Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge appear fit for Germany match

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Big statement match for England on Tuesday when they face Germany at Wembley.

The Three Lions head into the match following a disappointing 2-0 loss to Chile on Friday where Roy Hodgson‘s men were outplayed for significant portions of the match.

Germany, who drew 1-1 in Italy on Friday, will provide a much sterner test for England and Hodgson is keen to turn the tides. “Germany will ask massive questions of us,” said the England boss.

“But I am pretty sure that all of the XI who go out on Tuesday night will be anxious that they put any comparisons (with Germany) to bed,” Hodgson continued. “They will show they are every bit as good and that is what I believe they will be.”

England’s confidence was boosted on Monday with news that England captain, Steven Gerrard, strikers Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert, and defender Kyle Walker were all confirmed fit to face Germany after missing the Chile clash last Friday.

Sturridge, however, was the only one of that quartet who was unable to complete a full training session with England after suffering a thigh injury while on duty with club side Liverpool. The striker trained for 45 minutes with team-mates before leaving the field with the physio Steve Kemp. He nevertheless claimed he was “happy” to play against the Germans.

Tuesday will also mark the return of Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, who failed to feature in the loss to Chile as Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster earned the call. Hodgson spoke highly of Hart and the opportunity he has to claim his top spot.

“[Joe] will be anxious to seize his chance and anxious to show everyone that he is still a very good goalkeeper,” said Hodgson. “Joe is in the right frame of mind to play. He is ready. The Chile game was Fraser Forster’s chance to show what he can do but (Hart) knows it’s his chance on Tuesday night.”

Monday’s training session gave an indication of what to expect in Tuesday’s match as Hodgson split the squad into two teams. Walker, Chris Smalling, Phil Jagielka and Ashley Cole lined up in front of Hart with a midfield of Gerrard, Tom Cleverley, Adam Lallana and Andros Townsend and Wayne Rooney playing behind Sturridge up top.

The Starting XI of Germany manager Joaquim Low will be more difficult to foresee. Low will be without a number of key players, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, captain Philipp Lahm and Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Another American heads to Schalke: Zyen Jones

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Bundesliga mainstays Schalke have added yet another American, this one 17-year-old Zyen Jones of Atlanta United. Jones is a forward with the U.S. U-17 national team.

Like Josh Sargent, who signed his deal with Werder Bremen on Tuesday, he’ll head overseas and sign a pro contract on Aug. 25, his 18th birthday.

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Jones will join several potential USMNT teammates in Gelsenkirchen, including injured senior team midfielder Weston McKennie and youngster Nick Taitague (19). Forward Haji Wright is on loan at Sandhausen.

Report: Simon Dawkins making move to Minnesota

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The Loons are taking a flier on Simon Dawkins.

The London-born Jamaican international hasn’t done a ton since returning to MLS from Derby County, and turned 30 over the offseason, and Paul Tenorio says the player is on his way to Minnesota United.

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Dawkins scored 14 goals between 2011-12 with San Jose, but scored just five times in his return to California and was blanked in 14 appearances last season. He registered just 10 shots in those matches.

The left winger would join an attack with Christian Ramirez, Kevin Molino, Ethan Finlay, and a pair of Generations Adidas forwards: Abu Danladi (2017 SuperDraft) and Mason Toye (2018).

Champions League Weds. preview: Sevilla-Man Utd, Shakhtar-Roma

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Jose Mourinho says Manchester United is one round away from having legitimate hopes of winning the UEFA Champions League.

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That makes the Round of 16 tie against Sevilla — beginning Wednesday in Spain — a bit of a dream qualifier for the Red Devils.

“I normally say that Champions League dreams start around the quarter-finals and not yet in the last 16,” Mourinho said on ManUtd.com. “Last 16 still looks a long way to go. When a team reaches the quarter-finals, I think it’s the moment where even the teams that are not favourites – which is our case – they start realising that anything is possible.

The injury-hit side got a bit of a boost on Tuesday in Sevilla, where Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia, Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera all trained ahead of the first leg.

As for the hosts, manager Vincenzo Montella admitted that he hopes Pogba won’t play, and joked that he’d prefer to tie up and “padlock” Alexis Sanchez in a bid to defend against the Chilean star.

The final Round of 16 tie to start will be Roma’s pairing with Shakhtar Donetsk, with the first leg taking place in Ukraine.

Shakhtar hasn’t played in some time, but the great equalizer is the bitter cold at Donbass Arena, where the temperature is set to be between 21 and 28 degrees Fahrenheit come kickoff.

Don’t worry, Roma fans, Daniele De Rossi is busy breathing fire into any teammates angling for excuses:

“The cold weather could affect things a little because we’re not used to it but at the end of the day it comes down to how well you perform out there. We must be mentally ready from the get-go because the cold might hit us in the opening minutes.

“If it was that much of a factor, these teams would win the Champions League every year. You don’t go through because of the weather.”

Villarreal opens probe into Semedo’s reported arrest

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MADRID (AP) Spanish club Villarreal says it is investigating the actions of defender Ruben Semedo after reports that he was arrested for a violent incident.

The club said it is “highly concerned” about the issue and “will take the appropriate disciplinary actions with utmost rigor based on the seriousness of the events.”

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The statement was released after Spanish media reported that the Portuguese player was taken into custody early Tuesday for allegedly being involved in a hostile confrontation with another man last week.

Police did not immediately confirm Semedo’s arrest.