Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey back to boost Wales' Euro 2020 campaign

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Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are ready to boost Ryan Giggs’ bid to get Wales’ Euro 2020 campaign back on track.

Giggs names his squad for next month’s Euro 2020 qualifier at home to Azerbaijan on Wednesday, with Wales playing catch-up in Group E after away defeats to Croatia and Hungary in June.

Wales are six points behind leaders Hungary, albeit with a game in hand, and three adrift of Croatia and Slovakia.

Beating Azerbaijan in Cardiff on September 6 is essential to keeping Wales’ hopes of a top-two spot alive – and boss Giggs has had good news over his key pair.

Bale is suddenly back in favour at Real Madrid after a summer when he had a very public fall-out with manager Zinedine Zidane and appeared to be heading for the Chinese Super League.

The 30-year-old forward started Real’s first league game of the season last weekend and claimed an assist in the 3-1 win at Celta Vigo.

Bale seems to be back in favour at Real.

Bale seems to be back in favour at Real.

Ramsey is also fit after recovering from a hamstring injury and made his debut for new club Juventus in a friendly at Triestina last Saturday.

The new Serie A season starts this weekend and Giggs will be hoping that Ramsey – who has missed Wales’ opening three Euro 2020 qualifiers due to the injuries which blighted the end of his Arsenal career – gets some game-time before reporting for international duty.

Bournemouth forward David Brooks is out of the Azerbaijan game and will also miss the October qualifiers against Croatia and Slovakia after undergoing ankle surgery earlier this month.

But Harry Wilson, now on loan at Bournemouth from Liverpool, and new Manchester United winger Daniel James have both made scoring starts to their Premier League careers.

Speaking about James at a recent Salford City sponsorship launch, Giggs said: “I am excited because I know what he’s capable of.

“A year or so ago he was on loan at Shrewsbury but in the last six months I’ve seen a massive change in him mentally and physically.

“Like any young winger he’s going to be up and down.

“But when he’s on fire he is very difficult to stop and I think in a lot of games this year United fans will be excited.”

Ethan Ampadu, on a season-long loan at RB Leipzig from Chelsea, will return to the squad after missing the June double-header with a back injury.

But Giggs has concerns in central defence as captain Ashley Williams, who turns 35 this week, has been without a club since being released by Everton at the end of last season.

James Lawrence is also out in the cold under new Anderlecht boss Vincent Kompany and Chris Mepham was dropped to the Bournemouth bench last weekend.

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Watch Brazil and Barcelona legend Dani Alves score a debut goal with Sao Paulo

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Dani Alves scored on his debut for Sao Paulo FC on Sunday in a Brazilian League match against Ceara.

Alves – who has taken the No.10 jersey and played as an offensive midfielder – received a pass from Juanfran, another new signing from Atletico Madrid, and scored the match’s only goal.

Sao Paulo FC are five points behind leaders Santos, who are led by former Argentina World Cup coach Jorge Sampaoli in sixth.

Dani Alves’ contract with PSG expired in July, though the Brazilian said then he would like to remain in Europe.


The right-back was Brazil’s captain in the latest Copa America title-winning campaign held in his native country. He was also voted by organisers as the best player of the tournament.








Yes, I was nervous, had chills down my spine because the expectations from fans in me were very high,” said Alves. “And I will look to give back this way, with my work, trying to help, do what I always do.


“Obviously, to come back to Brazil, feel this warmth from fans here it is like if it was my first time. I am happy to come to Sao Paulo, to be here and to fight with my teammates.”


Watch the video of Alves’ goal above.



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Joachim Low confident Man City winger Leroy Sane will recover in time for Euro 2020

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Germany coach Joachim Low is confident that Leroy Sane will recover in time for the Euros next summer.

The 23-year-old is expected to miss most of the season after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament during Man City’s Community Shield win over Liverpool two weeks ago.

However, despite expressing his disappointment at Sane’s injury, Low believes the City star will be fit and firing when the Euros get underway next June.

“We were very sad and downcast when we heard about it,” Low told DAZN. “I had contact with Leroy. For him and his situation, of course, it was the worst possible time.

“We hope he will come back as soon as possible. He is a player of incredible quality and we wish him all the best.

“He will make it for the European Championship.”

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