England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate has hailed Roy Hodgson’s faith in the nation’s young stars.The Three Lions boss named 11 players under the age of 25 in his squad for the victories over Norway and Switzerland, with nine of them getting game time.And Southgate reckons the 67-year-old’s trust in the next generation of players, and his Under-21 side’s depth, is evidence the national game is beginning to show green shoots of recovery after a humiliating World Cup exit in Brazil.He told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “Roy Hodgson has moved a lot of the England Under-21 players into his team over the last year. He worked with this team last August just before I took over so he had an insight into quite a few of them.“He feels some of the younger players in this country are our best and that has been shown in the squad he selected for Brazil and the team he selected against Switzerland and I can’t argue with that.“It’s brilliant to see those boys get their chance and the pleasing thing for me in Moldova this week was that we made five or six changes to our team from the previous game but the team just kept playing in the same style with lots of young players coming into it.”Meanwhile, England’s Under-21s have been drawn against Croatia in the qualifying play-offs for next year’s European Championship finals in the Czech Republic.Southgate’s side will meet the Croatians over two legs between October 8 and October 14, with the first leg taking place at home at Molineux.
MichaelA MUFF family of a man missing for three days had been found alive and well.Michael Curran had gone missing from a brain injury treatment hospital on Merseyside in England.His heartbroken family in the Co Donegal village had spent the past 72 hours searching for him. They had also issued an alert in Derry in case Michael had attempted to travel home.But today there was brilliant news for the Curran family.A short time ago his brother Declan said: “I just want to let everyone know I’ve found Michael in Liverpool about half an hour ago alive!“I want to thank everybody sharing the appeal online and on social media. “It was through Facebook that I found out the last place he was seen which is the area where I found him today. Cheers everyone!” MUFF FAMILY’S RELIEF AS MISSING MAN FOUND ALIVE – THANKS TO FACEBOOK was last modified: December 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DerrydonegalMichael Curranmissingmuff