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ARSENAL are plotting a £26m move for Nabil Fekir, should they fail in their approach to make Martin Odegaard's loan permanent.

Meanwhile Chelsea are reportedly looking to include Timo Werner in a potential swap deal for Erling Haaland with Borussia Dortmund.

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  • Josh Graham

    LION BITES

    Gareth Southgate has aimed a cheeky dig at Frank Lampard’s doubters and says Mason Mount is getting more plaudits now because Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is picking him.

    The Blues midfielder scored his fourth goal for England in yesterday’s 2-0 win in Albania to continue their 100 per cent start to World Cup qualification.

    Mason Mount scored his fourth England goal against AlbaniaCredit: Reuters

    Mount, 22, is fast-becoming a key man for both club and country as he continues to maintain impressive form for both.

    However, his Three Lions manager Southgate has suggested the majority of people are only starting to appreciate the ace since Tuchel began picking him after Frank Lampard’s sacking in January.

    Southgate said: “I was saying in the autumn that he is a very good player.

    “I suppose now Thomas Tuchel picks him, everybody will agree. When it was Frank Lampard, it didn’t count for some reason.

    “He’s an exceptional player. He finds space intelligently, he manipulates the ball very well, creates chances, scores goals. I thought his performance was excellent tonight.”

  • Josh Graham

    MARTIAL LAW

    Manchester United's Anthony Martial came off injured in France's 2-0 win over Kazakhstan.

    The forward assisted Ousmane Dembele's 19th minute opener with a clever turn and pass.

    Anthony Martial was replaced after receiving treatmentCredit: AFP

    But the Red Devils star was replaced by Kylian Mbappe after 59 minutes having received treatment for an injury blow.

    Martial appeared to jar his knee with his studs caught in the artificial pitch.

  • Josh Graham

    CANDY KANE

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane believes Harry Kane has to LEAVE Tottenham this summer if he wants ‘to win big prizes’ amid links with the Red Devils and Real Madrid.

    England skipper Kane, 27, is yet to win a single piece of silverware with Spurs but that could end if Jose Mourinho’s men beat Pep Guardiola’s quadruple-chasing Manchester City in next month’s Carabao Cup final.

    Harry Kane was urged to leave Spurs if he wants to win trophiesCredit: AP

    But the chances of Tottenham winning a major trophy in the near future look slim following some dismal performances in the Premier League and Europe.

    Kane’s north London contract runs until 2024 and he is reportedly valued at £150million by Spurs.

    On ITV after Kane scored in the Three Lions' 2-0 win over Albania on Sunday, Keane said: "If you’re in his shoes and it comes to the summer, I think the guy has to move on to really win the big prizes.

    “He’s not going to do it at Tottenham. He wouldn’t be the first player to sign a contract and then want to leave a year or so later.

    “Mourinho might have to say, ‘he keeps making these noises, let’s take the money and move on’.”

  • Josh Graham

    CLOSE CAL

    Callum Hudson-Odoi missed England's Under-21 group stage match against Portugal with a shoulder injury.

    The issue was sustained in training, giving Chelsea a fitness scare.

    But the forward was not sent back to the Blues, and is instead in line to return for England's final European Championship group stage game against Croatia on Wednesday.

    England look destined to crash out of the tournament, having been beaten 1-0 by Switzerland and 2-0 by Portugal.

    Hudson-Odoi, 20, started the first match but his knock in training left him sidelined for the second yesterday.

  • Jack Figg

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    England eased to a 2-0 win in Albania in their World Cup qualifier after goals from Harry Kane and Mason Mount.

    Scotland were held to a 1-1 draw in Israel after Ryan Fraser netted an equaliser for Steve Clarke's side.

    England U21s are facing an early exit at the European Championship after slumping to a 2-0 defeat to Portugal.

    Tottenham have reportedly contacted Juventus regarding a potential shock move for former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

    Former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe has urged Harry Kane to quit the club if he wants to win trophies.

    Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of striker Romelu Lukaku with Inter Milan ready to listen to offers.

    The Blues are also considering offering Timo Werner to Borussia Dortmund as part exchange for star striker Erling Haaland.

    Paul Merson claims Arsenal should axe Martin Odegaard until they have secured a permanent deal for the Real Madrid talent.

    Cristiano Ronaldo's strop during his country's draw with Serbia has been described as unacceptable by a former Portugal international.

    Tomas Soucek can flourish in the Champions League if West Ham qualify, according to the Czech Republic manager.

  • Simon Mail

    SOU CLASSY

    Tomas Soucek can flourish in the Champions League if West Ham qualify, according to the Czech Republic boss Jaroslav Silhavy.

    Soucek has been a revelation for the Hammers as he has helped fire them into contention for a place in Europe.

    West Ham and Czech Republic star Tomas SoucekCredit: AFP

    Silhavy said: “Tomas plays very well in the Premier League. I am really not surprised because he is really hard working.

    “He’s already played in the Champions League for Slavia Prague and was very good – but now he is even better.

    “So I am convinced he can succeed in the Champions League with West Ham too.”

  • Simon Mail

    NOR GOALS

    Liverpool scouted Erling Haaland in Norway's game against Turkey but came away with another name on their shortlist.

    The Reds were reportedly impressed by Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir after he prevented Haaland from scoring.

    Ugurcan Cakir impressed Liverpool scoutsCredit: Getty
  • Simon Mail

    EURO WOES

    It has been another game to forget for England U21s as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in the group stage of the European Championship.

    Dany Mota's goal and a Francisco Trincao penalty have left England with only an outside chance of reaching the knockout stages.

    Aidy Boothroyd's side have flopped in the European U21 ChampionshipCredit: Getty

     

  • Simon Mail

    SCOTLAND TAKE POINT

    All over in Israel and it is back-to-back draws for Scotland after being held 1-1.

    It could have been worse for Steve Clarke's side after trailing through Dor Peretz.

    Ryan Fraser earned a point for ScotlandCredit: SNS

    But Ryan Fraser's second-half strike secured a point in front of 5,000 Israel fans.

  • Simon Mail

    ALL SQUARE

    Scotland have equalised in Israel after a superb finish from Ryan Fraser.

    He picks up the ball and plants a finish in the far corner for a much-needed goal for Steve Clarke's side.

  • Simon Mail

    LEFTOVER RICE

    Declan Rice was left hanging by his England team-mates after their opening goal in Albania.

    The West Ham star went to celebrate with the rest of the team but his high five was not reciprocated by England's players.

    Declan Rice was left hanging by his England team-matesCredit: Getty
  • Simon Mail

    SCOT OF BOTHER

    Scotland have fallen behind in Israel just before half-time to leave Steve Clarke's side in trouble.

    Dor Peretz gives the hosts the lead with a long-range strike but it looked like goalkeeper David Marshall should have kept it out.

    Dor Peretz fires home from distanceCredit: EPA
  • Simon Mail

    TIM'S UP

    Chelsea are reportedly ready to lure Erling Haaland to Stamford Bridge by offering Timo Werner in part exchange.

    The Blues are focused on trying to bring goal machine Haaland to the club and are willing to offer Borussia Dortmund Werner.

    Timo Werner could be offered to Borussia DortmundCredit: Guardian News & Media / Free to use by all titles in perpetuity under NMC agreement

    Werner has struggled to live up to his billing since making the £47.5million move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

    Despite scoring 28 league goals in his last season for Red Bull Leipzig, he has just five to his name this campaign.

    And Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is willing to offload him if it results in landing potent finisher Haaland.

  • Simon Mail

    FANS AT FINAL?

    Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City fans have received a boost over potentially attending the Champions League final.

    The Premier League trio are all still involved in Europe’s most prestigious cup competition.

    Istanbul's Ataturk Olympic Stadium will host the finalCredit: AFP

    And should they advance all the way through to the final, then there is a possibility that a small number of their supporters could be there to cheer them on.

    Uefa hope to sell smart tickets to supporters on their mobile phones.

    The capacity has yet to be decided for the final on May 29 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

  • Simon Mail

    ALL OVER IN ALBANIA

    The final whistle has gone and England have beaten Albania 2-0 in their second World Cup qualifier.

    Gareth Southgate's side earned the points after goals from Harry Kane and Mason Mount.

    England cruised to a 2-0 win over AlbaniaCredit: PA

    That's two from two for England but they can expect a bigger test against Poland on Wednesday night.

  • Simon Mail

    MOUNTING PRESSURE

    England are cruising in Albania with Gareth Southgate's side doubling their lead.

    Mason Mount has produced a deft finish to make it 2-0 and back-to-back World Cup qualifying wins looks secure.

    Mason Mount doubles England's lead in AlbaniaCredit: Reuters
  • Simon Mail

    RONBELIEVABLE

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been slated for his angry antics during Portugal's draw in Serbia.

    The Juventus superstar slammed his captain's armband down after his late goal was ruled out.

    Cristiano Ronaldo throws a strop for PortugalCredit: AFP

    Former Portugal international Fernando Meira said: "It's clearly a goal, but Ronaldo can't throw the armband on the ground like that.

    "Cristiano's reaction is natural, but it's not acceptable from the national team captain.

    "You can't throw the armband on the ground and head into the dressing room while the game is still going on.

    "It's not acceptable behaviour for a player of his stature."

  • Simon Mail

    KANE AND ABLE

    England have the upper hand at half-time leading 1-0 in Albania.

    Harry Kane's first-half header has given Gareth Southgate's side control of their World Cup qualifier.

    Harry Kane gives England the lead in AlbaniaCredit: Reuters
  • Simon Mail

    ON GAARD

    Paul Merson has urged Arsenal to drop Martin Odegaard until they can secure a permanent deal for the Real Madrid talent.

    Odegaard has scored twice during his loan spell with the Gunners but Merson does not think he should be guaranteed a place in the side.

    Martin Odegaard's future is up in the airCredit: Reuters

    Pundit Merson told the Daily Star: "Martin Odegaard looks a really good player and I hope Arsenal have a chance of signing him permanently.

    "Because if they don’t have a chance of making his loan permanent next season, why is he playing?

    "If they know he doesn’t want to stay, he shouldn’t be playing because he’s taking opportunities away from people like Emile Smith Rowe.

    "So I hope Arsenal have done their homework and know what the situation is – I’d be disappointed if they haven’t already made a bid to be honest."

  • Simon Mail

    ENGLAND TEAM

    Less than half an hour until England get their World Cup qualifier underway in Albania.

    Gareth Southgate has made six changes with Phil Foden and Harry Kane starting in attack.

  • Dylan Terry

    RAM RAID

    Tottenham have asked Juventus about a shock summer swoop for Arsenal icon Aaron Ramsey, according to reports in Italy.

    The Serie A giants are set to offload the £400,000-a-week star, 30, as part of a cost-cutting squad overhaul this summer.

    Liverpool and Everton have already been linked with the Gunners icon, with the Reds viewing Ramsey as the perfect replacement for out-of-contract Georginio Wijnaldum.

    But now Tottenham have emerged as shock suitors for the Welshman.

    Credit: Getty
  • Dylan Terry

    STAY OR GO?

    Harry Kane then. This story will run and run. It promises to be the transfer saga of the summer.

    Will he leave Tottenham?

    Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
  • Dylan Terry

    KANE SHOULD GO

    Ex-Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has urged his former teammate Harry Kane to quit the club – if he wants to win trophies.

    In an interview with TalkSport, Defoe said: "If you'd have asked me this question a few years ago, I'd have said he should have stayed there, what he's done at the football club – he's a legend.

    "Since I've come away from that and gone to Rangers, I've seen that mentality and played for another big club, the importance of playing for that club and winning every game, that mentality, the standards and demands.

    "You have to win and bring silverware, otherwise it’s not good enough. When you actually achieve that and the feeling you get from that, wow man. I wish I had that earlier on in my career.

    "If Harry Kane wants that and wants to win trophies then it looks like he has to go.

    "I don't think it will be easy for him to leave and he might be looking at it and want to finish off being the highest goalscorer in the club's history and see where that takes him.

    "He can hopefully win a few trophies, but if he’s really craving medals then he really has to go."

    Credit: PA:Press Association
  • Dylan Terry

    ROB LEE SLAMS ANTHONY MARTIAL

    Former England international Rob Lee has hit out at Man Utd forward Anthony Martial for his 'terrible' attitude.

    He told: Football Fancast: "He’s such a talented lad, he’s quick and he can finish well but some days, he just doesn’t seem interested.

    "His attitude seems terrible. So yeah, if somebody would give me £50 million for him, I’d snap their hand off."

    Credit: AFP
  • Dylan Terry

    LUK AT THAT RECORD

    Romelu Lukaku scored yet again for his country last night, as Belgium drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic.

    And the strike was his 59th for his country, as he boasts an astonishing record for the Belgian Red Devils.

    With his side trailing 1-0 courtesy of Lukas Provod's 50th minute effort, Lukaku found himself one on one with the last defender on the hour mark.

    He twisted one way, then the other, before finishing past Tomas Vaclik in the Czech goal.

    His effort saw the Inter Milan striker pull even further ahead at the top Belgium's all-time leading goalscorer standings.

    Current team-mate Eden Hazard is second on the list, 27 behind on 32 goals from 106 caps aged 30.

    Credit: EPA

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