Hello, and welcome to The Athletic's coverage of today's breaking news.

The Premier League returns on Tuesday as Manchester United take on Burnley.

Elsewhere, Frank Lampard will take charge of his first league game with Everton at St James' Park while Watford travel to West Ham. We'll bring you all the build-up throughout the day.

The FA Cup weekend action did not disappoint with non-league Boreham Wood knocking out Championship high-flyers Bournemouth. They will be rewarded with a trip to Everton in the fifth round.

In Sunday's draw, Luton Town will host Chelsea, while Manchester City and Tottenham face trips to Peterborough and Middlesbrough respectively. Liverpool host Norwich.

There was also drama in the Africa Cup of Nations final, where Senegal triumphed on penalties after a 0-0 draw with Egypt. Sadio Mane scored the decisive spot kick having missed a penalty in normal time, while his Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah did not get a chance to take one from the spot.

Background reading:
Don’t look down: the battle to avoid the drop
Family. Friends. Fulham. A tribute to Paul Parish: ‘He was the kindest, he was the best’
The shame of Graham Rix, secretly suspended from football over ‘racist bullying’

(Photo: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)
February 8, 2022 at 6:07 PM EST
That is all for today's news blog.

We hope you've enjoyed, we will be back tomorrow to bring you all the latest news in football.

Have a lovely rest of your evening.
February 8, 2022 at 5:51 PM EST
Everton have been unfortunate to pick up so many injuries this season already and things could get worse with Yerry Mina and Demarai Gray both substituted early in the first half due to injuries to both.

After their defeat to Newcastle, Frank Lampard said: "Yerry’s a muscle injury, his quad. Demarai was a hip. We are hoping with him it’s not too bad. It’s something that he’s had before that he got over quite quickly but, with Yerry, we’ll have to assess him over the next few days."
February 8, 2022 at 5:27 PM EST
What a way to kick off a week of Premier League action! Did you expect all three games to end this way? Here is a round-up of the results:

Newcastle 3 – 1 Everton
West Ham 1 – 0 Watford
Burnley 1 – 1 Manchester United
February 8, 2022 at 4:48 PM EST
Another convincing win for Fulham this evening as they beat Millwall 3-0.

A brace for Aleksandar Mitrovic and a goal for substitute Bobby De Cordova-Reid move Fulham eight points clear Blackburn who have a game in hand.

February 8, 2022 at 4:28 PM EST
Newcastle are going to win a game?!

A precise freekick from Kieran Trippier into the bottom right corner makes it 3-1 to Newcastle over a struggling Everton.

Absolutely wonderful from Kieran Trippier! 🤤

[3-1]#NEWEVE // #NUFC https://t.co/0ie5WnZucv pic.twitter.com/jfCI0uKWwB
February 8, 2022 at 4:18 PM EST
The hosts have gone ahead for the first time this evening.

Ryan Fraser made it 2-1 in the 56th minute.

Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek are on the pitch for their Everton debuts but are yet to do much to impact the game. Around 15 minutes left to play.
February 8, 2022 at 3:58 PM EST
Fulham are beating Millwall 2-0 after 50 minutes.

Aleksander Mitrovic has scored his 30th goal of the season to double the home side's lead.

50' Another one! 🔥

🤍 2-0 🦁 | #FULMIL pic.twitter.com/itvQXckR8f
February 8, 2022 at 3:41 PM EST
Some goals to get the blood pumping and hopefully some more to come! Here are the Premier League half-time scores:

Newcastle 1 – 1 Everton
West Ham 0 – 0 Watford
Burnley 0 – 1 Manchester United
February 8, 2022 at 3:11 PM EST
A great start for hosts Derby County as they lead a goal to nil against Hull City.

Jason Knight's cross was met by Craig Forsyth's head. The full-back directed the ball into the top right corner.


AND WHAT A HEADER!!!! pic.twitter.com/ylUoMMe4C7
February 8, 2022 at 3:03 PM EST

The Athletic's Matt Slater reports.
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February 8, 2022 at 2:37 PM EST
Looking for a Football Manager 2022 challenge?

James Horncastle has explained why Sampdoria would be a good team to manage.

Fancy a new #FM22 challenge? Why not Sampdoria? 🇮🇹@JamesHorncastle joined @iain_games on the latest @FootballManager show to discuss a few familiar faces…

With @livescore 🤝

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February 8, 2022 at 2:04 PM EST
Kurt Zouma has been named in West Ham United's starting XI for their Premier League game against Watford this evening.

Zouma, 27, will face an internal disciplinary hearing at the club after he was filmed kicking and slapping his pet cat.

A video obtained by The Sun shows Zouma dropping the cat from chest-height, and kicking it as it lands. He then chases it around the living room, at one point throwing a pair of shoes at the cat, before slapping it in the face.
February 8, 2022 at 1:38 PM EST
Who is ready for some exciting Premier League action!?

Burnley vs Manchester United will definitely bring a lot of intense action as the away side look to extend their winning and the home side looking for their second win of the season.

For live updates, click here to head over to our live blog.
February 8, 2022 at 1:27 PM EST
Aston Villa Women are already securing some key names for seasons to come as Laura Blindkilde pens a contract extension that will see her stay in the West Midlands until 2025.

She has made nine first-team appearances since signing her first professional contract in September.

We are pleased to announce that @laurablindkilde has signed a contract extension! 🤝
February 8, 2022 at 12:50 PM EST
Exciting news for England as Lucy Bronze and Ellie Roebuck return to the England squad after injuries kept both players out of the last three camps.

Arsenal's Leah Williamson has also returned to Sarina Wiegman's squad for the Arnold Clark Cup.

To read the full story, click here.
February 8, 2022 at 12:30 PM EST
Norwich City have raised season ticket prices for the first time in 10 years, ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

The cheapest adult seat at Carrow Road if renewed at the first opportunity had cost £499.50 and will now increase to £534.50, if bought before March 20.

The pricing structure will stay the same regardless whether their current Premier League survival bid proves to be successful.

Norwich have pinned the reason for the rise on the continuing hit of the coronavirus pandemic, which cost the club more than £30 million. Norwich also offered season ticket holders to option to defer their 2020-21 seat for 12 months once crowds were allowed back into games.

The club have also launched ‘City Giving;’ where supporters can commit to a monthly donation that goes to Norwich’s Community Sports Foundation.

Meanwhile, Norwich Under-23 midfielder Saxon Earley has signed a new contract with his boyhood club until the summer of 2023.
February 8, 2022 at 12:24 PM EST
There is growing expectation that Sunderland will finalise a decision on their next manager on Wednesday. The successor to Lee Johnson could then be unveiled on Thursday before travelling to London on Friday for Saturday’s League One match at AFC Wimbledon.

Sunderland have been conducting second interviews in the past 48 hours and have again spoken to Roy Keane, Grant McCann, Alex Neil and the former Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi. There has been contact with several other possible contenders but it is not known if they have had formal second interviews.

It is thought each man has been told the offer is short-term until the end of the season. If promotion to the Championship is gained, then a new contract conversation will begin.

Keane remains the favourite because of the lift he could give to the club as well as a team that goes to Cheltenham Town tonight having lost their last two games 6-0 at Bolton and 2-1 at home to bottom-of-the-table Doncaster Rovers. The hope is that he would galvanise Wearside.

There may be questions, though, over his knowledge of League One in 2022, for example, and should he wish to bring a coach with him, if that would be a complication.

McCann’s appeal lies in his experience of taking Hull City up to the Championship last season, 12 points ahead of Sunderland, who came fourth. From the end of last February Hull went on an unbeaten 14-game run, winning 11, to secure promotion.

Neil took Norwich into the Premier League in 2015, having previously guided Hamilton to promotion in Scotland, and Lamouchi had a strong start at Forest in 2019 before fading.

Additional reporter: Phil Buckingham
February 8, 2022 at 12:17 PM EST
Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech has decided to call time on his international career.

The choice comes six weeks after he was left out of Morocco’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ziyech, 28, has not been named in an international squad since June after he “refused to work” for the team, according to manager Vahid Halihodzic.

Click here for more.
February 8, 2022 at 12:13 PM EST
He impressed against Brighton on debut – not the most terrifying start, considering he played in his first superclasico for Boca Juniors against River Plate aged just 17.

But Bentancur was composed on the ball, and produced one of the moments of the match when just outside his own area he nonchalantly dragged the ball back and flicked it away from Evan Ferguson. It was the kind of skill that instantly wins over a new set of supporters.
Rodrigo Bentancur: A fighter who relishes making tackles and loves the ugly side of the game
February 8, 2022 at 11:47 AM EST
Ismaila Sarr is expected to fly back from Senegal on Wednesday and is likely to be available for Watford’s game against Brighton on Saturday.

Senegal players have a reception with President Macky Sall this evening following their AFCON triumph on Sunday.


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