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GUARDIAN – England hit by Jordan Henderson injury blow for Switzerland qualifier

Liverpool midfielder limps out of training session Milner ready to step in alongside Wilshere in midfieldEngland have suffered yet another injury scare before Mondays awkward opening Euro 2016 qualifying game against Switzerland when Jordan Henderson limped out of the teams training session at St Jakob Park on the eve of arguably their toughest fixture in the section.Henderson departed nursing a problem with his right ankle after turning away from a tackle but, having been assessed on the pitch by the teams medical staff, he did at least hobble off unaided. The Liverpool player had been earmarked to anchor the midfield against the side ranked ninth in the world and will be monitored on Monday morning prior to undergoing a fitness test before the Group E game, though his participation in the match appears in considerable doubt. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Liverpools European Cup opponents Ludogorets punished for fan racism

Uefa order Bulgarian side to close area against Real Madrid Fans chanted anti-Roma slogans in Steaua Bucharest play-off Ludogorets defender saves two penalties in shootout Uefa considers change to away-goals rule and seedingsLiverpools Group B Champions League opponents Ludogorets Razgrad will have to close a section of their stadium for their opening home match against Real Madrid because of their fans racist behaviour.Uefa announced its disciplinary panel sanctions on Friday after incidents when Ludogorets eliminated Steaua Bucharest in a play-off last week. The Bulgarian champions victory in a penalty shootout, with defender Cosmin Moti saving twice as an emergency goalkeeper, was the feel-good story of the round. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Raheem Sterling unfazed by England expectations, says Jordan Henderson

Liverpool team-mate insists the 19-year-old will continue to deliver for club and country despite his tender years Match report: England 1-0 NorwayPeering through the gloom in an eerily half-full Wembley on Wednesday night, the one shining shaft of light was not hard to spot. Almost all of Englands best moments involved Raheem Sterling and, as in Brazil, it was only when the Liverpool teenager got the ball that the crowd stirred.The 19-year-old, whose performance against Italy in Manaus was one of the few pluses of a miserable summer, was the clear man of the match against Norway despite being played on the wing for much of the game. His willingness to run at defenders and quicksilver link-up play with his Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge provided the few moments to stir a crowd served thin gruel. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Report claims Manchester United overpaid by £24m for Ángel Di María

CIES Football Observatory says clubs paying 16% more Mario Balotelli and Luis Suárez most undervalued transfersA report into the summer transfer window in Europe has claimed that the continents leading clubs have paid 16% more for players than five years ago, with new Manchester United signing ngel Di Mara and former Chelsea defender David Luiz among those transfers considered way over the market rate.Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory compiled data from across Europes big five leagues in England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France during the window using what is described on its website as an exclusive algorithm created on the basis of nearly 1,500 fee paying transfers which have occurred during the previous five years. Continue reading…

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