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Wednesday 13th March 2019

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Declan Rice: England call-up for West Ham midfielder for Euro 2020 qualifiers

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has been named in England's squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro in March.

The 20-year-old switched international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England in a move recently ratified by world governing body Fifa.

London-born Rice played three times for the Republic but qualified for England as they were all friendly appearances.

England host the Czechs on 22 March and are away in Montenegro on 25 March.


 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 'I don't want to leave Man Utd'

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he does not want to leave his role at the club in the summer.

He was named as interim boss after the club sacked Jose Mourinho in December.

His side's 2-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday meant he became the second manager in the club's history to win his first four league games in charge, emulating Sir Matt Busby in 1946.

When asked if he will leave in May, Solskjaer replied: "I don't want to."

The 45-year-old took up the position after being given permission by Molde, although the club in his native Norway stressed they were only "lending" Solskjaer to United, indicating they expected him to return to his role as manager.


 

Manchester City beat Chelsea to win the Community Shield

Sergio Aguero scored both Manchester City goals as the Premier League champions beat Chelsea to win the Community Shield on a sweltering day at Wembley.

Aguero's first - his 200th goal for the club - came after 13 minutes, when he collected the ball on the edge of the area after Phil Foden surged forward, and fired into the bottom corner.

His second came after the break, when he latched on to Bernardo Silva's pass and beat Willy Caballero with another precise low finish.

Chelsea, less than a month into Maurizio Sarri's reign as manager, lacked a presence in attack and managed only one shot on target, a long-range strike by 17-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi which Claudio Bravo fumbled to safety.

Some of their lethargy going forward could be put down to the heat, which made it difficult for both sides to sustain any sort of tempo.

Players were allowed water breaks during the game and some City players sitting on the bench had wet towels over their heads to try to protect them from the intensity of the sunshine.

Sarri was without his best forward player, with Eden Hazard due back for post-World Cup pre-season training on Monday amid speculation Real Madrid want to sign him.


 

Eden Hazard penalty settles FA Cup final as Chelsea edge past Man Utd

Eden Hazard's first-half penalty decided the FA Cup final in Chelsea's favour at Wembley to leave Jose Mourinho and Manchester United empty-handed this season.

Hazard - in a moment which did not bode well for the World Cup meeting between England and Belgium in Russia in June - twisted and tore past Phil Jones before drawing a clumsy foul from the United defender after 22 minutes.

He calmly dispatched the penalty which was to prove to be the decisive moment in a final that was hard fought rather than distinguished.

United, with striker Romelu Lukaku only fit enough for a place on the bench, raised their game after the break.

Alexis Sanchez had a goal ruled out for straying just offside, with referee Michael Oliver using VAR to confirm the call, and Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois excelled with a succession of fine saves, while Paul Pogba wasted their best chance late on when he headed wide of an open goal.

This may well be Antonio Conte's last game as Chelsea manager and if he leaves, he does so after delivering the FA Cup to follow on from last season's Premier League title triumph.