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Premier League News, Daily Ticker: Aug. 9

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Brown and Robinson Retire From England Squad

Fabio Capello has lost two more potential squad members as Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson and Manchester United defender Wes Brown declined their respective call ups to the England squad for England’s upcoming friendly against Hungary.

Robinson and Brown, both 30, narrowly missed out on the 23-man squad to travel to South Africa but were part of a renovated England squad ahead of Euro 2012 qualifying.

Robinson turned down his spot because “he was unwilling to be merely a squad member under Capello and has chosen to focus exclusively on club matters,” according to ESPN Soccernet.

Brown visited the team hotel in Watford to speak with Capello personally. “Wes Brown has this evening announced his retirement from international football,” read a statement from the FA on Sunday night. “He came to the England team hotel this evening to meet with and tell Fabio Capello in person.”

Brown’s absence will be hard to overcome as Capello looks to retool a back line that was shredded by Germany during the World Cup. The defender earned his first cap in 1999 and his final appearance came against Egypt in March, totaling in 22 appearances for the Three Lions.

No replacement players have been named as of yet. Robinson and Brown join Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey and Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher in announcing their retirement this summer.

Manchester City: Joe Hart Will Not Be Loaned

Despite an embarrassment of riches at the goalkeeping position Manchester City says they will not loan England keeper Joe Hart out this season. Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given is expected to retain the No. 1 shirt after recovering from a dislocated shoulder suffered near the end of last season.

The reverse is true if Hart manages to earn the starting spot during the season.

City manager Roberto Mancini said: “If we play Joe, Shay Given will still have a role in the team and if I pick Shay then Joe will help him.

Latest Transfer Rumors

Serie A up-and-comers Palermo are interested in Everton midfielder Leon Osman

According to the Mail, Peter Crouch may be allowed to go to Liverpool in order to clear room for Loic Remy from Nice. The Mirror is reporting that Everton is pursuing the lanky forward.

Jose Mourinho has officially abandoned his pursuit of Chelsea’s Ashley Cole and Ricardo Carvalho and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard

Chelsea are looking to shore up their goalkeeping worries by signing Asmir Begovic

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  1. Guitarearl

    August 10, 2010 at 8:21 am

    So checking out ESPN2’s web listing this morning. August 16 from 2:30-5:00 PM EDT has “TBA” listed. If you look at other days of the week, they have Scott Van Pelt and other worthless programming like this. In addition, DirecTV lists 8/16 2:30-5PM for ESPN2 as being that other tripe. So it’s making me believe ESPN2 is in the process of clearing their schedule and finalizing the broadcasting details of showing Manchester United/Newcastle United on Monday.

    • Guitarearl

      August 10, 2010 at 8:24 am

      Actually, it looks like ESPN2HD is now showing English Premier League Football listed in that time slot.

  2. patrick

    August 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    The Remy thing is great… First he is signed and on his way to East london. Then at Stoke having a physical, then the Mail prints a story that read Lyon Striker headed to Tottenham. If you notice even the BBC gossip section ran it as Lyon. Then the Mail changed it to Nice… Nice is in money trouble and wants 10 of whatever bid upfront. Whoever comes up with that first wins a striker who will probably net 10 goals this season.

    Harry loves coming in late and getting what he considers a bargain. But take that goal total down to 3, if he even makes the Tottenham 25.

  3. Rami S.

    August 9, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Very simple: many of these players show little passion when playing for England as opposed to their clubs.
    It’s as if playing for the national team is no longer a proud moment!
    In any case, Paul Robinson is old to become a regular and has shown the tendency to be error prone.

    • Dave C

      August 9, 2010 at 12:28 pm

      Robinson is only 30 – he could still have 8-10 years ahead of him. I think he just feels justifiably miffed that he was dropped for the WC squad (despite being in the best form of any English keeper), and then called up afterwards when Capello has realized the error of his ways.

  4. NC Gabe

    August 9, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Martin O’Neill leaves Aston Villa !,,10265~2116445,00.html

  5. AJ

    August 9, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Let’s assume that Everton takes the Leon Osman bid. Would they be looking to simply get cash or would they be willing to get larger players and try to make it to the top 8?

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