It’s time for yesterday’s biggest stories. Here we go with your daily dose of Sky Blue News.
Raheem leads the way on a huge night for the Three Lions.
Sterling was the provider for England’s second eight minutes later, when his deflected cross was headed in by a stooping Kane.
Man City star Raheem Sterling reveals touching t-shirt tribute following England goal - Daniel Feliciano - Manchester Evening News
Feliciano has the report on Raheem shutting out the racists to honor his late friend.
Sterling slotted the ball into the corner after a wonderful cut-back from Mount before removing his jersey and running to the corner with lots of emotion.
The message on his shirt simply read ‘Love you forever Steffie Gregg’ as he was joined by teammates following the goal.
Unfortunately for Sterling, his moment was ruined by Hungarian fans who booed and pelted him with beer and missiles from the crowd while ITV also reported that there were audible monkey chants heard from the ultras section in the stadium too.
Sterling was booked for the celebration, with rules clearly stating that you can’t remove your shirt to show any messages.
Unfortunately Sterling was also the subject of racist abuse from the home crowd during England's 4-0 win. https://t.co/42HTSqozFr— Manchester City News (@ManCityMEN) September 2, 2021
Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez on target – Manchester City International Roundup (02/09/21) - Benjamin Wolfe - City Report
Four City players got the start for England. A huge night for Stones, Walker, and Grealish as well.
Hungary 0-4 England
Raheem Sterling continued his sublime England form as he bagged a goal and an assist as England silenced the haters in Hungary. Jack Grealish provided an assist before he was substituted in the 88th minute. John Stones made his 50th England appearance in the win. He and Kyle Walker earned a clean sheet and played a full 90 minutes. England remain top of Group I; four points clear of Poland. The racist chanting present at this game has no place in the world and we hope UEFA take the zero-tolerance stance they promised.
Jack Grealish: “I need to play in the biggest games at club level...“ - Saul Garcia - Bitter and Blue
Jack knows his time with City will only improve his contribution to his country.
The star England man has spoken to ITV and gave reasoning for his move over to City-
“That was a massive reason. To be playing for England in the biggest games, I need to play in the biggest games at club level so that should be the Champions League - all them type of games”
“You see the likes of Phil [Foden] playing in the Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final and you can really see that helped his England career as well,”
A well reasoned and nuanced take from him. The backlash he received from the move was unwarranted, he did it ‘the right way’ and people still complained furiously.
Grealish has started pretty well at City, starting in all matches and performing well in multiple positions.
Time will tell if the price tag was be warranted, but early results suggest it could be.
Jack Grealish: “I need to play in the biggest games at club level...“ https://t.co/rD6nMXk26J— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) September 2, 2021
Roy Keane says Jack Grealish is in the perfect place to become an even better player after Man City transfer - Daniel Feliciano - Manchester Evening News
Roy Keane agrees with Jack’s assessment.
Speaking as a pundit on ITV ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary, the Irishman said:
“Unless the lad is brain dead, he’ll become a lot better player, he’ll become a team player, he’s gone to a great team working for a great manager.
“Interesting the money he’s gone for, but in the interview there, there’s potential. There’s a lot more to come from Jack, he was the main fella at Aston Villa, he won’t be the main fella with England and he’s not at Manchester City.
”But he’s learning. Loads of parts of his game have to improve, his discipline, end product - more goals but I think he’s gone to the perfect manager to improve all those aspects of his game.”
Welcome to the club Filippa!
On the international stage, she has represented Sweden at senior level since 2018, boasting 15 caps so far including six at the recent Tokyo Olympic Games where she helped The Blue & Yellow to a silver medal, playing 75 minutes in the showpiece final against Canada.
Fresh from her Tokyo adventure, Angeldahl has put pen to paper on a two-year contract with an option of an additional year at the Academy Stadium.
Speaking about her move, she said: “I am very excited to join Manchester City. It’s a huge club and I can’t wait to start working with the team.
“For me, I feel like now is the right moment to take the next step in my career and I feel like City are the best choice for me to do that.
Manager Taylor likes his newest addition.
Filippa Angeldahl has signed a two year deal with an option for a third season. This would potentially keep the Sweden international at City through her age 27 season. Angeldahl has made 15 appearances for her national team, and this will be her first club experience outside of her home country. She has played for five Swedish women’s clubs and was named Damallsvenskan Most Valuable Player in 2017. Angeldahl recently helped Sweden to the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Head coach Gareth Taylor had this to say about his new midfield option. ”We’re delighted to have added Filippa to our squad ahead of the start of the new league campaign - she is a talented player and will fit into our style of play well.
Gareth Taylor targeting consistency for Man City Women ahead of new Barclays FA Women’s Super League season - Charlotte Marsh - Sky Sports
And Gareth is looking to keep the team working on all cylinders.
Last season, they were in the mix right up until the final game with two points separating themselves and Chelsea, with any slips likely to be punished. However, Chelsea swept aside Reading 5-0 to ultimately lift the WSL title.
The pair have been two of the league’s biggest and most consistent teams for the last few years, and Gareth Taylor is hoping City can maintain the same high performance levels heading into the new season.
“But from late November onwards, I think we were arguably the most consistent side in the league. We played really good football and it takes times to gel, but what you saw in that latter part of the season was a team that as functioning in a really good way.
And finally, Rodri’s strike against Arsenal has been nominated for Goal of the Month.
Latching onto Ferran Torres’ inviting lay-off, Rodri executed a superb low effort from 20 yards that curled round Bernd Leno inside the far post.
City’s Spanish international is up against seven other contenders for August’s award.
They are: Luke Ayling (Leeds v Manchester United); Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United v Leeds); Jamie Vardy (Leicester v Wolves); John McGinn (Aston Villa v Watford); Sadio Mane (Liverpool v Burnley); Danny Ings (Villa v Newcastle); Raphina (Leeds v Everton).
Rodrigo gets our vote— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 2, 2021
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Rodri got my vote too. See you back here tomorrow for more Sky Blue News!!