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March 23, 2022 at 5:34 PM EDT

England U19 3 – 1 Republic of Ireland U19

Aston Villa’s Carney Chukwuemeka was the star, scoring twice in a comfortable England win.

Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 5:20 PM EDT

NEWS: FIFA forced to restructure Oceania World Cup qualifiers after COVID-19 withdrawals

FIFA have restructured the format of the Oceania World Cup qualification tournament after the Cook Islands and Vanuatu were forced to withdraw due to COVID-19 cases.

Both nations were in Group A but FIFA said all matches involving the two teams “shall be deemed to have not taken place”.

Prior to their withdrawal from the tournament, Cook Islands were third after their 2-0 defeat by Solomon Islands.

Vanuatu were yet to play their first game, against Tahiti.

As a result, Solomon Islands and Tahiti – the two remaining teams in Group A – will play their group fixture on Thursday which will determine the winner and runner-up of the group.

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Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 4:44 PM EDT

NEWS: Southampton’s Fraser Forster called up to England squad after Johnstone illness

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Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 4:22 PM EDT

Arsenal 0-1 Wolfsburg

From the visitors’ first chance of the evening!

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Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 3:36 PM EDT

NEWS: UK government amends Chelsea’s license to allow fans to buy tickets

Chelsea fans will be able to buy tickets to matches again after the UK government amended the license that has allowed the club to operate while owner Roman Abramovich is sanctioned.

Under the new license, supporters will be able to purchase tickets to away matches, with visiting fans also able to attend matches at Stamford Bridge. However, the club cannot sell tickets to home games, with only season-ticket holders able to attend those fixtures.

Chelsea will be able to sell tickets for home matches in the Champions League and Women’s Super League.

Full story here.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 3:04 PM EDT

Kick-off approaching in the Champions League quarter-finals

Arsenal have just named their team to play Wolfsburg …

One change from the weekend, as Katie McCabe is in for Caitlin Foord.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 2:47 PM EDT

NEWS: Everton winger Andros Townsend ruled out for the season with ACL injury

Everton winger Andros Townsend will miss the rest of the season after it was confirmed he has suffered a serious knee injury in the FA Cup defeat by Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The 30-year-old had to come off after 16 minutes of the 4-0 quarter-final loss with manager Frank Lampard later saying he feared the worst.

Scans have subsequently confirmed the player, who joined on a free transfer last summer, damaged his anterior cruciate ligament.

A club statement said he will undergo surgery next week before starting his rehabilitation with medical staff at Finch Farm.

Full story here.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 1:59 PM EDT

NEWS: England’s Kane to speak to other national team captains over ‘unified approach’ to Qatar World Cup issues

Harry Kane is planning to speak to other international captains over taking a “unified” stance towards human rights concerns at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Concerns have been raised over the number of migrant workers losing their lives during the construction of stadiums and facilities.

Members of the LGBTQ + community are also fearful of traveling to the Middle East as homosexuality is against the law in Qatar.

England manager Gareth Southgate has said that he will look to educate his players during the March international break, having now gained the knowledge to discuss the issue.

Full story here.

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Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 1:24 PM EDT

NEWS: Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic signs contract extension until 2026

Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic has signed a four-year contract extension with the Italian giants.

Brozovic had entered the final year of his deal with Inter and had been linked to several top clubs around Europe, including Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.

The 29-year-old was able to sign a pre-contract agreement with other clubs in January, but no move materialized.

Tying Brozovic down is a major boost for Inter, who have seen several high-profile departures from the first team in the past year. Romelu Lukaku left for Chelsea, Achraf Hakimi joined Paris Saint-Germain and Antonio Conte resigned from his coaching role.

(Photo: James Williamson – AMA / Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 1:02 PM EDT

Kulusevski: Juventus was ‘frustrating’ – I have a better relationship with the coach at Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dejan Kulusevski believes he has a better “rapport” with his new head coach Antonio Conte after enduring a “frustrating” time at previous club Juventus.

Kulusevski joined Tottenham in the January transfer window on an 18-month loan with an option to buy. He had been at Juventus for almost two years, having arrived in Turin from Atalanta.

The 21-year-old made only five league starts under the returning Max Allegri for Juventus in the first half of the season but has quickly established himself as a key player for Conte’s Spurs, starting their last seven Premier League matches.

Full story here.

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 12:01 PM EDT

Wolves say Ruben Neves out until May with knee injury

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Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 11:33 AM EDT

Euro 2028: Russia to rival UK and Ireland for tournament despite football ban

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Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 11:12 AM EDT

NEWS: Manchester United goalkeeper Paul Woolston retires aged 23

Manchester United youth-team goalkeeper Paul Woolston has retired at the age of 23.

Woolston joined the club from Newcastle United in 2018 and signed a one-year contract extension last summer.

Before penning that extension in July, Woolston underwent two operations in March and April after sustaining a hip injury.

More here.

(Photo: Alex Livesey / Getty Images)

Jacob Whitehead

Jacob Whitehead

March 23, 2022 at 7:39 AM EDT

Pogba says he experienced depression under former Manchester United manager Mourinho

Paul Pogba has said that he has struggled with depression since playing under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

Pogba was interviewed by the French tabloid Le Figaro, and when asked whether he had experienced depression during his career, replied: “Completely, and several times in my career.

“I knew I was (depressed), but you don’t talk about it. Sometimes you don’t know you’re depressed. You just want to get away from everyone, to be alone. But those are unmistakable signs.

“Personally, it started when I was with José Mourinho in Manchester. You ask yourself questions. You wonder if it’s your fault, because you have never experienced moments like that before in your life. “

For the full story, click here.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

March 23, 2022 at 7:08 AM EDT

Dan Purdy returns to Everton as scouting and operations manager

Dan Purdy has rejoined Everton as scouting and operations manager, reprising a role he vacated just three months ago.

A key member of former director of football Marcel Brands’ team, Purdy, together with head of recruitment Gretar Steinsson, decided to leave the club in December with the Dutchman.

But he has since been convinced to return to Finch Farm as part of new director of football Kevin Thelwell’s restructure.

For more, click here.

Holly Percival

Holly Percival·

Junior Editor, News

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