Southgate named as England permanent manager

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Gareth Southgate will lead England towards the 2018 World Cup and 2020 European Championship after being appointed as permanent manager of the national team by the FA on Wednesday.

The 46-year-old succeeds Sam Allardyce who departed 67 days into his reign after being caught up in a newspaper sting.

In a statement released after a meeting of the Football Association board at St George’s Park, the FA said the former England defender had agreed a four-year contract. Naija and Bet

Southgate, who was in charge of England’s under 21s for 32 games, has overseen two wins and a draw in the three World Cup qualifying games he has overseen as interim manager, leaving England top of the group. He also saw his side draw with Spain.

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Gareth Bale surgery was successful

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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has undergone successful surgery on his right ankle in London, the club said on Tuesday. Naijabet

The Wales international damaged tendons in his ankle during his team’s 2-1 Champions League victory at Sporting Lisbon on November 22.

“Our player Gareth Bale has undergone today successful surgery to repair damaged tendons in his right ankle,” Real said in a statement.

“The operation took place at King Edward VII Hospital in London by doctor James Calder and Real Madrid Sanitas doctor Mikel Aramberri, under the supervision of doctor Jesus Olmo, head of Real Madrid’s medical services.”

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Iniesta set to be fit for Clasico at Nou Camp

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Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta is available to play against Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season on Saturday at the Nou Camp, coach Luis Enrique said on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old midfielder damaged knee ligaments last month and returned to training on Friday.

“Andres is waiting to be given the all clear by the doctors but this is just a formality. He is fit and he has been training with us,” Luis Enrique said.

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The Spain international missed Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, a result that left Barca six points adrift of La Liga leaders Real Madrid, who are unbeaten in 31 games in all competitions.

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Walcott target scoring more goals

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Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is eager to continue his rich vein of form by scoring 10 goals before Christmas, which he plans to celebrate by receiving a coffee machine as a gift from his wife.

The England international scored in Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League victory over Bournemouth to take his tally up to nine goals in 15 appearances this season.

“I want to get 10 (goals) so I can get a coffee machine for Christmas from my wife. She said ‘if you get 10 goals before Christmas I’ll buy you this coffee machine’,” Walcott said. Naija and Bet

“So I can’t wait for that and hopefully it will happen. Coming from the wing as well, I’m obviously delighted with my goals so far. There’s been a lot of ups and downs but hopefully… we’re back to the level we want to be at.”

Winger Alexis Sanchez has excelled since moving into a central role this season, having scoring 10 goals in 18 appearances, and Walcott has said that he had also benefited from the Chile international’s positional shift.

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Mourinho looks like he’s trying to get sacked’ – Tony Gale

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Premier League title winner Tony Gale feels the Portuguese coach is short on ideas and ‘looking for an out’ just a few months into his Old Trafford reign.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho “looks like a man that’s trying to get sacked”, according to Premier League title winner Tony Gale.

The Portuguese is only a few months into the contract he penned upon his arrival at Old Trafford over the summer, and recently expressed a desire to work past the end of an initial three-year deal.

He is struggling to light a fire under the Red Devils, though, and will continue to face uncomfortable questions for as long as his side falter.

Mourinho has also shown signs of the pressure starting to tell of late, with his latest touchline outburst resulting in him being sent to stands during a frustrating 1-1 draw with West Ham. Naija and Bet

And Gale, who lifted the top-flight crown with Blackburn in 1994-95, believes the former Chelsea boss is running out of ideas and is “looking for an out” after refusing to commit himself fully to a new life in Manchester.

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El Clasico crucial to Barca than Real : Pique

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The defender has warned his team-mates that they cannot afford to lose to their arch-rivals for the sake of their title bid, given how often they have slipped up already.

Gerard Pique admitted the upcoming El Clasico is more important for Barcelona than Real Madrid, warning that his team cannot afford to lose.

Madrid are flying high atop La Liga, six points clear of their rivals ahead of Saturday’s encounter at Camp Nou. Naijabet.com

Luis Enrique’s men have stuttered in the start of their title defence this term, and were held to a 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

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Del Bosque backs Simeone for FIFA best coach

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The former Spain boss would have loved to see a compatriot lift the prize but cannot fairly say that any deserve it more than the Atletico Madrid coach given his achievements there.

Vicente del Bosque believes Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone deserves to be named the Best FIFA Men’s Coach ahead of Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique.

Del Bosque, who retired from coaching in June, won the prize in 2012, while he was runner-up two years earlier. Naija and Bet

Simeone led Atletico to third in La Liga and a runner-up finish in the Champions League last season and Del Bosque backed the Argentinian for the award.

Also shortlisted for the prize are the likes of Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique, Zinedine Zidane, Claudio Ranieri and Fernando Santos.
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Giroud is frustrated due to lack of playing time – Walcott

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The Gunners forward acknowledges that a lack of game time will be troubling the France international striker but considers him to be important to Arsene Wenger’s cause.

Theo Walcott acknowledges that Olivier Giroud “will be frustrated” at finding himself out of the Arsenal starting XI, but feels that the Frenchman still has plenty to offer.

Arsene Wenger has tinkered with his forward line at the start of the 2016-17 campaign, with Alexis Sanchez being favoured in a central striking role.

Moving the Chilean inside from a wide berth has left Giroud on the outside looking in. He is having to make peace with life on the bench, with the Gunners opting to use him as more of an impact substitute than a regular starter. Naija and Bet

Giroud has been making his mark, though, with a double against Sunderland followed by a late equaliser in a crunch Premier League encounter with Manchester United.

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Hazard wary of city top player threat

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The Blues will face Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday and their Belgian forward is crossing his fingers that his countryman will endure an off day.

Eden Hazard admits that Belgium international colleague Kevin De Bruyne is a “top player” and a man capable of troubling Chelsea when they travel to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The Blues have surged to the top of the Premier League table but will face another stern test of their title credentials in their next outing.

Seven successive wins have carried Antonio Conte’s side to the summit, with the goals flowing and key men performing at the peak of their powers. Naija and Bet

The defensive unit has also proved to be watertight, with Tottenham breaching the Chelsea back line for the first time in 601 minutes last time out.

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Eagles are on track to 2018 WC in Russia : Eguavoen

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The former national team player believes the country is just four points away from securing a ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Ex-international, Austin Eguavoen has insisted that Nigeria must target victories against Cameroon and Zambia at home to seal their ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Super Eagles lead Group B with six points after two games, and the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner says the three-time African kings are already on the right track, adding that they must keep the momentum to achieve the desired result.

“It’s completely in our hands, we cannot afford to throw it away, and the boys must understand that it is not how beautiful we play now; it is securing maximum points in every game we play,” Eguavoen said. Naijabet.com

“I’ve said it before the qualifiers started that if we can get a point in Zambia, we are on course, if we fail to get a point in Zambia, we would struggle, and after the game, we got three points which was very good.

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