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Feb 12, 2015

Hodgson hints Kane and Ings are set for England call-up

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Burnley’s Danny Ings are set to be called up by England for the first time when manager Roy Hodgson names his squad next month for internationals against Lithuania and Italy.

Hodgson, holding a media briefing on Thursday, was full of praise for both players, who have impressed him with a series of outstanding performances for their clubs, and gave the strongest indication that they would be called up.

Feb 12, 2015

Soccer-Hodgson hints Kane and Ings are set for England call-up

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Burnley’s Danny Ings are set to be called up by England for the first time when manager Roy Hodgson names his squad next month for internationals against Lithuania and Italy.

Hodgson, holding a media briefing on Thursday, was full of praise for both players, who have impressed him with a series of outstanding performances for their clubs, and gave the strongest indication that they would be called up.

Feb 11, 2015

Bedford hopes Premier League keeps grassroots promise

LONDON (Reuters) – Former 10,000 metres world record holder David Bedford knows all about competing at the highest level of elite sport, and also about life in the less than glamorous world of English non-league soccer.

As a director of north London part-timers Hendon FC, who play in the premier division of the Isthmian League, the seventh tier of the pyramid, he is not exactly rubbing his hands in gleeful expectation at the prospect of thousands of pounds landing on Hendon’s doorstep any day soon.

Feb 11, 2015

Soccer-Bedford hopes Premier League keeps grassroots promise

LONDON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Former 10,000 metres world record holder David Bedford knows all about competing at the highest level of elite sport, and also about life in the less than glamorous world of English non-league soccer.

As a director of north London part-timers Hendon FC, who play in the premier division of the Isthmian League, the seventh tier of the pyramid, he is not exactly rubbing his hands in gleeful expectation at the prospect of thousands of pounds landing on Hendon’s doorstep any day soon.

Feb 11, 2015

Politicians fume after Premier League chief’s wage remarks

LONDON (Reuters) – Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore was criticised on Wednesday for saying he saw no problem with clubs paying staff the minimum wage after the league sold its British TV rights for 5.1 billion pounds ($7.80 billion).

He also said the Premier League was a “success story” and not a charity following demands from politicians calling for more money from the sale of the rights to reduce ticket prices, invest in grassroots football and pay staff a living wage.

Feb 11, 2015

Soccer-Politicians fume after Premier League chief’s wage remarks

LONDON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore was criticised on Wednesday for saying he saw no problem with clubs paying staff the minimum wage after the league sold its British TV rights for 5.1 billion pounds ($7.80 billion).

He also said the Premier League was a “success story” and not a charity following demands from politicians calling for more money from the sale of the rights to reduce ticket prices, invest in grassroots football and pay staff a living wage.

Feb 9, 2015

Prince Ali, UEFA react to claims of “doctored” FIFA report

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and European soccer’s governing body UEFA reacted strongly on Monday to suggestions a FIFA report into corruption was “doctored” in favour of president Sepp Blatter last year.

German magazine Der Spiegel alleged on Saturday that FIFA officials altered references to Blatter in a draft presented by investigator Mark Pieth at the conclusion of his report.

Feb 9, 2015

Soccer-Prince Ali, UEFA react to claims of “doctored” FIFA report

LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and European soccer’s governing body UEFA reacted strongly on Monday to suggestions a FIFA report into corruption was “doctored” in favour of president Sepp Blatter last year.

German magazine Der Spiegel alleged on Saturday that FIFA officials altered references to Blatter in a draft presented by investigator Mark Pieth at the conclusion of his report.

Feb 9, 2015

Man City cannot afford any more slip-ups, says Milner

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City’s chances of winning the Premier League title for the third time in four seasons will almost certainly end if they lose at Stoke City and Chelsea beat Everton on Wednesday.

The gap between the leaders and the champions widened to seven points on Saturday when Chelsea won 2-1 at Aston Villa and City drew at home with Hull City, needing a stoppage-time free kick from James Milner to grab a point from a 1-1 draw.

Feb 9, 2015

Soccer-Man City cannot afford any more slip-ups, says Milner

LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Manchester City’s chances of winning the Premier League title for the third time in four seasons will almost certainly end if they lose at Stoke City and Chelsea beat Everton on Wednesday.

The gap between the leaders and the champions widened to seven points on Saturday when Chelsea won 2-1 at Aston Villa and City drew at home with Hull City, needing a stoppage-time free kick from James Milner to grab a point from a 1-1 draw.