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England coach Sarina Wiegman has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss tonight's game against Northern Ireland
England coach Sarina Wiegman has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss tonight's game against Northern Ireland

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Wiegman to miss England clash

England will be without head coach Sarina Wiegman for their final Women's Euro 2022 Group A encounter tonight after she tested positive for coronavirus.

The Lionesses take on Northern Ireland at St Mary's looking to make it three wins from three in front of a sell-out crowd.

But they will do so without their head coach after her positive test, with assistant Arjan Veurink taking the reins.

An FA statement confirmed: "England head coach Sarina Wiegman has tested positive for Covid-19 and will undertake a period of recovery at the squad’s base camp. 

"Assistant coach Arjan Veurink will lead the team for tonight’s fixture against Northern Ireland. 

"Wiegman will remain in remote contact with the players and technical staff and will be monitored regularly with a view to returning to all elements of her role as soon as possible."

Gallagher ready for Blues breakthrough

Conor Gallagher will look to make the grade in the Chelsea first team in 2022-23
Conor Gallagher will look to make the grade in the Chelsea first team in 2022-23

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher feels he is finally ready to make his breakthrough at the club after being given assurances by manager Thomas Tuchel.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a superb season on loan at Crystal Palace in 2021-22 which saw him earn his first senior England caps.

But while the Cobham academy graduate is yet to make his first-team bow for the Blues, he is determined to make himself a key man next term as he targets a World Cup spot later this year.

He told BBC Sport: "I feel like this is the season.

"I've been a Chelsea fan my whole life, my family have, it's been a dream to play [for Chelsea] but I want to try and impress, and play as much football as I can and affect the game when I'm on the pitch.

"[Tuchel] said he wants me to be part of the squad and to prove myself in pre-season, so that's the plan. I'm happy with that and just willing to work as hard as I can to prove to him that I can play for Chelsea.

"It's what I wanted to hear, it was a nice phone call that we had and it gave me a clear plan of pre-season and where I'm going to be. It was great to hear."

Forest sign Hennessey

Wales international Wayne Hennessey has joined Nottingham Forest
Wales international Wayne Hennessey has joined Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey from Burnley.

The Wales international has signed a two-year deal at the City Ground as he looks to keep him himself fighting fit ahead of the World Cup in Qatar this winter.

Hennessey, 35, brings a vast amount of Premier League experience to the newly-promoted side having made 183 top-flight appearances across spells at Wolves, Crystal Palace and the Clarets.

He will likely play back-up between the sticks to Dean Henderson, who has joined on loan from Manchester United.

Hennessey said: "I’ve come up against Forest a lot in the past and it’s a fantastic club. There’s a great fanbase and the atmosphere at the City Ground is up there with the best in the game. It’ll be a different level now that we’re back in the Premier League.

"I have also played with and against a few of the Forest players. It’s a very exciting time to come on board and I can’t wait to get involved and start training here at the Nigel Doughty Academy."

Euro 2022 breaks record

A total of 248,075 fans have already attended Women's Euro 2022 in England
A total of 248,075 fans have already attended Women's Euro 2022 in England

Euro 2022 is already the most attended Women’s European Championship ever despite it still being the group stage.

The 8,173 fans who watched France beat Belgium 2-1 in Rotherham took the total for the tournament to 248,075 people.

That is already the more than the previous 240,055 total supporters who attended Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.

With 15 games remaining, including an expected record crowd at Wembley for the final, that figure is set to be shattered in the coming weeks.

England’s Euro 2022 opener against Austria was attended by a record-breaking 68,871 fans, which is over 27,000 clear of the previous best when Germany beat Norway in the 2013 final in Sweden.

Blatter: I’m back

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was cleared of fraud last week
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter was cleared of fraud last week

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has declared ‘I’m back’ after being found not guilty of fraud following a trial in Switzerland.

Blatter and former vice-president Michel Platini were cleared of wrongdoing after they stood trial over a £1.6million payment made between the pair in 2011.

Both were banned from football in 2015 and indicted last November but after being cleared of the charges, Blatter has suggested he may return to the game.

The 86-year-old wrote on Twitter: "Hello my friends, I'm back, still going strong, seven years of lies have ended. 

"Now the game is again in the right direction. Or as Michel Platini puts it: 'You will hear from us again'. I wish you a great weekend."

Bees to reopen academy

Brentford will reopen their academy for the 2022-23 season
Brentford will reopen their academy for the 2022-23 season

Brentford have been granted a license to reopen their academy after a Premier League dictated that every club must operate one by the start of the 2024-25 season.

The Bees closed their previous academy in 2016 to instead operate with a B-team model featuring players between age 17-21, a move which proved highly successful for the club’s fortunes.

But after top-flight clubs voted that all clubs must operate one at category three or higher, their new development centre will now feed into the current B-team.

Director of football Matthew Giles said: "Having closed the academy once before, I want to be clear that we have no intentions of re-opening an academy with any thought that it should be closed again at any time in future. 

"We want our new academy to complement and enhance our B-team programme, which we are confident will remain the best way that we can bridge the gap between academy and Premier League football.

"We will be committed to running the best academy that we can. 

"In particular, we will put the welfare of the young people who attend our academy at the forefront of our plans, with every academy graduate benefitting from the experiences they gain from their time with Brentford, whether they eventually become a professional footballer or not."

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