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Drinkwater backs Shakespeare to keep Leicester job

Danny Drinkwater says the players back the manager at Leicester City Credit: PA

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater has backed Craig Shakespeare to stay beyond the summer as the Foxes prepare for their Sevilla showdown.

New boss Shakespeare was named as the club's new manager until the end of the season on Sunday.

He replaced Claudio Ranieri after the Italian was sacked last month, just 24 hours after Leicester's 2-1 Champions League last 16 first leg defeat in Seville.

Shakespeare, who was Ranieri's assistant, takes charge of his first game as a full-time manager in the second leg at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday and insists he has not thought about the job beyond the end of 2016/17.

But Drinkwater wants to see the new manager stay for a long time.

On behalf of all the players I think all of us would like to see him get the job long term.

It's a great appointment. It's a good fit. We haven't got much time to turn things around but there's no better person for the job.

I don't think it's changed an awful lot. He needs to take control more as manager and any changes he's made have been positive for the players.

He's been a pleasure to work with as manager - but he's taken different roles as a coach. He helps us enjoy the football. It's not only for the players and manager but one of the biggest games in the club's history.

– Danny Drinkwater

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Man City include Yaya Toure and Gabriel Jesus in Champions League squad

Yaya Toure. Credit: PA

Manchester City have confirmed the inclusion of Yaya Toure and Gabriel Jesus in their squad for the Champions League knockout stages.

Midfielder Toure was left off manager Pep Guardiola's 25-man list for the group stages, sparking a row with his agent that led to him being frozen out of the side for a spell.

But since that dispute was resolved in November, Toure has reclaimed a place in the team and shown solid form.

His return to the Champions League squad is no surprise with fellow midfielder Ilkay Gundogan set to miss the rest of the season through injury.

New signing Jesus, who scored his first goal since his £27million move from Palmeiras in City's 4-0 win at West Ham on Wednesday, takes the place of Kelechi Iheanacho.

City face Monaco in the last 16 of the competition.

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UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against Celtic

Police in the stands at Celtic on Tuesday night. Credit: PA

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic for crowd disturbances by their supporters during the Champions League match against Manchester City.

The Scottish champions face charges from European football's governing body for setting off fireworks and "crowd disturbances" at the Etihad Stadium.

The game, a dead rubber with City already assured of qualification for the knock-out stages and Celtic unable to advance, finished 1-1.

This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on February 23, 2017.

Alderweireld returns to Tottenham squad for CSKA clash at Wembley

Spurs welcome back Toby Alderweireld after the defender's injury lay-off. Credit: PA

Toby Alderweireld returns to the Tottenham squad for Wednesday's Champions League game at home to CSKA Moscow.

Alderweireld has been out for almost eight weeks with a knee injury and is likely to be named on the bench for the Group E match at Wembley.

Erik Lamela is unavailable as he has a family issue in Argentina while Ben Davies and Vincent Janssen are both recovering from ankle injuries.

Provisional Spurs squad: Lloris, Vorm, Lopez, Rose, Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Walker, Trippier, Dier, Wanyama, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Sissoko, Onomah, Nkoudou, Son, Kane.

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