WORLD FOOTBALL TID-BITS - 30TH March 2015
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ADHIRAJ DUTTA : Javier Hernandez is keen for people to show belief in him following a frustrating start to his time at Real Madrid. Hernandez joined Real on loan from Manchester United in September last year but has made just five starts in his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, scoring three goals. The Mexico forward, who scored the only goal in his country's 1-0 win over Ecuador on Sunday, appears unlikely to earn a permanent deal at Real, despite the European champions having an option to sign him.
Jordy Clasie will miss Netherlands' friendly with Spain in Amsterdam on Tuesday after withdrawing from the squad with a knee injury. The midfielder was an unused substitute in Saturday's 1-1 Euro 2016 qualifying draw with Turkey. But an announcement on the Dutch football association’s website on Monday confirmed he had pulled out of the squad and will return to his club Feyenoord.
Chris Smalling has revealed that he is happy at Manchester United amid reports linking him with a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal. The centre-back will move into the last twelve months of his current United deal in the summer, and negotiations over a new contract are yet to begin. Smalling moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2010, and has since racked up one hundred and forty-one appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals and was part of the squads the won the Premier League in 2011 and 2013.
Al Sadd director of football Mohammed Al Ali believes the arrival of Xavi could lead to the club adopting the tiki-taka style of play associated with Barcelona and Spain. Barca midfielder Xavi spent time in Doha over the weekend discussing the possibilities of a potential move to Al Sadd, with his Camp Nou future appearing unclear.
Former England international John Barnes claims he will struggle to get back into management because of the colour of his skin. The former Celtic, Jamaica and Tranmere Rovers boss has been out of work since leaving Prenton Park after just four months in charge in 2009. And Barnes feels it is unlikely an opportunity to return will arise. 'A white manager loses his job and gets another job, he loses his job, he gets another job. Very few black managers can lose their job and get another job,' he tells ITV4's John Barnes: Sports Life Stories programme, which airs on Tuesday.
Gareth Southgate says he and England manager Roy Hodgson are in agreement that Harry Kane should play at the European Under-21 Championship in June. Tottenham striker Kane scored just 79 seconds into his senior international debut in a 4-0 victory over Lithuania on Friday, taking his tally to 30 goals for the season in all competitions. England face a friendly against Republic of Ireland and a Euro 2016 qualifying clash with Slovenia while the under-21s are in the Czech Republic, but youth boss Southgate is confident of having Kane at his disposal.
Neymar pleaded for referees to protect him after Chile's Gary Medel got away with stamping on the Brazilian forward's leg during a friendly on Sunday. In a fiery match at the Emirates Stadium in London, referee Martin Atkinson produced seven yellow cards and awarded 47 free-kicks for fouls but the English official missed Medel stepping on Neymar in the first half. After fouling Neymar, Medel stood up while stepping on the Brazilian striker's lower left leg, which left the 23-year-old writhing in pain. Neymar described it as a move out of UFC, while demanding that Copa America referees defend him when the South American tournament starts in June, as he 'cannot do anything'.
Brazil coach Dunga said Roberto Firmino is firmly in his thoughts for Copa America selection, after the attacking midfielder's winner against Chile. Dunga's men prevailed 1-0 over their South American counterparts in London, with second-half substitute Firmino's 71st-minute goal the difference. Brazil's clash on Sunday marked their final friendly prior to Dunga naming his squad for the continental competition to be held in Chile - and the coach said he has long been a fan of the Hoffenheim man.
Thomas Muller conceded that Germany could have performed better in front of goal after they overcame Georgia 2-0 in Euro 2016 qualifying on Sunday. Muller doubled Germany's advantage a minute before half-time after Marco Reus had opened the scoring five minutes earlier. Germany's lead was never threatened and Joachim Low's men eased to a victory that moves them within a point of Group D leaders Poland despite missing a host of a chances to win by a more comfortable margin.