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Football in brief: James gets first senior Lionesses call

Family business: James’ brother Reece also plays for England PICTURE: PA

MANCHESTER United forward Lauren James has been named in the England squad for their upcoming training camp. The Lionesses had been due to play Norway on December 1 but the game has now been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, boss Phil Neville will oversee a ten-day training camp at St George’s Park where the group will play two intra-squad friendlies. James has received her first call-up to the senior squad after impressing in the Women’s Super League, while there was a return to the group for Manchester City’s Laura Coombs, who last played for her country in 2015. Neville said: ‘This has been a challenging time for everyone but it will be good to finish the year.’

Championship ‘votes for five subs’

CHAMPIONSHIP clubs are set to approve the use of five substitutes later this month, which will only increase the pressure on the Premier League to follow suit. Five replacements were allowed following the first lockdown as last season finished after a three-month break but the number returned to three for this season. Concerns over injuries and illness with a packed schedule during the pandemic have led to a number of top-flight managers — and England boss Gareth Southgate – calling for change, despite clubs twice voting against the move. However, second-tier teams have reportedly taken the plunge, with a majority vote in favour last week and Brentford’s home game with QPR on November 27 the first under the revised rules.

Club World Cup put back two months

THE Club World Cup will be played in February next year after the conclusion of continental tournaments were affected by the global pandemic. The competition will still be played in Qatar but has been moved from its original dates in December, the world’s governing body Fifa announced. Bayern Munich, who won the delayed Champions League in August, will be Europe’s representatives.