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With Wayne Rooney on the bench Chelsea defender Gary Cahill will be England captain tonight in the clash against Slovakia at EURO 2016.

The line ups:

SLOVAKIA-  Kozacik; Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Hubocan; Pecovsky, Kucka, Mak, Hamsik, Weiss; Nemec.

Subs: Mucha, Gyomber, Gregus, Sestak, Stoch, Nemec, Hrosovsky, Skriniar, Salata, Svento, Duris, Novota

Coach: Jan Kozak


ENGLAND: Hart, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand, Clyne, Dier, Henderson, Wilshere, Lallana, Vardy, Sturridge

Subs: Walker, Rose, Milner, Sterling, Kane, Rooney, Forster, Stones, Barkley, Alli, Rashford, Heaton

Coach: Roy Hodgson


Kick Off: 8pm GMT

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

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After claiming he wanted a Barcelona return a few days ago Chelsea star Pedro backtracks and says he’s keen to stay at Stamford Bridge, since a return to his former club is almost impossible:

“If you ask me if I’d go back, the answer is clear because they’re a great club with great players and fans who appreciate me,” the Spanish forward said to RAC1.

“I’ve always said that I’d like to retire at Barca, but I know it’s very difficult, almost impossible.

“Admittedly it seemed like I was going back this summer, but I have a contract with Chelsea, I’ve only been there for a year and it’d be very difficult for [a return] to happen.”


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New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wants to keep Oscar at Stamford Bridge next season.

The Brazilian had a difficult last season and even withdrew himself from a match citing illness during the spring, before driving home, increasing speculations about a quick exit from the club.

Conte is, anyway, a fan of the Brazilian attacking midfielder: when he was in charge at Juventus Oscar was linked to the Bianconeri on several occasions.

His agent also confirmed that an unnamed Chinese club had made a huge offer for his services during the January transfer window but the player – that arrived at Chelsea in the summer of 2012- should stay at least another year.

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Paul Pogba is one of the hottest star on the football market this summer.

The Juventus midfielder has been targeted by several top clubs around Europe, including Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

But in this moment, another team seems in pole position: in fact, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola admitted they are in an ealry negotiaton with the Champions of Europe:

“We are in an early negotiation with Real Madrid: he likes the club and he likes the manager, Zinedine Zidane.”

This could be, anyway, also a way to provoke a reaction in the other sides interested in Pogba, so to trigger an “auction” to sign the player, that is valued € 120m, around £ 100m.

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Coming from the second very good Euro 2016 performance offered for Italy in a row, Sunderland forward Emanuele Giaccherini has been linked to a market suggestion linking him to Chelsea.

Interviewed by Sportitalia, his agent, Furio Valcareggi, stated:

Giaccherini is a player who succeeded in playing the 80% of Juventus games when their midfield roster was including Pogba, Marchisio, Pirlo and Vidal.

“Antonio Conte has a very high opinion of him, and following him at Chelsea would be a dream coming true. After European campaign, clubs willing to sign him from Sunderland will be allowed to do it for a low sum“.

The former Bologna player is tracked by Fiorentina, AC Milan and Torino.

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Everton are keen to offer a huge salary improvement to Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku to convince him to stay at Goodison Park.

New boss Ronald Koeman is not convinced in off-loading the Belgian striker, that he considers very important for his squad, and the Toffees are are prepared to offer him a new deal said to be worth over £100,000 a week.

Should Lukaku leave Everton, Chelsea will have to challenge Juventus to sign him, since the Italian club targeted him too.

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Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado qualified for Copa America Centenario semifinals with Colombia last night.

The forward, loaned to Juventus last season, is set for a Stamford Bridge return since Antonio Conte is a huge fan of him.

Colombia are the second team to qualify for Copa America semifinal after USA, after beating Perù in the semifinal played in New Jersey last night.

The Cafeteros won at the penalty shoot-outs after the two teams arrived at the end of the extra time still on 0-0.

Trauco and Cueva missed the two decisive penalties for Perù.

Colombia will face the winner ofMexico v Chile, that will play on Sunday mornig 4 am CET.

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Chelsea players Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta qualified for the EURO 2016 Round of 16 with one group stage game left after beating Turkey 3-0 last night.

The Spaniards won thanks to a brace by Blues target Alvaro Morata and another goal from La Liga sensation Nolito, who also provided the assist for Morata´s first goal.

Fabregas played 71 minutes and was replaced by Atletico Madrid’s Koke while Azpilicueta entered at minute 81 for Jordi Alba. Pedro, keen for a Barcelona return, stayed the whole game on the bench again.

Spain got many chances to close the group top of the table and will face the second team classified in the group E, with Italy, Sweden, Ireland and Belgium.

Should Eden Hazard and Courtois‘ team qualify second in their group, it would a Chelsea match at the euros, with five players involved .

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Next Chelsea boss Antonio Conte qualified for the Round of 16 with Italy with a group fixture still left yesterday.

The Azzurri beat Sweden with a late goal of Inter striker Eder and now got 6 points in Group E table: Sweden and Ireland are second with 1 and Chelsea‘s players Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois Belgium are last with 0 points.

The Irish and the Belgian are facing each other in the second game of their euros in less than hour.

Conte’s boys showed again a great tactical organization and lots of group fighting spirit.

Italy will probably face one between Spain and Croatia in the next round and Conte already said that he will do heavy rotation in the starting XI that will face Ireland next Wednesday in the last game of the group stage.

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We all know that ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho is a huge fan of Blues full-back Cesar Azpilicueta, that had a huge improvement under him at Stamford Bridge.

The current Manchester United manager would like to bring him at Old Trafford and the deal doesn’t seem impossibile since next Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is keen to listen to offer for him: the Spaniard can leave for a fee around £ 12m ( € 15m).



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