<h2>Chelsea’s Diego Costa will miss Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine and a friendly with the Netherlands after picking up a hamstring injury.</h2><p>The striker, 26, sustained the injury during Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Hull on Sunday.</p><p>Costa, who scored his 20th goal of the season, was replaced by Loic Remy with 15 minutes remaining.</p><p>The Spanish Football Federation  said Costa will return to Chelsea for medical treatment.</p><p>Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up Malaga’s 21-year-old striker Juanmi as cover for Costa.</p>

Chelsea’s Diego Costa will miss Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine and a friendly with the Netherlands after picking up a hamstring injury.

The striker, 26, sustained the injury during Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Hull on Sunday.

Costa, who scored his 20th goal of the season, was replaced by Loic Remy with 15 minutes remaining.

The Spanish Football Federation said Costa will return to Chelsea for medical treatment.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up Malaga’s 21-year-old striker Juanmi as cover for Costa.

<h2>England News: England newcomer Harry Kane’s progress has been “sensational”, according to team-mate Michael Carrick.</h2><p>The striker, 21, has scored 29 goals for Tottenham so far this season and received his first senior call-up for the games against Lithuania and Italy.</p><p>"He’s gone up two or three levels. His performances keep improving," said Manchester United midfielder Carrick.</p><p>Defender Gary Cahill added: “He has all the attributes [for a striker] - his confidence is sky high.”</p><p>England face Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday before playing Italy in a friendly in Turin on Tuesday.</p><p>Meanwhile, Fabian Delph linked up with the England senior squad later than his team-mates on the first day of training. The Aston Villa midfielder was delayed due to a stomach bug before arriving at St George’s Park.</p>

England News: England newcomer Harry Kane’s progress has been “sensational”, according to team-mate Michael Carrick.

The striker, 21, has scored 29 goals for Tottenham so far this season and received his first senior call-up for the games against Lithuania and Italy.

"He’s gone up two or three levels. His performances keep improving," said Manchester United midfielder Carrick.

Defender Gary Cahill added: “He has all the attributes [for a striker] - his confidence is sky high.”

England face Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday before playing Italy in a friendly in Turin on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Fabian Delph linked up with the England senior squad later than his team-mates on the first day of training. The Aston Villa midfielder was delayed due to a stomach bug before arriving at St George’s Park.

<p><b>England News:Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of England’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania on Friday with a hip injury.</b></p><p>The Liverpool striker, 25, also misses the friendly against Italy in Turin on Tuesday, 31 March.</p><p>Sturridge sustained the problem during Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.</p><p>His absence could pave the way for Tottenham’s Harry Kane to make his debut at Wembley for the Group E leaders.</p><p>Sturridge’s Liverpool team-mate Adam Lallana is out of the England squad after suffering a groin injury against Louis van Gaal’s side.</p><p>Sturridge had been hoping to make his first England appearance since September when he played in the 1-0 friendly victory over Norway.</p><p>Since then, injury has forced him to miss all of England’s Euro 2016 qualifiers - against Switzerland, San Marino, Estonia and Slovenia - as well as the friendly against Scotland.</p><p>The England medical team took the decision to rule him out on Monday evening, having assessed the striker following the squad’s arrival at St. George’s Park on Monday.</p><p>Sturridge scored the hosts’ consolation against <a href="http://premierfootballnews.com/" target="_blank">Manchester United</a> at Anfield, but afterwards complained of discomfort in his hip.</p><p>Uncapped Kane, captain Wayne Rooney and <a href="http://www.thegunners247.uk/" target="_blank">Arsenal’s</a> Danny Welbeck are alternative forward options.</p><p>England lead qualifying Group E by six points thanks to a 100% record in their first four games.</p><p>The top two countries qualify automatically for the finals in France next summer.</p><p>Roy Hodgson’s side face Italy in Turin on Tuesday, 31 March.</p>

England News:Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of England’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania on Friday with a hip injury.

The Liverpool striker, 25, also misses the friendly against Italy in Turin on Tuesday, 31 March.

Sturridge sustained the problem during Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.

His absence could pave the way for Tottenham’s Harry Kane to make his debut at Wembley for the Group E leaders.

Sturridge’s Liverpool team-mate Adam Lallana is out of the England squad after suffering a groin injury against Louis van Gaal’s side.

Sturridge had been hoping to make his first England appearance since September when he played in the 1-0 friendly victory over Norway.

Since then, injury has forced him to miss all of England’s Euro 2016 qualifiers - against Switzerland, San Marino, Estonia and Slovenia - as well as the friendly against Scotland.

The England medical team took the decision to rule him out on Monday evening, having assessed the striker following the squad’s arrival at St. George’s Park on Monday.

Sturridge scored the hosts’ consolation against Manchester United at Anfield, but afterwards complained of discomfort in his hip.

Uncapped Kane, captain Wayne Rooney and Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck are alternative forward options.

England lead qualifying Group E by six points thanks to a 100% record in their first four games.

The top two countries qualify automatically for the finals in France next summer.

Roy Hodgson’s side face Italy in Turin on Tuesday, 31 March.

<p><b>Premier League:The Football Association has transferred  Gareth McAuley’s red card from Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City to his West Brom team-mate Craig Dawson.</b></p><p>Referee Neil Swarbrick admitted he sent off the wrong man at Etihad Stadium after Dawson had fouled City striker Wilfried Bony in the second minute.</p><p>The FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission met on Monday and ruled it was a case of “mistaken identity”.</p><p>Dawson will now serve a one-match ban.</p><p>The defender will miss the <a href="http://premierfootballnews.com/" target="_blank">Premier League</a> visit of QPR on 4 April for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.</p><p>Northern Ireland centre-back McAuley was dismissed in the second minute for a foul on Bony when it was Dawson who had committed the offence.</p><p>Swarbrick apologised for his mistake afterwards via a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd.</p><p>After the game West Brom boss Tony Pulis called for referee reviews,where managers are able to appeal against decisions during a game.</p><p>"If we can help referees with a 30-second call-back option, twice a game, it would stop us talking about them," the West Brom manager said.</p>

Premier League:The Football Association has transferred Gareth McAuley’s red card from Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City to his West Brom team-mate Craig Dawson.

Referee Neil Swarbrick admitted he sent off the wrong man at Etihad Stadium after Dawson had fouled City striker Wilfried Bony in the second minute.

The FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission met on Monday and ruled it was a case of “mistaken identity”.

Dawson will now serve a one-match ban.

The defender will miss the Premier League visit of QPR on 4 April for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

Northern Ireland centre-back McAuley was dismissed in the second minute for a foul on Bony when it was Dawson who had committed the offence.

Swarbrick apologised for his mistake afterwards via a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd.

After the game West Brom boss Tony Pulis called for referee reviews,where managers are able to appeal against decisions during a game.

"If we can help referees with a 30-second call-back option, twice a game, it would stop us talking about them," the West Brom manager said.

<h2>Premier League: Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been charged with violent conduct over an alleged stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.</h2><p>The incident happened in injury time during the Reds’ 2-1 <a href="http://premierfootballnews.com/" target="_blank">Premier League</a> defeat at Anfield on Sunday.</p><p>The Slovakia international, 30, has to respond by 18:00 GMT on Tuesday and the offence carries a three-match ban.</p><p>Referee Martin Atkinson did not see the incident but three former officials agreed it was a sending-off offence.</p><p>The trio made the decision after reviewing footage of the incident.</p><p>Unless Skrtel successfully appeals he will be banned for Liverpool’s Premier League matches at Arsenal (4 April) and at home to Newcastle (April 13), plus the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Blackburn on 8 April.</p><p>Captain Steven Gerrard will also miss those matches after his red card 38 seconds after coming on as a half-time substitute in the same game.</p>

Premier League: Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been charged with violent conduct over an alleged stamp on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

The incident happened in injury time during the Reds’ 2-1 Premier League defeat at Anfield on Sunday.

The Slovakia international, 30, has to respond by 18:00 GMT on Tuesday and the offence carries a three-match ban.

Referee Martin Atkinson did not see the incident but three former officials agreed it was a sending-off offence.

The trio made the decision after reviewing footage of the incident.

Unless Skrtel successfully appeals he will be banned for Liverpool’s Premier League matches at Arsenal (4 April) and at home to Newcastle (April 13), plus the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Blackburn on 8 April.

Captain Steven Gerrard will also miss those matches after his red card 38 seconds after coming on as a half-time substitute in the same game.

<p><b>Premier League News: Aaron Lennon scored his first goal for Everton as they beat a spirited QPR side at Loftus Road and eased concerns about <a href="http://premierfootballnews.com/" target="_blank">Premier League</a> relegation.</b></p><p>Right-back Seamus Coleman had put the Toffees ahead in the first half with a clinical finish on the counter attack.</p><p>QPR equalised when substitute Eduardo Vargas profited from some lax Everton defending at a corner to fire home.</p><p>Winger Lennon, on loan from Tottenham, struck the winner for the visitors when he slotted in from close range.</p><p>The result moved Everton nine points clear of the drop zone and up to 13th place, while QPR are four points adrift of safety in 19th spot.</p><p>After a spectacular European thumping at the hands of Dynamo Kiev last week, Everton have just top-flight survival to focus on in the remainder of the campaign.</p><p>It is a stark contrast to Roberto Martinez’s debut season in charge last term when Everton were challenging for a Champions League place and ultimately finished fifth.</p><p>Indeed, a section of Everton fans made their dissatisfaction towards their manager abundantly clear on Saturday with graffiti daubed on one of the stands at Goodison Park  which said “Martinez out” and “not good enough”.</p>

Premier League News: Aaron Lennon scored his first goal for Everton as they beat a spirited QPR side at Loftus Road and eased concerns about Premier League relegation.

Right-back Seamus Coleman had put the Toffees ahead in the first half with a clinical finish on the counter attack.

QPR equalised when substitute Eduardo Vargas profited from some lax Everton defending at a corner to fire home.

Winger Lennon, on loan from Tottenham, struck the winner for the visitors when he slotted in from close range.

The result moved Everton nine points clear of the drop zone and up to 13th place, while QPR are four points adrift of safety in 19th spot.

After a spectacular European thumping at the hands of Dynamo Kiev last week, Everton have just top-flight survival to focus on in the remainder of the campaign.

It is a stark contrast to Roberto Martinez’s debut season in charge last term when Everton were challenging for a Champions League place and ultimately finished fifth.

Indeed, a section of Everton fans made their dissatisfaction towards their manager abundantly clear on Saturday with graffiti daubed on one of the stands at Goodison Park which said “Martinez out” and “not good enough”.

<p><b>Premier League News:Thibaut Courtois was indebted to Loic Remy after his late winner extended Chelsea’s <a href="http://premierfootballnews.com/" target="_blank">Premier League</a> lead over Manchester City to six points.</b></p><p>The visitors went two goals ahead after Eden Hazard fired in and Diego Costa curled in his 20th of the season.</p><p>But Hull replied with two goals in 74 seconds as Ahmed Elmohamady slid in before Abel Hernandez took advantage of an error by goalkeeper Courtois.</p><p>Substitute Remy then beat Allan McGregor to score with his first touch.</p><p>The goal, which sneaked through McGregor’s legs, papered over an inconsistent display from Jose Mourinho’s side, who went from awesome to awful in the space of 28 first-half minutes.</p><p>Courtois will be mightily relieved at Remy’s strike after the Belgium goalkeeper failed to control Branislav Ivanovic’s back pass, inadvertently gifting the ball to the onrushing Hernandez for the equaliser.</p><p>And the French striker could become an important figure in the title run-in after he replaced the injured Costa, who had a hamstring problem.</p>

Premier League News:Thibaut Courtois was indebted to Loic Remy after his late winner extended Chelsea’s Premier League lead over Manchester City to six points.

The visitors went two goals ahead after Eden Hazard fired in and Diego Costa curled in his 20th of the season.

But Hull replied with two goals in 74 seconds as Ahmed Elmohamady slid in before Abel Hernandez took advantage of an error by goalkeeper Courtois.

Substitute Remy then beat Allan McGregor to score with his first touch.

The goal, which sneaked through McGregor’s legs, papered over an inconsistent display from Jose Mourinho’s side, who went from awesome to awful in the space of 28 first-half minutes.

Courtois will be mightily relieved at Remy’s strike after the Belgium goalkeeper failed to control Branislav Ivanovic’s back pass, inadvertently gifting the ball to the onrushing Hernandez for the equaliser.

And the French striker could become an important figure in the title run-in after he replaced the injured Costa, who had a hamstring problem.

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<h2><a href="http://www.thegunners247.uk" target="_blank">The Gunners</a> manager Arsene Wenger believes introducing a quota-based system to the Premier League would be counter-productive.</h2><p>Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has proposed a scheme
 that would see the number of home-grown players in top-flight squads 
increased from eight to 12, a move he feels would benefit the national 
team.</p><p>Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore claims 
clubs were told by Dyke that the FA could not impose the change and 
Wenger believes the changes will help neither the league nor national 
team.</p><p>"I believe that we are in the world of competition. Competition means either you or me is the best one. We have to accept that,” Wenger told beIN Sports.</p><p>"That means as well that the rules of the game must be structured to favour the best or we are not in a competition anymore.</p><p>"So we can say one of two things - we protect the mediocre or we produce the best players."</p><p>Wenger
 also warned that similar schemes introduced in other countries had led 
to young players becoming ‘professional subs’, which did nothing to 
assist them while affecting the quality of the league at the same time.</p><p>"I give you two examples," he added. "In Yugoslavia in the past they decided you had to play three players on the team sheet who were under 
21. What happened? They became professional subs. It happened in France,
 too.</p><p>"Then they decided you had to play three players under 21 
from the start. You know what happened? They subbed all three after five
 minutes."</p><p>Dyke’s proposal to toughen up home-grown player rules 
has the support of UEFA president Michel Platini, who hinted he intends 
to follow suit.</p>

The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger believes introducing a quota-based system to the Premier League would be counter-productive.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has proposed a scheme that would see the number of home-grown players in top-flight squads increased from eight to 12, a move he feels would benefit the national team.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore claims clubs were told by Dyke that the FA could not impose the change and Wenger believes the changes will help neither the league nor national team.

"I believe that we are in the world of competition. Competition means either you or me is the best one. We have to accept that,” Wenger told beIN Sports.

"That means as well that the rules of the game must be structured to favour the best or we are not in a competition anymore.

"So we can say one of two things - we protect the mediocre or we produce the best players."

Wenger also warned that similar schemes introduced in other countries had led to young players becoming ‘professional subs’, which did nothing to assist them while affecting the quality of the league at the same time.

"I give you two examples," he added. "In Yugoslavia in the past they decided you had to play three players on the team sheet who were under 21. What happened? They became professional subs. It happened in France, too.

"Then they decided you had to play three players under 21 from the start. You know what happened? They subbed all three after five minutes."

Dyke’s proposal to toughen up home-grown player rules has the support of UEFA president Michel Platini, who hinted he intends to follow suit.

<h2>Arsenal Latest News: THEO WALCOTT was last night warned by boss Roy Hodgson his England career was in danger of stalling.</h2><p>Injury-plagued Walcott has found it tough to break back into the the gunners team after ten months out with a serious knee injury.</p><p>The winger has made just three Premier League starts this season and none in Europe.</p><p>He has not featured for his country since a game in Ukraine over 18 months ago. Walcott is in Hodgson’s squad for tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley.</p><p>But the Three Lions boss admitted it could be tough for Walcott to reclaim a regular international place with so much new talent bursting through.</p><p>"There’s always that risk," said Hodgson. "That’s the thing about football, isn’t it ? "If you’re not careful, there’s always someone behind you waiting to take your place.</p><p>"It’s a dog-eat-dog world, a bit. Through no fault of your own you can be injured. But then 
suddenly your position, which had looked very secure, six months down 
the line is not so secure.</p><p>"That is the life. That’s something all footballers learn to live with.</p><p>"He’s been with me in my three years without necessarily playing the main figure. "He’s always been there in the background.</p><p>"Whenever we thought we could use him, he’s got injured again.</p><p>"He’s
 got to satisfy a few of his critics and make certain he stays fit and 
gets his place back as one of the first names on the Arsenal teamsheet.</p><p>"When he does that, he might be pushing for a first name on the England team sheet."</p><p>But
 Walcott’s future at the Gunners looks increasingly uncertain, with 
Liverpool keeping a close eye on developments at The Emirates with 
Raheem Sterling’s future still in doubt.</p><p>Yesterday Walcott - whose
 Arsenal contract will have a year to run come the summer - muddied the 
waters by disputing claims from Wenger that discussion about a new deal had already started.</p><p>Tweeting to deny allegations of a bust-up with the Frenchman, the
 26-year-old said: “There have been no contract talks as yet and my 
current focus is not on contracts but doing my best for Arsenal.”</p><p>That flew in the face of what Wenger’s assertion talks had begun due to over-long negotiations last time around.</p><p>Wenger said: “We’ve started very early with him. He’s very <a href="http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/433039/Roy-Hodgson-WARNS-Arsenal-Theo-Walcott-Your-England-career-DANGER-stalling#" target="_blank">quick</a> on the pitch, but off the pitch, not always.”</p>

Arsenal Latest News: THEO WALCOTT was last night warned by boss Roy Hodgson his England career was in danger of stalling.

Injury-plagued Walcott has found it tough to break back into the the gunners team after ten months out with a serious knee injury.

The winger has made just three Premier League starts this season and none in Europe.

He has not featured for his country since a game in Ukraine over 18 months ago. Walcott is in Hodgson’s squad for tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley.

But the Three Lions boss admitted it could be tough for Walcott to reclaim a regular international place with so much new talent bursting through.

"There’s always that risk," said Hodgson. "That’s the thing about football, isn’t it ? "If you’re not careful, there’s always someone behind you waiting to take your place.

"It’s a dog-eat-dog world, a bit. Through no fault of your own you can be injured. But then suddenly your position, which had looked very secure, six months down the line is not so secure.

"That is the life. That’s something all footballers learn to live with.

"He’s been with me in my three years without necessarily playing the main figure. "He’s always been there in the background.

"Whenever we thought we could use him, he’s got injured again.

"He’s got to satisfy a few of his critics and make certain he stays fit and gets his place back as one of the first names on the Arsenal teamsheet.

"When he does that, he might be pushing for a first name on the England team sheet."

But Walcott’s future at the Gunners looks increasingly uncertain, with Liverpool keeping a close eye on developments at The Emirates with Raheem Sterling’s future still in doubt.

Yesterday Walcott - whose Arsenal contract will have a year to run come the summer - muddied the waters by disputing claims from Wenger that discussion about a new deal had already started.

Tweeting to deny allegations of a bust-up with the Frenchman, the 26-year-old said: “There have been no contract talks as yet and my current focus is not on contracts but doing my best for Arsenal.”

That flew in the face of what Wenger’s assertion talks had begun due to over-long negotiations last time around.

Wenger said: “We’ve started very early with him. He’s very quick on the pitch, but off the pitch, not always.”

<h2>ARSENAL enigma Mesut Ozil has set his sights on becoming the best player in the world.

</h2><p>Ozil has failed to live up to his £42.5m price tag since signing for <a href="http://www.thegunners247.uk/" target="_blank">the Gunners</a> from Real Madrid.</p><p>And he recently landed himself in hot water with Arsene Wenger after a trip to a Berlin nightclub just hours after being allowed to miss a game against Newcastle.</p><p>But Ozil insists he will prove his critics wrong and one day follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.</p><p>The 26-year-old said: “If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon d’Or in my hands.</p><p>"I am convinced that it can happen. I am feeling very positive. I am a world champion and I play at a top club in the Premier League.</p><p>"There is much more of a physical test here than there is in Spain or in the Bundesliga.</p><p>"I constantly have bruises, but that makes me harder. I feel physically better than ever."</p><p>Ozil missed Arsenal’s win at Newcastle on Saturday through illness before flying out to Germany ahead of international duty.</p><p>But he was then spotted in a Berlin nightclub and will be asked to explain himself when he returns.</p>

ARSENAL enigma Mesut Ozil has set his sights on becoming the best player in the world.

Ozil has failed to live up to his £42.5m price tag since signing for the Gunners from Real Madrid.

And he recently landed himself in hot water with Arsene Wenger after a trip to a Berlin nightclub just hours after being allowed to miss a game against Newcastle.

But Ozil insists he will prove his critics wrong and one day follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 26-year-old said: “If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon d’Or in my hands.

"I am convinced that it can happen. I am feeling very positive. I am a world champion and I play at a top club in the Premier League.

"There is much more of a physical test here than there is in Spain or in the Bundesliga.

"I constantly have bruises, but that makes me harder. I feel physically better than ever."

Ozil missed Arsenal’s win at Newcastle on Saturday through illness before flying out to Germany ahead of international duty.

But he was then spotted in a Berlin nightclub and will be asked to explain himself when he returns.

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