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Mane, Ronaldo Missing As EPL Releases Player Of The Season Nominees

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Mohamed Salah, Heung-Min Son and Kevin De Bruyne are among an eight-man shortlist for the Premier League Player of the Season award.

However, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s forward Sadio Mane were not among the nominees.

Also, no Super Eagles player in the English Premier League made the list.

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Among the top Nigerians playing in the Premier League are Lookman, Leicester City; William Troost-Ekong, Watford; Emmanuel Dennis, Watford; Etebo, Watford; Alex Iwobi, Everton; Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester City, and Kelechi Ịheanachọ.

Full-backs Joao Cancelo and Trent Alexander-Arnold also represent the title-tussling titans, with Jarrod Bowen, Bukayo Saka and James Ward-Prowse completing the star-studded list of nominees.

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Salah broke his six-game duck for goals from open play in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Manchester United on April 19 and now has 22 Premier League goals to his name this season.

However, the Egyptian has failed to score since, meaning he only leads Son by one goal.

The Tottenham forward extended his haul to 21 in the 3-0 win over Arsenal in the north London derby on Thursday evening, and has his sights set on winning the Premier League Golden Boot for the first time.

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Meanwhile, Alexander-Arnold and Cancelo have continued to reinvent the traditional full-back role, frequently drifting infield and registering league-high numbers for creating goals and passing in advanced areas.

Saka bounced back from penalty heartbreak with England in the Euro 2020 final against Italy to have his most prolific season for Arsenal in the Premier League, with 11 goals and six assists.

Bowen has been firmly knocking on the door for an England call-up with his performances for West Ham this season, becoming only one of three players to register 10 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League.

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Southampton captain Ward-Prowse has shrugged off the disappointment of being omitted from the Euro 2020 squad and continued to deliver consistent performances for the Saints this season.

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The 27-year-old has scored four free-kicks this season, taking his Premier League total to 14, which is just four off David Beckham’s record of 18.

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The winner will be decided by a public online vote, which closes on May 16 at 6pm. You can vote here.

 

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FA Cup: UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson Hits Back At Liverpool Manager Over Comment

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UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has hit back at Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, for his remarks about the Reds’ fans booing the national anthem.

Before Liverpool’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, the Reds’ supporters jeered Prince Williams, Duke of Cambridge, as he shook hands with the players.

The fans later booed the English national anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’, along with the traditional Christian hymn ‘Abide with Me’.

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However, Klopp had no worries about the supporters who were involved.

The German gaffer said, as reported by the Express: “The majority of our support are wonderful people. They would not do it if there was no reason. I have not been here long enough to understand the reason for it – it’s for sure something historical – and that’s probably questions you can answer much better than I could ever. They would not do it without reason.”

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But Johnson, via his spokesperson, was quick to rubbish Klopp’s comments, insisting that there is no reason to boo the national anthem, adding that it was a great shame.

The official spokesperson was quoted by Sportskeeda as saying: “Obviously what happened over the weekend, it was a great shame that as we were marking 150 years of the FA Cup bringing people together, a small minority chose to act like that.”

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10 Top Players Changing Clubs Ahead Of Next Season

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The football league season across Europe ends in this month of May, and as the tradition is, players who are out of contract and have refused to renew, either their decision or that of the club, will seek football action somewhere else.

Vanguard takes a look at 10 top players who will be heading to a new club and where their destination would likely be.

Erling Haaland

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Haaland will join Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund ahead of the 2022/2023. The Norweigean bade farewell to Dortmund’s supporters over the weekend and is set for the new challenge with Pep Guardiola’s side.

The 21-year-old forward shot in prominence when he scored nine times for Norway in their 2019 Under-20s World Cup campaign.

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Luiz Suarez

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Suarez announced his exit from Atletico Madrid yesterday after a 1-1 draw with Sevilla to end his two years stay at the club.

He posted an emotional Instagram reel after the game on the Wanda Metropolitano pitch with his family and wrote: “Eternally grateful to one by one of the fans for the affection, one by one of the workers of the @atleticodemadrid for the affection of the day to day and my family that always accompanied me!

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Paul Pogba

Pogba will leave Manchester United for the second time with Juventus most likely his destination. The Frenchman has had one of his most difficult seasons, managing to find the back of the net just once. He refused to sign a contract extension that will keep him at the club after his 2022 contract expiration date.

Toni Rudiger

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Thomas Tuchel confirmed that Rudiger will leave Chelsea at the end of the season. The Germany defender will join up with Real Madrid after failing to agree a new deal. Rudiger, 29, was offered a new contract worth more than £200,000 a week, which would have made him the best-paid defender in the club’s history.

Lorenzo Insigne

A tearful Insigne said his goodbyes on Saturday in his final match in a Napoli jersey at the Stadio Maradona. His teammates fanned out to give him a guard of honour before he delivered his emotional farewell speech. He is headed for the MLS where he will join Toronto FC.

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Giorgio Chiellini

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Chiellini confirmed he will leave Juventus at the end of the season.

The 37-year-old, who is third on Juventus’ all-time appearances list behind Alessandro Del Piero and Gianluigi Buffon, made the announcement after his side lost 4-2 to Inter Milan in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia final.

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Chiellini inspired the Italian national team to their first continental title in over five decades. He is yet to reveal his next club.

Reports suggest that Chiellini will join Los Angeles FC as both parties are close to reaching an agreement, with the player eager to enjoy an experience in Major League Soccer before hanging his boots.

Andreas Christensen

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Chelsea defender is set for a move to Barcelona at the end of the season. The Dane according to reports, stood himself down from selection for Chelsea’s FA Cup final despite not being injured.

Christensen, 26, has been at the club since 2013 and even went on loan to Borussia Mönchengladbach between 2015-2017.

Ben Foster

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Foster confirmed he will leave Watford at the end of the season after the club was relegated from the Premier League – the second time in three seasons.

Foster who has played in several Premier League teams joined Watford in 2018.

Ivan Perisic

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The Croat will leave Inter Milan at the end of the Serie A season and has agreed a deal to move to Chelsea according to reports.

Perisic’s who is 33 has been a regular in the Inter side – scoring seven goals and getting six assists to keep his side in title contention.

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Paulo Dybala

Dybala confirmed he will leave Juventus at the end of the season with a farewell message. The Argentine in the message said Juve’s game against Lazio on Monday will be his last for the club.

 

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Full List: Super Falcons Invite Oparanozie, Oshoala, 30 Others To AFCON Camp

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Head Coach Randy Waldrum has invited 32 players to the camp of the Super Falcons as the Cup holders get set for a two-week training camp in Morocco ahead of the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations holding from July 2 to 23.

Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defender and captain Onome Ebi, midfielders Rasheedat Ajibade and Toni Payne, and forwards Francisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala are among those called to the two-week intensive training programme.

The Nigeria Football Federation in a statement said that the training camp would start on June 18 in the North African kingdom, with all players already advised to arrive in Rabat on June 17.

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Nine –time champions Nigeria will play in Group C of the 12-team tournament alongside South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, Botswana and Burundi. Nigeria’s first match of the competition, at which Africa’s four flagbearers to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will emerge, is against the Banyana at the Complexe Sportif Prince Abdellah in Rabat on 4th July.

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SUPER FALCONS FOR TRAINING CAMP IN MOROCCO:

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Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Rita Akarekor (Nasarawa Amazons); Yewande Balogun (Coppermine United, USA)

Defenders: Opeyemi Sunday (Edo Queens); Glory Ogbonna (Santa Teresa FC, Spain); Onome Ebi (En Avant Guingamp, France); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ugochi Emenayo (Konak Belediyespor Izmir, Turkey); Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City, England); Nicole Payne (West Virginia University, USA); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens)

Midfielders: Peace Efih (Kiryat Gat, Israel); Amanda Uju Mbadi (Atasehir Belediyespor, Turkey); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Charity Adule (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Toni Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Suliat Abideen (Edo Queens)

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Forwards: Anam Imo (Pitea IF, Sweden); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Desire Oparanozie (Wuhan Chegu Jianghan, China); Vivian Ikechukwu (WFC Gintra, Lithuania); Chinonyerem Macleans (GSK Gornik Leczna, Poland); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Meizhou Hakka Club, China); Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ Gotham FC, USA); Uchenna Kanu (Tigres Femenil, Mexico); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain)

PUNCH.

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