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Morning Leeds-in for 18 May: Ideguchi might get World Cup chance after all

Leeds midfielder makes 35 man preliminary squad for Japan

Cultural Leonesa v Sevilla II - Segunda Division Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Yosuke Ideguchi, the Japan international midfielder who was sent on loan to Cultural Leonesa immediately after signing for Leeds, has been handed a lifeline towards appearing in the World Cup.

Ideguchi was named in the 35 man preliminary squad by Japan manager Akira Nishino after being dropped for the last set of friendlies.

This isn’t the final list, which will be released on 31 May, but he’s still got a chance to go to the World Cup. He’ll be plenty rested at least.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Leeds make agreement with Chinese Academy. [Through It All Together]

Season Grade for Hadi Sacko. [Through It All Together]

England and English Football Links

Sven-Goran Eriksson thinks that the England national team will be tired during the World Cup. [BBC.com]

Exeter City punched their ticket to Wembley, beating Lincoln City 3-1 in the second leg of their League 2 playoff semifinal. [BBC.com]

Chelsea reportedly secretly paid a settlement with a victim of sexual abuse by former club scout Eddie Heath. [The Guardian]

West Bromwich Albion appear to be ready to appoint Darren Moore as the manager of the club after he almost kept the team up. I bet they would have wished they made the change earlier. [The Guardian]

World Football Links

A look at Santos Laguna’s Gallito Vazquez and how he’s not letting a snub from the national team get him down ahead of the 2018 Clausura final. [ESPN.com]

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has announced that Saturday’s match will be his last for the club. [Black & White & Read All Over]

Reports out of France are saying that PSG are interested in the services of Buffon. [Football-Italia.net]