England squad announcement for Euro 2016 qualifiers postponed

first_imgRoy Hodgson has postponed the announcement of his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers with San Marino and Switzerland due to the number of decisions which still need to be made.The announcement had been scheduled to take place on Tuesday afternoon, but Hodgson will instead reveal his chosen players on August 30.Hodgson said: “After meeting with my coaching staff today we have decided to wait until this Sunday before announcing the squad to face San Marino and Switzerland.“We have a large of number of players that still need confirming regarding availability and fitness so rather than selecting a larger squad now, we will wait for the games at the weekend before choosing around 23 players who are definitely available.”England play in San Marino on September 5 and face Switzerland at Wembley on September 8. 1 Roy Hodgson last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Leicester return to the summit, Austin downs Man United on debut

first_img Leicester 1 Leicester returned to the top of the Premier League and Jamie Vardy found his scoring touch again in the Foxes’ 3-0 win over Stoke at the King Power Stadium.Claudio Ranieri’s indomitable charges are proving week after week why they really are title challengers this season, and Danny Drinkwater’s first ever Premier League goal set their hosts on their way just before half time.Vardy then latched onto a through ball, rounded Jack Butland and rolled in from a tight angle to end his personal seven-game drought as City opened up a three-point lead over Arsenal, who play Chelsea on Sunday.Riyad Mahrez then produced an astonishing piece of skill to set up a tap in for Leonardo Ulloa as the Foxes eased to victory.While Leicester’s surprise title tilt is gaining momentum, Manchester United’s suffered another blow after they were beaten 1-0 by Southampton at Old Trafford.It was another wholly uninspiring display by the hosts, with United now going 11 home games in a row without registering in the first half, and Saints debutant Charlie Austin delivered the killer blow with just minutes remaining after coming off the bench.The Red Devils’ loss is Tottenham’s gain after they edged an even London derby 2-1 against Crystal Palace in a game that will be remembered for one of the goals of the season by Dele Alli.Palace had taken the lead at Selhurst Park after Jan Vertonghen steered Wilfried Zaha’s teasing cross into his own goal before Harry Kane headed Spurs level after the break.The hosts hit the woodwork twice in succession before Alli channelled his inner Paul Gascogine, flicking the ball over the defender and volleying brilliantly first time, on the turn, into the bottom corner from 20 yards.Nacer Chadli curled home another impressive finish in injury time to cement Spurs’ top-four spot as they also kept pace with the top three.Elsewhere, Watford held on to beat Newcastle 2-1 at Vicarage Road to clinch a third victory of the season over the Magpies.After beating their opponents in the FA Cup two weeks ago, the Hornets were at it again as Odion Ighalo scored for the 14th time this season just minutes after half time.Craig Cathcart bundled in what proved to be the winner just before the hour mark and Watford held on despite Jamal Lascelles’ consolation header.In the big game at the bottom, Sunderland battled well to earn a 1-1 draw with a lively Bournemouth side after falling behind in the early stages.Benik Afobe glanced in a stooping header to give the visitors the lead to grab his second top-flight goal since his £12m window move from Wolves.But Patrick van Aanholt levelled for the Black Cats – his second goal in as many games – although the point ensures Sam Allardyce’s side remain in the bottom three.Below Sunderland remain lowly Aston Villa, who held West Brom to a 0-0 draw at the Hawthorns.In the early game, Liverpool scored with virtually the last kick to clinch an astonishing 5-4 victory at Norwich.Premier League results:Crystal Palace 1-2 TottenhamLeicester 3-0 StokeManchester United 0-1 SouthamptonSunderland 1-1 BournemouthWatford 2-1 NewcastleWest Brom 0-0 Aston Villalast_img read more