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Norwich City defender Turner seals Fulham loan switch

Michael Turner in action for Norwich City against new club Fulham. Credit: PA

Norwich City defender Michael Turner has joined fellow Championship side Fulham on loan until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old only signed a new two-year contract at Norwich back in August, but has fallen out of favour since new manager Alex Neil arrived at the club.

Turner will not be eligible to face the Canaries on the final day of the season when Fulham visit Carrow Road.

Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan included in Ireland squad, despite originally being omitted by mistake

Wes Hoolahan is part or Ireland's squad after all. Credit: PA

Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan has been named in the Republic of Ireland squad to take on Poland later this month, despite the fact that he was originally omitted from the official squad list that was handed out to journalists.

There was confusion in Dublin when the midfielder's name was missing from the original 34-man party, but a new version was quickly re-issued - this time with Hoolahan included.

Ireland boss Martin O'Neil said that the exclusion was a "genuine accident".

Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy will be hoping to carry his great club form onto the international stage. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town strike duo Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick have also been called up.

Republic of Ireland squad to face Poland:

Goalkeepers: David Forde (Millwall), Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (Birmingham City), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United).

Defenders: Richard Keogh (Derby County), Marc Wilson (Stoke City), Cyrus Christie (Derby County), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Reading), Paul McShane (Hull City), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Stephen Ward (Burnley).

Midfielders: James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Harry Arter (Bournemouth) , Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Darron Gibson (Everton), Paul Green (Rotherham United), Aiden McGeady (Everton), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Robbie Brady (Hull City), Stephen Quinn (Hull City), David Meyler (Hull City), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City).

Strikers: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town), Jon Walters (Stoke City), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Anthony Stokes (Celtic), Simon Cox (Reading), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).


Ipswich Town to ban under fives from lower tiers

Ipswich Town have decided to ban children under the age of five from sitting in the lower tiers at Portman Road next season, because the club is worried about them getting hurt.

Portman Road, Ipswich Credit: PA Images

The move comes after several youngsters were hit by footballs flying into the crowd recently.

The decision has upset some families who will now have to relocate to other areas of the ground, but the club says that they had to take action to avoid any more incidents.

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Northampton Saints forward Lawes earns England recall

Courtney Lawes will face Scotland on Saturday. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints forward Courtney Lawes has been recalled to England's starting line-up to face Scotland on Saturday.

The second row has missed the first three games of the Six Nations with an ankle injury, but will replace Saracens' George Kruis at lock.

Tom Wood has been named among the replacements. Credit: PA

Lawes' Saints team-mate Tom Wood has also been brought back into the squad - he's among the substitutes.

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England starting XV to face Scotland:

M Brown (Harlequins), A Watson (Bath), J Joseph (Bath), L Burrell (Northampton), J Nowell (Exeter), G Ford (Bath), B Youngs (Leicester),

J Marler (Harlequins), D Hartley (Northampton), D Cole (Leicester), D Attwood (Bath), C Lawes (Northampton), J Haskell (Wasps), C Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), B Vunipola (Saracens).

Replacements: T Youngs (Leicester), M Vunipola (Saracens), K Brookes (Newcastle), G Parling (Leicester), T Wood (Northampton), R Wigglesworth (Saracens), D Cipriani (Sale), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester)

Reports: Norwich City target Rhodes closes in on Middlesbrough move

Jordan Rhodes could now join Middlesbrough. Credit: PA

Norwich City could be set to miss out on the loan signing of Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes.

The Canaries have been linked with a move for the former Ipswich Town man, but reports in the North East claim that he'll join promotion rivals Middlesbrough instead.

The news comes after Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer suggested yesterday that the Scottish International wouldn't be allowed to leave Ewood Park.

Derby County and Nottingham Forest have also been credited with an interest in Rhodes.

Stage two of cycling's Women's Tour to run from Braintree to Clacton

Marianne Vos wins stage 5 in Bury St Edmunds last year. Credit: PA

More details have been announced about the route that'll be taken by the Women's Tour cycle race through Suffolk and Essex in June.

Some of the world's top female cyclists will be coming to our region to compete.

Day one, on June 17th, sees them race from Bury St Edmunds to Aldeburgh, while the next day the race starts in Braintree and finishes in Clacton.

Stage Two route (Thursday 18 June 2015)

  • Braintree
  • Sudbury
  • Hadleigh
  • East Bergholt
  • Manningtree
  • Clacton


Blackburn Rovers boss Bowyer moves to quash Norwich City Rhodes speculation

Jordan Rhodes looks set to stay at Blackburn Rovers. Credit: PA

Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer says that striker Jordan Rhodes will not be leaving the club on loan, despite the former Ipswich Town man being linked with a move to Norwich City.

Newspaper reports had suggested that the Canaries were interested in taking the prolific forward on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal in the summer, but those rumours have been quashed by Bowyer.

Midlands rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest have also been linked with a move for Rhodes but Bowyer says that the Scottish international will be staying put.

"I don't even understand why we would consider loaning Jordan.'

– Gary Bowyer, Blackburn Rovers manager

Peterborough United caretaker boss hails "massive signing" as Bostwick pens new deal

Michael Bostwick has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the club. Credit: PA

Peterborough United's Michael Bostwick has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the club.

The 26-year-old joined Posh from Stevenage in 2012, and has gone on to make over 100 appearances.

'It is a massive signing for the football club. He is a fantastic player and a fantastic leader in the dressing room and it is really exciting for us as a management team and it is exciting for the rest of the players in that dressing room.

I am sure it is exciting for the supporters too because I think they recognise what a talent he is. We hope that Michael will be a key part of what we are trying to achieve at this football club."

– Dave Robertson, Peterborough United caretaker manager

MK Dons manager Robinson struggles to hold back the tears following Williams injury blow

George Williams has been ruled out for four-six months. Credit: PA

On loan MK Dons midfielder George Williams has been ruled out for around six months after he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

The 19-year-old will now return to parent club Fulham after picking up the injury in the Dons' defeat to Chesterfield last week.

The Wales international had a successful operation on Saturday.

Karl Robinson was devastated by Williams' injury. Credit: PA

"It was one of the most difficult hours I've had as a manager. The kid means so much to me as a person and I rate him so highly as a footballer.

I went home and cried to myself because I couldn't handle it.

I wish him all the luck in the world. I promised him that I will be at his first game back - I'm counting down the days."

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager
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