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Summary

  1. Premier League news conferences
  2. Alexis Sanchez available for Arsenal - Wenger
  3. England squad announcement 14:00 BST
  4. Man Utd drawn at home to Burton in EFL Cup
  5. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

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By Neil Johnston and Laura Savvas

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And on that note...

That's all for today. A busy afternoon, indeed.

Thanks for joining us and we'll be back from 16:45 BST with updates and reaction from the UEFA Champions League draw.

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Southgate 'sad' about Rooney retirement announcement

Gareth Southgate has told the BBC's senior football reporter Ian Dennis that he is "sad" that Wayne Rooney has decided to retire from international football.

Recording an interview for tonight's 5 live Sport (19:00 BST) he added: "The door is still open, but it is a question you have to ask Wayne."

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Anything Channing Tatum does...

Blockbuster actor Channing Tatum has shared his Premier League predictions... so why don't you?

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'He will be important in the second part of the season'

Ibrahimovic was released by the club in June after his season was ended prematurely by a knee injury, but he is expected to be fit again in December.

"After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return," said manager Jose Mourinho.

Ibrahimovic, who initially joined the Red Devils on free transfer in July 2016, had been recuperating at United's training ground after knee surgery.

Mourinho added: "We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us.

"I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season."

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Move over #POGBACK...

...It's all about Zlatan's return now!

Two Los Angeles-based Major League Soccer clubs, LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC, were both interested in signing the striker this summer.

However, Ibrahimovic said: "It was always mine and the club's intention for me to stay."

He added: "I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready.

"I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch."

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Is Bony on his way back?

So Zlatan has returned to Manchester United, but is it Wilfried Bony's turn to go home?

Swansea City are close to securing the return of the Ivorian striker from Manchester City.

City paid their Premier League counterparts £25m for the Ivory Coast forward two and a half years ago.

No fee has been agreed as yet and talks may continue into next week but it is anticipated Bony will return to south Wales for less than half that sum.

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You won't want to miss this...

Attention Love Island fans!

Don't be a melt, head over to the BBC Sport Instagram for a very special takeover from the only-and-only Marcel (did you know he used to be in the Blazin' Squad?!)

The TMS Anniversary Match coverage is underway at 4pm online and via the Red Button!

The one and only @marcel_rockyb is taking over our Instagram at the @bbctms 60th Anniversary Match. Watch at… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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England squad announcement

Chris Duckworth: Not sure Chalobah has done enough to get a call, but would rather give him experience than play someone with no future.

Mike Hayden: Surely there's a better option than Livermore? What has he done to warrant a place? Would have liked to see Antonio as well.

Daniel: Well we all know who got Rooney's spot... Daniel Sturridge. I'm not even sure why England bother qualify for major tournament.

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Great achievement

England squad announcement

Imagine being able to say you're in the England World Cup qualifying squad at the age of 22...

Congratulations to #watfordfc midfielder @chalobah, who has received his first senior @England call-up! 

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Congratulations to #watfordfc midfielder @chalobah, who has received his first senior @England call-up! 👏🦁🐝

Well deserved!

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🔶◾️ | Congratulations on your @England call-up, @HarryMaguire93!

🔶◾️ | Congratulations on your @England call-up, @HarryMaguire93!

Southgate on new-boy Maguire

England squad announcement

Gareth Southgate on Harry Maguire: "I thought his performances for Hull were very good.

"He is a defender who is very comfortable with the ball, he has already adjusted very well to a new club at Leicester, plays with composure and can defend the ball into the box, so this is a good chance to have a look at him."

Life without Rooney

England squad announcement

Manager Gareth Southgate confirmed that he had considered recalling Everton striker Wayne Rooney before the 31-year-old, who has scored a record 53 goals for England team, announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday.

"I called him, but he said he had been thinking long and hard about his decision and he announced his international retirement," said Southgate.

"I was thinking of including him in the squad. His form has been excellent. If you are the most capped outfield player and record goalscorer, I am not sure what else you have to do to be an England legend.

"He has served his country brilliantly and I congratulate him on a fantastic international career."

What's next?

England squad announcement

England, who have a two-point lead in Group F with four qualifying matches left, face Malta, bottom of the group, on 1 September and Slovakia at Wembley three days later.

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'There is no debate, he's an England legend'

England squad announcement

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Senior football reporter at St George's Park for 5 live Sport

Gareth Southgate was unequivocal about the standing of Wayne Rooney in the English game.

The England manager said in his opinion, "There is no debate, he's an England legend and he's had a fantastic international career".

He was also full of praise for Harry Maguire and Nathanial Chalobah who have both received their first call ups to the England squad.

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England squad announcement

Jack Sullivan: Sorry but that England squad is bang average.

Steven Blake: Why does Southgate keep putting 4 keepers in the squad it is a waste of a squad place.

Sam Green: Why do we have 4 goalkeepers? Amazing to look through that team and think there's only 1 or 2 from the 2010 team?

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Daniel Peet: Odd to have as many goalkeepers as central midfielders almost! I like the youthful look, and will be interesting to see how they cope.

Nkosilathi Makhaza: Hart just conceded 7 goals in 2 games why on earth is he in the squad?

Ben Needham: Not a bad selection at all but is there really any need for four goalkeepers in a 23-man squad?

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'We don't want to rush'

England squad announcement

Gareth Southgate on naming a new England captain: "It's important that we don't rush into something and put pressure on one individual."

It's all about the new boys...

England squad announcement

22-year-old Nathaniel Chalobah moved from Chelsea to Watford in July.

Gareth Southgate on @chalobah's call-up: "It's well-deserved for his commitment to England." the-fa.com/n2wFWv

Back to England...

England squad announcement

The 24-year-old has earned his first call-up to the England squad.

Massive achievement for the Leicester City star.

Gareth Southgate on @HarryMaguire93: "I've been very impressed. He's a defender who's comfortable with the ball." the-fa.com/n2wFWv

BreakingLook who's back!

And in some non-England related breaking transfer news...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has re-signed for Manchester United on a one-year contract.

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England strikers

England squad announcement

Strikers: Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck, Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge, Jermaine Defoe

England midfielders

England squad announcement

Midfielders: Eric Dier, Nathaniel Chalobah, Jake Livermore, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard

England defenders

England squad announcement

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand, Aaron Cresswell, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Michael Keane, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier

England goalkeepers

England squad announcement

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford,Tom Heaton

And here's the full squad

England squad announcement

Any major surprises? Is it the same without Rooney? Or is it exactly what you expected?

Here it is – the #ThreeLions squad for September's @FIFAWorldCup qualifiers!

Here it is – the #ThreeLions squad for September's @FIFAWorldCup qualifiers!

Lengthy talks...

England squad announcement

Gareth Southgate reveals he spoke to Wayne Rooney for over half an hour about his decision to retire.

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Hot off the press!

England squad announcement

BBC Radio 5 live's Gary Flintoff is at St George's Park getting the latest reaction to England's new World Cup qualifier squad.

Here it is then. Hot off the press. Gareth Southgate's squad has a youthful tinge to it.

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Chalobah named in England squad

England squad announcement

Watford starlet Nathaniel Chalobah has clearly impressed the Three Lions' boss - he's another of Gareth Southgate's new squad announcements.

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Leicester's Harry Maguire earns squad call-up

England squad announcement

Leicester City defender Harry Maguire has been named in England's squad for the first time.

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Gazarelda: Of course Harry Maguire will be in the squad, just like Jake Livermore as soon as they leave Hull England comes calling.

Grundy: Due to the usual media overhype of young players at 'big' clubs, I wouldn't be surprised to see Alexander-Arnold in the squad.

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The countdown is on

England squad announcement (14:00 BST)

Not long to wait now, England fans!

Gareth Southgate will be making his squad announcement in the next 10 minutes or so...

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Record-breaking transfer window

After thatNeymar transfer, £198m seems like loose change in the beautiful game.

But just how much have Premier League clubs been spending this summer?

The 20 clubs have spent a record £1bn-plus on players, according to business analysts Deloitte.

An astonishing £1.17bn had been spent by the end of Wednesday - the previous record was £1.165bn set last summer.

This summer has seen Manchester United pay Everton an initial £75m for striker Romelu Lukaku, while Chelsea paid Real Madrid £70m for Alvaro Morata.

At the same stage last year, clubs had spent £865m.

Who will be the next signing to add to this summer's list?

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GCC: England would probably not have made World Cups without Rooney's goals. And he had to work with average at best managers.

Tim Wild: Pickford, Butland & Heaton should be England GK's. Hart and Forster not good enough anymore #newgeneration

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Chelsea still trying to close out Drinkwater deal

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Chelsea's pursuit of Danny Drinkwater shows no sign of reaching an immediate conclusion.

The Premier League champions want to reunite Drinkwater with former Leicester team-mate N'golo Kante at Stamford Bridge.

But despite a number of inquiries, the two clubs remain apart in their valuations, with Leicester using the £40m fee Chelsea got from Manchester United for Nemanja Matic, who is two years older than Drinkwater, as the yardstick.

Hull City sign Arsenal's Jon Toral

Hull City have signed Arsenal midfielder Jon Toral for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

The 22-year-old Spaniard has previously played in the Championship during loan spells with Brentford and Birmingham City.

He could make his debut in Friday's home match against Bolton.

"This is a massive move for me, the biggest so far in my career, and I can't wait to get started," Toral told the club website.

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