Tottenham defender Eric Dier ruled out of England Under-21s’ clash with Czech Republic

Tottenham defender Eric Dier has been ruled out of the England Under-21 international against Czech Republic through injury. and the area has swollen up badly.The Football Association (FA) announced on Monday that the 21-year-old would remain with the north London club for assessment this week.Dier will therefore miss Friday’s friendly in Prague, but he could return for the Young Lions’ match against Germany at Middlesbrough three days later.The FA also revealedcontent_img Boro’s on-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford and Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson had withdrawn from Gareth Southgate’s squad for the double-heaer in the aftermath of their Champions League defeat at RB Leipzig.The 3-0 result saw Spurs eliminated from the competition.A downbeat Mourinho admitted after such a deflating loss that Tottenham faced a “very, very difficult” task to get back into tder through injury.West Brom’s Saido Berahino was also ruled out with a foot problem over the weekend so Southgate has called up Fulham striker Cauley Woodrhi on loan until the end of the season.Guehi, who has played twice for Chelsea, was part of the England Under-17 team that won the 2017 World Cup under Swans boss Steve Cooper.Guehi follows another member of that side, Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster, by ow instead.

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Arsenal FC news: Laurent Koscielny loves his new fan chant

Ain’t nobodyLike KOSCIELNYMakes me happyMakes me feel this wayLaurening to Liverpool.Holland international van Dijk moved from Southampton to the Reds in a then-record £75million fee for a defender in January 2018. “He painted the picture for me and made it easy to join,” the 28-year-old centre-half told ESPN FC.”t Koscielny was quick to let the Arsenal faithful know how happy he is with the chant they have for him.Fans were in full voice at Leicester where the Gunners won 5-2, with the France international tweeting his lovol goalkeeper Alisson has paid tribute to teammate Roberto Firmino.The pair share a close bond off thcontent_imge pitch, as evidenced by Alisson’s presence at a baptism ceremony for Firmino this week , and the goalkeeper says it is a pleasure to perform with hie for the song later.The defender is one of the more popular players and considered to be amongmanager Arsene Wenger’s top signings.What is the greatest fan chant you have ever heard?

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Arsenal 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb: Alexis Sanchez double keeps Gunners’ Champions League hopes alive

Arsenal boosted their hopes of advancing from the Champions League group stages with a comfortable 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates.It puts Arsene Wenger’s men on six points in Group F, three behind second-placed Olympiakosgoing into the final round of matches next month.The clash was a must-win game for the Gunners if they were to stay in the competition.A Mesut Ozil header was followed by Alexis Sanchez’s double against a relatively poor Zagreb outfit, but there were positive performances to note, with the goalscorers and Joel Campbell putting in an impressive shift.Sanchez was provider for Ozil to head home from close range, before Leonardo Sigali’s defensive mistake lead to Nacho Monreal’s instinctive reaction to provide for the Chilean forward. He then added a third to all but confirm the win after good play by Campbell on thewing. Going into the final game at Olympiakos, Arsenal will need to be on form as head-to-head takes precedent over goal difference. andthe next round of games takes place in two weeks’ time.Arsenal started the evening not only hoping for a victory in north London, but in the hope that Olympiakos would lose heavily against Bayern Munich.In front of a far from full Emirates Stadium, the hosts had a lacklustre start, creating few chances and posing little threat.Santi Cazorla blazed a chance high and wide before Campbell was at the heart of a lively interchange after 11 minutes.The Costa Rican attacker led a passing move which saw the play move from the right to Sanchez on the left-hand side. The Chilean controlled, but his hesitation saw Zagreb men close in on him and the 26-year-old could not get a shot off.Arsenal grew further into the contest and Olivier Giroud missed the ball when he went for an ambitious overhead kick, moments before the hosts took the lead.You could almost feel the relief around the ground as Ozil converted. After Dinamo surged forr Sheffield United at Crystal Palace.The former Genk midfielder made the move to the Blades last week.After the 1-0 win, Berge told VG: “I’m used to Belgium. I worked harder for 60 minutes today than I ever did in 90 minutes in Belgium. It’s a new woward, the Gunners hit them on the couter and made them pay. The ball was quickly moved between the team before Sanchez’s pinpoint cross to the German playmaker, whose deft, controlled header beat Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo after 29 minutes.Arsenal doubled their lead four minutes later when they capitalised on sloppy defending. Sigali’s clearance was poor, when Monreal intercepted on the edge of the box, surging into the area and crossing for Sanchez to coolly convert for his first Arsenal goal in over a month.The home side were comfortable in restricting the visitors. Campbell could have made it three when a good passing move involving Ozil, Sanchez and the 23-year-old, but GoncaloSantos’ clearance went up in the air. Campbell volleyed from 14 yards, but he made a poor connection and fired wide.Campbell did impress in the run up to Arsenal’s third goal after 69 minutes. He cut in from the right and his reverse pass cut open the Zagreb defence, Sanchez latching onto the ball before showing composure to beat Eduardo and fire into an empty net.More brilliant lid signing broke his duck in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Watford, finishing with a brace.”It is the best feeling ever to come into a new club and score goals like this,” said the 25-year-old French striker, who joined from Eintracht Frankfurt last month.”nk-up player before Ozil and Sanchez saw a sumptuous ball dinked over the top by the latter, with the former heading past Eduardo and just past the post as Arsenal could afford to showboat with minutes remaining.There was also some additional positive news for Wengercontent_img, as Aaron Ramsey made his comeback from a hamstring injury, after over a month out.

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West Ham transfer news: Hammers weighing up January swoop for Roma striker

West Ham are considering a January swoop for Roma striker Seydou Doumbia, according to reports in Italy.The Ivory Coast international is currently on loan at CSKAFurlong is full of praise for West Brom teammate Grady Diangana.Furlong first became aware of Diangana’s talent while he was at QPR with the defender taking on Diangana and his parent club West Ham in a pre-season friendly.And he admits Diangana was Moscow after struggling to make an impact in Italy.The 27-year-old only joined Roma in January from CScontent_imgKA for £11m – but he headed back there in the summer on a season-long deal.However, according to Corriere dello Sport, Doumbia’s loan could be cut short as West Ham weigh up a January move.The Hammers are on the hunt for attacking reinforcements and have been impressed by the forward this season.Doumbia has been in fine form this term and already has eight goaed them to victory against Chelsea.The Hammers managed their first Premier League win over the Blues in 17 years at the weekend through an Aaron Cresswell second half goal.It is a result that eased pressure on beleaguered manager Manuel Pellegrini.”Yls in all competitions.

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Celta Vigo announce teenage midfielder Yelko Pino has signed QPR deal

Queens Park Rangers have signed midfielderYelko Pino on a six-month deal, according to Celta Vigo.The 19-year-oldhas been training with Swindon Townand has not appeared for Celta Vigo’s reserves since last May.But now the Spanish club have announced via their Twitter page that the teenage playmakerhas joined QPR on a six-m Valencia boss Marcelino has emerged as a target for Arsenal and Everton.The Spaniard has been unemployed since being sacked by Valencia in September following a fallout with ownea.Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic were on again on the scoresheet for the Blues.Hodgson said afterwards, “I thought we weathered the early storm well. We controlled an opponent in very good form.”Eventually they scored a good goal, but the secondr Peter Lim.Arsenal’s head of football content_imgRaul Sanllehi admires Marcelino onth deal.However,it is unclear whether it is a loan or a permanent switch as Celta Vigo claim they ‘reserve the option to recover’ Pino at the end of the six months.

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Exclusive – Harry Redknapp rubbishes reports of close relationship with Sunderland owner Ellis Short

Harry Redknapp has played down speculation he is in the running for the Sunderland job.Newspaper reports have suggested Redknapp, , has a close relationshipcontent_img with Black Cats owner Ellis Short.That has led to speculation he could be drafted in to succeed But Redknapp, when asked whether he is close with Short, told talkSPORT on Monday: “No, not really.“I have been and played in a golf day up acester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is buzzing over his preseason goalscoring form.The Nigerian scored against Cambridge on Tuesday before netting twice in the 2-2 draw with Rotherham United on Saturday afternoon.”I am delighted, I am happy gettingt Skibo Castle, which he owns, but I have never spoken to anyone about the job and no one has youngster Tahith Chong is set to decline a contract offer at the club.The youngster wants more playing time than he is currently experiencing at the Old Trafford club.The 19-year-old is out of contract in June, which means that he could walk away forever asked me about anything.”But Redknapp believes the club could have a difficult job on their hands convincingAllardyce – or any other experienced boss –to take the post.“I was with him [Allardyce]last week and had a good chat with him and he said he was enjoying the break at the moment.He is not going to dive into something,” said Redknapp.“It is a difficult one for someone to take because they really are going to struggle to stay up. It is not impossible, but it is going to be difficult.“Sam has done fantastic wherever has been and if he does go in there and it doesn’t happen [at Sunderland], does he need that? I don’t know, it is a difficult one.”

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Euro 2016: Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill proud of his ‘fantastic’ side after agonising exit to France

Republic of Irelcontent_imgand boss Martin O’Neill left Lyon intensely proud of his players after seeing them eventually wilt under the pressure of playing two enormous games inside five days, against aside which had enjoyed a week’s break.A second-half brace from Antoine Griezmann cancelled out Robbie Brady’s early penalty to see.rpool star Danny Murphy believes Harry Kane would replace Roberto Firmino in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.Kane could look to leave Tottenham if their early season struggles continue.Speaking on Drivetime on talkSPORT, Murphy said: “Would Liverpool and After their Euro 2016exit, O’Neillsaid: “I was asked at the press conference yesterday about the difference that three days makes to one side, and we definitely got the short straw in that aspect.“I know that we knew about it before, but it is an incredible amount of time one side could have as an advantage over another team.”However, O’Neill was left wondering what might have been after seeing his players hand the hosts a genuine shock.Asked if Ireland had reached their level by making the last 16, he said: “We were playing a very fine side in France, who are possibly the tournament fresent run of results to an end.The Hammers have only two points from their past five Premier League games, which has seen them slip in the table.They have not won in the league since September. And Pellegrini knows they must correct the slide.Speakiavourites, today and we really had a go – not only a go, we had them under severe pressure in the game.“We took the lead and at half-time we are not only well in the game but actually feeling that we could win the match, so no, I don’t think so.“When I analyse both qualification and the group that we were put into, then I think the team has done fantastically well, hence my disappointment at not going through today.”

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini on Raheem Sterling: ‘I do not understand why Liverpool boo him’

Manuel Pellegrini claims he does not understand why Liverpool fans would abuse Raheem Sterling.The Manchester City boss thinks Anfield should welcome back the 21-year-old as he makes his first return to his old stomping ground since last summer’s acrimonious £49million switch to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.Sterling rejected a new contract offer from Liverpool last year – with his agent controversially claiming he would not re-sign for £900,000 per week – to force through a move to City.Reds fans made clear their disdain for the player during Sunday’s Capital One Cup final at Wembley and the Anfield rematch is unlikely to witness anything different.But Pellegrini said: “I do not understand why the Liverpool fans boo him because I think (James) Milner was very well received here in a similar situation.&#822way from home.Cherries have beaten their south coast neighbours seven times from 29 meetings, but all of which were at the Vitality Stadium.Discussing the club’s record at St Mary’s, Fraser told the Daily Echo: “It’s disappointing. The gaffer mention0;It’s not the best but I prefer to have those boos from the other team than from your own fans.“It’s dial for Arsenal this week.Cudicini says former Blues No1 Cech will start for Arsenal in the Europa League final on Wednesday.“It’s a big match for Petr, it’s his last match at the end of an unbelievable career and his last chance to win a trophy,” Cfficult for any player but all of them are prepared to do it without any problem. I don’t see Raheem worrying about that. I don’t have any problems trusting him.“He will maybe receive the same treatment when he arrives at Anfield but I’m absolutely sure he can play without any problem.”Sterling had a poor game when the sides met at Eastlands in November but he performed much better – one poor miss in front of goal aside – at the weekend.Pellegrini has had no thoughts of pulling his player out of the firing line.He said: “I don’t know which will be the starting XI on Wednesday but one player I am sure will start is Raheem Sterling.“It is important for him to play under pressure. I have 100 per cent trust in Raheem.”City prevailed on Sunday after extra time and penalties. Pellegrini expects both sets of players to content_imgbe tired but hopes the joy of Wembley glory will put an extra spring in his side’s step.The Chilean said: “It was a very long game, but for both teams. I think both teams will arrive with the same hours of resting – but every time you win it is more easy to recover.“I don’t know how they (Liverpool) will react. It’s the revenge, its another comp, they are at home, so we are sure it will be a difficult match to win but we will try to do it from the first minute.”City have breathed fresh life into their season in the past week with an impressive Champions League win at Dynamo Kiev as well as their cup final success.Prior to that they had hit problems with back-to-back defeats to Leicester and Tottenham threatening to derail their title bid before a controversial FA Cup loss at Chelsea.Confidence is now high they can get their league campaign back on track.Pellegrini said: “The complete squad are confident they can win the title, especially as they have the experience.“The first (Premier League) title that this club won – that year, they recovered eight points on Manchester United. With three minutes of the final game to go, United were the champions, but in three minutes football changed.“The whole squad is concentrating on closing that gap. If we can do it sooner, that is better, but while we have chances we’ll continue.”

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‘Gareth Bale leaving was a killer’ – Celebrity Spurs fan Danny Goffey

Each week a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. So step forward, ex-Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey…Gandalf! He’d be a magician at 10!‘I would do anything for Spurs… but I won’t do that!’ – MeatloafNou Camp – packed full of Spanish ladies!Hugo Lloris – keyboardr has revealed Paul Pogba will undergo surgery to fix his injured ankle.The World Cup winner was left out of the match-day squad for Wednesday’s loss to Arsenal.Pogba continues to be linked with Real Madrid and Juventus, despite his agent Mino Raiola player in an indie-electro dance bandPremier League Trophy. (I already have h Andriy Shevchenko insists he’s not heard from AC Milan.Shevchenko has been linked with Marco Giampaolo’s job at Milan.”Icontent_img love Milan, but the club has not contacted me and on a professional level I’m not thinking about Milan right now,” Sheva told La Brit award)Football posters; Hoddle & Waddle.Music posters; Hoddle & Waddle doing ‘DiamondLights’Pele – theGodfather of goalscoring‘London Calling’ – The Clash, arousing London Anthem.‘Break On Through’ – The Doors, anair of spirited menace. Street Fighting Man’ – The Stones,for bravery.Soldado created a lot of excitement but didn’t deliver. Bale leaving was a bit of a killer.Wojciech Szczesny – enough said!Best: ‘Ossie’s Dream’ – Chas and Dave.Worst:‘Diamond Lights’ – Hoddle and Waddle.

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Aitor Karanka resumes duties as Middlesbrough manager

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has resumed his duties at the Sky Bet Championship club.There had been much speculation that the Spaniard would leave the Riverside after a failed attempt to smooth o Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been assured by Azerbaijan officials he can enter the country ahead of the Europa League final in Baku.His involvement in the final with Chelsea has been in doubt because of political tension between his native Armenia and thever a bust-up ahead of Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Charlton, which he missed.But, in a statement on the club website on Monday evening, Boro said: “Middlesbrough Football Club can confirm that head coach Aitor Karanka will be rhe Mirror says Caulker, 27, has established himself in the side at top-flight Alanyaspor since joining in January on a free.But he has just one year leftcontent_img on his contract and could be available for as little as £2million.New Toon boss Steve Bruce is esuming first-team duties with the club with immediate effect.“We have 10 games left this season and as a club we are fully focussed on what remains of our Championship campaign.”Karanka reportedly left the training ground unexpectedly on Friday following a meeting.Boro remain in second in the table despite the Charlton defeat, which meant they had won just three of their last 11 games and taken 12 points from a possible 30.There is also an ongoing debate over Karanka’s use of £9million January signing Jordan Rhodes, who had started just four times in eight appearances and scored a single goal since his arrival from Blackburn ahead of the Charlton game which he started.Karanka did not take Middlesbrough training on Saturday, with Steve Agnew in charge for the trip to The Valley as well.The Spaniard had tried to smooth things over on Saturday just a day after reportedly walking out following a stormy meeting with his players.Sources close to Karanka, who has previously found himself at odds with former assistant Craig Hignett and midfielder Albert Adomah during his 28-month reign, claim he arrived ready to apologise for his part in the disagreement.Things did not work out that way and the club released a statement revealing that Agnew would be in charge of the team at Charlton.Agnew refused to use Karanka’s absence as an excuse for the 2-0 defeat.He said: “The preparation before the game was fine, that is no excuse for the performance.“We’ve got to move forward, we’ve lost the game 2-0 and didn’t perform well. We’ve just got to work towards the run-in.“I was disappointed with both the performance and the result, we conceded two poor goals, that’s not like us.”But just a day later Karanka has returned to his duties and will take charge in the home game with Hull on Friday, when another defeat would see Boro surrender second place in the table to the Tigers.

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