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Apr 192016
 
Jack Wilshere has played in his second match since getting injured in August

Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere scored his first goal for 10 months as the Gunners’ Under-21 team lost 2-1 to West Brom on Monday.

The 24-year-old made his return against Newcastle Under-21s earlier this month after breaking his fibula in August.

Before Monday, his last goals were for his country as Roy Hodgson’s side beat Slovenia 3-2 in June.

Wilshere featured in five of England’s first six qualifying fixtures for this summer’s European Championship.

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Moyes keen to take charge of Villa

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Apr 182016
 
David Moyes was sacked by Real Sociedad in November

David Moyes is interested in the Aston Villa manager’s job but is yet to be contacted by the relegated club.

Nearly six months after being sacked by Real Sociedad, Moyes is keen to get back into football and is attracted by the challenge of reviving Villa.

The 52-year-old has watched them live recently and would be receptive to talks but is aware doubts over next season’s budget could delay matters.

Nigel Pearson remains the favourite with bookmakers to take over.

The former Leicester City boss is without a club, having left the Foxes last June after keeping them in the top flight.

There is also backing for Mick McCarthy, Sean Dyche and Steve Bruce, who manage Ipswich, Burnley and Hull City respectively.

But former Everton and Manchester United boss Moyes interested Villa last autumn, following the departure of Tim Sherwood.

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Aston Villa: How club went from Europe to relegation

Moyes was still at Real Sociedad when Villa’s head of recruitment Paddy Riley flew to Spain for talks.

He questioned the quality of the 12 players Riley had helped bring in at a cost of £55m and the talks did not progress very far.

Villa appointed Remi Garde instead, but the Frenchman left the club prior to relegation after just 147 days in charge.

Villa’s football board will concentrate this week on its list of candidates after relegation was confirmed on Saturday, with Moyes likely to be among the names considered.

The Scot is also being linked with the Celtic job, with pressure mounting on Ronny Deila following the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Rangers.

Villa dropped into the Championship after losing 1-0 at Manchester United and have collected just 16 points from 34 games this season.

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Apr 182016
 
On-loan Liverpool striker Balotelli is back at AC Milan for a second spell

Mario Balotelli says he does not want to return to Liverpool when his loan spell at AC Milan ends in the summer.

The Italy striker, 25, rejoined his former club in August on a season-long deal from the Premier League side.

Balotelli has struggled for form and fitness, scoring three goals in 19 appearances, but has impressed in the Rossoneri’s past two games.

“I want to stay with Milan because I was not happy at Liverpool and don’t want to go back,” said Balotelli.

The former Manchester City striker started for sixth-placed Milan in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Sampdoria, keeping his place after the 2-1 home defeat by leaders Juventus.

“I’ve played well in my last two games and there are six left for me to prove what I can do,” he added.

Balotelli scored only one Premier League goal for Liverpool following his £16m move from Milan in August 2014.

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