Short Soccer, November 13, 2012

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 4:29am

Championship star gets England call-up

Wilfried Zaha became only the second Championship outfield player in five years to be called up by England when the forward was added to the squad for tomorrow's friendly against Sweden after the withdrawal of five players at the weekend. Zaha, who turned 20 on Saturday, has helped Crystal Palace rise to the top of the second tier, and was joined by Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone after Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Jonjo Shelvey, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon were all ruled out. Rooney's right ankle was injured in Manchester United's match at Aston Villa on Saturday. Zaha, who has played five times for the Under-21s, is the first Championship outfield player to be called up for England since striker Jay Bothroyd, then of Cardiff City, in 2010. Reuters

Australia's soccer chief warns rival codes

Soccer's new boss in Australia says the sport is no longer a "sleeping giant" and has warned rival codes of its potential to dominate the Australian sporting landscape. David Gallop began his new role as chief executive of Football Federation Australia yesterday by telling a news conference the sport could overtake rugby league and Australian Rules as Australia's preferred football code. In a bullish assessment of soccer's growth potential in Australia, Gallop said "the giant continues to be not only awake but on the move. The game's statistics around participation, crowds and television ratings are hugely impressive." Gallop, who was formerly the chief executive of the Australian National Rugby League, succeeds Ben Buckley who was FFA chief executive for six years. AP

Chelsea pair allowed to miss Nigeria game

Chelsea's Victor Moses and Jon Obi Mikel have been excused from making a long midweek trip to Miami to play in Nigeria's friendly international against Venezuela tomorrow. The pair were initially called up, but after requesting time off to deal with a personal issue and recover from a minor knock respectively, they have been given permission by the Nigerian authorities to miss the match. Reuters

Lennon blames fatigue as Celtic stumble

Neil Lennon said fatigue and injuries were to blame after his Celtic side slipped from top spot in the Scottish Premier League after a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone at Parkhead. The Hoops failed to win for the third match running in the league as they again followed up a Champions League match with a disappointing domestic result. The result came just four days after Celtic beat mighty Barcelona 2-1 in a Champions League game. "I think there was a lot of mental and physical fatigue in the team," said manager Lennon. "We've had a heavy schedule and it has just taken its toll a little bit." AFP