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Ashley Cole to Leave Chelsea at End of Season: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Contract Rejected

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole will leave the club at the end of the season after rejecting a contract extension, the Daily Mail reported.

Cole, 31, is adamant he will not accept the offer of a one-year deal and is preparing to speak with European clubs including Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in January, the Mail added.

England Changes

England manager Roy Hodgson will make as many as six changes to his lineup for tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier in Poland, the Guardian reported.

Hodgson will recall regular captain Steven Gerrard and first-choice right-back Glen Johnson after they were suspended for the 5-0 win against San Marino, the Guardian said. Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Jermain Defoe are also likely to return, while Cole is expected replace Leighton Baines at left-back, the newspaper added.

Jenkinson Jettisoned

The Football Association abandoned plans to call up Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson for the match in Poland after realizing the former Finland under-21 player needed three weeks’ international clearance from world governing body FIFA, the Independent reported.

Hodgson was about to bring Jenkinson, whose mother is Finnish, into the squad before discovering that he was not yet eligible, the newspaper added.

Spurs Scouts

Tottenham Hotspur is scouting Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie, who has played twice for the Netherlands and is being watched by Juventus and Roma as well, the Daily Mirror reported.

Spurs scouts also have been looking at Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrman, while Chelsea is having Lazio midfielder Senad Lulic watched, the Mirror added.

Anfield Upgrade

Liverpool will today announce its intention to expand Anfield into a 60,000-seat arena after scrapping plans for a new state-of-the-art stadium, the Daily Express reported.

Liverpool City Council will unveil a blueprint for the 154 million-pound ($247 million) regeneration and, as part of that, the Reds will confirm that their preference is now to redevelop the existing ground rather than move to a new facility, the Express added.

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