Press Association Paolo Di Canio has warned his Sunderland players there is plenty of hard work ahead as they prepare for the new Barclays Premier League season. He added: “We have to integrate the new players into the team, continue to build and develop our squad and complete our pre-season training. “There is a lot of hard work but we are ready for it.” Nineteen-year-old IFK Gothenburg midfielder Karlsson is one of a series of young players to have been recruited by Di Canio so far, with Altrincham striker Duncan Watmore and Le Havre’s El-Hadji Ba having also joined the club’s development squad. In addition, senior men Valentin Roberge, Cabral and Modibo Diakite will become Black Cats when their respective deals at Maritimo, Basle and Lazio expire at the end of the month. The Italian is currently in the process of overhauling the squad which only just survived in the top flight last season, having added teenage Swedish winger David Moberg Karlsson to the mix last night. However, while revealing his excitement after seeing the fixtures for his first full campaign unveiled, he admitted there is much to be done before the Black Cats kick off at home to Fulham on August 17. Di Canio told the club’s official website, www.safc.com: “I’m very excited and of course it’s fantastic to start at home in front of our own fans. But there is a lot of work to do between now and Fulham. There are many steps.”
Today is the 18th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks that killed three thousand Americans in New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon in the Washington DC as well as a hijacked plane crash in Pennsylvania. George W. Bush will be at the Pentagon today to commemorate the solemn day. The former president will attend a wreath-laying ceremony this afternoon at the site where terrorists flew a hijacked airliner into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Bush was commander in chief at the time of the attacks. While, he was president, U.S. forces moved into Afghanistan on October 7th, 2011 to oust the Taliban for giving safe haven to 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Ceremonies will also be held in New York City where two hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a hijacked plane crashed after its passengers fought with the hijackers. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be making a visit to Arlington, Virginia to remember the lives lost in the September 11th attacks. After a moment of silence on the White House’s South Lawn at 8:40 a.m. Eastern Time, both will travel to Arlington to the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. At 9:30 a.m., the President and the First Lady will participate in the September 11th Pentagon Observance Ceremony.