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Gerrard Admits 'Too Early' for England Recall

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard admitted Friday it was "probably too early" for him to earn a recall to the England squad for next week's crucial Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro.

Gerrard is slowly returning to club duty after a six-month lay-off following a groin injury, but believes next Friday's game in Podgorica has come too early for him as Fabio Capello prepares to name his squad this weekend.

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West Ham Signs Arsenal Keeper Almunia for One Month

West Ham says it has signed Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia on a one-month emergency loan to replace the injured Robert Green.

The east London club, which is fourth in the second-tier League Championship, secured the services of the Spanish player after learning Green will be sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury.

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Injured Benzema in Doubt for Espanyol Match

Real Madrid's French international Karim Benzema skipped training with the rest of his teammates on Thursday due to injury and is in doubt for the club's league match away against Espanyol.

The 23-year-old was forced to leave the pitch during Real's 3-0 Champions League win over Ajax on Tuesday after 75 minutes of play because of an adductor muscle problem in his left thigh.

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Ballack Maintains Silence despite Leverkusen Goal

Ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack has maintained his silence with the media here despite scoring for the first time in over six months for Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

Having turned 35 on Monday, Ballack came off the bench for Leverkusen on Wednesday and scored in the 91st minute with a powerful volley which gave the Genk goalkeeper no chance and sealed the 2-0 win over the Belgians.

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Injured Djokovic Out of Beijing

World number one Novak Djokovic on Thursday pulled out of the China Open with injuries he aggravated during Serbia's Davis Cup semi-final defeat, the tournament website said.

The Serb, who had needed treatment on his back during his U.S. Open final win, could be joined as an absentee from next week's WTA-ATP tournament by Maria Sharapova.

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Bayern Eager to Keep Heynckes Past 2013

Bayern Munich are eager to offer coach Jupp Heynckes a contract extension following his side's impressive run of form with this week's Champions League win against Manchester City their tenth consecutive victory.

Bayern beat City 2-0 on Tuesday in Munich to take control of Group A with striker Mario Gomez scoring twice to claim 11 goals in seven games.

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Lucas, Neymar, Lift Brazil Past Argentina

Goals from Lucas and Neymar earned Brazil a 2-0 win over Argentina in the second leg of the Superclasico de las Americas friendly here on Wednesday.

Both South American giants were missing their European-based stars for the game as they had been for the first leg in Cordoba, Argentina, on September 15 which ended in a goalless draw.

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Arsenal, Marseille Put League Worries behind Them

Arsenal and Marseille set aside their poor league form so far this season with valuable home wins in their Champions League group matches on Wednesday.

Arsenal edged Greek side Olympiakos 2-1, while Marseille, who have just one league win all season, pulled off an impressive 3-0 victory at home to German champions Borussia Dortmund.

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Bayern Boss Warns Against Euphoria after City Win

Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Wednesday warned against the euphoria sweeping the German giants after their impressive win over Manchester City in the Champions League.

Bayern striker Mario Gomez scored twice in their 2-0 victory over Premier League side City on Tuesday in Munich which gave the hosts their second straight win in Europe and leaves them two points clear at the top of Group A.

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'Irreplaceable' Ribery Dreams of European Glory

France midfielder Franck Ribery has said his dream is to win the Champions League and labelled his Bayern Munich team one of the best in Europe after their victory over Manchester City.

The 28-year-old worked tirelessly in both attack and defense on Tuesday in Bayern's 2-0 win at Munich's Allianz Arena and the victory leaves his side two points clear at the top of Group A.

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