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Manchester City star Phil Foden on the three-strong shortlist for Young Sports Personality of the Year 2017 award

MANCHESTER CITY star Phil Foden is on the three-strong shortlist for Young Sports Personality of the Year 2017. The England Under-17s World Cup winner joins gymnast Ellie Downie and para-skier Millie Knight in contention for the award. Foden, 17, was awarded the Golden Ball for being voted the tournament’s best player in India earlier this […]

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MANCHESTER CITY star Phil Foden is on the three-strong shortlist for Young Sports Personality of the Year 2017.

The England Under-17s World Cup winner joins gymnast Ellie Downie and para-skier Millie Knight in contention for the award.

Phil Foden is in contention to win Young Sports Personality of the Year
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Foden, 17, was awarded the Golden Ball for being voted the tournament’s best player in India earlier this year.

On top of that, he made his Champions League debut for Man City in October, coming off the bench in the 75th-minute of the win over Feyenoord.

The top three were chosen from an original list of ten talented youngsters which included Liverpool youngster and Foden’s England Under-17 team-mate Rhian Brewster.

Another Liverpool youngster, Ben Woodburn was on the original list of ten, having made his debut – and scored – for Wales’ senior side.

Phil Foden won the Golden Ball as England won the Under-17 World Cup
Phil Foden won the Golden Ball as England won the Under-17 World Cup
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Kare Adenegan (Wheelchair Athletics), Sophie Ecclestone (Cricket), Ieuan James (Canoeing), Marcus Smith (Rugby Union) and Jess Stretton (Para-Archery) were also in contention.

Up against Foden, 2017 has been a record-breaking year for 2015 Young Sports Personality of the Year winner Downie.


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She made history by becoming the first British gymnast to win all-round gold at a major international competition at the 2017 European Championships in Romania.

Downie, 18, also took home silver medals for vault and floor, and a bronze on the uneven bars.

Ellie Downie is also on the three-strong shortlist for the award
Ellie Downie is also on the three-strong shortlist for the award
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Millie Knight is also on the Young Sports Personality of the Year award shortlist
Millie Knight is also on the Young Sports Personality of the Year award shortlist
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Meanwhile, Knight took home the gold medal at the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Italy.

The 18-year-old also scored silvers in the slalom, giant slalom, and combined event alongside her guide Brett Wild.

Knight was also awarded an honorary doctorate this year by the University of Kent.

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Burnley 0 Stoke 0 LIVE SCORE: Potters make encouraging start at in-form Clarets

BURNLEY take on Stoke as they look to build on their 1-0 win over ten-man Watford. Visitors’ boss Mark Hughes is fighting for his life with Potters fans turning on their side after the 5-1 defeat against Spurs at Wembley.

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BURNLEY take on Stoke as they look to build on their 1-0 win over ten-man Watford.

Visitors’ boss Mark Hughes is fighting for his life with Potters fans turning on their side after the 5-1 defeat against Spurs at Wembley.

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Arsenal ‘agree to sign’ central midfielder Steven N’Zonzi from Sevilla

ARSENAL look to have landed Sevilla central midfielder Steven N’Zonzi from Sevilla, according to foreign reports. El Gol Digital claims the two clubs have struck an agreement that will see the Gunners pay the La Liga side more than £35million in January. The deal will apparently be made up of a £32.7m down payment and £2.6m in […]

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ARSENAL look to have landed Sevilla central midfielder Steven N’Zonzi from Sevilla, according to foreign reports.

El Gol Digital claims the two clubs have struck an agreement that will see the Gunners pay the La Liga side more than £35million in January.

Steven N’Zonzi looks as though he is on his way back to the Premier League with Arsenal
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The deal will apparently be made up of a £32.7m down payment and £2.6m in bonuses.

The 28-year-old former Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City player has fallen out of favour at Sevilla following a row with the management.

N’Zonzi, who stands 6ft 3ins, was upset at his half-time substitution against Liverpool in the Champions League last month.

He is known to be keen to return to the Premier League and could be the big midfield enforcer Arsenal have been looking for since the days of Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit.


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The Sevilla central midfielder will cost more than £35million
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N’Zonzi previously played for Stoke City
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Besides Arsenal, Everton – now managed by his former Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce – are thought to have been on his trail.

N’Zonzi recently told France Football: “My future is somewhere else. We just have to wait until December is over and everything will be done.


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“I hope Sevilla qualify in the Champions League and have good luck in the future, but I will not be part of that adventure.

“What hurts is the way everything is going to end. It hurts, of course, but for now the team is functioning.

NZonzil also played under Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers
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“There’s only a short time left, just December to pass, and it’s better that my time at Sevilla stops then.”

N’Zonzi joined Sevilla from Stoke in 2015 in a £7 million deal, and he has largely been successful in Spain.

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Crystal Palace 0 Watford 1 LIVE SCORE: Daryl Janmaat heads Hornets in front inside three minutes

ROY HODGSON will be looking for victory over Watford after Christian Benteke’s missed penalty saw Crystal Palace draw 2-2 with Bournemouth and fall back to bottom. But the Eagles do have a good record over Tuesday’s visitors, having won eight of the last 13 meetings between the two sides.  

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ROY HODGSON will be looking for victory over Watford after Christian Benteke’s missed penalty saw Crystal Palace draw 2-2 with Bournemouth and fall back to bottom.

But the Eagles do have a good record over Tuesday’s visitors, having won eight of the last 13 meetings between the two sides.

 

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