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Man United defender relaxed over new deal talks

Chris Smalling is happy to wait until the summer to begin negotiations over a new contract at Manchester United.

Smalling's current deal expires at the end of next season and he is keen to stay at Old Trafford.

The England defender is enjoying life under Louis van Gaal, who has selected him in United's last five games.

Chris Smalling will be staying in Manchester. Credit: PA

And he does not see himself joining another club any time soon.

"Yes, I do," Smalling said when asked if he wanted to stay at United long term.

"I am enjoying it. I always have, and if I can contribute then I am happy to stay for as long as they want me."

Delph: Spurs striker is best player in the league

Fabian Delph has revealed Harry Kane is set to get his vote for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year.

Tottenham striker Kane scored 79 seconds into his England debut against Lithuania on Friday night, adding to the 29 goals he has already got for Spurs this term.

Delph is also an international newcomer, having only made his senior debut last September, but has not been taken aback by his team-mate's rapid rise.

Harry Kane scored on his England debut. Credit: PA

"I can believe it, he's a really hard worker, great talent, still young, still got time to progress as well," the Aston Villa midfielder told a press conference. "But he'll keep his feet on the ground and I'm sure he'll keep pushing on."

Asked if Kane would get his vote in the end-of-season Player of the Year awards, he said: "I think he'll get my vote, there's obviously a few contenders. I'll pick wisely and I can't see why I wouldn't pick Harry."


Hodgson wants England fringe players to impress

Roy Hodgson wants players to show what they can do. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has called on his squad players to show him what they can do against Italy.

Hodgson has just 17 fit outfield players for the friendly in Turin, so will be relying on some non-regulars.

We've got a tougher test ahead of us against Italy and we will be playing that game with players we wouldn't normally rely upon.

There are an awful lot of people in the squad I count on that we've lost, but what it means is for those who are still with us, many who are relatively untried, there will be a chance for them to show that my faith in selecting them for this squad was justified.

– Roy Hodgson speaking to FA TV

Arsenal star dedicates goal to deceased grandmother

Aaron Ramsey ended the week on a high. Credit: PA

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey says his goal against Israel was in tribute to his grandmother, who died recently.

Ramsey netted for his country in the 3-0 win over Israel on Saturday, taking Wales to the top of their qualifying group.

My nan passed away on the weekend, that's why it's been quite tough.

My goal was for her. I'm just really proud I could score the goal for her. I know she's looking down on me and I was glad I could score.

I shut my eyes, got my head on it and thankfully it went in. It was a great performance and 'Ginge' (James Collins) said in the dressing room that's maybe the best performance away from home he has been involved in.

We looked quite comfortable and played with a lot of belief. It was a great performance from the boys, we came here believing we could get a result and we managed to do it.

– Aaron Ramsey

Hodgson calls for calm over Spurs striker Kane

Harry Kane will start against Italy, one would think. Credit: PA

England boss Roy Hodgson has moved to calm the hopes of fans when it comes to Harry Kane.

The Spurs striker scored on his England debut against Lithuania, but Hodgson has called for patience when it comes to the 21-year-old.

If I was just a fan I would be shouting the same things, but you have to understand that you have a responsibility as a coach - not just to Harry Kane but to lots of other players as well - that you have to think what is best for everybody.

What is best for the team, what is best for everybody, what is going to make it work? We are not going to hold him back, but on the other hand I hope I have got Harry Kane for a long period to come and I don't be the one who throws him in and he flies too close to the sun.

– Roy Hodgson
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