Fran Kirby has come out to back her team, saying that she is fully convinced that England can deal with the pressure being mounted upon them to deliver in the Euro 2017 as it draws nearer.

The team has been on a high since they came off at the third position in Canada at the 2015 World Cup. On the FIFA world rankings, they climbed up to sit at an all-time high position of fourth place, before going on to qualify for the Euro with an unbeaten run.

Kirby is of the belief that she and her team mates are prepared mentally and otherwise to deal with the pressure that comes with being one of the top teams in focus.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Sportswomen programme, Kirby was quoted as saying,

“The expectation is a lot higher now. We’re going to have a lot more attention on us. I think it’s a pressure we can deal with. There is always pressure in football, be that playing for your club or country. Continue reading

Sweden announces squad ahead of the Euro 2016

Sweden has revealed the team that will participate at the Euro 2016.

Among the team selected, there are 6 players that have won the under-21 trophy last year.

Patrick Carlgren, Victor Nilsson Lindelof, Ludwig Augustinsson, Oscar Lewicki, Oscar Hiljemark and John Guidetti were key members of the team that won the U21 trophy against Portugal.

The Sweden coach Erik Hamren will be hoping that the experience that the players gathered during the U21 tournament will be helpful at the Euros 2016 final in France.

Sweden had to go through the play-off where they beat Danemark to qualify for the finals in France. They have been drawn in a tough group with Ireland, Italy, and Belgium.

The current Sweden team does not have any other star players apart Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and they will be looking towards their captain to provide them with the necessary motivation to qualify from their group. Continue reading

Erik Hamren reckons whatever Zlatan Ibrahimovic was due to heat

The Swedish national manager, Erik Hamren, reckons whatever Zlatan Ibrahimovic said following the Bordeaux game, it was all the heat of the moment stuff and it should not have been blown out of proportion.

Ibrahimovic was fuming post that game as he thought his team lost only because of the rough decisions of the referee.

He, thereafter, was heard hurling some negative words on the standard of the referees in France.

If the reports are to be believed, he also said that France does not deserve to have Paris Saint Germain.

The French public and media have taken it as insult and there has been a little bit of outrage over there against Ibrahimovic.

The striker will have to justify his act in front of a disciplinary committee now and in case the committee finds his words unacceptable, he might have to suffer ban.

Ibrahimovic has already put forward an apology to all of those who are feeling hurt by what he said.

According to Ibrahimovic, he did not take a dig at anyone. It was just his frustration which came out.

Hamren, who manages Ibrahimovic in international Football and knows him very closely, also had the same thing to say. Continue reading