Belfast Telegraph

Mixed news for England pair

England duo Owen Hargreaves and Jonathan Woodgate were handed contrasting news as clubs provided the Premier League with their 25-man squad lists for the first half of the season.

Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves has made a solitary substitute appearance in the last two years as he battles tendinitis but the Red Devils confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that all of their senior players, apart from those out on loan, have been registered to play.

Tottenham defender Woodgate, meanwhile, was less fortunate. Manager Harry Redknapp decided to omit the injury-plagued defender, who he recently revealed was fighting to save his career due to a groin problem.

Woodgate made only three appearances last season and has not played at all since November.

Specialist surgery in both America and Australia proved unsuccessful and Redknapp believes the player is in danger of having to retire.

Also omitted from the Spurs squad submitted to the Premier League today was goalkeeper Ben Alnwick, with new loan signing Stipe Pletikosa now providing back-up to Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini.

Stoke left out striker Mamady Sidibe, who is out for the season with a snapped Achilles tendon.

All 20 clubs had to submit a squad of up to 25 players by 5pm today, containing no more than 17 players who do not qualify as homegrown.

Homegrown players are classed as players who "irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday".

Under-21 players (born on or after January 1 1989) do not have to count towards the 25-man squads. Changes to the squads can be made in January.


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