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ROKER ROUNDUP: More details on Sunderland owner Sartori’s Uruguayan presidential bid revealed

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More details on Juan Sartori’s apparent presidential bid in Uruguay have been revealed, whilst Jake Clarke-Salter has spoken about his bad experiences at Sunderland last season.

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‘Uruguay for change’ unveiled

When news broke last week that Juan Sartori would be in the running to be the president of Uruguay, it was said that the slogan his candidacy would use was ‘Uruguay for Change’.

A website based around that slogan was unveiled yesterday, with the aim of providing a national consultation to choose the next presidential candidate.

The site allows Uruguayan nationals to vote for who they want to run for president from a list of nine eminent Uruguayans. Sartori is amongst the names proposed on the list as a potential candidate - as is former Sunderland striker target Diego Forlan.

That is why we propose a great national consultation that we have called: Let’s choose a candidate of the first division.

Open to those who want to present or endorse names and trajectories that represent what we all want: an effective, firm, clear, visionary leader, without ties or invoices pending with the past, conciliatory, close, credible and committed to the change we want and we need. Someone who imagines a different way of facing our present.

That is the president of the first division that we all want, that we know exists and that among all we must discover.

It’s unclear whether the Sunderland shareholder will run as a candidate separately from the ‘Uruguay for Change’ campaign or whether this national consultation is his sole involvement in a potential run for president.


Former loanee on Sunderland mistakes

Jake Clarke-Salter had an extremely difficult loan spell at Sunderland last season, which included relegation to League One and red cards in two consecutive games.

Speaking to the Guardian while away on England duty with the under-21s, the defender says he has learnt from those mistakes but admits it was a tough period for him:

It was tough, I was 20 years old and obviously I had to deal with the responsibility because they were my mistakes.

The first sending-off was a derby game and I made a badly timed tackle. The second one was just a bit of inexperience on my side. I’d just come back into the team, so I was gutted. But I’ve learned from it.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan from Chelsea at Vitesse Arnhem and has already picked up a red card for the Dutch side, in a Europa League tie against Basel, but Clarke-Salter says he’s not worried about getting a reputation:

You say that but then Sergio Ramos has had 20-something red cards in his career and he’s one of the best centre-backs ever, so it happens It might be the last red card in my career. It might not be. But you live and learn.

The player has been earning rave reviews in the Eredivisie and has recently been linked with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, and he says his difficult experiences so far in his career have taught him how to be a man:

I feel like I’ve learned to be a man and I think that’s helping me now, because I’m confident and playing well.

England U21 v Romania U21 - International Friendly Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

International roundup

Bali Mumba started for England under-18s and played 74 minutes in their 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic at St George’s Park.

An own goal by Tomas Vicek gave England the lead but it was up to Tyreece John-Jules to equalise in the 71st minute after the Czechs came from behind to go 2-1 up.

England then won 5-4 on penalties.

Elliot Embleton was an unused substitute as England under-20s also took on their Czech counterparts, that game finished 1-1 with the England goal being scored by Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.

Tom Flanagan was also an unused substitute in Northern Ireland’s 2-0 Nations League defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina.