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U.S. allies show support for strikes on Syria

( ) – U.S. allies expressed support on Friday for Washington’s missile strikes on Syria, calling them a proportionate response to Syrian forces’ suspected use of chemical weapons.

The strikes were denounced as illegal by Syria and its allies Russia and Iran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on the world “to reject such policies, which bring only destruction and danger to the region and the globe”. (Graphic locator map on attack – tmsnrt.rs/2nm68H0)

Iraq criticized “hasty interventions” in an apparent comment on the U.S. action.

But a wide range of U.S. allies from Asia, Europe and the Middle East expressed support, if sometimes cautiously, in similar terms.

“The U.K. government fully supports the U.S. action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime and is intended to deter further attacks,” a British government spokesman said.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters: “Many innocent people became victims from the chemical attacks.

“Japan supports the U.S. government’s determination to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons,” he said.

Turkey viewed the strikes positively and the international community should sustain its stance against the “barbarity” of the Syrian government, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said.

In an interview with Turkish broadcaster Fox TV, Kurtulmus said Assad’s government must be punished in the international arena and the peace process in Syria needed to be accelerated.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Russia and Iran needed to understand that supporting Assad made no sense and that the escalation of the U.S. military role in Syria was a “warning” to “a criminal regime”.

“Use of chemical weapons is appalling and should be punished because it is a war crime,” Ayrault told and France Info radio.

上海夜生活论坛French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued statements saying Assad was solely to blame for the air strikes.

The Dutch government said: “The United States has given a clear signal that the use of poison gas crosses a line.” It also labeled the strikes a “proportionate” response.

“U.S. strikes show needed resolve against barbaric chemical attacks. EU will work with the US to end brutality in Syria,” the chairman of the council of EU leaders, Donald Tusk, said on Twitter.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the strikes sent “a vitally important message” that the world would not tolerate the use of chemical weapons.

“The retribution has been proportionate and it has been swift,” he told reporters in Sydney. “We support the United States in that swift action.”

Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which back rebels fighting Assad, said they supported the U.S. strikes and held only the Syrian government responsible for the attacks.

Other Gulf countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait, also expressed support for the attacks.

Some countries expressed reservations about the U.S. decision to launch strikes without authorization from the U.N. Security Council.

Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria. “At the same time, Indonesia is concerned with unilateral actions by any parties, including the use of Tomahawk missiles, in responding to the chemical weapon attack tragedy in Syria,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir said in a text message.

“Military actions, undertaken without prior authorization of the U.N. Security Council, are not in line with international legal principles in the peaceful settlement of disputes, as stipulated in the U.N. Charter.”

Obama officials work against time to wrap banking rules

WASHINGTON ( ) – U.S. officials are striving to put finishing touches on a slew of banking rules before President Barack Obama leaves office and hands regulatory power to Donald Trump who has vowed to rewrite the existing financial rule book.

President-elect Trump will take over on Jan. 20 and his fellow Republicans will have control of Congress and government agencies, allowing the new administration to block or roll back many of the last-minute changes.

But by completing far-advanced work on some banking standards in the next 10 weeks, Obama officials would raising the chances that some elements of the regulatory framework will survive.

Some rules are meant to flesh out the Dodd Frank Act of 2010 designed to prevent the next global financial crisis. Trump campaigned on a pledge to scrap the law but now he says only some provisions must go to lighten the regulatory burden.

The Federal Reserve is working on rules to govern matters such as executive pay, market stability and what investments Wall Street may hold.

Last month, Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White said her agency would “in the near term” finish a rule on one thorny issue: how mutual funds manage derivatives.

The SEC and ban上海夜网k regulators have also for years struggled to finalize a rule that would tie more banker pay to the long-term health of their firms rather than short-term performance of Wall Street firms.

With only about 40 working days until the handover, it is not clear which, if any, of those standards will get across the finishing line.

“Just look at the calendar,” said Tom Quaadman of the Chamber of Commerce. “These are intricate rules and there’s not much time.”

The executive pay rule exemplifies the challenge.

Six federal agencies have a say on the compensation standard meant as part of Dodd Frank and a final draft has not yet been offered, industry officials told .

It would be nearly impossible to circulate a final rule and get the agencies to endorse it while still satisfying standards for clearing such paperwork, several lobbyists who have opposed the rule said.

Banking regulators declined to comment on when the compensation rule might be completed.

NO TIME TO CHAT

Simple logistics also pose a challenge.

New federal rules come into force once they have been published in the Federal Register and employees there typically need several days to typeset a rule.

That means Obama officials need to lodge paperwork with the Federal Register at the beginning of the inauguration week at the latest.

Some sixteen copy editors are due to forego leave and be on hand in the coming weeks to process final rules expected from dozens of agencies, said an official familiar with the operation, but not authorized to speak to the media.

“These days, people do not spend a lot of time hanging around the coffee maker,” he said.

Some freshly-minted rules also face the prospect of getting erased under a 1996 law known as the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to block a regulation within 60 working days of being drafted.

One such rule allows students who were defrauded by for-profit colleges to seek loan forgiveness. The Department of Education finalized it days before the Nov. 8 election, meaning Republicans who have raised objections to it will have a chance to block it.

President George W. Bush was the first to trigger the Review Act when he block labor regulations that his predecessor Bill Clinton had enacted at the end of his term.

Binance hackers shift stolen bitcoin, identity still unclear: researchers

LONDON ( ) – Hackers who stole bitcoin worth over $40 million from the major Binance cryptocurrency exchange have moved the tainted coins to a number of digital wallets, researchers said on Thursday, potentially throwing up clues to those behind the heist.

Binance, one of the world’s biggest exchanges, said on Wednesday that hackers had stolen around 7,000 bitcoin through phishing and viruses, the latest in a string of cryptocurrency thefts to hit exchanges across the world.

According to London-based blockchain analytics company Coinfirm, the hackers have moved the stolen bitcoin through several digital walle上海夜生活ts, with almost all the coins now sitting in seven digital addresses.

Theft remains a major problem for the emerging cryptocurrency sector, with high profile hacks alarming regulators and raising questions for larger investors over whether digital coins can be safely stored and traded.

Losses of digital coins from hacks and fraud hit $1.2 billion between January and March, around 70 percent of the level for all of 2018.

Although the movement of cryptocurrencies can be traced, the identity and location of the hackers or owners of the wallets holding the stolen coins is unknown, Coinfirm said.

Still, the findings may offer clues to the identity of the hackers.

To convert bitcoin to traditional money, hackers would have to move the stolen coins to a cryptocurrency exchange, which usually require details of account holders’ identities. But such checks are, in reality, far from watertight, said Pawel Alexsander, Coinfirm’s chief information officer.

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“Exchanges are obliged to have KYC (know-your-customer) processes in place. In practice, many of them do not do this properly,” he said. “People can open fake accounts, and deposit the funds to that account.”

Binance, which is based in Malta but has over 400 workers spread across more than 40 countries, was the highest profile exchange to be hit since hackers stole cryptocurrency worth $530 million dollars from the Tokyo-based Coincheck in January 2018.

A Binance spokeswoman did not immediately respond to calls and messages seeking comment.

Cryptocurrency markets have largely shrugged off the Binance hack, with bitcoin last up 1 percent at around $6,000, its highest since mid-November.

Analysts and traders said that was down to Binance’s relatively quick response to the hack. CEO Changpeng Zhao said in a website post on Wednesday that the company would use a fund to cover users’ losses.

Coinfirm has 130 clients across the world in the cryptocurrency sector and traditional finance, from wallet providers to exchanges, as well as one of Japan’s three megabanks.

EU to remove UK, Dutch overseas territories from tax haven blacklist

BRUSSELS ( ) – European Union finance ministers are set to remove this week the British overseas te上海夜网rritory of Bermuda, the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba and Barbados from the bloc’s blacklist of tax havens, an EU official said on Monday.

The three islands were added to the list in March because the EU found shortfalls in their tax rules that could favor tax evasion in other states.

The decision, which is due to be formalized by EU finance ministers in a meeting on Friday, will remove from the list the only EU territories that are currently on it.

EU countries are not even screened as they are deemed compliant, although the EU Parliament has accused seven of them of acting as tax havens. They are Luxembourg, Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, Hungary, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Listing decisions are made by the 28 EU governments. Each one of them has the power to veto any decision on the matter.

Jurisdictions are removed from the blacklist when they address their main shortfalls and commit to further reforms to increase tax transparency.

With this week’s removal of the three islands, the blacklist will shrink to twelve jurisdictions. It will still include the United Arab Emirates, Oman and the three U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Other jurisdictions on the list are Belize, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Dominica, Samoa and Trinidad and Tobago.

Blacklisted states face reputational damage and stricter controls on transactions with the EU.

The EU set up the blacklist in December 2017 after revelations of widespread tax avoidance schemes used by corporations and wealthy individuals to lower their tax bills.

The list initially comprised 17 jurisdictions, but it is subject to regular reviews. Countries with legal shortfalls are added if they do not amend their rules by set deadlines.

CEO of Buffett’s Dairy Queen tries to find new tastes, keep franchisees happy

OMAHA, Neb. ( ) – The chief executive of International Dairy Queen Inc is counting on the 79-year-old brand, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, to adapt to changing consumer tastes rather than latch onto the latest fad, while ensuring that rising labor and food costs don’t squelch its franchisees.

Troy Bader, who became chief executive in January 2018, said his company wants to ensure that devotees keep ordering their Blizzards and chicken strips, without turning off customers seeking newer products or with specific dietary needs.

“About 5 percent of disposable income is spent on away-from-home dining occasions,” Bader, 54, said in an interview during Berkshire’s recent annual shareholder weekend. “Transactions in the restaurant industry have been flat, so even if wages are going up, what I have for disposable, discretionary spending is not. That’s why you’re seeing so much competition.”

Berkshire, whose 88-year-old chief executive favors the Dairy Queen vanilla orange bar, paid $590 million for the Bloomington, Minnesota-based company in 1998.

Dairy Queen’s more than 7,000 locations, including 2,000 in the United States and Canada, recorded more than $4.5 billion of sales in 2018. Bader said 2019 has been “good so far” despite bad U.S. and Canadian weather.

“Bomb cyclones and polar vortexes don’t bode well … when 50 percent of your sales are ice cream,” he said. Bader named McDonald’s Corp and Chick-Fil-A as key rivals.

Labor is the fastest-rising cost for franchisees, especially when rising minimum wages, an issue on which Bader said Dairy Queen has no position, squeeze margins as customers favor such menu items as the $5 Buck Lunch. Also rising is the cost of branded candies that Dairy Queen adds to ice cream.

Bader said adapti上海夜网ng to changing consumer habits is not a new idea.

“It’s actually evolutionary, it’s not revolutionary,” he said. “When we look at trends, you have to decide which you’re going to lead in, which you’re going to follow, and which you may not participate in at all because they may not be right for or important for your brand.”

He said Dairy Queen, despite its name, is exploring desserts for people who avoid dairy, but won’t dive into plant-based food, despite the frenzy last week when Beyond Meat Inc went public and its stock price soared.

“If appropriate for our brand, we will move in later,” he said. “Right now, the biggest opportunity is in our chicken strips, our burgers and other products.”

Another major initiative is technology, including the creation of a single electronic point-of-sale system.

Bader, a self-described “recovering lawyer,” had interviewed with Buffett before the billionaire gave Vice Chairman Greg Abel oversight over Berkshire’s non-insurance operating units. He now reports to Abel.

Buffett “was asking as many questions as we were. He wanted to know what you knew that he did not,” Bader recalled.

“What I find interesting with Greg was, he’s the same way. I’m not trying to say Greg is Warren. Nobody will ever be Warren. But he is really smart, and he is a really good study.”

SQM receives Chile’s approval for lithium plant expansion

SANTIAGO ( ) – Chilean lithium miner SQM on Thursday received environmental approval to expand its lithium carbonate production plant, the local environmental regulator told , marking a milestone as the company seeks to boost output of the coveted ultralight battery metal.

The $400 million plant expansion, once complete, would allow the Chinese-backed SQM to eventually produce as much as 180,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate a year from its Atacama salt flat operations in Chile.

SQM is the world’s number two producer of lithium, a key component in the batteries that power electric vehicles, cell phones and other consumer goods. China’s Tianqi Lithium Corp bought a stake in the firm last year.

SQM CEO Ricard上海夜生活论坛o Ramos earlier this week said he expected the expansion, if approved, would come online “in the future,” but did not specify a date.

SQM has previously said it hopes to be able to produce 120,000 tonnes annually by 2020, nearly double its current capacity of 70,000 tonnes.

Water has become a key sticking point for the expansion plans of both SQM and top competitor Albemarle, both of which operate in the Atacama desert, the world’s driest. Soaring lithium demand has raised questions about whether the Atacama salt flat can support current and future levels of production.

SQM vice president Alejandro Bucher said in a statement that he believed the plant expansion approved on Thursday would contribute to sustainable development of the region.

“One of the most relevant benefits of this project is the optimization of water use for production,” Bucher said.

Only way is down: strong bid for negative-yielding KfW bond amid rates stasis

* German banks sells 5 bln euros of bonds at -0.267 pct yield

* Euro zone lenders, foreign central banks among buyers

* Deal paves way for other borrowers to do same

By Abhinav Ramnarayan

LONDON, March 15 ( ) – German development bank KfW’s 5 billion euro debt sale, at one of the most deeply negative yields on record for such a deal, is a clear sign investors are resigned to several more years of low interest rates in the euro zone, bankers and analysts said.

Triple-A-rated KfW, whose debt is guaranteed by the German government and often seen as a proxy for German Bunds, sold 5 billion euros of three-year bonds via a syndicate of banks on Tuesday at a yield of minus 0.267 percent.

Negative yields have been a feature of the euro zone bond market since the European Central Bank began stimulus measures to aid the bloc’s recovery from the debt crisis of 2010-2012.

But the KfW deal is one of very few benchmark-sized transactions to price at such a deeply negative level.

“Nobody really expects rising rates, given the statements by the ECB and (U.S. Federal Reserve) and given the economic data we currently get,” said Petra Wehlert, head of capital markets at KfW. “Investors live with what they get, and they feel comfortable enough to buy into negative rates at the short end (of the yield curve).

“Investors have to manage their cash, and if there is no change in environment, the risk is limited. KfW bonds are a Bund surrogate, and portfolio managers need to buy liquid securities,” she added, while acknowledging that demand had exceeded KfW’s expectations.

Comparable examples such as the European Investment Bank’s 5 billion euro three-year deal in January 2016 came at the height of the ECB’s now-terminated asset purchase scheme — and yet the yield on that deal was much higher, at minus 0.147 percent.

The fact that KfW was able to price at such a deeply negative yield even after new asset purchases ceased seems to confirm that investors expect the euro zone economy to flat-line for years to come, and that the ECB will be unable to hike rates meaningfully for the foreseeable future.

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Mark Byrne, a syndicate official at TD Securities, which managed the deal alongside BNP Paribas and JP Morgan, said the ECB’s deposit rate of minus 0.40 percent was a clear incentive for banks to invest in such a bond.

But it was not the only reason for the demand, he said: “Not all investors have access to this (deposit facility) — central banks, asset managers and some non-euro zone banks for example. So you must look at their alternative investments.”

He cited the example of three-year German Bunds, trading around minus 0.53 percent, and three-year French government bonds — with a lower credit rating than KfW — trading at minus 0.376 percent.

“So it makes sense (to buy KfW’s bond) if you are a global central bank that needs to hold euros as part of your portfolio,” Byrne said.

As a result, the two biggest types of investor in KfW’s deal were banks, who took 38 percent of the 5 billion euros sold, and central banks, who took 35 percent.

For banks, the deposit rate is a powerful incentive — paying 26 basis points to hold KfW’s 上海夜网debt could be seen as an improvement on paying 40 bps to hold cash at the ECB. Both count towards the regulatory requirement that lenders hold a proportion of assets in liquid and highly rated instruments.

“The high demand from the banks as a sector overall often has to do with regulatory demand,” said Commerzbank rates strategist Rainer Guntermann. “Most investors also suspect the ECB will take some of the supply in the coming weeks.”

Koke unhappy with Atletico’s mistakes

Koke, the Atletico Madrid pl上海夜生活网aymaker, spoke about his side’s performance against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey as they were eliminated by Sevilla after a 5-2 loss on aggregate at the quarterfinal stage.

Atletico are out of the Copa del Rey now and Koke admitted that their opponent, Sevilla, were the better team in these two matches and they deserved to go through into to semifinals. The Copa’s final is going to be played at Atletico’s new stadium and the player admitted that it was a special motivation for him but it just wasn’t enough to make it through…

The key midfielder of the Spanish side spoke about this performance as he said, according to ESPN: “It is a hard blow. We really wanted to do well in this Copa, especially with the final in our new stadium. We did not play a good tie, they were the better team, and we must congratulate them. They were better in the decisive moments, we made two mistakes in the first leg, and then at the start today.”Kieran Trippier talks about his decision to leave Tottenham Nedim Maric – The English right-back changed the environment this summer, moving from rainy London to sunny Spain.Trippier is having a good start at Atletico Madrid. After rigorous…

He also insisted that the season has been good so far despite that: “We had been on a good run, although in these last three games we have not been good. But we will have to pick ourselves up, and this team always does that. We have to look at all the mistakes we made and improve as we are still up there in La Liga and the Europa League has given us a lot [before].”

In the end, Diego Simeone insisted that he is willing to take the full responsibility: “The responsibility of this exit, and the Champions League, is fully mine. And the responsibility to keep working the same as always. Now we must improve as there are still four months of the season left. I know this group, which keeps me relaxed. We will keep competing as we always have.”

Preview: Borussia Monchengladbach – Schalke

In the late Bundesliga (BL) match on Saturday, Borussia Monchengladbach host Schalke in a game between two sides separated by just one point and one place in the table and with both sides harbouring Champions League aspirations.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Last week’s 3-0 defeat away to Wolfsburg ended Monchengladbach’s four game unbeaten streak which saw them collect ten points from a possible 12. However, that streak is eclipsed by the run of Schalke, who are unbeaten in eight BL games.

Schalke have scored the most goals from set pieces (eleven) in the BL this season, followed by Monchengladbach in joint second (ten). Part of the reason for the success from set pieces is that both teams have skilfull, tall defenders who cause trouble in the opposition’s box. Jannik Vestergaard and Matthias Ginter (both Monchengladbach) have both scored three goals (no defender in BL has scored more goals) while Schalke’s Naldo has two goals.

Furthermore, the two teams are extremely clever in the opposition’s box, as the Royal Blues (Schalke) and Monchengladbach already have won five penalties – and all ten penalties found the back of the net!Niko Kovac urges Bayern Munich to remain ‘humble’ Andrew Smyth – Niko Kovac has called on Bayern Munich to stay focused and humble after thrashing Tottenham 7-2 in the Champions League.

Monchengladbach have not been able to score more than two goals in any of their last twelve home games. The last time the team scored more than two goals was against….yes, you guessed it, Schalke (4-2 March this year).

For Schalke’s manager, Tedesco, the game is not yet a six pointer: “Monchengladbach have a lot of quality in the team, they have the potential to make their way to the top of上海夜网 the table. However, I do not see a key game.”

Missing players

Borussia Monchengladbach: L. Benes (foot injury), T. Strobl (knee injury), M. Doucoure (doubtful), P. Herrmann (doubtful), J. Hoffman (doubtful), T. Jantschke (doubtful), F. Johnson (doubtful), I. Traore (doubtful).

Schalke: L. Goretzka (leg injury), P. Insua (ribs injury), N. Bentaleb (doubtful), A. Schopf (doubtful).

Kanchelskis: Manchester derby important for United

Former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis believes the Red Devils have a “good chance” of winning the Premier League title once they defeat their local rivals

Manchester United will host rivals and league leaders Manchester City on Sunday, and the Devils must beat Guardiola’s side if they are still aiming at the title, according to Andrei Kanche上海夜生活论坛lskis. The two club giants will face each other in a very prestigious pre-Christmas derby of the English top-flight at Old Trafford.

Guardiola’s men have been unstoppable in the league so far, as the Citizens are the leaders, with Jose Mourinho’s side being second-placed with an 8-point deficit. If City manages to win, United will find themselves in trouble.

Kanchelskis played for both clubs during his career, and he says Mourinho’s men simply need a win, as they have been searching for a title since 2013.

“If Manchester United wins this derby game against Manchester City, they’ve a good chance to win the title,” the former United attacker told Omnisport.Solskjaer “very pleased” after another failure to win George Patchias – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was “very pleased,” even though United failed to win yet again.It is now ten games on the road since…

“It’s a must-win game. They [United] need the three points. It’s a difficult few months over Christmas time, through December and January. There are too many games.”

“There is the Champions League, the Premier League, the FA Cup, League Cup and possibly national team duties as well. That’s too many, but we will see what happens,” the former Russia international explained.

The ex-winger suggested this game could decide who wins the Premier League title: “It [the derby] is important for both teams. If City drop points, there’s a good chance for United in this race to be crowned champions. If they don’t, it’s difficult for United to win the title.”

“Manchester City are playing good football. They are more attacking and have a lot of goal scorers. But we will see in December who is best – Mourinho or Guardiola,” Kanchelskis added.

Wilshere impressed by summer signings

The Gunners midfielder praise highly the impact of Lacazette and Kolašinac.

Jack Wilshere believes that adding Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolašinac to Arsenal’s ranks was a great deal. The Gunners went through yet another relatively quiet summer, with the main topic around the club being the possible departure of Alexis Sanchez.

However, the club from north London landed former Monaco striker Lacazette who took no time to settle in at his new home. Speaking to Arsenal Player about the Frenchman, Wilshere stated: “Lacazette, of course [has impressed].

“I think he’s gone a little bit under the radar with Morata [doing so well], but to come in from the French league to a big club in England and score four goals in his first seven or eight games [is very good].

“He’s doing well and he’s only going to get better. His movement is world class and, for a midfielder, that’s what you want from your striker.”Watzke makes fun of Aubameyang’s decision to join Arsenal Nedim Maric – Aubameyang moved from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal in a big-money move in 2018.Arsenal’s season isn’t off to a perfect start, but Emery’s men look…

While Wenger spent big on their new striker, Arsenal added Kolašinac on a free tra上海夜生活论坛nsfer from Schalke and have seen the 24-year-old turn into the bargain of the summer.

“Sead’s turned into a real fans’ favourite because he’s no-nonsense, even in training.” Wilshere added regarding the defender.

“He’s a natural-born winner. He’s a monster physically and you’d hate to play against him.

“You look at when the winger receives the ball, he’s onto him, not giving him an inch. He wins the ball back a lot for the team, so he’s doing well.”

‘Job done’ says delighted Harry Kane

The Three lions sealed an important win and secured their spot in the 2018 W上海夜生活orld Cup.

England have qualified for the upcoming World Cup in Russia after they clinched a late victory against Slovenia on Thursday. Harry Kane, who has been named the captain of England, was the one to secure the three points and prove he deserves to wear the armband.

The Spurs striker highlighted it did not matter how his team played if they got the result they came out for.

“[Qualification] is all that matters,” Kane told ITV. “It was frustrating at times and we had to be patient.Opinion: Harry Kane should continue his career elsewhere Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – After another embarrassing defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, it’s about time for Harry Kane to continue his career elsewhere.The unfortunate phenomenon that is…

“In the last 10 minutes, they were getting tired and we created a few opportunities – I was happy to finally put one in the back of the net at the end.

“It’s amazing to get there. It’s no easy feat these days [to qualify]. There’s a lot of top countries around the world struggling to qualify. We’re all delighted.

“That’s job done for us. We have another game on Sunday [against Lithuania] and we need to keep doing what we’re doing and working hard.”

The final game of England is against Lithuania on Sunday, but they are already qualified as first seat with 6 points ahead of Scotland.

Rashford feels that the winning mentality is back

Marcus Rashford is happy with the current form of his side and he said that everybody can feel that “the winning mentality is back” but there is still a long way to go to match the days when there was the glorious Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad.

Rashford has had a perfect introduction to the United first team, going from the academy to winning four trophies in the senior side within just 21 months. The England forward won the 2016 FA Cup under Louis van Gaal before claiming Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield winners’ medals under current boss Jose Mourinho, according to Sky Sports.

The England international spoke about his feelings about winning more trophies and the success of the current squad: “There are so many different incidents that can easily pass you by and you forget about. As soon as you win a trophy, in my mind straight away, you’re thinking about winning the next trophy. That’s when you can miss the moment of enjoying winning that trophy, it’s difficult.”Top 5 Premier League players in September’s last weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – A fresh Premier League fixture just ended, which means we can talk about the Top 5 best players of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

Marcus Rashford also added: “We went through that second year and won three trophies in the year, so we were winning things and winning things and it became normal for us. That’s what United has always been about, so it is important for us to try and get that feeling back to Old Trafford of winning.”

But he believes that the current team has got everything required to write their own history: “It’s definitely coming back, but where they were to where we are now, we’ve still got a long way to go because they were consecutively winning. Consecutively winning is different to winning one thing or winning two things. It’s more difficult be上海夜生活网cause everybody wants to beat you. We want to make it (Old Trafford) the fortress that it was before. I think we’re on a path back to doing that. We’ve got the right manager, we have the right staff, so it’s just about producing now on the field.”

Wilshere needs more game time

England manager Gareth Southgate explained why he decided to not include Jack Wilshere in his squad against Germany and Brazil

According to GOAL, England boss Gareth Southgate says Jack Wilshere cannot expect to get back into the national squad without playing regularly for Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger stood beside Jack Wilshere, saying his midfielder deserves a recall after impressing performances in Europa League matches this season.

However, the 25-year-old has been left out of England’s squad for friendlies against world champions Germany and Brazil.

Southgate says he will speak to Wenger about Wilshere’s chances of returning in 2018 but in上海夜生活论坛sists he has to be playing more often, GOAL continues.

Jack Wilshere has only made one appearance in the Premier League this season, that one being a second-half substitute.

Gareth Southgate was asked about why Wilshere won’t get a chance in England’s national XI, and the coach said the midfielder first needs to play in Arsenal.Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

“I don’t know how you get in an England squad without getting in the Arsenal team,” the manager told a news conference.

Southgate said he doesn’t question Wilshere’s abilities, but he needs to see the midfielder play before he can make the decision to call him in.

“There is no question about his ability, his football brain or personality, we just need to see him playing before he comes back in because unfortunately there has been a history of injuries.”

“I’ll be having discussions with Arsene about him, we think he is a top player so for him it’s about game time,” Southgate added.

Manchester United’s defender Ashley Young however, has been named as one of the 25 players in England’s squad after not playing for his nation’s team for 4 years.

Southgate believes Young will provide a good option as a wing-back, since the defender had shown very good performances this season.

“Young’s performances warrant a recall. We want to play with wing-backs — I think it’s a role he can perform, left or right, very well. He’s played very well for Manchester United.”

Carragher warns West Ham that the relegation is real

West Ham are certainly not the team that should be in the relegation battle but they have to be prepared for this situation as they are just one point above the relegation zone after their last 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

Slaven Bilic’s side were 2-0 in front but they just weren’t able to secure their lead and they gained just one point from this match – and Jamie Carragher thinks that the relegation is still more and more likely to happen for the Hammers. If they will continue making silly mistakes like they did in the last minutes of the Crystal Palace fixture, they are going to be in huge troubles.

The former Liverpool defender shared his thoughts as he said, according to Sky Sports: “There are a lot of teams down the bottom of the league you could make a case for survival. I’m struggling with West Ham. It’s a shambles. Six players ahead of the ball, again, the same situation, and there is four versus two at the back post. That is a disgrace that you find yourself in that situation. It will have felt like a defeat.”Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

Carragher also added: “West Ham are getting a little bit too close to comfort to the teams we’ve slaughtered over the years. Your Sunderlands, your QPRs. We watched them, and it was really poor against Brighton, their application, and then you see that, in the last minute, you’re fighting for your lives against another rivals, it’s more than three points, and you’ve got people bombing forward to get a goal and th上海夜生活en jogging back.”

He thinks that they are one of the main adepts for the relegation as he claimed: “They’re the team I would massively worry about in terms of relegation because it doesn’t seem like there’s much there. It looks a bit of a shambles behind the scenes at times for me. It just seems like a lot of players just thrown together without any real thought.”

Preview: Lyon – Everton

Lyon are currently second in Group E, with five points after three matches, while their visitors today are last, having earned only one point.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Everton have now conceded 2+ goals in 3 consecutive European games, which has not happened since 2005-06 – a whole 39 European games ago.

Lyon approach this match unbeaten in 6 European home games. Their record unbeaten home run is 14, spanning matches between September 2004 and Novem上海夜生活ber 2007.

No miracles should be expected from Everton’s front line. The last time Everton won away in Europe by a margin of 4+ goals was in September ’79.

Lyon’s complete record against English opposition is W3, D5, L6. Only one of the 3 wins was by 2+ goals, in a 5-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday in 1961-62.Five things we learned from the Premier League at the weekend Taimoor Khan – With just Arsenal and Manchester United left to lock horns, we look at the few things the recent Premier League weekend showed us. The…

Only one Everton player has ever scored a hat-trick in a European away game and that was the now departed Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd), who did so against BSC Young Boys in February 2015.

The last time a Lyon match against English opposition produced over 4.5 goals was way back in December 1967.

Scoring first will give Everton a major boost and it could be important, as Everton have won just 8 out of the 23 European away games in which they have conceded first.

Missing players

Lyon: C. Grenier (doubtful)

Everton: R. Barkley (groin injury), Y. Bolasie (injury), M. Keane (leg injury), R. Funes-Mori (knee injury), S. Coleman (doubtful), J. McCarthy (doubtful), N. Vlasic (doubtful).

Wales can earn ‘golden era’ status, according to Coleman

The Wales national team has the chance to qualify for the 2018 World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Wales manager Chris Coleman thinks his players have earned the right to be considered ‘a golden generation’ for their country as they prepare for a vital qualifier against Republic of Ireland.

A win on Monday for either side would guarantee them a spot in the play-off round or could even be enough to seal a first place spot in Russia, depending on Serbia’s result against Georgia.

The Welshman have not featured in the World Cup tournament since 1958, but have been writing history for the past two years, reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and climbing an all-time high place in the FIFA rankings – 8th in October 2015.

Speaking about Wales’ chanc上海夜生活网es to qualify, Coleman said:Report: Taylor says authorities turn a blind eye to racism George Patchias – Aston Villa and Wales international Neil Taylor believes football authorities are simply turing a blind eye to the racism that is marring football.Taylor s…

“I fought against it when they were labelled the ‘golden bunch’ before we qualified for the Euros but now they’ve earned it. This is a golden era,” he said, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph.

“[This game] is as big as anything we’ve been involved in.

“Dare to dream? I meant every word of that. I say that because I’ve seen the other side. That’s why I don’t have any fear. We look forward to these games because I’ve been in positions where I didn’t know if I’d still be in a job if I’d lost that next game. To be sat here now is an absolute joy.

“If you could bottle the feeling for football the nation had three years ago and compare it to now, it is night and day. It’s an event now in Wales when the team plays. The excitement is incredible.

“Two years ago, a game like this would have been brand new. I don’t want to sound flippant but we’ve been sat here before with these big games and we’ve got that experience.”

Koeman insists Barkley has future at Everton

The England international refused a move to Chelsea on the last day of the close-season.

Ross Barkley still has future at Goodison Park, according to Ronald Koeman. Barkley will have no contract with the Toffees at the end of the season, meaning a move to Chelsea appeared to be the normal thing to do.

However, the 23-year-old insisted he wanted to stay at Everton until he is back to full fitness, possibly hinting an exit in January.

Meanwhile Everton’s head coach Koeman said he would never hesitate to include Ross Barkley in the squad once he is back to 100 %.Match Preview: Everton vs Manchester City Boro Tanchev – Manchester City travel to Liverpool this weekend, but don’t get that much excited because it is Everton who they are visiting in the seventh Premier League round.

“Of course it was a strange last day of the transfer window but I don’t think it was only that for Everton but for most of the Premier League clubs,” Koeman told a media conference as quoted by Goal.

“Ross also came to see me last Tuesday and he explained to me why he turned down the chance to go to Chelsea. That is private.

“He was open to making a move to another club and I heard from the board that there was an agreement between Chelsea and Everton.

“But finally the decision was by the player. And t上海夜网hat was what happened at that time.”

Manchester City hammered Real Madrid

Guardiola’s squad with a confident 4-1 win in a friendly against Los Blancos.

The game took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in front of a record number of spectators – 93 098.

A great game for Manchester City had Kevin De Bruyne and latest signing Danilo made his debut for the Premier League side. The first half saw no goals as both teams could not capitalise on their efforts. Shortly after the start of the second half Nicolás Otamendi opened the score. In the 59th minute Raheem Sterling calmly finished a pass from De Bruyne as he placed the ball past Real’s goalkeeper to make it 2-0. The third goal for the Citizens came after John Stones was the one to find the back of the net. The well-performing Kevin De Bruyne was involved in all of City’s three goals. In the 82nd minute, 17-year-old youngster Brahim Diaz made it 4-0 for Guardiola’s side.Higu上海夜生活网ain happy to be reunited with Ronaldo at Juve George Patchias – Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo have been reunited at Juventus after playing at Real Madrid together six years ago, and Higuain is happy about…

Real Madrid managed to score one back after in the last minutes of the game, Óscar Arnaiz scored a lovely long-range knuckle ball that dipped right under the cross bar.

You can see detailed highlights below:

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Lazar Markovi\u0107 in talks with Fiorentina

The player has been left out of Liverpool’s 30-man squad for friendlies in Germany.

The上海夜网 Serbia international is surplus to requirements at Anfield, as he has spent the last two seasons on a loan at Fenerbahçe and Sporting Lisbon.

Recently, Klopp stated he did not see Lazar in Liverpool’s future plans:

“With Lazar, it’s no secret that if he finds a club then we will negotiate,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo. “It was like this last year too.

“He’s a really good player. I like him as a person. He’s now fit and another one who is in the best shape since I’ve known him.Jurgen Klopp rates Pep Guardiola as his greatest rival Andrew Smyth – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola is the best manager that he’s ever coached against.

“Before he had problems with his groin but now he’s good. There will be a club out there who needs him.”

The player is now believed to be negotiating with Fiorentina. According to Press Association Sport, the 23-year-old is close to joining the Serie A side, but Liverpool are looking for a £16million bid to part ways with the player.

Watford are also believed to be interested in the Serbian, as British media indicated the club from Vicarage Road were keen to land the midfielder. However, Liverpool’ high demands when it comes to the price of Marković have completely put off Watford.