Napoli coach Mazzarri: Don't hype up Man City's Balotelli | Serie A News | Tribal Football

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has praised Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli for his form at the Euros with Italy.

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri has praised Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli for his form at the Euros with Italy.

Balotelli is in contention for the Euros Golden Boot.

“He is such a strong player and is proving that, but we must be careful. Balotelli is still going through the process of maturation,” said Mazzarri.

“We can wait for him to show consistency in his performances. Balotelli is one of the stars of this squad, but as part of a mosaic rather than standing separately from the rest.”

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Tottenham to block Livermore Team GB selection | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Tottenham are blocking Jake Livermore’s Team GB selection.The Sunday Mirror says Livermore is ­joining the list of absentees from the Team GB Olympic squad.

Tottenham are blocking Jake Livermore’s Team GB selection.

The Sunday Mirror says Livermore is ­joining the list of absentees from the Team GB Olympic squad.

The Tottenham player, 22, was expected to be named in Stuart Pearce’s 18-man squad tomorrow.

But Spurs are concerned about the lack of midfield options for the start of the Premier League season.

King fears Spurs axe this week | Transfers | Tribal Football

Tottenham skipper Ledley King fears he’ll be told this week he won’t be getting a new contract.

Tottenham skipper Ledley King fears he’ll be told this week he won’t be getting a new contract.

The Sunday Mirror says King has already been told it is very unlikely he will be able to start next season as an active member of Tottenham’s playing squad and he is due a final medical check this week.

Just as Andre Villas-Boas is set to be confirmed as the new Spurs manager, King is gearing himself up for the news he has been dreading for years.

Liverpool ace Gerrard: England expect too much from Man Utd's Rooney | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Liverpool ace Steven Gerrard says England expect too much from Manchester United star Wayne Rooney.

Liverpool ace Steven Gerrard says England expect too much from Manchester United star Wayne Rooney.

Despite scoring against Ukraine, the striker produced two ­lacklustre ­performances during ­England’s Euro 2012 campaign after returning from his ­suspension.

“I just think that ever since Wayne has been around and because of his ­performances in 2004, there is an ­expectation that he comes to these ­tournaments and wins them all on his own,” said Gerrard.

“That’s unfair. When it goes wrong ­people then point to Wayne and his ­performances, and blame him.

“The responsibility has to be on the 23 players. It’s unfair to look at Wayne and say because Wayne didn’t play well, it’s the ­reason why we haven’t won games.

“I’ve mentioned on many occasions at this level the biggest thing is to play ­without expectation, without fear.

“It’s only ­normal that Wayne is brought down by that because everyone expects and wants him to do well.”

Twente striker De Jong has done personal Newcastle scouting trip | Transfers | Tribal Football

FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong has already done a personal scouting trip of suitors Newcastle United.

FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong has already done a personal scouting trip of suitors Newcastle United.

The Evening Chronicle says the 21-year-old visited Tyneside last season to take in a game and get a feel for the city as part of his own personal fact-finding mission.

It is believed that De Jong also took in a couple of mini breaks by visiting a clutch of the other clubs linked with him in the last six months.

But he was mightily impressed by the short hop from Holland to Tyneside.

Obertan determined to prove himself at Newcastle | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan is determined to prove himself next season.

Newcastle United winger Gabriel Obertan is determined to prove himself next season.

With his injury issues hopefully behind him, Obertan will return for pre-season training next week geared up and ready for the challenge of both domestic and European action in a black-and-white shirt.

Obertan told the Evening Chronicle: “I am looking forward to finding some rhythm and coming back fully fit.

“You always need that. Everybody had a great season last year and we’ll look to build on that.”

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