele to score or assist in his first three World Cup games.
Manchester United are set to rival Chelsea in a bid to land Robert Lewandowski, according to reports.
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia is in talks to sell the cash-strapped Championship club.
Tottenham have made a £23m bid for Nice striker Alassane Plea, according to reports in France.
Liverpool have signed Bobby Duncan, who is Steven Gerrard’s cousin, after the England U17 striker left Manchester City.
Fulham have received a big boost as they prepare to return to the Premier League after Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney agreed to extend their contracts at Craven Cottage.
Tottenham have been forced to rip out 15,000 seats at their new £1bn stadium after they were mistakenly installed without a protective pigment.
Arsenal are weighing up a bid for Mexico’s World Cup 2018 star Hector Herrera.
Everton are keeping an eye on Croatia’s World Cup forward Ante Rebic.
West Ham Everton and Brighton are keen on signing Aleksandar Dragovic from Bayer Leverkusen.
WORLD CUP UPDATES:
HT: JAPAN 0-0 POLAND
HT: SENEGAL 0-0 COLOMBIA
ENGLAND V BELIGIUM @9:00pm
PANAMA V TUNISIA @9:00pm
England play Belgium in the World Cup on Thursday. Both are definitely going through to the next round, but which country comes first and second will decide who they play.
If they draw, it will be difficult to separate them. Fortunately, Fifa has rules to distinguish between two or more teams with the same number of points, the same goal difference and the same number of goals scored.
The first of these favours the winning team when the two played each other in the group stage. But if this game was a draw, these criteria are applied in the following order until the tie is broken:
goal difference in games between the relevant teams (this is clearly only relevant only when three or more teams have the same number of points)
goals scored in games between the relevant teams
disciplinary points – one for a yellow card, three for two yellow cards resulting in a red card, four for a straight red card and five for a straight red card given to a player who already has a yellow card
drawing of lots by the Fifa organising committee
The tie-breaker on discipline was introduced after the 2014 World Cup, presumably to make it less likely that lots would have to be drawn.
There was something of an outcry against the drawing of lots after it was used to decide whether Mali or Guinea would qualify for the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations in 2015.
The two countries drew all three of their group games 1-1 and there was no provision for fair play to be taken into account.
At a local hotel, the president of the Malian football federation, Baba Diarra, and the financial director of Guinea’s sports ministry, Amara Dabo, faced a bowl with two balls in it and were asked to choose one each.
Mali went first and found in its ball a number three, indicating that they would come third in the group and be eliminated. The other ball had a two in it.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website