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England Players Needed Sleeping Pills in Poland: Soccer Roundup

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

Sleeping Pills

Some of England’s players needed sleeping pills after taking caffeine tablets before the World Cup qualifying match in Poland, which was was postponed by 20 hours because of heavy rain, the Independent reported.

The players were ready to warm up for the match in Warsaw two days ago and some of them had taken the caffeine tablets because they thought the game would go ahead as scheduled, the newspaper said. It was not clear which players required help to sleep before yesterday’s rescheduled game, which finished 1-1, the Independent added.

No Appeal

John Terry is set to announce that he won’t appeal against a Football Association Commission finding that he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a match last year, the Sun reported.

The Chelsea captain will begin a four-match ban, starting with the Premier League game at Tottenham in two days, and pay a 220,000-pound ($355,000) fine, which were the penalties imposed by the commission three weeks ago, the newspaper added.

Goalkeeping Shortage

Arsenal is facing a goalkeeping crisis after Lukasz Fabianksi damaged ankle ligaments during training this week, the Daily Mail reported.

With first-choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny still three weeks short of recovering from his ankle injury, Fabianski’s absence means Vito Mannone will continue in goal with Damian Martinez, 20, and James Shea, 21, as back-up, the Mail said.

Birmingham Sell-off

Birmingham may have to sell Jack Butland, 19, and Nathan Redmond, 18, in January unless the Championship club finds a new owner, the Daily Mirror reported.

Everton and Southampton have been linked with England under-21 goalkeeper Butland, while winger Redmond is on Manchester City’s radar, the newspaper added.

Liverpool Tracks Locadia

Liverpool is monitoring 18-year-old Dutch striker Jurgen Locadia, who scored an 11-minute hat trick in PSV Eindhoven’s 6-0 defeat of VVV Venlo last month, the same newspaper reported.

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