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Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood make final 40-man shortlist for Golden Boy award

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Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood and Man City’s Phil Foden have made the final shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award.

The Manchester pair, who were sent home while on international duty with England for breaching coronavirus rules in Iceland, are among seven players from the Premier League who are up for the award.

The 40-strong list, which was announced on Wednesday, sees Arsenal‘s Bukayo Saka, Liverpool‘s Neco Williams and Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea all get the nod.

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has made the final shortlist for the 2020 Golden Boy award

Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood is also among the seven Premier League players up for the award

Mason Greenwood (R) and Phil Foden (L) make the final shortlist for the Golden Boy award

Wolves’ £35million record signing Fabio Silva is also up for the award along with Foden’s newest team-mate Ferran Torres, with the pair starring at other clubs before being nominated.

Foden and Greenwood have been recognised for their superb campaigns on the pitch, with Foden set to be awarded more minutes in the future by Pep Guardiola while Greenwood has excited fans at Old Trafford with his rapid progression.

However, the pair got their current campaigns off to a disappointing start after they broke coronavirus isolation restrictions by inviting two Icelandic girls to the official team hotel following a recent UEFA Nations League clash.

Both players had just made their senior debuts for the Three Lions, though manager Gareth Southgate had no option but to dismiss each of them immediately. 

Wolves' £35m record signing Fabio Silva is also up for the award after impressing with Porto

Wolves’ £35m record signing Fabio Silva is also up for the award after impressing with Porto

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also revealed he will speak with Greenwood about his personal life after the 18-year-old was seen inhaling nitrous oxide — known as hippy crack — in a video filmed in a Manchester apartment several weeks ago. 

Greenwood issued a statement through United on Saturday after the film emerged on social media of him inhaling from a balloon in the company of a female friend.

He said: ‘I have now been made aware of the health risks associated with this practice — and accept that even trying it, as shown in these historical pictures, was poor judgment on my part. I strongly urge others not to follow my example.’ 

Their inclusion in the running for the prestigious award will be positive news for the pair, but face fierce competition from Borussia Dortmund‘s star duo Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland, who are the favourites to win the gong.

Other notable nominees include Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, Barcelona’s Ansu Fati and Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior.

Greenwood (left) and Foden (right) got their campaigns off to a disappointing start after the pair were sent home by England for breaching coronavirus rules in Iceland

Greenwood (left) and Foden (right) got their campaigns off to a disappointing start after the pair were sent home by England for breaching coronavirus rules in Iceland

Last year’s winner, Joao Felix, failed to make the list for the award following an underwhelming season with Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid target Eduardo Camavinga makes the list after a brilliant breakout year with Rennes.

The Golden Boy award was established by Italian publication Tuttosport in 2003, and sees players voted for by top European news outlets.

A panel of 40 journalists from a range of countries and publications select the overall winner after the list is whittled down. 

Whoever is declared winner will join esteemed company, with many of European football’s biggest names having scooped the award in the past. 

Borussia Dortmund's star duo Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland are the favourites to win

Borussia Dortmund’s star duo Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland are the favourites to win

In 2005 a then relatively unknown Lionel Messi was awarded the prestigious honour

In 2005 a then relatively unknown Lionel Messi was awarded the prestigious honour

A fresh-faced Wayne Rooney lifted the shimmering trophy aloft in 2004, before handing it over to none other than Lionel Messi the very next year.

In recent years the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Raheem Sterling have called the honour their own.

The most recent Premier League star to win the trophy was Anthony Martial in 2015, who was deemed European football’s most promising talent after completing his switch from Monaco to Old Trafford.  

GOLDEN BOY 2020 NOMINEES – 40-MAN FINAL SHORTLIST 

Eduardo Camavinga, Rennes

Marco Carnesecchi, Atalanta

Rayan Cherki, Lyon

Jonathan David, Lille

Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich

Sergino Dest, Ajax

Sebastiano Esposito, Inter

Fabio Silva, Wolves

Ansu Fati, Barcelona

Phil Foden, Manchester City

Ryan Gravenberch, Ajax

Mason Greenwood, Man United

Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea

Marley Ake, Marseille

Adil Aouchiche, Saint-Etienne

Benoit Badiashile, Monaco

Mitchel Bakker, Paris Saint-Germain

Myron Badou, AZ Alkmaar

Dennis Borkowski, RB Leipzig

Mohamed Ihattaren, PSV Eindhoven

Ozan Kabak, Schalke

Michal Karbownik, Legia

Tanguy-Austin Kouassi, Bayern Munich

Dejan Kulusevski, Juventus

Marcos Antonio, Shakhtar Donetsk

Rafael Camacho, Sporting Club

Bukayo Saka, Arsenal

Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund

Vladyslav Suprjaha, Dynamo Kiev

Dominik Szoboszlai, FC Salzburg

Tomas Esteves, Porto

Tomas Tavares, Benfica

Sandro Tonali, AC Milan

Ferran Torres, Manchester City

Christos Tzolis, PAOK

Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid

Neco Williams, Liverpool

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Argentine club confirm James Rodriguez joined Everton for FREE

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Everton paid no transfer fee for James Rodriguez, Argentine club Banfield have confirmed.

The Merseyside outfit pulled off the shock signing of the Real Madrid forward this summer, signing a two-year deal at Goodison Park. 

It had been thought that Everton had paid as much as £20million to land the Colombia international, but it has now been claimed this is not the case.

According to Marca, a statement made by Banfield insisted that there was no fee involved.

Argentine club Banfield have revealed Everton paid no transfer fee for James Rodriguez

Argentine club Banfield have revealed Everton paid no transfer fee for James Rodriguez

Argentine club Banfield have revealed Everton paid no transfer fee for James Rodriguez

Banfield, who sold Rodriguez to Porto in 2010, were due a small percentage of the sell-on fee and chased up the details of the deal to find out what they would be entitled to. 

However, the club treasurer Ignacio Urquiza said: ‘Unfortunately for the pass of James Rodríguez from Real Madrid to Everton Banfield does not correspond to money. 

‘The transaction was made without cost, as if it were a free player. The pertinent consultations have already been made to the two clubs involved and to the corresponding organisations. 

‘In all cases they confirmed to us that the club will not receive money as a solidarity mechanism.’

Rodriguez has put an end to a trying spell at Real Madrid by making the move to Goodison Park

Rodriguez has put an end to a trying spell at Real Madrid by making the move to Goodison Park

Rodriguez has put an end to a trying spell at Real Madrid by making the move to Goodison Park

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Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury: Eddie Hearn confirms he is ‘on the verge’ of sending out formal offer

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A contract formalising the heavyweight mega-showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury is on the verge of being sent out, AJ’s promotor Eddie Hearn has revealed.

Earlier this year, the pair agreed terms in principle that would see them meet in an all-British clash where the heavyweight division would be unified with both men putting their belts on the line. 

Both Joshua and Fury have opponents to defeat before the pair can finally face, with AJ set to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev while the Gypsy King will fight Deontay Wilder for a third time.  

Eddie Hearn says he is close to sending out a formal contract for Anthony Joshua - Tyson Fury

Eddie Hearn says he is close to sending out a formal contract for Anthony Joshua - Tyson Fury

Eddie Hearn says he is close to sending out a formal contract for Anthony Joshua – Tyson Fury

The all-British showdown would see the pair unify the heavyweight division in a huge clash

The all-British showdown would see the pair unify the heavyweight division in a huge clash

The all-British showdown would see the pair unify the heavyweight division in a huge clash

Hearn, who represents WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion Joshua, has been in contact with Bob Arum, Fury’s US promotor, in a bid to finalise details over the unification bout. 

The Matchroom chief has revealed that some last details need to be sorted before Joshua and Fury will meet in a highly-anticipated heavyweight match up. 

‘Yeah, I’ve been talking to Bob Arum about various things,’ Hearn told Sky Sports. ‘Fury against Joshua is a big ambition of everybody involved, to be honest.

‘We want to talk about it, but we also want to take care of business, which is Kubrat Pulev for AJ, and Deontay Wilder for Tyson Fury.’ 

AJ has to face Kubrat Pulev first, while Fury must fight Deontay Wilder for a third time

AJ has to face Kubrat Pulev first, while Fury must fight Deontay Wilder for a third time

AJ has to face Kubrat Pulev first, while Fury must fight Deontay Wilder for a third time

Hearn says talks are ongoing with Fury's US promotor, Bob Arum, over finalising a deal

Hearn says talks are ongoing with Fury's US promotor, Bob Arum, over finalising a deal

Hearn says talks are ongoing with Fury’s US promotor, Bob Arum, over finalising a deal

Hearn revealed that fans can expect to see the two Brits face off at some point in 2021, with the Matchroom chief ‘on the verge’ of sending an offer to Arum.  

‘I’m very sure you’re going to see two versions of that fight in 2021. I think we’re on the verge now of papering that deal with Bob Arum. We haven’t done it yet, but all the conversations are positive.

‘We have a lot on our plates with the pandemic, making sure we keep boxing alive and trying to deliver those fights for AJ and Fury, but I think 2021, I’m very sure you’ll see those two fights.

‘Both guys have great personalities, they can fight, and it is overdue. Let’s get it done.’

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Can Lee Westwood and fiancee caddy Helen end his 25-year wait for first Major at US Open – after cancelling wedding?

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CAN Lee Westwood finally end his 25-year wait for a first Major title at the US Open with stunning fiancée Helen Storey caddying for him?

Well, it’s the least he could do after the couple had to cancel their wedding.

Can Westwood end his 25-year wait for a Major with fiancee Helen on the bag?

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Can Westwood end his 25-year wait for a Major with fiancee Helen on the bag?Credit: AP:Associated Press
The loved-up couple don't mind showing some affection on the course

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The loved-up couple don’t mind showing some affection on the courseCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Ryder Cup legend Westwood, 47, and fitness fanatic Helen were due to tie the knot at Ireland’s exclusive Adare Manor resort in August.

But coronavirus had other ideas and the loved-up couple have put their big day on hold for now.

The good news is that, after Westwood’s fantastic three-under 67 in the first round in New York, the pair could have something extra to celebrate when they finally do.

How amazing will it be should Westwood break his duck in the big ones with his other half on the bag.

Especially since the first time Helen caddied for him in 2018 she was scared to pick up divots – in case there was a worm in them.

Westwood says Helen is still learning about golf. And she still doesn’t like raking bunkers.

But what she knows better than anyone else is the six inches between his ears.

Helen became Westwood’s girlfriend when his divorce to Laurae Coltart after 16 years ended in a last-minute settlement that avoided a courtroom battle over his £50million fortune.

Westwood won in South Africa shortly after making Helen his caddie

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Westwood won in South Africa shortly after making Helen his caddieCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The engaged pair scrub up well too when not on the course

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The engaged pair scrub up well too when not on the courseCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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The couple almost ended his barren run in last year’s Open at Royal Portrush before Westy finished tied fourth.

And the former world No1 said then: “Obviously I get on well with Helen. She doesn’t know too much about golf but she knows a lot about the way my mind works.

“So she keeps me in a good frame of mind and focusing on the right things at the right time. There’s more to the caddying than carrying and getting the wind direction.”

Helen began caddying for Westwood after he split with long-time bag man Billy Foster.

She doesn’t know too much about golf but she knows a lot about the way my mind works

Lee Westwood on fiancée Helen Storey

Shortly after, he ended a four-year winless drought with victory in the Nedbank Challenge.

Should Helen help Westwood to success again, then the Worksop-born superstar will supplant Jerry Barber as the oldest first-time Major champion.

Barber was 45 when he won the 1961 US PGA in a play-off.

Helen’s commitment to fitness has rubbed off on her fella and he burns hundreds of calories on the Peloton bike they share – as well as gruelling workouts.

Westwood looks in the shape of his life now and he told The Times of Helen’s impact, saying: “She helped me more than anybody. She is very cheery, very positive.”

Will she help him to his first Major crown?

Well that really would be a true fairytale of New York.

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