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England attacker Bukayo Saka has eased fears he could miss the World Cup thru injury via training with his Arsenal team-mates today.
The 21-year-old was forced off in the Gunners’ 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Sunday, lasting simply 27 minutes after taking a knock to his ankle.
With the Three Lions’ first World Cup sport against Iran much less than three weeks away, many had been concerned about the winger’s availability in Qatar.
Boss Mikel Arteta stated he was once “hopeful” the talented starlet would be fine, adding: “It used to be a bad kick.
“Right from the establishing he was once limping, but I don’t see any in addition than that. Let’s see how he is in a subsequent couple of days.”
England will face Scotland at Hampden Park next September as part of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of their first ever match in 1872.
That game, which ended 0-0 and was played at Hamilton Crescent in Glasgow, is recognised by FIFA as the world’s oldest international meeting.
The clash on September 12 will be the 116th between the pair and their first encounter since a goalless draw in June 2021 at Wembley during Euro 2020.
England boss Gareth Southgate said: “Any meeting with Scotland is always special.
“Ourselves and Scotland are the oldest of rivals and passions are sure to be high at Hampden, but this milestone is much bigger than our two nations as it’s also an opportunity to celebrate 150 years of international football.”
Scotland manager Steve Clarke added: “This fixture is enshrined in history.
“I will be proud to lead our team out at Hampden as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of our national game.
“This next chapter of the oldest rivalry in football will be a special occasion for our players and fans, especially after the recent experience at Wembley during Euro 2020.”
Unai Emery insisted he has a “big challenge ahead” as he took charge of Aston Villa training for the first time today.
The former Arsenal boss was appointed as Steven Gerrard’s successor last week but work permit issues have prevented him from taking the reins until now.
Ahead of his first training session with his new players, the 50-year-old tweeted: “Day 1. Big challenge ahead. As big as the greatness of Aston Villa.”
Emery will walk out at Villa Park for the first time as boss on Sunday, as the Villans host Manchester United.
He faces the Red Devils away in the Carabao Cup four days later before heading to Brighton for the final game before the World Cup on November 13.
Ronnie Radford, scorer of one of the most iconic goals in FA Cup history, has died at the age of 79.
Radford powered home a stunning 30-yard strike on a muddy pitch as Hereford recorded a memorable giant-killing against Newcastle in the third round at Edgar Street in 1972.
A Hereford statement read: “Ronnie is not just a part of Hereford folklore, he is a part of football history.”We will always keep Ronnie close to our hearts at Edgar Street.”
Ex-Tottenham attacker Rafael van der Vaart believes Spurs are developing a “winner’s mentality” under boss Antonio Conte after recovering from a poor first-half display to beat Marseille and top their Champions League group.
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