Thanks for the memories Shane! All Whites, Phoenix great Smeltz retires

Former All Whites striker Shane Smeltz has hung up his boots, retiring from football at the age of 36.

Smeltz sits second on New Zealand's all-time top scorers list, with 24 goals from 58 matches, level with current star Chris Wood, four behind Vaughan Coveny who has 28.

After making his All Whites debut in 2003, Smeltz was a key part of the squad that travelled to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where he scored against at the time champions Italy as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw.

At club level, Smeltz was at times an unstoppable force in the A-League, winning the golden boot award twice - once with the Phoenix in the 2008/09 season and again the following year with the now defunct Gold Coast United in 2009/10.

His proficiency in front of goal saw him named in the A-League's team of the decade in 2015.

Smeltz finished career with Indonesian side Borneo FC, telling NZME he plans to go into coaching now his playing days are over.

"I'm not just going into coaching to take up a job. I go into it with drive and ambition which I always had as a player," he said.

"I'm excited and really looking forward to it."

Shane Smeltz. Source: Photosport


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Watch: Liverpool star Adam Lallana sees red after going berserk at rival in under-23 match

Liverpool star Adam Lallana's return from injury in an under-23s match was in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after he was given a red card for going berserk and attacking a Tottenham player's neck.

Lallana has missed three matches for the first-grade team due to a groin issue that he was finally able to test in the under-23s match yesterday

Whether the injury can hold up for the full length of a game remains to be seen after the midfielder was sent off midway through the second half.

The England international reacted angrily after a midair clash with 19-year-old George Marsh, opting to grab at the Spurs midfielder's neck before he was finally dragged away by teammates and sent straight to the tunnel.

While Lallana was punished in the game, Sky Sports UK reports the 29-year-old won't be handed with a first-team ban for the wild attack.

"I have never seen Adam react like that," Liverpool U23 manager Neil Critchley said.

"I'd like to see the incident again. It was ironic as we were just about to bring Liam Millar on. He was actually coming off."

Lallana is still a high chance to receive a suspension from the under-23s competition - the duration likely to sit at around three games for violent conduct.

Tottenham won the game 1-0.


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Arsenal's record signing scores debut goal in demolition of Everton

Arsenal's record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made a scoring debut and Henrikh Mkhitaryan provided three assists on his first start having joined from Manchester United.

But Aaron Ramsey seized the limelight from the January recruits by scoring a hat trick as Arsenal crushed Everton 5-1 in the Premier League.

It was an emphatic response from Arsenal to losing at Swansea 3-1 a day before Aubameyang joined from Borussia Dortmund for $110 million.

Aubameyang dinked the ball over goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for Arsenal's fourth in the 37th minute after being set up by Mkhitaryan.

Ramsey had already netted twice by that stage either side of Laurent Koscielny's strike. Ramsey completed his treble in the second half from Mkhitaryan's cutback, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed in a consolation.

Arsenal are five points from the four Champions League places in sixth place, while Everton are 10th.


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