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Four uncapped players named in Southgate’s England squad

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Gareth Southgate has decided to take a look at some up and coming names in his final training camp with friendlies before the 2018 World Cup.

Burnley pair James Tarkowski and Nick Pope, Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson and Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook were all named on Thursday to Gareth Southgate’s 27-man squad set to meet up at St. George’s Park next week. England visits the Amsterdam Arena to face the Netherlands on March 23 before returning home to Wembley Stadium to take on Italy on March 27. Perhaps coincidentally, though both historical powers, neither the Netherlands or Italy will be at the 2018 World Cup, making these interesting games from a preparation approach.

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There have been plenty of calls for Southgate to give the likes of Mawson, Pope and Tarkowski a look, while Lewis Cook has excelled with Bournemouth this season and looks to make the jump after appearing numerous times for the Three Lions at youth level.

There are plenty of veterans in this squad as well. West Ham’s Joe Hart, coming off a rough performance at club level, earned a call-up, and the likes of Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere have more than 30 caps each to their name.

Coming off a two-goal performance in the Premier League for Manchester United, Marcus Rashford makes the squad as a forward along with Danny Welbeck and Jamie Vardy.

Notable absences include the injured Harry Kane, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and Jermain Defoe, as Southgate looks to test his fringe players on who will make the plane to Russia.

West Ham 0-3 Burnley: Ugly scenes as Hammers lose again

  • Fan violence, protests breaks out in second half among home supporters
  • Burnley’s first league win at West Ham since 1973
  • David Moyes has never beaten Sean Dyche in five meetings

West Ham United lost 3-0 at home to Burnley on Saturday as the Hammers’ awful season took another dramatic nosedive with their third-straight defeat.

After widespread fan protests were called off before the game, things were okay up until Burnley scored twice around the hour mark. Ashley Barnes scored the first and Chris Wood, who jumped off the bench to set up Barnes’ goal, scored two more to send the London Stadium into meltdown.

Fans ran on the pitch and supporters protested against co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan, as they left the directors box for a safer setting.

With the win Burnley remain in seventh and are just two points behind Arsenal who occupy sixth.

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The atmosphere was rather subdued in the first half as West Ham had more of the ball and the better chances but couldn’t break through against a stubborn Burnley outfit.

Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini went close but were off target.

Late in the first half West Ham piled on the pressure but Nick Pope dealt with several corners comfortably as it ended goalless in the first 45 minutes.

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In the second half it all went very wrong, very quickly for the Hammers, in more ways than one.

Chris Wood jumped off the bench with 30 minutes and had a big impact as he teed up Barnes who smashed home the opener to put Burnley 1-0 up. That opening goal sparked violent scenes among the home fans as two supporters ran onto the pitch and Mark Noble get involved to try and stop them.

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Moments later it was 2-0 to Burnley as Johann Berg Gudmondsson poked the ball across the area for Aaron Lennon to cross and Wood was there to tap home. A goal and an assist from Wood in a matter of a few minutes as West Ham’s fans continued their protests.

Nasty scenes played out late on at the London Stadium as the supporters vented their anger towards the board and owners, and things got worse as Wood scored another to make it 3-0 following a howler from Joe Hart.

With the defeat the Hammers are just three points above the drop zone and Moyes has yet another disastrous situation to manage.

Burnley 2-1 Everton: Comeback Clarets

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  • Wood heads home late winner
  • Everton took lead through Tosun
  • First win in 12 PL games for Burnley
  • Just 1 away win in 23 games for Everton

Burnley came from behind to beat 10-man Everton 2-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday, with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood grabbing second half goals after Cenk Tosun gave Everton an early lead.

It marked the first time Burnley have come from behind to win a Premier League game under Sean Dyche.

The Clarets dominated large spells of the game but Sam Allardyce‘s side had plenty of chances to score and were made to pay for their lack of composure in front of goal. To add insult to injury Ashley Williams was sent off late on for elbowing Barnes in the face.

With the win Burnley solidify their spot in seventh and have 38 points, while Everton remain in ninth on 35 points after three defeats in their last four games.

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Burnley had plenty of joy out wide early on but it was Everton who had the first big chance of the game. After the  ball was cut back from the left, Walcott fired well over with the goal gaping as his teammate Tom Davies seemed to get in his way.

At the other end Jack Cork blazed over and Johan Berg Gudmundsson’s cross caused Jordan Pickford to palm it away, but then Everton hit the Clarets with the opener.

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Walcott’s cross from the right was flicked on by Seamus Coleman and Tosun nodded home his first Everton goal following his big money move from Besiktas in January.

Before the break the game opened as Burnley searched for an equalizer with Pickford brilliantly denying Ashley Barnes’ header, while Everton were dangerous on the break as Nick Pope denied Walcott.

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In the second half Burnley kept up the pressure as Pickford denied Lennon, then stopping Ben Mee‘s header with another fine stop. The equalizer finally arrived for Burnley as Matt Lowton‘s fantastic ball caught out Michael Keane and Barnes raced in on goal before beating Pickford at his near post after poor positioning. 1-1.

Burnley went close to a winner soon after as Gudmundsson’s cross deflected just wide of onrushing attackers, while Everton introduced Wayne Rooney off the bench to try and go ahead for a second time.

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At the other end Barnes almost scored a carbon copy of his first goal but Pickford got his angles right to deny the English striker, while Oumar Niasse blazed over with Everton dangerous late in the game on the break.

Gylfi Sigurdsson showed fine composure in the box to set up a chance but the Icelandic playmaker pushed his shot just wide of the far post and Everton were made to pay for that.

A corner from the left found Wood at the back post and the sub headed home from close range to seal a first win in 12 for Burnley. Late on Williams was shown a straight red card for elbowing Barnes in the face as he waited for a free kick to compound Everton’s misery.

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Ahead of Week 29 in the Premier League, here’s a look at the stars who are stealing the show across the league with just 10 games to go.

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Players from Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham all feature heavily as they continue to set the pace, with Manchester United’s main men surging up our rankings.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.

  1. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Even
  2. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Even
  3. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – Even
  4. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Up 1
  5. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Up 3
  6. Sergio Aguero (Man City) – Up 1
  7. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – Down 3
  8. Romelu Lukaku (Man United) – Up 11
  9. Jose Izquierdo (Brighton) – Up 2
  10. David De Gea (Man United) – Up 4
  11. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – Down 5
  12. Willian (Chelsea) – New entry
  13. Alexis Sanchez (Man United) – Down 1
  14. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) – New entry
  15. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – New entry
  16. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield) – New entry
  17. Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) – Down 7
  18. Scott McTominay (Man United) – New entry
  19. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Down 6
  20. Nick Pope (Burnley) – Even

Burnley 1-1 Southampton: Gabbiadini to the rescue

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  • Burnley without a PL win in 11
  • Saints with just one win in their last 15 games
  • Gabbiadini’s first goal in 17 games

Southampton struck late to grab a 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Ashley Barnes bundled home in the second half to give Burnley the lead but Sean Dyche‘s side succumbed to a predatory finish from Manolo Gabbiadini who jumped off the bench to grab a valuable point for Saints.

With the draw Burnley move on to 37 points and back up to seventh, while Southampton move out of the bottom three and have 27 points.

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Saints had a decent chance on the break early on as Dusan Tadic, making his 150th appearance for the club, drilled a low effort towards the far corner which Nick Pope saved superbly.

Burnley were dangerous when crosses flew into the box but Saints had another chance to go ahead but Nathan Redmond‘s shot from outside the box was saved by Pope.

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The home side improved drastically before half time as they pinned Southampton back but failed to really generate any clear-cut chances.

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In the second half the encounter continued to be a tight, tense affair as Ashley Barnes nodded wide and Southampton struggled to get going in attack.

Burnley took the lead as Barnes bundled home from close range following a cross from Aaron Lennon on the left which initially saw Alex McCarthy save well form Gudmundsson but then Southampton’s defense stood still and allowed Barnes to score.

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Substitute Josh Sims then thought he had equalized as the youngster cut in, smashed on goal but Pope tipped the ball onto the post with a magnificent save.

In the 90th minute Saints did equalize as Burnley felt that referee Bobby Madley got in their way in the middle of the pitch, but Redmond found Sims who crossed from the right and Guido Carrillo nodded the ball down to Gabbiadini to swivel and smash home. 1-1.