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Leicester City vs Man Utd: Focus on football – Solskjaer warns Rashford
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Leicester City vs Man Utd: Focus on football – Solskjaer warns Rashford

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has advised Marcus Rashford to focus on his football. According to Solskjaer, the 23-year-old is yet to produce his best form. Rashford is in United’s squad for their trip to Leicester City on Saturday. If he makes an appearance, it will be his season debut, following shoulder surgery in the off season. Rashford has been hailed for his off-field work and was awarded with an MBE for his efforts to end child poverty. “He has had time to reflect on what he has done off the pitch as well, because he has done some fantastic things and now to maybe prioritise his football and focus on football. “He’s got a challenge on his hands here at Man Utd, he has a challenge on his hands to play for England, and I think Marcus is one of t...
‘I played through pain for 11 months ‘- Manchester United footballer, Marcus Rashford says after recovering from surgery
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‘I played through pain for 11 months ‘- Manchester United footballer, Marcus Rashford says after recovering from surgery

23 year old Manchester United footballer, Marcus Rashford has revealed he spent 11 months playing through pain for Manchester United and England before finally having surgery on his injured shoulder. Rashford, who helped the Red Devils to the Europa League final last season and England to the final of Euro 2020, is closing in on a return to football action. He went under the knife in August, but only after spending the best part of a year playing in pain Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Rashford said: "My recovery is - I wouldn't say coming to an end because obviously I have to keep looking after it - but I'm in a much better place physically and mentally. "Last year was a very long season for me, I got this injury at the end of September and gradually it got that little bit worse,...
Andorra vs England: UEFA takes decision on Saturday’s game after fire incident
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Andorra vs England: UEFA takes decision on Saturday’s game after fire incident

UEFA has confirmed that the game between Andorra and England on Saturday will go ahead despite the fire incident that damaged the broadcast gantry, dugouts and small section of the pitch at the Estadi Nacional, Sky Sports reports. On Friday, a major fire broke out at the Estadi Nacional, where Andorra are set to tackle England in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier. Nobody was hurt in the blaze as the fire crew helped to put out the fire. Meanwhile, providing an update on the fire incident, an Andorra Football Federation spokesperson said: “As we all know there has been a small accident and a fire. “No personal harm has been reported, only material damages and the schedule will continue as foreseen. No changes there (with) press conference and training. “There has been an offic...
Ferran Torres responds to Barcelona transfer rumours, with Man City star happy where he is
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Ferran Torres responds to Barcelona transfer rumours, with Man City star happy where he is

The Spain international, who has been making impressive progress in England, has seen a shock loan switch mooted for the January window Ferran Torres is reading little into reports suggesting that Manchester City could allow him to join Barcelona on loan in January, with the Spain international pointing out that “there are always rumours”. The 21-year-old forward is a player who has registered on the radars of Barca and Real Madrid since bursting onto a senior stage at Valencia. Clasico rivals were unable to do a deal when a big-money move was made in 2020, as City won that race, but a stint at Camp Nou is being speculated on again ahead of the winter transfer window.  
DJ Cuppy shares her excitement as she starts classes at University of Oxford
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DJ Cuppy shares her excitement as she starts classes at University of Oxford

Popular disc jockey, Florence Otedola popularly known as DJ Cuppy, is officially a full time student of the University of Oxford, England. Cuppy had earlier announced that she was accepted into the prestigious university for a master's degree in African Studies. The excited new student took to her social media pages on Monday, October 4, to share photos from her first day of classes. "First day of classes! Officially a full time student at University of Oxford! Wish me luck with my Masters." she wrote.
Nuno keeps Kane faith as Premier League goal drought reaches six-year low for Spurs striker
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Nuno keeps Kane faith as Premier League goal drought reaches six-year low for Spurs striker

The England international has struggled to find his domestic form after reintegrating into the team following a tumultuous summer Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo says Harry Kane's return to form "will come" with the striker not finding the net in six Premier League matches, his frustrating streak continuing in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday. Kane pushed for a move to Manchester City over the summer, and while he has accepted his status as a Spurs player after no deal materialised he has so far failed to give his side the trademark finishing expected of him. The Villa result broke the squad's own dry spell, ending a run of three straight league defeats.  
Arsenal star Saka limps off against Brighton
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Arsenal star Saka limps off against Brighton

The England international failed to complete the 90 minutes and had to be replaced by Ashley Maitland-Niles   Arsenal were dealt a potential injury blow on Saturday when Bukayo Saka failed to finish his side's Premier League clash against Brighton. The Gunners drew 0-0 on the south coast to consolidate their recovery following an awful start to the 2021-22 season. But both they and England could be counting the cost of a knock suffered by their No.7 in the final minutes at the Amex Stadium.
Sterling slump? Man City star returns to Liverpool in toughest moment since he left Anfield
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Sterling slump? Man City star returns to Liverpool in toughest moment since he left Anfield

The England talisman was one of the best players at the summer's Euros but his poor club form has carried over into the new Premier League season Raheem Sterling goes back to Liverpool and on one hand he has very little to prove to his old club. However, for probably the first time in his Manchester City career, he has to demonstrate that he is still one of the main men for Pep Guardiola. Anfield has never been a particularly happy environment for Sterling since his acrimonious departure in 2015. On his first six returns, City lost five and drew the other 0-0 in a dismal game in 2018 that was unrecognisable from the usual exciting, adventurous football associated with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola sides.
Cole: Play Aubameyang in ‘his right position’ and he will give Arsenal goals
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Cole: Play Aubameyang in ‘his right position’ and he will give Arsenal goals

The former England striker explains what the Gunners should do to get the best out of their 32-year-old captain Andy Cole has reminded Arsenal the only way to get the best out of their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is to play him in “his right position.” The 32-year-old Gabon international scored his fifth goal of the season for the Gunners last Sunday when they beat North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at the Emirates and according to the former Manchester United striker, he produced his “best game” because he was played in the right position. “With Aubameyang, play him in his right position – he will score goals. But you can’t have one of your best players playing on the left, chasing back,” Cole told Kelly and Wrighty Show as quoted by The Boot Room.
Glen Johnson names most underrated player at Chelsea
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Glen Johnson names most underrated player at Chelsea

Former Chelsea star, Glen Johnson, has identified Mason Mount as the most ‘underrated’ player at Stamford Bridge. Johnson believes Mount should be ‘starting every week’ for Chelsea despite the intense competition for places in Thomas Tuchel’s squad. According to him, everyone would be raving about the England international if he was French or Italian. Mount broke into the Chelsea first-team under former manager Frank Lampard and has continued to impress since Tuchel’s appointment last January. He played 54 matches for Chelsea last season as they won the Champions League, reached the FA Cup final and finished fourth in the Premier League table. The 22-year-old has started four of Chelsea’s six Premier League games this season, missing last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester C...
Southgate ‘not surprised’ by Sancho’s struggles at Man Utd
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Southgate ‘not surprised’ by Sancho’s struggles at Man Utd

The Three Lions manager has called up the winger to his latest squad despite admitting he hasn't reached his best level yet at Old Trafford Gareth Southgate says he's "not surprised' by Jadon Sancho's struggles at Manchester United, with the England boss labelling the Premier League as a more "intense" competition than the Bundesliga. Sancho completed a long-waited £73 million ($99m) move to United from Borussia Dortmund in the summer window, bringing to an end his three-year stay in Germany. The 21-year-old emerged as one of the most exciting wingers in Europe at Westfalenstadion, but has been unable to hit the ground running at Old Trafford, and Southgate says he will need more time to adjust to the demands of top-flight English football.  
Manchester United and Chelsea-linked Rice responds to transfer talk
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Manchester United and Chelsea-linked Rice responds to transfer talk

The England international midfielder continues to see a big-money move mooted, but says he remains fully committed to the West Ham cause for now Declan Rice has vowed to “give everything” to West Ham as questions continue to be asked of his future, with the England international paying little attention to the reports linking him with Manchester United and Chelsea. Transfer speculation is nothing new for the 22-year-old, with each window bringing a fresh round of rumours. Rice has grown accustomed to dealing with the gossip and remains under contract at the London Stadium until 2024, so is reluctant to be dragged into a debate regarding what could happen if big-money offers are put on the table.  
Alisson, Thiago Silva & other Premier League stars in Brazil squad as talks continue over quarantine restrictions
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Alisson, Thiago Silva & other Premier League stars in Brazil squad as talks continue over quarantine restrictions

Brazil are confident there will be no repeat of the previous international break, when Premier League clubs refused to release their players Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Chelsea defender Thiago Silva are among eight Premier League players included in the Brazil squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers as talks continue over quarantine regulations that could see them miss games upon their return to England. Under current UK Government rules, anyone travelling to a country on the red list is required to quarantine for 10 days upon their return, due to high coronavirus spread in those countries. A number of Premier League clubs refused to release their players for the international break earlier this month, which sparked a row with the national associations that was onl...
History-making Premier League referee – Jarred Gillett
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History-making Premier League referee – Jarred Gillett

The Australian is set to write his name into the annals of English football by doing something that hasn't happened before The Premier League encounter between Watford and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on September 25 sees more spotlight than usual shone on the man in the middle. Ordinarily, referees do their best not to become the story, but when he takes to the pitch for the game between the Hornets and the Magpies, Jarred Gillett won't be able to avoid it. So who is he and how is he making Premier League history? Goal brings you everything you need to know.  
Lingard picks ex-Barcelona stars Ronaldinho & Iniesta as dream team-mates and airs Ronaldo wish
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Lingard picks ex-Barcelona stars Ronaldinho & Iniesta as dream team-mates and airs Ronaldo wish

The Manchester United and England midfielder would welcome the opportunity to turn out alongside Brazilian and Spanish legends Jesse Lingard has named Barcelona legends Ronaldinho and Andres Iniesta as his dream team-mates and selected current Manchester United colleague Cristiano Ronaldo as the man he would most like to trade lives with for a day. The England international has lined up alongside plenty of top talent for club and country down the years, while also taking on some of the finest footballers that the global game has to offer. He never got to face two players that he holds in the highest regard, though, with Brazilian and Spanish World Cup winners that boast strong ties to Camp Nou having moved on by the time Lingard lined up against the Blaugrana in 2019.  
Screaming’ Lingard told he acts differently at Man Utd as West Ham captain Noble makes ‘diving’ joke
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Screaming’ Lingard told he acts differently at Man Utd as West Ham captain Noble makes ‘diving’ joke

The England international spent the second half of last season on loan with the Hammers, but is now back with his parent club at Old Trafford Jesse Lingard has been told that he acts differently as a Manchester United player to how he did when on loan at West Ham, with Mark Noble joking that the England international was "diving" and "screaming" during a Carabao Cup tie on Wednesday. The talented 28-year-old playmaker has been absorbed back into the fold at Old Trafford after rediscovering his spark at the London Stadium during the second half of the 2020-21 campaign. Lingard hit a dramatic winner against the Hammers during his last Premier League outing, but was unable to replicate those heroics in domestic cup action as David Moyes' men claimed a 1-0 win in Manchester.
Rashford included in GCSE media studies course due to Man Utd star’s political activism on social media
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Rashford included in GCSE media studies course due to Man Utd star’s political activism on social media

The 23-year-old England international has been active on social media to fight food poverty, homelessness, illiteracy and racism in recent years Pupils will be studying Marcus Rashford's use of social media as an activism tool as part of their GCSE media studies this year. The England international has used his social media accounts to fight food poverty by raising money for charity and persuading the UK government to continue free school meals for children. Rashford, 23, has used his online presence to tackle homelessness, start a book club and speak out against racist abuse he and other footballers have received in recent years, too.  
‘I wouldn’t sell Rice for £100m’ – Man Utd & Chelsea sent transfer warning by West Ham coach Nolan
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‘I wouldn’t sell Rice for £100m’ – Man Utd & Chelsea sent transfer warning by West Ham coach Nolan

The England international continues to generate talk of interest from Premier League heavyweights but his current club have no plans to sell Manchester United, Chelsea and any other suitor of Declan Rice have been sent another transfer warning by those at West Ham, with Hammers coach Kevin Nolan saying he "wouldn't sell for £100 million ($137m)". David Moyes has made similar remarks in recent months, with those at the London Stadium reluctant to part with a prized asset that still has plenty of potential in his game to unlock. Premier League rivals are ready to buy into that, and will dig deep in order to get a deal done, but Nolan believes even a nine-figure bid - with another British record potentially on the cards - would not be enough to land the talented England international...
Why Dennis can’t replace Deeney at Watford – Ex-DR Congo star Ngonge
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Why Dennis can’t replace Deeney at Watford – Ex-DR Congo star Ngonge

The Nigeria star has made a fine start to life at Vicarage Road by scoring the club's first home and away goals in the Premier League this term Michel Ngonge has advised his former club Watford not to expect Emmanuel Dennis to fill Troy Deeney's void after his impressive start to the season. The former DR Congo international who played for the Hornets between 1998 and 2000, thinks Dennis ‘is not a great goalscorer’ unlike Deeney who scored 140 goals for the club during his 11-year stint at Vicarage Road. Following his permanent switch from Club Brugge in June, Dennis heralded his presence in the Premier League with two goals in five matches so far but Ngonge suggested that he has not adapted fully to life in England yet.
£35m Chelsea flop Drinkwater makes ‘shambles’ admission
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£35m Chelsea flop Drinkwater makes ‘shambles’ admission

The England international on another loan spell away from Stamford Bridge this season after linking up with Championship side Reading Danny Drinkwater admits his time at Chelsea has been a "shambles", with the 31-year-old midfielder becoming a £35 million ($48m) flop for the Blues following a transfer from Leicester in 2017. That deal was done when Drinkwater was a Premier League title winner and an England international, with those at Stamford Bridge eager to reunite a proven performer with former Foxes team-mate N'Golo Kante. Little return has been found in a big-money investment, with a loan spell at Reading this season coming after similar stints at Burnley, Aston Villa and Turkish outfit Kasimpasa.  
‘My heart skipped a beat’ – Arsenal defender White grateful to keeper Ramsdale after major error in Burnley win
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‘My heart skipped a beat’ – Arsenal defender White grateful to keeper Ramsdale after major error in Burnley win

The England international has reflected on the moment that almost cost the Gunners a crucial victory at Turf Moor   Ben White has expressed his gratitude towards Aaron Ramsdale after getting away with a major error in Arsenal's win over Burnley, admitting "my heart skipped a beat". Arsenal followed up last weekend's 1-0 home win over Norwich City by beating Burnley by the same scoreline at Turf Moor on Saturday, thanks to a superb Martin Odegaard free-kick. The Gunners moved up to 13th in the table and are now just three points outside of the top six, but White had Ramsdale to thank for sparing his blushes against the Clarets who might have earned a point were it not for the goalkeeper's quick reactions.
Alexander-Arnold’s absence for Liverpool explained as Milner fills in at right-back against Crystal Palace
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Alexander-Arnold’s absence for Liverpool explained as Milner fills in at right-back against Crystal Palace

  The England international misses out on a meeting with the Eagles after being forced to pull out of Jurgen Klopp's plans Trent Alexander-Arnold's absence from Liverpool's squad against Crystal Palace has been explained, with the Reds full-back ruled out through illness. The 22-year-old has been denied the opportunity to form part of Jurgen Klopp's plans against the Eagles at Anfield as he takes in an enforced spell on the sidelines. Liverpool have confirmed that Alexander-Arnold is not suffering with Covid-19, but he cannot line up in Premier League action as he feels under the weather.      
Manchester United legend Beckham increases stake in MLS franchise Inter Miami
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Manchester United legend Beckham increases stake in MLS franchise Inter Miami

  The former England captain, along with Jorge and Jose Mas, has taken on greater control and remains "more committed than ever" Manchester United legend David Beckham has increased his stake in Inter Miami, with the former England captain saying he is "more committed than ever" to the MLS franchise. Beckham is a co-owner of the Florida-based outfit but, along with Mas brothers Jorge and Jose, has taken on even greater control after finalising the buyout of Marcelo Claure and Masayoshi Son. Inter Miami have also announced that Ares Management has "joined the club as a preferred equity investor".      
England to host annual women’s international tournament
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England to host annual women’s international tournament

England is set to host a new annual women's international tournament next year. The FA released a statement on Thursday that outlined the details of the competition, which will begin in February 2022. Germany and Spain have been confirmed as two teams for the inaugural edition of the event, while the fourth nation is yet to be announced. The statement read: "England will welcome three of the world's top sides next February for the first staging of a new annual invitational women's tournament. "The Lionesses will be joined by Germany and Spain, both also ranked in FIFA's top 10, in the 2022 edition - with the fourth competing nation to be announced soon. "Fans will be treated to three double-header matches played across seven days in a round-robin format." After the tour...
England move up to third in FIFA rankings
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England move up to third in FIFA rankings

England have moved up to third in the latest FIFA men's rankings to claim their joint-highest position since the rankings began. It is the first time England have been in the top three since September 2012 and have only ever been in that position for two months since the rankings were introduced in 1992. England were in 13th place when Gareth Southgate took charge in 2016. Scotland have moved up four places to rank 45th, closely followed by Northern Ireland, who also rose four spots to rank 47th in the world. Wales remain in 19th, while Republic of Ireland have dropped to 50. The top two positions stay unchanged with Belgium the highest-ranked team in the world and Brazil placing second, ahead of England. World champions France have dropped from third to fourt...
Bellingham breaks Mbappe’s Champions League record for youngest scorer in consecutive games
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Bellingham breaks Mbappe’s Champions League record for youngest scorer in consecutive games

      The England international made it two straight European matches with a goal and in the process broke a record set by the PSG star Jude Bellingham surpassed a record held by Kylian Mbappe by scoring in Borussia Dortmund's Champions League win over Besiktas on Wednesday. The teenager opened the scoring before providing an assist for Erling Haaland just before half-time as the Bundesliga outfit held on for a 2-1 victory. With his goal, Bellingham became the youngest-ever player to score in consecutive Champions League appearances.
Wilshere responds to Arteta’s Arsenal offer as free agent midfielder seeks new club
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Wilshere responds to Arteta’s Arsenal offer as free agent midfielder seeks new club

  The former England international has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth, but he has been sent an invite by the Gunners Jack Wilshere is planning to hold talks with Arsenal after seeing Mikel Arteta state that the "doors are always open" for a familiar face at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners boss offered that olive branch to his former team-mate last week after seeing the midfielder, who has 34 England caps to his name, fail to find a new club. Wilshere has been a free agent since reaching the end of his contract at Bournemouth over the summer, with Arsenal happy to let him train with them as he searches for another opportunity.      
Arsenal no longer a top 6 team in England – Gary Neville
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Arsenal no longer a top 6 team in England – Gary Neville

Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, has insisted Arsenal are no longer a top-six club in England. The Gunners clinched three Premier League titles in the space of seven years at the turn of the century. However, they have not won it since 2004, when Arsene Wenger’s team went unbeaten. Under Mikel Arteta, they finished eighth in the past two seasons and did not qualify for Europe this year. Arsenal have made their worst-ever start to a league campaign, losing their first three matches without scoring a goal. When asked to name the top-six in England, Neville told LADbible TV: “Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and then Tottenham and Leicester based on recent seasons. “Arsenal fans will probably come up with some stat now… they think I hate them a...
Tau: Potter reveals Brighton players who were ahead of Al Ahly star
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Tau: Potter reveals Brighton players who were ahead of Al Ahly star

The 27-year-old Bafana Bafana star left the Seagulls to sign for the African champions on a four-year contract Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has opened up on why South Africa player Percy Tau left the Premier League club to sign for Al Ahly. The 27-year-old finally ended transfer speculation on August 27, 2021, by sealing a move to the Egyptian giants on a four-year deal becoming the second South African to play for Al Ahly after Phakamani Mahlambi. Though he still had a year left on his contract at Brighton, the Bafana Bafana star was forced to leave as he struggled to get playing time in England.
Why I chose Nigeria over England – Ike Ugbo
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Why I chose Nigeria over England – Ike Ugbo

Genk forward, Ike Ugbo, has explained his decision to commit his international allegiance to Nigeria over England. Ugbo was born in Lewisham to a Nigerian father and has represented the Three Lions at Under-17 and Under-20 levels. Nevertheless, in 2020 the 22-year-old chose to play for the Super Eagles at senior level. In a chat with Sport Voetbal Magazine, he said: “I chose Nigeria and right now, we’re getting the papers in order. “The chance of playing at the Fifa World Cup is part of it. I think I have more chances with Nigeria than with England. “Also, I grew up with images of the [Nigeria] national team and always followed their strikers, especially the guys who came to England.”
Marcus Rashford Explains why he won’t Leaves Politics and ‘Stick to Football’
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Marcus Rashford Explains why he won’t Leaves Politics and ‘Stick to Football’

England international footballer, Marcus Rashford has explained why he won't stop making political moves to end child poverty in the UK. The Manchester United striker was awarded an MBE award last year by the Queen of England on the back of his efforts to end child poverty by creating a level playing field for all ages and races. He says he won't heed the advice of some people to "stick to football" and avoid politics. The 23-year-old speaking to The Spectator, Rashford said:  "In football, you are always stronger in numbers. With a shared focus, people from different cultures, nationalities, races, sexual orientations, political affiliations and religions can unite to achieve incredible things. "When you pull on that national team shirt, rivalry subsides and is replaced wit...
Real reason Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus revealed
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Real reason Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus revealed

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, has provided the real reason Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus for Manchester United. The UFC icon said Ronaldo told him he was ‘bored’ at the Italian giants in a conversation they had before the Portugal captain moved back to Manchester United. The 36-year-old former Real Madrid attacker re-signed for the Red Devils last week, signing a two-year deal and could make his second debut this weekend against Newcastle. Khabib claimed the move did not come as a surprise to him due to a chat he had with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner earlier in the summer. “A month ago, he told me that he was moving to Manchester United,” he told reporters at the New Knowledge Marathon in Moscow. “I expected this deal to tak...
2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Why Daka and Mwepu left Zambian camp ahead of Tunisia duel
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2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Why Daka and Mwepu left Zambian camp ahead of Tunisia duel

The two will not take on the North Africans due to travel restrictions occasioned by the Premier League stand on Covid-19 red zones Brighton's Enock Mwepu and Leicester City's Patson Daka will not be part of Zambia's team that will take on Tunisia in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. Both stars featured as Chipolopolo defeated Mauritania 2-1 in their opening qualifying fixture on Friday and they have now left for England. Their absence from the Zambian team was occasioned by Premier League's announcement that they would not exempt players from the 10-day quarantine if they traveled to Covid-19 red zones and Zambia is classified as such. "I think we have talked a lot with the guys, and we all knew we were not going to be part of the team...
Croatian World Cup hero Mandzukic retires from football
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Croatian World Cup hero Mandzukic retires from football

Iconic Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, who scored the winning goal against England in the semifinals of the World Cup in 2018, has retired from the game, three years after playing his last international. The 35-year-old announced his decision in a post on Instagram, which included a photo of a pair of boots, on Friday night. “While you put on these boots for the first time, you can’t even imagine what you will get to experience in football,” he wrote in a message in English addressed to his young self, “Dear little Mario”, and signed “Your big Mario”. “You’ll recognize the moment to retire, to put these boots in a cabinet and you’ll have no regrets.” Mandzukic appeared 89 times for Croatia scoring 33 goals, he also played Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juv...
EPL: Why Harry Kane is better than Cristiano Ronaldo – Agbonlahor
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EPL: Why Harry Kane is better than Cristiano Ronaldo – Agbonlahor

Former Aston Villa forward, Gabriel Agbonlahor, has chosen England captain, Harry Kane, over Cristiano Ronaldo as best finisher. He described Kane as “the best finisher he’s ever seen” and would prefer having in his squad over five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo. Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford officially on Tuesday 12 years after he left for Real Madrid and then Juventus. Tottenham striker, Kane has surpassed 15 goals in each of the last seven league seasons and currently sits sixth in England’s goalscoring charts. Asked whether he would prefer to have Kane or Ronaldo in a cup final, the former Aston Villa striker said, “‘I’m having Harry Kane, if you’re looking at finishing, there’s no one better than Harry Kane. His finishing is a joke.’ “He’s right up there [best strik...
Hungary v England: Fifa investigating racial abuse aimed at English players
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Hungary v England: Fifa investigating racial abuse aimed at English players

Football's governing body, FIFA says it is investigating racial abuse aimed at England players, Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham during Thursday's 4-0 win over Hungary in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest. England's players were booed as they took a knee before the match at the 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena to protest against racism, while racist chants could be heard during the match as Sterling and Bellingham were the targets of abuse. In the second half, Sterling was pelted with paper cups and bottles when he opened the scoring for England while a flare was later thrown on to the pitch after Harry Maguire put the visitors 3-0 ahead. UEFA ordered Hungary to play three home games behind closed doors after fans' discriminatory behaviour which took place during Euro 2020 in J...
Bakayoko eager to avoid Chelsea return after sealing another AC Milan loan
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Bakayoko eager to avoid Chelsea return after sealing another AC Milan loan

The French midfielder is back at San Siro for a second stint with the Serie A champions, with a desire to remain in Italy Tiemoue Bakayoko hopes his association with Chelsea has come to a close, with the French midfielder eager to avoid returning to Stamford Bridge after securing a second loan at AC Milan. The 27-year-old midfielder spent the 2018-19 campaign at San Siro, having failed to convince during a testing debut season in England following his £40 million move. Bakayoko has since spent time with Monaco and Napoli, keeping him on 43 appearances for his parent club, and is now back in Italy on a two-year loan that includes an option to buy.        
UK PM Johnson condemns racist abuse of England players during World Cup qualifying win in Hungary
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UK PM Johnson condemns racist abuse of England players during World Cup qualifying win in Hungary

  The prime minister called the attacks on Raheem Sterling and his team mates during the 4-0 win in Budapest "unacceptable" Boris Johnson has called on FIFA to take "strong action" against spectators who racially abused England players during Thursday's 4-0 win against Hungary. England secured the three points in a dominant display in the World Cup qualifying match, but the evening was marred by the behaviour of the home fans at Puskas Arena. Racist chants were aimed at Three Lions players Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham and the UK prime minister has condemned the abuse.      
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England must win World Cup to banish memory of Euro 2020 final loss, says Southgate

The Three Lions boss has challenged his players to use their defeat to Italy as motivational fuel to go all the way at Qatar 2022 Gareth Southgate says England must win the World Cup to banish the memory of their Euro 2020 final loss. England came agonisingly close to winning their first major trophy since the 1996 World Cup at this summer's European Championships, making it all the way to the showpiece at Wembley only to suffer a penalty shootout defeat. Southgate says the best way for the Three Lions to put that disappointment behind them is to pull together and focus on qualifying for Qatar 2022, with their next Group I clash against Hungary at Puskas Arena on Thursday night.
England Players to take a knee before Hungary Clash
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England Players to take a knee before Hungary Clash

England will take a knee before playing Hungary, whose coach Marco Rossi vowed to stand by any action taken by players if they are subjected to any racism in Budapest on Thursday. The squad have discussed the issue in the build-up to the game, and were made aware of the fact that the Republic of Ireland players were loudly booed in June when they took a knee before their friendly with Hungary in the nearby Szusza Ferenc Stadion. Hungary have been ordered to play their next three UEFA competition matches behind closed doors - with one of those games suspended for two years - following racist abuse from supporters and homophobic banners in the stands during their Euro 2020 group stage matches in Budapest. A homophobic banner was seen in the stands during Hungary's defeat t...
Grealish will never be England’s Zidane says Waddle as he warns of Le Tissier trap
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Grealish will never be England’s Zidane says Waddle as he warns of Le Tissier trap

The former winger says the Manchester City star is another playmaker who does not fit the Three Lions mould Jack Grealish will struggle to become England's version of Zinedine Zidane or Gheorghe Hagi says Chris Waddle, because the Manchester City star falls into the same trap that has swallowed up playmakers before him. Calls for a man who is now the most expensive player in British transfer history became the subject of public interest during Euro 2020. Gareth Southgate oversaw a run to the final, but Grealish was largely restricted to a bit-part role off the bench and Waddle fears a £100 million ($138m) talent could go the same way as Paul Merson and Matt Le Tissier before him
Ademola Lookman: Leicester City sign winger from RB Leipzig
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Ademola Lookman: Leicester City sign winger from RB Leipzig

The Super Eagles prospect will represent Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes in the 2021-22 campaign after moving from the Bundesliga Leicester City have announced the signing of Nigeria prospect Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig on loan. Following his inability to tie down a regular place in the Bundesliga outfit’s first team, the former England youth international was shipped to Fulham for the 2020-21 campaign. This season, however, he will feature for the King Power Stadium outfit who will be participating in the Europa League this season.  
Ex-Arsenal midfielder Wilshere training with Serie B outfit Como as search for new club continues
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Ex-Arsenal midfielder Wilshere training with Serie B outfit Como as search for new club continues

The former England international has been a free agent since leaving Bournemouth in June, but is currently keeping his fitness up in Italy Ex-Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is training with Serie B outfit Calcio Como as his search for a new club continues. Wilshere has been without a club since seeing his six-month stint at Bournemouth come to an end following their failed promotion bid in 2020-21. The 29-year-old has been linked with a number of other English clubs in recent months, and Scottish champions Rangers, but he has yet to find a new employer for the current campaign and is now keeping his fitness levels up in Italy.  
Chelsea outcast Bakayoko returns to AC Milan on loan
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Chelsea outcast Bakayoko returns to AC Milan on loan

The midfielder heads to San Siro for a second spell having seen his first-team chances limited at Stamford Bridge AC Milan have re-signed midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on a two-year loan from Chelsea. The deal includes an obligation to make the move permanent for around €15 million (£13m/$18m). The 27-year-old returns to Milan for a second loan spell, having made 42 appearances for the club during the 2018-19 campaign.  
Cavani to remain at Man Utd over international break as Uruguay cancel call-up for World Cup qualifiers
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Cavani to remain at Man Utd over international break as Uruguay cancel call-up for World Cup qualifiers

The veteran striker won't be linking up with his country for their next set of fixtures against Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador Edinson Cavani will remain at Manchester United over the international break after Uruguay announced their decision to cancel his call-up for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. All 20 clubs in the Premier League unanimously agreed last week not to release players for the latest set of international fixtures if they were being staged in the United Kingdom's 'red list' countries. The majority of South America has been flagged up on that coronavirus travelling list, meaning that any players who still decided to play for their country would be required to enter into quarantine for 10 days upon their return to England.  
Hudson-Odoi misses out on England U21s as Elliott and Smith Rowe called up by new manager Carsley
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Hudson-Odoi misses out on England U21s as Elliott and Smith Rowe called up by new manager Carsley

The Chelsea midfielder has decided to remain at Chelsea after talks with the manager, while Harvey Elliott has been called up for the first time Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has missed out on a place in the England Under 21 team for the upcoming matches against Romania and Kosovo. The 20-year-old was an unused substitute for Chelsea's first two Premier League matches of the season, though he did start in the UEFA Super Cup win against Villarreal. Hudson-Odoi was a notable omission from the squad ahead of the 2023 Under 21 European Championship qualifying matches and coach Lee Carsley says it was the player's choice.
Pape Matar Sarr: Who is Tottenham’s new £25m teenage signing?
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Pape Matar Sarr: Who is Tottenham’s new £25m teenage signing?

The 18-year-old has been chased by a host of Premier League sides this summer after a superb breakout season for Metz last season It has been a tumultuous summer at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The saga around Harry Kane's future has, of course, dominated proceedings, though it now seems that the England captain will be remaining with his boyhood club until at least January. In terms of incomings, meanwhile, the emphasis seems to have been towards youth.
‘I never wanted to play right-back!’ – James reveals defensive distastes in Chelsea career
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‘I never wanted to play right-back!’ – James reveals defensive distastes in Chelsea career

The Blues star has made his name over the past few seasons as a defensive dynamo but originally didn't want anything to do with the position Reece James has revealed that he did not want to play at right-back during his Chelsea academy days, but admitted that it helped him realise his dreams of turning professional as a teenager. The Blues star has made his name over the past few seasons as one of the most promising defensive talents in the British game, with Champions League glory and Euro 2020 silver-medal honours to match. But now, the England international has acknowledged that he bristled for several years at the decision to move him from his original midfield position during his youth at the club's Cobham base.  
2022 World Cup qualifiers: Caf appeals to British government to grant exemption to African players
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Caf appeals to British government to grant exemption to African players

Several African players are at risk of missing next month's international outings due to coronavirus restrictions in England The Confederation of African Football has appealed to the British government to allow African players to travel for next month’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers. After Liverpool blocked Mohamed Salah’s invitation to Egypt’s squad, the Premier League announced that other clubs will not release their players to travel to red-list countries due to fears of the coronavirus. However, Fifa responded to the statement with a personal message from President Gianni Infantino to British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on Wednesday.

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