first_imgLiverpool defender Joe Gomez is desperate to re-establish himself in the England team after missing out on their run to the World Cup semi-finals.The 20-year-old has won three caps for the Three Lions, playing 65 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Germany before playing the entirety of the encounter against Brazil in another goalless stalemate.However, he only managed 10 minutes against the Netherlands in his second senior start, as he sustained an ankle injury that led to him being replaced Harry Maguire and eventually ended his hopes of travelling to Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Leicester City defender Maguire, of course, went onto become a key member of Gareth Southgate’s side at the tournament in Russia, even scoring a key goal in the quarter-final win over Sweden.Gomez says he struggled to watch England during their run to the last four, where they lost to Croatia, but he has now set his sights on playing regularly for his country, after being included in the squad to face Spain in the UEFA Nations League this weekend.“I had a long period when I was beating myself up, I was replaying it over it in my mind,” he told The Independent.“I kept thinking I should have done something to stop things going the way they did. It was tough, I won’t lie, seeing the team do so well. As a fan I was buzzing, at the same time, it was tough that I missed out. But it’s done now, I’m over it. Hindsight is a beautiful thing.”Gomez has made himself a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s defence at Liverpool, playing all four games as the Reds have taken maximum points, conceding just once in the process.And the youngster is delighted to be playing so regularly at Anfield.“It was massive for me,” Gomez added.“And on a personal note, just playing centre-half in the Premier League. Obviously I have said in the past I do hope to move inside one day. I’m happy to play wherever for the team, but to get the opportunity to do it is a personal goal of mine.”To get the opportunity to play the first game is something I was hoping for.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_imgManchester United’s hopes of a top four finish suffered a blow on Sunday as relegation-threatened Swansea City came back for a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.The result left United in fifth place behind Manchester City on goal difference. City occupy the final Champions League qualification spot and could leapfrog third-placed Liverpool later on Sunday if they beat Middlesbrough.It was United’s 10th home draw – the highest number in the Premier League this season – and the team’s injury woes continued to mount with defenders Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly both taken off during the game.”We lost players and we lost points, so yes today was a bad day,” said manager Jose Mourinho.”We are tired and exhausted. You cannot isolate the performance out of the context. This is the ninth match of April, it is not human. We have a squad of 22 that is reduced to 13 or 14 players. The players are very tired,” he added.United are hoping to make the Champions League by winning the Europa League. They face Celta Vigo in Spain in the first-leg of their semi-final on Thursday.For Swansea though, the point could prove to be precious as they bid to get out of the bottom three – they are now two points behind 17th placed Hull City with three games remaining for both clubs.Wayne Rooney put United ahead from the penalty spot on the stroke of halftime after Marcus Rashford was ruled to have been brought down by Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski.advertisementSwansea protested the decision arguing that the 19-year-old England forward had dived but Rooney kept his cool to drive in.It was Rooney though who gave away a freekick on the edge of the area which allowed Gylfi Sigurdsson to curl in a magnificent effort in the 79th minute.Questions will be asked, however, of the decision to move Ander Herrera from his position on the goal-line, into the wall, with Sigurdsson’s shot going exactly in the spot where the Spaniard had been stood.United’s injury list already included top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, record signing Paul Pogba and key defender Marcos Rojo, as well as defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling and Mourinho was understandably concerned.”I don’t know about the injuries. I think Luke Shaw’s must be a big injury, because to leave the pitch after 10 minutes I am expecting a very big injury.”At the moment, we can walk from the bed to the toilet and break a leg,” he said.last_img read more