Manchester United had planned a warm-weather training camp in Qatar on February 2 - but will now not be making the trip to the Middle East
Man Utd scrap plans for mid-season Qatar training camp over security fears

Man Utd scrap plans for mid-season Qatar training camp over security fears

Man Utd scrap plans for mid-season Qatar training camp over security fears

Man Utd scrap plans for mid-season Qatar training camp over security fears

Man Utd scrap plans for mid-season Qatar training camp over security fears

Man Utd scrap plans for mid-season Qatar training camp over security fears
Man Utd scrap plans for mid-season Qatar training camp over security fears
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Manchester United have scrapped plans for a mid-season break in the Middle East because of the security risks.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had planned to take his squad to Qatar for a warm-weather training camp on February 2 at the start of their two-week winter break.

But increased unrest in the region has seen United shelve those plans on safety grounds, with Solskajer and his players now set to travel to a base in Europe.

“We were looking at the Middle East, but that is definitely not going to happen,” said Solskjaer.

“If there’s one thing that worries me, it’s not on the football pitch – there are other things that will worry me more than football.

United have canned plans for a mid-season training camp in Qatar

“I’m going to give them a few days off. I don’t know where they will all scatter around, but we will stay in Europe.

“This mid-season break will be very important for everyone and we have five or six games until then.

“We’re just going to stick at it, hang in there until then, get the performances and results we hope we’re going to get then get some vitamin D and get ready for the last three months.”

United have previously travelled to Dubai and Qatar for winter training camps, the aim being to give their players a boost for the second half of the season.

But with tensions heightened following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike in Baghdad, United considered it too much of a security risk to travel to the region.

After United’s Premier League game at home to Wolves on February 1, Solskjaer and his players will have a two-week winter break, the first time it has been introduced in England.

Players will be free to travel anywhere but the Middle East in the first week, with United embarking on a warm-weather training camp in southern Europe the following week.

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Man Utd scrap plans for mid-season Qatar training camp over security fears

England boss Gareth Southgate ready to give Southampton's Danny Ings Euro 2020 audition

England boss Gareth Southgate ready to give Southampton's Danny Ings Euro 2020 audition

Gareth Southgate is ready to give Danny Ings a Euro 2020 audition.

England boss Southgate is keeping close tabs on in-form Ings amid huge concerns over Harry Kane’s fitness ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

Southgate has always been an admirer of 27-year-old Ings since his days with the England Under-21s and has been watching him and getting reports on the Southampton striker.

Ings, who also won a senior cap under previous boss Roy Hodgson, has scored 10 goals in his last 11 games for Southampton and is now definitely in the frame for a call-up for England’s next friendlies with Italy and Denmark in March.

They will continue to watch him but Ings’ form has put him in England’s thinking again as it its believed Southgate has come close to calling him up in the past.

Southgate will not turn back to Leicester ’s Jamie Vardy as it was the 33-year-old striker’s decision to quit England to concentrate on his club career, a choice which has reaped rich rewards.

Callum Wilson has been a regular in England squads but is badly out of form at Bournemouth and has not scored in the Premier League since September.

That has opened the door for another striker call-up as Southgate does not see Marcus Rashford as a natural centre forward and alternative to Kane.

Kane has undergone surgery on a torn hamstring and Tottenham last week issued a club statement and was initially ruled out until April.

However, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has suggested that Kane may not even be back until next season, which would be a devastating blow for England and the “homecoming” Euros with their Group games at Wembley.

But it is understood Kane is fully confident of being able to start light training by March before stepping it up by April.

Kane believes he will not only make the end of the season but will have played up to five or six games before the curtain comes down.

The England skipper is convinced he will be fully fit and match sharp by the time of the Euros and Southgate has been in regular contact.

Southgate has also been looking at Aston Villa midfieder Jack Grealish and has been at his last two games.

Despite Villa’s fight against relegation, Grealish has a big chance of being included for the forthcoming friendlies.

PSG ready to rival Inter Milan in transfer battle for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen

PSG ready to rival Inter Milan in transfer battle for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to rival Inter Milan for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.

The French Champions see the £14million deal set to be struck between Spurs and Inter for the Denmark international as a bargain.

Eriksen, 27, has rejected several contract offers from his club because he wants to experience another culture and football outside England.

PSG have been monitoring the developing talks between Spurs and Inter and are set to make their move.

With just six months left on his contract, the French league leaders are able to approach Eriksen and his camp directly to sound them out.

Eriksen is on PSG's radar

Eriksen’s only concern could be forcing his way into the side with PSG boasting a wealth of midfield and attacking midfield talent including Julian Draxler, Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes.

Eriksen, who helped Spurs reach the Champions League final in June, has played 25 times for the club this season with eight of his Premier League appearances coming as a substitute.

He was booed off during Tottenham ’s 1-0 defeat to Liverpool last Saturday with fans angry at his lack of effort with his contract running down.

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