Main contenders for 2018 FA Cup success

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The draw for the 2018 FA Cup fifth round has been made and there are still top Premier League clubs chasing glory, while several lower league sides maintain their run in the world's oldest and most prestigious cup competition.

There were plenty of interesting match-ups drawn during the latest fifth-round pairings, with runaway English top-flight leaders Manchester City set to face Wigan Athletic in a repeat of the 2013 FA Cup final, in which the Sky Blues were stunned 1-0 by their local rivals.

England manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that both Harry Kane and Harry Winks have been left out of the Three Lions squad, although they could be risked for next weekend's north London derby at Arsenal. The pair sustained knee and ankle injuries respectively playing for Spurs, and this has ruled them out of the friendlies versus Germany and Brazil.

Speaking to reporters, Southgate said, "Both Harry Kane and Harry Winks were scanned, they were clearly not available for us but Spurs may risk them for the North London derby. The players that are injured cannot play. I don’t take risks with players. It’s their livelihood, it’s their careers. As a manager you have a duty of care to the players."

Swansea City striker Tammy Abraham has ruled out the prospect of representing Nigeria at the international level.

The England youth international joined the Swans on a season-long loan from Chelsea earlier in the summer, and he has since contributed three goals in all competitions.

Earlier this month, Nigerian Football Federation president AmajuPinnick revealed that Abraham had agreed to switch his allegiance to Nigeria, for whom he capable of representing through his father, he said: "I had a very honest and productive discussion with Tammy and his father last week. It has been a long process but I can tell you authoritatively that he has agreed to play for Nigeria and not England."

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho reserved special praise for Ashley Young following his side's 3-0 win over FC Basel in the Champions League opener on Tuesday night.

The England international made his first appearance of the campaign as he replaced Antonio Valencia in the right-back position.

Young had not featured for the United first-team since sustaining a groin injury in the Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo in May, and it came as a big surprise when he called upon for the Basel game. The 32-year-old was a constant threat on the right side of the backline, and he provided a brilliant assist for Marouane Fellaini, who opened the scoring in the first-half.


Redknapp: Rose Proved Wrong

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has backed Mauricio Pochettino to do the right thing, with the Argentine manager coming under fire from Danny Rose about the club's transfer polciy.

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The Birmingham City manager was responsible for Rose's breakthrough at the north London club, and he believes that the 27-year-old should reconsider his statement, given the club are on the rise under Mauricio Pochettino, especially after they put through 2 signings (worth a combined £35m) on transfer deadline day.



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Premier League side Arsenal quickly wrapped up the deal for SaedKolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette but the third deal for Thomas Lemar has been delayed thus far.

Coach Arsene Wenger admitted that he was interested in the Frenchman but refused to add anything more.

It increasingly seems that deal would not be completed this summer. There have been some reports that Arsenal were negotiating the huge transfer fee for the winger while some others claimed Monaco were refusing to sell more of its stars that earned them the Ligue 1 last term.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has insisted that England have plenty of leaders in their squad following his impressive captaincy debut against Scotland in a World Cup qualifier this month.

The Spurs striker was awarded the armband for the game at Hampden Park with Gareth Southgate yet to decide on who would be handed the permanent leader position.