Sport Midfielder handed surprise AFCON call up

13:00  12 january  2017
13:00  12 january  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Rodgers hails Armstrong and expects international call-up

  Rodgers hails Armstrong and expects international call-up Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has received glowing praise from Brendan Rodgers following his impressive early season performances. The dynamic midfielder has been in stellar form since he came into the team this season, and already has eight goals and five assists this season in 28 appearances – mostly playing from a deep-lying midfield role. Speaking to the Scotsman about the 24-year-old, Rodgers said: “I always look at what you need to play at international level, to play at the highest level you want to be effective. You want a midfield player that’s got a high level of technique and has got mobility to run and be physical and he’s got all that. Like I said, everything you need to play at that level he has.” “We needed to find multiple scorers in the team because you are never going to succeed if you only have one player who is going to score the goals. Tom Rogic got 10 goals last season, I said to him he has to look for 20 with his qualities and our style of playing.” The next opportunity for the midfielder to get a call-up by Gordon Strachan to the Scotland squad will be in March when they host Slovenia, and Armstrong will be hoping to maintain his impressive form this far. One advantage for Armstrong is that he could have Celtic captain Scott Brown alongside him in the Tartan Army’s midfield, a familiarity which could help ease him into the role at international level. Rodgers side have won after a 2-1 at Ibrox on Saturday, and currently have a 19 point lead with a game in hand over second place. Celtic are currently on an international break, and will be in action again on January 22nd against Albion Rovers.

Colombia national team coach José Pékerman has handed a surprise call - up to River Plate midfielder Carlos Carbonero after Aldo Leão Ramírez pulled out of the tournament because of injury. Carbonero, 23, was handed his chance after Ramírez suffered an injury in last Friday’s friendly win over Jordan. Carbonero could feature for the first time since former Argentina coach Pékerman took up the post in 2012.

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Arsenal youngster Ismael Bennacer has been handed a surprise late call-up to the Algeria squad for the African Cup of Nations.

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As reported by the Mirror, the youngster, who made his senior debut for Algeria back in September, will join up with the squad after former Inter Milan midfielder Saphir Taider withdrew with injury.

The youngster will join the likes of Leicester City team-mates Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani as well as on-loan Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb in the Algerian squad.

Bennacer, originally born in France, changed alliances despite featuring for the French U16s and U17s. He made his Algeria debut during a 6-0 win over Lesotho in a qualifier for the African Cup of Nations.

The 19-year-old has made just one appearance for Arsenal’s senior side, he came off the bench in last season’s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Algeria are set to face Zimbabwe in their group opener on Sunday before facing Tunisia and Senegal to finish their Group B fixtures.

Celta inflict shock Cup defeat on Real Madrid .
After surrendering a record 40-game unbeaten run, Real Madrid suffered a second defeat in four days on Wednesday as Celta Vigo took a 2-1 first leg lead from their Copa del Rey quarter-final at the Santiago Bernabeu. All three goals came in a six-minute spell midway through the second-half as strikes from former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas and Jonny either side of Marcelo's reply for Madrid handed Celta a famous win.Real can still salvage their quest for a first ever treble of Cup, La Liga and Champions League, but now need to score at least twice when the visit Balaidos for the second leg on January 25.

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