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Live Reporting

Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    So that's all from Thursday's Premier League news conferences. Thanks for joining me for the latest on the England women's squad and reaction to Wednesday's Champions League games.

    There'll be more live text commentary later on the Europa League quarter-finals (from 18:45 BST). Until then, I'll leave you with some of today's top stories:

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    Video caption: MOTDx: Everton's Alex Iwobi on Toffees team-mates, Love Island and Arsene Wenger
  2. Europa League fixtures

    All games 20:00 BST kick-off

    The Europa League quarter-finals begin later, with Manchester United and Arsenal flying the flag for England:

  3. Boly remains out for Wolves

    Fulham v Wolves (Fri, 20:00 BST)

    Wolves

    Jonny (ACL) is now back on the long-term injury list for Wolves with striker Raul Jimenez (fractured skull).

    Willy Boly remains out as he self isolates following his positive Covid-19 diagnosis while Joao Moutinho (groin) and Marcal (groin) are also sidelined for Friday's game.

  4. Jonny expected to be out till 2022

    Fulham v Wolves (Fri, 20:00 BST)

    Wolves

    Jonny and Trent Alexander-Arnold

    Jonny is out for Wolves after suffering a second ACL injury to his right knee in less than 12 months. The Portuguese defender is expected to be sidelined for the rest of the year.

    "He is being assessed and deciding what surgery he is going to go with," said Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. "We need to make sure Jonny is strong and confident and has no doubts in his head.

    "We need to restore his trust so he can join us after the surgery. Before, during and after the surgery is very important because he needs to be confident he is going to return.

    "It's a big impact on him, he is a strong boy, very serious and he is aware what happened to him can happen to any player. He is confident because he recovered well from the first one."

  5. Gossip - Hammers to do 'whatever it takes' to sign Lingard

    Jesse Lingard again impressed in West Ham's win at Wolves, and Sky Sports are reporting that the Hammers will do whatever it takes to sign the England midfielder on a permanent deal this summer.

    According to the Mirror, Lingard's parent club Manchester United rate their academy graduate, 28, at £30m.

    They're two of the top stories in today's gossip.

  6. Wolves 'hurt' by criticism due to recent slump

    Fulham v Wolves (Fri, 20:00 BST)

    Wolves

    Nuno Espirito Santo

    Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has said he's been stung by criticism during a run of two points from a possible 15. Monday's 3-2 defeat by West Ham left Nuno's men 14th in the Premier League before they face third-bottom Fulham, with Sky pundit Gary Neville likening Wolves' defending to an Under-9s team after going 3-0 down inside 38 minutes.

    "Of course it hurts, it hurts us because we didn't perform as we wanted to," said the Portuguese boss. "The people who suffer the most is us.

    "We must react ourselves and bounce back from a bad performance, not as individuals but as a squad. We are always concerned when we don't achieve what we want from our players. This is what we focus on so we can play and compete well against Fulham.

    "I don't relax, I'm always trying to figure out the best way of how we want to do things and trying to find the right solutions. It's going to be tough, we face a good team. We know each match in the Premier League is tough and we must prepare ourselves."

  7. PFA may consider legal action over EFL squad limit proposals

    The Professional Footballers' Association has said it will have to consider legal action if the English Football League does not scrap its proposed limits on squad sizes.

    Under the proposals, teams in the Championship will be able to name a 25-man squad while those in Leagues One and Two will be restricted to 20.

    The PFA wants teams at all three levels to be allowed to name 25-man squads. The union said that suggestion has been rejected by the EFL.

    In an open letter to EFL clubs and players, the PFA said that limiting squad sizes in Leagues One and Two would "increase the risk of injury to players" because of the demands of a 46-match season.

  8. Walker-Peters doubtful but Hasenhuttl enjoying Saints training

    West Brom v Southampton (Mon, 18:00 BST)

    Southampton

    Kyle Walker-Peters is Southampton’s only new fitness concern before Monday's game.

    The right-back has a minor leg injury after Sunday's win over Burnley, while Oriol Romeu, Will Smallbone and Michael Obafemi are long-term injury absentees.

    “We had two hard sessions today," Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has just said. "Kyle had a little problem with his leg, but the rest are quite fit.

    “You can feel the quality of the session is getting better because all the players are back, and that automatically gives you more experienced players on the pitch, so the quality is a little bit higher. This is good to see, good to watch and enjoyable every session.”

  9. Swansea announce social media boycott

    Players line up before kick-off at the Liberty Stadium

    ICYMI earlier, Swansea City have announced a week-long social media boycott on all platforms to combat abuse and discrimination.

    Players, including first team, academy sides and women's team, staff and the club's official accounts will stop posting from 17:00 BST on 8 April.

    Swansea's Jamal Lowe, Ben Cabango and Yan Dhanda have been racially abused on social media in the past two months.

    "We hope that this stance across the club will be supported by everyone," said captain Matt Grimes.

    "As a close and diverse group of players, this is something we all feel extremely passionate about. I find it staggering that we are still talking about racism and abuse of this kind."

  10. Which Team GB questions could be answered in England friendlies?

    England's women take on France and Canada this week and there are a few questions yet to be answered before the Olympic Games in the summer.

    Interim manager Hege Riise, who will lead Team GB in Tokyo, has selected a 26-player squad for the forthcoming friendlies.

    England travel to Caen on Friday to play France before hosting Canada in Stoke on Tuesday. Both matches are live on BBC Four, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.

    Captain Steph Houghton is absent through injury so who will take the armband? Can Beth Mead impress on her recall? And is there a goalkeeping place up for grabs at the Olympics?

    Click here to read more from Emma Sanders

  11. Seagulls looking to agree new Welbeck deal

    Brighton v Everton (Mon, 20:15 BST)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Danny Welbeck celebrates scoring against Manchester United

    Like Fulham, Brighton spurned the chance to earn a valuable victory at the weekend as they took the lead only to come away empty-handed - losing 2-1 at Manchester United.

    Danny Welbeck scored against his former club to make it two goals in two games for the Seagulls and manager Graham Potter confirmed the club is looking to agree a new contract with the former England striker.

    "He's in a good moment, we're really happy with him and his return for us," said Potter.

    "We were frustrated to lose him for a bit, but he's fantastic around the group. We'll sit down at the end of the season and find the right solution for everyone."

  12. Webster & Burn back in training for Seagulls

    Brighton v Everton (Mon, 20:15 BST)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Adam Webster

    Team news from the south coast now, and Brighton boss Graham Potter has some good news on two of his defenders.

    He said: "Both Adam Webster and Dan Burn trained this morning - that's good for us, we'll see how they respond and react.

    "Adam has been out a while so we'll take it as it goes. Aaron Connolly might train towards the end of the week, we will see."

  13. Perfection from Riise

    France v England (Fri, 20:10 BST)

    Emma Sanders

    BBC Sport reporter

    "She wants excellence, precision and everything to be perfect," Manchester City striker Ellen White says when asked what it's like working under Hege Riise.

    Ellen White
  14. Strength and experimentation

    France v England (Fri, 20:10 BST)

    Emma Sanders

    BBC Sport reporter

    Hege Riise says she will name a team that will have a mix of strength and experimentation against France.

    "I feel like we have strong players coming off the bench as well. We have a good squad. I will see more of the players," she said.

    The underlying theme of this camp is obviously Team GB selection so it's no surprise she is likely to use as many players as possible to see those who might be on the fringes.

    Hege Riise
  15. Who will captain England?

    France v England (Fri, 20:10 BST)

    Emma Sanders

    BBC Sport reporter

    Regular skipper Steph Houghton is absent from the England women's squad due to injury but Hege Riise wouldn't tell me who will captain the side.

    She says she’s chosen - it will be the same captain for both games against France and Canada - but the players have not yet been informed of the team.

    Ellen White, Jill Scott, Jordan Nobbs and Keira Walsh would be obvious candidates.

  16. Every game now is a must-win - Parker

    Fulham v Wolves (Fri, 20:00 BST)

    Fulham

    Wolves have slipped to 14th in the Premier League after taking just two points from their last five games.

    Fulham boss Scott Parker added: “It's a must-win game, but last week was a must-win, next week is a must-win. We're at seven games to go and everything is a must-win.

    “We're going to fight, scrap do everything in our power to stay in this division this year. I'm relishing that [challenge] and I can't wait for Friday.”

    Scott Parker
  17. 'I understand success would be staying in Premier League'

    Fulham v Wolves (Fri, 20:00 BST)

    Fulham

    A third straight defeat left third-bottom Fulham three points from safety with seven points left.

    "We have to keep trying to push and try to get every single ounce," said manager Scott Parker.

    "While I've been pleased with how the team have progressed and how the team are doing, I also understand that what would be successful for this team this year is staying in this division."

  18. Mitrovic still has 'massive' part to play

    Fulham v Wolves (Fri, 20:00 BST)

    Fulham

    Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates scoring against Aston Villa

    Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic opened the scoring at Aston Villa on Sunday with his first goal for the Cottagers since September, after scoring five in three games for Serbia during the international break.

    “He chose a really good time [to find form]," said Fulham boss Scott Parker. "He looks every bit of that - sharp, a real buzz about him. Sometimes as players you need some time away, and to get that spark back. He has a massive part to play this season."

  19. Lookman shrugs off hamstring problem

    Fulham v Wolves (Fri, 20:00 BST)

    Fulham

    Fulham saw a potential victory slip away as Aston Villa came from behind to beat the Cottagers 3-1 on Sunday. Fulham boss Scott Parker said that Ademola Lookman felt his hamstring at Villa Park but it seems the forward is still in contention for Friday's game.

    "There's no real injury news to be fair, we're all good," said Parker. "We came out of the game the other day well so everything's fine in terms of that."

  20. Riise & White in front of media

    France v England (Fri, 20:10 BST)

    Emma Sanders

    BBC Sport reporter

    England women's interim boss Hege Riise is joining us shortly for her pre-match news conference before their friendly with France on Friday. Manchester City striker Ellen White will also be speaking to the media.

    Nikita Parris and Esme Morgan were added to the squad this week so we'll be hearing how they have settled in, while concerns over an outbreak of Covid-19 cases in the Lyon squad will no doubt be a talking point as England travel to France.