The Euros start here
- 08 June 2012 08:12
- Posted by Chris Eccles
Ahead of today's Euro 2012 kick off, we take a look at the City players in Poland and Ukraine who have been featuring in the press.
Gael Clichy has been talking to FIFA.com about his time in the Premier League and the prospects for France and England, who meet each other in group D on Monday. The Blues' full back explains how he believes the tribal nature of English football influences the national team,
"Club loyalty is so strong over there [in England] that you couldn’t ask someone who has spent their entire career with United, like Gary Neville, and someone else who has always played for City, like Micah Richards, to get on with each other off the pitch.
This club culture is, in my eyes, one of the reasons for their lack of success despite all the good players they’ve had over the years."
The Guardian reports that Italy and Paris St-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta has been speaking about how he believes Mario Balotelli can shine for the Azzurri in the tournament.
We need Balotelli to work for the team, and to show responsibility. Only like that can he make the difference, and I'm sure he will. He must help us, especially on the pitch because, off it, he can be the same as always.
The combative nature of Nigel De Jong has been highlighted in The Metro. In a training session in Poland with local kids, De Jong responded to a burst of pace from one of the youngsters with an old fashioned shirt-pull. Never let it be said that Nigel is not competitive.
As reported yesterday on mcfc.co.uk, Joe Hart was on press conference duty for England, providing his support for City team mate Joleon Lescott. The Sun report that Joe can be as important for England as previous goalkeeping legends Banks, Shilton and Seaman with the City stopper responding,
I’m just looking forward to building something and being the rock that England need.
Away from Euro 2012, Vincent Kompany has been speaking to readers of Vienamese newspaper Tuoi Tre about all manner of things.
The Daily Mail report that Sunderland boss Martin O’ Neill is keen to move for City winger Adam Johnson, although the paper states that wages may be a stumbling block.
Edin Dzeko has stepped in to help a sick child back home in Bosnia-Herzegovina. According to The Daily Star, Dzeko has not only donated money to help Alen Maslo, who suffers from a rare bone marrow disease, but will also appear in in a charity match in Sarajevo.