Sporting Digest: Football

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Riccardo Scimeca, the England Under-21 captain, has confirmed his fitness for next Wednesday's European Championship play-off match with Greece at Carrow Road. The Aston Villa central defender, who suffered concussion after an aerial collision in the Premiership match against West Ham a fortnight ago, came through a reserve outing against Liverpool on Thursday with no ill-effects.

Jim Whitley, the Manchester City midfielder, has agreed a new three-year contract with the First Division club.

Brighton are abandoning overnight stays for most away trips and will instead travel on the match day itself. The Seagulls will leave early tomorrow for their 200-mile trip to Mansfield and in future only long journeys will be spread over two days.