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Finn brought into England squad

Steven Finn has played in 26 Tests for England

Steven Finn has been brought into England’s Test squad in South Africa following recovering from a foot injury.

The 26-year-old Middlesex rapidly bowler missed the series against Pakistan in October and November since of a bone pressure injury.

But he returned to action this weekend for England Lions in the United Arab Emirates, playing in two Twenty20 matches.

Finn is not anticipated to function in the first Test in Durban on Boxing Day.

“I’ve been genuinely pleased with the way issues have gone with the Lions,” he mentioned.

“I’ve bowled my overs and my foot has come via fine. I am excited by the prospect of linking up with the group out in South Africa.”

England play the 1st of two warm-up matches on Tuesday against a South Africa Invitational XI, starting at 08:30 GMT.

Can Leicester go the distance?

There has already been talk of a film about Jamie Vardy’s life, but Leicester City’s season is also shaping up to be a story suitable for the silver screen.

The in-kind Foxes have gone from relegation favourites to title contenders in a matter of months, but can their fairytale commence to the 2015-16 campaign really have a Hollywood ending?

History suggests not – the last time a correct outsider went the distance in a title race was in the Premier League’s first season, 1992-93. Norwich City led for longer than anybody else and topped the table as late as April, but finished third.

So, can Claudio Ranieri’s side copy the Canaries, or even out-do them?

Chris Sutton, a teenage centre-half turned striker in that Norwich group, tells BBC Sport how it feels to be unlikely leaders, what Leicester need to have to do subsequent – and what could go incorrect.

Best in December – ‘We did not take it seriously’

Norwich manager Mike Walker and strike duo Chris Sutton and Mark Robins

Norwich manager Mike Walker played a fresh-faced Chris Sutton up front alongside Mark Robins, who scored 14 league ambitions in 1992-93 soon after joining from Manchester United

Leicester can go back to the best of the table if they beat defending champions Chelsea on Monday. No team top following 16 games has finished decrease than fourth in the Premier League. In 18 of the past 23 seasons, the team top at that stage completed second or greater, and on 13 occasions they ended up champions.

Sutton: “We had been eight points clear at the commence of December, but we have been absolutely not thinking about winning the title.

“There was talk of it outside the club but, amongst the players, we did not take it too seriously. Hunting back, that helped a lot.

“All the rhetoric coming out of Leicester in the last handful of weeks is the very same. Whether or not it is the manager or their players, when they are asked queries about the title, they just answer by talking about receiving sufficient points to stay up.

“We were the very same. We had finished 18th the previous season and stayed up by 3 points, so when we got to 30 points in November we just thought, ‘great, we are not going down’.”

Best of the Premier League on 11 December 1992

P W D L PTS

1. Norwich

18

12

three

3

39

2. Blackburn

18

8

7

3

31

three. Aston Villa

18

eight

7

three

31

No pressure – ‘It didn’t matter when we lost’

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy

Norwich had Robins scoring their goals – Leicester have Jamie Vardy, who has 14 league targets currently

Norwich lost 7-1 to Blackburn and four-1 to Liverpool in October 1992 but suffered only 1 other defeat in their very first 18 league matches. Leicester’s only league defeat so far is a five-two house defeat by Arsenal on three October. They responded by winning six of their subsequent eight games.

Sutton: “Like Leicester, we had been an attacking group with a purpose threat that was complete of self-confidence right after creating a tremendous start.

“One more similarity was that we did not give up – we came back from 2- down to beat Arsenal 4-two in our opening game and usually had that belief.

“We went from game to game without having worrying about anything, and it looks like they are doing the identical.

“Each and every group has a blip but even when we lost heavily or had a run of games more than Christmas where our final results dropped off, it did not really influence us simply because nobody expected us to be up there anyway.

“There was no stress – in the initial half of the season it was a single of these times exactly where we did not believe about our predicament really considerably.”

Nonetheless prime in April – ‘We started thinking ‘what if?”

Man Utd's Eric Cantona and Norwich's Chris Sutton challenge for the ball in April 1993

Sutton’s Norwich took on Manchester United in April 1993. “If we had won that game then we would have gone on to win the league,” Sutton says now

Norwich led the league for 129 days out of 270 in 1992-93, compared to Manchester United’s 69 days and Aston Villa’s 32. The Canaries have been last prime on 3 April – if they had beaten United on five April, they would have returned to the summit and gone five points clear of the eventual champions, and a point above Villa.

Sutton: “The longer you keep up there, and the closer you get to seeing it via, the tougher it gets.

“We got via March and we had been back on the leading of the table and it hit us. All of a sudden we started thinking about whether or not we could really do it.

Prime of the Premier League table on three April 1993 – ahead of Norwich v Man Utd

P W D L PTS

1. Norwich

36

19

8

9

65

2. Aston Villa

35

18

ten

7

64

3. Man Utd

35

17

12

six

63

“Everywhere you went in Norwich, men and women would ask, ‘can we win it?’ We were considering, ‘how are we nevertheless in the race?’. We also started to wonder, ‘what if we do win it?’

“It was a sort of pressure that was new to all of us, the manager Mike Walker and the players, and we faltered at the massive moments.

“We had two crunch games prior to Easter against the two other teams difficult and, though we beat Aston Villa, we lost at house to Manchester United, who had just gone 4 games without having a win.

Best of the Premier League table on 5 April 1993 – following Norwich v Man Utd

P W D L PTS

1. Aston Villa

36

19

ten

7

67

2. Man Utd

36

18

12

six

66

3. Norwich

37

19

eight

10

65

“I look back and genuinely think that if we had won that game then we would have gone on to win the league since that would have fully knocked the stuffing out of United at a crucial time.

“Rather we have been the ones who have been left deflated, and we only won two of our final 5 games.”

1992-93 Premier League table – final standings

P W D L PTS

1. Man Utd

42

24

12

six

84

2. Aston Villa

42

21

11

10

74

three. Norwich

42

21

9

12

72

What were Norwich missing? ‘A title mentality’

Leicester duo Kasper Schmeichel and Robert Huth

Robert Huth won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006 but only started a total of 13 games

Former Chelsea defender Robert Huth is the only member of the Leicester squad to have won a leading-flight title in any of the massive 5 leagues in Europe (England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain). Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has also never ever won a prime-flight title in his 29-year managerial career, even though he has had best-four finishes with 4 distinct clubs in Italy and was a runner-up with Chelsea in 2004 and Monaco in 2014.

Sutton: “Norwich came up a small bit quick but at the time we never ever truly talked about it in terms of how we almost won the title, mostly because we could not think what had just occurred.

Norwich City's team 1992-93

Seven Englishmen, three Welshmen and a Scot – a standard Norwich group from the 1992-93 season

“When I won the title with Blackburn in 1995, there was a completely diverse mentality around the club all through the whole season.

“I had arrived in the summer time of 1994 at a group that had just finished runners-up and finishing initial was the target from day one – there was far far more expectation, and pressure.

“But there was also a lot more encounter of how to handle it, from the players who had completed second the season just before to the manager, Kenny Dalglish, who had won titles with Liverpool.

“We had some big characters in the dressing space like Alan Shearer and Tim Flowers, and the sort of steely resolve you want. Even then, we practically threw the title away.”

Can Leicester do it? ‘They will never ever get a much better chance’

Leicester v Chelsea: Focus Forum previews Monday’s game

In the 11 seasons ahead of the Premier League started in 1992, 13 different teams completed in the prime 3 of England’s best flight. In the very first 11 seasons of the Premier League, 10 clubs did. Given that 2003, only 5 teams have managed best-three finishes: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Sutton: “Norwich have been a selling club who have been never ever going to chuck massive funds at a mid-season signing to try to win the title.

“But Leicester could be diverse. With the funds there is in the Premier League at the moment, why not splash out in the January transfer window like Sir Alex Ferguson suggested  this week? It would be very interesting if they did.

“They have given themselves a wonderful platform and these possibilities don’t come about extremely typically.

“They never require seven or eight players, just 1 or two in case Jamie Vardy or Riyad Mahrez get injured. The wheels could nonetheless come off horribly, but why not have a go?

“It is early days and I still expect 1 of the big clubs to put a run together and come out of the pack to win the title, but even if Leicester do not win the league, a best-four finish now appears a realistic aim for them.

“That would nevertheless be an outstanding feat and making the Champions League could be the next chapter for them, the identical way qualifying for the Uefa Cup was for Norwich with our well-known win more than Bayern Munich the following season.”

Arsenal face Barca in Champions League

Arsenal will face holders Barcelona in the Champions League final 16.

Chelsea have been drawn against Paris St-Germain for the third consecutive season, whilst Manchester City face Dynamo Kiev.

Roma versus Real Madrid and Juventus, last year’s beaten finalists, against Bayern Munich are two of the standout matches in the draw.

1st legs are scheduled to take spot on 16-17 and 23-24 February. Return legs are on 8-9 and 15-16 March.

The winners of each group, which includes Chelsea and Manchester City, are at home in the second legs, even though Arsenal will host their very first leg.

Barcelona v Arsenal is a repeat of the 2006 final, which the Spanish champions won 2-1 thanks to two late targets in Paris.

PSG, who are 17 points clear at the leading of the French league, knocked Chelsea out on away goals at this stage last season, whilst the Blues beat them on the exact same rule in the quarter-finals the earlier year.

Dynamo Kiev beat Manchester City in the 2010-11 Europa League final 16, with striker Mario Balotelli sent off for the English side.

The first leg in Kiev will be played in an empty stadium, as Dynamo Kiev had been punished following racist attacks on fans in the course of a group game against Chelsea.

The draw for the quarter-finals will be held on 18 March with the semi-final line-up drawn on 15 April.

Draw in full

Gent v Wolfsburg

Roma v Actual Madrid

Paris St-Germain v Chelsea

Arsenal v Barcelona

Juventus v Bayern Munich

PSV Eindhoven v Atletico Madrid

Benfica v Zenit St Petersburg

Dynamo Kiev v Manchester City

Wasps 23-25 Bath

Anthony Watson’s final-gasp attempt was his very first of the competition
European Champions Cup
Wasps (12) 23
Tries: Miller Pens: Jackson four, Daly, Gopperth
Bath (15) 25
Tries: Joseph, Banahan, Watson Cons: Ford two Pens: Ford two

Anthony Watson’s 85th-minute converted attempt secured Bath a dramatic win more than Wasps in the European Champions Cup.

With new England boss Eddie Jones watching, Rob Miller’s attempt looked adequate for Wasps soon after Jonathan Joseph and Matt Banahan crossed for Bath.

But Wasps lost two guys to the sin-bin in the final minutes as they attempted to defend a five-point lead.

Watson’s score in the corner followed by George Ford’s difficult conversion handed Bath victory.

Pool 5 leaders Wasps are now only two points ahead of Bath, who have played one particular game fewer, with reigning champions Toulon a additional 4 points behind right after their 24-9 win more than Leinster.

Match stats
Wasps Bath
600 Metres 438
145 Carries one hundred
104 Tackles 162
ten Penalties conceded 10

Regardless of outscoring the hosts 3 tries to a single, Bath have been not at their cost-free-flowing best, and regularly relied on a belligerent rearguard to hold Wasps only metres away from the try-line.

But it was the Wasps defence which was scrambling in the final minutes and, following losing Lorenzo Cittadini and George Smith to the sin-bin, Bath have been able to take possession from an uncontested scrum and tee up Watson.

Daly’s day coming with England?

New England head coach Eddie Jones watched the all-Premiership clash

Amid the drama, England head coach Jones, who also watched Exeter’s tremendous win more than Clermont Auvergne on Saturday, saw numerous Englishmen make instances to be integrated in his initial squad in January.

Joseph’s try, following collecting a loose ball when Tom Ellis tackled Ruaridh Jackson, was a reminder of the centre’s scintillating pace and expert finishing capacity.

Earlier, Banahan, who won the most recent of his 16 Test caps five years ago, combined tremendously with Nikola Matawalu to score right after James Haskell had relinquished possession.

BBC Sport presenter Gabby Logan argued the England case for Daly and Launchbury, who play for her husband Kenny’s former team

Wasps’ Elliot Daly stood out, enhancing his expanding reputation and pressing his England claims.

With Exeter’s Henry Slade injured, there is an opening at centre for subsequent year’s Six Nations, and Daly’s attacking verve and slick passing will make him a tempting alternative to Joseph in the number 13 shirt.

The 23-year-old’s nicely-timed pass enabled Miller to cross soon after countryman Joe Launchbury – excellent at lock – made ground through a gap down the other side of the pitch.

Jones will also have left the Ricoh Arena with the image of England fly-half Ford showing the nerve to kick a conversion that grasped an unlikely victory for the guests.

Wasps: Miller Tagicakibau, Daly, Jacobs, Piutau Jackson, Simpson Mullan, Johnson, Cooper-Woolley Launchbury, Davies Haskell, G. Smith, N. Hughes.

Replacements: Leiua for Jacobs (68), Gopperth for Jackson (59), Robson for Simpson (71), McIntyre for Mullan (67), Cittadini for Cooper-Woolley (48), Gaskell for Davies (64), Jones for N. Hughes (71).

Not Used: Shervington.

Sin bin: Cittadini (79), G. Smith (80).

Bath: Watson Rokoduguni, Joseph, K. Eastmond, Banahan Ford, Matawalu Lahiff, Batty, Wilson Ellis, Attwood Garvey, Louw, Denton.

Replacements: Priestland for K. Eastmond (71), Homer for Banahan (65), Catt for Lahiff (55), Webber for Batty (55), Thomas for Wilson (41), Houston for Ellis (13), Ewels for Denton (59).

Not Utilized: Cook.

Attendance: 9,500

Referee: Jerome Garces (France).

Tottenham Hotspur 1-two Newcastle United

Complete time

Complete Time Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United 2.

90:00 +4:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United two.

90:00 +2:26 Aim scored

Objective! Aim! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United 2. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) proper footed shot from a hard angle on the correct to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic with a headed pass.

90:00 +:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Yoan Gouffran replaces Vurnon Anita.

89:02

Try saved. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) correct footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the aim. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

88:04

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Harry Kane.

85:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Erik Lamela.

82:24

Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is as well high. Assisted by Danny Rose.

82:09

Try blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.

80:25

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a totally free kick in the defensive half.

80:25

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

79:31 Booking

Booking Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a poor foul.

79:25

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

79:25

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

76:41

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

76:41

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

76:05

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

76:05

Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:22

Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from the correct side of the six yard box misses to the appropriate. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a cross following a corner.

74:58

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

73:07 Goal scored

Purpose! Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United 1. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) proper footed shot from extremely close range to the centre of the objective following a set piece situation.

73:06

Attempt saved. Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United) header from quite close variety is saved in the centre of the aim. Assisted by Fabricio Coloccini with a headed pass.

72:34 Booking

Booking Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

72:12

Hand ball by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

71:39

Try saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) appropriate footed shot from outdoors the box is saved in the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

71:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Aleksandar Mitrovic replaces Papiss Demba Cissé.

69:24

Try saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outdoors the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

68:36

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a totally free kick in the attacking half.

68:36

Foul by Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United).

68:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Tom Carroll.

67:23

Offside, Newcastle United. Moussa Sissoko tries a by way of ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

67:03 Booking

Booking Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a poor foul.

66:59

Foul by Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur).

66:59

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

66:03

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a totally free kick in the defensive half.

66:03

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

65:20

Foul by Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur).

65:20

Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) wins a totally free kick in the defensive half.

62:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Ayoze Pérez replaces Siem de Jong.

62:26

Hand ball by Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur).

61:31

Try saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

60:08

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

60:08

Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) wins a totally free kick on the left wing.

59:25

Foul by Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur).

59:25

Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:22

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

52:54

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the correct. Assisted by Dele Alli with a cross following a corner.

52:42

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Robert Elliot.

52:39

Try saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from outdoors the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Walker.

51:24

Try missed. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the proper. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a via ball.

50:37

Attempt blocked. Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Papiss Demba Cissé.

49:00

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outdoors the box is blocked.

47:58

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:58

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

45:00

Second Half starts Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United .

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United .

45:00 +1:36

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free of charge kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:36

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

45:00 +:04

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +:04

Foul by Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United).

43:06

Try missed. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the appropriate.

43:04

Try blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from outdoors the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

41:24

Foul by Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur).

41:24

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

40:17

Offside, Newcastle United. Moussa Sissoko tries a by means of ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

39:41

Foul by Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur).

39:41

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

38:29 Objective scored

Aim! Objective! Tottenham Hotspur 1, Newcastle United . Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box to the prime correct corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

37:52

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Robert Elliot.

37:50

Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the best centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Kane with a headed pass.

37:08

Offside, Newcastle United. Paul Dummett tries a by means of ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

36:46

Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

36:46

Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

35:26

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Robert Elliot.

35:24

Try saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom appropriate corner. Assisted by Danny Rose.

32:50

Try missed. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Dummett with a cross.

29:43 Booking

Booking Jack Colback (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a negative foul.

29:39

Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

29:39

Foul by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

28:17

Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

28:17

Siem de Jong (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:45

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

27:45

Foul by Siem de Jong (Newcastle United).

25:54

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Hugo Lloris tries a through ball, but Erik Lamela is caught offside.

25:15

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a totally free kick on the left wing.

25:15

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

24:51

Hand ball by Jack Colback (Newcastle United).

23:30

Delay more than. They are ready to continue.

22:38

Delay in match Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) simply because of an injury.

21:34

Foul by Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur).

21:34

Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:29

Try missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kyle Walker.

18:43

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli tries a through ball, but Erik Lamela is caught offside.

17:55

Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

17:55

Jack Colback (Newcastle United) wins a cost-free kick on the left wing.

16:56

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the correct. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

16:20

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jack Colback.

16:16

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) correct footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

14:34

Delay over. They are prepared to continue.

13:49

Delay in match Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) due to the fact of an injury.

12:40

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

12:40

Foul by Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United).

9:05

Try missed. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) correct footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

8:37

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outdoors the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

7:31

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a totally free kick on the left wing.

7:31

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

four:01

Try blocked. Siem de Jong (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Papiss Demba Cissé.

3:14

Offside, Newcastle United. Moussa Sissoko tries a via ball, but Daryl Janmaat is caught offside.

1:41

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

:51

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) appropriate footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Rose.

:00

Initial Half starts.

:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Aston Villa -2 Arsenal

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aston Villa , Arsenal two.

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Complete Time Second Half ends, Aston Villa , Arsenal two.

90:00 +3:49

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

90:00 +2:45

Try saved. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a cross.

90:00 +1:23

Try missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) appropriate footed shot from the left side of the box is higher and wide to the proper.

90:00 +:32

Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (Aston Villa) correct footed shot from the correct side of the box is close, but misses to the appropriate. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

86:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Adama Traoré replaces Scott Sinclair.

85:24

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

85:24

Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

85:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Mesut Özil.

84:07

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jores Okore.

82:17

Offside, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs tries a by means of ball, but Mesut Özil is caught offside.

81:41

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Brad Guzan.

81:36

Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) proper footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom appropriate corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

78:02

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:02

Foul by Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa).

77:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Jack Grealish replaces Idrissa Gueye.

77:02

Try missed. Carles Gil (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Veretout.

76:15

Delay more than. They are prepared to continue.

75:04

Delay in match Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) simply because of an injury.

73:13

Foul by Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).

73:13

Carles Gil (Aston Villa) wins a totally free kick in the defensive half.

70:51

Attempt missed. Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is higher and wide to the correct following a corner.

70:31

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

70:12

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

69:52

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Olivier Giroud.

69:26

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

66:51

Foul by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

66:51

Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) wins a totally free kick in the defensive half.

65:35

Attempt missed. Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the appropriate. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

65:00

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

65:00

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

63:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Theo Walcott.

63:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs replaces Joel Campbell.

62:00

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) correct footed shot from outside the box is just a bit as well high. Assisted by Jordan Ayew.

59:17

Try missed. Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outdoors the box is higher and wide to the left.

58:01

Attempt blocked. Carles Gil (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Veretout.

57:42

Offside, Arsenal. Mesut Özil tries a through ball, but Joel Campbell is caught offside.

56:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aston Villa. Carles Gil replaces Rudy Gestede.

55:58

Try missed. Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is just a bit as well higher. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a cross.

54:12

Try blocked. Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlos Sánchez.

53:20

Offside, Aston Villa. Jores Okore tries a by way of ball, but Rudy Gestede is caught offside.

51:23

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Jores Okore.

50:31

Offside, Arsenal. Joel Campbell tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

49:41

Try saved. Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) appropriate footed shot from outside the box is saved in the prime appropriate corner.

49:35

Attempt blocked. Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) proper footed shot from outdoors the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Sinclair.

48:35

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a cross.

47:22

Attempt missed. Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outdoors the box is as well high. Assisted by Scott Sinclair.

45:00

Second Half starts Aston Villa , Arsenal two.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time Initial Half ends, Aston Villa , Arsenal 2.

45:00 +:53

Offside, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

45:00 +:08

Try missed. Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the correct. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a cross.

42:21

Attempt missed. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) header from the appropriate side of the six yard box misses to the proper. Assisted by Jordan Veretout with a cross following a corner.

41:49

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

40:53

Try blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) appropriate footed shot from outdoors the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Campbell.

38:47

Offside, Aston Villa. Alan Hutton tries a via ball, but Scott Sinclair is caught offside.

37:03 Purpose scored

Purpose! Objective! Aston Villa , Arsenal two. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) correct footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil following a quickly break.

33:19

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

33:19

Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

32:41

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) wins a totally free kick on the appropriate wing.

32:41

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa).

30:12

Try missed. Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) appropriate footed shot from outdoors the box misses to the correct.

28:33

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:33

Foul by Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa).

26:14

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:14

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

24:44

Try blocked. Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) correct footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Veretout.

23:18

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa).

23:18

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:44

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is as well higher.

19:47

Attempt missed. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) correct footed shot from the centre of the box is as well high. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross following a corner.

19:25

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Rudy Gestede.

18:52

Foul by Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa).

18:52

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a cost-free kick in the attacking half.

17:28

Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) wins a cost-free kick in the attacking half.

17:28

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

14:09

Offside, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey tries a via ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

9:36

Carlos Sánchez (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:36

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

8:34

Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

8:34

Foul by Joel Campbell (Arsenal).

7:29 Purpose scored

Goal! Aim! Aston Villa , Arsenal 1. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom appropriate corner.

six:32

Penalty conceded by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) right after a foul in the penalty location.

6:32

Penalty Arsenal. Theo Walcott draws a foul in the penalty area.

five:54

Try saved. Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Idrissa Gueye.

:00

1st Half begins.

:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

England to face Wales at Euro 2016

Wales and England will meet at Euro 2016 following being drawn with each other in Group B for subsequent summer’s finals in France.

Russia and Slovakia are the other teams in their group.

European Championship debutants Northern Ireland are in Group C with globe champions Germany, Poland and Ukraine.

The Republic of Ireland are up against best-ranked side Belgium, Italy and Sweden in Group E.

The 1st game of the tournament will be at the Stade de France amongst France and Romania on Friday, ten June at 20:00 BST.

Euro groups

Wales’ match against England is the second game for both countries in their group, in Lens on Thursday, 16 June.

Northern Ireland kick off their group against Poland on Sunday, 12 June and finish it against Germany nine days later.

The Republic face Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden in their 13 June opener and conclude their group games against Italy on 22 June.

This year’s tournament is the biggest European Championship ever, with 24 teams.

The top two from each and every group will go via to the last 16, even though the very best 4 third-placed teams also progress – which means only eight teams are eliminated in the group stages.

Much more to stick to.

Norwich City 1-1 Everton

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Norwich City 1, Everton 1.

90:00 +three:08 Complete time

Full Time Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Everton 1.

90:00 +two:32

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) correct footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:14 Booking

Booking Russell Martin (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a undesirable foul.

90:00 +1:11

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:11

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

90:00 +:34

Try missed. Darron Gibson (Everton) proper footed shot from outdoors the box is as well higher. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

89:45

Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) appropriate footed shot from outdoors the box is just a bit as well high. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

85:58

Foul by Arouna Koné (Everton).

85:58

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:04

Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:04

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

84:27

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

84:27

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

83:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Jonny Howson replaces Wes Hoolahan.

83:07

Try missed. Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) proper footed shot from outdoors the box is too higher.

81:28

Try missed. Gareth Barry (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the appropriate. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a corner.

80:38

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Cameron Jerome.

80:03

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Russell Martin.

78:16

Try saved. Gareth Barry (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the aim. Assisted by Arouna Koné.

75:26

Foul by Arouna Koné (Everton).

75:26

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Darron Gibson replaces Ross Barkley.

74:43

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:43

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).

72:58

Attempt missed. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) appropriate footed shot from outdoors the box misses to the correct. Assisted by Gary O’Neil.

69:30

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too higher. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

68:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

68:15

Try missed. Seamus Coleman (Everton) left footed shot from outdoors the box misses to the correct.

68:11

Try blocked. Arouna Koné (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

61:19

Tom Cleverley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:19

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

58:17

Offside, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

58:14

Try blocked. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

57:03

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ramiro Funes Mori.

57:02

Attempt blocked. Robbie Brady (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

55:16

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

49:56

Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) wins a free of charge kick on the appropriate wing.

49:56

Foul by Martin Olsson (Norwich City).

48:34

Try missed. Tom Cleverley (Everton) correct footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the appropriate.

46:03 Objective scored

Goal! Objective! Norwich City 1, Everton 1. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from very close variety to the bottom proper corner following a corner.

46:02

Try blocked. Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady with a cross.

45:29

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

45:00

Second Half begins Norwich City , Everton 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Ryan Bennett replaces Andre Wisdom.

45:00 +two:12 Half time

Half Time Initial Half ends, Norwich City , Everton 1.

45:00 +1:36

Try missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ross Barkley following a fast break.

45:00 +:20

Delay over. They are prepared to continue.

43:33

Delay in match Ross Barkley (Everton) due to the fact of an injury.

43:33

Delay in match Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) because of an injury.

42:23

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

41:38

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free of charge kick in the attacking half.

41:38

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

40:35

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

39:23

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a totally free kick in the defensive half.

39:23

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).

38:41

Leighton Baines (Everton) hits the appropriate post with a correct footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Seamus Coleman with a cross.

35:55

Offside, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu tries a by means of ball, but Seamus Coleman is caught offside.

31:33

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ramiro Funes Mori.

30:40

Try missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the best left corner.

27:29

Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

27:29

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

20:38

Foul by Gerard Deulofeu (Everton).

20:38

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:54

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

18:54

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:35

Attempt saved. Arouna Koné (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom correct corner. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku with a by means of ball.

14:48 Aim scored

Aim! Goal! Norwich City , Everton 1. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from extremely close variety to the higher centre of the goal. Assisted by Gerard Deulofeu with a cross following a corner.

13:51

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Russell Martin.

11:28

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the correct.

10:16

Try missed. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) correct footed shot from outside the box is as well high. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

6:56

Try missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from the proper side of the box is close, but misses the leading proper corner. Assisted by Gary O’Neil.

three:26

Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

three:26

Foul by Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City).

2:58

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by John Stones.

2:26

Foul by Gerard Deulofeu (Everton).

2:26

Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) wins a totally free kick in the defensive half.

:00

First Half starts.

:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Poyet ‘interested’ in Swansea job

Former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is ‘interested’ in the vacant manager’s post at Swansea City.

The Swans may compensate Poyet’s current club AEK Athens if he succeeds Garry Monk, who left on Wednesday right after one particular win in 11 league games.

The club wants to name a new manager prior to the Premier League game at property to West Ham on 20 December.

Swansea’s caretaker manager Alan Curtis is in charge for Saturday’s league game away at Manchester City.

Poyet is the clear bookmakers’ favourite for the Swans part, even though former Wales winger Mickey Thomas believes Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs would be interested in the vacancy.

Other prospective contenders seem to have been ruled out.

David Moyes, sacked by Manchester Untied and Actual Sociedad in the final 20 months, is not interested in replacing Monk, whilst ex-Swans boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly eyeing up other possibilities.

Rangers boss Mark Warburton also says he is committed to his role with the Glasgow club.

‘No approach’ for Potter

Meanwhile, Ostersund FK’s chairman Daniel Kindberg says he has not been contacted by Swansea with regards to their manager Graham Potter and it would surprise him “massively” if he left the Swedish club for the Liberty Stadium.

Former York full-back Potter had emerged as a surprise contender to replace Monk, but Kindberg does not consider he is likely to replace Monk.

“Swansea have not been in get in touch with with me,” Kindberg told BBC Wales Sport. “Graham Potter is highly regarded in Sweden and in Ostersund.

“He has turn out to be a very good buddy of mine, someone who I respect massively and we are not completed yet with our project right here.

Graham Potter

Graham Potter played for 11 English clubs such as York, Stoke, West Brom and Macclesfield

“It would surprise me massively if he went, even though I know the Premier League is the ideal league in the globe.”

Potter has been in charge at Ostersund for four years and final month secured their promotion to Sweden’s prime flight for the 1st time in their history.

“I would have a long, lengthy discussion if he approached me on this matter,” Kindberg added. “He hasn’t completed that so far and I spoke with him nowadays [Friday].

“You have had Alex Ferguson at Manchester United for a long time, you have had Arsene Wenger at Arsenal for a extended time, and we will have Potter for a extended time at Ostersund.

“If I am incorrect then I am incorrect, but I do not feel incorrect.”

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