Breakfast Briefing: Shaw in, Anelka out
Southampton wunderkind Luke Shaw has been handed a first call up to the England squad, and is a chance to make his maiden appearance against Denmark on Wednesday. The 18-year-old will have to fight off competition from fellow left backs Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines, who were also included in the squad. Shaw doesn't seem too perturbed though, as the Saints put up a vine of him receiving a call from Roy Hodgson.
There's finally been a verdict in the Nicholas Anelka 'quenelle' saga, with the West Bromwich Albion striker being handed a five-match ban and £80,000 fine for his controversial goal celebration. The club have acted swiftly, suspending the French forward indefinitely pending their own investigation process.
There was joy for Tottenham in the UEFA Europa League as they benefitted from Roman Zozulya's rash red card to claim a 3-1 win over Dnipro and advance to the last 16. Zozulya had opened the scoring for the Ukranian club, but Tottenham got the three goals they needed to progress as a Christian Eriksen equaliser and a brace from Emmanuel Adebayor saw them home.
Also advancing to the next round were Italian giants Juventus, as they comfortably beat Trabzonspor 2-0 to set up a fascinating Europa League last-16 tie with Fiorentina. A breathless first half of wonderful attacking play handed Juve a two goal cushion thanks to Arturo Vidal and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and they never let go after that.
Sevilla and Real Betis will also contest a Seville derby following their progression in the competition, as Swansea were knocked out by two Napoli goals in the final twelve minutes of their match. Former club captain and newly-minted coach Garry Monk is choosing to take the positives though, believing their performance will give them a boost as they turn their sights to their league campaign.
Liverpool have been handed a welcome boost with the news that both Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva have returned to first-team training. Manager Brendan Rogers confirmed that the duo had rejoined the squad, but only Sakho may be available for this weekend's trip to Southampton as Lucas continues rehabilitation on his knee.
Meanwhile, Newcastle United's post-tax profit of £9.9million has left manager Alan Pardew rubbing his hands eagerly. The Newcastle gaffer has announced his intentions to strengthen his squad in the off-season, claiming the team has looked a little light in certain areas.
Manchester United have sent highly rated Jesse Lingard on loan yet again, with Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Oscar Garcia excited to see what the youngster can do. Lingard made a splash in his earlier loan spell by scoring four goals on debut for Birmingham, but David Moyes has apparently felt that he would benefit from another stint in the Championship.
Bayer Leverkusen have agreed a deal to sign defender Wendell from Gremio at the end of the season. The 20-year-old becomes the latest in a line of Brazilian players to play for the German club after signing a five-year deal that will keep him at the BayArena until 2019.