Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.
ENGLAND: Gareth Southgate has been confirmed as England’s permanent manager on a four-year contract that will take him through the 2018 World Cup and 2020 European Championship campaigns.
LIVERPOOL: Ben Woodburn has become the youngest player to score for Liverpool at 17 years and 45 days after he netted in the 2-0 EFL Cup victory over Leeds United on Tuesday.
– Woodburn got the highest marks in Dave Usher’s Liverpool player ratings.
– Liverpool got away with it as they left it late to beat Leeds after rotating their squad, Mark Ogden writes.
REAL MADRID: Gareth Bale has successfully undergone surgery on his damaged ankle in London, Real Madrid have announced.
– Cristiano Ronaldo heads a list of Madrid stars to be rested for the midweek Copa del Rey game.
– La Cultural Leonesa loanee Jose Leon says he is happy to get the chance to fulfil his boyhood dream after parent club Real Madrid gave him permission to play in the Copa del Rey game at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
CHAPECOENSE: A chartered plane carrying Chapecoense to the biggest match in the Brazilian football club’s history crashed into a Colombian hillside and broke into pieces, killing 71 people and leaving six survivors.
– Thousands squeezed into Chapeco’s cathedral and even more packed a stadium to mourn following the tragedy.
– Chapecoense were the mighty mouse that roared right up to the very end, Tim Vickery writes.
MAN UNITED: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has received a one-match touchline ban after being sent to the stands in Sunday’s match against West Ham, the Football Association has announced.
– Eric Bailly is closing in on a return to action for Manchester United after resuming training this week.
– Slaven Bilic believes Jose Mourinho only got into trouble with the Football Association because he caught the water bottle too well.
– Zorya Luhansk are reportedly planning a “high level” of security for the visit of Manchester United, whose fans have been asked not to wear colours by their own club.
– United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is a loan target for Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.
ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger has praised the Southampton player production line as he prepares his Arsenal side to go up against Saints in their EFL quarterfinal clash on Wednesday.
– Granit Xhaka has said without his tough-tackling all-action style he would “no longer be the same player” that Arsenal wanted.
– Abou Diaby has told France Football he once dreamed of winning the Ballon d’Or and that his faith has helped him cope with a career beset by injuries.
CHELSEA: Chelsea’s Victor Moses has been named the PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Month for November.
ATLETICO MADRID: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has rested stars including Antoine Griezmann and Koke for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey round-of-32 first leg at Guijuelo, with five youth-team players called up.
BARCELONA: Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has told France Football he sometimes found the club’s play “boring as s—” under Pep Guardiola.
– Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has told Four Four Two he considers Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar to be the best players in the world.
– Andres Iniesta is set to return to first team action against Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday.
BAYERN MUNICH: Xabi Alonso says he will not rush to make a decision on his playing future with his contract at Bayern Munich ending in the summer of 2017.
– Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has called on club captain Philipp Lahm to honour his playing contract before considering a post-playing career.
INTER MILAN: Inter Milan’s Chinese owners have reiterated their commitment to doing all they can to strengthen the squad and make the Nerazzurri competitive again.
– Inter Milan are not interested in signing Diego Costa, according to their sporting director Piero Ausilio.
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