September 15, 2022 at 5:52 PM EDTThanks for joining usCheck back tomorrow for more updates on news from around football.Anthony Hay·EPL Staff EditorSeptember 15, 2022 at 5:03 PM EDTCristiano Ronaldo is totally committed to Manchester United project — Erik ten HagManchester United manager Erik ten Hag has stated his happiness at seeing Cristiano Ronaldo score his first goal of the season.Ronaldo, 37, has taken a while to get up to speed after missing United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to family reasons.The Portuguese forward had gone seven games without scoring before he slotted home a first-half penalty during United’s 2-0 Europa League win over Sheriff Tiraspol.Laurie Whitwell·Manchester United CorrespondentGO FURTHERCristiano Ronaldo is totally committed to Manchester United project — Erik ten HagSeptember 15, 2022 at 2:21 PM EDTJackie Groenen joins Paris Saint-Germain from Manchester United Manchester United Women have announced that Jackie Groenen has joined Paris Saint-Germain. Groenen, who has signed a three-year deal at PSG, played 60 games in all competitions for United. She joined them in 2019 from Frankfurt. Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, NewsSeptember 15, 2022 at 1:30 PM EDTAndy Carroll rejoins ReadingAndy Carroll has rejoined Championship side Reading on a short-term deal until mid-January. Carroll, 33, joined Reading in November 2021 on a similar deal before playing for West Brom during the second half of last season. The former Liverpool and Newcastle striker scored two goals in eight games for Reading during his previous spell at the club.Anthony Hay·EPL Staff EditorAndy’s back in blue and white! 🔵⚪We are delighted to confirm that @AndyTCarroll has rejoined the Royals on a short-term contract! 🤩Let’s go! 💪— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) September 15, 2022 September 15, 2022 at 11:36 AM EDTBen Foster retires from footballFormer Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has announced his retirement from football.Foster, 39, last Watford in the summer following the expiration of his contract and their relegation to the Championship.Upon announcing his retirement, Foster revealed he had an offer from Newcastle United over the summer but rejected the opportunity to move to the north east for family reasons after the club eventually matched his demands. Newcastle later signed Lorius Karius on a free transfer as goalkeeper cover.Anthony Hay·EPL Staff EditorGO FURTHERBen Foster retires from footballSeptember 15, 2022 at 10:27 AM EDTMarcus Rashford reveals injury has kept him outMarcus Rashford has taken to Twitter to reveal injury has kept him out of the England squad for their upcoming games against Italy and Germany. The forward has also wished his Manchester United team-mates well ahead of today’s Europa League clash against Sheriff. Anthony Hay·EPL Staff EditorGood luck to the boys later today @ManUtd ⚽️💪🏾 In regards to @England every player wants to represent there country and I’m no different! Unfortunately I’m not ready yet as I’ve picked up an untimely injury. 🏴— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) September 15, 2022 September 15, 2022 at 9:58 AM EDTSouthgate explains Chilwell, Shaw, Maguire and Phillips inclusionsGareth Southgate feels Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Kalvin Phillips can be important players for England despite not regularly featuring for their clubs this season. All four players have fallen out-of-favour in recent matches but Southgate believes they’ve already proved their worth in previous matches.He said: “Clearly, we have a number of players including Ben Chilwell, Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Kalvin Phillips who are not playing a lot of minutes with their club. It is not ideal, but we feel they have been, and can be, important players for us. It is not a perfect situation but there is still a lot of football to be played before Qatar.Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, NewsSeptember 15, 2022 at 9:41 AM EDTDier’s England recall explainedGareth Southgate has also been speaking about the decision to bring Eric Dier out of England exile.The 28-year-old last won the last of his 45 caps in November 2020 but returns to the fold due to his Tottenham form and “leadership qualities”. “With Eric Dier, he has been playing well for a period of time,” Southgate said.”We think it is a really close call across our centre-backs and he has deserved to be picked back in the group. We know what a good character he is. He fits in with the culture and has great international experience and leadership qualities.Kate Burlaga·Staff Editor, NewsSeptember 15, 2022 at 9:24 AM EDTGareth Southgate says Marcus Rashford ‘still under consideration’ despite missing out on England squadGareth Southgate says Marcus Rashford is “still under consideration” despite missing out on a place in the England squad for the Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany. Rashford, 24, has started the season impressively for Manchester United and has scored three goals in six matches so far. However, a recent injury has seen him ruled out of United’s Europa League match against Sheriff Tiraspol.Speaking on the matter, Southgate said: “There were certain players we wanted to keep involved this time, but that said it doesn’t mean that this is the end for some of the others who aren’t involved. Marcus Rashford, for example, has shown some encouraging signs recently. He is a player we know well so if he can perform at a high level in the next few weeks, he of course will be under consideration.”(Photo: Getty Images)Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, NewsSeptember 15, 2022 at 9:05 AM EDTIvan Toney, Eric Dier in England squad but no Jadon Sancho, Marcus RashfordBrentford striker Ivan Toney and Tottenham defender Eric Dier have been named in Gareth Southgate’s final England squad before his World Cup selection — but there is no space for Manchester United duo Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.The Athletic revealed earlier on Thursday that Toney, 26, was set for a first England call-up.Toney has been rewarded for a strong start to the season after impressing with 12 Premier League goals last term, while Dier is recalled for the first time in almost two years as England prepare for Nations League games against Italy and Germany.Click here to read the full story. (Photo: Getty Images)Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, NewsSeptember 15, 2022 at 9:00 AM EDTYour full England squad announcement Here is England’s squad for the upcoming Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany. Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, NewsSeptember 15, 2022 at 8:45 AM EDTIt’s time Ivan Toney played for EnglandIvan Toney has been in scintillating form for his club Brentford this season and it shouldn’t come as a surprise as to why he’s set to be called up to the England squad by manager Gareth Southgate. After his hat-trick against Leeds, our Brentford writer Jay Harris made his case for why he thought the 26-year-old deserved a call-up to the national side. Read more below. Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, NewsGO FURTHERIt’s time Ivan Toney played for EnglandSeptember 15, 2022 at 8:35 AM EDTJust under 30 minutes to go!It’s getting tense now! There’s already been some outstanding performers from English players this season, but not everyone can make the 28-man-squad.Stick around as we will have live updates and reaction on the matter. Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, NewsSeptember 15, 2022 at 8:26 AM EDTJarrod Bowen & Marc Guehi among those expected to retain placesWest Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen and Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi are believed to have retained their spots in the England squad, having both been picked last time out.Bowen has played six matches so far for West Ham this season and has neither scored or made an assist. Guehi has made seven appearances in all competitions for Palace. He has one clean sheet in that time. (Photo: Getty Images)Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, NewsSeptember 15, 2022 at 8:07 AM EDTIvan Toney set to be called up to England squad for first timeBrentford striker Ivan Toney is set to be called up to the England squad for the first time.West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen and Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi are believed to have retained their spots in the squad, having both been picked last time out.Toney, 26, has never played for England at any age group but is expected to be named by Gareth Southgate when the England manager reveals his squad at 2pm BST for this month’s Nations League games.Read more from our football correspondent, David Ornstein. Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, NewsSeptember 15, 2022 at 8:06 AM EDTEngland squad announcement in just under one hour!Who do you think will make it into the England team for the upcoming Nations League matches against Italy and Germany? The official announcement is at 2pm, so we have just under an hour until we find out. Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, NewsSeptember 15, 2022 at 7:04 AM EDTChristoph Freund refuses to rule out becoming Chelsea sporting directorRed Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund has refused to rule out making a potential switch to Chelsea in the near future.The 45-year-old Austrian has been linked with the sporting director role at the west London club to spearhead a new era under the ownership of Todd Boehly.Freund watched Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Salzburg as the Austrian Champions fought back to earn a point at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.Click here to read the full story. (Photo: Getty Images)Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, NewsSeptember 15, 2022 at 6:14 AM EDTNorthern Ireland name squad for matches vs Kosovo and GreeceNorthern Ireland have named their squad for their upcoming Nations League matches against Kosovo and Greece. Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, News📣 The boss has named a 24-man squad for our @UEFA Nations League games against Kosovo and Greece ⤵️ #GAWA— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 15, 2022 September 15, 2022 at 5:13 AM EDTNewcastle United hoping to sign Garang Kuol from Central Coast MarinersNewcastle United are hoping to hold off interest from a host of European clubs to sign Garang Kuol, Central Coast Mariners’ highly rated teenage forward.Kuol, who has just turned 18, has earned his first call-up to the Australia squad for upcoming matches against New Zealand after scoring four goals in the A-League in just 145 minutes of action across eight appearances. He could yet make Australia’s World Cup squad, too.Several top European sides have registered an interest in Kuol, but Newcastle are in advanced negotiations with the player and club to acquire the striker, though any deal would not become official until the January window opens.Click here to read the full story. (Photo: Getty Images)Chris Waugh·Newcastle United CorrespondentSeptember 15, 2022 at 4:23 AM EDTRangers and Celtic risk UEFA punishment during tribute to late Queen Elizabeth IIRangers ignored UEFA guidance by playing the British national anthem in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II before their Champions League encounter with Napoli.UEFA said on Tuesday night that no anthems — including their own Champions League anthem — would be played before games taking place on British soil this week.A UEFA spokesperson said the decision was made “on the basis of maintaining a consistent pre-match ceremony with a subdued atmosphere and without any celebratory activities across all UK venues to show respect.”Celtic could also face sanctions after some fans displayed a profane, large anti-monarchy banner during their 1-1 draw.UEFA’s disciplinary rules state that clubs may be subject to disciplinary measures relating to “the use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit a provocative message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly provocative messages that are of a political, ideological, religious or offensive nature”.Click here to read the full story. (Photo: Getty Images)Omar Garrick·Staff Editor, News
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