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West Ham to step up Jesse Lingard transfer pursuit after Man Utd star’s England Euro 2020 heartbreak

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WEST HAM will step up their bid for Jesse Lingard following his England heartache.

Lingard’s failure to make the Euro 2020 squad has been a blow to the forward who enjoyed a hugely impressive loan spell with the Hammers last season.


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West Ham are ready to step-up their pursuit of Jesse Lingard after his Euro heartbreak[/caption]

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But being released from international duty means West Ham boss David Moyes is hopeful a permanent deal from parent club Manchester United can soon be concluded.

A club insider said: “Jesse knows we want him, so hopefully the club will pursue him in the next month or so.”

Lingard, 28, hit nine goals after joining West Ham on loan in January.

And he played a huge part in helping the club to secure European football.

He did not make a single Premier League appearance for United in the first half of the season.

Lingard’s form was also enough to earn him the goal of the month award for April and got him an England recall for recent friendlies against Austria and Romania.

He played alongside West Ham midfielder Declan Rice in both games.

He has missed out on the final 26-man party for Euro 2020 but is technically still on standby until Saturday in case injury strikes and he gets recalled.

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Lingard sent a message of support to the rest of the squad after departing following Sunday’s 1-0 win over Romania at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

He wrote: “When it comes to representing my country I’ll never stop smiling.

“I’ll be supporting the team all summer.”

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What did Ollie Robinson say in his tweet? England cricket star banned from New Zealand second Test pending investigation

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OLLIE ROBINSON’S international future has been left in disarray as he faces an investigation after racist and sexist tweets from his past emerged.

The 27-year-old has been suspended from England duty after posts from 2012 and 2013 resurfaced during his debut – with the pace bowler left feeling “embarrassed and ashamed” and could be subjected to disciplinary action.

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Ollie Robinson has been suspended from international cricket after a series of vile tweets from his past were uncovered[/caption]

What did Ollie Robinson say in his tweet?

Robinson posted a series of revolting tweets at the age of 18, which resurfaced on his first day as an England player on Wednesday, June 2.

In 2012, Robinson tweeted using the n-word and another post said: “My new muslim friend is the bomb #wheeyyyyy.”

There were also sexist comments about “females who play video games actually tend to have more sex”.

The discovery of the vile tweets marred his England debut.

On the field, Robinson impressed with two of the three wickets as New Zealand reached 246-3 by the close of day one of the First Test at Lord’s. Kiwi debutant Devon Conway finished 136 not out.

The historical tweets could not have been more embarrassing for England because they were discovered on a day when before play the players had a “moment of unity”.

This involved wearing T-shirts standing against all forms of discrimination, including racism and sexism.

What did Ollie Robinson say in his apology?

Robinson faces disciplinary action after being forced to apologise.

He said he did not realise the posts were still on his timeline, but insisted he is not “racist or sexist”.

He said: “On the biggest day of my career so far, I am embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years ago which have today become public.

“I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist. I deeply regret my actions and I am ashamed of making such remarks.

“I was thoughtless and irresponsible and, regardless of my state of mind at the time, my actions were inexcusable. Since that period, I have matured as a person and fully regret the tweets.

“Today should be about my efforts on the field and the pride of making my Test debut for England but my thoughtless behaviour in the past has tarnished this.

“Over the past few years, I have worked hard to turn my life around. I have considerably matured as an adult.

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Ollie Robinson played in England’s first test draw against New Zealand at Lord’s[/caption]

“The work and education I have gained personally from the PCA, my county Sussex and the England cricket team have helped me to come to terms and gain a deep understanding of being a responsible professional cricketer.

“I would like to unreservedly apologise to anyone I have offended, my team-mates and the game as a whole in what has been a day of action and awareness in combatting discrimination from our sport.

“I don’t want something that happened eight years ago to diminish the efforts of my team-mates and the ECB as they continue to build meaningful action with their comprehensive initiatives and efforts, which I fully endorse and support.

“I will continue to educate myself, look for advice and work with the support network that is available to me to learn more about getting better in this area. I am sorry and I have certainly learned my lesson today.”

Robinson was made aware of the furore after play and a crisis meeting involving England supremo Ashley Giles and head coach Chris Silverwood urged Robinson to offer his mea culpa.

Robinson was sacked by Yorkshire in 2014 for “unprofessional conduct” but has rebuilt his career with huge success at Sussex.

England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison warned that there is a “zero tolerance” policy of such behaviour.

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Ollie Robinson, 27, has been disciplined[/caption]

Harrison said: “I do not have the words to express how disappointed I am that an England men’s player has chosen to write tweets of this nature, however long ago that might have been.

“Any person reading those words, particularly a woman or person of colour, would take away an image of cricket and cricketers that is completely unacceptable. We are better than this.

“We have a zero-tolerance stance to any form of discrimination and there are rules in place that handle conduct of this nature.

“We will initiate a full investigation as part of our disciplinary process.”

Robinson left the England camp on Sunday, June 6, after the drawn First Test and will not play in the Second Test at Edgbaston on Thursday, June 19.

With Robinson not likely to feature in England’s 12 white ball matches in June and July, the earliest he could return would be the First Test against India on August 4.

But, with the likes of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, and Sam Curran available then after injury and rest, Robinson might not play for England again this summer.

An England statement said: “Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation following historic tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013.”

And captain Joe Root insisted Robinson has learned a “very hard lesson” and promised England will continue to try to make cricket as inclusive as possible.

He said: “Ollie has learned a very hard lesson. He’s fronted up to the outside world and fronted up to us as a dressing-room. He has a lot of remorse that you can tell is genuine and dealt with a huge array of emotions.

“As a squad, we have to keep looking to be better and make the game as inclusive and diverse as possible.

“This team is committed to doing that. We’re not saying we’re perfect but there are areas we want to learn about and hopefully we can make a real difference.

“On the field, Ollie had an exceptional debut. He’s contributed well with the bat, his performances with the ball have been excellent. He showed high levels of skill and definitely has the game that can be successful in Test cricket.

“But the stuff that happened off the field is not acceptable within our game. We have to try to better the environment and make everyone feel comfortable to play a wonderful sport.

“I couldn’t believe the tweets but the most important thing is Ollie is part of this dressing-room and we had to support him. We had to give him an opportunity to learn and understand he has to do better.”

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Spain in Covid-19 chaos days before Euro 2020 opener as Leeds star Diego Llorente becomes second player to test positive

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LEEDS star Diego Llorente has become the second Spain player to test positive for Covid-19 throwing the Spaniards’ Euro 2020 preparation into chaos.

La Roja captain Sergio Busquets tested positive on Sunday which saw the whole squad thrust into isolation.

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Leeds ace Diego Llorente has contracted Covid-19[/caption]

That saw the Spanish forced to play an Under-21 side for their friendly against Lithuania on Tuesday – the same day Llorente returned a positive test.

And as a result, six senior stars – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Raul Albiol, Brais Mendez, Pablo Fornals, Rodrigo Moreno and Carlos Soler – have been called up and made to train in a parallel bubble to the original group.

Following Spain’s 4-0 win over the Lithuanians, the Spanish FA have confirmed a number of Under-21 players will also remain in Madrid to train there.

And it looks more and more likely players from the reserve groups will have to be used after Llorente, 27, was struck down.

A Spanish FA statement read: “The RFEF regrets to announce that central defender Diego Llorente has tested positive in the last PRC tests carried out this morning (Tuesday) at the national team base.

“He will leave tonight in a medicalised vehicle, following the established health protocols.

“The squad will continue to work with the routines established in COVID-19 situations.

“Personalised training will be maintained to continue with the preparation of the European Championships.

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“Training sessions for the players in the parallel bubble will continue on Wednesday at 11am under the command of Luis Enrique in response to the setbacks suffered in recent days.”

Busquets led the team in a friendly against Portugal on Friday but contracted the virus over the weekend and has entered a period of self-isolation.

Spain open their Euro 2020 campaign against Sweden on Monday.

They head into the tournament as fourth favourites behind France, England and Belgium.

Boss Enrique was the only manager not to select all 26 players in his squad and instead opted for 24.

After their opener against Sweden, Spain then face Poland and Slovakia in Group E.

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Benzema injury LATEST, Van de Beek out for Holland, Ben White called up to England Euro 2020 squad

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KARIM BENZEMA has handed world champs France a scare by limping off injured in their 3-0 Euro 2020 warm-up win over Bulgaria.

The striker appeared to be hurt following a challenge with Bulgarian defender Ivan Turitsov during the first half.

The veteran tried to play on but soon went down and signalled he could not continue as he hobbled off favouring his right knee in the 37th minute at the Stade de France.

Meanwhile Man Utd’s Donny van de Beek has been ruled out of the entire tournament for Holland.

The Dutch are already without injured captain Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Jesper Cillessen, who tested positive for Covid.

And on the home front, Gareth Southgate has confirmed Ben White will replace the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in his 26-man England squad.

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