MADRID (AP):Spain coach Vicente del Bosque yesterday left Diego Costa out of the squad for the team’s last two qualifying matches for next year’s European Championship.Costa has a one-match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards and was not eligible for the first game against Luxembourg on October 9.Del Bosque said, “We have preferred not to include him” just for the second match against Ukraine.”He’s not playing badly,” Del Bosque said of Costa, adding that Spain would “count on him in the future, if everything goes normally”.Costa is also serving a three-match ban in England for violent conduct during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Arsenal after putting his hands in the face of defender Laurent Koscielny.”I did not like what I saw,” Del Bosque said of that incident. “I did not like what he (Costa) did, of course not.”With AndrÈs Iniesta and Jorge “Koke” ResurrecciÛn out injured, Del Bosque included Thiago Alcantara, Bruno Soriano, Inigo MartÌnez, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, and Alvaro Morata in the squad.Chelsea forward Pedro Rodriguez is included to bolster Spain’s attack.Goalkeeper Iker Casillas is also in the squad, alongside Manchester’s David De Gea and Sergio Rico of Sevilla.Spain top Group C and can clinch qualification with a win against Luxembourg.Spain:Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (FC Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).Defenders: Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Juanfran Torres (AtlÈtico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad).Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco Alarcon (Real Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal).Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Manuel “Nolito” Agudo (Celta Vigo).
…during ministerial visitDuring a ministerial visit to a number of communities tucked away in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), residents came out in their numbers and expressed longstanding concerns, mainly with regard to the deplorable access to these remote villages.A section of the deplorable trail between Kamarang and WaramadongVillagers were at their wits’ end over the dilapidated infrastructure and non-existing alternative routes for those travelling in and out of the rural communities, particularly during the rainy season.Leading the visit was Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, who was accompanied by the Minister of Public Affairs, Dawn Hastings-Williams, who had first-hand experience of the difficulties faced by those residing in these areas, on a daily basis.The Ministers and their respective teams also got an idea of the difficulties usually encountered as they were forced to weather the rains by travelling on ATVs from one village to the other, all the while inspecting the trail between the two target communities, Kamarang and Waramadong.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson meeting with residents of the Region Seven communitiesFollowing the field visit, the Ministers also convened a ‘town hall meeting,’ which opened the floor for residents hailing from Kamarang, Waramadong, Jawalla, and Kako to highlight issues affecting their community.It was during this forum that a number of issues were raised, with the poor access to communities topping the list.It was then that the residents called for an upgrade of riverine networks to transport heavy materials as well as the construction of two airstrips, one in Jawalla and the other in Waramadong, to bridge the existing gap in transportation.Overcrowding of schools in the sub-region; insufficient energy supply to the communities; and a need to improve the water system were also among the complaints aired by those in attendance at the meeting.In responding to these concerns, Minister Patterson indicated that while he could not definitively say what works his Ministry would be executing in the sub-region following the visit, he promised that works would be done when a full assessment was completed.Continuing on that note, Patterson apologised to the residents for not visiting the communities sooner, having recognised that the urgency of infrastructural works needed for the sub-region had not been adequately emphasised by the relevant regional authorities.Nevertheless, the meeting with the Ministers culminated on a high note after the villagers’ requests were immediately granted. As a result, Chief Aerodromes Inspector Alphonso Mangah was given the go-ahead to provide the necessary assistance from the Ministry through his agency.Earlier this year, some of the very communities visited by the Ministers were faced with considerable destruction after massive flooding wiped out several homes and significantly hindered the livelihoods of many across Region Seven.
Rooney’s three-year contract is reported to be worth between £4,000 and £5,000 per-week, which is double his previous wage at Aberdeen, and one national newspaper branded his move ‘a symbol of the decline of Scottish football’.The 30-year-old joined talkSPORT to discuss the reasons behind his move, revealing he chose to leave Scotland as he was unhappy about his lack of regular game time towards the end of the season.He could have joined a club League One or League Two, but explains he picked Salford for the opportunity to help the ambitious club realise their dreams and write his name in their history books.“I had four-and-a-half great years at Aberdeen,” said Rooney. “I loved my time there and I got on great with everyone at the club and the fans.“But I just felt towards the end of last season that it was maybe time to move on, possibly the right time to leave the club.“I’d not played as much as I wanted towards the end of the season and I wanted to leave there on a high, and when I then heard about the interest from Salford it was something that intrigued me. 3 Giggsy gets a soaking at Salford celebrate their title win last season 3 3 Striker @17AdamRooney has joined Salford City on a three-year-deal from SPL side Aberdeen!👉 https://t.co/aQnzjhgtdL#WeAreSalford 🦁🔴 pic.twitter.com/R2XMsjf45t— Salford City FC (@SalfordCityFC) July 19, 2018The Irishman was heavily criticised and accused of being motivated by money, after joining a club which many purists have slammed for trying to buy their way into the English Football League.Asked if he could believe the clamour his move to the English side caused in the media and with angry supporters, Rooney told Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Not really!“I didn’t look at my phone for four days after because of all the messages and texts and social media stuff I had directed towards me.“It was a bit of a shock to be honest.”Salford are bank-rolled by Singaporean businessman Peter Lim and part-owned by Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’ legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt.The Manchester club have secured three promotions in four years and will play in the National League this season, one tier below League Two, after being crowned National League North champions last term. Rooney made 42 appearances for Aberdeen last season, scoring 11 goals as they finished runners up to Scottish champions Celtic Former Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney has told talkSPORT he “didn’t look at my phone for days” due to the abuse he received following his controversial move to Salford City.Earlier this summer, Rooney left the club who finished second in the Scottish Premiership last season to sign for non-league Salford, who currently play in the fifth tier of English football. Ryan Giggs and the rest of his ‘Class of 92’ heroes are regularly spotted at Salford games “I’ve seen the club come through the divisions over the last through years on social media and it was something I was interested in listening to.“Once I had the opportunity to speak to the gaffer about where he wanted to take the club, how he wanted me to help and hopefully make a name for myself here and be remembered, it was something that really interested me.“I possibly could have gone to another SPL club, or a League One or League Two side, but this is something that really intrigued me to come and be part of a very successful time in this club’s history.“Hopefully when I eventually leave here I can look back and say I’ve helped bring this club up thorough the divisions and have left them in a better position than when I came.“It’s not a run of the mill club coming up, it’s done well, the club is run really professionally and the base is definitely there to really kick on.“When you speak to these guys and you see the people who are involved here and what they achieved in football, you can tell right from the start they want to make this a success.”Listen back to new Salford City striker Adam Rooney on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!