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Gary Cahill out of England against San Marino

Taylor called up to replace crocked Cahill as England's defensive crisis deepens after Ferdinand farce

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

09:58 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:19 GMT, 19 March 2013

Gary Cahill has joined the list of England casualties after being ruled out of Friday's clash with San Marino.

Cahill hurt his knee during Chelsea's win over West Ham at the weekend and will play no part against the minnows in Rimini.

Manager Roy Hodgson, who has already lost Rio Ferdinand and Michael Dawson and brought in Joleon Lescott and Steven Caulker, has called up uncapped Newcastle centre-half Steven Taylor.

Crocked: Gary Cahill picked up an injury during Chelsea's win over West Ham and will miss out for England

Crocked: Gary Cahill picked up an injury during Chelsea's win over West Ham and will miss out for England

Fitness fight: England defender Cahill will be reassessed before Tuesday's crunch clash with Montenegro

Fitness fight: England defender Cahill will be reassessed before Tuesday's crunch clash with Montenegro

An FA statement read: 'Chelsea
defender Gary Cahill has been ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifier
with San Marino on Friday evening.

'Cahill
was assessed by England medical staff on Monday and will not be able to
take part in the match, but will be reassessed later in the week with a
view to the second of England’s two qualifiers, against Montenegro on
Tuesday.'

Taylor earns his call-up on the back
of a string of fine performances for the Magpies. He has represented
England at every level from Under 16 through to Under 21 and earned a
place in the full squad for a friendly against Germany in 2007.

More to follow…

SOS: Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been called in to the England squad by boss Roy Hodgson

SOS: Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been called in to the England squad by boss Roy Hodgson

Manchester City prepare to sell Edin Dzeko, Maicon and Joleon Lescott

Dzeko, Lescott and Maicon head for City exit as Mancini prepare fire sale to fund move for Fellaini

By
Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

23:21 GMT, 21 February 2013

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UPDATED:

02:06 GMT, 22 February 2013

Manchester City want to significantly slash their wage bill this summer with a ruthless clear-out.

The current Barclays Premier League holders have already begun the process of making their salary expenditure more cost-effective from next season by instructing a number of third-parties to find buyers for a host of players this summer.

Newly-appointed director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano have made it a top priority to streamline the club’s wage bill.

On his way: 27m striker Edin Dzeko could be heading for the City exit

Under threat: Joleon Lescott has also fallen out of favour this season

Edin for the exit: Dzeko and Joleon Lescott are among those set to leave City this summer

Players City are committed to offloading this summer are Maicon, Joleon Lescott, Edin Dzeko and Scott Sinclair.

The futures of Gareth Barry, Javi Garcia, Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri are also under review ahead of the summer shake-up.

Furthermore, City will make an instant 15million annual saving once Roque Santa Cruz, Wayne Bridge and Kolo Toure’s contracts expire at the end of the season.

Samir Nasri

Gareth Barry

Disappointing: Samir Nasri has never justified his City salary, while Gareth Barry is rapidly declining

The Etihad Stadium club will also look to use their unwanted stars as makeweights in their attempts to sign fresh blood.

The imminent clear-out is, in part, to ensure the club fall into UEFA’s financial fair play guidelines, but also designed to give the club more leeway in terms of wages in the transfer market this summer.

City will look to make at least two significant purchases, with Napoli forward Edinson Cavani, who has a 52million release clause, already identified.

Targeted: Roberto Mancini hopes to recruit Marouane Fellaini

Targeted: Roberto Mancini hopes to recruit Marouane Fellaini

Manager Roberto Mancini will also look to add a box-to-box central midfielder to his ranks, with Everton’s Marouane Fellaini viewed as a leading candidate.

It is understood the Toffees are aware of City’s growing interest in the Belgium international, but are unwilling to make a decision on his future until the end of the season.

City would be willing to stretch to 23million to land Fellaini, who is also a long-term target for Chelsea, in the summer and have already earmarked young striker John Guidetti as a sweetener in the deal. Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama is also a target for City.

Mario Balotelli and Robinho dance during AC Milan"s win over Barcelona

VIDEO: Balotelli and Robinho do the Harlem Shake (sort of) as Milan beat Barca

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

23:56 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

00:01 GMT, 21 February 2013

It had to happen. When Mario Balotelli, Robinho and some of their friends were pictured dancing wildly during AC Milan's match against Barcelona on Wednesday night, someone was going to do it.

It's the craze that's been sweeping the world over, after all. So now you can watch Balotelli and Co lose it set to the Harlem Shake music.

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Shake it: Mario Balotelli and Robinho (right) go wild, while the former's girlfriend looks unimpressed

Shake it: Mario Balotelli and Robinho (right) go wild, while the former's girlfriend looks unimpressed

... but she musters a smile eventually as Milan party

… but she musters a smile eventually as Milan party

He was cup-tied for the clash at the San Siro, so was forced to sit on the sidelines – although he seemed to be making the most of his time out.

His girlfriend Fanny Robert Neguesha didn't look too impressed, but eventually mustered a smile.

Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari did the damage for Milan to ensure he wasn't missed.

Somebody took the footage of Balotelli dancing and put the now ubiquitous soundtrack in the background.

VIDEO: Balotelli and Robinho do the Harlem Shake

Mario's former Man City colleagues, not to be outdone, had a Harlem Shake of their own.

The club’s staff and first-team players such as Edin Dzeko, Joe Hart, James Milner, Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair and Aleksandar Kolarov got involved, even if the latter didn't look too enthused.

VIDEO: City do their own Harlem Shake

Manchester City stars Joleon Lescott and James Milner ready for Super Bowl

Ready for the big game on Sunday, boys And we're not talking about Liverpool's visit to Manchester…

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

18:04 GMT, 1 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:41 GMT, 1 February 2013

It's the biggest sporting event in the world, they tell us, and some of our biggest football stars can't wait for Sunday's Super Bowl.

Manchester City trio Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Micah Richards look quite the part here as they prepare for this weekend's showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

Ready to rumble: Joleon Lescott (left) and James Milner (right) prepare to do battle, with Micah Richards on refereeing duties

Ready to rumble: Joleon Lescott (left) and James Milner (right) prepare to do battle, with Micah Richards on refereeing duties

Lescott, a Ravens fan, and 49ers supporter Milner took part in a special quarterback 'crossbar challenge' at the club’s Carrington training ground.

And in case you were worrying about events taking a controversial turn, Richards was also on hand to undertake refereeing duties.

Milner eventually emerged as the victor, but only after a rule change. After both were successful with two events at hitting the crossbar, the winner was decided by who threw closest to the bar. Milner now hopes this is a lucky omen for events in New Orleans.

He said: 'It's pretty late but I'll try watching as much as I can. I think the 49ers will win it but it's going to be close.

Doing battle: Lescott and Milner are both big American football fans

Doing battle: Lescott and Milner are both big American football fans

'They're the favourites going in but with it being Ray Lewis' last game I don't think the Ravens want to let him down. I've seen clips of Lewis on the field and off the field.

'As a leader he seems unbelievable. He gets everyone going and it'll be a great if he signs off with the big one.'

Give us a smile, James: Lescott, Richards and Milner ahead of this weekend's big game

Give us a smile, James: Lescott, Richards and Milner ahead of this weekend's big game

Milner

Lescott

Who's going to be celebrating 49ers fan Milner (left) and Ravens supporter Lescott (right)

Lescott
said: 'I am a massive NFL fan and will be shouting for the Ravens this
Sunday. I tend to stay up as it's an entertainment event with the half
time show.

'We were lucky enough to visit the Baltimore Ravens when we toured the USA and I got to meet Ray Lewis.

'It would be a fitting end to an
outstanding career if the Ravens won the Vince Lombardi trophy in New
Orleans for him on Sunday.'

Richards, who is a relatively new
convert to the NFL, said: 'To be honest, I'm more of an NBA fan but it's
a big weekend for the NFL and I'll be watching.'

The day job: Milner training with City on Friday ahead of their clash with Liverpool on Sunday

The day job: Milner training with City on Friday ahead of their clash with Liverpool on Sunday

Up for the cup: Lescott (right) in action for City in their FA Cup clash with Stoke last weekend

Up for the cup: Lescott (right) in action for City in their FA Cup clash with Stoke last weekend

The three players will have more pressing matters on Sunday before the Super Bowl, and that's a Premier League clash with Liverpool.

A 0-0 draw at QPR in midweek saw City lose further ground in the title race, with local rivals United beating Southampton and moving seven points clear.

Roberto Mancini's men will be desperate for victory over the Merseysiders, before some of the City players settle down, along with millions of others, for a ball game of a very different kind.

Watch the City stars take part in their special American football challenge…

David Silva calls upon Manchester City players to close gap on Manchester United

Angry Silva calls upon Man City players to close gap on United by end of February

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 29 December 2012

David Silva says his Manchester City team-mates were angry after their Boxing Day defeat at Sunderland, and has called upon the champions to close the seven-point gap on rivals United by the end of February.

City found themselves seven points off the pace to defend their Premier League title after being beaten 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men came from behind three times to beat Newcastle 4-3 in a thrilling encounter.

But Silva believes City, who were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stages for the second year running, still have the quality to make up the ground over their bitter rivals, starting with a win today against Norwich at Carrow Road.

Battle cry: David Silva is determined to catch Manchester United at the top of the Premier League

Battle cry: David Silva is determined to catch Manchester United at the top of the Premier League

He told The Sun: ‘The defeat in Sunderland was a hard blow for us. But as we know that the Premier League is very open and if you give away chances you can be beaten.

‘Even so, there was a lot of anger in the dressing room — and not only from the coach. Those three points were so important because in our situation they could make the difference between us winning and losing the title.

‘And really, if we do not win at places like Sunderland, it is nearly impossible to fight for the success in this league.

‘Perhaps being knocked out of Europe had an influence but now we need to react and to demonstrate that City are the English champions.

Plotting success: Sergio Aguero (right) and Joleon Lescott (left) in training yesterday

Plotting success: Sergio Aguero (right) and Joleon Lescott (left) in training yesterday

All smiled: Pablo Zabaleta (left), Carlos Tevez (centre) and Javi Garcia (right) wrap up at Carrington

All smiled: Pablo Zabaleta (left), Carlos Tevez (centre) and Javi Garcia (right) wrap up at Carrington

‘There is a long way to go — but we cannot allow United any more advantage at the top of the table. The future is in our own hands but we have already shown how powerful we can be during our worst moments during the past year.

‘Our goal this season was the Champions League — but now that chance has gone we want to win the Premier League and dedicate the achievement to our fans.’

United ran out victors in the first Manchester derby of the season after a last-gasp Robin van Persie free-kick at the Etihad.

Silva and Co know that taking three points will be vital when they seek revenge at Old Trafford on April 6 for what promises to be a thrilling second instalment.

Larking about: Mario Balotelli (centre) has a joke in the gym during training

Larking about: Mario Balotelli (centre) has a joke in the gym during training

Star man: Silva (left) is hoping for a win this afternoon at Norwich

Star man: Silva (left) is hoping for a win this afternoon at Norwich

Manchester City stars raise money at James Milner charity ball

City slickers! Mancini's stars suit up for charity ball… and Hart belts out a song

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UPDATED:

15:21 GMT, 17 December 2012

Manchester City's leading lights were out in full force on Sunday night for James Milner's inaugural charity ball.

England internationals Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott and Milner were among those in attendance as Milner raised money for the NSPCC, Help for Heroes and Leukemia and Lymphoma Research before some of the squad headed out to Manchester's Panacea nightclub.

Taking Hart: The England No 1 takes to the stage on Sunday night

Taking Hart: The England No 1 takes to the stage on Sunday night

Among those taking part in an auction for the three charities were Milner's former Newcastle
team-mates Alan Shearer and Shay Given.

TV magician Dynamo provided entertainment along with several musical acts including pop band Lawson, who welcomed Hart on to stage for a sing-song.

City slickers: David Silva (above left), Micah Richards (above right), Joleon Lescott (below left) and Gael Clichy (below right) were among those to head to the Panacea nightclub after the ball

City slickers: David Silva (above left), Micah Richards (above right), Joleon Lescott (below left) and Gael Clichy (below right) were among those to head to the Panacea nightclub after the ball

City slickers: David Silva (above left), Micah Richards (above right), Joleon Lescott (below left) and Gael Clichy (below right) were among those to head to the Panacea nightclub after the ball

City slickers: David Silva (above left), Micah Richards (above right), Joleon Lescott (below left) and Gael Clichy (below right) were among those to head to the Panacea nightclub after the ball

City's stars certainly looked to be in good spirits and it is no surprise given their impressive 3-1 win at Newcastle on Saturday.

Milner and his team-mates welcome Reading to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to kick off a festive period that sees them travel to Sunderland and Norwich before a home fixture against Stoke on New Year's Day.

Sport dominates Twitter talk in 2012 with help from dancing Boris Johnson

Sport dominates Twitter talk in 2012 (with a little help from dancing Boris Johnson)

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UPDATED:

16:54 GMT, 11 December 2012

A bumper year for sport has been confirmed by twitter results that show that seven out of the top 10 highest spikes in conversation on the social media website are related to sport.

The results are based on data that measures the number of UK tweets sent per second.

Here are the top 10 according to twitter’s official UK blog: ‘

1. Olympics: David Cameron, Samantha Cameron and Boris Johnson dancing together at the Olympic closing ceremony (Sunday, August 12)

Stop right now: Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Samantha Cameron dance to Spice Girls during the Olympic Closing Ceremony

Stop right now: Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Samantha Cameron dance to Spice Girls during the Olympic Closing Ceremony

2. Euro 2012: England vs Italy, England lose on penalties (Sunday, June 24)

3. X Factor: James Arthur and Ella Henderson in bottom two, Ella voted off (Sunday, November 18)

4. Olympics: Bolt wins the Men’s 100 Metres Olympic final (Sunday August 5)

Bolt saw off competition from compatriot Yohan Blake in London to retain the 100m and 200m Olympic titles he won in Beijing

Bolt saw off competition from compatriot Yohan Blake in London to retain the 100m and 200m Olympic titles he won in Beijing

5. Olympics: Mr Bean’s Chariots of Fire sketch in the Opening Ceremony (Friday, July 27)

6. X Factor: Rylan and Kye deadlock (Sunday, November 4)

7. Euro 2012: England vs Sweden, Theo Walcott’s goal to bring England level at 2-2

Walcott's strike against Sweden helped England top Group D in Euro 2012 but Roy Hodgson's men lost in the quarter finals to Italy on penalties

Walcott's strike against Sweden helped England top Group D in Euro 2012 but Roy Hodgson's men lost in the quarter finals to Italy on penalties

8. X Factor: Gary Barlow storms off X Factor as Carolynne Poole was voted off in favour of Rylan (Sunday October 7)

9. Euro 2012: England vs France, Joleon Lescott’s goal put England up 1-0 (Monday June 11)

10. Champions League: Man City vs Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal put Real 3-2 ahead, ultimately resulting in a victory (Tuesday September 18)

It was a year that saw some extraordinary firsts for twitter. In May, footballer Eden Hazard (@HazardEden10) revealed that he was joining Chelsea exclusively via his twitter feed, writing: ‘I’m signing for the champion’s league winner’.

Hazard signing for Chelsea

Twitter saw more than 700,000 #PrayforMuamba messages in support of footballer Fabrice Muamba (@FMuamba) when he suffered a heart attack on the pitch in March of this year: ‘Pray for fab god willing he will pull through #PrayForMuamba.’

After his Olympic success, Usain Bolt (@usainbolt) said he wanted a trial at Manchester United… And Rio Ferdinand (@RioFerdy5) stepped in to help, only on Twitter.

Usain Bolt and Rio Ferdinand talk about a football trial

Chelsea also announced that they had sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo on twitter, before also confirming Sportsmail on twitter that they were replacing him with Rafa Benitez.

Twitter Chelsea sack Di Matteo and hire Benitez

Kolo Toure wants transfer to French club

Toure admits to French fancy as outcast defender eyes Man City exit

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UPDATED:

12:46 GMT, 1 November 2012

Out of favour: Toure (right) could leave in January

Out of favour: Toure (right) could leave in January

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has revealed that he is tempted by the prospect of a move to France to play in their fast-improving Ligue 1.

The money pumped into Paris Saint-Germain by their oil-rich Qatari owners has helped them to attract stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and has swiftly improved the quality of France's top flight.

Toure has fallen well down the pecking order at Manchester City since he was suspended for a failed drugs test in March 2011 and he made just 13 appearances as City won their maiden Premier League crown last season.

'Why not France' said the 31-year-old when quizzed on his City future. 'There is PSG, Lille and the league is getting stronger.'

With Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastasic all being favoured to the Ivorian this season he could be on the move in January.

Toure joined City from Arsenal in a 16million deal in 2009 and plays alongside his brother and international team-mate Yaya at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City players want Roberto Mancini to ditch back three

City players want Mancini to ditch back three to bounce back against Swans after Ajax defeat

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UPDATED:

22:26 GMT, 25 October 2012

Manchester City's defenders will ask Roberto Mancini to go back to basics against Swansea in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

It is understood that players such as Joleon Lescott and Gael Clichy were left confused by the way City manager Mancini changed to a back three during Wednesday's 3-1 Champions League defeat at Ajax.

Right back Micah Richards suggested after the game that City's players had felt unprepared.

Back to basics: Micah Richards spoke candidly about how uncomfortable City defenders felt playing with three at the back

Back to basics: Micah Richards spoke candidly about how uncomfortable City defenders felt playing with three at the back

And though Richards is now known to regret his honesty, it is very much the case that his defensive colleagues would prefer to see a commitment to a four-man defence from their manager.

While Lescott's relationship with Mancini is being severely tested by the fact the England man knows he is no longer first choice, Clichy was also left frustrated at being asked to play three positions in one half at Ajax.

Meanwhile, midfielder Gareth Barry admitted his team need to be more clinical if they are ever to succeed in Europe.

City are all but out of the Champions League after they threw away a lead for the second European away game running to Ajax and Barry said: 'They dominated possession in the first half, and we caught them on the counter-attack and then scored to take the lead.

Loss of form: Joleon Lescott struggled again for City at the back as they lost 3-1 to Ajax

Loss of form: Joleon Lescott struggled again for City at the back as they lost 3-1 to Ajax

'From that we should really build and win the game.

'We had chances to maybe go 2-0 up and didn't take them and then they scored at a great time for thems just before the break. That was crucial in the end.

'We started the second half well but they scored from a set piece and that deflated us.

'Overall we can't complain as we were beaten by a team that dominated the game.'

Shambles: City conceded three soft goals in Holland and are all but out of the Champions League

Shambles: City conceded three soft goals in Holland and are all but out of the Champions League

Joleon Lescott wants England partnership with Phil Jagielka

Lescott keen on long-term England partnership with Jagielka despite Poland blow

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UPDATED:

00:37 GMT, 19 October 2012

Joleon Lescott wants himself and Phil Jagielka to form England's new first-choice centre-back partnership after the end of the John Terry-Rio Ferdinand era.

Lescott and Jagielka played together at youth level with England and then at Everton before the former made the move to Manchester City.

Lescott has become a first-choice player under head coach Roy Hodgson, starting eight of his 11 matches in charge, and was an ever present at Euro 2012.

Jagielka also now appears to be moving up the pecking order and the pair have been chosen by Hodgson for England's two most testing World Cup qualifiers to date against Ukraine and Poland.

Heads up: Kamil Glik beats Joleon Lescott to the ball and scores Poland's equaliser on Wednesday

Heads up: Kamil Glik beats Joleon Lescott to the ball and scores Poland's equaliser on Wednesday

When asked if himself and Jagielka can become the new centre-half pair, Lescott said: 'We'd like to believe so. Obviously Gary Cahill has played a number of games and is out here (in Poland).

'Ryan Bertrand is also a quality player. But, if the manager believes myself and Jags can make the positions ours, then great and hopefully we can do that.

'We grew up together. We played from England Under-18s, then at Everton, and it is a level of trust.'

Jagielka said: 'I've known Joleon for a long time and we've played together on a few occasions for Everton and England.

'If our partnership is the reason that I get in with England alongside him, then I'll be ecstatic.'

Lescott was partially at fault with Poland's equaliser in the 1-1 draw in Warsaw on Wednesday, although keeper Joe Hart also shouldered some of the blame.

But Lescott said: 'If you are calling that an error, then he is going to be some keeper. He is always going to say that because he is a leader in a way but we've all got to take responsibility. It was not solely his error.

'It was a combination of errors and nine times out of 10, if you do that it will lead to a goal. Joe is a strong character. I've no doubt about Joe's ability or character.'

Disappointment: Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka are among the players to show their feelings here after England's draw

Disappointment: Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka are among the players to show their feelings here after England's draw

Lescott insists England were always anticipating a battle to qualify for Brazil but believes that may work in their favour. He said: 'We never expected it to be easy and, in a way, hopefully it isn't that easy.

'In previous qualifiers, we've strolled through to tournaments and not looked as effective when we've got there.

'Maybe if we struggle to get there, but we do get to Brazil, hopefully it will stand us in good stead and it will be easier once there.

'But having said that, I don't think any result away from home is a negative one. We didn't play as well as we would have liked but it is important to get results in qualifying rounds.

'We dug in and got a point against a good Polish side and now move onto the next game.'

Jagielka echoed Lescott's sentiments and said: 'As long as we qualify for the World Cup, it doesn't matter where we get the points from.

'It's about getting as many as we can at this stage. It's going to be a long campaign to qualify.'