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Morning Leeds-in for 3 June: Leeds’ Pearce goes 73 minutes in the England U20’s loss to Japan

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It looks like England will have some hard work to do if they are to defend their title at the Toulon Tournament.

The England U20s were ahead at half-time, but Japan came from behind and won 2-1. Leeds’ Tom Pearce played 73 minutes in the defeat and Jamie Shackleton, who was a last-minute addition, didn’t see the pitch.

England will play Portugal on Tuesday, so perhaps they’ll get a result and still be able to make it past the group stages.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Season ratings: Jack rates the goalkeepers. [Through It All Together]

Season ratings: Jack rates the defenders. [Through It All Together]

England and English Football Links

Liverpool’s owners want to give Jurgen Klopp a new contract as soon as possible. [BBC.com]

Birmingham City’s Jota is set to go to cross-town rivals Aston Villa. [7500 To Holte]

World Football Links

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Juventus are reportedly interested in swapping Paulo Dybala for Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi. [Black & White & Read All Over]

End of the season ratings for all of the AC Milan players. [AC Milan Offside]

Sampdoria’s Marco Giampaolo is rumoured to be the first choice to take over for Gennaro Gattuso at Milan. [AC Milan Offside]

Hellas Verona are back in Serie A. [Football-Italia.net]