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Tottenham’s Harry Winks earns first England call-up as injury replacement

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Harry Winks‘ strong start to the 2017-2018 Premier League season hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The 21-year-old Tottenham midfielder earned his first senior England National Team call-up on Monday as an injury replacement for veteran pair Fabian Delph and Phil Jones.

Winks was already part of Aidy Boothroyd’s England Under-21 Men’s National Team squad for matches against Scotland and Andorra but on Monday earned the move up.

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Winks has made five appearances with one start in the Premier League for Spurs this year with a start at APOEL in the UEFA Champions League last week.

England is set to face Slovenia on Thursday and then travel to Lithuania on Sunday.

U.S. U-20 CB Carter-Vickers signs new Tottenham deal, goes out on loan

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Cameron Carter-Vickers will have a chance to play first-team football this season. It just won’t be with Tottenham.

The club announced on Friday that the U.S. Under-20 international centerback had signed a new deal with the club through 2020 and had been sent on loan to Championship club Sheffield United.

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The 19-year-old had made the bench for Tottenham’s Premier League opener at Newcastle but with the signing of Davinson Sanchez, Carter-Vickers’ possible playing time went from slim to very slim.

Sheffield United meanwhile were promoted to the Championship after finishing first in League One last season. Moving to the busy and physical Championship should be a good move for Carter-Vickers, where he can get regular playing time before trying to break into the Tottenham first team next season.

“Cameron is young, athletic and highly-rated by Tottenham and we’re delighted we’ve been trusted to continue his development,” Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said. “He is a central defender with a good attitude and adds competition for places in that area. I like the way Tottenham play and it’s clear that Cameron has the ability to be a very good player.”

Carter-Vickers has played the last three years for the U.S. Under-20 MNT, starting in each of the last two FIFA Under-20 World Cups. Carter-Vickers was on the bench for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 4-0 loss at Costa Rica, the last game under the leadership of Jurgen Klinsmann.

As a dual national, Carter-Vickers is still eligible to play for his birth country of England, though it looks like he’s in the USMNT plans for the future.

Breaking down who each Premier League team could face in the UCL Group Stage

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The UEFA Champions League group stage lineup is complete, with five Premier League clubs making the list.

On Wednesday, Liverpool joined Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United in the group stage after beating Hoffenheim, 6-3 on aggregate in the playoff qualification round.

Thursday’s Champions League draw (2 p.m. ET) will place clubs into groups of four, where they’ll play three matches at home and away.

Here’s a look at the four coefficient pots and who each Premier League club could face:

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Transfer Rumor Wrap: Tottenham set to make Ajax’s Sanchez its record signing

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Tottenham look set to break the bank on one of the world’s most exciting defensive prospects.

According to a report in the Guardian, Tottenham and Ajax have agreed on a $54.1 million transfer fee for centerback Davinson Sanchez. The Colombian international only joined Ajax a year ago but led the backline to the Europa League final, where Ajax fell to Manchester United.

Spurs officials reportedly traveled to Amsterdam earlier this week to sort out a deal to bring Sanchez back to London. It’s believed to be a $36 million transfer with add-on clauses worth around $18 million.

Sanchez will add more speed and strength to one of the Premier League’s best backlines, giving Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen a partner to play with in a back three.

Update: Later Friday, Tottenham made the signing official, subject to passing a medical and the acquisition of a work permit.

Here’s some more news from around the Premier League:

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Top Premier League story lines – Week 2

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The Premier League hits its second match day on Saturday, beginning with Manchester United’s trip to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City.

That match isn’t even in our top five as a pair of Top Four battles await Sunday and Monday.

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Can heated rivalry help Chelsea find its form?
Tottenham – Chelsea (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN) [ STREAM ] 

The Blues took a long time to recover from Gary Cahill‘s early red card as Chelsea lost 3-2 to Burnley on Opening Day, and know they could find themselves six points behind Tottenham after just two weeks of the Premier League season. The rivalry between Spurs and Chelsea has risen several notches in the past couple years, and Chelsea will also be hampered by suspensions to Cahill and Cesc Fabregas.

Everton starts murderer’s row of fixtures at the Etihad
Manchester City – Everton (Monday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) STREAM ] 

Man City, Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester United: Those are Everton’s next four matches following a win over Stoke and Thursday’s Europa League win over Hajduk Split (The Toffees head to Croatia on Aug. 24). The good news, if there is any, is that Man City didn’t look terrific in its win over Brighton and Hove Albion. The bad news? Everton’s top men, aside from new boy Gylfi Sigurdsson, almost all played in the win over Hajduk.

Arsenal’s beleaguered defense heads to the road
Stoke City – Arsenal (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC) – [STREAM]

The Gunners may boast wins over Chelsea and Leicester City this month, but Arsenal conceded thrice to the Foxes and needed drama to boost three points from Opening Day. Stoke fell 1-0 at Everton but was far from a pushover.

Can Town make it 2-for-2 versus the Toon?
Huddersfield Town vs. Newcastle United (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – STREAM ]

Rafa Benitez’s Opening Day plans were shuttered by Jonjo Shelvey‘s poor red card, and the Spaniard won’t have his best midfielder at The John Smith’s Stadium when Newcastle faces a Town team that won 3-0 at Crystal Palace. The road sides won when these two met in the Championship last season.

Liverpool’s stumbling defense meets old pal Benteke
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Jurgen Klopp‘s men stumbled out of the gates, even if their last minute concession against Watford in a 3-3 draw arguably shouldn’t have stood up to the linesman’s view. Benteke scored twice as the Eagles won at Anfield last season, and will certainly be up for irking his old boss once more.