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Edwards says Wolves U23s are loving the battle on four fronts

Rob Edwards insists Wolves Under-23s are relishing battling on four fronts this season – just like the first team. The youngsters are playing in Premier League 2 Division 1, the International Cup for the first time, the renamed Leasing.com Trophy (Checkatrade last season) and Premier League 2 League Cup this season. And just like Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, their campaign is hectic. After league games away to Manchester City this Saturday then at home to Arsenal on Friday September 20, Edwards’s side will embark on their journey in the Leasing.com Trophy on Tuesday, September 24 when they travel to Carlisle.…

Wolves face Saiss wait ahead of Chelsea clash

Wolves are facing a waiting game on the fitness of Romain Saiss for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday. The Morocco international was not in the squad for his country’s 1-1 draw with Burkina Faso on Friday, amid claims he has suffered an unspecified injury. Morocco are set to take on Niger in another friendly on Tuesday evening. Reports say Saiss has left the Morocco squad, though there is no confirmation on his injury. If fit, Saiss is a contender for the suspended Willy Boly’s place on the left side of the back three against Frank Lampard’s side. The versatile…

Walker makes debut and reminisces at Wolves FPA golf day

Wolves Former Players Association recorded its biggest turnout at their annual golf day – boosted by an appearance of a special guest for the first time. Twenty players spanning four decades – the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s – attended the popular event at Oxley Park Golf Club. Former winger Paul Walker, who had not seen old team-mates Phil Parkes, John McAlle, Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards for almost 50 years, made his first appearance at the event after travelling down from his home in Leeds. Terry Wharton, Gerry Farrell (a late 1960s reserve teamer who signed pro in 1970),…

Gibbs-White happy his Wolves experience will boost England after more Three Lions action

Morgan Gibbs-White is convinced his Euro experience with Wolves is helping him with England Under-21s. The 19-year-old midfielder played the first 61 minutes in the Under-21s’ 2-0 win over Kosovo at Hull City on Monday night before being replaced by Norwich’s Todd Cantwell. Manchester City’s Phil Foden scored both goals in the Euro 2021 qualifier at the KCOM Stadium. It was Gibbs-White’s third cap for Aidy Boothroyd’s side after also starting the 3-2 win away to Turkey on Friday. The youngster is relishing the additional action after figuring in four games for Wolves so far this season and starring in…

Dendoncker hands Wolves a boost after returning for Belgium

Wolves were handed a fitness boost as Leander Dendoncker played the full game for Belgium in their 4-0 win against Scotland at Hampden Park. The 24-year-old midfielder missed Friday’s win over San Marino by the same scoreline with a minor knock after being kicked in training but came through Saturday’s session to play 90 minutes on Monday night. It was Dendoncker’s midfield partner Kevin de Bruyne who inspired Roberto Martinez’s world-ranked number one side to a brutal defeat of Scotland that all but ended their hopes of reaching Euro 2020 via their qualification group. The Manchester City midfielder set up…

Six of the best Wolves kids win international call-ups

Six Wolves Under-18s have been called up for international duty this week, to reflect the team’s unbeaten start to their Under-18 Premier League North campaign. Christian Marques, Lewis Richards, Callum Thompson, Jack Scott, Connor Carty and Joe Young have all linked up with their national youth team squads. Under-18s captain Marques is the skipper of the Switzerland Under-17 side, despite holding Portuguese citizenship, and will spend 10 days playing four games for country. Richards and Thompson have been called up to represent Ireland’s Under-19s, Carty is with Ireland’s Under-18s, while Scott has been selected in Northern Ireland’s Under-19s party. Goalkeeper…

Mark Kennedy returns to Wolves in coaching role

Former Wolves winger Mark Kennedy has returned to the club in an Academy role as support to the young professionals. The 43-year-old, who in 2003 was part of the club’s first promotion to the Premier League, comes back to Molineux after a stint coaching at Manchester City, another of his old clubs. Kennedy began coaching at Ipswich where he finished his playing career in 2012, and progressed to manage their Under-21s team under former Wolves and current Ireland boss Mick McCarthy, prior to rejoining City. The 34-capped Ireland winger, who made 187 appearances in gold and black from 2001-06 following…

Wolves star Raul ‘still Mexico’s No 1’ despite Chicharito starring in US win

Wolves star Raul Jimenez was forced to take a back seat – quite literally – as Mexico beat the United States 3-0 in a friendly. Jimenez watched on as an unused substitute as Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez made the most of his chance with a typical poacher’s goal at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. PSV Eindhoven midfielder Erick Gutierrez made it 2-0 in the 78th minute and Manchester City midfielder Uriel Antuna, who is on loan at Los Angeles Galaxy, added the third four minutes later. Much of the talk around Mexico’s centre-forward position has been of Jimenez surpassing…

Gibbs-White: Leaving Wolves to go out on loan ‘never crossed my mind’

Morgan Gibbs-White insists he has never considered a loan move because all his focus has been on getting into the Wolves team. The 19-year-old midfielder is currently with the England Under-21s, who he made his first start for in Friday’s 3-2 comeback win away to Turkey in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier. Gibbs-White has now made 58 senior appearances for Wolves which make him one of the most experienced players in Aidy Boothryod’s squad. There was talk in the summer about the possibility of him going out on loan as the club have received plenty of interest to take him.…

Wolves legends in Europe help to make memories and shed a tear

Wolves are back in Europe – and favourites from some of the club’s greatest European nights have been on the continent too, which left their host in tears of joy. Kenny Hibbitt, John Richards, Steve Daley and Colin Brazier returned this week from a four-day trip to Norway to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Viking Wolves. The quartet and their respective wives Jane, Pam, Lynda and Tracy were invited to Bergen by long-term Wolves fanatic Odin Henrikssen and his wife Cecilia. Seventy-two Wolves fans from all over Norway – including one who drove for eight hours to be there –…