21 May 2020 10:32

Neil Ruddock Bill Wyman Sheffield Doc/Fest

Teddy Sheringham Image Credit: Supplied Dubai: Former England striker Teddy Sheringham has predicted that a player such as Cristiano Ronaldo still has a long way to go before establishing himself as one of the modern greats in football. Speaking on the 11th episode of online seminar 'It's Just Football' hosted by Chris Brown, the 54-year-old Sheringham insisted that Ronaldo is just about peaking in his career as a potent striker for both club and country. "There is every chance that Cristiano Ronaldo will go a long way," Sheringham replied to a query posed by Gulf News during the online seminar. "At the moment, he's playing at a top level and producing a ridiculous number of goals and setting the standard for our sport," the former Tottenham and Manchester United striker added. Sheringham believes Ronaldo still has more to offer Capped 51 times for England, Sheringham stood out for his longevity as much as for his lethal presence in front of goal.

He is currently the 11th-highest goalscorer in the history of the English Premier League with 146 goals to his name. "There is always the odd player who can do it. I was fortunate because I didn't have any major injuries that kept me away during my playing career. Unlike an experienced player like Alan [Shearer], who had to struggle at times with injuries," Sheringham said. Of course, there are always going to be the freaks like Ryan [Giggs] or Ronaldo who pay a lot of attention to everything they do, both on and off the field." Sheringham retired from competitive football at the end of the 2007-08 season with Colchester United, at the age of 42.

Though coached by some of the great managers of our times, Sheringham holds Terry Venables as one of the best bosses he has worked under, while also rating Manchester City's current coach Pep Guardiola quite highly. "Working with Terry was like the icing on the cake for me. He gave us various options on how to deal with the opposite team, and he left us to change and adapt to any of his 'ways' during the course of the match," Sheringham said. Sheringham was a prolific striker during his many years in the English top flight "Football is so much like a game of chess really. It is all about movement, and Terry had a way of conveying all this and more to all 11 of us on the pitch without confusing any of us." After his career as a player, Sheringham got into management and his first appointment in May 2014 was as an attacking coach with his childhood club West Ham United. A year later, he was given his first managerial role while taking charge of League Two side, Stevenage replacing Graham Westley. But less than a year later, he was sacked with the club picking up just three points from their previous eight matches. "Now is the time to make other people understand how the game is to be played. I need to do what Terry [Venables] did, and what Pep Guardiola is doing right now with Manchester City," Sheringham said. McDonald's has reopened 33 of its drive-through restaurants as it gets back to business amid the easing of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The fast food chain opened 15 of its 1,270 branches for delivery orders earlier in May. The latest restaurants to open, in London and the south-east of England, will offer a limited menu between 11am and 10pm, with workers separated from customers by a perspex screen at the drive-through window. Luton (Chaul End Lane) Luton retail park (Gipsy Lane) Peterborough (Boongate) Peterborough (Bourges Boulevard) Peterborough (Eye Green) Peterborough (Glinton) Peterborough (Hampton) Peterborough (Morrisons, Lincoln Road) Chelmsford (Boreham Interchange) Chelmsford (Riverside) Chelmsford (Regiment business park) Chelmsford (Westway) Ipswich (Cardinal Park) Ipswich (Ranelagh Road) Ipswich (Ravenswood) Ipswich (Whitehouse) HERTFORDSHIRE Garston (Watford) Watford (Hertfordshire Arms) Medway (Beechings Way) Bobbing (Sheppey Way) Rochester (Medway City Estate) Rochester (Medway Valley Park) Sittingbourne retail park West Sutton (Oldfields Road) Staines (Two Rivers retail park) Staines (London Road) Fast food and takeaway restaurants are reopening widely. Others now open for business include: Burger King, which began a phased reopening for delivery at sites in Bristol, Swindon and Coventry in April, and has since reopened about 120 outlets nationwide for delivery and drive-through orders. The burger chain intends to reopen about 20 restaurants a week until its entire UK chain is open and aims to have at least one open in every city by the end of May. KFC has about 100 outlets open for delivery only. The UK's largest fast food chicken chain is offering a limited menu in locations including London, Hampshire, Birmingham, Glasgow, Sussex, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire. The chicken chain Nando's has reopened six restaurants for delivery orders in London and Manchester, and is also offering click-and-collect to customers at other sites including Belfast, Maidstone, Sevenoaks and Worcester. The bakery chain Greggs has started a trial selling food and hot drinks from a limited menu to walk-in customers at a small number of outlets in its home city of Newcastle and the north-east of England. It withdrew its initial plans to reopen 20 of its 2,050-plus locations, over fears that crowds could gather outside. Pret a Manger is offering takeaway and delivery food and hot drinks from 100 branches in London and other locations, including Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford, Reading, St Albans and Tunbridge Wells. Starbucks has reopened 150 branches, with customers able to buy coffee to take away or for delivery. The Costa Coffee chain says it has reopened 79 of its 2,700 branches across the country for takeaway and drive-through, from Swindon and St Ives, to Wrexham and Doncaster. The Five Guys burger chain has opened the doors of 47 of its 104 restaurants for click-and-collect and delivery orders in locations including Aberdeen, Bath, Nottingham and Norwich. Wagamama, the Restaurant Group-owned noodle chain, intends to reopen 67 of its sites for delivery by the end of June after successful trials in London and Leeds. Its restaurants, offering pan-Asian cuisine, will initially be open from Thursday to Sunday and from 4pm to 9.30pm, although the Kensington and Peckham branches in London will try out a seven-day operation. Pizza Express is reopening 13 London restaurants for delivery only in the next 10 days. The casual dining chain said it would restart with an edited menu, available from outlets in "London villages", including Balham, Chiswick, Fulham and Notting Hill. Leon, the fast food chain with an emphasis on healthy eating, kept 16 locations in London and Brighton open to provide takeaway orders to key workers during the shutdown and intends to reopen more restaurants over the coming days. Harry Ramsden, the fish and chip restaurant chain owned by Deep Blue Restaurants, has opened sites in Bournemouth, Brighton and Eastbourne for takeaway only. Moto motorway service stations are gradually reopening some of its brands, including Burger King and Costa, for takeaway. On Thursday it will open a further seven Costa drive-throughs, following 27 Burger King branches. Greggs and KFC will reopen next.