BEST OFF THE BENCH - James McClean: Made one bright run down the left past Phil Jones, livening the crowd. 6

Wigan winger James McClean not dropped for poppy snub, insists 'embarrassed' Owen Coyle

Wigan manager Owen Coyle was “embarrassed” at claims that Republic of Ireland winger James McClean was dropped from the squad for the 1-0 win over Yeovil on Sunday because he refused to wear a shirt embroidered with a poppy.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle

Europa League: Rubin Kazan v Wigan Athletic match preview

A look ahead to this tonight’s Europa League tie in Russia

Wigan midfielder James McArthur is hoping to produce something special against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League

Rubin Kazan v Wigan: James McArthur aiming for something special with Latics travelling to Russia for 'something special'

Wigan sit second in Europe League Group D and a victory would see them take a giant step towards progression to the last 32

Owen Coyle was pleased with his side's performance in the 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan

Wigan 1 Rubin Kazan 1: Owen Coyle feels opposition have 'sat up and taken notice' of the Latics following unbeaten Europa League run

Wigan sit second in Group D and are yet to lose a game in Europe this season

Grant Holt could make his Europa League debut for Wigan on Thursday

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Tom Ince in action for Blackpool

Blackpool 1 Wigan 0: Thompson pleased with Seasiders' character after the emerge victorious without manager Paul Ince

Ince is currently serving a five-match stadium ban but that didn't stop his son Tom giving Blackpool victory against their Lancashire rivals

Tom Ince in action for Blackpool

Blackpool 1 Wigan 0 match report: Tom Ince penalty gives the Seasiders Lancashire bragging rights

Ince converted from the spot after Latics' goalkeeper Scott Carson brought down Dan Gosling in the area

Wilfried Zaha is likely to start for England Under-21s when they take on Lithuania later today

Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha to be given chance to impress... for England Under-21s against Lithuania

Zaha is yet to feature under David Moyes in the Premier League and hasn't played since the curtain-raising Community Shield victory over Wigan in August

Antonio Valencia could be on his way out of Old Trafford with Roberto Mancini interested in bringing him to Galatasaray

Transfer news: Roberto Mancini could move for Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia in bid to stamp his footprint on squad

Italian is keen on bringing the 28-year-old to Turkey after his demotion down the pecking order under David Moyes

Hindmarch handbagged as growth brings £1m loss

The handbag designer Anya Hindmarch lost more than a £1m last year as the 26-year old British company invested in global expansion.

Roberto Martinez has a vision to restore Everton’s golden age

Tim Howard says switching manager from David Moyes to Roberto Martinez has been a 'good change' for Everton

The goalkeeper is enjoying himself working under the Spanish manager

Joe Hart dives to try and save a shot from Romelu Lukaku

Manuel Pellegrini admits 'very difficult' decision to stick with Joe Hart for Manchester City victory against Everton

Hart couldn't prevent Romelu Lukau's first half shot from going in despite getting a hand to it but Pellegrini refuses to blame the England shot-stopper

Paul Wood in the thick of the action against Wigan this season

Paul Wood handed a perfect stage to put the horrors of depression behind him

Final call is reward for rediscovering his best form after infamous injury and life lows

Nick Powell, on-loan from Manchester United, scored twice for Wigan in their 3-1 victory over NK Maribor

On-loan Manchester United youngster Nick Powell tipped for stardom after guiding Wigan to first ever Europa League victory

The 19-year-old scored the Latics' maiden goal in Europe and rounded out the scoring with a late goal in injury time

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