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West Brom striker Saido Berahino hoping for first call-up to England squad

Saido Berahino is hoping for his first England call on Thursday. Roy Hodgson will unveil his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia and the friendly in Scotland at a lunchtime Wembley press conf assumed they would be hosting a lot of non-football events at the stadium as a way to pay off the building costs.They will be hosting several NFL games from next season, while the Saracens will play a Premiership match there every year from 2020 forerence. And who was close to selection last month but instead helped reach next summer’s European Championship Finals, is expected to be promoted to the senior ranks for the first time. Berahino, 21, has already scored eight goals for this term, with his seven Premier League strikes making him the leading-scoring Englishman in behind only Sergio Agueo Cup shootout defeat at Manchester United.Mathesoncontent_img, 16, claimed his first career goal at Old Trafford to equalise and force United into a penalty shootout with League One Rochdale in the teams’ League Cup third round tie.”I don’t think you actually ro and Diego Costa. Now the striker is poised to get the chance to become the first West Brom outfield player to win an England cap since Steve Hunt played as a substitute against Scotland and the Soviet Union under Bobby Robson in 1984. While Hodgson is without Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, who has not played since picking up a thigh problem before the opening qualifying win in Switzerland in September, he does have Theo Walcott available again for the first time in 2014. ruled out of the World Cup after suffering knee ligament damage during the FA Cup third round win over Spurs in January, has yet to start for since his return. But Arsene Wenger has given Hodgson the green light to select Walcott, believing he will return to the club in better condition if he has had some match practice. Hodgson, who has also lost Fabian Delph from the squad that beat San Marino and Estonia last month to continue their 100 per cent post-World Cup record, will await fitness updates on Jack Wilshere and Phil Jones before confirming his party, expected to be up to 24 players. is boosted by the return of Ross Barkley as well as Glen Johnson and Chris Smalling, while Jack Colback may get another chance in Delph’s absence. Luke Shaw can expect to be recalled to after playing for Southgate’s side in both legs of their play-off win over Croatia. And after the poor attendances in the games with Norway and San Marino, FA chiefs are anticipating a crowd of around 80,000 for the Slovenia game, which kicks off at 5pm next Saturday. Would Saido Berahino be in YOUR England squad?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe was talked into Toronto transfer by rap star Drake

Jermain Defoe was persuaded to join Toronto – after a phone call from rap mega-star Drake. The Canadian rapper has been recruited by Toronto FC for an ambassadorial role, and rang Tottenham striker Defoe to try and talk him into moving to his hometocontent_imgwn MTottenham boss Jose Mourinho has shrugged off Chelsea now being cleared to buy in January.Chelsea’s transfer ban was overturned on appeal on Friday.“I’m not worried with that,” he said. “First, I’m not looking to the distance from Chelsea.“Between us and Chelsea [there are] still two or three teams, so we cannot look so high and so far.“Second – even with the transfer ban lifted, it is not easy to get better players than they have. They have very good players.“Even with the ban gone and a hypothetical multi-million budget, I’m not sure they can get much better players than they have.”ajor League Soccer team. Defoe, 31, is a huge has welcomed their new January arrivals.Danny Rose joined from Spurs on loan, Valentino Lazaro completed a switch from Inter Milan and Nabil Bentaleb joined from Schalke – and Newcastle have signed all three with the intention of bringing them intofan of Drake – who is massively popular among footballers – and was blown away that he made personal contact, according to sources in Toronto. Toronto FC say they have used Drake to help them recruit big stars to their team, and now – – Defoe is now set to go to MLS. But the England international, who has agreed a mega-bucks four year contract, is expected to be loaned back to until pre-season starts ahead of the North American league's big kick-off on March 8. Defoe is acutely aware that his Canadian switch could affect his World Cup chances, but is confident he can still make Roy Hodgson's squad for Brazil next summer and believes the offer was too good to turn down. The 31-year-old has been offered a deal worth £90,000-a-week, while Toronto will also pay for unlimited flights for him and his family and provide him with two houses. It is a huge retirement package, and the call from Drake helped seal the deal with Toronto.

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Capello will meet FA chief for Terry talks

Fabio Capello will meet FA chairman David Bernstein later this week for talks over the decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy. Capello himself came under fire from one of his predecessors for going public with criticism of Bernstein's decision to go over his head and take away the captaincy from Terry. But it was business as usual today for the Italian who was due to attend Liverpool's Premier League match with Tottenham at Anfield tonightcontent_img. Capello, whose contract expires after Euro 2012, will meet Bernstein later this week, for the first time since the FA announced on Friday their decision to remove the armband from Terry until the outcome of his court case in July where he denies a charge of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand. Capello told Italian TV he "absolutely" disagreed with the action but Graham Taylor Traore had Sassuolo ahead, but Allan equalised and then an injury-time corner was bundled over the line by a combination of Eljif Elmas and Pedro Obiang.“We know that we’re still unwell, we hadn’t won for two months. This is a slight help, I kneor, E admits he’d welcome a new striker signing.With Luis Suarez out for around four months, Barcelona are looking to buy a replacement striker and came close to signing Valencia’s Rodrigo before negotiations broke down.He said, “I am delighted with what ngland manager from 1990-93, said he should have kept his feelings behind closed doors. Meanwhile, former FA executive director David Davies suggested the Italian may have been in breach of his contract to speak out in such a way. Taylor told BBC Radio Five Live: "It doesn't help the situation at all, as England go into the European Championships. I can't see what Capello's agenda is. All it does is disturb everything even more. "It may be that he wants the FA to take a decision on this job. It depends really on how strongly he feels about it. "To come out in this public fashion actually, in one respect, gives England an even bigger problem for the selection and harmony of the squad for the European Championships." Taylor pointed out that whoever is now chosen as England captain by Capello will know full well that the Italian would prefer to have Terry in charge. He added: "Fabio Capello, having been told by the FA in a private situation what they were going to do, has been a little bit unwise to come out as publicly as this. "Whoever he makes as captain knows that he is not the manager's choice. That in itself doesn't help the dressing room. "The FA apparently told Capello in private what they were going to do and why they were going to do it. He disagreed with it and it was noted. The best thing would have been for that to stay there, and not come out in such a public fashion." Capello made his remarks in an interview with Italian broadcaster Rai in London yesterday. Asked whether he was in agreement with the decision regarding Terry, Capello replied: "No, absolutely not. "I have spoken to the chairman and I have said that in my opinion one cannot be punished until it's official and the court – a non-sporting court, a civil court – has made a decision to decide if John Terry has done what he has been accused of. "I thought it was right that Terry should keep the captain's armband." Davies, who left the FA in 2006 before Capello was appointed, told BBC's Breakfast Time show that the £6million-a-year England manager may have breached his contract with his comments and could face action from the FA. "It is being taken very seriously by the FA because it may be that Fabio Capello has breached his contract," said Davies. "You have to ask what his motive is. You have to suspect he wants to prevent John Terry retiring as a player before Euro 2012 but there are wider issues. "A contract may have been breached, there is strong leadership now at the FA from David Bernstein. Last week he wasn't slow to take things forward and he may not be slow to do so now." Meanwhile, the FA are working on a code of conduct covering all selection criteria for England players that should be up and running for next season which will cover anyone charged with a criminal offence. The aim of the review, which has been going on for four months, is to remove any grey areas surrounding selection issues.

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Blackburn 2-0 Sunderland: Party time for Kean

Steve Kean claims Blackburn will be virtually safe if they beat Bolton on Saturday. Wanderers are expected to confirm on Wednesday that content_imgthey will play that game at the Reebok, because Fabrice Muamba is recovering from his cardiac arrest. Kean sees it as a great opportunity for his side. "I certainly think we'll be in touching distance of it [safety] if we get a result," said the Blackburn boss after watching his side jump six points clear of the drop zone. "I wish the Bolton game would be played under other circumstances and it is sure to be very emotional for the Bolton players if it goes ahead "We are all delighted that Fabrice is making progress and if it's on, we will try to get more points to help us. But if Bolton don't feel they are prepared properly because they have been disrupted this week, we will respect that." Kean's first back-to-back league wins was the perfect way to clock up his 50th Premier League match in charge and Rovers even managed a clean sheet for only the second time in their campaign. Yet, Kean still didn't feel able to join in with his players' celebrations on the pitch at the final whistle and remained inside his technical area, well away from the home fans. Junior Hoilett was Blackburn's goal-scoring hero again and he seems intent on making sure Rovers stay up before he leaves on a free in the summer with Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Newcastle all keen on him. Martin O'Neill admitted he should have freshened his Sunderland side up more after making just two changes from Saturday's FA Cup clash with Everton. "You may have a point and I felt we just left a little bit behind atGoodison Park from the game on Saturng Porto striker Ze Luis.Spurs are in the market for a new centre-forward after losing Harry Kane until April – at the very least – due to a serious hamstring injury.SIC Noticias says Spurs are turning to Ze Luis as potential cover.The 28 year-old stday," said the disappointed Black Cats manager. "We lacked the intensity of Saturday's game and we reached no heights whatsoever." Hoilett, operating in a free role just behind Yakubu, set the tone,creating an early chance for the Nigerian and it needed a superb clearance on the line by Phil Bardsley to deny him. It was all Blackburn and Grant Hanley should have done better when he headed over from Morten Gamst Pedersen's free-kick. Sunderland were a shadow of the side they have been under O'Neill and their minds appeared to be on next week's FA Cup repamie O’Hara has suggested the club should turn to old boss Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine was sacked this season and replaced by Jose Mourinho.However, Mourinho has not improved the team’s results or performances significantly since arriving at thlay and the possibility of a Wembley date with Liverpool. They had Simon Mignolet to thank for keeping the game goalless and he displayed great agility to touch Mauro Formica's left-foot shot from Gamst Pedersen's deflected cross around the post. However, the Belgium goalkeeper should have done better for Blackburn's goal on 58 minutes and he could only punch Gamst Pedersen's throw-in as far as the lurking Hoilett, who volleyed home his seventh of the season and his third in his last two games. It was the least Rovers deserved and Scott Dann thought he had scored a second, only for his glancing header to go just wide of the far post. There was a steely determination about Blackburn, exemplified when Martin Olsson got in front of the lacklustre Nicklas Bendtner to make a goal-saving interception on the line. Sunderland's miserable night was summed up when Ji Dong-Won side-footed over the bar from four yards out with the goal at his mercy. Yakubu made him pay for that miss when he headed home Bradley Orr's cross four minutes from time for his 15th goal of the season to reveal a 'Pray 4 Muamba' vest underneath his shirt.

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AVB and Jose Mourinho: Not so much scorned lovers as squabbling children

The parting of Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas, once the handsomest manager-coach combos in all of Christendom, could be seen as a broken relationship. Lovers – and what lovers – parted, what was once beautiful is now in tatters. Recriminations fly. One says that thing the other did actually was a pretty big deal, and they were actually quite upset about it, actually. The other comes back with 'Of course size matters. You know I said it was average? I WAS LYING.' Friends shuffle uncomfortably, picking at the label on their bottle. But it wasn't like that between Andre and Jose. They weren't lovers, they were friends at school. Jose was the big kid who took in the new boy who arrives crying and sucking his thumb, clinging onto his mummy's leg, and he protected Andre. He taught him things, he told him how the world worked, he gave him advice. He put his arm round him and set him on his way. However, one day Andre grew up, and he decided he wanted to do things on his own. He didn't need Jose anymore. So off he went, and with that Jose was done. Andre had deserted him, so they were no longer brothers. They were no longer friends, which was fine while they were well away from each other, but now they're back close again. And what's more, now Andre is back and he's younger, better looking, has fresher ideas, a more exciting new team – he's just…cooler. And nobody is allowed to be cooler than Jose. Especially not Andre. But Jose is still the big kid. He can stop Andre, by any means necessary. See, like all big kids who don't like a newbie coming in and taking all the attention away from them, Jose can't abide the idea that Andre might have some nice things too. Chelsea didn't need Willian (above) – of course they didn't need him. They had Andre Schurrle, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Victor Moses and Juan Mata. Jose didn't need Willian, but he took him away from Andre anyway. Suddenly jealousy kicks in. He sees Andre's eyes light up at the prospect of a wonderful new toy, and although he has plenty of toys like it, he must have it. Not because he wants it, but because Andre wants it. And Andre can't have what he wants. So he snatches the new toy away, and pretends to play with it for a while, but eventually he content_imgjust buries it in the sandpit. This petty feeling is so deep that Jose just shows off about the toys he has and Andre doesn't. He has a beautiful, graceful, elegant Juan Mata in his cupboard – a Juan Mata that Andre asked for, ever so nicely in the summer, but Jose said no. And why did he say no? Was it because he wanted this Juan Mata because he was going to play with him? Of course not. He said no because then Andre couldn&aposB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick is demanding Timo Werner make a final decision about signing new terms.With just a year to run on his current deal with Leipzig, where he has plied his trade for almost three years, Werner could be on the move this summe;t have him. He said no because he knew it would make Andre unhappy. And now he keeps him on display, still in the box, high on a shelf, in sight of Andre, unused. He's taunurizio Sarri.Sunday will be the first time Sarri’s returned to his former club since leaving for Chelsea.“Sarri left a lot of good memories here, as he got us playing good football and the fans haven’t forgotten him. However, now he is at Juve and ting Andre, because he can. It's all about making sure everyone knows who the biggest kid is, about who's in charge of this particular playground. And the playground is White Hart Lane on Saturday. Hopefully this will end like all childish squabbles do – with a thumping, hair-pulling scrap in the mud before teacher puts them on the naughty step.

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Newcastle boss wants to replace Simpson with Palace midfielder

A full version of this story appeag Brighton defender Ben White.The Athletic says White has attracted the interest of both Liverpool and United after impressing on loan with Leeds.The 19-yeacontent_imgr-old moved north from Brighton for the season in July and has become an integral part of Marcrs in today's People. Read it online at People.co.uk Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is preparing for life without his right back Danny Simpson by stepping up his interest in Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne. While the former Manchester United defender, 25, continues to stall over a new long-term contract, Pardew watched Clyne in action against Middlesbros demanding better from Manchester City loanee Tosin Adarabioyo.The 21-year-old has endured a dismal loan spell so far, missing five games through injury. Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph: “We are learning about his body reacts to different siugh yesterday. Read the full version of this story at People.co.uk

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Nani: I’m top target for Fergie’s hairdryer

Manchester United winger Nani admits he is one of the more frequent victims of Sir Alex Ferguson's infamous hairdryer. Now 70, Ferguson claims to have melticontent_imgn Dubravka has signed a new six-year contract.The 30-year-old, who first joined the club on loan in January 2017, has made 59 appearances for the Magpies.He told the club’s website: “It is an amazing feeling.”I have to say that it feels like time hlowed down the years, a stance the likes of Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville agree with. However, the Scot's temper can quickly boil over if he feels his team are not reaching the performance levels he demands. And Nani, on his day a world-class talent but infuriatingly inconsistent, knows he irritates his boss more than most. Speaking in an exclusive interview on the Betfair Facebook page, Nani said: "I get it a lot, it's normal. "He expects more from me, so sometimes he comes to me and says something." Not that it means Nani respects Ferguson any less. After almost 40 years as a manager, 25 of which have been spent at United, the former Sporting Lisbon player knows the Scot is the master of man-management. "No-one understands it like Alex Ferguson," he said. "Everyone knows him in Portugal, and talk a lot talk about him. "Everyone knows the way he works is fantastic and the young lads improve a lot." It has been suggested Ferguson's most recent feats have been amongst his most impressive. Since the world record £80million departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in 2009, United have won one Premier League, finished second by a point to Chelsea, reached a Champions League final and won the Carling Cup. It is only a fortnight since they overcame Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup despite being beset by injuries. pointed the first ever director as they look to reshape their footballing structure.Britton has already been working with the club as an advisor since he retired.Now the 36-year-old will take on an even more important role with Swansea.”I’ve been extAll this despite refusing to splash out on the big-name midfielder even seasoned United observers accept the club desperately need. Indeed, while Paul Scholes' return has been welcomed by the majority of supporters, there is also a fear the 37-year-old's retirement U-turn is just papering over the cracks. Not that the view is echoed in the United dressing room. "He is one of the best players I've played with in my life," said Nani. "The quality he gives the team is fantastic." After his goalscoring contribution to last weekend's win over Bolton, Scholes is likely to be involved on Sunday, when United take on Arsenal for the first time since that staggering 8-2 win at Old Trafford in August. "Maybe," said Michael Carrick, when asked if Arsenal would be gunning for revenge. "They didn't start the season too well but they are still up there. "Arsenal against Manchester United is always a massive game. They will want to win and so will we." It is not so much a case of the Red Devils wanting to win. By the time they kick-off, it might be a clear case of having to. For, if Manchester City overcome Tottenham in the other title crunch taking place on Sunday, United will be six points adrift to a team that will only get stronger once brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure return from Africa Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast. "Manchester City have done well," said Carrick. "You have to give them credit. They set an early pace, had a funny Christmas period, and have now bounced back. "It's close at the moment, so we want to catch up with them. The bar has been raised this year." ** Ashley Young, Nani and Michael Carrick were speaking at an exclusive fan Q&A broadcast on Betfair's Facebook page. To see the full video and more, visit /betfair.

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EXCLUSIVE: City turn down Liverpool’s Carroll for Tevez swap offer

Manchester City have rejected an offer from ­Liverpool to swap Carlos Tevez for £35million misfit Andy Carroll. The Merseysiders ­contacted City’s Football ­Administration Officer Brian Marwood with the proposal on Thursday – just hours after beating the Blues in the Carling Cup semi-final. Sign up for our transfer deadline day LIVE blog NOW! But City were not interested in exchanging their former skipper for a striker who has flopped since his big-money arrival from Newcastle a year ago. City are desperate to ­offload Tevez – but boss Roberto Mancini had no interest in signing Carroll. Tevez is set to return to the Etihad Stadium this week – and will be hit by another charge of bringing his club into disrepute after spending the last six week’s in Buenos Aires without the club’s permission. City are keeping their options open – including sacking Tevez for breach s being mentioned as a target for Tottenham and Arsenal this month.But Mundo Deportivo says Wolves have emerged as another option for Lemar.Wolng the coverage of his famous interview with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after winning the Champions League final on Saturday.Klopp burst into song as Liverpool celebrated winning their sixth European Cup title – with the clip going viral around the ves, who signed Jonny Otto and Diogo Jota directly from Atletico, are hoping that agent Jorge Mendes’ relatof contract and suing him for damaging his own value. EXCLUSIVE: High flying Kuyt told he's not going anywhere EXCLUSIVE:content_img Ba set for swap deal with Kop flop Carroll  Who's in and who's out at YOUR club? Every Premier League deal of the January transfer window

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Four decades and counting: Newcastle’s long wait goes on after yet another defeat at Old Trafford

Newcastle must wonder what they have to do to win at Old Trafford. It is 40 years since they won a league game at Manchester United, yet the wait goes on for a victory at the Theatre of Dreams. Three times Alan Pardew’s side led on Boxing Day, yet they ultimately left emptycontent_img-handed after another late comeback raid from United. With his entire first-choice midfield out through injury, Pardew’s team showed remarkable resolve to push United all the way, despite it all counting for nothing. While his midfield personnel, particularly the impressive Vurnon Anita, filled the void left by Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrerz, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, Pardew felt his defence let him down. “Defensively we should have done a lot better today,” said Pardew. “We came here with a game-plan, to take the game to United. “So to come away with nothing, in terms of the way we played offensively, was disappointing. “Regardless of being at Manchester United, and the history and trador Real Madrid midfielder Isco.Pirlo believes the Spaniard would improve the Serie A champions.”They need an Isco, in my opinion,” he told Sky Itali Marco Silva.While Duncan Ferguson impressed by winning his first interim game in charge against Chelsea, he is not likely to get the job full time.But he should be in charge for the Manchester United away game on Sunday.The Mirror says the Blues area.“They’re on another level on Italy, but they have to win the Champions League. Allegri’s had a teaition of the place, the late finishes and all that, we should have got something today. “You could argue our whole midfield from last season is out. But that midfield did so well today, they were brilliant, particularly Anita.” Anita left the field on a stretcher in added time after a nasty clash with Antonio Valencia, which angered Pardew. “I was a bit upset with that tackle,” said Pardew. “I think it got lost a little bit. “I’ve seen it again, and I don’t think it was malicious, I don’t think Valencia was trying to hurt him. “He’s timed it badly and unfortunately for us, it might cost us a player for our next game. “It’s too early to say [how bad it is] but he’s got a bang on the ankle. “We’ll have to see if he can make Arsenal, which would be a loss to us, because I thought he was terrific.”

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Sergio Aguero picks his all-time best XI… and there’s no place for Cristiano Ronaldo

Sergio Aguero has left out from his all-time XI. The Manchester City man has picked y Leyton Orient as manager.The 39-year-old lasted just 29 days in charge before being let go by the club on Thursday, with Orient sitting 16th in the fourth tier.He signed until 2021 on October 16 and was Orient’s first permanent manager since the trthe side he believes is best from all the players in history, and it is dominated by South American players. His compatriots and Diego Maradona both made the cut, as did the Brazilian Ronaldo, but there was no place for the Real Madrid superstar. He has put the players in a 3-4-2-1 formation, and explained the decisions on Manchester City's YouTube channel. Here is all-time XI… In pictures: Manchester City 3-2 Aston Villa Goalkeeper "My goalkecontent_imgeper would be Oliver Kahn because I've always liked him. He's made history with Bayern Munich and that's why I'd pick him." Defence "Hierro is a legend and he's good in the air, just like Roberto Ayala. Then Sergio Ramos is a player I like a lot. It's a courageous defensive line. They would just need to focus on winning the ball back and passing it to the midfielders." Midfield "It's a line of four in the midfield. All but one are genuine midfielders. The exception is Roberto Carlos who I would play on the left wing ty over Norwich City unscathed.Maguire was a doubt after suffering a muscle injury which forced him to miss the City defeat, but made a swift recovery to captain United to victory.“I had a problem with a muscle but it was only a small muscle and I no cross the ball. The other three midfielders are Xavi, Redondo and Iniesta, they would keep the ball. I don't know how they are going to track back, though." Attack "Then up front, Messi and Diego Maradona and as centre forward Ronaldo, the Brazilian. The Argentines will fight a little bit bacause they are both left footed. I wouldn't really restrict them. I would tell them to play freely. We would just need one of the two to be in form to win any game." Is Cristiano Ronaldo in YOUR all-time XI?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Wrexham ‘goal’ disallowed by referee after it bursts the net – watch the controversial incident

Wrexham fans were left bemused when they thought they had pulled a goal back against Kidderminster Harriers, only to see it chalked off after it went THROUGH a hole in the net. The Midlands side were 2-0 up when Dragons striker Adrian Cieslewicz ran through and fired icontent_imgnto the bottom corner, sparking wild celebrations from the visiting fans. But when the ball passed through a hole in the netting their joy was turned to anger when referee Amy Fearn disallowto the Spain squad.Four years after his last involvement with La Roja, Cazorla has been named by Lujor experience.Their chances of a Europa League giant-killing against United have been rocked by the news that star striker Emmanuel Dennis will miss out through injury.The Belgian side will also be without captain Ruud Vormer with both players not mis Enrique in his latest squad.Having battled with an Achilles injury for two yeas, the midfielder was cut loose by Arsenal at the end of last season. ed the goal, instead awarding the home side a goal kick. After SIX MINUTES of deliberations and consultations with both linesman the right decision was eventually arrived at and the goal awarded. Not that it mattered, as Kidderminster added another shortly after to run out 3-1 winners. This hilarious video, shot by an animated Wrexham fan, shows the perfect angle of the strike going in and through the net. It was the exact reverse of an incident last month, when in the Bundesliga. On that occasion, the ball went the wrong side of the post and was still allowed.

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Arsenal target cut-price deal for Chelsea striker

Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou is a cut-price January target for Arsenal. Ivory Cohampions League qualification is wide open.Manchester City’s ban means fifth place will mean qualifying for the competition’s playoffs this season.Jota enthused: “It’s really tight at the moment, and if we look back there are a lot of teams that arast star Kalou is out of contract at the end of the season and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a long time admirer. Arsenal could wait until the summer and get him for free but also face competition content_imgfrom Liverpool and may be ready to do a deal on the cheap. Chelsea assistant boss Roberto Di Matteo yesterday dodged questions on Arsenal's interest with Kalou now away on African Nations Cup duty. Di Matteo said: "I know that he is at the African Nations Cup and in a pre-tournament camp in Abu Dhae campaign on loan at Everton.However, with an impending transfer and uncertainty around out-of-contract David Luiz, the Blues are planning to bring Zouma back to Stamford Bridge for preseason, according to the Liverpool Echo.Everton boss Marco Silvabi with his national team. That's what I know."

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John O’Shea demands more from his Sunderland teammates if they are to avoid the drop

John O'Shea warned his Sunderland team mates to start winning ugly if they want to save their Premier League lives  – starting with Manchester United. The struggling Black Cats are rock bottom of the league after a disastrous start to the season that cost manager Paolo Di Canio his job after just five games. The or fan unease following their 3-0 defeat to West Brom. But owner Ellis Short acted soon after and now his managerless side are propping up the division having only Piatek. Despite only arriving a year ago from Genoa, Milan are prepared to sell the Poland international this month, says TMW.And Villa content_imghave comen Klopp says Manchester City are the best team in world football.The Reds are five points clear of City on the Premier League table after five games.But Klopp insists his team are still behind Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions.”We cannot be the best forward with a bid of €28m for the striker.The Premier League strugglers are acting quickly after cen picked up only a solitary point against fellow relegation favourites Southampton. A much improved performance in their recent 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in their second game under caretaker boss Kevin Ball, though, showed signs that club could still save their season. But skipper O'Shea admits he would instantly swap any praise for their pretty football for three points when they host his former club on Saturday who are . "The positives don't count for anything," he told the Sunderland Echo. "Believe me, anyone in the dressing room would rather play terrible and win the games 1-0. "We have to get away from moral victories when we have done okay or done this and done that. We have to stand up and take responsibility, make sure we get clean sheets and go ahead in games. "The players need to get this home crowd behind us and give them something to cheer about, rather than them having to get us going all the time. "We did that in the second half against Liverpool, but we need to be doing that from the start. "The sooner we get the win on the board the better, and why not against United? We are under no illusions that it's going to be tough, but we have to start somewhere."

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Mauricio Pochettino in numbers: Tottenham’s new boss compared to Tim Sherwood

Mauricio Pochettino and was told by chairman Daniel Levy to do what Tim Sherwood couldn't – lead Spurs into the But how does the new man in dugout compare to his predecessor in the role? We asked our pals from Opta for all kinds of stats comparing Pochettino's Southampton and the AVB/Sherwood's Tottenham sidecontent_img from last year to try and figure out what might happen next season. The bottom line First up – who has the higher win percentage in the Premier League? Former boss Tim Sherwood romps home it official esports player, Owen Venn, reports www.fcbusiness.co.ukWith a proud history of producing and developing footballing talent, the club is now entering the world of esports by aiding Owen’s progression. Owen, who will play under the gamer tagn this category winning almost a quarter more of his games as a top flight boss, but perhaps that's not too surprising, considering that ability and position of the Spurs side he inherited, compared to the Southampton team that Pochettino took over last year. Pass masters? So what can we expect from Pochettino's Spurs side? Passing. And lots of it, if the numbers are to be believed. Saints ranked fifth of all Premier League sides in terms of attempted passes last season, well ahead of Spurs. Press to impress? Pochettino's Saints side are renowned for their high-tempo passing gameurnley have avoided the drop.Keane was part of the Everton side that defeated Burnley 2-0 last week.However, he was pleased the result did not have any long lasting consequences on the Clarets, who were already safe.”They did it twice to us last year and the data backs that up, with Southampton having far more blocks, clearances and interceptions that Tottenham last season. Source: Opta Put it in the mixer Another area where Pochettino's side trumped Spurs last season was in cross completion, with Saints ranking second in the league, while Spurs languished at the bottom of this particular metric. So if Mauricio can get the most of out his compatriot Erik Lamela, expect the likes of Roberto Soldado to be well fed next term. Source: Opta Spurs fans! Are you happy with Mauricio Pochettino's appointment?2000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Sign Sigurdsson! Icelandic boss Lagerback says Gylfi is the man to re-light Liverpool’s fire

Gylfi Sigurdsson is the player to re-ignite Liverpool’s Premier League fire. That’s the verdict of the Iceland star delivered by his international team boss Lars Lagerback. Brendan Rodgers is desperate to bolster his creative options at ­Anfield. He tried to sign ­Sigurdsson for Swansea after the Icelandic midfielder had enjoyed a terrific loan spell there last season. But Rodgers’ switch to Anfield three weeks ago – and the fact Swansea hadn’t completed a club record £7million deal with ­Hoffenheim – has allowed the ­new Liverpool boss to try to persuade the 22-year-old to join him at ­Anfield. And the implications ofcontent_img putting Sigurdsson alongside players such as Liverpool and England skipper Steven Gerrard are immense. Lagerback said: “Gylfi had a ­fantastic season with Swansea and he has great quality. “I was really impressed with what he did with Swansea and the way they played really suited him. “He’s a fantastic player at linking play around him and together with the players in his team. “If he has some good players around him, then I think he’s an absolutely top player – but he does need to be surrounded by ­quality. “If that happens, then I think he could be a really world-class ­player in the right environment.” A move to Anfield would ­represent a remarkable turnaround for a player who not long ago found himself on loan to Crewe from Reading. A spell at Buth Dwight Gayle over Joelinton.The Brazilian striker has copped plenty of flak after just one league goal since a club-record £40million move from Hoffenheim in July.Ahead of facing Crystal Palace, Bruce could be tempted to unleash fit-again Gayle andesliga club ­Hoffenheim revived Sigurdsson’s fortunes before his stint at ­Swansea turned the Icelandic striker into one of European ­football’s hottest properties. Lagerback knows a world-class forward when he sees one, having handed olskjaer has played down comments this week suggesting frustration with Paul Pogba’s decision to undergo surgery.Pogba faces more time on the sidelines after going under the knife and when Solskjaer was asked about the situation ahead of their FA CupZlatan Ibrahimovic his international debut back in 2001 and having worked closely with Sweden legend Henrik Larsson during his 10 years in charge of the national side. Lagerback believes that it’s hard to compare Sigurdsson with either, but claims that Iceland’s wonderkid is far more than simply a goalscoring midfielder. “We have found a role for him in the Iceland team where he can be involved as much as possible and really influence the attacking part of our game,” said Lagerback. “He’s not really like either of them (Ibrahimovic or Larsson) but there are elements of his game that are like Zlatan – he’s not a goalscorer like Henrik was. “He has fantastic feet and can shoot from anywhere but he’s more of a playmaker or an offensive midfielder with good shooting ability.” Liverpool have a rich tradition of goal-scoring midfielders from Ray Kennedy and Terry McDermott through to John Wark and Ronnie Whelan. Liverpool fans spent the ­majority of last season looking skywards in frustration – and so the arrival of ­Sigurdsson could be heaven sent. More on Sigurdsson