Manchester United pair Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial have committed their future to the club amid uncertainty over their future. Lingard is yet to sign a new deal at Old Trafford, while Martial has been marginalised this term - yet neither player is ready to leave. Lingard has made just 10 Premier League starts this season but goals in the recent EFL Cup final win over Southampton and league victory at Middlesbrough have acted as a timely reminder as to his quality.
Time marches on, and with it comes yet another series of Premier League monthly award nominations for Tottenham Hotspur. Mauricio Pochettino has again been nominated for the EA Sports Premier League Manager of the Month for March, while Harry Kane has been nominated for the Carling Goal of the Month for March. This is the fourth consecutive month in which Pochettino has been a finalist for a Premier League monthly award, but he has yet to win it this season, losing out to, in order, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, Swansea’s Paul Clement, and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola. This month he’s again up against Conte, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, Crystal Palace’s Sam Allardyce, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, and
England moved a step closer to qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Sunday evening, as it defeated Lithuania 2-0 at Wembley Stadium. Jermain Defoe and substitute Jamie Vardy scored in each half against a team that offered little to test Gareth Southgate’s team in defense. Here is what we learned from another routine qualification victory for England. Why England may not need an ‘identity’ The former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes noted, in well-publicized prematch comments, that England “needed an identity” under its newish manager. Southgate, though, has suggested England requires “flexibility.” In his second game since taking permanent charge of England, Southgate appeared