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  • September 23, 2022

ENGLAND take on Italy in the Nations League TONIGHT while World Cup opponents Wales lost their clash with Belgium 2-1 on Friday night.
Gareth Southgate is targeting World Cup glory in Qatar and this is the last opportunity for Southgate to take a good look at his squad ahead of the tournament.
David Silva has been fined for grabbing a woman in an altercation in Spain.
And Mark Noble has been named sporting director at West Ham.
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Old Lady looking at Traore
Juventus have been linked with a move for unsettled Wolves star Adama Traore.
The Spanish international has seen little action this season, playing just 58 minutes of Premier League football across four substitute appearances.
Italian outlet Tutto Juve insist that the Serie A giants have been tracking the winger for some time, and could offer him a January lifeline.
The 26-year-old is out of contract at Molineux at the end of the season so could either sign a pre-contract with the Old Lady to move on a free transfer next summer – or move permanently for a small fee when the window reopens.
Saka named Player of Year
Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka has been named England men’s Player of the Year for the 2021-22 season.
The 21-year-old won the award ahead of second-placed Declan Rice following a public vote.
Saka was praised for the manner in which he bounced back from the heartbreak of missing the decisive penalty in the shootout of the Euro2020 final.
The forward made nine appearances for his country in the aftermath of that defeat to Italy, and scored World Cup qualifying goals against San Marino, and home and away to Andorra.
Three Lions captain Harry Kane came third.
Villa confirm Kamara knee injury
Aston Villa's injury crisis has continued with the club confirming today that Boubacar Kamara has suffered a knee ligament injury.
The holding midfielder was forced off a minute before the break in last Friday's scruffy 1-0 win against Southampton.
As a result, the 22-year-old has withdrawn from the French national squad, and has returned to his club for the start of his rehabilitation programme.
No timeframe has been mentioned in regards to the player's recovery but sources close to the club fear he could miss the remainder of the season.
The highly-rated Kamara joined Villa on a free transfer in the summer following the expiry of his contract with Marseille.
Another of Villa's flagship signings, Diego Carlos, has already been ruled out long-term while full-backs Lucas Digne and Matty Cash are struggling with knocks.
Winterburn: White snub a surprise
Ben White is deserving of a place in the England squad, according to one Arsenal legend.
Nigel Winterburn has once again been impressed with the performances of the Gunners defender, even though he has begun this season at right-back following the emergence of William Saliba.
And the former Highbury star is at a loss to explain why Gareth Southgate has overlooked the 24-year-old.
“I am surprised, but I never try to predict what England managers do with players,” Winterburn said in conversation with FreeSuperTips.
“But I am surprised. He was initially in the last squad so if he was in the last England squad, I don’t understand why he wouldn’t be in this squad.
“Ben White hasn’t made that many appearances for England so I would think he deserves a look in – especially when you see some of the players in that squad and the club form they are currently producing.
“There is going to be a lot of debate over the next ten days, especially if England don’t pick up their form in the next two games.
“It’s going to be interesting watching those games and the reaction of the supporters during and perhaps after.”
No Lions debut for Toney
Ivan Toney will NOT make his England debut against Italy in Milan this evening.
The Brentford ace is one of five players left out of the Three Lions' matchday squad along with Ben Chilwell, Marc Guehi, Jordan Henderson and John Stones.
Head coach Gareth Southgate was required to trim his group from 28 to the 23 he is eligible to use during the game.
While the London-based trio of Toney, Chilwell, and Guehi have not been selected for this one, they could yet feature against Germany at Wembley on Monday.
Meanwhile, both Henderson and Stones are suspended for tonight's Nations League fixture.
Players revolt against Spanish coach
Players from Spain's national women’s football side are embroiled in a row with their country's FA over Jorge Vilda continuing as head coach.
Fifteen professionals are said to have made themselves unavailable for international selection while Vilda remains in his post.
However, the organisation firmly stated it is refusing to allow players to 'question the continuity' of Vilda and his backroom staff.
In a written statement, the sport's governing body said: "The Royal Spanish Football Federation received 15 emails from 15 players of the women's senior football team.
"They state that the current situation affects 'significantly' their 'emotional state' and their 'health' and that, 'as long as it is not reversed', they resign from the Spanish national team."
According to ESPN, players are thought to be disgruntled with team selection, the toxic atmosphere created at training sessions and how injuries are being managed.
Gunners ready to rescue Grealish
Arsenal are favourites to land Jack Grealish IF Manchester City decide to cut their losses next summer.
That’s according to media outlet Fichajes, who suggest that the England forward would also be willing to leave the Premier League champions.
Grealish moved to the Etihad last year, but has so far failed to live up to the whopping £100m fee that City forked out.
And if the former Aston Villa ace does decide to move on, North London appears his likeliest destination.
But while the Gunners are considered the front runners, rivals Tottenham are also reported as being interested in the 27-year-old.
Agbonlahor: Maguire has been scapegoat
Gabby Agbonlahor insists Harry Maguire has been made a scapegoat for Manchester United’s misfortunes this past year.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Aston Villa ace insists the centre-back remains the Red Devils’ star defender, and believes that he is resilient enough to play himself back into form.
“Harry Maguire has been a scapegoat for Manchester United,” Agbonlahor told his broadcasting colleagues.
“Yes, Martinez has done well. Yes, Varane has done well, but – for me – Harry Maguire is Manchester United’s best defender.
“I really hope in these two England games, he goes and proves his critics wrong.
“He must be really mentally strong to get through the criticism he’s been getting. Two top performances in these next two games and everyone will stop talking about him.”
Duo to miss England clash
Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka will miss Germany's Nations League match with England on Monday after testing positive for Covid-19.
The Bayern Munich pair have left Die Mannschaft's training camp and are now in a period of isolation.
Hansi Flick's team are due to host Hungary are the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig this evening before heading to London for Monday's fixture at Wembley.
Germany are currently second in League A, Group 3, one point behind tonight's opponents.
Loanee Arthur impresses in training
Liverpool loanee Arthur Melo has been described as 'first class' by one of the Anfield club's coaching team.
90 Min report that Under-23 coach Barry Lewtas has been impressed by the Brazilian's endeavour in training during the past week.
“Arthur has been in over the international break to play games and build up his fitness," Lewtas told the Liverpool Echo.
"That's off his own back, so that shows his level of professionalism. He has been great with the lads as well. He has been first-class.
"In training on Monday, he was excellent, he really drove the lads and as a matchday minus one, it's probably the best one we've had."
Rumours that the midfielder's temporary move to Merseyside was going to be cut short were recently dismissed by those close to the club.
Tomi ‘unsatisfied’ by Arsenal dilemma
Arsenal right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu has admitted that he is ‘unsatisfied’ by his lack of game time this season.
The defender has found himself out-of-favour despite his return to fitness following an injury earlier this year.
Speaking while on international duty with Japan, the 23-year-old is quoted as saying: “What is required in this league is quite high and I’m not satisfied.
“When you look at the players selected as starters in the Premier League games, you will understand what is required to be there. I will work hard in order to get my position back.”
Tomiyasu has had to make do with appearances from the bench so far this term with Ben White preferred on the right.
FIFA undecided on rainbow armbands
Sky Sports News are reporting that FIFA are yet to sanction England over the use of the 'One Love' rainbow captain's armband.
The Football Association announced on Wednesday that Harry Kane would be wearing the specially designed armband in Qatar in support of the LGBTQ+ community, and to promote diversity in a country where same sex relationships are illegal.
However, football's world governing body are yet to officially agree to the decision made by Three Lions and other countries playing in the upcoming competition.
Under FIFA rules, permission must be granted before specific armbands are worn.
Christian nets cracker against Croatia
Christian Eriksen struck a sensational equaliser for Denmark in their Nations League game with Croatia last night – but still ended up on the losing side.
The Manchester United midfielder drew his country level in the 77th minute with a stunning effort past Dominik Livakovic from 25 yards.
However, the Danes were level for less than 120 seconds with Lovro Majer quickly restoring Croatia's lead with the winner.
Eriksen's equaliser was his 39th goal for his country although he is yet to score since making the move to Manchester United.
Legend Henry praises young Gun
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has praised youngster Folarin Balogun after his superb start to life on loan at Reims.
The 21-year-old striker made an instant impact at the Ligue 1 club following his switch, scoring in his first three appearances.
And the hot shot has added a further two goals since to take his tally to five goals in eight games.
Speaking to Prime Video, Henry suggested that the loan move has so far been beneficial for all parties.
He said: “He’s a very English-style player who likes to run down the channels but he was missing something which was his finishing.
“He’s now starting to score goals regularly and I’m happy for that, happy he has gone abroad. It’s especially so considering he is a Londoner – in general Londoners struggle to leave London.
“When I heard he was coming to France, it made me think he has a refreshing mindset.”
Southgate stands by underfire Maguire
Gareth Southgate is ready to risk his reputation by standing by out-of-favour Manchester United defender Harry Maguire, according to The Telegraph.
The England boss has indicated that he will continue to select the centre-back for his country regardless of the situation with his club.
Southgate is quoted as saying: “You always have to back your judgment and we feel he is an important player.”
The Three Lions coach had previously stated that he would pick players on the basis of their club form.
Maguire hasn’t started a Premier League game since United were thrashed 4-0 at Brentford in the second week of August.
Gordon close to new deal
Everton are close to agreeing a new contract with hot shot Anthony Gordon, according to i news.
Reports state that talks between the Merseyside club and the young forward are 'progressing well'.
Gordon was at the centre of a transfer battle with Chelsea during the summer with the Londoners said to be prepared to pay £60m for the England U21 star.
However, the Toffees were determined to hang on to their player, and have been rewarded by his fine form so far this season.
Gordon, whose current deal runs to 2025, scored in consecutive games at Brentford and Leeds during August.
Overnight transfer talk
Ajax midfielder Kenneth Taylor and Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk could spark huge tugs of war between Premier League giants.
Dutch anchorman Taylor, 20, has been tipped for “Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester United”.
And Ukraine star Mudryk is being linked with Arsenal and Liverpool.
United football director John Murtough has suggested the Red Devils will again splash out in January.
But he made it clear the spree will NOT match the record £220million summer spending in boss Erik ten Hag's first transfer window.
Napoli's South Korea centre-back Kim Min-Jae is said to be on United’s radar.
Far-fetched speculation hinting at an Arsenal bid for Manchester City's Jack Grealish has cooled.
And Flamengo insist midfield sensation Joao Gomes is not heading for the Prem – at least not in the short term.
Liverpool and Man Utd are reportedly keen on the 21-year-old.
Kane-bow could banned at World Cup
England skipper Harry Kane and other captains could be prevented from wearing rainbow armbands at the World Cup.
The FA have joined together with nine other European countries to support a season-long ‘OneLove’ campaign for inclusion and fight against discrimination.
But Fifa are yet to give permission for skippers to wear the armbands in Qatar, which will promote diversion, inclusion and anti-discrimination.
Kane will wear the armband when the Three Lions face Italy in Milan tonight while Gareth Bale wore one in Wales' loss to Belgium on Thursday.
But now the FA and the other nations must play a waiting game.
Hosts Qatar, along with Fifa, will now decide whether to accept the requests from the European countries.
Announcing he will wear the armband, Kane said: “I am honoured to join my fellow national team captains in supporting the important OneLove campaign.
“As captains we may all be competing against each other on the pitch, but we stand together against all forms of discrimination.
“This is even more relevant at a time when division is common in society.”
Utd vow to make more signings
Manchester United plan to carry on spending despite boss Erik ten Hag already splashing out a club record £220million.
Financial results released on Thursday show the Red Devils made a net loss of £115.5m for the 2021-22 season.
They also had the highest wage bill in Premier League history at £384.2m — beating the £355m set by Manchester City.
Axing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his interim successor Ralf Rangnick and other staff cost them a further £24.7m.
New boss Ten Hag was backed with big-money signings Antony, Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez among others.
Christian Eriksen on a free transfer wasn't cheap either due to wages and signing on fees.
And United’s football director, John Murtough, said: “We will continue to support Erik in ensuring he has players with the right quality and characters to achieve success.
“But we do not anticipate the same level of activity in future windows.”
Grealish tipped to stay
Speculation over Arsenal moving for Manchester City's Jack Grealish has cooled.
Gunners' fans were excited by suggestions the England wideman could ask his agent to find a new club.
But the talk today is more of the £100million Aston Villa legend staying at the Etihad beyond January.
Grealish wants more starts for club and country.
But even if he did want a new club City would hold all the cards over the transfer fee.
Min Utd
Napoli centre-back Kim Min-Jae is on Manchester United's radar, CNN Turkey claim.
The South Korea star, 25, has also been linked with Tottenham and Rennes.
But the ex-Fernerbahce ace has a £43.5 million (€50m) release clause in January.
Dier and model Modler 'smitten'
EXCLUSIVE: Eric Dier has another reason to smile after getting his England place back – he’s scored with stunning model Anna Modler, writes STEPHEN MOYES.
The Tottenham centre back has landed a blow on rivals Arsenal after stepping out with the pin-up ex of their former star Alexis Sanchez.
Eric, 28, recalled to the Three Lions squad by boss Gareth Southgate for tonight's clash against Italy, met the South African beauty through mutual pals.
And she has been a regular fan at Spurs games this season – including last Saturday’s 6-2 thrashing of Leicester City.
Anna, 24, and pal Morgan Shelly shared snaps on social media as they lapped up the atmosphere inside the Prem giant’s £1billion stadium.
They have joked they’re good omens for Eric and the team, who have gone unbeaten in the league so far this season.
A pal told The Sun: “Eric and Anna are blissfully happy. They have been seeing a lot of each other.
“Eric has told pals it has been a great few weeks – getting back into the England squad and landing a stunning girl who was previously on the arm of an Arsenal star. He can't stop scoring on the pitch, and has netted a cracker off of it.
“Anna is smitten and has told friends Eric could be ‘the one’. They are getting serious, so watch this space.”
Tuchel could be DEPORTED over visa limbo
Thomas Tuchel could be DEPORTED before Christmas with the German in a post-Brexit visa limbo following his Chelsea sacking, according to reports.
The 2021 Champions League-winning manager was let go following a poor start domestically and in Europe.
Chelsea's new owner Todd Boehly swung the axe after watching his club fall to a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in Europe.
The brutal sacking came despite Chelsea splashing £254million on some of Europe's top talent.
Tuchel was then replaced by Graham Potter, who left his post at Brighton to fill the vacant managerial role at Stamford Bridge.
And to make things worse for Tuchel, he is unsure on whether he must leave the United Kingdom because of Brexit rules, The Telegraph reports.
It is believed the 49-year-old is able to stay for a maximum of 90 days following his sacking. However, there has been no official confirmation from the relevant parties.
Talks are ongoing and Tuchel is said to be "happy and comfortable" living in the UK, and he is still weighing up his options.
'Utd bid for Vanderson rejected'
Monaco reportedly rejected a Manchester United bid for right-back Vanderson.
The Daily Mail say the French giants rebuffed United in the summer, having only signed the Brazilian from Gremio in January this year.
It's also claimed Barcelona were quoted £52 million for the 21-year-old.
Newcastle too have been linked with the strong, attacking defender.
Seaman ‘shocked’ Nwaneri is only 15
Arsenal legend David Seaman struggles to believe Ethan Nwaneri is only 15 when he watches the Premier League’s youngest-ever player training.
Nwaneri set his record with his late cameo as the Gunners went back top of the Prem with Sunday’s 3-0 win at Brentford.
Ex-England keeper Seaman told talkSPORT: “It’s great for us to be making history, but you have to think of the long term.
“If you are good enough, you are old enough. 
“He’s got to be handled right off the pitch. He’s a really good player, but you have to look after him.
“It all depends on how good you are and that’s what determines whether you get a chance to play or not.
“I’ve seen this guy in training when I’ve been going in and coaching with the Under-23s and Under-18s. Honestly, you wouldn’t believe his age.”
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