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Norwich pub up to mischief over Hughton future

As Norwich City prepare to take on West Ham United in the Premier League on Saturday, a city pub hopes a bit of tough love will prompt a better performance from the players.

The Mischief, on Fye Bridge Street, has put up a sign outside inviting customers to come in and watch what the landlord Jeff Davies has billed as possibly Chris Hughton's last game in charge.

It follows a bad run of form for the club and plenty of speculation about the future of the Canaries boss.

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Town snap up Irish winger

Stephen Hunt competes for the ball alongside former Birmingham City winger Nathan Redmond, now at rivals Norwich City. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have completed the signing of Irish winger Stephen Hunt on a short-term deal until January.

The 32-year-old has 39 caps for the Republic of Ireland but has been without a club since leaving League One side Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer.

Hunt is certainly no stranger to Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy, with McCarthy having signed the midfielder for Wolves in 2010.

The wide man is available for Saturday's match at Blackpool, a club he ironically nearly joined earlier in the season.

Posh sign QPR midfielder

Ephraim, pictured left, has recently returned from a spell in the MLS with Toronto FC. Credit: PA

Peterborough United have signed Queens Park Rangers midfielder Hogan Ephraim on a month's loan.

The 25-year-old has recently returned from a spell in the MLS with Toronto FC and has previously played in League One with Leeds United and Charlton Athletic.

The former England under-19 international will go straight into the Posh squad for this weekend's FA Cup tie against Exeter City.

Speaking to the club's official website, Ephraim said that he was looking forward to playing in front of the Peterborough United fans:

"I have played at London Road before and was on the losing side and know exactly how loud the home fans can be.

"I can play in a number of positions in midfield or behind the strikers, but obviously I am just looking to play. It is up to me to impress in training,"

Ben Youngs ruled out of Pumas clash

Ben Youngs has been ruled out of the clash with Argentina. Credit: PA

Norfolk-born Ben Youngs has been ruled out of England's autumn international against Argentina on Saturday after failing a fitness test.

The Leicester Tigers man has been suffering with a hip injury and has been deemed to not be fit enough to take his place on the replacements bench for the clash with the Pumas.

24-year-old Youngs has been replaced by Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care.

Hughton urges Canaries to look to the future

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton believes that the club must not dwell on the negatives as they bid to move away from the Premier League relegation zone.

The Canaries find themselves in the bottom three after only registering eight points from their opening ten games and the pressure was only intensified by last weekend's 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City.

However, City go into the clash with fellow strugglers West Ham United on Saturday knowing that a victory will lift them above the Hammers and Hughton insists that there is still a lot to look forward to at Carrow Road.

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State of the art cricket helmet hits the global stage

Cricket has often been called a cottage industry with traditional bat making companies like Hunts County in Huntingdon remaining true to their roots and continuing to turn out products using craftsmanship from over the centuries.

But player safety is one area that has developed considerably, particularly batting helmets, and with its product about to appear in the ashes series down under in a couple of weeks time, a small British company is hoping to make it big on the world stage.

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International calls for Canaries trio

John Ruddy has been called up the England squad to face Chile and Germany. Credit: PA

Norwich City's John Ruddy, Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan have been called up to the England and Republic of Ireland squads respectively for the international friendlies later this month.

Ruddy, who recently signed a new contract with the Canaries, has been named as one of three goalkeepers selected by manager Roy Hodgson for the fixtures against Chile and Germany at Wembley later this month.

England squad to face Chile and Germany:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester Utd), Chris Smalling (Manchester Utd), Kyle Walker (Spurs)

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester Utd), Tom Cleverley (Manchester Utd), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Spurs), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Spurs), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Jay Rodriguez (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester Utd), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester Utd)

Anthony Pilkington will be hopeful of impressing new boss Irish Martin O'Neill. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan have both been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for their clashes with Poland and Latvia.

The fixtures will be the first under the reign of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane.

Canaries winger Nathan Redmond misses out on a place in the England under-21s squad with a hip injury.

Hartley reclaims starting spot for Pumas clash

Northampton Saints captain Dylan Hartley has been recalled to the England starting line-up against Argentina. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints captain Dylan Hartley has been recalled to the England starting line-up for this weekend's clash with Argentina at Twickenham.

The 27-year-old replaces Tom Youngs at hooker as part of a new look front row which will also include Joe Marler and David Wilson.

Ben Foden has been named on the wing against the Pumas. Credit: PA

Hartley is one of five Saints to be included in the side, with Lee Dickson, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood retaining their places from last weekend's triumph over Australia, and Ben Foden stepping up from the replacements' bench to take his spot on the wing in place of the injured Marland Yarde.

Northampton prop Alex Corbisiero makes his return to the bench after recovering from a knee injury, whilst Norfolk-born Tom and Ben Youngs are also amongst the substitutes.

England team to face Argentina:

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Chris Ashton (Saracens), Joel Tomkins (Saracens), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester), Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)

Joe Marler (Harlequins), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), David Wilson (Bath), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain), Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Replacements: Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Ben Morgan (Gloucester), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Alex Goode (Saracens)

Cobblers swoop for duo

Jacob Blyth has returned to Sixfields for another loan spell. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have re-signed Leicester City striker Jacob Blyth on loan and also completed a temporary deal for Bradford City midfielder Ricky Ravenhill.

Blyth made 8 appearances for the Cobblers earlier in the season, scoring 3 times, and has now agreed to sign up to a second spell at Sixfields that will run until mid-December.

Ricky Ravenhill could make his debut against Bishop's Stortford. Credit: PA

32-year-old Ravenhill has joined on a month's loan having struggled for regular minutes of late in Yorkshire, and will bring significant Football League experience to Aidy Boothroyd's side having made over 400 senior appearances.

Both players are available for Sunday's televised FA Cup fixture against Bishop's Stortford, which you can watch live on ITV Sport.

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