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Barnwell: Leicester may rue keeping Vardy

Premier League
 By Ben Jacobs

Leicester's win over Celtic shows how important Riyad Mahrez is to the side

Following Riyad Mahrez's stunner it took a Daniel Amartey penalty to win it for Leicester over Celtic in the penalty shootout.

Leicester City's 6-5 penalty shootout win over Celtic in the International Champions Cup on Saturday was another encouraging preseason result, especially against a quality side much further into their preparations for the new campaign.

It also sent City top (at least temporarily) of yet another table. The Foxes' work rate was sensational, so much so you that you could be forgiven for thinking the match between English and Scottish champions wasn't a friendly.

Here's five things we learnt from Leicester's...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What's trending: Sam Allardyce set for England, Gotze rejoins Dortmund

The ESPN FC crew weigh the pros and cons of Sam Allardyce as he looks set to take the England job.

Here are the latest stories for Thursday.

ENGLAND: Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will be appointed England manager within the next 24 hours, sources tell Press Association Sport.

Chelsea's new boss Antonio Conte is pleased that Allardyce may get the chance to become England manager.

SPAIN: Spain have appointed former FC Porto coach Julen Lopetegui as manager. Vicente del Bosque left the national team after losing to Italy 2-0 in the round of 16 at Euro 2016.


 By Nick Miller

International Champions Cup: What to expect from the Premier League clubs

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Steve Nicol discuss the games to watch for ahead of the start of the International Champions Cup.

The International Champions Cup tournament kicks off on Friday as Manchester United face Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai (8 a.m. ET, ESPN3 & ESPN Deportes). All in all, the summer tournament (full schedule here) will feature six Premier League teams. Here are a few things to look out for from the English contingent.

Will the Conte effect be in evidence already?

One can only imagine what was going through a few Chelsea players' minds when watching Antonio Conte storm up and down the touchline...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What's trending: Ragnar Klavan signs for Liverpool, Leroy Sane wants exit

Augsburg defender Ragnar Klavan may be heading to Liverpool, but who is he? Alison Bender discusses the Estonian.

Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.

LIVERPOOLLiverpool have completed the signing of defender Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg, the Premier League club have confirmed.

- Liverpool have signed a consummate professional in defender Klavan, Estonia boss Magnus Pehrsson has told ESPN FC.

Jurgen Klopp has said he and the team "still suffer" from Liverpool's 3-1 Europa League final loss to Sevilla in May, but he was quick to add that everyone is ready to move on.

MAN CITY: Schalke...

 By Ben Jacobs

Riyad Mahrez's preseason appearance could foretell Leicester City future

The FC guys take a look at the early relegation odds and wonder if Leicester will be in trouble if Riyad Mahrez departs.

Leicester City kicked off their preseason with an encouraging 2-1 win at newly promoted League One side Oxford United on Tuesday. Demarai Gray and Jeffrey Schlupp both scored as the Foxes came from behind in an excellent and entertaining test.

The result was largely immaterial, but Claudio Ranieri's team sheet certainly wasn't. Riyad Mahrez took his place alongside six other likely starters -- Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Simpson, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater and Shinji Okazaki -- come...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

What's trending: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to miss Manchester United's China tour

The ESPN FC crew discuss Zlatan Ibrahimovic's comments saying he will be the 'God of Manchester.'

Here are the latest stories for Tuesday.

MAN UNITEDManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has opted for a mixture of youth and experience in his 25-man squad for the preseason China tour, with the travelling party being announced on Tuesday morning ahead of flying out in the afternoon. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be involved.

- Manchester United defender Guillermo Varela has agreed a loan move to Eintracht Frankfurt, sources close to the Premier League club have told ESPN FC.