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Tottenham midfielder earns first senior England call up for next week’s Euro 2016 qualifiers

first_img1 Dele Alli Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been rewarded for his fine Premier League displays with a first call up to the senior England squad for next week’s Euro 2016 qualifiers, under-21 coach Gareth Southgate has confirmed.Liverpool striker Danny Ings is another new face recognised by Three Lions’ manager Roy Hodgson after a positive start to his Reds career.There was no place in Hodgson’s 24-man squad for Ings’s Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge even though he has recovered from injury.Alli was playing League One football last season, but with Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson injured, the 19-year-old could find himself representing his country at senior level over the next couple of weeks.Ryan Bertrand is recalled to the squad in place of Luke Shaw, who broke his leg in two places playing for Manchester United against PSV Eindhoven last month.John Stones will also have the opportunity to add to his six caps. The Everton defender is joined in the party by Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones, who has recovered from a blood clot in his calf.England squad to face Estonia and Lithuania: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Joe Hart, Tom HeatonDefenders: Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Kieran Gibbs, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, John StonesMidfielders: Dele Alli, Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem SterlingStrikers: Danny Ings, Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy, Theo Walcottlast_img read more

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Chelsea flop set for permanent exit after saying he wants to join Juventus

first_img Juan Cuadrado 1 Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta claims Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado wants to stay in Turin.The Colombia international joined the Italian champions in the summer on loan and has impressed this season.The 27-year-old’s performances have sparked rumours that he will stay in Turin and now Marotta claims that is just what the player wants.“We have no right of redemption, at Chelsea’s request,” Marotta explained at Juventus’ shareholders’ meeting.“He’s expressed his happiness at being here with us, and [his happiness to] continue here in future.“We’ll look at things with Chelsea at the appropriate time, but it’s very likely that there will be a good conclusion.”last_img read more

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Mourinho has EARNED his bad spell! Chelsea told they must back under-fire boss

first_imgDanny Murphy says Jose Mourinho deserves Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s full backing despite the club’s horror start to the campaign.Speculation over Mourinho’s future has intensified after Liverpool became the sixth team to beat the Blues in the Premier League this season.But Murphy says the Portuguese’s past achievements at Stamford Bridge – three Premier League titles, three League Cups and an FA Cup make him the most successful manager in their history – demands that he is given plenty of time to turn things around.The ex-England and Liverpool star told talkSPORT: “In football generally, someone who is really successful as a manager or a player creates enemies because people get jealous.“People want to see someone at the top knocked down. For so long Jose Mourinho has been one of the best managers in the world and has had success everywhere he has been, and this is his first real bad spell, especially in this country.“People are loving it because it makes good headlines and of course he is not the must humble fella in the world so he is easy to dislike in some respects. I personally like him and I think he has earned the right, more than anybody, to have a bad spell.“As a player if you have a couple of good years and then a bad spell, you expect the manager to stick with you because you have shown him you have quality.“Jose, for what he has done for Chelsea Football Club and the success he has brought them, eleven games into a season he has earned the right to have a bad spell.”last_img read more

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REVEALED! 10 clubs given the most penalties in the Premier League

first_img 10 4. Chelsea – awarded 116 penalties in Premier League history 10 9=. Blackburn – awarded 83 penalties in Premier League history 5. Newcastle United – awarded 111 penalties in Premier League history 10 8. Aston Villa – awarded 96 penalties in Premier League history 10 Penalties frequently divide opinion.Almost every football fan will lay claim to the fact their side should have been awarded one or have been unfairly on the wrong end of one in the past.But which Premier League club has been awarded the most? Click right to find out…SPOILER: The winner might not be who you think it is.*All statistics correct up to 1 December 2015 10 6. Everton – awarded 104 penalties in Premier League history 10 10 9=. Manchester City have been awarded 83 penalties in Premier League history* to find out who’s number one, click the arrow above 7. Tottenham – awarded 101 penalties in Premier League history 10 10 10 2. Arsenal – awarded 126 penalties in Premier League history 3. Manchester United – awarded 121 penalties in Premier League history 1. Liverpool – awarded 135 penalties in Premier League historylast_img read more

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Transfer spotlight on the £32m starlet wanted by Liverpool and Manchester City

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer spotlight focuses on Leroy Sane, who is reportedly wanted by both Liverpool and Manchester City.Name: Leroy SaneDate of Birth: 11th January 1996Birthplace: Essen, GermanyPosition: Right Winger/ Attacking MidfielderClub: Schalke 04International appearances: One (Germany)What’s the latest?According to The Guardian, Manchester City have been monitoring Sane since December 2013 and have now stepped up their interest. Txiki Begiristain, City’s sporting director, hopes to seal the transfer in January but the summer is considered a more realistic prospect. Meanwhile, top German publication Bild claims Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has had Sane watched on several occasions this season and is plotting a move for the 19-year-old. Schalke have let it be known that they will resist any bids this month, however, preferring instead to resolve Sane’s future in the summer when they have more time to line up a replacement.Did you know?1. Sane comes from a sporting family; his father is former Schalke and Senegal forward Souleyman Sane and his mother is former German rhythmic gymnast Regina Weber.2. Sane was handed his Bundesliga debut in 2014 by former Chelsea player and manager Roberto Di Matteo. He is now a key member of a youthful Schalke side and has five goals in 24 appearances in all competitions this season.3. He was handed his Champions League debut against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in March 2015 and scored a spectacular goal [see bottom video] as Schalke claimed a thrilling 4-3 victory.4. Having previously represented Germany at youth level, Sane was called up to the full squad in November 2015 and came off the bench in the 2-0 defeat to France to make his debut.5. He was involved in a serious car accident in which he wrote off a €100,000 Mercedes and Schalke’s sporting director Horst Heldt has said the player is understandably yet to mature.6. Jurgen Klopp’s predecessor at Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers, was also keen on Sane and the Reds failed with a £10m attempt to lure the teenager to Anfield in the summer, Heldt told reporters in September.Sane says: “I trust my instincts, it has worked every time so far”“I never wanted to be an astronaut… When I was 16 or 17, I didn’t go to parties. I had only one hobby – the ball.”“You shouldn’t drink two litres of Coca Cola every day… My favourite meal is Penne Carbonara – that’s good for an athlete, right?”They say:“He has a way of playing that can make all the difference. He isn’t put off if things aren’t going as expected; even if he loses the ball, he can complete a well-run counter in the next moment.” – Sporting director Horst Heldt“A lot of players don’t keep their heads on the ground, because they know they can earn money quickly. Leroy won’t do that. He is grounded.” – Souleyman Sané“He is a player with a special gift and finesse, speed paired with technique and strong running – at just 19. He can make the jump with us very quickly.” – Germany coach Joachim LöwVideo evidence: Leroy Sane celebrates scoring for Schalke 1last_img read more

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TRANSFER ALERT! PSG star in talks with Chelsea, confirms agent

first_img Ezequiel Lavezzi 1 Ezequiel Lavezzi is in talks with Chelsea, according to the player’s agent.The Argentina international has six months to run on his contract with Paris Saint-Germain and he is unlikely to sign a new one.As a result, the winger is preparing to leave the French capital and several sides have expressed an interest.Inter Milan have been chasing the 30-year-old since the summer, while Barcelona are monitoring the situation closely.But now Lavezzi’s agent, Alessandro Moggi, has revealed Chelsea are in talks with the Argentine too.“Inter are the most interested team at the moment,” Moggi told Sport Mediaset.“There was interest from Barcelona and Chelsea, and we’re talking with the Blues.“I can’t rule out him only leaving Paris at the end of the season though, as Paris Saint-Germain have expressed an interest in keeping him.”last_img read more

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Arsenal given little chance of beating Barcelona – Coral Daily Download

first_imgCoral’s Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Arsenal host Barcelona on Tuesday night in a Champions League last 16 first leg tie and the Gunners are 4/1 outsiders to go through to the next round, with the Spanish giants 1/6 to qualify.Tuesday’s other Champions League clash sees Juventus welcome Bayern Munich to Turin, and the Italian giants are being backed at 12/5 to gain a first leg advantage.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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Alliance says renaissance can come to Sun Valley

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Calling for “elegant growth” in a 2,600-acre “selected study area” of Sun Valley, the plan envisions a community with cleaner businesses, medium-density housing, a technical-arts high school and more trails and parkways.But it also emphasizes keeping businesses and industry in Sun Valley, arguing that businesses as necessary sources of employment and that they should be close to where workers live.City Councilman Tony C?rdenas, who represents most of the area, welcomed the report. But he said developers will need to contribute to make it happen.“Hopefully, this will be read by a lot of people and spark people’s interest to see that Sun Valley – if you’re willing to do a responsible project – would be a good place to come and see about investing some money,” he said.Sun Valley is home to 46,000 people who live amid auto dismantlers, junkyards, defunct landfills, recycling facilities and gravel pits. Dust blows through the streets from landfills and pits, even though the last landfill closed in April. Authors of the report, prepared by the alliance in conjunction with the San Fernando Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects, hope for a more glamorous landscape of film and television soundstages, businesses that could revitalize the area without hurting the environment.But Jack Kyser, chief economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. and another of the report authors, said bringing a soundstage to Sun Valley would be a challenge.The major studios already have enough space, and while an independent company could do it, that would require financing, which is scarce, he said.Still, Kyser agreed with the plan to revitalize Sun Valley with new businesses.“It would be a home run, to be quite honest,” he said. “I’ve wondered … the type of industry that’s there – why is it there?”But owners of auto-dismantling shops say they are meeting a need.“I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” said Nathan Adlemcq, the owner of Aadlemcq Bros. Auto Wrecking. “I see a junked car, and I see something beautiful. … I believe economics and the marketplace will dictate what will stand.”Scott said he hopes to see the same process at work, arguing that redevelopment projects that rely on eminent domain – or the government taking private land for the public good – will not work in the area.But developers will grab large parcels themselves when they realize that the land in Sun Valley is valuable – especially with industrial land becoming increasingly scarce, Scott said.There is precedent for the alliance’s plan. It released a similar effort several years ago for another neglected area, Panorama City. It was adopted by the city Planning Commission as a guideline for the area.But since then, the commission hasn’t adopted any specific policies based on the plan.“I think it’s a plus whenever people see a plan like this, and they see that kind of energy. It always helps,” C?rdenas said. “But again this is private property, so it takes developers to make the investments of tens and hundreds of millions of dollars to bring these ideas to fruition.”The Sun Valley report calls for dealing with an increasing population by building medium-density housing near commercial “villages.” And it suggests using the latest urban-planning craze: putting residential units on top of ground-floor commercial space in “mixed-use” developments.But the report also touches on a broad array of subjects, from education to the preservation of the Stonehurst neighborhood as a historic district. It calls for a major outdoor venue, suggests the creation of an industrial-arts and technology high school with four campuses and recommends that special roadways be created to keep trucks off the main thoroughfares.Jerry Piro, 73, a local community activist, said he was pleased with some of the report’s recommendations – but not all of them.“I’m weary when they talk about development because every time they talk about development, they talk about adding more population,” he said.Most residents have some buffer between their homes and the city’s most disruptive businesses. But on Sutter Avenue, next to the Bradley Landfill, about 20 residents live with the dust and rats that come from being so close to the dump. Those residents include Jeremy and Tara Penick.They welcome any plan to improve Sun Valley. He’s a musician with a band called Depswa, and the area near the dump is the only place where the couple can afford to live without any noise complaints when he plays his music. It comes at a cost though: Both suffer from asthma.“I can dust, and an hour later it looks like I haven’t touched it at all,” she said.The plan does not call for all the recycling facilities in Sun Valley to be shut down, and it will take 30 years for the city’s landfills to become public domain, Scott said.But the report envisions ways to improve the area over time and lays out what could be done – ideally.“What we’re putting down on paper,” Scott said, “is ideas to inspire a sense of direction for the future.”alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com(818) 546-3304To view the full “Sun Valley Renaissance” report, click here.In the works Some key elements to revitalize Sun Valley: Environmentally friendly industrial parks. Entertainment-industry support and soundstages. Themed commercial villages and pedestrian-oriented districts. Mixed-use commercial, with businesses on the ground floor and homes above. Major outdoor-event venue, fairgrounds and open space. Landscaping and architecture to block noise from the railroad line. An industrial-arts and technology high school with four campuses. Housing, including some above commercial development, near mass transit. Enhanced access to the Sun Valley Metrolink station, including shuttle buses. Roadways that provide exclusive access for trucks that head to gravel pits and recycling facilities. Source: Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUN VALLEY – In an ambitious effort to transform one of the San Fernando Valley’s most blighted areas, community and business leaders will release a plan todaycq that calls for commercial “villages” and eco-friendly industrial parks where scrap heaps and auto shops now stand.The 130-page blueprint by the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley aims to end decades of pollution and eyesores in Sun Valley, the Northeast Valley’s dumping ground for trash and “dead” cars.“I’m not going to say Sun Valley is going to become Beverly Hills anytime soon,” said Bob Scott, director of the Mulholland Institute and one of the authors of the report, titled “Sun Valley Renaissance.”But it could become a decent neighborhood with a strong, blue-collar job base, Scott added, and that’s what the plan is aimed at producing.last_img read more

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As home sales dip, rich keep prices up

first_imgBut the first in a long string of price declines didn’t begin until 14 months later. Valley sales have now declined for 23 consecutive months, while the median price apparently continues to hold up rather well. The economy is one big difference – it was lousy back then, and it’s still OK now. That’s one price support. The folks being shut out of the market now are entry-level buyers. And they are getting squeezed by two powerful forces. Prices are still on the rise because higher-end homes are the ones that are selling. And entry-level buyers are having trouble either coming up with a big down payment or qualifying for a loan because of the tighter credit situation. Fewer sales here means the median gets tugged up. There is a lot of talk, and hope, that foreclosures could bring some price relief and help with the affordability side of the equation. But the foreclosure situation, like the economy, was worse then than now. In the third quarter, there were 854 home foreclosures in the Greater San Fernando Valley – from Burbank to Calabasas. But the record is 1,954 in the 1996 third quarter, according to the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at Califonia State University, Northridge. In the last slump, foreclosures did more damage to prices than they are now. “There were more foreclosures and fewer homes and loans,” said Andrew LePage, an analyst at La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems. “It really means something that we were quite a bit higher in foreclosures back then because they were spread across fewer people.” In other words, there are more places today for the pain. In August, the credit tap dried up and potential buyers lost their access to jumbo loans, the ones you need when the median price is above $417,000. LePage said jumbo loan originations fell by 50 percent in Southern California from August to September. Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., also credits the high end with propping up the median. “High-end homes have been selling, and people at that end of the market don’t have to worry about funding. “They can do it on their own,” Kyser said. He does say that prices below the high-end range have come down, but less that a percent. So, up until now, what went up hasn’t come down. Yet. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Seems the market is a stew pot filled with lots of ingredients. And while price appreciation is getting a little overdone, history isn’t repeating itself – yet. Consider this: When the market made its last big turn in 1989, some things were the same and different from now. On the sales side, the first of many annual dips began in May 1989. It seems inexplicable and incomprehensible. Sales of single-family houses in the San Fernando Valley plunged an annual 55.5 percent to a record low 362 transactions in September. At the same time, the median price of homes sold from Toluca Lake to Calabasas increased 4.8percent, or $28,700, to $623,700, according to the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. What’s going on? last_img read more

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