“First, he wants to get back into the Barclays Premier League, prove that he can keep scoring goals, help us and then it’s up to Mr Roy Hodgson. “But that’s the second step. The first one is to get back into business.” Defoe headed back to England having served just 11 months of his four-year MLS contract with homesickness and injuries having played their part in his decision. However, he managed 11 goals in 16 league appearances for Toronto, and while the Premier League may represent a sterner test of his enduring ability, he is delighted to be back. Defoe said: “I am delighted to be here and I’m looking forward to the challenge. It is a great club and I’ve always enjoyed coming up here and playing against Sunderland because of the stadium and the supporters. It is a great place to play and I’m really looking forward to it.” His arrival could hardly be more timely for Poyet, who both played with and coached the striker during their time together at Spurs. Sunderland have managed a paltry 18 goals in 21 league fixtures to date this season, a return which has left them flirting with yet another battle for top-flight survival. But having seen at close hand exactly what Defoe can do, Poyet is convinced he has found the missing piece of the jigsaw. Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has challenged striker Jermain Defoe to fire his way back into the England squad after his return home as part of an almost “perfect deal”. The 32-year-old Toronto frontman completed his swap move with Jozy Altidore on Friday afternoon and goes straight into the Black Cats’ squad for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to former club Tottenham with Poyet insisting international football should still be in his sights. He said: “I haven’t talked to him about that, but that’s a consequence. If he plays and he’s fit and he scores goals, I’m sure that any manager of the national team is going to try to get him. He said: “I have got no doubt. I don’t like excuses – I know every now and then, something comes out of me, because it’s natural, because there are plenty of things, unfortunately, that happen in football and they can sound like excuses. “Now I hope there are no more. That means that we have got as many players fit as possible, we can be organised but at the same time, we can score goals because we have got a proven goalscorer at the club, so there are no excuses. “I played with him, so I was on the pitch with him and the training ground every day, and he’s a player you want in your side because you know he is going to score goals and then if the rest of the team do their jobs, you have got a better chance of winning.” Defoe’s arrival signalled the end of a frustrating time on Wearside for 25-year-old United States skipper Altidore, who managed just three goals in 18 months and only one in the league following his £6.5million switch from AZ Alkmaar. The Black Cats, and in particular sporting director Lee Congerton, beat off stiff competition to land Defoe with a lucrative pay packet, and Poyet admitted it had worked out well for all involved. He said: “It’s nearly, with all respect to Jozy, the perfect deal. I’m a believer that those perfect deals don’t happen quite often in football. They are practically impossible, so we are in a great position. “Of course, the Jozy situation was simple: unfortunately, it didn’t work out for him for whatever reason. “He is going to go back home as a very, very important player and as the captain of the national team, and on the other hand, we are getting a proven Premier League goalscorer, so it was a good option for everybody.” Press Association
Boss Guardiola still believes that City can reach the final four of the competition, but knows that they need to be at their best if they are to pull off a thrilling fightback at the Etihad Stadium.“To go through you have to make the perfect game, create chances and concede few chances. The chances we receive, we have to defend well,” said Guardiola, who saw his side suffer another defeat in last weekend’s Manchester derby.“We have 90 minutes and anything can happen. All we are going to do is try.“We have 90 minutes plus extra time and what we have shown this year – even in the last game – is we can create a lot of chances in the last few minutes.“It is a test. Football, like life, is a challenge.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A 3-0 first leg defeat leaves City manager Pep Guardiola praying for a historic second leg comeback.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 10 – Manchester City need the “perfect game” if they are to overcome Liverpool’s three-goal advantage and reach the Champions League semi-final, says Pep Guardiola.City’s chances of adding the Champions League to their imminent Premier League title win took a huge hit after the first leg of their quarter-final tie, when Guardiola’s side were blown away 3-0 at Anfield.
Yokohama: South Africa stunned pre-match favourites England 32-12 with a brutally effective forward display to win their third World Cup in Yokohama on Saturday.The Springboks’ victory was built on a colossal performance by their powerhouse pack that allowed fly-half Handre Pollard to kick six penalties before Makazole Mapimpi’s 66th-minute try — the first the Springboks had scored in a World Cup final. Fit-again fellow flyer Cheslin Kolbe then crossed from the other wing to put the result beyond doubt and set off celebrations for the South African public.Victory ensured the Springboks made it three wins from three World Cup final appearances — after missing the first two editions because of apartheid — and maintained their record of being crowned champions at 12-year intervals following their 1995 and 2007 triumphs.Saturday’s win also saw South Africa become the first team to win a World Cup having lost in pool play, with the Springboks beaten by reigning champions New Zealand in their Japan 2019 opener.It was a tactical triumph for South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus, who has overseen a Springbok revival after taking charge two years ago following a miserable 2016.Siya Kolisi, South Africa’s first black captain, lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in a moment of symbolism to rival 1995, when then-president Nelson Mandela was on hand to congratulate Francois Pienaar’s victorious team.”We are so grateful to the people of South Africa,” Kolisi said.”We have so many problems in our country but a team like this, we come from different backgrounds, different races but we came together with one goal and we wanted to achieve it.”I really hope we’ve done that for South Africa. Just shows that we can pull togeher if we want to achieve something.”EARLY BLOWFor England, four years on from the humiliation of their first-round exit on home soil in 2015, which led them to appoint Australian coach Eddie Jones, it was a match too far after their quarter-final and semi-final wins over Australia and New Zealand.A third defeat in four finals for England was also their second by South Africa, who defeated them 15-6 in the 2007 showpiece when Jones was a consultant to the Springboks.And it meant there was no repeat of England’s 2003 World Cup final triumph when they beat an Australia side coached by Jones.England suffered a cruel blow in just the third minute when prop Kyle Sinckler went off after colliding with team-mate Maro Itoje as the lock tried to tackle Mapimpi.South Africa’s forward pressure was rewarded in the ninth minute when England captain Owen Farrell was penalised for holding on.Farrell equalised but South Africa forced a scrum penalty which Pollard, the goal-kicking hero of their 16-13 semi-final win over Wales, landed.England, who had made such an impressive start to their stunning 19-7 semi-final victory over New Zealand, were struggling to get their backs into the game but Ford’s penalty allowed them to win a line-out the edge of the Springboks’ 22.At last England could launch wrecking-ball centre Manu Tuilagi as they drove to within a metre of the Springboks’ line, but excellent rush defence stopped them in their tracks before Farrell’s 35th-minute penalty again levelled the match at 6-6.Pollard, however, ensured South Africa led again with a 47-metre penalty and they were 12-6 up at the break after veteran prop Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira forced Dan Cole, Sinckler’s replacement, into conceding a scrum-penalty again kicked by Pollard.BOMB SQUADEarly in the second half, Erasmus ensured there was no let-up by bringing on props Steven Kitshoff and Vincent Kock — two of six forwards from among his ‘bomb squad’ of replacements — and their very first set piece saw England concede a fourth scrum penalty of the game.Pollard was again on target from the tee.England, however, managed a scrum penalty of their own in the 50th minute and Farrell succeeded from some 40 metres to cut South Africa’s lead to 15-9.South Africa, making no secret of their tactics, formed a nine-man maul that forced England offside in the backline to give Pollard a simple penalty in front of the posts that put the Springboks two scores ahead at 18-9.Farrell, England’s lone points-scorer, reduced the gap only for the Springboks to surge clear.There were two hints of a forward pass in the build-up to Mapimi’s try after his kick ahead was passed back to him by centre Lukhanyo Am, but referee Jerome Garces let the score stand after consulting the television match official.But there was no doubt about Kolbe’s effort as he sped past Farrell and prop Joe Marler. EnglandFinalRugbyrugby World Cup First Published: November 2, 2019, 5:14 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.