“There are some great names in the Premier League top 20, but without a doubt, for his goal tally and lead over everybody else, Alan Shearer deserves to be on the podium. “That said, there are a number of other players I admire. I’d say it’s a matter of taste or playing style because the Premier League has hosted many of the greats – and still does: Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry to name just a few. “But as my personal favourite, I’d like to choose Frank Lampard, who in spite of not being necessarily a striker, stands among the top 10 goal-scorers. That deserves praise.
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The Burnley defender will report to St. George's Park on Tuesday to join up with the rest of the England squad ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Malta. Interim manager Gareth Southgate, who was placed in charge following Sam Allardyce's departure last week, turned to Keane after Stoke City's Johnson was ruled out of both Malta's visit to Wembley and Tuesday's trip to Slovenia due to an unspecified injury.
Michael Keane replaces Glen Johnson in England squad
Michael Keane has been handed his first international call-up after Glen Johnson withdrew from the England squad through injury.
A report on the Celtic website read: "The diminutive playmaker didn't look out of place and played his part in the closing stages." The schoolboy's skill and talent had previously been flagged up to a wider audience in a series of online video clips.
Celtic hand 13-year-old Karamoko Dembele his debut for U20 side
Celtic have handed 13-year-old Karamoko Dembele his debut for their U20 team.
Rooney indicated this month that he intends to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup finals but, having been reappointed as captain by Allardyce, was seeking assurances from the interim manager after a tumultuous few days as to what role he would play in the next four games.
Gareth Southgate’s call reassures Wayne Rooney on England captaincy
Gareth Southgate telephoned Wayne Rooney to assure him he will retain the national team captaincy during his four games as the interim England manager