Southgate done well to douse Sterling fires that could have undone England camp

Had Gareth Southgate dropped Raheem Sterling for England’s penultimate friendly game against Nigeria last weekend, following the Manchester City forward’s punctual misdemeanour, there isn’t any doubt it would have attracted more negative attention upon the England camp than would have been necessary.

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Neymar wants to leave

Barcelona have confirmed their Brazilian superstar wants to leave the Nou Camp this summer.

Neymar was given permission by the Catalan giants to miss training on Wednesday after he said his goodbyes to fellow teammates at their base.

Talks between the Brazilian’s agent and PSG have reached an advanced stage as the Ligue 1 side plan to tigger Neymar’s stunning £196 million release clause.

Barcelona have released a statement that reads: “Before the morning session began, Neymar informed those present of his wish to leave the club and was therefore given permission to miss training and resolve his future.”

The selling club have already lined up a replacement for their attacker in Philippe Coutinho as they prepare to smack down a sensational £89 million offer for the Liverpool playmaker.

However, the Premier League side have stated their intent not to sale their main man to keep him at Anfield this summer.