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Captain Steven Gerrard Announces His Retirement From England National Team

After playing 14 years with the Three Lions, Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football.

The announcement comes almost a month after England national team’s poor performance in the World Cup 2014 Brazil. Gerrard captained the English side while they knocked out at the group stage of this tournament.

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Steven Gerrard announcing retirement on press—–image via: mic.com

The 34-year-old reflected on his lengthy international career,

” I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won’t pull on the England shirt again. However, I do look forward to continuing my strong relationship with The FA and helping out in any way I can going forward.”

Gerrard’s current club Liverpool just missed out on their first title in the English Premier League top flight since 1990 as they came second to Manchester City, last season. As a result, they are going to take part in the Champions League for the first time since 2009-10.

 Current England coach Roy Hodgson had previously stated his desire for Steven Gerrard to continue his role as captain until 2016 Euro championship. Hearing Gerrard’s decision he expressed his disappointment,

“While I’m disappointed in his decision, I can entirely understand Steven’s situation and can have no complaints given the great service he has given to his country”.

Steven Gerrard in his golden career:

Steven Gerrard made his debut for England in 2000 at Wembley stadium against Ukraine. Since then he accumulated 114 caps for England and netted 21 goals. Since then Gerrard represented the country at 2000, 2004 and 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. He also played his role as the captain of England side 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup. Steven Gerrard became the sixth English player to win 100 caps for England in 2012.

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Gerrard in his golden age—–image via: www.mirror.co.uk

Steven Gerrard has been described as one of the greatest midfielders in the history of English football. He is a real leader and a tireless runner with a superb vision. In 2005, he was honoured as the UEFA Club footballer of the year and won Bronze of FIFA Ballon D’Or. Gerrard is the only footballer ever in the football history to score a goal in a League Cup final and an FA Cup final and a Champions League final and a UEFA Cup final.

Steven Gerrard, who has spent his entire career with Liverpool after making his debut in 1998. He was named as team captain in 2003. His honours at Anfield include three League Cups, two FA Cups, two community Shields, one Champions League, two Super Cups and one UEFA Cup.

The French great Zinedine Zidane considered Steven Gerrard as the best footballer of the world.

Who will be his replacement???

The question now is who will be his replacement??? It will be a great task for the guys who will replace both personally in the center of the midfield and as captain. For the deep-lying midfielder role Roy Hodgson may look for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Gerrard’s Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson.

Roy Hodgson is probably planning to shape a young-looking side. So the vastly experienced Wayne Rooney is likely to be considered as captain as will Joe Hart and Gary Cahill.

Steven Gerrard, the legend of ‘Golden Age’

The legendary midfielder Steven Gerrard leaves without any medals for England side, but he has a plenty of memories with his team. In the mid 2000s, English football was supposed to be ‘the Golden Age’ and Gerrard is one of the last standing members. In many ways, his retirement represents the end of and era for England.

Steven Gerrard said about his decision,

“This has been a very tough decision, one of the toughest I’ve had to make in my career. I have agonised over this since coming back from Brazil and have spoken to friends and family and people close to me in the game before coming to this point.”

However, he wishes to prolong his career at Anfield. With Liverpool attaining Champions League title for the first time since 2009/10 season, his club calendar will be as stressful as it has been ever before.

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Top 10 young footballers in EPL

With the start of the new Barclays Premier League season of 2014/15 just a few weeks away, we are here to look at some youngsters who will be making the differences. We present you the list of top 10 young footballers in EPL in this Premier League season.

When the season gets underway all the players will be 21 or even younger but they still have plenty of experience. In our list, players from top English Clubs seem to dominate. There is several reasons to be hopeful for the future for fans on Merseyside as the Everton and Liverpool players account for half of the list.

Young footballers in English Premier League:

1. Ross Barkley

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For Everton Ross Barkley produced a string of impressive performances last season. It was a real breakout season for him. The 20- year-old midfielder featured in total 34 Premier League games and netted six goals. Towards the end of the last season, his superb effort was most notable.

Ross Barkley has already collected nine caps for England national team, making his debut in September 2013. His Brazil World Cup experience will have done him good and we can expect to see another strong season from Barkley this year.

Ross Barkley has made his place in our list of top 10 young footballers in EPL.

2. Raheem Sterling

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The 19 year-boy, Raheem Sterling has two seasons of first team experience in the bag. Sterling already earned Liverpool’s first choice 11 and it is hardly surprising considering the trouble that he causes for the opponent defenders. His dribbling abilities, his equal capacity to play on the left, right or even in the center, made him one of the few highlights of England’s World Cup campaign. In the World Cup match against Italy, his excellent display caused numerous problems for the Azzurri. In the next upcoming season, Raheem Sterling has a great chance to improve in order to fill the void left by Luis Suarez’s exit.

3. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, another exciting youngster made his debut for the England National team in May 2012 as an 18 year old. He already travelled to two major tournaments and represented England 15 times. The pacey and exciting winger like Oxlade-Chamberlain can light up games with his darting runs down the wings and is capable of grabbing several goals over the course of the next season. His last campaign was disrupted by a number of injuries and his club Arsenal will be hoping that they can keep him fresh this season. If Arsenal want to push on and have their first serious title challenge, Chamberlain will be a vital ingredient for them.

4. Adnan Januzaj

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Though Manchester United had their worst ever Premier League Season, the only highlight for them was the emergence of Adnan Januzaj. The 19 year old Belgian made his debut as a late substitute against Wigan and then went on to quickly establish himself as a regular in the first team. He eventually appeared 35 times and netted four goals in all competitions. Adnan Januzaj is equally comfortable in a central attacking midfield or in the wing. His excellent dribbling abilities and passes made him one of the finest young footballers in Europe. If Januzaj will able to gain more consistency this season, he could be a real star in the Premier League.

5. Luke Shaw

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It has been a meteoric rise for the 19 year-old, Luke Shaw while Manchester United paid £30 million for the left back, making him the most expensive ever teenager this summer. In January 2012, Luke Shaw made his debut for Southampton and with some excellent performances he quickly came to the attention to the Premier League Clubs. After some eye catching skills, he made his debut for The England National team in February 2014, before being included in the World Cup squad. Hopefully he will occupy the number three role for England for the best part of the next decade.

He is one of the young footballers in the English Premier League in this season.

6. Romelu Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku, the 21 year-old is a proven goalscorer in the English Premier League. In the last two seasons while playing on loan for West brom and Everton, he bagged 32 goals in the last two seasons. He put himself ahead of established stars like Daniel Sturridge, Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney during the same period. However, the question is why Chelsea would let him go? He returned to Everton and it seemed that the loss of Chelsea is Everton’s gain. We can certainly expect more of the same from Lukaku this season as he is determined to push them into the top four.

7. John Stones

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The 20-year-old, John Stones is another product of the youth system at Goodison Park. After his debut on New Year’s day this year, he made himself the heart of Everton defence. Less than six months later, john Stones picked up his cap for England against Peru. Although he didn’t make it to the World Cup, but there is evidence that John Stones has the eminent potential to be a star for Three Lions in near future. He will likely be in the first choice 11 for Everton when the season kicks off. If he continues to improve more and more, it shouldn’t be long before he becomes regular for England National team.

8. James Ward-Prowse

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In the upcoming 2014/15 season, it will be a great chance for the Southampton midfielder to be the main man. Last season, he showed a tremendous ability with the ball and established himself as a first team regular. Ward-Prowse will be seen as a key man for Southampton this season and it will be right time to make a real name for himself. If Ward-Prowse can handle the extra responsibility, it could well be that he will go on to greater things in this season. On the other hand, it will be hard for Southampton to keep hold of him too.

9. Jon Flanagan

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Jon Flanagan, the 21 year-old got his opportunity last season because of several injuries in Liverpool. He made some excellent performances in his unfamiliar position of left-back. Although he is more comfortable in the right side of defence, Jon Flanagan looked assured on the left-back and his marvelous form earned plenty of plaudits. For the right-back role he has got Glen Johnson. As it will help him to get more game time, his flexibility could prove to be a great benefit for the Reds. Jon Flanagan earns his debut for England this summer against Ecuador. If he can maintain the rhyme in the club level, we can see him wear more caps for England side too.

10. Ben Davies

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Two years ago, Ben Davis made his professional debut for Swansea. Since then, the 21-year-old boy went on to play 85 times for Swansea and also appeared ten matches for Wales. His consistency and strong performance drew the attentions of the big clubs from the English Premier League, like Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davis possesses the quality to make a name for himself at White Hart Lane, but as bigger the club as higher the pressure. He will have to cope with all of that, for the sack of making his career great.

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Top 10 Highest Paid Premier League Players in 2016

The top-tier English professional soccer league for football clubs associated with the Football Association (FA) is commonly termed as Premier League. Undoubtedly it is one of the most watched and most anticipated leagues in the world of club football, which is also contested between 20 Premier division clubs in England. Sheer competition between clubs ranking first, sometimes unwantedly getting into the bottom of the league table, makes Premier league so exciting and must talk for the total football world. This league is also known as the Barclays Premier League as it is sponsored by the Barclays Bank in England. But most often referred to as the English Premier League (EPL) for the rest of the world. This Football League First Division was also broken down and renamed the FA Premier League once.

The Premier League has established itself as the most-watched league in the world with its broadcasts in 212 countries, successfully counted 643 million homes and 4.7 billion audience all over the world.

Top 10 Highest Paid Premier League Players:

The most watched Premier League of course draws huge amount of money in every aspect related with it. With extreme competition, support and scope of football in England, top players come in during the summer and winter transfers to experience greater footballing platform. Some of these most renowned players are incredibly paid for their skill, talent and passion they demonstrate on the pitch of Premier League. Teams need to spend millions to have their players of choice transferred to their club.

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Here we are making out a short list of these highest paid Premier League Players in 2016. Depending on a very recent payment statistics, we are only counting those top 10 highest paid Premier League Players currently playing for giant clubs of English Premier League 2016.

Let’s check out, who is the highest paid Premier League Player in 2015?

10. John Terry – Chelsea – £160 000 per week

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John Terry is considered as one of the most successful captains in English club football. Basically he plays for Chelsea FC and the English national team. After being introduced by the West Ham youth Academy, he moved to Chelsea in 1995. John Terry has an estimated weekly earning of £160 000 from the London Club.

The most earning Premier League footballer had already won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and a Champions League in his glorious career so far. He is also the highest-scoring defender in the Premier League history. So, in total, John Terry is our 10th cast as of the top 10 highest paid Premier League Players 2016.

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9. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – £170 000 per week

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Kevin De Bruyne is a Belgian professional soccer player who plays as an attacking midfielder for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Belgium National Football Team. He is quite recent addition to the highest paid Premier League players in 2016, often described as one of the best modern day playmakers in the sporting arena.

De Bruyne began his career at Genk and was recently signed with the City for his wide range of passing and long-range shooting skills. Most notably he was named the footballer of the year 2015 in Germany. He joined Manchester City for a club record £55 million and now receives £170 000 a week as salary.

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08. Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea – £170 000 per week

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Yes, of course the number on his back is familiar, but the soccer player’s career is a bit changed now a days with Chelsea. Watching Fabregas in blue shirt will take some time, getting used to. But may be the midfielder is not willing long to underline why Mourinho has brought the coup of the summer with that much passion.

From the Chelsea view point, Fabregas was cheaper than (£27 million) Alexis Sánchez, Diego Costa, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera. Yet Fabregas returns to England with 151 appearances under his belt with Barcelona. Notably he has also attained 91 most valuable caps for Spain National Team. And so the payment is not that cheap. His weekly estimated earning is about £170 000 from the London Club, which ranks him at number 7 of the highest paid football players of EPL 2016.

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7. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – £180 000 per week

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Raheem Shaquille Sterling is an English professional footballer, plays as a midfielder for Manchester City and the England National Team. We consider him at seventh in our list of top 10 highest paid Premier League players in 2016. He was awarded ‘Golden Boy’ for 2014 from a pan-European panel of sports journalists. He was also remarked as the most valuable (with a value of €49 million) young player in Europe 2015.

Sterling started his career at Queens Park Rangers before signing for Liverpool in 2010. But last year he was signed by Manchester City in a transfer potentially worth £49 million. This is actually highest transfer fee for any English Player in 2016. Now he receives £180 000 a week from Manchester City.

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06. Mesut Ozil – Arsenal – £190 000 per week

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German midfielder Mesut Ozil plays for the Premier League club Arsenal and the German national team. Last season he was moved from the Spanish giant club Real Madrid to English Premier League. Mesut Ozil started out his professional football career at Schalke in 2006 and has been playing for his country since 2009. His estimated weekly earning is £190 000 from Arsenal in 2016.

After the prolific displays in the World Cup competition, he was attracted by Real Madrid in 2010. Again, he was transferred to Premier League club Arsenal on a club-record fee of £42.5 million, which eventually makes him the highest paid German footballer of all time. Ozil, ranks at number 9 of this list of highest paid Premier League players in 2016.

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5. David Silva (Manchester City) – £200 000 per week

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David Josué Jiménez Silva is a Spanish professional soccer player, plays for English Premier League club Manchester City and the Spain National Football team. Mainly David Silva is an attacking midfielder, but he can also adjust as a winger or second striker. Here we keep him at fifth in our list of top 10 best paid Premier League Players in 2016.

The predominantly left-footed footballer spent six years of his professional career with the Spanish La Liga club Valencia CF. in 2010 summer he was moved to the English richest football club Manchester City. He has been awarded as ‘Merlin’ for his passing ability and possession-retaining qualities.

After joining the City, David Silva has appeared in over 200 matches in five seasons, winning Premier League title, Football League Cup and FA cup. Now a time, Silva receives £200 000 a week from Manchester City.

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04. Eden Hazard – Chelsea – £220 000 per week

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Eden Hazard is undoubtedly one of the finest attacking midfielders in the English Premier League 2016. He plays as a winger for his club and the Belgium national team. He is also well known for his creativity, speed and technical abilities. The highest earning Premier League footballer has another specification, he is regarded as one of the finest dribblers in Premier League football of his generation.

Eden Hazard started out his professional football career at Stade Brainois. He departed the French club in 2012 for the Premier League side Chelsea in 2012. The recorded transfer fee was £32million for the most valuable midfielder in the world. He made his senior debut in 2008, only at the age of 17. His weekly earning clearly remarks his position in the list of highest paid Premier League players 2016.

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03. Yaya Toure – Manchester City – £240 000 per week

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Yaya Toure is a complete deep-lying central midfielder, who plays for the Manchester City. He is very well known for his clear passing techniques and his physical presence on the field. The Ivorian international started his footballing career at ASEC Mimosas. He was also found playing with other top teams in Europe.

Because of his great on-field presence Toure signed to the Barcelona side in 2007 for a fee of £6.7 million. We all can remember that historic year of Barcelona with six trophies. Then he was signed for the Premier League side Manchester City in 2010 for a fee of £24 million. Currently he is paid £240 000 per week from the Premier League Club and that makes him the 4th most paid Footballer in EPL 2016.

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02. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – £240 000 per week

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Argentine National Team football player Sergio Aguero plays as a striker for the Premier League Club Manchester City. The youngest player to ever play Argentine Premiera Division, he represented his nation at the World Cup as well. He started his professional footballing career at Independiente, then to the La Liga side Atletico Madrid in 2006. Having won the Europa League and Super Cup for the Spanish club, he was transferred to one of the richest football clubs in the world, Manchester City in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee (around £35 million).

Aguero is Manchester City’s highest-scoring player in European competitions with 13 goals so far. He is currently on a salary of £240 000 a week as his contract with the English Club. And that makes him the 6th highest paid football player in the English Premier League 2016.

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01. Wayne Rooney – Manchester United – £260 000 per week

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Wayne Rooney is undoubtedly one of the best stars in English football. He is well known as Wazza and plays for the Manchester United side in the English Premier League. He came here for a fee of £25.6 million from Everton in 2004. Scoring more than 200 goals for the team, he ranks fourth in Manchester United’s all-time highest goal scorers.

The English superstar started out his professional footballing career for his nation in 2003. The prolific striker already has 88 caps for the national side and is paid £260 000 per week from Manchester United. Together with several other endorsement deals he is the highest paid Premier League player in 2016. His name is also to be found at higher orders in highest paid football players list in the world 2016..

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