Wales have called up Ipswich winger Gwion Edwards for their Nations League clash with the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.
The uncapped Edwards joins the squad with Gareth Bale troubled by muscle fatigue and manager Ryan Giggs admitting that the Real Madrid forward is unlikely to play in Dublin.
Ipswich announced Edwards’ call-up on their official website, saying: “The Blues wideman, who signed from Peterborough United in the summer, has impressed so far this term and has now been rewarded with a spot in Ryan Giggs’ squad.”
Bale joined the Wales squad for international duty despite struggling with a niggling injury.
Eden Hazard admits Real Madrid star Luka Modric should win the Ballon d’Or this year for having a ‘wonderful season’.
Modric captained Croatia to the World Cup final in Russia while the 33-year-old also helped Los Blancos win the Champions League for the third consecutive year.
Hazard is among the nominees but the Chelsea star believes Modric deserves to win the prestigious prize ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
“I don’t think I’m going to win it. In my opinion, Modric deserves it,” he said. “There are three to four players. I could say [Madrid and France defender Raphael] Varane because he won a lot too. I could deserve it too, let’s not lie.
“But seriously, I think that Modric will win it. It is going to be a reward for his wonderful season in the Champions League and the final of the World Cup.”
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The international break may be under way, but the Sport360 team is keeping an eye on all the updates from the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.
9pm – Giggs calms fretting Madrid fans
Ryan Giggs has calmed Real Madrid’s worries about Gareth Bale, despite ruling the Wales forward out of the friendly with Spain on Thursday.
6:40pm – Hazard has his say
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard appeared to dismiss the possibility of a January move to Real Madrid on Thursday.
11:30am – Benzema hits back at France federation president
Karim Benzema has responded to an interview by Noel Le Graet, the president of France’s football association, in which he said the Madrid striker’s international career was “finished”. In a tweet, Benzema told Le Graet, “I ask you to forget about me”.
10am – Madrid monitoring Raheem Sterling contract situation
Raheem Sterling has yet to agree a new contract with Manchester City, and he will be entering the final year of his current deal next summer. According to reports, Los Blancos are monitoring the young Englishman, who has previously said he’d be open to a move abroad.
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