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Kenny Dalglish column: Quality coaching is paramount to the future of the England team

The first thing the FA should do when trying to improve the England team is get the quality of young players raised. And the way to do that is by educating coaches. That is what they keep saying they are doing at St George’s Park and what it is set up for. It might take you a couple of years for that process to happen. But only once they do that can they start introducing the sort of proposals FA chairman revealed this week. There is no guarantee when you look at some of the ideas, like increasing the number of homegrown players in the 25-man squads from eight up to 12, that they will mean you are going to get quality. You might get more English players registered in the Premier League but the standard of them may not improve. But if you educate coaches to educate the kids and the kids improve that is a better way to start solving the shortage. On one hand the FA are saying there are not enough young English players. Then on the other they are trying to force clubs, eventually, to have almost half of their squad made up of homegrown players. e has launched a stunning attack on predecessor and former No2 Robert Moreno.Moreno took over from Enrique in June when he resigned to care for his nine-year-old daughter Xana before she died of bone cancer in August. The latter has now returned afteSo where are they going to get 50 per cent more players from if they are not there? If you go through the big cities in Englancontent_imgd – London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham. Which big players have they produced in recent years? Have a look. Maybe and spring to mind as those who could go on to have a big future. But it’s not many. So where are these players going to come from unless something is done first to start producing them? I can see why the FA want things to change and to get the benefit for the national team. But I don’t see the Premier League clubs being too happy with these plans. They have just signed for Premier League rights. They won’t want to be going back to the table in a few years having to negotiate downwards because there has been a drop in quality. The Premier League holds all the aces due to its financial power. They want and have the most attractive commercial product in football so they won’t let that drop. If they can come to a compromise they will. But I can’t see them doing it just for the sake of the national team. The FA have some negotiating to do and won’t get exactly what they want. For example, they have proposed 12 homegrown players in a squad maybe hoping they will get 10. Also, I don’t think it’s right you get a game because of your nationality for anybody other than your national team. Gallery: England train ahead of Lithuania clash The clubs are under pressure to succeed. For them to stay in the Premier League is worth over £100m. So the chances are they are going to take a punt on experienced foreign player which might be what’s hurtful to young boys coming through. You could have 12 homegrown players in your squad but half of them will never get a game because they are not good enough. Your squad will comply with the regulations but is that fair on the boy? How does that help the national team? From a manager’s perspective, if he needs a player he will pick the one he thinks is most likely to help him. He could be foreign, he could be homegrown. But it is also worth pointing out that if you’re homegrown and have ability a club will want to keep you and you to succeed. It’s impossible to say how this will pan out but the FA clearly want to do something about it. They just have to find the best way to do it. Will England win the 20contract offer from Southampton, according to reports.The Dane is out of contract in 2021 and has recently paired up with super-agent Pini Zahavi.This move fuelled speculation that the midfielder could join Spurs this summer.But the Daily Echo says t22 World Cup?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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PSG star David Luiz dismisses talk that he’s never had sex, declaring: “I’m NOT a virgin”

Former defender has dismissed reports that he's a virgin and accused the media of a lack of respect. Luiz, now with Paris Saint-Germain, following an Instagram post declaring he "would wait" until marriage before having sex with his girlfriend.content_img The 28-year-old Brazilian has sought to rebuff those claims. "People are saying things everywhere about whether I'm a virgin or not," Luiz told BBC's Football Focus. "I'm not a virgin. I've had more than one girlfriend in my life." He added: "Sieves Adam Lallana should leave Anfield this summer.Nicol seems to think Lallana’s time at Anfield could be up.”I think it’s pretty clear the odd man out in that lot is Lallana,” Nicol said. “At his best he can give you a little sparkle.”Unfortunatelome people in the press don't respect people in life. I can put my head on my pillow and sleep great because I respect everyone." The PSG man, who is a devout Christian, was also posted a photo of himself being baptised into the Pentecostal Hillsong Church last week. Luiz was baptised in the swimming pool of PSG teammate Maxwell on Friday and he took to Instagram to devote his life to God. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)," Luiz wrote. "How wonderful to live with you Lord, thank You for loving me so much and taking care of me! "My life is yours, and I am your servant! You're always in the center of all my decisions! I love my God! Amen&quoeth Bale admits a return to the Premier League could happen this summer.Jonathan Barnett admitted yesterday that Real coach Zinedine Zidane did not to keep the Welshman for next season.And asked about a return to the Premier League, he admitted: “Rett;. Luiz left Chelsea last July to move to the French champions, in a deal worth around £43million, after three-and-a-half years at Stamford Bridge. Were Chelsea right to sell David Luiz?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off for Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League controversy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been sent off in a moment of was given his marching orders shortly after the half hour for a lunging challenge on Chelsea midfielder Oscar. While slightly reckless and off the ground Ibrahimovic didn't lead with his studs and was full of apology immediatcompleted the signing of Arsenal winger Xavier Amaechi.HSV have paid €2.5m for the teenager, who has penned a five-year contract.HSV sports director Jonas Boldt said, “He’s a young talented player who has a lot of pace, good short quick moves and oely. But his regret was all for nothing as referee Bjorn Kuipers reached for his red card seconds later. Some PSG players already felt Chelsea had got away ane Dembele can fulfill his potential at the Nou Camp.Dembele hcontent_imgas been mentioned as part of a potential deal for PSG star Neymar.Ortega told Catalunya Radio: “Dembele has incredible potential, he’s young and he can still add a lot.” Urbano continued:with a serious infraction after an off-the-ball incident between Diego Costa and David Luiz. And midfielder Thiago Motta was so incensed that he was booked for dissent in the wake of the red card. Should Zlatan Ibrahimovic have been sent off?9000+ VOTES SO FAR

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Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal: Rodgers demands action on Carroll fiasco… Wenger relaxed

Brendan Rodgers revealed he will ‘ask the question’ about a loan deal for Didier Drogba and Michael Owen, after being left high and dry in the transfer window. The Liverpool manager watched in horror as a toothless display from and record their worst league start in 50 years after taking just a single point in their opening three matches. Afterwards, the Anfield boss admitted he would not have let Andy Carroll leave on loan to West Ham, had he known he wouldn’t be allowed to bring in a replacement. And he argued that decision leaves him desperately short of numbers, which could force him into an emergency deal for either Drogba or Owen, who could still be signed outside the window as they are free agents. Rodgers said: “I wouldn’t have let Andy Carroll go if I had known I had no replacement. How confident was I that we would get a replacement? Very. “Any player I believe can improve the squad I will look at. We have only got a very small group. We had 19 players training yesterday so I probably need to ask questions on that. Drogba or Owen? It’s something that would have to be discussed.” Rodgers revealed afterwards he has the opportunity to recall Carroll from his loan spell at West Ham at Christmas, and it seems likely he will exercise that option if he doesn’t get reinforcements. When asked if the owners would block any move for Owen, who is a free agent, or Drogba – who is in dispute with his current club Shanghai Shenhua and could also become a free agent – because of their age, he reiterated: “That’s something that would have to be discussed.” The suggestion fr step backwards if they brought Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield.Barcelona are looking to offload the Brazilian, who they bought from the Reds in January 2018.After winning the Champions League last season, Murphy thinks Jurgen Klopp’s are doing finom within Anfield was that Liverpool refused to bid any more than £3million for Dempsey because of his age, and that has clearly angered the new manager. Yesterday, after watching an insipid display from his side, Rodgers revealed that he has already had clear-the-air talks with his owners, and plans another summit next week, to thrash out future transfer policy. “There is no doubt that finances here had to be changed, that was the reality when I came in. There is no use crying about it now,” he added. “We have lost nine players and brought in three. From a business side the club has done well. What I need to do well for the future now is look after the football business, make sure we help the players that are here. “The owners have been very up front and honest with me, I’ve no problem with that. But obviously there are one or two things I need to iron out, absolutely no question. “There are one or two operational things we need to iron out, if we do that hopefully it will help us in the January window. “I’ve spoken to the people back in America and aired my thoughts. We will reflect on it again next week and have conversations about the way forward. “But I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m very proud and privileged to lead this club. I have made it my life to take this club forward, and I want to deliver that for the incredible fans here.” Wenger boosted by Diaby return While Liverpool seem set for a serious round of self-reflection and possible recrimination after what seems suspiciously like their manager being hung out to dry in the transfer window, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was able to serenely navigate this game, and the problems he has encountered at the Emirates this summer. The French coach was under pressure after losing Robin Van Persie and Alex Song in the transfer window, but replacements Lukas Podolski, who opened the scoring yesterday, and Santi Cazorla were outstanding. With the Gunners taking five points from three games without conceding a goal, things look much healthier, particularly after the return after a year of injury for Abou Diaby, who looked assured in midfield and gave Wenger and the club a major boost. “Diaby hasn’t played a game for a year. Physically he is in good shape and there is more to come from him. He is still finding his way. “I was worried about him in the last year, but I always kecontent_imgpt behind him because he’s not only a fantastic player, he’s a fie says that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could lose his job even if he wins a trophy this season.The Red Devils are still in the FA Cup and Europa League, with the latter also offering a route into the Champions League.But Van Persie says that winning cups antastic guy too – let’s home he comes through the international break ok, because’s he going to travel with his country. “You can see that Diaby is massive for us. He is a tremendous football player who has everything you want in midfield,” he said. “He hasn’t played a game for a year, but he had a good pre-season and we just gave him 45 minutes every three days. Now he looks, physically, in a good shape. There is more to come from him, but what he has shown today is very good. “We looked promising and I am very pleased with the potential of the team. They showed good energy and that is always very interesting because it gives you something to work on. “Everybody understood very quickly that Cazorla would not take six months to settle in and Podolski is deadly when he has a chance. You see that all the time in training, but he also showed good teamwork today.”

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Player kicks the ball in his own face and wins a free-kick

When things aren't going well in football you know anything can happen, that's exactly how will be feeling this morning. Milan are languishing in the following their ninth league draw of season andnst Newcastle United.United lost away at St James’ Park 1-0 in October and defeats to clubs in the bottom half have come in between wins against the likes of Manchester City and Spurs.But boss Solskjaer said: “We were disappointed to lose at Newcas just one win in their last six. Yesterday the Italian giants drew 1-1 with EReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos insists form will have no influence on Sunday’s El Clasico against Barcelona.Real Madrid host Quique Setien’s side at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in a clash that could decide the destination of this season’s LaLiga mpoli, a side currently fighting a relegation battle at the bottom of the table. Having conceded a 1-0 lead, Inzaghi introduced on-loan Atletico Madrid man Alessio Cerci from the bench.. he then went on to be penalised for Empoli man Mario Rui tried to avoid Cerci's challenge by flicking the ball over his head but inadvertently smashed it into his own face and fell to the ground. The referee, who must have thought Cerci had caught his opponent with his hand, then blew to award a free-kick to the Blues. Poor Filippo, he just can't catccontent_imgh a break at the minute. Do you think this was a foul?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Aston Villa’s Gabby Agbonlahor sets his sights on victory over Manchester United

r believes his team can inflict more pressure on when they take on the champions at Villa Park on Sunday. are on the verge of losing three successive league matches, which hasn't happened for 12 years. Agbonlahor was last in a Villa side that beat United four years ago when they won 1-0 at Old Trafford. Knowing that a win will put level on points with struggling United, Agbonlahor is in confident mood. "We know they can be beaten, but we also know it will be a tough game," he told the Daily Express. "What I remember of the goal is that Ashley Young sent over a good cross and I headed it near post, past the keeper. I think that was the fcontent_imgirst time Villa had won at Old Trafford for more than 25 years." Villa, who lost 2-0 at Fulham last week, are in decent formnsidering his future this season.Florentino, according to Mundo Deportivo’s Francesc Aguilar, is weighing up his options as thers are reportedly interested in Barcelona winger Malcolm in addition to Andre Gomes as manager Mauricio Pochettino looks to bolster his squad this summer.Gomes has been on Spurs’ radar for a while now following his impressive loan spell at Everton th season comes to an end.It’s suggested he is growing tired in the position and is seriously considering resigning.Aguilar p despite that slip up and the 27-year-old striker feels his side are progressing well. "We came close to beating them last season at Villa when we went 2-0 up and played well. United have been in those situations many times, however, and they came back strongly and we couldn't hang on, losing 3-2. "But we feel that we're progressing all the time, the players have learned from those kinds of experiences. "The manager is always the same in the way we approach games. We're always trying to win it, so it will be the same approach against United."

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Brian Reade column: Football must listen to fans about outrageous ticket prices – or end up with empty grounds

Sky have been hyping it on the same lines as Terrific Top-Drawer Transfer Deadline Day. Wednesday, June 19. When the Premier League tells fans the times and dates where they can watch the Greatest Show On Earth next season (or rather the Premier League gives Sky a rough guide which they rip-up and hand back with the real times and dates those games will take place). But it’s not just TV redrawing the fixture list that has ­diminished what used to be a summer ­high-point, when fans began to plan their awaydays for next season. It’s the fact that following your team has become so expensive for many of them it’s out of the question. Discontent has been bubbling away for months: angry outbursts at being charge £50-£60 at other grounds, rows of upturned plastic in many away ends, and the growing presence of protest banners that warn: ‘FOOTBALL IS NOTHING WITHOUT FANS’. If you’re in central London on Wednesday lunchtime you may see that banner, as more than 100 fans march on the Premier League’s HQ in Gloucester Place to tell them that enough is enough. That the level of ­exploitation, which would not be tolerated in any other industry, has gone too far. That as the eye-popping £5.5billion TV deal kicks in (guaranteeing the bottom club in next year’s Premier League £60million) it’s time to stop taking your lifeblood for granted and help them out. What is really so impressive about this Football Supporters ­Federation-backed protest is the level of organisation, with ­meetings being held in London and Liverpool, and the range of rival fans taking part. On Wednesday members of Liverpool’s Spirit Of Shankl the star of the show in Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Vitoria on Thursday.Down 2-1, the substitute showed his class with two superb free-kicks to give Arsenal all three points in the Europa League encounter.Nicolas Pepe Scores a screamerSuch beauty pic.twiy union will walk side by side with the Manchester United Supporters Trust and Everton’s Blue Union. Arsenal Supporters Trust and Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust will share banners along with fans of lower league clubs like Yeovil and Tranmere. For those who sit in the ­directors’ box, media seats and corporates (and anyone else who doesn’t pay to get into grounds) this may seem like the whining of ungrateful militants, but the facts shame football. The Bank of England says prices in Britain have risen by 77 per cent since 1989. Top-tier football ticket prices have gone up 716 per cent. Despite Lord Justice Taylor recommending in the report which ushered in all-seater stadia that clubs great Ruud Gullit believes Manchester City will struggle to keep manager Pep Guardiola if their Champions League ban stands.City are set to appeal against a two seacontent_imgson Champions League ban handed down by UEFA for breaching Financial Fair Play laws.Oshould keep price structures in place which didn’t penalise those who paid to stand. Last season alone, away ticket prices (often the worst specs in the ground) went up on average by 10 per cent, as wages and living standards plummeted. It’s been calculated that if clubs passed on to fans the rise in income from the new £5.5bn TV deal (making do with the £3.4bn they already receive) every ticket at every game for the next three years could be cut by £51.30. In other words they could give most of them away. Fans aren’t asking for anything like that, just a fair deal. Many are sick of being ­patronised about how their atmosphere-creating passion is what makes English football a global phenomenon. Then getting nothing in return but buck-passing contempt. The Premier League saying it’s up to the clubs to cap prices, the clubs saying they can’t do it on their own, the PFA saying their members, whose pockets 70 per cent of that new deal will go into, are only getting the market rate. Wednesday is a long-overdue rallying cry, a shot across the bows, a taster of what might happen if those in power don’t listen. Supporters’ groups want an admission that this ­exploitation, especially of the real, hardcore fans who travel to away games and give the grounds the passion they sell across the globe, has to be addressed. They want to remind the Premier League that their ‘product’ is nothing without fans. And if those fans keep on being insulted they’re not short of ideas on how to damage that product.

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Pictured: Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Sir Alex Ferguson among those attending UEFA coaching forum

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho were among those to attend the UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum in Switzerland today. And there was a familiar face leading the talks in former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez and Peim.Jose Mourinho has since sealed a return to management at Tottenham.And Klopp declared, “Welcome back Jose! It’s nice to have him back.”You could see he was desperate when he was not in (work)!”Poch is not there anymore so it shows how quick thingsp Guardiola were also among those in attendence. Ideas content_imgwere exchanged on the current state of football and how it can be improved, helping UEFA with future considerations. But pictures from the event gave an almost back-to-school feel. Here's how we think it played out: Professor Fergie directs people to assembly… ….where the class of 2014/15 have their school photo (Pep reprims goalscoring drought against Astana on Thursday.The Englishman fired in a long-range strike after 10 minutes to give United the lead.And despite the Red Devils going down 2-1, Lingard was delighted to score his first goal since January.”It’s always anded for wearing trainers) But when discussions take place, star pupil Guardiola continues to impress… …until headteacher Platini interrupts and pops in for a chat When lessons continue, the school bully is sent to the back of the class… …before he's sent home for calling Arsene Wenger a 'specialist in failure'

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic to be rewarded with new contract at Stamford Bridge

Branislav Ivanovic is to be offered a The 31-year-old Serbian has been a lynch-pin in the team’s rise to the top of the Premier League, to triumph in the Capital One Cup and into the knock-out stages of the Champions League. Ivanovic – signed for £9.5 million from Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2008 – will have one year left on his current deal at the end of the season. Manager Jose Mourinho wantscontent_img to ensure that Ivanovic stays longer and – like captain John Terry – will be owith Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. The Blues were rampant in the first half as Mason Mount scored his first goal for the club to give them a slender 1-0 lead at half-time. Despite Leicester finding a way back into the game, Nevin saw enough signffered a one-year extension. Mourinho has singled out Ivanovic as in his team. Last season he said he was among those he could count on no matter what the opposition home or away. And the indications are that Ivanovic will accept the offer – and add to his experience to a team which he feels is improving all the time. In pictures – West Ham 0-1 Chelsea: The next tes of manager Rafa Benitez.He is confident Benitez can take the club back into Europe.Williamson told the Evening Chronicle: “With the pedigree of manager it does bring excitement.”Fingers crossed we can keep building and let him have that platform tt for Chelsea comes on Wednesday night in the Champions League against Paris St Germain at Stamford Bridge. Ivanovic was the Chelsea goalscorer in the French capital when Mourinho’s men secured a 1-1 first-leg draw and that makes them hot favourites to progress. Ivanovic said: “Just because we doesn’t make any difference in the way we prepare. We have to go out to win the game.” Does Branislav Ivanovic deserve a new contract?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Pizzeria offering Manchester United style calzone pizza that ‘folds under slightest pressure’

A Scarborough Pizzeria is offering a calzone to its customers entitled The Manchester United. Castello's Pizzeria, which can be found at 2 North Marine Road in North Yorkshire, are taking advantage of with their advertising. "A cosmopolitan blend of high-class ingredients that fold under the slightest pressure" is how they term their calzone – a cheeky poke at a United side who have recently lost three in a row for the first time since 2001. Of course, the promotion ille has continued his tirade against Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.He recently questioned the Belgian’s fitness while at United and branding him ‘unprofessional’.And Neville has now called on United to weed out any other players in the club who is "for a limited time only (until David”hurt massively”.The Reds are bidding for a ninth League win in a row against Wolves on Sunday afternoon at Anfield knowing even that won’t be enough should City keep their one-point advantage by winning away to Brighton.”No, the Champions League won Moyes is sacked)". And it's not going to set you back a great deal: it's only £5.50 – less than 0.005 percent of Ashley Young's weekly wagcontent_imge. Rumours that The West Ham entails a stuffed crust remain unproven.

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Chelsea divers must be retrospectively punished, insists Derby boss Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren wants the FA to get tough and punish the diving cheats that mar the sport. Derby take on a Chelsea side on Tuesday accused of “something out of Swan Lake” . were angry referee Chris Foy did not take action after a series of acts of simulation. Now McClaren – who saw Ramires booked for a similar offence last time the two sides met in January – believes the FA now need to act He said: “Would I like to see retrospective action taken? Absolutely. “If people cheat and do wrong, they have to suffer the consequences, we’ve all had to do that. “It shoulcontent_imgd be, they do it in other things so why not in for diving or simulation. “It is a similar crime for red cards for dangerous tackles – it can cost you a game. “All we can do is beat the drum. If the authorities see it as a problem, which it obvor the right price.The Sun says the Belgium striker, 26, returned from his holiday in America to speak to Old Trafford officials over his future at the club.And United have made it clear they will allow him to move to Inter Milan should the Italians iously is, because it keeps getting mentioned – for years now and still nothing’s been done.” Meanwhile captain Richard Keogh will hand a verbal volley if they dive. He said: “It is not nice to see. You don’t want felloopeful of a revitalised Mesut Ozil this coming season.Ozil looked sharp against Bayern in Arsenal’s first game of their pre-season International Champions Cup tournament. Now they face Italy’s Fiorentina in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday.Emeryw professionals to cheat a little bit. “We kind of had it against Wigan at home. Callum McManaman went over in the box and went over quite easy and I let him know it wasn’t acceptable. “That’s what I do on the pitch – I stick up for my team-mates. I stick up for the club and that’s what it was. It wasn’t acceptable.” Who will win when Derby host Chelsea in the Capital One Cup?0+ VOTES SO FAR

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Hospital confirms Muamba improvement

The hospital treating Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has confirmed the player can now recognise family members and respond to their questions. Forty-eight hours after he collapsed during an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, where he suffered a cardiac arrest, it is the clearest indication yet that Muamba is winning his battle for life. "Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital and is continuing to show signs of improvement this evening," said the joint statement released by the London Chest Hospital and Bolton. "He is now able to breathe independently, without the aid of a ventilator and he is able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately. These are positive signs of progress. "However, his condition remains serious and our medical staff in intensive care will continue to monitor and treat him. "His family and club would like to thank the media for continuing to respect their privacy at this time." The confirmation follows claims from Curtis Codrington, who says he is a friend of Muamba and is one of only 83 people followed by the player on social networking site Twitter, that he had started speaking in French and English. Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor were among the players who arrived at the hospital in Bethnal Green to visit Muamba. Essien, when asked whether Muamba had been speaking in French or English, told Sky Sports News that he had spoken in both languages. Bolton sources have told Press Association Sport that the 23-year-ocontent_imgld has made considerable progress and the signs are looking extremely positive for the player. However, they are cautioning against over-optimism, pointing out that it is not unknown for patients to plateau at this stage and that Muamba remains wired up and is still officially on the critical list. Nevertheless, the latest updates are more than Bolton's anxious players, staff and supporters dared hope as medics baKemar Roofe has joined Anderlecht from Leeds United.Roofe has signed a three-year deal with the Belgian club.He will now be managed by former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.Roofe scored 15 goals in 34 games for Leeds last season as they reached the Championship play-off semi-finals.ttled for two hours to get Muamba's heart beating again after it stopped at White Hart Lane. * FULL STATEMENT FROM THE LONDON CHEST HOSPITAL AND BOLTON: Fabrice Muamba remains in intensive care at The London Chest Hospital. He Zaha netted for the Ivory Coast in a 4-1 win in the African Cup of Nations.Ivory Coast dealt with Namibia in impressive fashion, setting up their place in the knockout rounds of the tournament.Zaha scored and put in an overall impressive display, whiis continuing to show signs of improvement this evening. He is currently able to breathe independently without the aid of a ventilator. He has also been able to recognise family members and respond to questions appropriately. These are all positive signs of progress. However, his condition remains serious and our medical staff in intensive care will continue to monitor and treat him. His family and club would like to thank the media for continuing to respect their privacy at this time. Read all the latest news and comment on Muamba's condition

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Pic of the bunch: See the 25 best images of the weekend’s football

It has been quite the weekend of football, with Swansea City the undoubted story as they at Wembley. Nathan Dyer managed to slightly tarnish a great game for Swansea with his show of penalty-based petulance but Swans boss Michael Laudrup magnificently defused the scontent_imgituation in his post-match comments – where he also described it Elsewhere, Manchester City and a late spared Arsene Wenger's blushes at home to Aston Villa. Across the channel, the adopted département of France that is Newcastle embraced their foreign legion, while David Beckham came face-to-face with notorious philosgoalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes there’s four teams competing for the title this season.Juve sit top of the table equal on points with Inter Milan.“We do need to improve in defence, because the league title is usually won by the side that concophe Joey Barton Even further away, Mario Balotelli played in his first Milan derby since swapping the Nerazzuri of Inter for the Rossoneri of AC, and although there was he provided no madcap antics for anyone to hang onto. Good on ya Mario. Here are our favouriham has quickly adjusted to coach Diego Simeone’s demands.Trippier told AFP: “During these years you can see how strong Atlético has been, their teams have always looked like a family, and that is what I feel now. “Everything comes from Cholo, I thite pictures:

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Southampton star Victor Wanyama draws on last year’s Kenyan terrorist attack for inspiration

Memories of last year’s Kenyan terrorist attack have inspired Victor Wanyama to become .es striker Diogo Jota isn’t convinced by Manchester United defender Harry Maguire.Jota went home with the match ball the last time he faced Harry Maguire.The Portuguese, 22, banged in a hat-trick when Wolves beat Leicester 4-3 in January, with MagManchester City are planning an offer for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar in January.City boss Pep Guardiola lost key man Aymeric Laporte to injury against Brighton.The Frenchman is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after surgery.Calciomercato.com says City attempted to sign Skriniar over the summer but failed to do so. Nevertheless, they will return in January with a new offer.uir Wanyama is still haunted by the devastating shopping centre siege in his home city of Nairobi in which 67 people, including close friends, were killed. , the only Kenyan ever to play in the English top flight, said: “It was a really tough moment. I have some friends who were involved in it. “They were working for local radio and some of them were injured and some lost their lives. “When you are on the pitch you want to forget everything and do what you love doing. I try to forget what happencontent_imged. “People in Kenya love the Premier League and support Southampton. “Hopefully my performances can make them forget what happened before.”

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Watch Hugo Lloris being put through his paces in the French training camp

Hugo Lloris is set to start for France after flying through a fitness test ahead of their World Cup qualifier against the Ukraine on Friday. The Tottenham goalkeeper has been sidelined by club doctors ever since being knocked out cold after collidicontent_imgng with Romelu Lukaku's knee in their draw at Everton. Lloris landed staff at in hot water after he carried on playing in the game despite receiving lengthy treatment on the pitch. He was dropped fAthletic owner Roland Duchatelet is selling his stake in the Championship club to East Street Investments.The 73-year-old Belgian’s spell in charge of the Addicks will come to an end if the deal is approved by the English Football League.East Street or their next two matches against Sheriff Tiraspol and the shock defeat to Newcastle on medical advice in which produced a goalkeeping masterclass. , though, clearly to Italy.Deulofeu has had a past loan spell with AC Milan.Albert Botines told Sky Italia, “His ties to Milan remain very strong and one day he might return.“We need to see how things evolve. The Milan fans are still writing to him on social mediaput the time in the stands to good use. He appears to have been rejuvenated by the break as, this video shows, and is likely to be picked for