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Monday 11 December 2017

Gleeson has Premier class -- Dons boss

IRELAND international Stephen Gleeson has been tipped to make it in the Premier League after signing a new contract with League One side MK Dons, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

Dubliner Gleeson, capped once at senior level by Steve Staunton in 2007, was in demand from other clubs after a superb season with MK Dons but has now agreed a two-year deal.

"This is the best signing of the summer because he is one of the best midfielders in the league," said Dons manager Karl Robinson. We have one of the most outstanding young talents in the lower leagues committed to the football club for another two years. Stephen Gleeson is putting his personal career on hold. I know he gets some criticism but he has turned down Championship moves for us.

"He has put his own career on hold for the fans and for his team-mates here at MK Dons and it shows the mark of him as an individual that he is willing to do that. Stephen Gleeson is possibly one of the most talented players that I have worked with in a long, long time and I think he has what it takes to play in the Premier League one day."



Hernandez on the mark

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez took advantage of a Bosnia-Herzegovina error to score in the second minute of stoppage time and give Mexico a 2-1 victory in a friendly last night.

The Manchester United star, who came on as a substitute in the 61st minute, missed two chances to score in the 80th minute. But given another shot in front of the goal and with the clock winding down, he came through.

Stojan Vranjes misplayed an ill-advised bicycle kick, and the ball rolled to Hernandez and Bosnia's Boris Pandza. Hernandez stepped in front of Pandza and poked the ball into the net, leaving Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic no chance to block it.

"Of course it was important," Hernandez said of the match. "We want to win every game, it doesn't matter if it's a friendly or not."

The League Cup will be known as the Capital One Cup from the start of the new season under a four-year sponsorship agreement with the credit card company, the English Football League has announced. The draw for the first round of the rebranded competition will be made on June 14, with the final scheduled to take place at Wembley on February 24.

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