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Wigan Agree Fee with Bursaspor for Scott Carson

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Wigan Agree Fee with Bursaspor for Scott Carson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Scott Carson, currently playing for Turkish side Bursaspor, looks set to sign for newly-relegated Championship side Wigan Athletic. The Lactics have reportedly agreed a fee with Bursaspor for the ex-West Brom goalkeeper said to be around £700K.

England – Who to take to Euro 2012?

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Having just defeated the World Cup holders, Spain, and then Sweden, their bete noire (Sweden were undefeated against England for almost half a century, until Tuesday evening), England have gone nine matches without defeat. Fortunes are good, expectations are up, possibilities are endless. England beat Spain without Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and Steven Gerrard and then they beat Sweden with Bobby Zamora, Stewart Downing and Theo Walcott in attack and Jack Rodwell and Phil Jones in midfield.

Spain focus on winning, England stay distracted

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Spain focus on winning, England stay distracted

ANOTHER international break – another weekend to find something else to do. No live Premier League games, no Match of the Day, no Sunday papers full of match reports and laughable opinions about your club. It's like summer, with less daylight and even less rain.

Who will Capello bring next summer?

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With England's ticket to the 2012 European Championships now booked, Fabio Capello's thoughts will be away from the colder temperature and focused on his 23 man squad selection for the tournament next summer.

The question of who to take, and who to leave out, always excites a media frenzy, with the age-old debates of club form, age, and experience brought out to trump up heroes or tear down villains.

The Most Over-Rated Premier League Players

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I don't know about anyone else, but it kinda frustrates me when I watch football matches in the Premier League and I hear commentators and the like praising a player or stating how important he is... yet in my opinion that said player is actually massively over-rated, and rarely contributes much to a game at all.

BBC: West Brom looking at former Manchester United keeper

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Birmingham City keeper Ben Foster could be making his way back to the Premier League if a BBC report is correct.

West Brom is looking for a keeper after Scott Carson left and manager Roy Hodgson is thought to favor bringing in the former Manchester United backstop.

The Blues were unable to stay in the Premier League last season with Foster as their keeper, but they did manage a Carling Cup title.

Bursaspor sign West Brom keeper Carson

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West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson has joined Turkish club Bursaspor for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club announced on Friday.

Carson Leaves Baggies For Turkey

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England international keeper Scott Carson (25) has left West Brom for Turkish Champions Bursaspor for an un-disclosed fee.

West Brom have already set their sights on a replacement in former Baggies keeper Tomasz Kuszchak (29) who has fallen down the United pecking order following the club's signing of David De Gea.

Keeper catastrophe not down to Capello cock-ups

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Fabio Capello's fall from grace in the eyes of the English public since the 2010 world cup has been almost as hyped as his team's chances for the same tournament. One of the main problems journalists have cunningly picked up is his lack of communication skills due to his sub-standard grasp of the language.

Midweek Barn Door Team

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One Carlos Tevez (and two goals) forced a barn door re-think on my part. That's not entirely true. Your comments and a viewing of the Premier League Review Show also "helped". I had to grab Carlito. I'm not convinced he'll play at Bolton, but I wanted the option. So out went Ba and Hennessey with Carson coming in as an enabling keeper.

West Brom 1-3 Chelsea: Drogba Inspired!.

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After a disappointing result in midweek against United, Chelsea needed a good performance and a win against West Brom on Saturday. As I said in my match preview beforehand, our hosts had been on an impressive run and were unbeaten since February so it was going to be no easy game. However, Chelsea put in a good performance inspired by Didier Drogba who had a hand in each of our goals.

Roy Hodgson

Hart Key to Euro Hopes

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Roy Hodgson admits goalkeeper, Joe Hart, is crucial to England's hopes at Euro 2012, and believes he can help build confidence in the camp.
Hart played a pivotal role in Manchester City's title triumph, last term, and has been an England regular over the past couple of years.
He will be between the posts in England's opener against France, in Donetsk, on Monday, and will need to be at his best to repel a potent frontline.

Bookmakers Take Over England Team

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A Scotsman and a Dutchman react to the news that Roy Hodgson is the new England manager

As England have decided to continue to fail miserably with the appointment of Roy Hodgson, we have decided to bring up this post (originally blogged on April 8th this year).

Bookmakers To Take Over England Team

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As England have decided to continue to fail miserably with the potential appointment of Roy Hodgson, we have decided to bring up this post (originally blogged on April 8th this year).

You were warned...
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So Roy Hodgson wants the England job: "I could quite easily say there should be a clause in the [West Brom] contract that, if someone else wants me, compensation can be agreed.

What An Incredible Fluke XXVI!

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So Roy Hodgson wants the England job: "I could quite easily say there should be a clause in the [West Brom] contract that, if someone else wants me, compensation can be agreed."

This is not a good idea for England...
... it is only marginally better than appointing 'Onest 'Arry to the post.

Match Report: West Brom 2 - 1 Liverpool

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Chris Brunt's second-half penalty double enabled West Brom to win the battle of Liverpool managers past and present at The Hawthorns.
Current Reds manager Kenny Dalglish saw Martin Skrtel head his side in front five minutes into the second half.
But his predecessor, Roy Hodgson, was indebted to Brunt for initially levelling matters from the spot and then scoring the 88th-minute winner.

Gareth Barry

England Squad For February 29, 2012 Friendly Against The Netherlands

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England Squad For February 29, 2012 Friendly Against The Netherlands - The 90th Minute Soccer Blog

Interim England manager Stuart Pearce has called up 25 players for an upcoming friendly against Holland. The list of players, who were named last Thursday, is now down to four because of several injuries.

Stuart Pearce Drops Rio And Lamps For Holland game

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Stuart Pearce has named his England squad for next week's game with the Netherlands at Wembley with striker Fraizer Campbell a shock call-up.

Pearce, acting as caretaker manager for this match, picked the in-form Sunderland forward whose first senior inclusion caps a remarkable turnaround following a spate of injuries.

Stuart Pearce Selects England Squad For Holland Friendly – Surprise Call-Ups For Micah Richards And Frazier Campbell

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By Chris Wright

"Kids and Psychos love them so..."

Interim England manager Stuart Pearce has just announced his 25-man squad for the Holland friendly at Wembley next Wednesday a squad that sees a couple of surprise call-ups handed out to Micah Richards and Frazier Campbell.

Sunderland’s Fraizer Campbell named in Stuart Peace’s England squad

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No room for big Joe Lewis. Goalkeepers: Scott Carson (Bursaspor), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Robert Green (West Ham United). Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Manchester City), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Top five conclusions: England 1-0 Sweden

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1. 1-0 to the Eng-ger-land. Who said the defensive approach was just for the Spain game? Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry and Phil Jones in midfield. Now if we could just replace Theo Walcott and Stewart Downing with Scott Parker and Lee Cattermole to add a bit more stability. 2. Hopefully the goal will be given [.

No Ferdinand Or Gerrard In England Squad

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England will head into their Euro 2012 showdown with Montenegro without two of their most experienced players after Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard were both left out of Fabio Capello's squad.

The Three Lions need a draw in Podgorica on Friday to book their place at next summer's European Championship finals, and Capello has decided they can achieve that mission without two men who have amassed a combined total of 167 caps.

Zamora and Bent must start for England against Switzerland

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Bobby Zamora fully deserves his call-up to the England squad for the UEFA EURO 2012 Qualifying game against Switzerland, with the Fulham man registering a superior minutes per goal rate in the 2010/11 Premier League to any of the other forwards in Fabio Capello's latest squad.

Zamora has endured an injury-hit season, but in his limited playing time he netted five goals, one more than Spur striker Peter Crouch, despite a more substantial playing time.

England’s squad for Switzerland qualifier announced

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Fabio Capello has revealed his original 26 man squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on the 4th June with Bobby Zamora earning an England call-up after a string of impressive performances, including his double against Arsenal in a 2-2 draw this weekend. Wayne Rooney's suspension rules him out of the qualifier and Fulham striker Zamora is called up in the forwards along with Sunderland striker Darren Bent and Tottenham strikers Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe.

Ben Foster

QPR Report Saturday: WBA Paddy Kenny Interest?...QPR Historic Plaque Unveiling...London Masters...Shittu Signs

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Under-21 Euro 2011: Players To Watch

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Under-21 Euro 2011: Players To Watch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With no senior tournament for Europe this summer, it is the chance for the next generation to shine. Here are eleven youngsters hoping to catch the eye at the forth coming 2011 Under 21 European Championships in Denmark.

Transfer Targets: Goalkeepers

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While Harry may feel that Spurs are only a couple of players away from being a top four side again, many fans and TV pundits think that one extra player is needed in all areas of the pitch – goalkeeper, defence, midfield and attack.

For the rest of this week we'll take a look at some of the names available and try to work out who the club should sign to get us back in the Champions League running.

Choosing your goalkeeper

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David Stockdale's been on twitter saying more or less what he's thinking, e.g. I want to play first team football. Whether this is the correct medium for the message, and what he accomplishes by making these comments is a debate for another day, but there they are: Stockdale wants to play.

The problem is big, yellow and Australian.

Newcastle United

When Transfers Go Wrong: 11 Players The Premier League Will Never Forget

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When Transfers Go Wrong: 11 Players The Premier League Will Never Forget - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United and Liverpool have both be criticised for over paying for players, however, what about those clubs that got it totally wrong? Here are 11 of the worst signings from recent Premier League history.

Newcastle United v West Brom match highlights and post match interviews.

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Match highlights. I shall endeavour to update these with longer and better ones when they are available. Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Ryan Taylor, Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie, Shane Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Ranger, Soderberg, LuaLua, Tavernier, Kuqi, Smith, Best.

Tottenham Hotspur

Two-Gamers

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With Carson (@Wolves) enabling. Thoughts from the crowd?


Spurs looking to signings to shore up defence

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For the time being at least, transfer gossip is turning away from Spurs' need for new strikers and looking at the issues in our defence. Injuries to Kaboul, Corluka and briefly Gallas have highlighted the problems in having two long term victims such as King and Woodgate in the squad. Irrespective of the club's plans for those two, it seems likely that Harry will move for at least one new defender in the summer.

The Rest

The 200% Football League Pre-Season: The Championship

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Slightly later than planned (due to a unexpected broadband outage), here is the final Football League preview. Again, it isn't meant to be comprehensive (it would be four times the size and a lot duller to read if it were), more informative, and concentrating on permanent signings, rather than loan signings, departures and loans that have become permanent.

Oranje Wednesdays: McClaren magic returns at FC Twente

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Oranje Wednesdays: McClaren magic returns at FC Twente is a post from: Just Football

Wednesday is your new day for Dutch football on Just Football. Bookmark it, dust down the fluorescent orange wig and dig out the classic retro Cruyff shirt. We start with an analysis of FC Twente.

Where do Town go from here?

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The Ipswich Town team seemed to take a while to come out of the dressing room on Saturday evening: what do you think Paul Jewell was saying?

If you were him, what on earth would you have said?

Having not made it to Portman Road this season, this weekend was the first chance I've had to see the rapidly self-destructing side for myself.

Friday Trading

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In my infinite capacity to mess with a good thing, and in clear violation of the fantasy rules, I've made the following trades today: Howard to Carson. I don't trust any of the cheaper keepers, but West Brom is coming off a six-match unbeaten streak. They are on the road against a Sunderland team in dire form and may see this match as their last chance for points for a while with Chelsea and @