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FA plan Rooney award if he breaks record

Wayne Rooney will be presented with an award next month if he breaks or equals England's scoring record in the coming days.

With England facing minnows San Marino on Saturday and then taking on Switzerland at home three days later, Rooney stands a good chance of breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time scoring record over the next week.

Wayne Rooney could break the record this week. Credit: PA

The England captain's current total stands at 48 goals, just one shy of the World Cup winning former Manchester United forward.

The Football Association (FA) does not plan to honour the striker until next month, however, as it does not want to be too presumptuous on the matter.

It is understood that the FA instead plans to honour the Manchester United forward with some kind of trophy or plaque before England's next home game against Estonia on October 9.

Former Chelsea and Arsenal man hits new low at Roma

Ashley Cole has been left out of Roma's 21-man squad list for the Champions League.

Cole does not have a future at Roma. Credit: PA

The 34-year-old left-back had been linked with a return to the Premier League this summer after a difficult first season at Roma.

Cole made just 14 starts in all competitions for the Giallorossi in 2014-15 and the former Arsenal and Chelsea defender is unlikely to be given much playing time this season.

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has included summer signing Lucas Digne in his selection for Europe's elite club competition.

The France international joined Roma on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain last week and plays in Cole's role.


Max Gradel suffers huge injury blow at Bournemouth

Gradel has been ruled out for at least six months. Credit: PA

Ivory Coast winger Max Gradel has been ruled out for six months with cruciate ligament damage sustained in last weekend's 1-1 draw against Leicester.

Bournemouth's £7m signing from St Etienne was one of the most eye-catching acquisitions of the window having scored 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season.

But he ruptured the cruciate ligament in his knee midway through the second half of Saturday's Premier League fixture.

The former Leeds United man, 27, suffered a similar injury in 2013 and faces a fight to return to fitness in time to play at least some part in the Cherries' attempts to avoid relegation this season.

Hooper rejects Sheff Weds move over VIP box

Gary Hooper will be staying with Norwich for now. Credit: PA

Norwich City striker Gary Hooper turned down the chance to join Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan as the club refused to give him a VIP box for games.

Having agreed to pay Hooper's wages in full on top of a £500,000 loan fee, the former Celtic man backed out of the deal, as The Owls wouldn't throw in a VIP box, worth £30,000 a year, according to the Sheffield Star.

Without the use of a VIP box for Hooper's family and friends on matchdays, the striker decided against the move and will now stay at Carrow Road.

Hooper has since tweeted the words "Not true", but doesn't indicate what this in connection with.

Ex-Man United striker makes PAOK move

Dimitar Berbatov is off to Greece. Credit: PA

Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has signed a one-year deal with Greek club PAOK.

The 34-year-old Bulgarian was a free agent after leaving Monaco in the summer and reports had linked him with a deadline-day switch to Aston Villa.


Spain boss says De Gea needs to play at Man United

David De Gea needs to knuckle down and get back into the Manchester United team, according to his national team manager.

Vicente del Bosque has warned the goalkeeper he needs to be in the starting line-up at Old Trafford to give him hope of appearing at next summer's Euros.

David De Gea's move to Real Madrid fell through. Credit: PA

"He needs to be professional and move on from this episode," Del Bosque said.

"I hope that he starts playing again and is happy, and if he plays well we can bring him along, otherwise if he doesn't play it will be very difficult for him to come (to the Euros)."

Andy Murray beats Nick Kyrgios in first round of US Open

Andy Murray celebrates his win Credit: Reuters

Andy Murray has reached the second round of the US Open with a four-set win over Nick Kyrgios.

Australian Kyrgios produced a typically explosive display under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York but Murray's touch and precision were a class above as he won 7-5; 6-3; 4-6; 6-1.

Murray has now won all four of his meetings against Kyrgios, including three at grand slams this year, and the Scot will now face France's Adrian Mannarino in round two.

Norwich secure West Ham winger Matt Jarvis on loan

Matt Jarvis has joined Norwich on loan from West Ham until the end of the season.

Jarvis was pushed down the pecking order by West Ham's new arrivals. Credit: PA

The winger, 29, joined West Ham from Wolves for £10.75m under previous manager Sam Allardyce in 2012 but has had few first-team opportunities, particularly over the past 12 months.

The recruitment of Diego Payet and, earlier on Tuesday, Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea were likely to further limit his competitive playing time under new manager Slaven Bilic.

At recently promoted Norwich, Jarvis, who represented England under Fabio Capello in 2011 in a friendly against Ghana, will compete with Nathan Redmond, Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady and more for selection.

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