Lunchtime Round-Up 6th February

Afternoon all,

Jack Wilshere is set to start for England tonight for the first time since June 2011 in tonights friendly against Brazil. Wilshere’s last start for England was in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland. He is widely expected to start in the centre of midfield with Steven Gerrard. Also, Ashley Cole is set to win his 100th cap for England tonight, as he is also set to start

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has said that he is pleased with the progress he has made since joining the club, and promises that there is more to come. The French man joined the Gunners in the summer from French champions Montpellier for a fee of £9.6 million and since then, he has scored 14 goals in all competitions

Nottingham Forest are already looking to appoint a new manager after the departure of Alex McLeish yesterday. One of the names that has been mentioned is that of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and it is believed that Forest are set to hold talks with him soon. Hasselbaink was a first team coach with Forest from 2011 till early January this year, but his contract was mutually terminated

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Collocini has said that the deal to take him back to San Lorenzo is still on, but he has insisted that he will give his all for Newcastle for the remainder of the season. Collocini looked set to leave the Magpies in January after he met up with San Lorenzo officials, but a deal was not agreed in the end as Collocini didn’t want to rip up his Newcastle contract in order to move back to Argentina

Swansea captain Garry Monk has signed a one-year extension on his curent contract which will keep him with the Swans until 2015. Monk has been subject tio a lot of interest from Premier League and Championship clubs since the start of the season, but has now ended all of the speculation by signing the new contract with the club

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has admitted that his form since he joined the club has not been good enough. Allen joined the Reds for £15 million in the Summer from Swansea after proving that he was able to adapt to Premier league football very well

Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson has said that Danny Graham will score goals at the club since his move from Swansea in January for £5 million. Graham looks like an ideal partner for star striker Steven Fletcher who has struggled to find a striking partner this season, James McLean, Stephane Sessegnon and Johnson himself have all had to forge a partnership with Fletcher this season, so graham looks like an ideal signing for the Black Cats

Burnley winger Ross Wallace has signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until the summer of 2015. Wallace’s previous deal was set to expire in the summer and interet was said to be high in the 27-year-old with a number of Championship clubs

Scunthorpe striker Akpo Sodje has descirbed the sides 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Portsmouth last night as “massive”. The 33-year-old scored both of The Irons goals in the win, which moved them out of the relegation zone but this defeat for Portsmouth has pretty much condemned them to League Two football next season

Pot Vale striker Tom Pope has signed a new contract to keep him with the club until the summer of 2015. Pope has been in fine form for the side this season, scoring 25 goals in League Two this season, which makes him the leagues top goalscorer

Oxford United midfielder Peter Leven is set to miss the rest of the season after he underwent knee surgery this week. Leven has played a pivital role for United this season scoring six times in 25 appearances and i’m sure he’ll be a big blow for the side who stillhope to qualify for the playoffs