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Irvine: No good for Berahino to sulk over England

Berahino was an unused substitute in both England matches. Credit: PA

West Brom boss Alan Irvine insists there is no point in Saido Berahino "sulking" about his recent England snub.

The in-form youngster was selected in Roy Hodgson's squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and friendly against Scotland.

However, he ended up kicking his heels on the bench for both games rather than getting his senior debut, with tried-and-tested veteran Rickie Lambert even preferred as a late substitute at Celtic Park.

There's certainly no benefit to sulking. He has to look at the last two weeks as a great experience - one that helps him to become a better player. If that helps him to raise his game to another level, then fantastic.

We will get the benefit of that and ultimately Saido will as well. It is vitally important he has learnt a lot in these last two weeks and that helps him make the progress he needs to continue to make.

He knows he has a lot to do to continue to develop to become a regular at that level. I really hope this will give his season yet another boost.

– West Brom manager Alan Irvine


City captain Kompany returns to training

Kompany has returned to training for City. Credit: PA

Captain Vincent Kompany has boosted Manchester City by returning to training following a calf injury, the club have revealed.

The influential defender took a knock in City's Champions League loss to CSKA Moscow on November 5 and then missed the 2-2 draw at QPR in the Premier League three days later.

The Premier League champions host Swansea on Saturday afternoon.


Lambert unhappy with Switzerland over Senderos

Senderos is facing a month on the sidelines. Credit: PA

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has hit out at Switzerland's handling of Philippe Senderos and insists they mismanaged the injured defender

The 29-year-old suffered a calf injury while on international duty after recovering from a thigh problem and is now out for up to a month.

It has left Villa with just two fit centre-backs in Ciaran Clark and Jores Okore - who has not played this season after recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury - for Monday's visit of Southampton.

Lambert said:

That's the one I'm not happy about it at all, Philippe. He is the one which has annoyed me the most. He went away with his national team and if you look at his record he has only played six minutes, against West Ham, for a month. He goes away with Switzerland and ends up pulling his calf in a training exercise.

It's mismanagement from the FA in Switzerland. They should have been in dialogue and seen his record in the first place and that he didn't play for a month.

It's OK for them to go away and think 'we have only lost a centre half' but we have lost a centre half for a month again, who has been a vital part of the team.

– Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

Ex-Blackpool goalkeeper Hesford passes away

Hesford made more than 200 league appearances for Blackpool. Credit: PA

Blackpool have announced that their former goalkeeper Iain Hesford has passed away at the age of 54.

Hesford made his debut for the Seasiders in 1977 before going on to play for Sunderland and Hull in a career which spanned three decades.

Most of his time was spent at Blackpool and he made more than 200 league appearances in six years at Bloomfield Road.

"Condolences go out to his family at this sad time," said a statement on the Championship club's official website.

Lahm undergoes successful ankle operation

Lahm suffered a broken ankle in training. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has undergone successful surgery on a broken ankle.

The former Germany defender, 31, was driven away from the club's training ground on a cart on Tuesday after going over on his right ankle while training with the Bavarian giants.

Bayern said in a statement: "Two days after Philipp Lahm sustained a broken right ankle on the training ground, the FCB captain successfully underwent surgery on Thursday morning.

"The fracture was repaired and fixed using a surgical plate and screw. Lahm will spend the next few days in hospital and has been ordered to rest his right leg for several weeks before starting a sports rehab programme.

"The club and all its fans send best wishes for a speedy recovery."

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