Felipe Anderson inspired by West Ham United trio

West Ham United attacker Felipe Anderson has revealed that he was inspired by some of the club’sfavourites including Carlos Tevez before making the summer switch. The Brazil international became the Hammers’ record signing from Lazio during the summer and he has since been ever-present for the Premier League duties.

Speaking to ESPN, Anderson said: “Since I was a kid I knew that [the Premier League] was the most important championship. Then when I started playing all the players said that it was the best, the most difficult, the most competitive. I wanted to come here to be among the best. I was following Tevez, Mascherano... I also followed Di Canio who played here a long time ago. I always followed the English championship a lot so when they told me about the possibility of coming here I did not think twice.”

Hugo Lloris: Argentina win boosted France’s World Cup belief

France captain Hugo Lloris has said that Les Bleus’ win over Argentina gave them the belief that they could go on to win the 2018 World Cup. Didier Deschamps’ side secured an exciting 4-3 win over the Argentines in the round of 16 stage and they thereafter managed to maintain their composure to secure a second World Cup crown.

Speaking to Omnisport, Lloris highlighted the Argentina win as the key moment which made them realise that they could end their trophy wait, he said: “We got the best of Argentina… of Messi's Argentina. It made us realise we have the potential to go through. Every game was difficult, but we did really well. We could feel a very strong team ready for the challenges ahead. We faced challenges after challenges following that game until the final victory. Every game was difficult, but we did really well.”

Croatia coach ignoring complaints from Argentina and Nigeria

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic has highlighted that he would be resting key players during the final group stage game against Iceland despite the concerns raised by the head coaches of Argentina and Nigeria. The Croats are already assured of top spot in their World Cup group after sealing comfortable wins over Nigeria and Argentina.

Speaking in a press conference, Dalic stressed that Croatia would be making any favours for their opponents and their opponents would rather mind their own business, he said: “I don't care what other teams are saying. We're minding our own business. What others are commenting, that's their business.”

WILL MODRIC PIP MESSI TO THE BALLON D'OR?

After playing a dominant role as Real Madrid went on to win their third straight UEFA Champions League title, and helping Croatia to the final of the World Cup, all in one year, as well as being awarded the Golden Ball in Russia, shouldn’t Luka Modric be the one to end the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi duopoly?

The Croatia international finished in the top five last year but with regular outstanding peformances for club and country and winning titles, shouldn’t the experienced midfielder get the nod this time?

Carlos Tevez admits he misses Juventus

Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez has admitted that he misses playing for Juventus, though he is content to have returned to Argentina. The 34-year-old, who spent two seasons at the Bianconeri between 2013 and 2015, recently returned to Italy for Andrea Pirlo’s testimonial at the iconic San Siro stadium.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, he said: “I follow the Italian league on TV. I’m happy that Juventus won but I’m not surprised, I always thought they’d finish in front of Napoli. They deserved the title, it’s a great club with extraordinary players.Success is part of their DNA, if it wasn’t they wouldn’t have been able to put together this incredible run. I miss Turin and Juventus, those were two beautiful years, but I needed to go home.”

Lionel Messi hints at Argentina retirement following World Cup

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has admitted that he could step down from international duties following the summer World Cup in Russia. The 30-year-old initially retired from international football following a second successive Copa America final defeat to Chile in 2016 but he thereafter changed his mind to guide the nation through a tough World Cup qualifying campaign.

Argentina faced a must-win game against Ecuador in the final round of the qualifiers and Messi duly delivered for theAlbiceleste with a hat-trick to send them to the World Cup. Since then, there has been plenty of talk of Messi announcing his international retirement following the World Cup and he has now admitted that it could be the case, should the nation fail to win the global tournament.

Carlos Tevez Returns To Boca Juniors After Early Termination Of Shanghai Shenhua Contract

Carlos Tevez has once again returned back to Boca Juniors after having decided to terminate his Shanghai Shenhua contract well earlier than scheduled. Tevez made headlines when he made the switch to Shanghai Shenhua, after signing a contract that made him the world’s best paid player. The Argentine was earning around £ 620,000 per week – more than double that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at that period. Even though he has cost a bomb, Tevez failed to deliver the goods at the Chinese club.

Lionel Messi Admits 2018 World Cup Is The Last Chance At Glory With Argentina

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi believes the upcoming World Cup in Russia is likely to his final crack at winning a major title with the Argentina national side. The 30-year-old has won everything within reach in club football, but he has yet to witness a similar feat with Argentina, having lost in the finals of the 2014 World Cup.

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