The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers with clickable links to the Web.
England called up rookie national team players Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana after a virus hit the squad before today’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, the Independent reported.
Theo Walcott and Daniel Sturridge were both affected by illness, the newspaper said. Sterling, 17, plays for Liverpool and Lallana, 24, for Southampton.
The Blues asked the Czech Republic to leave the 30-year-old out of exhibition games, the Mail added.
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City expects the deal will end Real Madrid’s pursuit of the 26-year-old Spain midfielder, the Mirror said.
Diaby has been one of the stars of the London club’s “solid” start to the season, the Mail said. The Gunners haven’t allowed a goal in three games.
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