Steven Gerrard set to join England’s exclusive 100 Club

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Assuming his knee holds up, longtime Liverpool and England international midfielder Steven Gerrard is about to collect his 100th cap for country.

If Gerrard gets on the field during Wednesday’s friendly against Sweden in Stockholm, he will become sixth England man to gain that celebrated 100th international appearance. (All signs indicated the slight knee strain picked up over the weekend against Chelsea will not keep Gerrard from reaching No. 100.)

It’s quite an exclusive club. The short list is:

  • Peter Shilton, 125
  • David Beckham, 115
  • Bobby Moore, 108
  • Bobby Charlton, 106
  • Billy Wright, 105

In case you don’t know what those nice young fellows looked like, here’s a short little pictorial walk through the list.

Gerrard first stepped on the field for England back in May of 2000. There are surely a couple of young men or women out there reading this who were not alive at the time. That was a 2-0 win for the Three Lions over Ukraine under then-manager Kevin Keegan.

Here’s what Robbie Fowler says about Gerrard reaching such a meaningful, hard-to-achieve milepost:

It’s a well-deserved honour for him to get to 100 caps. He’s been Liverpool’s best player for many, many years, and alongside John Terry I’d say he’s been England best over the same period.

“He should have been England’s captain a long, long time ago. He can come across to people who don’t know as a bit surly at times, but he’s the perfect captain for his club and his country.

“He controls that dressing room, and looks after his team-mates the way you would want a captain to.”

LAFC selects Urena, 4 others in MLS Expansion Draft

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Los Angeles FC selected five players in the MLS Expansion Draft, including Costa Rican national team star Marco Urena.

Whether they’ll make their way to the City of Angels is another story.

The first pick from general manager John Thorrington was goalkeeper Tyler Miller from Seattle Sounders.

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Going next was Latif Blessing from Sporting KC, an electric attacker who netted thrice with an assist last season.

Next was Urena from San Jose and the Costa Rican national team, a huge addition, and then Columbus left back Jukka Raitala before closing up the draft with Raheem Edwards from Toronto FC.

LAFC has already announced the signings or acquisitions of Carlos Vela, Walker Zimmerman, Carlos Alvarez, Monday Etim, and Guillermo Vizcarra.

The club will also loan Omar Gaber from Basel and Rodrigo Pacheco from Lanus.

WATCH LIVE: Three Premier League matches

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Chelsea visits the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town in one of three Premier League fixtures this chilly Tuesday in December (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

The Blues are now 14 points back of Manchester City, and three points clear of fifth place.

Meanwhile there are a pair of matches on NBC Sports Gold: Burnley looks to keep pace with its Top Four ambitions when it hosts struggling Stoke City, while in-form Crystal Palace seeks a home win that would move it out of the drop zone. In its way? Dangerous, attack-minded Watford.

Burnley vs. Stoke City — 2:45 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]

Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea — 3 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]

Crystal Palace vs. Watford — 3 p.m. ET [ STREAM ]

FIFA bans Colombia midfielder Cardona 5 games for gesture

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA has banned Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona for five matches for making a discriminatory gesture with his eyes toward a South Korean opponent.

FIFA will allow Cardona to serve the ban in friendly games, so he should be available for Colombia’s World Cup opener against Japan on June 19.

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Cardona has also been fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,150) because of the incident last month in a friendly in Seoul.

Cardona apologized at the time, saying he “didn’t mean to disrespect anyone, a country or a race, but if anyone felt offended, or interpreted it in that way, I am sorry.”

Spurs’ Alderweireld won’t return until February

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Spurs finally got a bit of good news this weekend with a blowout of Stoke City.

That was a followed by a tough draw against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League, and bad news on an old injury.

[ MORE: Benitez on NUFC struggles ]

Center back Toby Alderweireld is going to be gone into February, extending his time on the sidelines with a hamstring injury suffered Nov. 1 against Real Madrid.

Spurs were 6-2-2 in league when Alderweireld went down, and are just 2-2-2 since the injury. The Belgian has missed losses at Arsenal and Leicester, draws against Watford and West Brom, and wins over Crystal Palace and Stoke.

Tottenham did win both of its UCL matches since the injury.