Football Today, July 11, 2022: Neco Williams relishes Nottingham Forest’s return to the Premier League after joining Liverpool

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Reds Williams Forest Land

Neco Williams will hope to help newly-promoted Nottingham Forest continue their exciting rise following the arrival of the right-back from Liverpool.

Williams, 21, has signed a four-year contract at the City Ground, ending his 15-year association with the Anfield club.

The Wales international impressed on loan at Fulham in the Championship last season and is now eyeing his first season in the top flight as a regular.

He said: “I’m really delighted to join Nottingham Forest and help this great club progress in the Premier League.

“Forest is a club with an incredible history and the City Ground is a very special place that I can’t wait to experience in full force in the weeks to come.

“After speaking to the head coach, there is a huge amount of ambition at the club and I can’t wait to join my new team-mates and prepare for the challenge ahead.”

The East Midlands side have also strengthened at left-back, with Omar Richards joining Bayern Munich yesterday.

Also signing a four-year contract, the former Reading ace said: “I am delighted to be returning to England, joining Nottingham Forest at such an exciting time.

“The club have had an incredible few months in recent months and there are big ambitions for a return to the Premier League.”

Sign of the Doucoure Palace

Cheick Doucoure has signed a five-year contract with Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have sealed their third signing of the summer with the snapping of midfielder Cheick Doucoure from French side Lens, subject to international clearance.

The 22-year-old Mali international has signed a five-year contract at Selhurst Park as boss Patrick Vieira continues to strengthen his squad.

Doucoure played 34 times for Lens in Ligue 1 last season, earning a reputation as one of the most impressive defensive midfielders in the division.

Chairman Steve Parish said of the deal: “Cheick’s arrival is another statement of intent, demonstrating our ambition to make the team even better this summer.

“We are extremely confident that Cheick will adapt perfectly to the rigors of the Premier League and contribute positively to the team, and I wish him all the best for his time with us.”

Chilwell is aiming for a World Cup spot

Ben Chilwell has set his sights on a starting spot for England at the World Cup
Ben Chilwell has set his sights on a starting spot for England at the World Cup

Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell wants to be England’s first-choice left-back at the World Cup after lifting the lid on a “difficult” period in his career.

The 25-year-old didn’t feature for the Three Lions at Euro 2020 last summer before missing six months of last season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against Juventus in November.

Back on the pitch as a substitute in the Blues’ final game of the season, the former Leicester player will be hoping to put his troubles behind him as he tries to clinch a starting spot at the Qatar World Cup in november.

Chilwell said: “Since I can remember I have dreamed of playing in a World Cup.

“Knowing that it’s just around the corner is more motivation for me to try and seal that spot, not just for me but for my family, especially after the Euros which was quite a tough time for me.

“If I can go to the World Cup as the No.1 left-back and have a good tournament and hopefully as a team we can do well, that would be a highlight not only of my career, but of my life.

“The next four and five months I will do everything I can to make sure this is my place for the tournament.”

Terry reveals management rebuffs

John Terry is still waiting for his first head coaching role
John Terry is still waiting for his first head coaching role

Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry has revealed he turned down three managerial positions and was rejected by two other clubs last year.

The 41-year-old quit his assistant role at Aston Villa in July 2021 in order to take his first steps as a first-team boss, but his wait for a job continues.

The former defender has since taken on a consulting role with the Blues and has suggested he’s ready to take the right offer if it comes along.

He said on social media: “[I’m] receive a lot of messages about me not manage.

“I turned down three jobs last year and interviewed for two others that I didn’t get. It’s a personal decision I have to make.

“I have my role at Chelsea which I love and my family time which means everything to me. And I have time to have fun.”

Wiegman: There is also pressure on Norway

Sarina Wiegman takes charge of the second game of the Women's Euro 2022 against Norway tonight
Sarina Wiegman takes charge of the second game of the Women’s Euro 2022 against Norway tonight

England boss Sarina Wiegman has played down Norwegian boss Martin Sjogren’s suggestions that all the pressure is on the Lionesses ahead of tonight’s Women’s Euro 2022 clash.

Sjogren said in his pre-match press conference that his side were “definitely” the underdogs at Amex tonight, adding: “I think England are one of the big favorites in the tournament. I think England are feeling a lot of pressure to be at home.”

But the Lionesses boss was quick to dispute the claims, replying: “I think Norway have to win too, to be top of the group. We want to win. It’s easy to say the pressure is on.

“We know what we want – we want to play our best game, entertain and of course win games.

“If they want to be the underdogs, that’s fine. I think they have a very strong squad, and so do we, so I expect an open game and we’ll see where it goes.”

Bright embraces the Hegerberg Challenge

Ada Hegerberg will be key to Norway's chances against England
Ada Hegerberg will be key to Norway’s chances against England

Tonight’s Group A encounter will see England take on one of the best strikers in women’s football, Norway’s Ada Hegerberg.

The former Ballon d’Or winner made a spirited return to international tournament football against Northern Ireland, picking up an assist in her side’s 4-1 victory.

On the prospect of facing the Lyon star, England defender Millie Bright said: “She’s a top player, everyone knows her strengths and the way she plays, but she’s just another opponent. which must be taken care of and against which one must defend oneself.

“As defenders, we love that challenge and it’s something we thrive on. You want to be challenged.

“We are prepared for what we are going to face and we are also ready to put our mark on the game.”

Swiss training canceled

Switzerland called off training just two days before their next Euro 2022 game due to eight players suffering from a stomach ache.

The Swiss revealed that 11 staff members also had “gastrointestinal symptoms”.

Nils Nielsen’s side are due to face Sweden in their second Group C match at 5pm on Wednesday at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane.

They kicked off their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Portugal on Saturday at Leigh Sports Village.

Meanwhile, Dutch captain and goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal has been ruled out for the rest of the Euros with a shoulder injury.

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