2018 WORLD CUP ENGLAND SQUAD NAMED BY SAM ALLARDYCE

Wayne Rooney, captain England National Team

2018 WORLD CUP ENGLAND SQUAD NAMED FOR QUALIFIERS BY SAM ALLARDYCE

Wayne Rooney will continue as England captain as Sam Allardyce names his 23 man squad for World Cup 2018

England record goals scorer and superstar striker for Manchester United Wayne Rooney confirmed on Monday that he will retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Rooney led his country since August 2014 and is England's record goalscorer having netted 53 goals in 115 international appearances.

Rooney is currently preparing with his England side for Sunday's opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia.

"Realistically I know myself that Russia will be my last opportunity to do anything with England. Hopefully I can end my time with England on a high,” said Rooney. "I said before the Euros I enjoyed playing in this team, and that's the case still. There were some questions about whether I should stop playing, but I am looking forward to getting back on the pitch."

"I made my mind up before the Euros, whether we did well or not, that I was going to continue. I've had nothing to think about since then,” added Rooney. "My mind is made up. Russia will be my last tournament."

England National Team chosen for 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

Newly appointed England manager Big Sam Allardyce has named his first 23 man side for the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers match against Slovakia in Trnava on September 4th.

Thirty-year-old Wayne Rooney is England's all-time record goal scorer, set to become his country's most-capped outfield player after being named as a mid-fielder in Allardyce's squad for the World Cup qualifier in Slovakia. Manchester United captain Roo has captained his country since the 2014 World Cup.

Following his squad announcement on Sunday night, Big Sam discussed his 23-man selection on Monday morning. The incumbent England boss discussed his choices and fielded questions from the media regarding a number of key selection decisions.  Allardyce talked about his selection of uncapped Michail Antonio, along with his listing of Man United superstar Wayne Rooney as a midfielder, while also explaining his omission of Mark Noble and Ross Barkley.

Allardyce has yet to make the final decision as to whether Rooney will compete as a midfielder or forward.

After taking over from Roy Hodgson following England’s poor showing in Euro 2016, Allardyce confirmed on Monday that Rooney officially would keep the England captain’s armband. Rooney was deployed by Hodgson as a midfielder at Euro 2016, where England were sent packing by minnows Iceland.

Allardyce still considers Rooney as an attacking player, however former Everton striker Rooney insists he is happy playing anywhere for his England.

"It's the manager's decision," added Rooney. "We haven't spoken about that, in the next few days we'll speak about it more, whether it's as a midfielder or attacker. It's only a day we've been together, but you can see he's a relaxed guy, and since we've been here the camp has been good. It's just a matter of getting on the training pitch. I'm looking forward to getting back on the pitch. We have bad memories from the last game obviously. We have to put it behind us. It was disappointing the way we went out of the tournament, you can't forget it, but it's a new era for us, a new manager."

Thirty-year old Wayne Rooney announced on Monday that the 2018 World Cup will be his final tournament playing for England after the announcement that he was kept on as captain by new manager Sam Allardyce. 

England Squad (with Premier League Clubs)

Goalkeepers: Forster (Southampton), Hart (Man City), Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Cahill (Chelsea), Clyne (Liverpool), Jagielka (Everton), Rose (Tottenham), Shaw (Man Utd), Smalling (Man Utd), Stones (Man City), Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Alli (Tottenham), Antonio (West Ham), Dier (Tottenham), Drinkwater (Leicester), Henderson (Liverpool), Lallana (Liverpool), Rooney (Man Utd), Sterling (Man City), Walcott (Arsenal)

Forwards: Kane (Tottenham), Sturridge (Liverpool), Vardy (Leicester)

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Uncapped West Ham mid-fielder Michail Antonio called-up for England squad

England manager explained his choice to call-up Michail Antonio to his first England side.

"The journey and quality he's given in every league he's played in. The impact he had last year and the start of this season, his attacking flair, his ability in final-third delivery and his goal record. I think that journey deserves to be in this squad, and for me to have a look at coming through. It shows that if you've got guts and determination and desire, it shows how much it means, replied Allardyce. “He goes forward and creates himself a career in the Premier League, and then ends up here in this squad. I'm looking forward to meeting him today and everybody for the first time.” 

Later on Monday morning Antonio talked about how he felt after being named to the England team for the first time.

“I got slightly emotional when I found out. It’s just one of those things that I’ve always dreamt of playing for England as a kid, so now for it to happen after I’ve worked my way from non-league to where I am now, I am just so happy,’ said West Ham’s Antonio. I didn’t think that it would happen this quick, but I always said to myself that if I could get into the Premier League and keep playing the way I do, hopefully I could get into the England squad. I turned down an approach from Jamaica in March.”

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Manchester United, Manchester City, and FC Chelsea have 9 points apiece after winning their Match-Week 3 games maintaining a 100% record and putting the titan clubs on top of the England Premier League Table going into the International break. EPL Match Week 3 had some exciting games with wins by Arsenal, Leicester, and Everton.

Man City and Man United next clash in a mouth-watering Manchester Derby on Saturday, Sept 10th. Be there live to watch the finest managers and footballers battle on the road to the England Premier League title and silverware.

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Hull City 0-1 Manchester United
On Saturday, Jose Mourinho's Manchester United side traveled to Hull City to win their third EPL match in a row on August 27. Buy Manchester United tickets now for all 2016-2017 matches! Paul Pogba, Manchester United's £89m world-record signing featured in Saturday's game.
Squads
Hull (4-3-3) Jakupovic; Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson; Huddlestone, Clucas, Meyler; Snodgrass, Hernandez, Diomande.
Substitutes: Kuciak, Maguire, Maloney, Olley, Clackstone, Hinchcliffe, Bowen.
Man Utd (4-2-3-1) De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Pogba, Fellaini; Mata, Rooney, Martial; Ibrahimovic.
Substitutes: Romero, Smalling, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Schneiderlin, Young, Rashford.
Referee Jon Moss
*Paco Noriega’s Pick for Man of the Match – Wayne Rooney

Manchester City 3-1 West Ham
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side defeated West Ham with two goals from Raheem Sterling and one from Fernandinho, sealing a 3-1 victory for Man City – their third win in their first three matches. Notably, award and trophy winning Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart was on the bench for the entire match. Superstar striker Sergio Aguero reportedly will miss the upcoming Manchester Derby after appearing to strike West Ham’s Winston Reid in Sunday’s match in the 76th minute as the Argentine appeared to lash out at Reid who was substituted a minute later due to injury. Buy Manchester City tickets!
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Manchester City
Caballero; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Clichy; Fernandinho; De Bruyne, Silva, Nolito, Sterling; Aguero. Subs: Hart, Fernando, Nasri, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Delph, Iheanacho.
West Ham United
Adrian; Reid, Collins, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Kouyate, Noble; Antonio, Tore, Valencia; Fletcher. Subs: Randolph, Lanzini, Obiang, Byram, Calleri, Burke, Oxford.
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
*Paco Noriega’s Pick for Man of the Match – Raheem Sterling

Chelsea 3-0 Burnley
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side defeated newly promoted Burnley 3-0 with goals from Eden Hazard, William, and Victor Moses – making it three wins from three games as Chelsea move up to the top of the EPL Table at the start of the 2016-2017 campaign.
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Squads
Chelsea
Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Kante; Willian, Oscar, Matic, Hazard; Diego Costa, Begovic, Aina, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Pedro, Batshuayi
Burnley
Heaton (c), Ward, Mee, Keane, Lowton, Arfield, Marney, Defour, Boyd, Vokes, Gray
Subs: O’Neill, Darikwa, Tarkowski, Gudmundsson, Robinson, Kightly, Jutkiewicz
*Paco Noriega’s Pick for Man of the Match – Courtois 

Watford 1-3 Arsenal
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side showed their style in a 3-1 victory against Watford, the Gunners first win of the season, with goals by Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, and Mesut Ozil. Watford’s only goal was by Roberto Pereyra.
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Watford
Gomes, Kabasele, Kaboul, Prodl, Amrabat, Behrami, Capoue, Guedioura, Holebas, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs: Janmaat, Success, Zuniga, Sinclair, Watson, Pantilimon, Pereyra. 
Arsenal
Cech, Bellerin, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal, Cazorla, Xhaka, Walcott, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez.
Subs: Gibbs, Wilshere, Giroud, Ospina, Chambers, Coquelin, Elneny. 
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
*Paco Noriega’s Pick for Men of the Match – Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil

Leicester City 2-1 Swansea City
Premier League champions Leicester City defeated the Swans 2-1 to earn their first win of the season Leicester’s battle to defend their title with goals from England striker Jamie Vardy and Foxes captain Wes Morgan. Swansea City’s only goal came from Leroy Fer.
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Squads
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.
Subs: Hernandez, Chilwell, Musa, King, Zieler, Gray, Ulloa. 
Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley, Cork, Fer, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Barrow, Llorente.
Subs: Ki, van der Hoorn, Nordfeldt, Montero, Rangel, Fulton, McBurnie. 
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)
*Paco Noriega’s Pick for Man of the Match – Jamie Vardy

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool drew 1-1 with Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur with goals from Spurs’ Danny Rose and Reds’ James Milner. Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
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Tottenham Hotspur
Vorm; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Wanyama; Lamela, Alli, Eriksen; Kane.
Substitutes: McGee, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Onomah, Winks, Janssen, Son.
Liverpool
Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Firmino, Coutinho.
Substitutes: Manninger, Grujic, Moreno, Lucas, Sturridge, Origi, Stewart.
*Paco Noriega’s Pick for Man of the Match – 

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Liverpool
Chelsea 3-0 Burnley
Crystal Palace 1-1 Bournemouth
Everton 1-0 Stoke
Leicester City 2-1 Swansea
Southampton 1-1 Sunderland
Watford 1-3 Arsenal
Hull City 0-1 Manchester United
Manchester City 3-1 West Ham

English Premier League Table Week 3

Manchester United and FC Chelsea are sitting on top of the England Premier League Table with nine points each going into EPL week 4. Sunderland, Crystal Palace, and Bournemouth are at the bottom of the table with zero points each. 

EPL Table Positions Key

Champions League 1,2,3,4. Europa League 5. Relegation 18,19,20. (Teams receive three points for a win and one point for a draw. The top 4 teams will compete in the Champions League in the following season, fifth place team will compete in Europa League, and bottom 3 teams will be automatically relegated to the division below at the end of the England Premier League season. In the event that two or more teams finish level on points at the end of the season, the team with the better goal difference will finish higher. If two or more teams have the same points and the same goal difference, the team which has scored the higher number of goals will finish higher. If two or more teams finish level on points, goal difference and goals scored, and the championship, a relegation place or European qualification is at stake, they will then play off to decide who finishes higher.)

Manchester United – 9 points
Chelsea – 9 points
Manchester City - 9 points

Manchester City – 9 points
Everton – 7 points
Hull City – 6 points
Tottenham Hotspur – 5 points
Liverpool – 4 points
Arsenal – 4 points
Leicester – 4 points
Middlesbrough – 4 points
West Brom – 4 points
West Ham – 3 points
Burnley – 3 points
Swansea – 3 points
Southampton – 2 points
Watford – 1 point
Stoke City – 1 point
Sunderland – 1 point
Crystal Palace – 1 point
Bournemouth – 1 point

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2016-2017 England Premier League Top Goal-Scorers (as of 8.22.16)

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City – 3 goals
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United – 3 goals
Nolito, Manchester City – 2 goals
Cristhian Stuaini, Middlesborough – 2 ggoals
Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool - 2 goals
Etienne Capoue; Watford – 2 goals
Diego Costa, Chelsea – 2 goals

EPL Clean Sheets (as of 8.28.16)

Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea City is leading with 2 clean sheets to his credit after EPL MatchWeek 3!

·        Arsenal - 1

·        Bournemouth - 1

·        Crystal Palace – 1

·        Chelsea – 1

·        Everton - 1

·        Leicester City - 1

·        Liverpool – 1

·        Manchester United, David de Gea - 1

·        Southampton – 1

·        Swansea City, Lukasz Fabianski – 2

·        West Brom Albion - 1

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Fixtures for UEFA Champions League Groups

Group Stage Opening Matches

Tuesday 13 September
Group A: Paris Saint-Germain v Arsenal, Basel v Ludogorets Razgrad
Group B: Dynamo Kyiv v Napoli, Benfica v Beşiktaş 
Group C: Barcelona v Celtic, Manchester City v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Group D: Bayern München v Rostov, PSV Eindhoven v Atlético Madrid
Wednesday 14 September
Group E: Bayer Leverkusen v CSKA Moskva, Tottenham Hotspur v Monaco
Group F: Real Madrid v Sporting CP, Legia Warszawa v Borussia Dortmund
Group G: Club Brugge v Leicester City, FC Porto v FC København
Group H: Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb, Juventus v Sevilla

2016-2017 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw

Group A: Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Arsenal (ENG), Basel (SUI), Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)
Group B: Benfica (POR), Napoli (ITA), Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Beşiktaş (TUR)
Group C: Barcelona (ESP), Manchester City (ENG), Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER), Celtic (SCO)
Group D: Bayern München (GER), Atlético Madrid (ESP), PSV Eindhoven (NED), Rostov (RUS)
Group E: CSKA Moskva (RUS), Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), Monaco (FRA)
Group F: Real Madrid (ESP, holders), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Sporting CP (POR), Legia Warszawa (POL)
Group G: Leicester City (ENG), Porto (POR), Club Brugge (BEL), FC København (DEN)
Group H: Juventus (ITA), Sevilla (ESP), Lyon (FRA), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

 

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Jamie Vardy’s 50th league goal for England Premier League champions Leicester City from Drinkwater’s sublime pass was against the Swans as Lecester won their first Premier League game of the season. Leicester were drawn in Group C for the upcoming UEFA Champions League competition. Vardy was asked what he thought about Leicester’s chances in their first season debut in the Champions League.

“We’ll take anyone.  We will always give it our all and it’s a new experience for us so we’re going to go out and enjoy it,” said Vardy. “They will obviously be doing their homework on us because they won’t have seen that much and we’ll be doing exactly the same.”

“We weren’t mean to win the league were we?  We’re not mean to win it this year either.  We’re just enjoying ourselves.  We know we can hurt teams.  People saw that last year so we’ll just keep going out on that pitch enjoying ourselves,” said Vardy. “I was sat there watching it with the little one and she was wanting to play.  It was look at the screen, play with the toys, look at the screen, play with the toys but it was a good draw and obviously everyone is looking forward to it.”

England Premier League champions Leicester City are in Group G and will face Porto, Club Brugge and Kobenhavn. Arsenal is in Group A. Manchester City are in Group C. Tottenham Hotspur are in Group E. UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid face opponents Borussia Dortmund. Titan Spanish La Liga clubs Barcelona are in Group C, and Atlético Madrid are in Group D following the group stage draw, made in Monaco on Thursday, August 25.

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Fixtures for UEFA Champions League groups

Real Madrid begin their battle to defend their Champions League title against Sporting CP on 14 September while the previous night Paris Saint-Germain minus Zlatan Ibrahimovic play Arsenal.

Tuesday 13 September
Group A: Paris Saint-Germain v Arsenal, Basel v Ludogorets Razgrad
Group B: Dynamo Kyiv v Napoli, Benfica v Beşiktaş 
Group C: Barcelona v Celtic, Manchester City v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Group D: Bayern München v Rostov, PSV Eindhoven v Atlético Madrid

Wednesday 14 September
Group E: Bayer Leverkusen v CSKA Moskva, Tottenham Hotspur v Monaco
Group F: Real Madrid v Sporting CP, Legia Warszawa v Borussia Dortmund
Group G: Club Brugge v Leicester City, FC Porto v FC København
Group H: Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb, Juventus v Sevilla

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2016-2017 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw

Group A: Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Arsenal (ENG), Basel (SUI), Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)
Group B: Benfica (POR), Napoli (ITA), Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Beşiktaş (TUR)
Group C: Barcelona (ESP), Manchester City (ENG), Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER), Celtic (SCO)
Group D: Bayern München (GER), Atlético Madrid (ESP), PSV Eindhoven (NED), Rostov (RUS)
Group E: CSKA Moskva (RUS), Bayer Leverkusen (GER), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG), Monaco (FRA)
Group F: Real Madrid (ESP, holders), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Sporting CP (POR), Legia Warszawa (POL)
Group G: Leicester City (ENG), Porto (POR), Club Brugge (BEL), FC København (DEN)
Group H: Juventus (ITA), Sevilla (ESP), Lyon (FRA), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

UEFA Champions League Group Stage Sides' Summer Transfers

The upcoming 2016-2017 UEFA Champions League Group Stage clubs have made some intereresting additions and subtraceions to their squads this summer. These choices will make or break the fitness and power of their sides. 


Granit Xhaka, new Arsenal signing
Arsenal (ENG)

·        In: Granit Xhaka (Mönchengladbach), Takuma Asano (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Rob Holding (Bolton)

·        Out: Tomáš Rosický (released), Mathieu Flamini (released), Mikel Arteta (released), Isaac Hayden (Newcastle United), Wojciech Szczęsny (Roma, loan), Dan Crowley (Oxford United, loan), Wellington Silva (Fluminense), Jon Toral (Granada, loan), Joel Campbell (Sporting CP, loan)

Atlético Madrid (ESP)

·        In: Nicolás Gaitán (Benfica), Šime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo), Diogo Jota (Paços de Ferreira), Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla), André Moreira (Belenenses, loan)

·        Out: Josuha Guilavogui (Wolfsburg), Matías Kranevitter (Sevilla, loan), Luciano Vietto (Sevilla, loan), Theo Hernández (Alavés, loan), Sílvio (Wolves), Borja Bastón (Swansea), Rafael Santos (Villarreal, loan)

Barcelona (ESP)

·        In: Denis Suárez (Villarreal), Samuel Umtiti (Lyon), Lucas Digne (Paris), André Gomes (Valencia), Jasper Cillessen (Ajax)

·        Out: Marc Bartra (Borussia Dortmund), Dani Alves (Juventus), Sandro Ramírez (released), Alen Halilović (Hamburg), Adriano (Beşiktaş), Martín Montoya (Valencia), Alex Song (Rubin Kazan), Thomas Vermaelen (Roma, loan), Cristian Tello (Fiorentina, loan) Seydou Doumbia will represent Basel this term

Basel (SUI)

·        In: Seydou Doumbia (Roma, loan), Djordje Nikolić (Jagodina), Omar Gaber (Zamalek), Blás Riveros (Olimpia Asunción), Mohamed Elyounoussi (Molde), Dereck Kutesa (Servette), Kevin Bua (Zürich), Éder Balanta (River Plate), Geoffroy Serey Dié (Stuttgart)

·        Out: Breel Embolo (Schalke), Cedric Itten (Luzern, on loan), Philipp Degen (retired), Walter Samuel (retired), Behrang Safari (Malmö), Musa Araz (Lausanne), Zdravko Kuzmanović (Málaga, loan), Naser Aliji (Kaiserslautern), Veljko Simic (Chiasso, loan)

Bayer Leverkusen (GER)

·        In: Ramazan Özcan (Ingolstadt), Danny da Costa (Ingolstadt), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Aleksandar Dragović (Dynamo Kyiv)

·        Out: Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Sebastian Boenisch (released), David Yelldell (released), Dario Krešić (released), Marlon Frey (Kaiserslautern, loan), Robin Becker (Heidenheim, loan), Marc Brašnić (Fortuna Köln, loan)

Bayern München (GER)

·        In: Renato Sanches (Benfica), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)

·        Out: Sebastian Rode (Borussia Dortmund), Patrick Weihrauch (Würzburg), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton), Medhi Benatia (Juventus, loan), Mario Götze (Dortmund)

Benfica (POR)

·        In: Branimir Kalaica (Dinamo Zagreb), André Carrillo (Sporting CP), Guillermo Celis (Junior), Franco Cervi (Rosario Central), André Horta (Vitória FC), Konstantinos Mitroglou (Fulham), Andrija Živković (Partizan), Óscar Benítez (Lanús), Danilo (Braga, loan)

·        Out: Renato Sanches (Bayern), Nicolás Gaitán (Atlético), Bryan Cristante (Pescara, loan), Jonathan Rodríguez (Santos Laguna), Talisca (Beşiktaş, loan)

Beşiktaş (TUR)

·        In: Gökhan Gönül (Fenerbahçe), Marcelo (Hannover), Fabricio (free agent), Adriano (Barcelona), Utku Yuvakuran (Beylerbeyispor), Oğuzhan Aydoğan (Borussia Dortmund), Talisca (Benfica, loan)

·        Out: Furkan Yaman (Kayserispor, loan), Pedro Franco (Millonarios, loan), Gökhan Töre (West Ham United, loan), Alexis Ruano (Alavés), İsmail Köybaşı (Fenerbahçe), Serdar Kurtuluş (Antalyaspor), Günay Güvenç (Göztepe), Ümit Karaal (Adana Demirspor), Sinan Kurumuş (Pendikspor), Berat Çetinkaya (Konya Anadolu Selçukspor), José Sosa (AC Milan), Alexander Milošević (Darmstadt, loan), Mustafa Pektemek (İstanbul Başakşehir, loan)

Borussia Dortmund (GER)

·        In: Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Raphaël Guerreiro (Lorient), Emre Mor (Nordsjælland), Sebastian Rode (Bayern), Ousmane Dembélé (Rennes), Mikel Merino (Osasuna), Mario Götze (Bayern), André Schürrle (Wolfsburg)

·        Out: İlkay Gündoğan (Manchester City), Mats Hummels (Bayern), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Jakub Błaszczykowski (Wolfsburg), Moritz Leitner (Lazio)

Celtic (SCO)

·        In: Kristoffer Ajer (Start), Moussa Dembélé (Fulham), Kolo Touré (Liverpool), Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa), Dorus de Vries (Nottingham Forest)

·        Out: Anthony Stokes (Blackburn), Colin Kazim-Richards (Coritiba), Carlton Cole (Sacramento), Stefan Šćepović (Getafe), Charlie Mulgrew (released), Scott Allan (Rotherham, loan)

Club Brugge (BEL)

·        In: Ricardo van Rhijn (Ajax), Tomás Pina (Villarreal), Anthony Limbombe (NEC Nijmegen)

·        Out: Leandro Pereira (Palmeiras, loan), Davy De Fauw (Zulte Waregem), Jimmy De Jonghe (Beerschot), Valērijs Šabala (Dunajská Streda, loan), Sander Coopman (Zulte Waregem, loan), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain)

CSKA Moskva (RUS)

·        In: Aleksei Ionov (Dinamo Moskva, loan), Lacina Traoré (AS Monaco, loan)

·        Out: Pyotr Ten (Tom), Nikolai Dergachev (Sokol), Armen Ambartsumyan (Mordovia), Sergei Tkachev (Krylya Sovetov, loan), Kirill Panchenko (Dinamo Moskva, loan), Nikita Chernov (Yenisey Krasnoyarsk, loan), Konstantin Bazelyuk (Estoril, loan), Dmitri Efremov (Orenburg, loan), Viktor Vasin (Ufa, loan), Ahmed Musa (Leicester City), Aaron Samuel Olanare (released), Roman Shirokov (released)

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

·        In: Marko Lešković (Rijeka), Ali Karimi (Sepahan), Jonas (Flamengo, loan)

·        Out: Jérémy Taravel (Gent), Marcelo Brozović (Internazionale Milano), Marko Pjaca (Juventus), Mirko Marić (Lokomotiva), Borna Barišić (Osijek), Josip Brekalo (Wolfsburg), Damir Šovšić (Hapoel Tel-Aviv, loan)

Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)

·        In: Artem Gromov (Vorskla), Olexandr Gladkiy (Shakhtar Donetsk)

·        Out: Radosav Petrović (Sporting CP), Miguel Veloso (released), Łukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht, loan), Oleksandr Yakovenko (released), Aleksandar Dragović (Bayer Leverkusen)

Juventus (ITA)

·        In: Dani Alves (Barcelona), Miralem Pjanić (Roma), Medhi Benatia (Bayern, loan), Marko Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb), Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli)

·        Out: Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid), Simone Padoin (Cagliari), Martín Cáceres (released), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Mauricio Isla (Cagliari)

København (DEN)

·        In: Ján Greguš (Jablonec), Peter Ankersen (Salzburg), Rasmus Falk (OB), Andrija Pavlović (Čukarički), Robin Olsen (PAOK)

·        Out: Nicolai Jørgensen (Feyenoord), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), Christoffer Remmer (Molde), Marvin Pourie (released), Steve De Ridder (released)

Legia (POL)

·        In: Steeven Langil (Waasland-Beveren), Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe (Norwich), Maciej Dąbrowski (Zagłębie Lubin), Thibault Moulin (Waasland-Beveren)

·        Out: Ivan Tričkovski (AEK Larnaca), Ariel Borysiuk (QPR), Jakub Kosecki (Sandhausen), Ondrej Duda (Hertha Berlin), Marcel Gąsior (Chrobry Głogów)

Leicester City (ENG)

·        In: Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover), Luis Hernández (Sporting Gijón), Raúl Uche (Rayo Vallecano), Nampalys Mendy (Nice), Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moskva), Bartosz Kapustka (Cracovia)

·        Out: Andrej Kramarić (Hoffenheim), N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea), Jon Dodoo (Rangers), Paul Konchesky (released), Mark Schwarzer (released)

Ludogorets (BUL)

·        In: José Palomino (Metz), Gustavo Campanharo (Bragantino), Ihor Plastun (Karpaty Lviv)

·        Out: Brayan Angulo (Chiapas), Ivan Čvorović (Levski Sofia), Aleksandar Vasilev (Beroe, loan), Georgi Argilashki (Pirin Blagoevgrad, loan)

Lyon (FRA)

·        In: Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille), Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny), Emanuel Mammana (River Plate)

·        Out: Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Lindsay Rose (Lorient), Henri Bedimo (Marseille), Bakary Koné (Málaga), Steed Malbranque (Caen), Arnold Mvuemba (released)

Manchester City (ENG)

·        In: İlkay Gündoğan (Dortmund), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Ufa), Leroy Sané (Schalke), John Stones (Everton), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Marlos Moreno (Atlético Nacional)

·        Out: Martín Demichelis (Espanyol), Richard Wright (retired), Patrick Roberts (Celtic, loan)

Monaco (FRA)

·        In: Morgan De Sanctis (Roma), Kamil Glik (Torino), Djibril Sidibé (LOSC), Benjamin Mendy (Marseille)

·        Out: Jérémy Toulalan (Bordeaux), Paul Nardi (Rennes, loan)

Mönchengladbach (GER)

·        In: László Bénes (Žilina), Mamadou Doucouré (Paris Saint-Germain), Josip Drmic (Hamburg), Christoph Kramer (Leverkusen), Tobias Strobl (Hoffenheim), Jannik Vestergaard (Werder Bremen)

·        Out: Roel Brouwers (Roda), Håvard Nordtveit (West Ham), Branimir Hrgota (Eintracht Frankfurt), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Martin Stranzl (retired)

Napoli (ITA)

·        In: Lorenzo Tonelli (Empoli), Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland), Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax), Piotr Zieliński (Udinese)

·        Out: Camilo Zuniga (Watford, loan), Mariano Andújar (Estudiantes), Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus), Bruno Uvini (Al-Nasr) es

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

·        In: Hatem Ben Arfa (Nice), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla), Thomas Meunier (Club Brugge), Giovani Lo Celso (Rosario Central), Jesé (Real Madrid)

·        Out: Zlatan Ibrahimović (released), Gregory van der Wiel (Fenerbahçe), Lucas Digne (Barcelona), Nicolas Douchez (Lens), Odsonne Édouard (Toulouse, loan), Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (Pescara, loan)

Porto (POR)

·        In: Miguel Layún (Watford), Felipe (Corinthians), Laurent Depoitre (Gent), João Carlos (Liverpool), Alex Telles (Galatasaray), Óliver Torres (Atlético Madrid, loan)

·        Out: Andrés Fernández (Villarreal, loan), José Ángel (Villarreal, loan), Suk Hyun-jun (Trabzonspor, loan), Moussa Marega (Guimarães, loan)

PSV Eindhoven (NED)

·        In: Hidde Jurjus (De Graafschap), Daniel Schwaab (free agent), Siem de Jong (Newcastle, loan)

·        Out: Jeffrey Bruma (Wolfsburg), Stijn Schaars (released), Hjörtur Hermannsson (Brøndby)

Real Madrid (ESP)

·        In: Álvaro Morata (Juventus)

·        Out: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Álvaro Arbeloa (released), Borja Mayoral (Wolfsburg, loan), Jesé (Paris Saint-Germain)

Rostov (RUS)

·        In: Danila Ermakov (Krylya Sovetov Samara), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin)

·        Out: Bastos (Lazio), Stas Pokatilov (Kairat Almaty, loan), Byung-Soo Yoo (released), Kakhaber Katsarava (Ethnikos Achnas, loan), Ruslan Abazov (Tosno)

Sporting CP (POR)

·        In: Radosav Petrović (Dynamo Kyiv), Lukas Spalvis (Aalborg), Alan Ruiz (Colón), Federico Ruiz (Colón), Marcelo Meli (Boca Juniors, loan), Beto (Sevilla), Joel Campbell (Arsenal, loan)

·        Out: André Carrillo (Benfica), Tobias Figueiredo (Nacional, loan), Teófilo Gutiérrez (Rosário Central, loan), Hérnan Barcos (Vélez Sarsfield, loan)

Sevilla (ESP)

·        In: Hiroshi Kiyotake (Hannover), Pablo Sarabia (Getafe), Matías Kranevitter (Atlético Madrid, loan), Joaquín Correa (Sampdoria), Ganso (São Paulo), Franco Vázquez (Palermo), Luciano Vietto (Atlético Madrid, loan), Wissam Ben Yedder (Toulouse), Gabriel Mercado (River Plate)

·        Out: José Antonio Reyes (Espanyol), Diogo Figueiras (Olympiacos), Luismi (Valladolid), Éver Banega (Internazionale Milano), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Paris), Kevin Gameiro (Atlético Madrid), Coke (Schalke), Fernando Llorente (Swansea), Beto (Sporting) 

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur and new signing Victor Wanyama of Tottenham Hotspur celebrate Spurs first goal of season

Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

·        In: Victor Wanyama (Southampton), Vincent Janssen (AZ)

·        Out: Alex Pritchard (Norwich), Federico Fazio (Roma, loan), Grant Ward (Ipswich)

EFL CUP UPDATE

EFL CUP UPDATE

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Swans, Spurs, and Leicester City all advanced to the Third Round of the EFL Cup/

Watford and West Brom were the surprising casualties in the second round of the EFL Cup. The rest of the England Premier League sides all advanced to go on to the EFL third round.

EFL Cup Third Round Draw

Ties to be played week commencing September 19.

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers
Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland
West Ham United v Accrington Stanley
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Swansea City v Manchester City
Fulham v Bristol City
Bournemouth v Preston North End
Tottenham Hotspur v Gillingham
Everton v Norwich City
Derby County v Liverpool
Northampton v Manchester United
Brighton v Reading
Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Stoke City v Hull City
Leicester City v Chelsea

EFL Cup Second-round Results

Burton Albion 0-5 Liverpool

Liverpool booked their place in the third round of the EFL Cup with a stunning 5-0 victory over Burton Albion at Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday. Divock Origi opened the scoring for the Reds giving Liverpool an early lead, before Roberto Firmino added another moments later with a header into the corner. Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated the match when Tom Naylor turned Emre Can’s header from a corner. Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to expertly add the fourth and fifth of the evening to send Liverpool into Wednesday’s third-round draw at the expense of Nigel Clough’s side.

Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers, Everton, Hull City and Swansea City all enjoyed second round EFL Cup victories putting the EPL teams through to Round 3. 

Here are the second-round stage results of the EFL Cup, with Premier League teams entering the tournament.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Blackpool
Blackburn Rovers 4-3 Crewe Alexandra (AET)
Burton Albion 0-5 Liverpool
Chelsea 3-2 Bristol Rovers
Derby County 1-1 Carlisle United (14-13 pens)
Everton 4-0 Yeovil Town
Exeter City 1-3 Hull City
Luton Town 0-1 Leeds United
Millwall 1-2 Nottingham Forest
Newcastle United 2-0 Cheltenham Town
Northampton Town 2-2 West Bromwich Albion (4-3 pens)
Norwich City 6-1 Coventry City
Oxford United 2-4 Brighton and Hove Albion
Peterborough United 1-3 Swansea City
Preston North End 2-0 Oldham Athletic
Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Rochdale
Scunthorpe United 1-2 Bristol City (AET)
Stevenage 0-4 Stoke City
Watford 1-2 Gillingham (AET)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Cambridge United
Reading 2-2 MK Dons (4-2 pens)

Wednesday, 24 August

Accrington 1-0 Burnley
Fulham 2-1 Middlesbrough
Morecambe 1-2 Bournemouth
Sunderland 1-0 Shrewsbury Town 

EFL CUP TICKETS

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