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Alexander Kacaniklic recalled from loan spell at Burnley

Fulham recall Swedish international winger Kacaniklic from loan spell at Burnley

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

14:41 GMT, 18 April 2013

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UPDATED:

14:41 GMT, 18 April 2013

Fulham have recalled winger Alexander Kacaniklic from a loan spell at Burnley.

The 21-year-old has made six appearances for the npower Championship outfit since joining them at the start of March.

Back at the Cottage: Kacaniklic has scored three goals for Fulham this season

Back at the Cottage: Kacaniklic has scored three goals for Fulham this season

However, Kacaniklic has now been recalled by Martin Jol and could be involved in this weekend's home clash with Arsenal.

The Sweden international has already appeared for Fulham 19 times this season, netting three goals.

Brian McDermott seals deal to be new Leeds United manager

Isn't Brian McDermott already the coach of Leeds Ex-Reading boss set to take charge in city where his namesake runs Rhinos…

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World Club Challenge 2012

Brian McDermott (II)

Age: 52

Born: Slough, Berkshire

Club: Expected to be named Leeds United boss

Playing career: Clubs include Arsenal, Fulham, Cardiff and spells in Sweden and China

Managerial honours: Championship 2012, Championship play-off finalist 2011

England U21 4 Sweden U21 0 match report

England U21 4 Sweden U21 0: Ince scores twice as young guns shine in Walsall

– is an ideal
way to start the calendar year for coach Stuart Pearce, who will be
gunning for success at June's Euro 2013 finals in Israel, with talks
over his own future put on hold until after the tournament.

Injuries robbed Pearce of Raheem
Sterling, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw but it was still a strong line-up
which took to the field, skippered by Henderson – on Sunday voted Under
21s Player of the Year.

Liverpool team-mate Shelvey blazed
over a good chance early on after a lively burst from Ince before
Henderson himself planted a free header wide.

Double: Jonjo Shelvey scored England's second goal in the 30th minute

Double: Jonjo Shelvey scored England's second goal in the 30th minute

Relieved: Shelvey missed a header from two yards out just before scoring

Relieved: Shelvey missed a header from two yards out just before scoring

It was no surprise when a dominant England opened the scoring after 10 minutes.

Shelvey found marauding right-back
Smith with a delightful ball and he in turn sent a teasing low cross
into the box which was slotted home by Ince.

England were in complete control and
it should have been 2-0 after 18 minutes as the impressive Shelvey
somehow headed wide Henderson's cross with the goal at his mercy.

Cruising: Shelvey celebrates his goal with Josh McEachran

Cruising: Shelvey celebrates his goal with Josh McEachran

But Shelvey soon made amends as he
doubled the hosts' advantage, slotting home Ince's miscued shot off the
underside off the crossbar at the far post after Smith had again been
found in space down the right.

It was 3-0 just before half-time as
Sweden centre-back Filip Helander brought down Ince in the area, Josh
McEachran saw his penalty saved by keeper Andreas Linde but Ince swept
home the rebound.

With his side already in the driving seat at the break, Pearce introduced Wickham, Will Hughes and Henri Lansbury.

Rebound: McEachran had a first-half penalty saved before Ince followed up to score

Rebound: McEachran had a first-half penalty saved before Ince followed up to score

Rebound: McEachran had a first-half penalty saved before Ince followed up to score

Ince was denied his hat-trick on the hour mark following a great save from close range by replacement stopper August Stromberg.

Goalscoring opportunities dried up
after the break as both managers made a host of changes although the
Young Lions remained comfortable, with goalkeeper Jason Steele still to
make a meaningful save of note.

But the home side did register a fourth in the 77th minute, Wickham heading home Lansbury's deep cross.

Wickham was denied a fifth by Stromberg but England still ran out easy winners in front of a healthy sell-out crowd of 9,758.

Rout: Connor Wickham rises to head in England's fourth goal

Rout: Connor Wickham rises to head in England's fourth goal

Impressive: Stuart Pearce's side were dominant

Impressive: Stuart Pearce's side were dominant

Spurned: Derby's Will Hughes rues a missed chance

Spurned: Derby's Will Hughes rues a missed chance

Wilfried Zaha transfer latest: Manchester United to wrap up 12m deal

Man United set to beat Arsenal to Zaha with Fergie ready to wrap up 12m deal

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

10:25 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:25 GMT, 20 January 2013

Manchester United hope to have a 12million deal to bring Wilfried Zaha to Old Trafford wrapped up early next week.

The transfer of the 20-year-old forward will represent the biggest cash advance from a Premier League club to a Championship club in history – bigger than the fees paid to Southampton by Arsenal for Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

On his way: Zaha is expected to complete his move to United next week

On his way: Zaha is expected to complete his move to United next week

Palace have always held out for 12m citing the fact Walcott had only played a few games for Saints in 2005 and that Oxlade-Chamberlain had not played at a higher level than League One before his move.

Zaha will earn 35,000-a-week at Old Trafford but will be sent back to Palace on loan until the end of the season. Arsenal are the other club in for him but he is expected to opt for United.

Star: Zaha has been in fine form this season for Palace

Star: Zaha has been in fine form this season for Palace

Zaha has been tracked by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson ever since he impressed in Palace's shock Carling Cup win at Old Trafford back in November 2011.

The Ivory Coast-born star has been in sensational form for Palace this season and made his England debut against Sweden in November.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic accused of stamping on opponent: Video

VIDEO: Ibrahimovic accused of stamping on opponent as PSG beat title rivals Lyon

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UPDATED:

16:59 GMT, 17 December 2012

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been accused of deliberately stamping on an opponent during Paris Saint-Germain's win over Ligue 1 rivals Lyon at the weekend.

Ibrahomovic appeared to be trying to jump over Dejan Lovren when his boot came down and caught the Lyon defender on the head and hand.

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Zlat's got to hurt: Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon defender Dejan Lovren

Zlat's got to hurt: Ibrahimovic has been accused of stamping on Lyon defender Dejan Lovren

Lovren has said he will leave it up to the authorities to decide as Ibrahimovic was not punished by referee Antony Gautier.

'Everyone told me that he did it on purpose,' said Lovren. 'In any case I have a very bad headache. I think it is serious but it is for the commission to do its work.'

But Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was in no doubt and he told L'Equipe: 'He did it voluntarily, I'm sure. I do not like to see this kind of act.'

Sweden international Ibrahimovic set up Blaise Matuidi for the winner as PSG hit the top of the table, above Lyon and Marseille on goal difference.

Watch video of Zlatan's 'stamp'

Sunderland want John Guidetti from Manchester City

O'Neill to turn to City's Guidetti to solve Sunderland's goalscoring problems

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 5 December 2012

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill wants to revive his bid to sign Manchester City striker John Guidetti on loan in January.

O’Neill tried to sign the 20-year-old in August but the Sweden forward was struggling after a paralysis virus which he picked up in April.

However, Guidetti, who scored 20 goals in 23 games in Holland for Feyenoord last year, is on course to be fully fit for the next window.

Wanted: Manchester City's John Guidetti (right) is a target for Sunderland

Wanted: Manchester City's John Guidetti (right) is a target for Sunderland

Other clubs are also interested but Sunderland will offer a loan with a view to a 6.5million deal.

City defender Karim Rekik, 17, has signed a new long-term contract and the club are also monitoring Colombia Under 20 defender Pedro Franco of Millonarios.

Roy Hodgson calls time on Rio Ferdinand and John Terry

Game over Terry and Ferdinand unlikely to return to England as Hodgson says he's 'moved on' from controversy

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UPDATED:

17:31 GMT, 18 November 2012

England manager Roy Hodgson has poured cold water over the prospect of Rio Ferdinand or John Terry returning to the international side.

The former West Brom and Liverpool manager has said he has no intention of calling up Ferdinand, despite England leaking four goals in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Hodgson is also refusing to ask John Terry to reconsider his decision to retire from international football.

Out in the cold: Rio Ferdinand (right) is unlikely to return to the international fray

Out in the cold: Rio Ferdinand (right) is unlikely to return to the international fray

He said: 'I’ve moved on from the Ferdinand and Terry debate and I think the team has moved on from it as well.

'We are now looking at other players that we can play at centre-half and we already have some pretty interesting alternatives.

'We’ve had Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott who have done well, Gary Cahill and Steven Caulker did well against Sweden and I am also looking for Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to come through.

'That is what I have got to do, to make certain that amongst that group of players someone will come through and force his way into my attention.

'I have to find a couple of players who are good enough to do the job in the way that John Terry and Rio Ferdinand did when they were playing.'

Down and out: John Terry (left) is also unlikely to return after his retirement from England

Down and out: John Terry (left) is also unlikely to return after his retirement from England

Moving on: Roy Hodgson says he wants to focus on the next crop of players

Moving on: Roy Hodgson says he wants to focus on the next crop of players

Terry decided to quit international football after he was charged by the FA for racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother, Anton, at Loftus Road last season.

The Chelsea captain was cleared of criminal charges earlier this year.

Ferdinand, meanwhile, was exiled by Hodgson when he selected Terry over the Manchester United centre back in his Euro 2012 squad.

Hodgson acknowledged the stellar work of the pair over the years for England, but hopes the newer recruits can step up and fill the void left by two vastly experienced centre backs.

'I have to hope that amongst that group of players – and maybe someone else will come on the scene and force his way in – I can find a couple of players who can do the job in the way John and Rio were when they were playing a few years ago.'

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina must prove he"s still the No 1 at Anfield

Liverpool goalkeeper Reina must prove he's still No 1 at Anfield

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UPDATED:

22:46 GMT, 16 November 2012

Brendan Rodgers is ready to re-launch
Pepe Reina's season but has warned the goalkeeper he is facing the
biggest challenge of his Liverpool career.

Reina has missed the last seven games
with a hamstring problem that he initially sustained on internatinal
duty but, now he is fit again, the Spaniard is poised to replace Brad
Jones between the posts for Saturday's game against Wigan Athletic.

Close eye: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and Pepe Reina

Close eye: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and Pepe Reina

Jones has not done much wrong during Reina's spell on the sidelines and the fact Rodgers is facing a decision to make about who to play has shown how much things have changed for him.

Since arriving at Liverpool from Villarreal in the summer of 2005, Reina has been the automatic choice as No 1 but while Rodgers has no doubt doubts about his ability, he wants to see an improvement in his form.

'I have no doubt with Pepe Reina,' said Rodgers. 'He has been very impressive since I came here and it's all about confidence. It happens to every goalkeeper. Look at Joe Hart against Sweden.

'He didn't seem to have that same happiness and physicality he had a few months. I have one of the top goalkeepers in the world, a top guy who is intent on making himself a better keeper and when we have that we have one of the best in Europe.

Focused: Reina during training

Focused: Reina during training

'He is really committed to his work, a model professional. I have been talking regularly with him to help him get back to the levels that he wants to be at. Pepe is determined to be a top goalkeeper here for next the nine or 10 years.'

There was a spell a couple of seasons ago when Reina was undoubtedly the best in the Barclays Premier League but his form has dipped over the last 18 months yet Rodgers feels the improvement Jones has made can actually help the 30-year-old back to where he once was.

'It's important for any player to know they have a challenge,' said Rodgers. 'Brad had been here two years and played four games, once from the bench. He's played ten games this season and done well, which is a credit to him.

'When I arrived he was number three but he has stepped up to the plate and I've seen great improvements in him over these months. He's shown that in his performances, so whatever happens we have a goalkeeper who has grown in confidence.'

Roberto Mancini wears David Platt mask

Is that you, David Mancini arrives at City training in disguise as No 2 Platt

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UPDATED:

11:14 GMT, 16 November 2012

Roberto Mancini may be under pressure at Manchester City… but he proved he's keeping his sense of humour today.

The City boss arrived at his morning press conference wearing a David Platt mask to the amusement of the assembled press.

Platt has done many of Mancini's planned interviews in recent weeks – to the frustration of the media – so perhaps the Italian was enjoying a little joke at their expense.

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Is that you, David Roberto Manncini arrived at Manchester City training wearing a David Platt mask

Right hand man: Platt has been by Mancini's side throughout his tenure at Manchester City

Right hand man: Platt has been by Mancini's side throughout his tenure at Manchester City

And explaining the stunt, the Italianjoked : 'Do you prefer David or me

'People have been asking about my mood and if I have been upset.
But I had a meeting last week and that was the only reason I didn't come
to the press conference.'

When the press conference turned to more serious matters, Mancini was quick to defend under-fire goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The England stopper endured a miserable midweek trip to Sweden, when he conceded four times, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic's breathtaking acrobatic effort in stoppage time.

But Mancini threw his full support behind his No 1.

'Joe Hart can make mistakes, that is normal for any keeper,' the City boss said.

'And if you make a mistake, you can end up conceding a goal and losing a game.

'This is the life of a keeper, but he is a top performer and I think Ibrahimovic can score against every keeper in the world.

'He is one of the top five strikers in the world. For me, his best goal was the second one but the fourth was incredible.

'Joe is mentally strong and will be OK. Keepers have to be very strong and very strange and Joe is both. All 'keepers are strange to my mind.'

With Hart's position assured, Mancini
explained the exclusion from the last Premier League outing of one of
his other high-profile stars, Mario Balotelli.

Feeling the heat: Joe Hart had a night to forget in Stockholm, when he conceded four goals

Feeling the heat: Joe Hart had a night to forget in Stockholm, when he conceded four goals

The striker was omitted from the matchday squad for last weekend's win over Tottenham, and his manager revealed a poor work ethic in the build up to the game had been to blame.

Mancini explained: 'Mario did not play because that was my choice. We have 20 players to pick from and when any player does not work as well as he should, he does not deserve to play. Mario is like any other player in that respect.

Missing out: Mario Balotelli was axed from City's squad for the Premier League win over Tottenham

Missing out: Mario Balotelli was axed from City's squad for the Premier League win over Tottenham

'It was not a punishment, but other players were working better than Mario. They deserve to be obnt he bench more than him.

'Some
people have said we are like a married couple, but that is not the
case. I know him as a guy. I am the manager and he is the player.

'And if he does not work well, he does not play. That applies to all the players.'

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere expresses doubts over fitness

I'm not 100 per cent, admits returning Arsenal ace Wilshere

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UPDATED:

08:04 GMT, 16 November 2012

Jack Wilshere admits he will need time to recapture his best form after making his England comeback in Wednesday's friendly international with Sweden in the Friends Arena.

The Arsenal midfielder put 17 months of injury frustration behind him after suffering a stress fracture of his ankle by playing the final half hour of England's 4-2 defeat.

Wilshere knows he is still short of sharpness after only a trio of games for the Gunners, but is delighted to be back playing for club and country.

Jack's back: Wilshere came on as a second-half substitute in England's defeat in Sweden

Jack's back: Wilshere came on as a second-half substitute for England in their defeat in Sweden

He said: 'I don't how long it will be before I can say “I'm back.” I'm not really sure.

'This is my first long-term injury. We will see. I'm sure you lot (the media) will notice when I'm back to my best.

'I'm getting there. I don't feel 100 per cent yet and everyone can see that. I feel better and better as every game goes on.

'I need to get some games under my belt and properly get back into the swing of things.

'But it's great to be back. Seventeen months on the sidelines is tough for anyone.'

Wilshere was happy to put trust in England head coach Roy Hodgson and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in determining how long he should play for England.

He said: 'They know what they are doing. I'm sure they spoke before we met up and they reached an agreement. The agreement was the last 30 minutes and Roy gave me the last 30 minutes so I'm grateful for that.'