WAHBI KHAZRI has warned England’s players not to underestimate Tunisia ahead of the two sides’ meeting at this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. England will kick off their Group G campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18, and while the majority of the Tunisian side will be unknown quantities to the majority of England fans, one name will need no introduction on Wearside. Khazri is currently on a season-long loan at French side Rennes, but the winger remains a Sunderland player and is due to return to the Black Cats when his short-term deal in Ligue 1 expires. He is expected to make a permanent departure from the Stadium of Light at some stage this summer, but will still be on Sunderland’s books when he lines up against England in June. Gareth Southgate’s side will start as strong favourites, with Tunisia having failed to get beyond the group stage on all four of their previous appearances at the World Cup finals, but Khazri claims it … [Read more...] about SUNDERLAND: Wahbi Khazri fires out a World Cup warning to England
SUNDERLAND will return to action at the end of the international break with their Championship status hanging by a thread. Five points adrift of safety – effectively six once their dreadful goal difference is taken into account – Chris Coleman’s side will almost certainly have to win at least half of their remaining eight matches to have any chance of clambering to safety. Given they only have claimed five league wins in the whole of the rest of the season, that is an exceptionally tough task. So what can Coleman do in an attempt to turn things around? The Black Cats boss has already tried pretty much everything since taking over from Simon Grayson in November, so his options for the final eight games are limited. However, there are still a few things he could do to try to improve things between now and the end of the season? Persuade Martin Bain to give away tickets for free Sunderland have four more home games to play, but at the moment, the prospect of … [Read more...] about SUNDERLAND: Free tickets, switch to flat back four, drop O’Shea and Cattermole, resign? What can Coleman do to turn Black Cats around?
CHRIS COLEMAN has admitted that Ashley Fletcher has found it much harder to repair his fractured confidence than had been hoped, with Sunderland left banking on the Middlesbrough man benefitting from a two-week break. Fletcher was left out by Coleman for Saturday’s defeat to Preston when Joel Asoro and Josh Maja were given the opportunity to start together up front. The explanation the Sunderland boss gave for leaving the Boro striker out was because he was keen to pair the teenage friends together in attack. But the facts speak for themselves too, with Fletcher unable to score in any of his seven starts since moving to the Stadium of Light at the end of January. He didn’t come close to altering that unwanted statistic when he was introduced as a substitute with 26 minutes remaining against Preston. Fletcher’s woes in front of goal are a continuation of his frustrations down the A19 at the Riverside. He struggled to find the net after his £6.5m move … [Read more...] about SUNDERLAND: Boro’s ‘Ashley Fletcher has found it tough in a struggling team’
A North-East graduate suffering from Cushing’s syndrome is spreading the message about the rare condition MOST people contemplating their first skydive – sitting in an aeroplane doorway, legs dangling in the mid-air – would feel frightened. Adrenaline would be pumping; the heart rate would soar. Not Jordy Cernik. Jordy feels no panic at all, not even a twinge. And that's because he's one in a million. A graduate University of Sunderland with an MA in radio production, he suffers from a condition so rare it left medics baffled for years, a condition which leaves him feeling no fear. It's called Cushing's syndrome, a collection of symptoms caused by high levels of a hormone called cortisol in the body. "It is a rare disease. Only one in a million people gets it. Patients are mostly women, or horses, so I guess I’m classed as even more rare," he says. “A lot of doctors in the 1990s didn't know what Cushing’s was, so I set off on a long journey … [Read more...] about Health: Sunderland graduate talks about suffering from Cushing’s syndrome
Sunderland have made an audacious £9million bid for Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe. The move is likely to spark a bidding war among Premiership clubs for the former West Ham star. Scroll down for more Striking talent: Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe is interesting a host of other Premiership clubs Defoe struggled to hold down a place in Martin Jol's side last season and the £16.5m arrival of Darren Bent from Charlton has put his position at the club in further doubt. Portsmouth, Aston Villa and West Ham are also interested in the player and all three have funds available to trump Sunderland's offer. Defoe, who has two years left on his Spurs contract, is not likely to be tempted by a move to Wearside, which would involve moving 300 miles from his London roots. The 24-year-old has previously indicated his determination to stay at White Hart Lane and fight for his place although his club are willing to listen to offers. Defoe's place in Steve McClaren's … [Read more...] about £9m Defoe shock: Sunderland bid for Tottenham star