Ollie Robinson says he can succeed ‘role model’ James Anderson when England seamer retires

England prospect Ollie Robinson says fellow seamer James Anderson has been a “role model” for him – and that he hopes to take the 37-year-old’s Test place when he eventually retires.

Sussex paceman Robinson has been named in England’s 55-man back-to-training group for the summer, after taking 137 wickets across the last two seasons in County Championship Division Two.

The 26-year-old worked with Anderson – England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker – at a bowling camp in South Africa in late 2019 and says the veteran’s work ethic has inspired him.

“Being with Jimmy in South Africa this winter showed me a new way forward, seeing someone at the top of their game and how hard they still work,” Robinson told Sky Sports News.

“I think most English bowlers around the country look up to Jimmy – he has taken that many wickets and played for that many years that it’s hard to look past that.

“He’s definitely someone I look at as a role model and hopefully in the future I can almost take his place and fill the void. That’s definitely what I am aiming for.

“Ever since I started I have wanted to play Test cricket for England so the goal is red-ball cricket for me and my stats lean more that way as well.

“It’s very pleasing to get the nod – it’s something I have been working hard for for a few years. It’s always nice to get the recognition especially after a good couple of years in county cricket.”

Robinson’s stellar domestic form, including 63 scalps at 16.44 for Sussex in the 2019 Championship, saw him travel to Australia with England Lions this winter.

Australia was a really good tour for me and the group and we were raring to go so it’s a shame we haven’t been able to play cricket and push on ever further. Bowling the ball for the dog is not quite the same!

Ollie Robinson

The seamer picked up seven wickets in the match at the MCG as the Lions recorded a first-ever win over Australia A – but has now not bowled competitively since March due to the coronavirus lockdown, although he has returned to individual training at Hove.

“After having 10 weeks off as a bowler it is quite challenging getting the workload back in quickly. It will take time,” added Robinson, who also revealed when he may be able to test himself against batsmen in the nets.

“I bowled 16 overs last week and my body felt quite good so hopefully it only takes a couple of weeks [to regain peak fitness] and then it’s about maintaining that and hoping the body stays good for a long period of time.

“We had a chat on Zoom, about 60 of us, setting out each phase [of England’s back-to-training programme].

I have two sets of stumps, six balls and my own markers. No one is allowed to touch any of my kit – it’s almost like you are your own coach. But it’s just nice to be back bowling and back outside

Ollie Robinson

“I think it was three weeks on your own and then, Government-permitting, training in small groups, so the Sussex lads can join up with the Kent boys or the Surrey lads and do a bit of bat and ball.

“I think England are going to pick a smaller squad in five weeks and hopefully I will be involved in that.”

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Arsenal news LIVE:

ARSENAL fans are eager to see their team in action once again as Project Restart draws nearer.

It's just over a fortnight until the Gunners are set to face Man City on June 17, while we've also the very latest on their approach for Ryan Fraser.

Follow all the latest updates from North London below…

  • CRY NO MOUR

    Jose Mourinho has told players worried about the season restarting to stop being selfish and get on with it.

    The Tottenham boss admitted last week he was worried about players getting injured by the rush to resume the campaign.

    But after the Government gave the green light for the Premier League to return on June 17, the Special One seems to have changed his mind.

    He said: “We shouldn’t be selfish, we shouldn’t demand too much. It’s our time to give.

    “Everyone has pre-season injuries in normal seasons so we cannot expect now not to have an injury here and there.

    “We cannot ask for more than the authorities are giving us, which is maximum security.

    “I think now it’s time just to play and to give people what they want.”

  • HOOPLESS WITHOUT IT

    Tony Cascarino reckons Arsenal need a Michael Jordan-type character to get the best out of Mesut Ozil.

    He said on TalkSPORT: “You have to be real on this, because when you pay someone a huge indifferent salary compared to everyone else at a football club, he has to make the difference on the field.

    “So that’s going to come with criticism, as much as you might think it’s unfair and some people think it’s bullying, it carries a price.

    “When you watch The Last Dance and you see how Michael Jordan got more out of a player, you sort of think you wish Arsenal had that type of player to get more out of Mesut Ozil.

    “Not just the manager, but a player sitting next to him in the dressing room who might be thinking you’re not doing enough.”

  • GUNNERS ROUND-UP

    After another busy week of preparation, it now looks likely that the Premier League will be returning on June 17.

    Arsenal will face Man City on that date, knowing that three points would take them above North London rivals Spurs into eighth place.

    In the transfer market, Ryan Fraser’s move to the Emirates has moved a step closer after he signed up with Mikel Arteta’s agent, according to the Mirror.

    The Bournemouth winger has left long-term representative Jon McLeish and will become a free agent on July 1.

    Arsenal are confident of landing the left winger, who had 15 assists and eight goals last season, on a Bosman.

    In the long-running Thomas Partey saga, the Gunners are reportedly still the side “most interested” in signing the Atletico Madrid star.

    Partey has been repeatedly linked with a move to North London but talks surrounding a deal appear to have been pushed back by the outbreak of Covid-19.

    Spanish media outlet AS suggest that before the coronavirus crisis, the Gunners and boss Mikel Arteta were ready to stump up the money for the 26-year-old's release clause.

    And finally, TalkSport host Georgie Bingham has labelled the decision to give Mesut Ozil £350,000-per-week as Arsenal's 'biggest mistake of the last 10 years'.

    She said: “Listen, nobody’s career can be all flowers and rainbows and I realise that and I think Ozil has had a really tough time.

    “I also think there are times when he gets hung out for no reason. But I also think it is Arsenal’s biggest mistake of the last 10 years.

    “I think Arsenal were really stupid handing it out and it’s something that we beat them with.”

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Tom Brady Is Selling His Custom Cadillac Escalade — with 2 TV Screens and Internet — for $300,000

Tom Brady’s Cadillac is certainly a step up from the usual findings in a used car lot.

The car, a 2018 stretched Cadillac Escalade ESV, is being listed for $300,000 by the California-based Becker Automotive Design, the same company that customized the vehicle to Brady’s specifications.

“Parting ways with my Becker ESV won’t be easy,” the football star, 42, wrote on the listing. “From day one it became my sanctuary from the outside noise. I took pride in picking out all the customizations of the ESV; from the trim of the seats to the color of the rug.”

With a 32-inch LCD screen, an additional 12-inch screen, aviation-style folding tables, Savant-controlled A/V system and a high-end internet router, the car is being sold as a “mobile office.”


In addition to the electronic outfittings, the interior of Brady’s car includes two beige-leather electric reclining seats with electric leg rests built into the floor. Brand new, the Cadillac cost $350,000. It now has 13,000 miles on it.

“With such limited time in my busy schedule the ESV gave me those extra minutes to study my playbook, make phone calls and be with my family,” the quarterback, 42, said. “Immediately my productivity went up and my stress came down.”

The father of three continued, “I hope the next owner will take great care of her; she will always be a part of the Brady family.”

Brady just relocated to Tampa after leaving the New England Patriots behind following 20 seasons and joining the Buccaneers.

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3pm Man Utd news LIVE: Bale transfer bid revealed, Pogba trains with Fernandes, Sancho LATEST, Ighalo deal ‘close’ – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are pressing on with training as the fans move a step closer to seeing an iconic midfield partnership of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

But the French World Cup winner may not be at Old Trafford much longer with Real Madrid back in the hunt for his signature.

Get all the Red Devils news, updates and gossip here…

  • AXEL TO GRIND

    Luke Shaw has named the Manchester United youngster you simply cannot get out the gym.

    Axel Tuanzebe, on this evidence, not a bad pick…

  • BREAKING: PROJECT RESTART ON TRACK

    The Premier League is set to return on 17 June with Manchester City hosting Arsenal and Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United.

    Project Restart has been handed a huge boost after talks between the 20 clubs were held today.

    It is understood that the “majority” of Premier League clubs are keen to get the ball rolling next month.

    The initial plan was for football to return on Friday June 12 – but it is now expected to be delayed by just under one week.

    Players need more time to get back to match fitness to avoid the risk of injuries.

    But the four clubs with games in hand, due to the Carabao Cup final, are preparing for a midweek start before the full resumption days later.

  • DUTCH DYNAMO

    Over 250 games, four Premier League titles, a League Cup, Club World Cup and a Champions League.

    Not bad for a 34-year-old costing £2million!

    Edwin van der Sar retired on this day, nine years ago.

  • PO-PO A GO-GO

    Police in England have reportedly given the green light for MOST Premier League games taking place at regular venues.

    Neutral grounds were touted as a major part of Project Restart but were met with fierce opposition from several teams.

    The Mail now reports that police are happy for games to be held across the country, in each of the 20 grounds.

    Yet they still hold reservations over a small number of high-profile matches that could still attract fans to gather outside the ground – breaking coronavirus restrictions.

  • OD MOVE

    Manchester United’s £140million loan has boosted their chances of signing some big names this summer.

    But Paul Pogba has been heavily linked with a move away from the club after making just seven league appearances this season.

    Solskjaer has confirmed Pogba is fit to play when football returns and he has been pictured at Carrington this week.

    Real Madrid have reportedly offered United four big-name stars in a swap deal for the French World Cup winner.

    Martin Odegaard, James Rodriguez, Lucas Vasquez and former Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz will be included.

    And SunSport’s Joseph Miles has put together a tantalising sneak preview of what such a United line-up might look like – if the deal goes through…

  • MONEYBALL

    Latest figures released by financial giant KPMG have Manchester United chasing the coattails of the world’s most valuable club.

    Worth £2.95billion, Real Madrid are just ahead of Manchester United in second – at £2.84bn.

    Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool make up the top five with the Premier League leaders rising two places since the previous valuations.

    Manchester City are followed by Chelsea in seventh place, falling behind the Reds at a decreased value of £1.88bn.

    Tottenham jump up to eighth and Paris Saint-Germain are next.

    Hanging on in the top ten, Arsenal’s worth fell 13.2 per cent and is now rated at £1.57bn.

  • ODS ON

    Odion Ighalo has reportedly urged parent club Shanghai Shenhua to let him stay at Manchester United on loan until the campaign is concluded.

    The 30-year-old's spell at Old Trafford is set to come to an end on Sunday unless the Chinese club and the Red Devils can come to an arrangement.

    He is desperate to see out the season with United as he knows this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent the team he loves.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, such is his desire to remain at the Theatre of Dreams, Ighalo has made a personal plea to Shanghai to let him remain in England.

    Shanghai are believed to only be willing to discuss terms on a permanent transfer or a loan with an obligation to buy for £20million, but United are seeking only an extension.

  • MERCS OF THE JOB

    Marcus Rashford arrived at Manchester United's training ground in his new £150,000 custom Mercedes-AMG G63 this morning – and it looks like a TANK.

    The England star, 22, cruised into Carrington in his incredible new ride – which can do 0-60mph in just 4.5 seconds.

    The 4.0-litre V-8 engine in Rashford's new wheels brings with it a staggering 577 horsepower.

    The car starts at around £140,000 – but that's before all the upgrades and custom features.

    As well as the usual fittings, the Man Utd star's bonnet is customised, as well as featuring a camo-style paint job.

  • GAAL-ING

    Louis van Gaal has opened up on the difficulty he had in bringing in the players he wanted to Manchester United.

    Speaking to Voetbal International, the Dutchman recalled how clubs charged the Red Devils a premium at a time they desperately needed a squad overhaul.

    He said: “Manchester United did not have the qualities to become champions and had an outdated selection with ten players over thirty, five over 35.

    “So I told them I was going to rejuvenate and which players should come. I didn’t get one of those.

    “Then you end up in a different segment and as a coach you have to push your boundaries. You don’t expect that at the richest club in the world. A turnover of £600million and can’t buy the players you need.

    “You should buy number one and not number seven. Of course, the selling club also thinks, ‘If you are so rich, you also have to pay the highest amount imaginable for a player’.

    “That was what happened with transfers. Then you have to do with the numbers seven or eight on your wish list. For which you actually pay way too much money, on which the coach is judged and convicted.”

  • IGHAL-GO?

    Odion Ighalo was seen driving to Manchester United training on Thursday morning with talks over loan extension to continue.

    Old Trafford chiefs have just THREE DAYS to negotiate a deal that would see the Nigerian extend his stay in Manchester.

    Initially signed as emergency injury cover for Marcus Rashford – who suffered a fracture in his back – Ighalo has become a key man this season.

    However, his loan deal expires on June 1 – by which point the Premier League and Europa League seasons should have finished.

    Solskjaer wants to extend the loan spell by a further three months – but Shanghai Shenhua have so far rejected that proposal.

  • RACE TO THE VIN-ISH LINE

    Manchester United are seeking to gain the upper hand in the battle over Eduardo Camavinga.

    The teenager has impressed many with his displays for Rennes in Ligue 1.

    And Real Madrid have long been tipped to seal the midfielder’s services at the age of just 17.

    However Metro report on United’s hopes that offering to loan Camavinga back to Rennes for a season will help along any deal with the French club.

    In April, the player’s asking price was reportedly £53million.

  • CUP GLORY

    Louis van Gaal has revealed that his time at Manchester United was the “greatest achievement” of his career.

    That is despite winning league titles with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich – and a World Cup third-place with his native Netherlands.

    He told Voetbal International: “Despite those disappointments, Manchester United did win the FA Cup.

    “Manchester United has actually been the greatest achievement of my career.”

  • COUT SOME SLACK

    Philippe Coutinho is edging closer to a Premier League return with Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea battling for his signature, according to reports.

    The former Liverpool playmaker is looking for a new club this summer with Barcelona hopeful of cashing in.

    Arsenal are making the strongest case to bring him to the Emirates with boss Mikel Arteta ready to make him the lynchpin in his side.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho feels Arteta's style of football would help him achieve his best form on the field.

    The article also states how the player would be itching to get his career back on track in England's top flight.

    Man Utd remain interested but prioritise the signings of Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.

  • GOUW AND GET ‘EM

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw has backed David De Gea to shrug off mistakes and bounce back to being among the game’s top keepers.

    The Dutchman told MUTV: “De Gea is fantastic – he has shown that he is one of the best goalkeepers in England. Not only for one year, but for the last couple of years.

    “Last season he made a couple of mistakes, but that’s normal. He’s a human being, and if I look back at when I was at Manchester United, when I first saw Peter Schmeichel I thought he would never make a mistake.

    “But then during the Treble season he had a bad spell and you wonder how that is possible. De Gea is fantastic, but he can make mistakes. So do all top players!

    “Fantastic players are always looking over their shoulders and if they make a mistake people say they’re not as good anymore.

    “This is ridiculous because they are human beings. For a goalkeeper, you have to be stable and if you make a mistake, make sure next time you are in the right place so you can stop the ball.”

  • JACK ALL

    Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has opened up on the devastation of seeing Robin van Persie leave for Manchester United in 2012.

    After the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri left, the Dutchman headed to Old Trafford and wrestled back the Premier League title from rivals City.

    Wilshere feels that, had the Gunners kept their stars, they could have won the trophy themselves.

    He told 5 Live: “He had just scored 30 goals the season before. He was our captain.

    “It felt like we were just about to challenge [for the title] again and all of a sudden he left to go to our biggest rivals. It was difficult to take.

    “I was there when Fabregas left, Nasri left, big players. If we had kept that team together I think we would have gone on to win the Premier League — and who knows from there?”

  • PREM RETURN EXPLAINED

    Are you a little lost trying to find out when the Premier League is returning? Well have no fear as SunSport has answered all your questions ahead of today's important meeting between the clubs.

    What date is Project Restart likely to take place?

    What's gonna happen with the TV money?

    What time will the matches be?

    Our man Dave Fraser is on hand to fill you in with everything you need to know about the Premier League's return.

  • GUNNAR COPY THEM

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United have been watched the Bundesliga with interest since it restarted.

    United are interested in Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, but Solskjaer says they whole league is providing them with guidance.

    “We’ve been watching what’s been happening in Germany,” he said.

    “For us to follow their template, it’s important they can show everyone the way. It’s been great watching some live football, not just the old classics. We’ve been spending hours analysing our own games.

    “There’s no doubt that football is a bit different with no fans. There’s that extra edge with the fans that you’re not going to replicate. Football is for the fans but we want to play football and fans can watch on telly at least, if we can get to the next stage. Hopefully we can.”

  • GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Man Utd have taken out a £140million loan to get through the coronavirus crisis.

    And it should go some way to ensuring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can still bring in stars like Jadon Sancho when the transfer window re-opens.

    United could raise further funds by selling Paul Pogba to Real Madrid, who are offering a list of stars to form a swap deal.

    The Red Devils also want to sign Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.

    United revealed revenues for the first three months of 2020 were down almost £30m — while net debt soared to £429.1m.

    The first 18 days of lockdown cost them £23m, with Woodward insisting: “It will not be business as usual for some time.”

    United sources say the loan will be used mainly to safeguard the club through this tough period.

    Meanwhile, United reportedly rejected the chance to sign Thierry Henry before he joined Arsenal as Sir Alex Ferguson claimed “he's always f***ing injured”.

    According to Old Trafford's former head of security Ned Kelly the Red Devils were the Frenchman's “first choice” ahead of the Gunners.

    Kelly told beIN Sports: “In the tunnel after the game my phone goes, Eric's [Cantona] older brother Jean-Marie says, 'Ned, tell Alex [Ferguson] that Thierry Henry wants to come to the club',

    “Now this was before he went to Arsenal, his first choice was Manchester United. So I go to the boss and say, 'boss, I've just had Jean-Marie Cantona on the phone, he had said Henry wants to come to the club'.

    “He [Ferguson] says, 'no way, he's always f****** injured'. He went to Arsenal, the rest is history.”

    Finally, Man Utd are set to let Dean Henderson stay at Sheffield United for the rest of season – despite his loan deal expiring in June.

    The England hopeful, 23, is currently on loan at Bramall Lane with United chiefs facing a moral dilemma over whether to recall him.

    United and the Blades are both vying for the final Champions League qualification spot, worth £60million.

    But Old Trafford chiefs are set to be kind and allow him to finish off the 2019-20 season at Sheffield United.

    The current campaign has been on pause since March after the coronavirus pandemic forced all sport into lockdown.

    Premier League chiefs are now hoping to restart next month, with Friday June 12 the initial proposed date, although some reports claim it could be pushed back to June 26.

  • POG OFF

    Real Madrid could offer Manchester United four big-name stars including Martin Odegaard in a desperate bid to land Paul Pogba.

    Old Trafford maintain £89m record buy Pogba is not for sale but Real, also hit by the pandemic, feel a swap deal is an option.

    And on top of Odegaard, 21, those who could also be offered in part exchange are James Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez and ex-City midfielder Brahim Diaz.

  • IN-THE-RED DEVILS

    Man Utd have taken out a £140million loan to get through the coronavirus crisis.

    And it should go some way to ensuring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can still bring in stars like Jadon Sancho when the transfer window re-opens.

    United could raise further funds by selling Paul Pogba to Real Madrid, who are offering a list of stars to form a swap deal.

    The Red Devils also want to sign Aston Villa star Jack Grealish.

    United revealed revenues for the first three months of 2020 were down almost £30m — while net debt soared to £429.1m.

    The first 18 days of lockdown cost them £23m, with Woodward insisting: “It will not be business as usual for some time.”

    United sources say the loan will be used mainly to safeguard the club through this tough period.

  • CURL OF THE BURL

    Ex-Southampton manager George Burley has revealed they'd once knocked back a £3million Manchester United bid for Gareth Bale… as they'd just received £12m from Arsenal for Theo Walcott.

    Burley told The Athletic: “He was like a winger playing at full-back, Manchester United were interested in him. I remember going to a hotel and speaking to Sir Alex and his chief executive.

    “We'd already sold Theo Walcott for £12million [to Arsenal] and they offered three or four million so we said 'no way'.

    “I think they were a little bit worried about his defensive side of the game, which we were working at, but he could handle that.”

  • FERR ENOUGH

    The Standard claims Man Utd are preparing a move for Valencia star Ferran Torres.

    The ace can play on either wing and could be an alternative to Jadon Sancho.

    The Borussia Dortmund star could cost £100m and Torres would be a cheaper alternative.

  • SOL DESIGN

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he would love to extend Odion Ighalo's Man Utd loan.

    He told MUTV: “The loan deal went until the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back.

    “We’re in dialogue. They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allowed him to play for his dream club.

    “It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, hopefully with a trophy for us.

    “At the moment, nothing has been agreed. Their league is going to get started soon so we’re just waiting to see.”

  • MAKING HIS MARC

    Marcus Rashford has given Manchester United a huge boost by confirming his injured back feels “good” ahead of the season restarting.

    Rashford posted three photos of himself training in his back garden.

    He wrote alongside the pictures: “Feels great to have the ball at my feet again. Weather isn't too bad either. Hope you've all had a great day!”

    One fan responded to the message by asking: “How's the back Marcus?”

    And the Old Trafford hero replied: “I'm feeling good mate, thank you!”

  • RODDY HELL

    Former Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega claims he often saw Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney “drinking like a madman”.

    Speaking to friend and fellow Colombian footballer Johan Arango, Rodallega said: “If people knew how many times I bumped into Rooney in Manchester drinking like a madman or the number of times I saw Gerrard on a bar dancing shirtless…

    “They are human beings, there is nothing wrong with it.

    “I can count with one hand the number of footballers who don't drink. All of them, all of us, go out and drink.

    “I have always said it. I enjoy drinking and dancing. I love salsa dancing.

    “There is nothing wrong with it. I know we are footballers, but we are human beings too.”

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DJ Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino Go All Out in First Promo for New Revenge Prank Show

"If you can dream it, they can prank it."

That's what the first promo for Revenge Prank with DJ Pauly D and Vinny promises. The upcoming show stars Pauly "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, the self-proclaimed "prank war champion," and his Jersey Shore pal Vinny Guadagnino. From the looks of it, they're going all out — in one scene from the teaser, Guadagnino shocks a room full of people when he emerges from a casket at a funeral.

Each episode will pair DelVecchio, 39, or Guadagnino, 32, with a subject of a viral internet prank who is seeking payback on the friend, family member or loved one who originally embarrassed them. With help from the hosts, the pairs will attempt to pull off some of the most over-the-top pranks yet in order to get the ultimate revenge.


The show premieres next month, hot on the heels of the season 2 premiere of Guadagnino and DelVecchio's other MTV spinoff, Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny.

Revenge Prank with DJ Pauly D and Vinny premieres with back-to-back episodes on June 25 at 8 p.m. ET on MTV, following a new episode of Double Shot at Love.

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Alex Hales deserves another chance with England after serving punishment, says Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain believes Alex Hales deserves another chance with England and has urged the side not to “shoot themselves in the foot” by overlooking him.

Batsman Hales was dropped prior to England’s triumphant World Cup campaign last summer after reportedly failing a second drugs test and has not played for his country since.

England captain Eoin Morgan said on Wednesday that the 31-year-old may have to wait longer for a recall with the off-field incident that led to his axing potentially “costing us four years of hard work” – but Sky Sports Cricket expert Hussain says Hales has served his punishment.

Asked by Ian Ward on The Cricket Show whether Hales deserves to be in England contention again, Hussain said: “Yes. He has done the crime and certainly served the time.

“He has missed out on a World Cup win and one of the great months of English cricket, one of the great finals, one of the great days ever at Lord’s. Is that not enough of a price to pay?

“I feel Morgan is pushing the point just a fraction, to be honest. I don’t know how Hales wins back the trust of the team if they don’t give him another chance. I feel they are being a bit harsh on him. He has been out of the team for a year and missed so much cricket.

“What I would have said is ‘you have done your time and are now available for selection but I’m afraid you are back of the queue because of what you did [and because others have played well], so you must wait your turn’.

“I’m not into this elite mateship or winning back trust – pick your best players when they are available and Hales is a very talented young man.

“Also make sure your principles are for everyone across that team – just because you are maybe not in the inner circle or may not be quite as liked, don’t have one principle for him and another for a really nice, popular lad. Be careful with those principles, too, and don’t shoot yourself in the foot.

“We were all applauding that World Cup win but if Jason Roy’s hamstring injury had lasted one week longer and he was out for that one week when England won three games in a row [beating India, New Zealand and Australia to make the final] it might have been a different World Cup.

“James Vince [Roy’s replacement] was struggling a bit and Hales would have been the perfect fit. If Hales gets runs and other people are failing, he should be considered for selection.”

Hussain’s fellow expert and former England captain, Michael Atherton, said: “If you ask where my sympathies lie, they are with Morgan.

“You have a man there who has transformed England’s fortunes from the shambles of 2015, while Hales spectacularly shot himself in the foot ahead of what should have been the biggest six weeks of his professional life.

“Like Nasser, I am not particularly into this ‘culture’ thing that Morgan and [Test captain] Joe Root have driven for the last few years but it’s not my team, it’s their team. They believe it is important and they build it around the three pillars of unity, courage and respect.

“I think there is bit of baloney in that, to be honest, but they think those values have been at the heart of the push since the Ben Stokes incident in Bristol in 2017.

“Hales is a brilliant player and I think it would be very hard to argue that he doesn’t get in your best T20 side, although he hasn’t played 50-over cricket for over a year and if you were asked for England’s strongest aspect you would probably say one-day batting. The 50-over side is a particularly difficult team to get back into.”

Hales has scored six ODI hundreds for England, including their second-highest individual score off all time when he smoked 171 from 122 balls against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in 2016.

On whether he would be happy to team with Hales again, England seamer Mark Wood added: “Yes and no, I guess.

“If that trust isn’t there with the captain and management then I think it is very hard for the rest of the players to jump on board with that. Once they are comfortable with it and the trust is back the players might be open to him coming back.

“I’m sure he would be treated exactly the same. The only thing that is difficult is if a player has come in and done really well do you just leave them out to have Alex come back in?

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Billie Eilish Shares New Short Film On Body-Image Double Standards

Though she’s since had to postpone the remainder of the dates on her Where Do We Go? World Tour, Billie Eilish’s massive global trek kicked off earlier this year with a powerful statement. Back in March, at a show in Miami, Eilish unveiled a short film meant to combat body-shaming as a preface to her song “All the Good Girls Go to Hell.”

Now, she’s shared that film — which had previously only been found circulating in fan-captured footage — in full on her YouTube page. It’s called “Not My Responsibility,” and it features Eilish stripping off layers of her clothes as she asks via voiceover, “Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with, is it not what you wanted?”

Eilish included the full text of her statements in the video’s description, and when read in full, it captures a potent take on both the undue expectations placed on young women as well as the double standards they’re often held to. “If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman,” she says in the video. “If I shed the layers, I’m a slut.”

The singer herself spoke about her decision to wear baggy clothing in a Calvin Klein ad from 2019. “Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath,” she said. The “Not My Responsibility” seeks to take a bit of that power back by swinging it in the opposite direction, with Eilish removing her clothes but on her own terms. The final words of the film speak even more directly to that power imbalance.

Watch Eilish’s powerful new statement film above.

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Nasser Hussain and Rob Key mark 30 years of cricket on Sky with Virtual Test between world XIs

Rob Key was trounced by Nasser Hussain in the first Virtual Test between the two – but, having recovered from a health scare, is out for revenge.

To mark 30 years of cricket on Sky Sports, the former England batsmen have picked two world XIs from players that graced that period to do battle in Benedict Bermange’s simulated game at Lord’s from Thursday.

  • Key: I’m on road to recovery
  • Hussain beats Key in Virtual Test

Nasser has selected his side from the first 15 years, which coincided with his playing career, leaving Rob to pick from the most recent 15 years.

Listen to their team selections as a podcast in the player above or carry on reading to see some of the key calls they had to make – including who to leave out, with our stats man Benedict playing by very stringent rules.

Then make sure you follow the game on skysports.com and @SkyCricket from Thursday to see who comes out on top, with Nasser looking to make it two wins from two having seen off Key when England teams from their respective eras went head to head a few weeks ago.

1) Nasser picks… Matthew Hayden

NASSER: The big bruiser from Queensland. Wonderful Test record. Great player. Outstanding statistics. He got big runs, huge scores and at the top of the order will bully any of the attack from your era!

2) Rob picks… Virender Sehwag

ROB: I’m going to try and match Hayden. Sehwag was one of my favourite players to watch. My old mate John Wright used to coach India and he reckoned Sehwag never wanted to go to the gym as he felt it was too cold. Wrighty said ‘hang on, if you run on those machines you will warm up’ and Sehwag didn’t believe him!

BENNY’S STAT ATTACK

No one has scored more runs in Test cricket at a better strike rate than Sehwag and he reached India’s first individual triple hundred in Tests with a six.

3) Nasser picks… Marcus Trescothick (after Graham Gooch is vetoed!)

NASSER: I struggled a bit for openers in my era but I am going to go for Gooch. He was England captain for the first game on Sky…

ROB: You can’t have Gooch – he made his debut in 1975 before I was born! Come on, Benedict!

BENEDICT: Gooch had 15 years pre-Sky and only six in your era, Nasser. I’m sorry, I cannot allow him. We have to be transparent.

NASS: I would have liked a right-handed, left-handed combination but the absurdity of the rules means I will go with Trescothick and Hayden. Tres was a lad who didn’t play enough for England – if he had played more he would have become one of the greatest openers of all time but he was pretty good anyway! Top guy, top player, outstanding player of spin. I didn’t want Hayden and Justin Langer as that was packing my side with Aussies!

4) Rob picks… Graeme Smith (captain)

ROB: I could have gone for Sir Alastair Cook – but he had a shocker in the last Virtual Test. So I’m going for Smith. I have got him as my captain as well.

5) Nasser picks… Ricky Ponting (captain)

NASS: I can’t pick Sir Vivian Richards because of Benny’s rules as he once picked up a bat in another era! I am going for Ponting. Coming in at one wicket down he would always take the attack to the opposition. He was a wonderful player and an outstanding slip fielder. He is also going to be my captain. I don’t think anyone on the planet can argue with Ponting.

6) Rob picks… Kumar Sangakkara

ROB: Kumar’s at three but he’s not keeping. As Benedict’s stats show, Sangakkara, one of the greatest ever, averaged 40 as a wicketkeeper and 66 when he wasn’t keeping. Those stats make a mockery of pundits who say Jonny Bairstow can do both jobs!

7) Nasser picks… Sachin Tendulkar

NASS: Beat that, Rob!

8) Rob picks… Virat Kohli

ROB: I think I could beat him if this was an ODI. I don’t think Kohli can get close to Sachin as far as Test cricket is concerned but overall, if you meshed all formats together and came up with everything, all the stats, I think you would find that Kohli is better than Sachin.

BENNY’S STAT ATTACK

In the decade between 2010 and 2019, Kohli scored more international runs in all forms than anyone has ever made in any decade in history.

NASS: You’ve been texting me for years, Rob, saying Virat is a little bit over-rated and now he is in your world XI…

9) Nasser picks… Brian Lara

NASS: The king of big scores and one of the greats. A left-hander with flair, he was so watchable. An outsanding player, who, once he was up for it, was incredibly hard to dismiss. I like the way this is going. Ponting – flair. Tendulkar – over-my-dead-body attitude. Lara – flair. This is an incredibly watchable side. I’m not sure yours is at the minute, Rob…

ROB: What a stupid thing to say! These are world XIs, we are picking some of the best players of all time. Of course they are going to be watchable. We are not going in with [former New Zealand opener] Mark Richardson blocking the life out of it!

10) Rob picks… Steve Smith

ROB: We can talk about Justin Langer behaving like a numpty on The Test documentary and going on about “elite mateship” but, let’s get it right, Smith has won or retained the Ashes the last two times. He is that good.

NASSER: Are you going to pick any England players, Rob? Have you got Joe Root in there?

ROB: How can I pick Root when I have Sehwag, Graeme Smith, Sangakkara, Kohli and Steve Smith? You can’t argue with that team.

NASSER: So you didn’t have Root in your England team or world XI? I look forward to your next interview with him – social distancing at its best that’s going to be!

11) Nasser picks… Jacques Kallis

NASS: No-brainer. He could get in as a batsman, bowler or fielder. Brilliant with the ball. Outstanding batsman. Brilliant at slip.

12) Rob picks… Ben Stokes

ROB: This fake game doesn’t take into account how good this guy is. There is no question that he is the all-rounder of his generation but statistically he doesn’t stack up against Kallis with all his runs and wickets. I want this Test to reflect players at their best. Stokes is better than his batting average of 36 and, Benny, I want you to tell your computer that! Stokes is the best all-round cricketer in the world at the moment.

13) Nasser picks… Adam Gilchrist (wicketkeeper)

NASS: I wanted Sangakkara but I am going for Gilchrist, a game-changing wicketkeeper-batsman. He was blooming good with the gloves and changed the face of Test cricket with his batting, coming in and smashing it. Imagine having this side 400-5 and then Gilchrist coming in? Ridiculous!

14) Rob picks… AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper)

ROB: This is where I am taking a liberty – Nasser’s big mate, De Villiers, gets the gloves.

NASS: Imagine picking a part-time keeper that drops Lara or Tendulkar on nought. You have put AB under pressure there…

BENNY’S STAT ATTACK

De Villiers kept in 24 Tests and averaged 57 with the bat in those games.

15) Nasser picks… Wasim Akram

NASS: He gives me a left-arm option – and also gets a few runs down the order, not that I need them! One of the greats and he reverse swings the ball at 90mph. I had no clue where it was going.

16) Rob picks… Pat Cummins

ROB: I watched him last summer and he was outstanding. All the England players say he was the toughest to face.

17) Nasser picks… Shane Warne

NASS: The greatest bowler that has ever played the game. In any world XI, Shane is your spin bowler. He had so much bottle, was a man for pressure. We saw that in the 2005 Ashes when everyone was crumbling around him and he stood up. He had a huge heart – real fight, real character.

ROB: There are people who can’t get in your side who are better than the spinners I could have chosen…

18) Rob picks… Dale Steyn

ROB: He took 439 wickets at 22. And from listening to a recent Sky Sports podcast, what a humble bloke he is as well.

BENNY’S STAT ATTACK

Steyn’s strike rate of 42.3 is better than any bowler with at least 200 Test wickets.

NASS: Steyn and Cummins is pretty good. If it swings as well, jeez!

19) Nasser picks… Muttiah Muralithran

NASS: Another spinner. A guy who spun it both ways. He was an outstanding bowler and I had no clue against this lad. You just did not know which way the ball was going. Imagine if it starts to spin in this game with Warne at one end and Murali at the other!

20) Rob picks… James Anderson

ROB: Nasser had him in the 1990s team last time, which was outrageous, and he ended up getting a five-for but I am having him this time.

NASS: Who’s your spinner? He can’t bat much if he is coming in after Jimmy!

21) Nasser picks… Glenn McGrath

NASS: I have pace and spinners so I want some metronomic accuracy. He didn’t give runs away. You have some left-handers in your team, Rob, and McGrath was great around the wicket to left-handers. My attack is now unplayable.

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Jimmy Fallon Apologizes for Wearing Blackface in Resurfaced SNL Clip: 'There Is No Excuse'



Others asked for people to put the blame on SNL.

"So how are we gonna cancel Jimmy Fallon for doing blackface but not cancel Saturday Night Live for letting him do that," a different Twitter account holder said.

PEOPLE is out to SNL for comment.

Rock has yet to address the resurfaced skit on social media. PEOPLE is also out to his rep for comment.

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7.30am Arsenal news LIVE: Coutinho transfer UPDATE, Sanllehi contact with ‘other clubs’, Kluivert for Mkhitaryan swap – The Sun

ARSENAL are back in training as they prepare for the likely return of the Premier League next month.

And they could be about to complete a double Barcelona deal as they reportedly begin talks with Philippe Coutinho while the Catalans significantly drop their asking price for fellow Gunners target Ousmane Dembele.

Get the latest news, gossip and updates from the Emirates here…

  • GOOD MORNING, ARSENAL FANS 

    Arsenal are back in pole position for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser – and still in the chase for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

    That's the verdict on the transfer speculation front overnight, with Spurs said to be keen on Scotland star Fraser and Manchester United interested in Frenchman Rabiot.

    The Gunners seemed overwhelming favourites to sign Fraser – until recent reports suggested the 26-year-old had a preference for linking up with Jose Mourinho.

    Now, though, the path once again seems clear for Mikel Arteta to make the pocket-sized dynamo one of his first signings.

    As for the enigmatic Rabiot, he has struggled to maintain a regular place for the Serie A kings this season.

    And the Gunners have been increasingly mentioned over a player who could cost around £27million.

    Spanish outlet  Mundo Deportivo suggest Arsenal are also keen on ex-Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho – if they could tempt Barcelona into an initial loan deal.

    Arteta might baulk at the  £71.5m fee – so he would first want to make sure the Bayern Munich loanee rediscovers the scintillating form he has lost since departing the Premier League in January 2018.

    Chelsea and even Liverpool are also reportedly monitoring the 27-year-old's situation.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas still feels angry over Wayne Rooney's “dive” during Arsenal's famous 'Pizzagate' clash in 2004 when Manchester United ended the Invincibles' 49-game unbeaten run.

    Fabregas told ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand on FIVE’s new Locker Room YouTube series: “The emotion was that we lost against a great team, which can happen, but we didn’t feel we should have lost.

    “We didn’t think it was the right time to lose our Invincible run.”

  • PLAY-DAY LOANS: EXPERT VIEW

    As SunSport revealed some Prem clubs might consider payday-style loans, a financial expert involved in this area explains why the sport has arrived at such a situation.

    The specialist said: “Football has lived way beyond its means for years and now they’ve run out of money.

    “It’s like any other market in a downturn, so when you’re desperate for money you go to the people who have it and they dictate the terms.

    “Firms are being asked for loans from clubs who don’t necessarily have the assets to command better rates.

    “Liquidity in football clubs is very low and most of those looking for cash are asking for tide-over money of £30m-50m over six months.

    “There’s no rule to say the lender can’t set whatever rate it likes if they know the client is desperate.”

  • PLAY-DAY LOANS

    Cash-strapped Premier League clubs are considering payday-style loans with huge interest rates to stay in business.

    City investors are looking to cash in on the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic by charging 25 PER CENT on borrowings up to £100million.

    At least four struggling Prem outfits are at the mercy of private equity or venture capitalist firms offering loans at rates massively above the Bank of England base rate of 0.1 per cent.

    Lack of match-day revenue and uncertainty over how and when football will return have created a black hole in revenue for clubs.

    And with games behind closed doors likely in the immediate future, clubs are unable to borrow cash against season ticket sales and normal game-day income.

    They are also discouraged from using potential earnings from broadcast deals as collateral for loans.

  • REVAMPED GUNNERS?

    Here is how the Arsenal team could be laid out in a 3-4-3 formation if they sign Icardi, Coutinho and Fofana.

    What a side this would be!

  • BUK TO THE FUTURE

    Bukayo Saka appears to have told Manchester United and Liverpool they must be kidding if they hope to sign him.

    Arsenal have reportedly been struggling to reach an agreement with speedster Saka, 18, over extending his contract beyond 2021.

    But the ex-Gunners schoolkid posted a cute picture of himself in his very earliest days with the Londoners – smiling serenely as he posed in a teamshot.

    Saka's Instagram snap soon attracted tens of thousands of likes – with, inevitably, many fans urging him to pen a new deal.

  • FIXTURES AND FITTING

    Most clubs are expected to back the Premier League proposals put forward in phase two – including for returning to action next month

    And Sky Sports claim the end of the week could see top flight bosses put forward draft plans as virtually the last step before the season resumes amid the coronavirus crisis.

    That could include a provisional fixture list, including the date when football will officially return.

    June 19 is one date commonly mentioned. But some Premier League clubs want a further week to prepare.

  • PREM CLOSE TO AGREEING RETURN DATE

    THE Premier League's eagerly-awaited return date could be decided this week.

    And a blockbuster clash between Manchester United and Spurs could be the first game back after the coronavirus pandemic.

    Players are already preparing to step up training to include close-contact, with coaches reportedly being brought in to monitor contact.

    Stars and managers can discuss any remaining concerns over phase two of Project Restart when they hold separate video calls with the Premier League on Tuesday.

    On Wednesday, clubs can then vote on whether to move to the next stage of training, which could be brought in before the end of this week.

  • GUNNERS FLYIN' FOR RYAN

    Arsenal are heading Spurs in the race to sign Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, reports suggest.

    The Scotland star is available for free when his contract runs out this summer.

    And despite recent talk that the 26-year-old favoured Tottenham, the Daily Mail now say the Gunners are “confident” of signing Fraser.

    He admitted he was flattered to be linked with an Emirates move last year, but also said it had affected his form.

    And before the coronavirus pandemic halted football this season, he had managed just one just one goal and four assists.

  • GAS FUMES AT ROONEY

    Cesc Fabregas still feels angry over Wayne Rooney's “dive” during Arsenal's famous 'Pizzagate' clash in 2004 when Manchester United ended the Invincibles' 49-game unbeaten run.

    The Gunners and Chelsea legend told ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand on FIVE’s new Locker Room YouTube series: “Every single time he had the ball. You know Wayne dived for the penalty against Sol [Campbell].

    “So we felt emotional. The emotion was that we lost against a great team, which can happen, but we didn’t feel we should have lost.

    “We didn’t think it was the right time to lose our Invincible run.

    “So yeah that was the main thing to be honest. Everyone was really, really upset.”

  • CLOSER ENCOUNTERS

    Premier League stars were cleared to kick off close-contact training on Sunday in a boost for the return of top-flight football.

    New Stage Two guidance lets elite athletes train in pairs and small groups and waives the two-metre social distancing rule.

    The news put a smile on the face of Wilfried Zaha as he began Crystal Palace training on Sunday.

    And the easing of restrictions came as just two new positive results returned from 996 Premier League tests last week. They were logged at different clubs and the figure is four fewer than the week before.

    More testing is due today and tomorrow before league bosses decide on Wednesday whether full-contact training will resume.

  • RAUL IN IT TOGETHER

    Gunners' head of football Raul Sanllehi has been holding talks with other club chiefs around Europe to test the waters ahead of the transfer window amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.

    Nobody knows how the market is going to settle when it does open, and how much player transfer fees will fall by.

    One thing is for certain, clubs will be tied into contracts and big-money transfers are simply less likely to happen than in the last few decades.

    Football.London has even speculated that the Gunners could lose £144million if there are no fans at the Emirates in 2020/21.

  • RACE TO GRAB RAB

    United have joined Arsenal in the race to land wantaway Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to reports.

    Rabiot, 25, has only managed 11 Serie A starts after struggling to cement his role in Juve's congested midfield.

    And now boss Maurizio Sarri will offload if he receives an offer in the region of £27million.

    According to Gazzetto dello Sport, United are looking to make their move and have already held talks with his mother Veronique who acts as his agent.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to bolster his squad when the transfer window opens and sees Rabiot as a bargain buy.

    It is also suggested that United have sent scouts to watch him in action on several occasions over the campaign.

  • FO TO MEET FRIEND

    Arsenal could get William Saliba's time at Emirates Stadium off to the perfect start – by immediately reuniting him with Saint-Etienne centre-back partner Wesley Fofana.

    The 19-year-old duo were regulars at the back together in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign – being shown faith by former Leicester and Southampton manager Claude Puel.

    With the Ligue 1 season having been halted because of the coronavirus pandemic, Saliba's loan spell at Saint-Etienne appears to have come to a premature end.

    But that doesn't mean that he is necessarily finished playing with Fofana.

    According to French website But! Football Club, the Gunners have been put on alert by Fofana's breakthrough performances this season and are interested in bringing him to North London.

    Last season Arsenal fought off interest in Saliba from Tottenham Hotspur by allowing the French youth international to stay in France on a season-long loan following the £25million transfer.

  • BLIND DATE

    Clubs are set to find out if the Premier League will resume in mid-June.

    Manchester United and Tottenham are expected to be the clubs given the green light to play the Friday night game which was postponed back in March.

    June 19 is the date being proposed, after doubt was cast over whether June 12 would work.

    Either way it'll be a Friday night game to kick us off.

    According to ESPN, clubs are demanding three weeks of contact football before resuming matches.

  • SHKOD GOALS

    Mustafi wants you to know… he's good (and don't forget the sunscreen).

  • CONCEPT'S A WINNER

    One Arsenal fan has re-imagined the 2002 Double-winning side's kit in a modern iteration.

    It's very impressive indeed.

  • NOT SO SUPER

    The Women’s Super League and Championship seasons have been ended, according to the FA.

    Promotion and relegation are yet to be decided.

  • HOW GUNNERS COULD LINE UP

    Here is how the Arsenal team could be laid out in a 3-4-3 formation if they sign Icardi, Coutinho and Fofana.

    What a side this would be!

  • HANGING ON THE COUT TAILS

    Barcelona are hoping to draw Arsenal into the race to sign Philippe Coutinho, to jack up the sales figure on his proposed £71.5million value.

    Chelsea are known to be interested in the Brazilian’s signature, while he recovers from an operation had during his loan spell at Bayern Munich.

    The German giants do not want to keep Coutinho and that brings Chelsea into the picture.

    But, according to Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal would prefer a loan with a view to a permanent move.

    The claim Raul Sanllehi is “expected to initiate contact” with Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian.

  • JUSTIN TIME

    Arsenal could attempt to force a swap deal with Roma for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Justin Kluivert.

    The Armenian failed to impress in North London, as was the case during his two-and-a-half year stint at Manchester United.

    The former Dortmund man has impressed this term, with six goals and four assists in 17 appearances for Roma.

    The Gunners are understood to want £10million for Mkhitaryan.

    But including Kluivert, 21, would certainly smooth things over, with the Dutchman scoring seven and providing two assists this term.

  • SHOT IN THE FOOT

    Gary Neville revealed he and brother Phil missed England’s ‘dentist’s chair’ night out before Euro 96 – on the advice of David Platt.

    Boss Terry Venables and his squad were slammed after photos from their trip to the Far East emerged of stars such as Paul Gascoigne and Teddy Sheringham glugging down alcoholic cocktails poured into their mouths as they laid back on a dentist’s chair in one of the city’s rowdy bars.

    Former Manchester United defender Neville said: “We were going to go out to be fair, but David Platt came over to me, Phil, Nick Barmby and Jason Wilcox and said ‘Lads, I’ve been around England squads a long time, I know these lads and tonight is one to miss.

    “So me, Phil, Barmby, Wilcox, Platt and Sol Campbell ended up sitting on our own in this room in the hotel.

    “It was only the day after when the story broke that we realised what David Platt meant.

    “Me and Phil were only 19 and 20 at the time and we weren’t going to go against what David Platt said.”

  • NOT SO FA FETCHED

    Arsenal could get William Saliba's time at Emirates Stadium off to the perfect start – by immediately reuniting him with Saint-Etienne centre-back partner Wesley Fofana.

    The 19-year-old duo were regulars at the back together in the second half of the 2019-20 campaign – being shown faith by former Leicester and Southampton manager Claude Puel.

    With the Ligue 1 season having been halted because of the coronavirus pandemic, Saliba's loan spell at Saint-Etienne appears to have come to a premature end.

    But that doesn't mean that he is necessarily finished playing with Fofana.

    According to French website But! Football Club, the Gunners have been put on alert by Fofana's breakthrough performances this season and are interested in bringing him to North London.

    Last season Arsenal fought off interest in Saliba from Tottenham Hotspur by allowing the French youth international to stay in France on a season-long loan following the £25million transfer.

  • KEN YOU HELP?

    Kenny Sansom’s family have called on his former clubs to support the England legend as he fights for his life.

    The former Arsenal and Crystal Palace defender has been in hospital for five weeks after a violent assault last month.

    His brother and three children have been at Sansom’s bedside virtually ever since as he tries to recover.

    But yesterday a source close to footballer said he was likely to need a lot of support if he was to overcome this battle.

    They said: “With all the money flying around the game, Kenny’s family are hoping that the sport will support him and help him to get back on his feet.

    “They know that nobody owes Kenny anything but he really is going to need all the help he can get.”

  • BRING AND 'BI

    United have joined Arsenal in the race to land wantaway Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to reports.

    Rabiot, 25, has only managed 11 Serie A starts after struggling to cement his role in Juve's congested midfield.

    And now boss Maurizio Sarri will offload if he receives an offer in the region of £27million.

    According to Gazzetto dello Sport, United are looking to make their move and have already held talks with his mother Veronique who acts as his agent.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to bolster his squad when the transfer window opens and sees Rabiot as a bargain buy.

    It is also suggested that United have sent scouts to watch him in action on several occasions over the campaign.

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