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Brendan Rodgers hails influence of Scott Brown after Celtic captain retires from Scotland duty

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sbobet8888 "If the measure is the Premier League, then he certainly could have played there at the very top end but it is only when you come in that you see the value of him."

Brendan Rodgers hailed the influence of Scott Brown after his Celtic captain called to an end his Scotland international career for a second time.

The 32-year-old, who captained and won 55 caps for his country, spoke to new Scotland boss Alex McLeish over the weekend and informed him of his decision to focus on his club career.

Brown, who had initially retired from international commitments in August 2016, returned to aid Gordan Strachan - his former Celtic manager - in their unsuccessful bid to reach this summer's World Cup in Russia.

When asked about the impact of Brown since Rodgers' tenure at Parkhead began, Rodgers said: "I certainly haven't realised how good a player he was until I worked with him.

"I have obviously seen him from the outside for a number of years and thought that he was a good player. If the measure is the Premier League, then he certainly could have played there at the very top end but it is only when you come in that you see the value of him.

"He is a totally different person than he is a player. Really focused and he is a big game player. He makes big contributions and off the field he is a selfless captain.

"He eats, sleeps, and breathes football. That is Scott Brown. You see some modern players and they probably don't. They just pull on the jersey and call themselves footballers. He isn't that. It has been a real joy to work with him."

Rodgers, who admits the decision is "sad" news for Scotland, is delighted by Brown's decision and is confident it will enable the midfielder to "prolong his career a club level". sbobet8888

"I think he means it this time," the Celtic boss added. "It's obviously great news for Celtic and it is sad for the Scottish team.

"But I think the last time he went back was probably for Gordan [Strachan] and to help out someone that he was very close to.

"For him and his career going forward and for his own fitness, he is now getting to that stage of his career where he wants to prolong his career at club level. With the amount of games that we have at club level, taking away international football is a real sensible decision.

"He has been a wonderful player for Scotland, real inspirational captain and now Alex [McLeish] will obviously run with the next group of players that will hopefully go on and take his place."

The Northern Irishman confirmed he had spoken with Brown about the decision and described the Celtic player's decision to come out of retirement in November 2016 as a sign of "loyalty" to Strachan.

Rodgers said: "I spoke with him but it was purely his decision. He had time to think over it. The last time when he stopped he had a genuine intention to stop playing internationally then but his loyalty to Gordan and trying to help the team - that was struggling with injuries at the time - brought him back.

"He played on for a number more games for them which is the type of man that he is. Given time and after the failure of qualification for [the World Cup in Russia] it has given him the time to reflect and really look at where his career goes in these final years.

"It is great news for Celtic because we will have someone who is fresh and during the international breaks he can have a rest and we will benefit from that."
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Belgium manager Roberto Martinez was critical of Panama's physicality

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Carr told Sky Sports News: "We see a lot of Panama when they play the United States and they are really difficult to play against."They held Belgium, one of the most talented teams in the world, for the first 45 minutes and I'm sure Gareth Southgate will remind his team that some big nations such as Argentina, Brazil and Germany have all had real trouble at the World Cup so far.

"Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was critical of their physicality after the match but that's just Panama and I do think their physicality will cause England trouble."Despite their physical threat, Carr believes England and specifically Harry Kane will be too much to handle. เล่น บอล ออนไลน์

Carr added: "It's tough to bet against England right now. Harry Kane is one of the most in-form strikers with Cristiano Ronaldo. He's been immense and a figure for England to lean on."I don't think Panama have enough firepower or experience to win this one, and it's a tall task but it's an incredible feat for them to even be at the World Cup." เล่น บอล ออนไลน์


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France 1-0 Peru: Kylian Mbappe's first World Cup goal fires France into last 16

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www sbobet Kylian Mbappe's first World Cup goal was enough to send France into the last 16 with a 1-0 win against Peru in Group C on Thursday.The striker slotted home from a deflected Olivier Giroud cross in the 34th minute and became France's youngest ever goalscorer at a major tournament in the process, overtaking David Trezeguet's previous record (vs Saudi Arabia in 1998).

Peru impressed again with their attacking play - particularly in the second half - but once again could not find the breakthrough and will exit the competition at the group stages after their final game against Australia next week.France, who top Group C with six points after matchday two, will continue on to the knockout rounds.

It was an even opening in Yekaterinburg, but France had two good chances in quick succession after quarter of an hour. Raphael Varane headed an Antoine Griezmann corner just wide before the striker forced a good save from Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, hitting a nod-down from Giroud into the goalkeeper's legs.

Peru had a few good chances in the first half, but their best came in the 31st minute as captain Paulo Guerrero rounded Samuel Umtiti in the area before striking, but it was well saved by the legs of Hugo Lloris. Not long after, Gallese denied Mbappe at the other end, saving from the striker's scrambled backheel effort.

A minute later, Mbappe beat the goalkeeper. A cross from Giroud on the left took a big deflection off the legs of Alberto Rodriguez, with the loose ball landing to Mbappe in the six-yard box, and he made no mistake in slotting home. www sbobet

Peru could have got the equaliser six minutes after the restart but were denied by the upright. Half-time substitute Jefferson Farfan laid the ball off to Pedro Aquino and he hit a thunderous effort from 25 yards, but it pinged off the corner of the crossbar and went wide.

The South Americans continued to try their luck from range, with Luis Advincula letting fly from just outside the area in the 68th minute, but his curling effort also went over the crossbar. Not long after, the impressive Andre Carrillo fired a cross into the area but it ran just too long for Farfan, who could only poke it into the side of the net.

www sbobet But despite late calls from the Peru bench to pile everyone forward with every attack and set-piece, they could not find their way through as France squeezed through into the last 16 with another unconvincing performance.


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