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Alonso retires from international duty

Alonso won it all with Spain's golden generation. Credit: PA

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his retirement from international football.

The 32-year-old was a member of the Spain squads which won the World Cup in 2010 and European Championships in 2008 and 2012 during a sustained period of dominance - but that run came to an end with a miserable World Cup in Brazil this summer as they were dumped out before the group stages had even concluded.


I announce my retirement from international football. It's been an enormous honour for 11 great years. Sincere thanks to everyone involved.


Robinson eyes promotion after United scalp

Robinson shakes Danny Welbeck's hand after the 4-0 drubbing. Credit: PA

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has challenged his players to follow up their shock win over Manchester United by securing promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

Robinson's side pulled off the biggest win in the club's brief history on Tuesday when they dumped United out of the Capital One Cup with a 4-0 win at stadium:mk.

We need to get out of this league, it's imperative we do so for everyone's career," said Robinson, who was appointed in 2010 at the age of 30.

"Hopefully we can use this win to help us for the future.

"We need to build for everyone's career, we need to get stuck into where we want to go."


Celtic complete Wakaso loan deal

Celtic have completed the loan signing of Ghana winger Mubarak Wakaso.

The 24-year-old, who played in the World Cup, arrives on a one-year loan deal with Celtic having the option to buy the player from Russian side Rubin Kazan.

Celtic announced the former Espanyol and Villarreal player will go straight into their squad for Sunday's Scottish Premiership clash at Dundee.

Ajax demand huge fee for Blind

Blind starred for Van Gaal's Netherlands team at the World Cup. Credit: PA

Ajax have told Manchester United they will not be able to sign Daley Blind on the cheap.

The need for reinforcements at Old Trafford was laid bare in the most humiliating fashion on Tuesday night as United were dumped out of the Capital One Cup with a 4-0 defeat to MK Dons.

Blind, a versatile Dutchman who can play left-back or in central midfield, is on Van Gaal's transfer wish list, but Ajax want to hold on to the player for another year so they will not let him go cheaply in this window.

"We believe that we currently have a strong team and want Daley to stay for another year," Ajax director of football Marc Overmars told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

"Only if the absolute top price is paid is a transfer negotiable.

"Daley's management know how we feel at the moment.

"Next year we will have a much more lenient policy, we are willing to talk with Daley and we will settle for a reasonable price."

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