Phil Bardsley denies any problem with Glen Johnson

Stoke City defender Phil Bardsley claims that he gets along well with defender Glen Johnson even though both are vying for the same spot in the first-team.

Johnson is currently recovering from a long-term knee injury. He went out of the first-team in the middle of February and it has resulted in Bardsley getting a rare run out in the first-team as a right back. This is his second season at the Britannia stadium and Bardsley has been disappointed with the number of first-team opportunities he has been receiving. Over the course of the entire campaign, he has made only 12 appearances in all competitions.

Remi Garde believes whatever General Charles Krulak said is good

Remi Garde believes whatever General Charles Krulak has said, it’s because he is hugely passionate about Aston Villa.

In an animated interview the previous evening, Krulak, the countryman as well as the best mate of the Villa chairman Mr. Randy Lerner, emphasized that the situation has not gone out of hands for the Lions and they can avoid relegation if they battle as hard as marines.

Villa is right down at the bottom of the Premier League standings at the moment.

They have won just one game out of their 20 and many believe it’s virtually impossible for them to be able to get out of the bottom 3 now with less than half of the total no. of games left.

But, according to Krulak, there’s nothing like impossible in this world and the Villa players will have to back themselves to turn it around.

The General was quoted as saying, “Three back-to-back victories and it would turn around. You need to believe you can do it.”

Shay Given completes his move to Stoke City while Begovic closes in on Chelsea

Mark Hughes has made some big changes to the goalkeeping position of his team in Stoke City as Shay Given was signed to the Premier League club and AsmirBegovic is on the verge on being offloaded to Chelsea.

Stoke City signed the 39 year old Shay Given on a 2 year long contract as the experienced shot-stopper was lured in from Aston Villa. The veteran shot-stopper was initially not expected to turn into an active or influential figure in his new club at the Britannia Stadium but considering that Begovic is close to signing with Chelsea, now Shay Given might be the main goal-keeper of Stoke City for the next few seasons or at least provide Jack Butland with some serious competition.

Peter Crouch mentioned as Potential Candidate

Despite being 34 years old, Peter Crouch has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the upcoming England squad after his recent run of form.

The striker has scored three goals in his last three appearances for Stoke City. Even though England manager Roy Hodgson has a number of strikers at his disposal right now, the presence of Crouch provides a totally different perspective to the style of play.

However, the former Liverpool striker has ruled out the possibility of getting back to the national team – despite not officially retiring just yet – even with the good form.

Peter Crouch return to Stoke City

Peter Crouch marked a return to the Stoke City starting line-up by scoring within one-minute against Arsenal during the weekend.

This impressive start helped them get a 3-2 victory, but Stoke appeared on the way to an even better result when they were leading 3-0 at half-time. Arsenal came into the encounter with renewed confidence after the run of three consecutive victories in which they conceded no goals. The matches against Southampton and Borussia Dortmund were seen as major tests for Arsene Wenger’s team but they passed this with flying colours. As is the case with this campaign, consistency proved hard for the North London outfit on Saturday.

Crouch hoping to continue with Stoke for rest of career

The goal-scoring record of Peter Crouch with Stoke City is not a very impressive one as the English attacker has only managed to score 27 goals in over 100 Premier League appearances for Stoke, comparing this feat to some other strikers it isn’t a very remarkable feat but nonetheless, Peter Crouch is hoping that he can continue performing with Stoke City the next years of his career.

Peter Crouch had no fear in expressing his experience performing for Stoke City which is the club that he signed with a few years ago.

Crouch has not made an appearance for England at the international stage in over 2 years and the player himself has stated that he does not have any hopes of being called up to represent England for their upcoming matches, which means that Crouch can just focus on playing the remaining seasons of his career for Stoke City and nothing else.

Crouch Linked With QPR Move

Stoke City’s Peter Crouch is a player that is constantly being linked with a move to QPR as the coach Harry Redknapp is interested in signing the English forward. Crouch and Redknapp have already worked together on a number of occasions in the past as they played side by side some years ago when performing for Tottenham, Southampton and Portsmouth.

Even though Crouch and Redknapp maintain a healthy relationship between themselves, Crouch is not looking to move away from Stoke City anytime soon as he spoke to the media concerning certain transfer rumors and denied all of them.

England Begin Preperations

England began their first steps towards preparing for the World Cup 2014 after flying out to Portugal in order to take part in a training session. The first match of the tournament will be against Italy, which represents a significantly tough opening match. Hence, England need to be at the peak condition from the word go. Manager Roy Hodgson has decided to name a youthful looking squad for the tournament. A number of experienced campaigners like Ashley Cole and Michael Carrick have been left out of the squad.

Hughes Believes Crouch Would Improve England

Peter Crouch has not played for England since 2010 and the English striker does not have much hopes of ever being called up again as he himself stated some time ago but Mark Hughes believes that Crouch would improve England.

“Peter is an international-class player. He’s proven that and he’s got a great record. He gives you a focal point and his link-up play is excellent. Maybe people in charge now are looking in different areas and are looking for a similar type of player, a player who’s as effective as Peter Crouch, but maybe they think his time has come and gone. If he was asked to go I’m sure he wouldn’t refuse the offer.” Hughes said as he praised Peter Crouch.

HOWARD READY FOR CROUCH

Since Tim Howard made his arrival to Everton, he has been a consistent starter for the Premier League club and the current campaign is no different as he is the preferred choice of Roberto Martinez.

Everton went through one of their toughest matches of the season as they travelled to Stamford Bridge in order to play against Chelsea and they suffered a 1-0 loss during the last few seconds of the match. If they could have secured a draw, then Everton could have seen themselves ahead of Manchester United in the Premier League standings.

Tim Howard had his work cut out as he made a number of saves throughout the entire match against Chelsea but at the 93rd minute, John Terry was able to put the ball past the American goalkeeper and despite being able to make 7 saves in the entirety of the encounter, it wasn’t enough for Everton to hold on to the draw.