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  • Man City face anxious wait with De Bruyn...

    Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt for Belgium's match against Greece in World Cup qualifying. Wenger: Suarez wanted Arsenal move Belgium host Greece in Brussels on Saturday as Roberto Martinez's men look to continue their perfect start to their Group H campaign. ...

    Man City face anxious wait with De Bruyne set for late Belgium fitness test

    Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt for Belgium's match against Greece in World Cup qualifying. Wenger: Suarez wanted Arsenal move Belgium host Greece in Brussels on Saturday as Roberto Martinez's men look to continue their perfect start to their Group H campaign. The Red Devils are already without Eden Hazard (calf) and they will also have to make a late decision on Manchester City playmaker De Bruyne, who sustained a groin problem in training on Thursday. "Kevin is a vital player and we will wait until the very last second to decide," said Martinez. City will be anxiously following developments, with a key Premier League match away to Arsenal following the international break on April 2.  Belgium have won four straight games in qualifying, while closest challengers Greece are just two points behind going into the match. After the Greece game, Belgium, who are ranked fifth in the world, play an away friendly against Russia next Tuesday.

  • Chelsea's Matic one of the best, but Liv...

    Dusan Tadic regards Chelsea's Nemanja Matic as a key player in Serbia's World Cup qualification campaign, but thinks Liverpool's Marko Grujic needs time to adapt to Premier League and international life. The Southampton man has been involved in his country's last 10 goals - wi...

    Chelsea's Matic one of the best, but Liverpool's Grujic needs time - Tadic

    Dusan Tadic regards Chelsea's Nemanja Matic as a key player in Serbia's World Cup qualification campaign, but thinks Liverpool's Marko Grujic needs time to adapt to Premier League and international life. The Southampton man has been involved in his country's last 10 goals - with the nation well placed to compete for a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, up against the likes of the Republic of Ireland and Wales.  Serbia's national team has a host of players from the Premier League and Tadic has given his thoughts on Chelsea midfielder Matic, Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov and Liverpool starlet Grujic.  "Nemanja has been at the top of the game for a long time," Tadic told Goal. "He is important for them [Chelsea], also they have a great coach and you can see that they have a great mentality and good qualities.  'Title under Mou helping Chelsea now' "I am very happy for him because he is a good guy and player. He is very important [for us] because he is one of the best at his position and we are happy to have him. The title race is still open but I think Chelsea have the will do it. "I think they have enough experience not to throw away eight points, along with Matic’s qualities of course! They have a good coach, Antonio Conte has tried to find the best season for them and after Arsenal they changed to 3-4-3 and that’s the biggest difference and with the players they have… they are one of the best in the league." "I am not surprised [he has moved to centre back] because he has the qualities to play there," Tadic added. "He is a smart player and he is quality. Guardiola likes a left footed player to play there and he likes to play from the back and Alexander Kolorov is very good at that. Why Man City mustn't panic buy "He has a beautiful left foot and he can give good passes between the lines but still defends well, so I am not surprised about that. He can play everything but for us he plays a very important role in the 3-4-3. "He plays on the left-hand side and it is a good position for him, too. He has played well there in the past and all good players can play in many positions." "I know him very well, he is a good boy with a good mentality," Tadic continued. "I think he needs time because everything has happened to him [in the past year]. He played just one season with Red Star and then he went to Liverpool and he needs the time to adapt. "For sure, Liverpool will bring good qualities into him. We will see what happens in the future but I believe in him. He just needs to work hard every day and his qualities will come out on the pitch.  Agent rules out Grujic loan switch "You can see other players with more experience than him that have struggled in the Premier League. He is still a young player and, for him, this situation is normal. The Premier League is the hardest league in the world. "If you go to another league it is easier but this league is hard to adapt to. There’s a lot of contact so I think that it is different from everything else."

  • Wilmots on a mission to get Yaya Toure b...

    New Ivory Coast boss Marc Wilmots says his top priority is coaxing Yaya Toure out of international retirement. 'Griezmann could leave Atleti at any time' Wilmots was confirmed as the Elephants' new coach on Tuesday, with the side still smarting from their group-stage exit at th...

    Wilmots on a mission to get Yaya Toure back for Ivory Coast

    New Ivory Coast boss Marc Wilmots says his top priority is coaxing Yaya Toure out of international retirement. 'Griezmann could leave Atleti at any time' Wilmots was confirmed as the Elephants' new coach on Tuesday, with the side still smarting from their group-stage exit at this year's Africa Cup of Nations. Ivory Coast had travelled to Gabon as reigning champions, with Toure captaining the side to a penalty-shootout final win over Ghana in 2015. "I know how important it is to have experienced players. It's not yet over for Toure, we've got to get him back," Wilmots said. "The Yaya Toure case will be one of my first missions. "I've seen the last two games that he played for Manchester City in a defensive midfield position. He's always great, he's so good physically. "I'll go see him, I'll talk with him." Wilmots took a 'golden generation' of Belgium players to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, where they were beaten by Wales, and the 48-year-old believes he has another stellar collection of talent available to him in his new job. Arsenal's top teenage sensations "I do not know much about the country, but I have a lot of information about the national team, and I was very interested in the national team," he said. "They have a very good generation of players. When the challenge was offered to me, I thought why not?"

  • TEAM NEWS: Keane handed first England ca...

    Burnley defender Michael Keane has been handed his first senior cap for the England national team in the Three Lions' meeting with Germany on Wednesday. The 23-year-old, who represented Republic of Ireland at youth level before switching to his country of birth, starts alongside...

    TEAM NEWS: Keane handed first England cap as Werner debuts for Germany

    Burnley defender Michael Keane has been handed his first senior cap for the England national team in the Three Lions' meeting with Germany on Wednesday. The 23-year-old, who represented Republic of Ireland at youth level before switching to his country of birth, starts alongside Manchester United's Chris Smalling and Chelsea's Gary Cahill. Cole: I still laugh at Arsenal He becomes the first Burnley outfield player to play for England since Martin Dobson in 1974, while Clarets team-mate Tom Heaton starts on the bench. On-loan Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart starts in goal for Gareth Southgate's first game as official England manager, while Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy leads the line.

  • Jesus: Knowing huge professional Guardio...

    Pep Guardiola's professionalism makes him stand out from any other coach Gabriel Jesus has ever worked with, according to the Manchester City striker. Jesus was lured to the Etihad Stadium by City in August before making the switch in January following the conclusion of the Bra...

    Jesus: Knowing huge professional Guardiola is an honour

    Pep Guardiola's professionalism makes him stand out from any other coach Gabriel Jesus has ever worked with, according to the Manchester City striker. Jesus was lured to the Etihad Stadium by City in August before making the switch in January following the conclusion of the Brazilian season - where he won the title with Palmeiras. Guardiola played a crucial role in attracting the youngster and he has enjoyed working with the Spaniard since - despite suffering a broken foot in February. "Pep is a great coach, we all know it," Jesus said at the launch event for the International Champions Cup in New York. "As a person, I have the opportunity and the honour of knowing him.  "I see he is a very good person, so that helps a lot. That's not to say what a huge professional he is [too], that's a big difference [from the other coaches I have worked with]." In his five appearances before picking up the injury Jesus scored three goals for Guardiola's side, temporarily ousting Sergio Aguero from the starting line-up. His absence has allowed Jesus time to settle into Manchester, and the 19-year-old is loving his new surroundings. "I was very happy to have the opportunity of getting to know Manchester," he added. "It's such a good city. I like it very much, I'm enjoying being there and getting more and more adapted."

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