ESPN – Raheem Sterling fails to fire as sluggish England draw with Ireland

Neither side threatened the goal too often as the Republic of Ireland and England played out a scoreless draw. Raheem Sterling battles for the ball as England failed to break through. DUBLIN — Three quick thoughts from the 0-0 draw as Ireland held England at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday. 1. England's pace issue holds them back The presence of Raheem Sterling on the left side of England's midfield should have ensure that pace could be injected into their attacking bursts on a sun soaked day in Dublin, yet the Liverpool winger's indifferent performance contributed to a lacklustre display from Roy Hodgson's men. The decision to replace Sterling with Andros Townsend after…

ESPN – Arsene Wenger an FA Cup hero for Arsenal but title challenge now needed

Arsene Wenger is lauded by Arsenal fans following their FA Cup glory over Aston Villa. In the final day of our week-long look at the top clubs in the Premier League, it's time to look at the managers. BOSS REVIEW: Premier League managers Chelsea: Mourinho needs UCL improvement Man Utd: Decent start from Van Gaal Man City: Pellegrini peril with Pep lurking Arsenal: Cup King Wenger needs a title challenge Liverpool: Rodgers clings on despite failings Rate the boss — how Arsene Wenger performed in 2014-15 Any season in which a manager lifts a major trophy, his work can be considered a success. Arsenal's second successive FA Cup win made Wenger the most successful post-war manager with six to his name — not to mention the fact it was Arsenal's 12th — which is more than any other club. There was so much pressure on him to win something…

ESPN – Man United in Karim Benzema’s future, Marco Verratti to stay at PSG

The ESPN FC panel discuss the latest transfer rumour concerning Marco Verratti's link to Real Madrid. FIFA scandal? Pah! Champions League final? Who cares? Let's talk transfers… TRANSFERS BY LEAGUE All transfers English Premier League Spanish La Liga Italian Serie A German Bundesliga Major League Soccer Benzema on Man United's list Louis van Gaal is gearing up for another big summer to make a run at the Premier League title and find success in Europe. Yesterday, Transfer Talk reported that, 50 years of history aside, the Dutch boss was still after Liverpool's Raheem Sterling. Today, it's Frenchman Karim Benzema that's in Van Gaal's crosshairs, accoring to the Manchester Evening News. The Real Madrid forward was a…