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…

GUARDIAN – James Milner agrees to sign for Liverpool on free from Manchester City

• Midfielder takes £15,000 a week pay cut to join Liverpool • England international will join on 1 July when contract expires• Burnley striker Danny Ings next possible transfer• Brendan Rodgers to remain at Liverpool after talksJames Milner has agreed personal terms with Liverpool and will join Brendan Rodgers’ side on a free transfer when his contract expires at Manchester City at the end of the month.The 29-year-old has been a target of the Liverpool manager since last summer, when he refused City’s offer of a contract extension worth up to £165,000 a week. He has agreed in principle to move to Merseyside despite Manuel Pellegrini’s desire to keep him and interest from Arsenal. Milner will officially become a Liverpool player on 1 July. Related: Brendan Rodgers to remain at Liverpool after positive talks with club officials Related: Martin Skrtel says Liverpool contract offer is ‘unacceptable’ Continue reading…