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Norwich Star Godfrey Set For England U-21s Captaincy

Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey is set to captain the England Under-21 side as they face off against Kosovo's under-21s.

Godfrey only made his debut for the young Three Lions team on Friday as he came off the bench in a 3-2 win over Turkey.

But the Daily Mail claims he will get the armband as he starts the Kosovo clash.

"It's incredible for me," Godfrey said about the honor to reporters.

"A real proud moment for me and my family. I'm really looking forward to leading the boys out there and hopefully I can top a great night off with three points.

"The last month been good - a massive learning curve. Learning on the job, really.

"A lot of us in the Norwich team haven't played in the Premier League before. It's what I've aimed to play all my life. It's why young boys start playing football, to play at the highest level. I'm really enjoying it."

Teemu Pukki - A Commentary Nightmare In Malaysia!

Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki is reportedly causing a headache for commentators in Malaysia due to his surname translating directly to "c**t".

Pukki was handed the PFA Player of the Month award for August following a superb start to life in the Premier League during which the Finnish striker scored five goals and claimed one assist in his opening four games.

His sudden popularity has caused a problem though for Stadium Astro, Malaysia's main TV sports channel, whose commentatory teams are finding it difficult to get around the expletive.

According to The Sun, this phenomenon has provoked the fascination of Malaysian football fans, with the 29-year-old now trending every week in the South-East Asian country.

Pukki moved to Carrow Road on a free transfer last year and netted 30 goals in his debut campaign as Norwich returned to the top flight.

England U-21 Debuts for 2 Norwich Rising Stars

Two of Norwich City's promising trio earned their first England Under-21 caps last night, helping earn a hard fought 3-2 win in Turkey to kick-start the Young Lions' European Championship qualification campaign.

Max Aarons started the game at the 35,000 capacity Kocaeli Stadium in Izmit, the home of well supported third-tier side Kocaelispor, playing in a right wing-back position - but Norwich team-mates Todd Cantwell and Bon Godfrey had to settle for a place on the bench.

Aidy Boothroyd's team took the lead in just the fourth minute when Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, currently on loan at Leeds, turned in after good play from Manchester City starlet Phil Foden on the left.

Turkey equalised in the 25th minute though, with Aarons sprinting across after Doğukan Sinik had been played in behind the England defence, but failing to prevent a low shot being slotted past Bournemouth keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

The hosts then took the lead from a corner just six minutes after the break but England turned the game around quickly, scoring twice inside two minutes midway through the second half. Nketiah scored his second after again being teed up by good play from Foden and then another Arsenal prospect, Reiss Nelson, put the visitors ahead.

There was a let off as the Turks had a goal disallowed for offside soon after, with City defender Godfrey coming on for the final 10 minutes as Boothroyd looked to make sure of the three points, replacing Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White.

The former York City trainee came close to a fourth for the Young Lions soon after coming on but couldn't turn a Foden corner in at the back post as he stretched to try and head goalwards.

Aarons was also booked late on for time-wasting, after taking too long over a thrown-in, but completed the 90 minutes and both appeared to come through the game without any injury concerns.

It was a first U21 cap for both Aarons and Godfrey, adding to previous caps at U19 and U20 levels respectively, but Cantwell didn't get his debut as the Dereham youngster remained an unused substitute.

Pre Match Facts & Stats: Liverpool Vs Norwich 9th August 2019

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in the past 12 meetings (W10, D2).
  • Norwich's last win over the Reds was by 1-0 at Anfield in the Premier League in April 1994.
  • The last six meetings have produced 34 goals, an average of almost six goals a game.
  • Liverpool previously hosted Norwich in the opening fixture of a top-flight campaign in 1976, winning 1-0 and going on to take the title.

Liverpool

  • Liverpool ended the 2018-19 Premier League season with nine consecutive victories, and have had only four longer top-flight winning streaks.
  • They're unbeaten at Anfield against promoted sides in 25 games (W20, D5), with Jurgen Klopp winning all 10 while he has been in charge.
  • Roberto Firmino is two goals away from becoming the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals. He scored twice in his only previous Premier League start against Norwich.
  • Sadio Mane has scored in Liverpool's opening Premier League game in each of the past three seasons, as well as in nine of Liverpool's last 10 league fixtures at Anfield.

Norwich City

  • Norwich's only defeat in 21 league matches in 2019 came away to Preston in the Championship in February (W13, D7).
  • The Canaries have been relegated in both of their two most recent Premier League campaigns: 2013-14 and 2015-16.
  • They have conceded 45 Premier League goals against Liverpool, more than against any other side.
  • Norwich have won just one of their past 16 season-opening league matches (D8, L7). That was in the Championship in 2016-17, when they beat Blackburn 4-1.

Transfer Rumour: Norwich make €16.5m bid for Alexis Claude Maurice

As reported by Le Télégramme and Soccer Link, Premier League side Norwich City have made a €16.5m proposal to Ligue 2 club FC Lorient to sign 21-year-old Alexis Claude Maurice.

Les Merlus are understood to be satisfied with the bid, which would make him the most expensive player in Ligue 2 history, but the attacking midfielder has yet to give the deal a green light.

Willie McKay is responsible for the proposals from Norwich this window, as well as the €15m bid that came from West Ham United several weeks ago for the Frenchman. It is not impossible that a bidding war occurs in the last hours of the English market that raises the price even more.

The player’s entourage had not made a move to England this summer a priority and instead want their client to join a club who can offer him regular playing time with a stable footballing project.

OGC Nice are expected to have the player’s favour, but have yet to make a formal bid and will not do so until Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s takeover is complete. Rennes are also understood to have put in a €12m bid over the weekend, as they search for a replacement for Ismaila Sarr.

Transfer News: Norwich City sign Amadou from Sevilla FC

Norwich City have completed the signing of Sevilla midfielder Ibrahim Amadou on an initial season-long loan deal, the club have confirmed.

It is claimed that the initial loan fee will be €1.5m with a €10.5m option to sign permanently, while Aston Villa have missed out on the player after making an attempt to sign him.

The 26-year-old joined Los Rojiblancos in the summer from Lille – a team who captained – last summer but he started just seven La Liga games last season despite not sustaining any major injuries.

The form of Mudo Vazquez, Pablo Sarabia and Ever Banega has prevented Amadou from breaking into the first-team, alongside a number of niggling muscular injuries.

However, the Andalusian club have now signed 11 new players this summer including a raft of central midfielders such as Fernando, Joan Jordan and Oliver Torres.

Yahoo Sport in France initially reported that the claims that the player would join the Canaries - who won the Championship last season - where he is now likely to play more first-team football.

Transfer Rumour: Hull Remain Interested In Norwich's Ben Marshall

Norwich City’s Ben Marshall is readying at exit from Carrow Road, according to Sun journalist Alan Nixon.

It is a development which is bound to catch the attention of a number of Championship clubs, and Nixon claims Hull City are one such party taking an interest.

The winger still has three years remaining on his contract so it could be difficult for Norwich to offload him on a permanent basis, as the player would likely be unwilling to take a pay cut.

The concern for Norwich is that he fell out of first-team plans last season – going on loan to Millwall – and therefore there will be no place for him in a Premier League side.

That means it is very likely he could depart on loan once again, which would make him a much more affordable proposition to several Championship clubs.

Hull are one club working on a tight budget, and having already added winger Josh Bowler could do with another body to provide competition for places alongside Kamil Grosicki, who could also depart this summer.

Transfer News: Carrow Road Youngster Goes Out On Loan

National League side Chesterfield have signed Norwich City striker Anthony Spyrou on loan ahead of the new season.

The 19-year-old had a brief taste of loan action at the top tier of non-league with Wrexham at the end of last season, although only made three appearances.

He heads back to that level with the Spireites on a season-long switch as he looks to prove himself in men's football, after two impressive seasons at academy level for Norwich.

Spyrou has been given the squad number nine and told Chesterfield's website: "I'm delighted and I can't wait to get started. I've heard a lot of good things about the club and I feel I can make a contribution."

The Essex-raised youngster scored 11 goals in 20 games for City's U18s during 2017-18, forming a prolific forward partnership with Adam Idah to help reach the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

His form continued with 10 goals in 21 matches for the U23s last season before his stint with Wrexham but he has not been involved with the development squad during pre-season, as the Canaries again look to use the loan route for plenty of their young prospects.

Spyrou becomes the 10th Norwich player currently out on loan, following the recent exits of midfielders Savvas Mourgos and Charlie Gilmour for the Dutch second tier, with Dordrecht and Telstar respectively.