Van Dijk: I don’t care about being booed

first_imgVirgil van Dijk says he does not really care when opposing fans boo him in the wake of jeers from England supporters in the Nations League.The Dutch centre-back was booed every time he touched the ball in the Netherlands’ Nations League semi-final victory over England.That victory pushed the Dutch into the finale, where they fell 1-0 to Portugal on Sunday thanks to a Goncalo Guedes goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Van Dijk was again signalled out in Porto as a number of England fans were again in attendance in the hope that they would see their side in action.But he insists it not something that bothers him on the pitch.”I don’t really care, if somebody boos me or boos the team, we’re trying to win the game,” he said following Sunday’s defeat.”We know we have a lot of support behind us anyway and at the end of the day it’s us players who have to do the job, and it doesn’t affect me at all.”Sunday’s defeat was a diffiuclt one for the Dutch, who bounced back from missing the 2018 World Cup by making the finale of the new UEFA tournament.Van Dijk and team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum were hoping to cap off a spectacular season that saw Liverpool lift the Champions League title with yet another trophy on Sunday, but it was not to be as the Netherlands fell short in a tournament final once again.”Well, yeah, obviously we wanted to win, that’s the main thing,” he said.”We have to keep our heads up high, recover from all of this, learn from this whole experience, because we have a young group, and make sure we qualify for the Euros. He added: “It’s a total different team we faced. I think they wait for our mistakes, they sit back a little bit and let us have the ball, and I think the pace of the game was not high, especially the first half, but I don’t think they had too big chances, and were a bit luckier in the end than we were.”Looking ahead, towards Euro 2020 qualification, the defender says he feels the Dutch side is in a better place than it once was, and he believes the Nations League run will be a springboard to bigger and better for this group “I think before this tournament if someone said we would be in the final, we would beat France, Germany, England, then somebody would say you’re crazy, so we have to be proud of ourselves,” he said.”We made big progress as a team, in and out of the pitch, so we have to keep going and make sure we qualify for the Euros.”last_img read more

Loonie closes higher amid weatherimpacted housing data interest rate forecasts

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Tuesday as traders speculated about the pace of U.S. interest rate hikes and digested data showing how severe winter weather has impacted the American housing sector.The loonie was up 0.28 of a cent at 89.61 cents US.Charles Plosser, president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, told CNBC he sees the federal funds rate at three per cent at the end of 2015 and four per cent at the end of 2016.The current target range for the federal funds rate is between zero and a quarter point.Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen caught markets unawares last week when she said that the Fed could start upping rates from near zero six months after the end of its bond buying program.Plosser said the reaction of the markets surprised him, adding that Yellen’s timetable “wasn’t a wildly unexpected timeframe”.Cold weather continued to limit buying last month as U.S. new home sales dropped by 3.3 per cent in February.The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite also indicated that U.S. home prices ticked down 0.1 per cent in January in a third month of declines, with 12 of 20 tracked cities posting drops. On a seasonally adjusted basis, home prices in January rose 0.8 per cent.Elsewhere on the economic front, business confidence in Germany has slipped back from a 2 1/2-year high as tensions over Ukraine cloud companies’ outlook for the next six months. The Ifo institute said its monthly confidence index dropped to 110.7 points this month from 111.3 in February. That was slightly worse than the 110.9 economists had predicted.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed that she wants a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Russia’s actions in Ukraine but has made clear she won’t shy away from economic sanctions if the situation there escalates.Commodities were higher as May crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange erased early gains to decline 41 cents to US$99.19 a barrel.April gold bullion inched up 20 cents to US$1,311.40 an ounce while May copper was up six cents to US$3.01 a pound. A Canadian dollar, or loonie, sits on top of its American counterpart in Toronto on Sept. 20, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Loonie closes higher amid weather-impacted housing data, interest rate forecasts by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 25, 2014 6:29 am MDT read more