FOOT­BALL SHORTS

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THEO WAL­COTT is fight­ing for his Ever­ton future after be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly pe­riph­eral fig­ure. The for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional, 30, has started two of Ever­ton’s last six matches but since a 0-0 draw with Liver­pool on March 3 he has been lim­ited to 16 min­utes in three ap­pear­ances as a sub­sti­tute. Wal­cott, who cost £20mil­lion when he signed from Arse­nal in Jan­uary 2018, has scored four goals this sea­son.

PELE was taken to hos­pi­tal in Paris as a pre­cau­tion on Tues­day night after suf­fer­ing a high fever. The three-time Brazil­ian World Cup win­ner, 78, was taken ill after at­tend­ing a func­tion with France in­ter­na­tional Kylian Mbappe.

÷ NEW­CAS­TLE UNITED are re­luc­tant to pay over £12m to make Salomon Ron­don’s move from West Brom per­ma­nent. The Venezuela in­ter­na­tional has scored 10 goals this sea­son and has a buy-out clause of £16.5m.

LEAGUE ONE Rochdale have ap­pointed Brian Barry-Mur­phy, 40, as their new man­ager on a two-year con­tract.

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