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Joe Gomez: Liverpool defender out for up to six weeks with fractured leg

Joe Gomez (left) was taken off on a stretcher following a challenge with Ben Mee (right) Liverpool defender Joe Gomez could be out for six weeks after fracturing his left leg during Wednesday’s victory over Burnley. The 21-year-old England international was taken off after 23 minutes following a challenge with Clarets captain Ben Mee. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp complained about Burnley’s tackling during the 3-1 Premier League win at Anfield. Burnley boss Sean Dyche said it was a “fantastic tackle” by Mee. A Liverpool statement on Thursday said “initial indications”…

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Sol Campbell: Macclesfield Town name ex-England defender as manager

Sol Campbell spent time as part of England’s Under-21 coaching staff during the November international break Former England defender Sol Campbell has been appointed as manager of Macclesfield Town, the bottom club in the English Football League. It is the 44-year-old’s first managerial position and he has taken charge with the Silkmen five points adrift at the foot of League Two. Campbell played 73 times for England and appeared in six major tournaments. He also won several domestic honours, including Premier League titles with Arsenal in 2001-02 and 2003-04. Macclesfield…

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Benjamin Mendy: Manchester City defender faces three months out

Mendy joins team-mates Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo as a long-term absentee Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy could be out of action for up to three months following knee surgery. City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that the 24-year-old Frenchman will be out for 10 to 12 weeks. Last week Mendy underwent surgery in Barcelona for a problem with the meniscus in his left knee. The former Monaco left-back missed much of last season after suffering cruciate ligament damage to his right knee. He has made 12 appearances this…

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Virgil van Dijk: Netherlands defender consoles official after Germany draw

Virgil van Dijk had scored a 91st-minute equaliser for the Netherlands against Germany before embracing the referee. Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan was consoled by Virgil van Dijk after the Netherlands 2-2 draw with Germany on Monday. Van Dijk’s 91st-minute equaliser ensured the Dutch reached the semi-finals of the Nations League. And the Liverpool defender showed his human side embracing the official at the final whistle. “That man broke down, stood with tears in his eyes because he had just lost his mother,” Van Dijk said. “I wished him strength and…

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Michael Keane: Everton defender says he did not want to leave house last season

Michael Keane last played for England against Lithuania in October 2017 Everton defender Michael Keane says last season’s difficult campaign left him reluctant to leave the house. Keane, who has four international caps, has been called into the England squad by manager Gareth Southgate for the first time in more than a year. The 25-year-old joined the Toffees for £25m in July 2017, but struggled for form as the club went through three managers in his first season. “When you’ve had a bad game, you don’t want to go out…

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Sol Bamba’s shirt: ‘The ref asked if I took it off, I said no’, says Cardiff defender

In fairness to the referee, it is tricky to tell if Sol Bamba has taken his shirt off… Here’s a tip – never play Sol Bamba at poker. He’s an excellent bluffer. After scoring Cardiff City’s 90th-minute winner in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Brighton, the defender sprinted away and, pretty much immediately, tore off his shirt in celebration. As we know, by the laws of the game, a player removing their shirt should receive a punishment of a yellow card, just like Demarai Gray did for Leicester last week. So…

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Red Bulls’ Long named MLS’ top defender

Aaron Long was given up on by two MLS teams. Now he is the best defensive player in the league. FILE PHOTO: Oct 21, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Aaron Long (33) chases a loose ball against the Philadelphia Union during the second half at Talen Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo The 26-year-old Long was named MLS Defender of the Year on Wednesday after helping the New York Red Bulls allow a league-low 33 goals. Long added three goals and two assists…

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Molly Bartrip: Reading defender on overcoming teenage anorexia

Reading defender Molly Bartrip’s battle with ‘evil Ana’ anorexia Ana wasn’t a relative of Molly Bartrip’s. She wasn’t a team-mate and she most definitely wasn’t a friend. Bartrip hates what Ana did to her. She had control of her life and “played her like a puppet” – yet Ana wasn’t a real person. ‘Ana’ was the name Reading defender Bartrip gave to the voice inside her head during her teenage battle with anorexia. “It was like this evil person on my shoulder who wanted me to fail,” she tells BBC…

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Wales call up Anderlecht defender James Lawrence and Swansea’s Daniel James

James Lawrence joined Anderlecht from Slovakian club AS Trencin in August, 2018 for a £405,000 fee Uefa Nations League: Wales v Denmark Venue: Cardiff City Stadium Date: Fri, 16 Nov Kick-off: 19:45 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary. Anderlecht defender James Lawrence has been called up by Wales for the games against Denmark and Albania. Henley-on-Thames born Lawrence, 26, was a youngster with Arsenal and QPR and joined Anderlecht in August 2018. Wales Under-21 winger…

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Luke Shaw: Man Utd defender agrees new five-year deal at Old Trafford

Shaw scored in Manchester United’s win against Leicester City on the opening day of the league season Left-back Luke Shaw has agreed a new five-year deal with Manchester United, worth a reported £150,000 per week. The 23-year-old England international’s current contract was set to expire next summer. Shaw’s progress has been disrupted by poor form and fitness issues, limiting him to only 75 appearances, but he has been a regular for United this season. Recent performances earned Shaw – who joined United from Southampton for £27m in 2014 – an…

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