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Bakambu closing in on Marseille move
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Bakambu closing in on Marseille move

GOAL brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to African stars across the world   Aston Villa are interested in signing Brighton & Hove midfielder Yves Bissouma this month. The Telegraph reports that the Mali international won’t come cheap for Steven Gerrard’s side with Brighton set to ask for £40 million as transfer fee. Bissouma who moved to England in 2018, has played 14 Premier League games this campaign.
Ronaldo’s stern message to Man Utd: I don’t accept anything less than top three
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Ronaldo’s stern message to Man Utd: I don’t accept anything less than top three

The Portuguese superstar has grown accustomed to being successful and admits that he is not at Old Trafford to finish “in sixth place”   Cristiano Ronaldo has warned those around him at Manchester United that he will not accept anything less than a top-three standing this season, with a five-time Ballon d’Or winner pointing out that he is not about to settle for “sixth place or seventh place”. A modern day superstar has grown accustomed to competing for major honours over the course of an illustrious career that has delivered trophy triumphs aplenty in England, Spain and Italy. The Portuguese icon will be turning 37 on February 5, with many starting to slow down by this point, but ambition burns as bright as ever for an all-time great and he is urging his team-mates at O...
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FIFA 22 best Icons: Legendary players to use in Ultimate Team

Which legendary players provide the best value for money in FUT? Icons are always the most popular players in FIFA Ultimate Team. Their versatility means they can be used in almost every squad, even if they have no real connection to the rest of the team. For example, Brazilian striker Ronaldo will still have excellent chemistry in a Premier League squad despite never playing in England's top flight during his player career.
Arsenal hero Campbell pleas: Don’t let Saka contract to run down
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Arsenal hero Campbell pleas: Don’t let Saka contract to run down

Arsenal hero Sol Campbell has urged the club not to let Bukayo Saka to run down his contract.   Saka's current deal runs out in 2024, but there's concerns Arsenal will let his deal run down rather than extend it given his current form and influence. “When you get young players who just come out and do really, really well, you've got to protect them, you've got to secure them," the Invincibles legend told talkSPORT. “They're the lifeblood for the fans, for their country, England, and especially Arsenal. “You can't allow top, top players to run their contracts down and move on because you're taking too long. “It's happened before but that was all about big, big money, it took a long time to secure their contracts – why? “When a club takes so long to secure the fut...
Mount finds a new ‘dream team’ as seriously ill children game against Chelsea hero
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Mount finds a new ‘dream team’ as seriously ill children game against Chelsea hero

  The Chelsea and England midfielder will be competing with children on Christmas Eve for the charity Together for Short Lives   While most Premier League players will be enjoying a quiet Christmas Eve with family, Chelsea star Mason Mount is spending the day locked in competitive action. But the England international is not taking to the field on Friday. Instead, he is swapping his football boots for a controller. Mount is giving four families a Christmas Eve they will never forget by taking them on in some festive gaming fun.
Steven Gerrard names Chelsea star as best player in England
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Steven Gerrard names Chelsea star as best player in England

Aston Villa manager, Steven Gerrard has identified Chelsea star, Mason Mount, as one of the best players in England. Gerrard said this ahead of Aston Villa’s Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday. The Liverpool legend said he is a ‘massive fan’ of Mount and believes the midfielder will be part of England’s squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. “I have watched his [Mason Mount] progress – of course, I have,” Gerrard was quoted by Daily Express as saying. “He’s a big talent for the country. I am a massive fan of Mason. “He plays with a smile on his face. He can create, he can score and he is already a European Cup winner, so I don’t think he needs the likes of myself to big him up or praise him. “But I must say I am a fan. I just hope he doesn’t have such a st...
FIFA rankings: Nigeria finish 2021 in 36th position while Belgium, Brazil occupy top 10
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FIFA rankings: Nigeria finish 2021 in 36th position while Belgium, Brazil occupy top 10

Nigeria’s senior national football team has ended the year 2021 as the 36th best team in the world.   The Super Eagles remain unmoved in December’s ranking published by FIFA on Thursday, December 23.   Nigeria amassed a total of 1478.78 points to stay as the fifth-best team on the continent behind Senegal, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.   Nigeria's 2021 AFCON Group D opponent, Pharoahs of Egypt did not change position also as they are in 45th place and sixth on the continent.   While Belgium finished number one in the world, followed by Brazil, France, England, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, and the Netherlands, making the top 10.   The next FIFA rankings will be published in February 2022.  
Henderson set for crunch Man Utd talks next week
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Henderson set for crunch Man Utd talks next week

Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson are uncertain over their futures at Manchester United. ESPN says Lingard is happy to remain at United for the rest of the season,but he'll look to leave on a free transfer in the summer. The midfielder wants to win his England place back for the 2022 World Cup next December, and is concerned he won't get enough playing time at United to do that. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Henderson is in a similar position and the report claims he could ask to leave on loan next month to get back playing after David de Gea's fine form this season. It's claimed talks are planned with Henderson and United next week about his chances of a loan in January.
FIFA rankings: Nigeria finish 2021 in 36th position, Belgium, Brazil occupy top 10 [Full list]
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FIFA rankings: Nigeria finish 2021 in 36th position, Belgium, Brazil occupy top 10 [Full list]

Nigeria’s senior national team has ended this year as the 36th best team in the world. The Super Eagles remain unmoved in December’s ranking published by FIFA on Thursday. The three-time African champions amassed a total of 1478.78 points to stay as the fifth-best team on the continent behind Senegal, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Belgium finished number one in the world, followed by Brazil, France, England, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, and the Netherlands, making the top 10. Others that made the list from 11-20 positions are the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Croatia, Colombia, Uruguay, Sweden, Wales, and Senegal. The likes of Iran, Peru, Serbia, Chile, Ukraine, Japan, Poland, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Austria, Czech Republic, Korea Republic, Russia, ...
Grealish and Foden pictured on night out before Guardiola left them out of Man City victory
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Grealish and Foden pictured on night out before Guardiola left them out of Man City victory

The England stars were benched in a win at Newcastle as City's boss warns his players about behaviour off and on the pitch Manchester City duo Jack Grealish and Phil Foden have been pictured on a night out that seemingly led to Pep Guardiola leaving them out of his side at Newcastle United on Sunday. The England internationals both scored in the 7-0 victory over Leeds United last Tuesday but were dropped from the starting line-up at St James’ Park five days later. Guardiola made changes after warning his players that those that do not behave in the correct manner will not play, although it is understood that John Stones was on the bench only because of Joao Cancelo’s return from suspension.  
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Henderson ready to leave Man Utd

Dean Henderson is ready to leave Manchester United in January. Henderson, 24, shared first-team duties with De Gea last season after returning from a successful two-year loan spell at Sheffield United, but has fallen behind the Spaniard this campaign, first under sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and now Ralf Rangnick. Respected transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano tweeted on Thursday: "Dean Henderson's always been respectful and professional but he's now prepared to leave Manchester United. His priority is to play. Whether it will happen in January or summer, it will depend on the offers. No talks ongoing with Ajax, as things stand." Henderson has made no secret of his desire to become an undisputed No 1 to enhance his prospects of playing for England, and could be allowed to leave eith...
Australia Wins Ashes Opener as England Collapse again
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Australia Wins Ashes Opener as England Collapse again

Australia completed a comprehensive nine-wicket win in the opening Ashes Test after another England batting collapse on day four at The Gabba. Having started the day on 220-2, cautiously optimistic with Joe Root and Dawid Malan at the crease within sight of hundreds, England proceeded to lose their last eight wickets for 77 runs in the morning session to leave Australia needing just 20 to win. After finding himself stuck on 399 Test wickets for the majority of the year, Nathan Lyon finally got No 400 to remove Malan (82) and break the 162-run stand for the tourists' third wicket. Cameron Green had Root (89) caught behind soon after as the England skipper's wait for a century in Australia goes on and with the middle and lower order unable to stop the slide, the visitors were bo...
West Ham boss Moyes: Top agents in contact offering their players
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West Ham boss Moyes: Top agents in contact offering their players

West Ham boss David Moyes has revealed he's fielding calls from top agents ahead of the January market. Moyes admits he expects to be busy next month. He said, "We're trying to challenge the 'Joneses' at the top of the league and at the moment I think we're doing okay but we're mindful of stepping above our station too soon. I think we have a bit to do to before we prove to the people out there that we can be up there all the time.. We're certainly competitive at the moment and if we can keep that going all season that 'inconsistent' title might go away a little bit. , "What I will say is that I've had plenty of top agents putting their players to me and that tends to be a sign that people are beginning to think you're attractive. "I think West Ham is a huge club in London a...
New York RB coach Struber: No secret Rangnick wanted me at Man Utd
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New York RB coach Struber: No secret Rangnick wanted me at Man Utd

New York Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber has confirmed turning down an offer from Manchester United. Struber worked with Rangnick as RB Salzburg but does not believe now is the right time to leave New York and move to the Premier League. “There was a request. It's no secret that Ralf Rangnick and us know each well, and appreciate each other," he told Sky Sport Austria's 'Talk & Tore'. “I am very honoured by the request from England. At the same time, the situation for me in New York is such that it allows me to look to the future with great hope and I don't want to give up on the path with New York overnight," Struber explained. “I am very committed to the team in New York and we have big plans. I have a long-term contract in New York that I want to keep and I have big goal...
EPL: Moyes expresses disappointment about Man Utd player
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EPL: Moyes expresses disappointment about Man Utd player

West Ham manager, David Moyes, has said he is “disappointed” for Jesse Lingard, as he struggles for playing time at Manchester United. The Hammers benefitted immensely from Lingard’s loan spell last season. The England international netted in 16 appearances and helped them to a sixth-placed finish. This season, West Ham currently sit fourth, three points ahead of United, where Lingard has featured just 11 times this season. “I can’t really talk about him because he’s a Manchester United player and it’s not for me to talk. “But he was really good for us. Jesse knows what we all think of him here. My disappointment for Jesse would be, I think he’s such a talented football player and he’s not playing. “He played a big part in our second half of last season. But you’d have to...
‘What do you expect from a referee who has match-fixed?’ – Bellingham and Haaland criticize official after dubious penalty costs Dortmund against Bayern
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‘What do you expect from a referee who has match-fixed?’ – Bellingham and Haaland criticize official after dubious penalty costs Dortmund against Bayern

The England midfielder made no attempt to hide his anger after seeing Saturday's clash slip away from the hosts in controversial circumstances Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham launched a furious attack on referee Felix Zwayer following his side's 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday, suggesting that an official with a history of rigging results should not be anywhere near the Bundesliga's showpiece fixture. A late Robert Lewandowski penalty finally settled the match in Bayern's favour after a thrilling exhibition of football at Signal Iduna Park. But not everyone was in agreement with the decision to award the spot-kick, least of all Dortmund's teenage England international.
World’s oldest Test cricketer, Eileen Ash, dies at 110
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World’s oldest Test cricketer, Eileen Ash, dies at 110

Eileen Ash, the oldest-ever Test cricketer, has died at the age of 110, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Saturday. Ash, a right-arm seam bowler, who made her Test debut against Australia in 1937, represented England seven times either side of World War II, retiring in 1949. She worked with British intelligence during the war and played golf until the age of 98. Ash was honoured by being chosen to ring the bell at Lord’s before England Women’s victory in the 2017 World Cup final. ECB managing director of women’s cricket Clare Connor said: “Our sport owes so much to its pioneers and Eileen was one of them. I am deeply sad to be saying goodbye to her today. “(England captain) Heather (Knight) and I went to visit Eileen about six months before the 2017 Women’s ...
‘Musiala and Bellingham are two top human beings’ – Former England coach on friendship between young stars
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‘Musiala and Bellingham are two top human beings’ – Former England coach on friendship between young stars

The youngsters will see their club sides go head to head this weekend as Bayern Munich face Dortmund Former England youth coach Kevin Betsy has hailed Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala as "two top human beings" with the two longtime friends about to see their club teams face off this weekend. Bellingham's Dortmund are set to face Musiala's Bayern Munich this weekend in a match that will have massive Bundesliga title implications. Bellingham and Musiala are longtime friends, having played together many times in England's youth system and, despite taking different paths to the top of the game, the two have made Betsy proud with how they've developed as players and people on their road to Germany.  
Aston Villa boss Gerrard scoffs at press claims over Chukwuemeka contract: Let him play football!
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Aston Villa boss Gerrard scoffs at press claims over Chukwuemeka contract: Let him play football!

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard insists Carney Chukwuemeka's future is yet to be settled. There's been press claims of the England youth international rejecting a new contract offer. But after being trusted for a 30-minute run-out against Manchester City last night, Gerrard was quick to explain how Chukwuemeka's long-term future is at Villa Park. Gerrard told BirminghamLive: "Listen, this is a young kid. I don't think we need the noise from the background. Regarding the contract situation he's got 18 months left. He only signed a deal a year ago so he's not even halfway through that deal yet. We just need the kid to play football, let him evolve and let him grow. "We showed what we think of the kid tonight. We showed the belief and confidence in this level of game which is impo...
Kane reaches out to American visitors after seeing 31-hour journey ruined by Tottenham snow postponement
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Kane reaches out to American visitors after seeing 31-hour journey ruined by Tottenham snow postponement

The Spurs striker reached out on social media to an American couple whose trip to England was soured by poor weather Harry Kane has rewarded a U.S. couple with tickets to a future match after they flew to England specifically to watch Tottenham vs Burnley live on Saturday only for the game to be postponed due to heavy snow. The Spurs striker was alerted to a social media message about their travels and tweeted an invite to host them if they come to England again. His invite comes after Tottenham manager Antonio Conte also thanked supporters for their patience when the weekend clash was called off.
Chelsea dealt another injury blow as Chilwell faces lengthy layoff
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Chelsea dealt another injury blow as Chilwell faces lengthy layoff

The England international will not play again until 2022 Chelsea face a nervous wait to see if Ben Chilwell requires surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament injury that will sideline the defender for at least six weeks. The England international suffered the injury during the first half of Tuesday’s Champions League thrashing of Juventus at Stamford Bridge. Blues boss Thomas Tuchel confirmed Chilwell does not need to go under the knife straightaway, though that may change if the injury fails to recover sufficiently.
EPL: Tuchel speaks highly of Rangnick ahead of new coach’s unveiling
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EPL: Tuchel speaks highly of Rangnick ahead of new coach’s unveiling

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has spoken on the Ralf Rangnick speculated move to Manchester United. Manchester United, according to multiple reports in England are all but set to unveil Rangnick as their interim manager. The appointment of an interim boss became imperative following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last Sunday. Tuchel opened up on the ‘huge influence’ Rangnick has had on his career both as a player and coach. Rangnick will become United’s interim boss in the next 48 hours, as he awaits the Home Office allocating him a work permit. “He helped me a lot because he was my coach and then he was one of the main figures to convince me to try coaching so he had a huge influence on all of us at this time,” the Chelsea manager told reporters on Friday. “He showed ...
Tottenham boss Conte asked about Pochettino and Man Utd
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Tottenham boss Conte asked about Pochettino and Man Utd

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has wished his best to PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino amid interest from Manchester United.   Conte was linked with the United job prior to his arrival in north London at the start of the month. In a press conference on Wednesday, the Italian was asked his thoughts about Pochettino arriving at Old Trafford given the pairs respect for each other. "Honestly in this moment I'm too busy thinking about my work and the situation here at Tottenham to speak about whether eventually Pochettino comes again to England," said Conte. "I think I'm not prepared for this answer, I'm sorry! I am focused on the game against Mura. "Mauricio is a friend, a good friend, and he is a good person. I wish for him the best."
Ex-Spurs boss Redknapp claims Pochettino would ‘absolutely’ take Man Utd job
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Ex-Spurs boss Redknapp claims Pochettino would ‘absolutely’ take Man Utd job

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp insists Mauricio Pochettino would 'absolutely' be open to leaving PSG for Manchester United. The Argentine is reportedly United's top target to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Red Devils are open to waiting until next summer to get their man, but Redknapp thinks Pochettino would 'jump at' the job. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "Pochettino, I'm sure he'd love the job. But Poch had five good years at Tottenham and didn't win a trophy, as good as he was. "I'm sure it is a job that anybody would jump at - to manage Man United, one of the biggest clubs in the world. "There will be plenty of people that would love that job, for sure.' Asked whether Pochettino may decide to quit PSG and join United instead, Redknapp replied: "...
Australian Cricket Captain, Tim Paine Quits after the Married father-of-two was Caught ‘Sending a Female Co-worker a Lewd Photo’
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Australian Cricket Captain, Tim Paine Quits after the Married father-of-two was Caught ‘Sending a Female Co-worker a Lewd Photo’

Tim Paine has stepped down as captain of the Australia Test team less than three weeks before The Ashes over a sexting exchange with a former colleague. The 36-year-old had been expected to lead his side in the series against England which starts in Brisbane on December 8, but made the "incredibly difficult decision" to leave the role. The married father-of-two young children was investigated by Cricket Australia in 2018 after the woman complained about him. Paine reportedly sent a photo of his penis to the female co-worker along with a stream of lewd text messages, many of which are too raunchy to publish. 'Will you want to taste my d**?? F**k me, I'm seriously hard,' one of the messages sent to the Cricket Tasmania employee read. The lewd messages were sent on Nove...
Spurs target Pickford: I thrive off Everton culture
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Spurs target Pickford: I thrive off Everton culture

Jordan Pickford insists he's enjoying his football at Everton. The England goalkeeper is being linked with Tottenham today. But he told the club's website: "For me, Everton is the People's Club and there's huge passion that comes with that. That's what I thrive off - seeing the fans having a good time. "It's what makes me hate losing so much as well, because, obviously we're losing as individuals and as a team but we're also losing for them. "When I'm out on the pitch and I'm shouting, it is just passion. It's not negative vibes - it's about being positive and trying to help my teammates, to give them that motivation and be determined. "If I didn't have that passion and desire to win, then what's the point in playing football? I'm not going to be sat there like laid-back Luk...
13 countries qualify for 2022 World Cup in Qatar [Full list]
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13 countries qualify for 2022 World Cup in Qatar [Full list]

With the 2022 World Cup just over a year away now, thirteen (13) countries have so far booked their place in the next year’s finals. The host nation, Qatar, has an automatic place in the tournament. Germany, Denmark, Brazil, France, Belgium, Croatia, Serbia, Spain, England and Switzerland have already booked their tickets to the first-ever FIFA World Cup in the Middle East. Germany qualified on October 11, Denmark on October 12, Brazil on November 11, France and Belgium on November 13, Croatia, Serbia, Spain on November 14, England and Switzerland on November 15. Netherlands and Argentina became the latest countries to book their place in the tournament on Tuesday. Netherlands defeated Norway 2-0, while Argentina played a 0-0 draw with Brazil. The FIFA 2022 World Cup qu...
First ever Miss Nigeria, Grace Atinuke Oyelude, turns 90
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First ever Miss Nigeria, Grace Atinuke Oyelude, turns 90

Grace Atinuke Oyelude, the first-ever Miss Nigeria, turned 90 today.   Oyelude was crowned Miss Nigeria in 1957 after beating over 200 Nigerian girls in the pageant.   Oyelude revealed in the past that she became Miss Nigeria by accident.   Her brother who was a broadcaster saw the advertisements for the pageant in the papers and entered her for the competition without her knowledge in Lagos even though she was still residing in Kano.   After she won the pageant, which came with 200 Pounds prize money and a return ticket to London for two weeks, she gained admission into the school of nursing, Ashford Kent, England, and became a state registered nurse in 1961.   She enrolled at the school of midwifery, St. Thomas Hospital, London, wher...
Man City, Anderlecht eyeing Southampton prospect Kegs Chauke
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Man City, Anderlecht eyeing Southampton prospect Kegs Chauke

Southampton prospect Kegs Chauke is attracting interest from across Europe. The England under-18 international, also eligible for South Africa, is out of contract at the end of the season and yet to commit to a new deal. TalkSPORT says Manchester City are among German side Borussia Monchengladbach and Belgian outfit Anderlecht who are watching the youngster. Chauke, who turns 19 in January, was plucked by Saints from non-league Thatcham Town and signed his first professional contract in January last year. It is expected that compensation to move abroad would be low and not see Saints profit particularly well.  
Gerrard explains why he is taking Aston Villa ‘risk’ as Liverpool legend returns to the Premier League
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Gerrard explains why he is taking Aston Villa ‘risk’ as Liverpool legend returns to the Premier League

The former England captain is readying himself for a new challenge after leaving Rangers and taking the managerial reins at Villa Park Steven Gerrard has been explaining why he jumped at the chance to take another coaching “risk” at Aston Villa, with the Liverpool legend delighted to be back in the Premier League at a club that “sells itself”. The former England captain had been cutting his managerial teeth at Old Firm giants Rangers, with a Scottish Premiership title secured at Ibrox in 2020-21. He had previously spent time working in the youth system at Anfield and continues to see a return to his native Merseyside mooted, but for now his focus is locked on proving a point in the West Midlands.  
W/Cup qualifiers: It was childish – Cascarino slams Maguire over celebration in England win
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W/Cup qualifiers: It was childish – Cascarino slams Maguire over celebration in England win

Former England defender, Tony Cascarino has branded Harry Maguire’s England celebration as ‘childish’. Maguire appeared to send a message to his critics after scoring the opening goal of England’s World Cup qualifying win over Albania on Friday night. The Manchester United defender slid on his knees with his fingers to his ears after heading in the England opener. The 28-year-old has been singled out for criticism following Manchester United’s back-to-back home defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City. Cascarino told talkSPORT, “If you play badly, and you have a bad time, you’re going to get stick – plain and simple. “It is what it is. People are going to criticise you if you make mistakes. “If you play for Manchester United and you don’t play to a certain standard, it’...
Ian Wright names ‘super player’ in Chelsea Squad
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Ian Wright names ‘super player’ in Chelsea Squad

Arsenal hero, Ian Wright, has identified Chelsea wing-back Reece James as a ‘super player’. Wright said this while praising James for his scintillating performances for Chelsea and England so far this season. He believes James is keeping Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold out of the England team due to his exemplary displays for both club and country. Recall that James set up England’s first goal in their 5-0 win over 5-0 win in Friday’s World Cup qualifier. The 21-year-old has scored four goals and registered four assists in twelve appearances in all competitions for Chelsea so far this season. “He’s keeping someone like Trent Alexander-Arnold out, who is a fantastic player himself. He’s got everything,” Ian Wright told ITV. “His delivery is amazi...
W/Cup qualifiers: Maguire explains his goal celebration in England’s 5-0 win over Albania
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W/Cup qualifiers: Maguire explains his goal celebration in England’s 5-0 win over Albania

Manchester United skipper, Harry Maguire has insisted that his goal celebration for England on Friday night was not meant for anyone. The 28-year-old explained that the celebration was not a response to his critics at Manchester United, adding that he expects such as the club’s captain. Maguire netted the opener at Wembley as England secured a thumping 5-0 win over Albania powering home Reece James’ pinpoint free-kick. He then put his fingers in his ears during the celebration. The goal celebration has been interpreted as a dig at his critics. Keane, one of Maguire’s biggest critics, was livid, describing the player as a disgrace and slamming the celebration as ‘embarrassing.’ But Maguire insisted his celebration was aimed at his critics, “No it wasn’t directed at anyone,”...
Oldest member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad Ron Flowers dies aged 87
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Oldest member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad Ron Flowers dies aged 87

England and Wolves legend Ron Flowers has died aged 87. Before his death, Flowers was England's oldest player at the 1966 World Cup at the age of 31 He did not feature in 1966 but Flowers was capped 49 times for his country . Flowers played for the Black Country club between 1952 and 1967 and helped them to three First Division titles and the FA Cup in 1960. He played 49 times for England and featured in 40 consecutive international matches between November 1958 and April 1963, which included the 1962 World Cup in Chile. A statement on the club's official Twitter feed read: 'We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of club legend and vice president Ron Flowers MBE at the age of 87. 'A giant on the pitch and a gentleman off it. There will be many people remembering R...
Rashford Awarded MBE for Campaign to End Child Food Poverty
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Rashford Awarded MBE for Campaign to End Child Food Poverty

England and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been awarded an MBE for his campaign to support vulnerable children. Rashford has been recognised for his drive to ensure no child in need went hungry, which resulted in the Government changing its policy over its free school meals vouchers during lockdown. The England forward has maintained his campaign for social change by forming a child food poverty taskforce, which has linked up with some of the UK's biggest supermarkets and food brands. Rashford was joined by his mother, Melanie, at the investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, where he received his MBE from the Duke of Cambridge. Speaking about his mother, Rashford said: "She's a huge inspiration. Everyone knows my story of growing up, but you have to...
Maitland-Niles addresses Arsenal future after summer transfer plea
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Maitland-Niles addresses Arsenal future after summer transfer plea

The England international says he is now fully focused on earning regular game time at Emirates Stadium after previously pushing for the exits Ainsley Maitland-Niles insists any thoughts of pushing for an exit at Arsenal are now “in the past”, with the versatile midfielder focused on the future after previously stating a desire to move on. Having spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, the 24-year-old said in an Instagram post during the summer transfer window: “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play.” The Gunners refused to sanction a switch, amid links to the likes of Everton, and Maitland-Niles has knuckled down in north London and played his way into contention for 10 appearances in 2021-22.  
NFF Provides Update on Ademola Lookman’s Switch to Nigeria from England
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NFF Provides Update on Ademola Lookman’s Switch to Nigeria from England

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has provided an update concerning Leicester City forward Ademola Lookman’s international allegiance to Nigeria from England. Lookman, 24, was part of the junior Three Lions that won the Under-20 World Cup in 2017 but is eligible to play for the Super Eagles through his Nigerian parents. Despite his decision to represent Nigeria, the NFF is yet to apply to FIFA for a nationality switch because he has played for England at Under-19, Under-20, and Under-21 level. We are aware of Lookman's desire to play for us and I have spoken to him as well. However, there is a process to it," NFF chief scout Tunde Adelakun told BBC Sport Africa. "After this process, then comes the consideration and decision of the head coach [Gernot Rohr] on whether or wh...
W/Cup qualifiers: You’ve missed an opportunity – Southgate reacts as Hudson-Odoi turns down England call-up
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W/Cup qualifiers: You’ve missed an opportunity – Southgate reacts as Hudson-Odoi turns down England call-up

Chelsea winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi has rejected call-up to the England Under-21 national team. The 20-year-old Chelsea star has been in excellent form for Thomas Tuchel’s side in recent weeks. But his recent performance for the west London side could not secure a place in the Gareth Southgate’s England senior squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino. Hudson-Odoi, who is still eligible to represent Ghana rejected the chance to play for the Under-21 side. This did not go down well with Southgate, who believes that the player has missed an opportunity by turning down the call-up. Southgate has revealed that the winger is keen to force his way into the senior squad by impressing at Chelsea. “…So by not being in the Under-21s he[Callum]misses a bit...
Aribo: Celtic legend McAvennie advises Rangers midfielder to join any Premier League club
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Aribo: Celtic legend McAvennie advises Rangers midfielder to join any Premier League club

The Super Eagles midfielder is reportedly attracting interest from a number of top-flight clubs in England, thanks to his form with the Gers Former Celtic and West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie has advised Rangers star Joe Aribo to jump at any Premier League offer if he eventually gets one. Aribo has established himself as a key player in Steven Gerrard’s team and he played an important role in helping the Gers lift the Scottish Premiership title in style last season. His fine form has reportedly made him a target for Premier League clubs including Crystal Palace ahead of the January transfer window.  
Premier League top scorers 2021-22: Salah, Ronaldo & the race for the Golden Boot
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Premier League top scorers 2021-22: Salah, Ronaldo & the race for the Golden Boot

Goal brings you all this season's top goalscorers from England's top division - who will come out on top? Harry Kane clinched the Premier League Golden Boot award last season with 23 goals, narrowly beating Mohamed Salah to the prestigious award. The race is on once more as the 2021-22 campaign heats up and there are a few more contenders in the mix for the top scorers accolade this time round. Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United, while Chelsea have been boosted by another returnee in Romelu Lukaku, and both will be keen to etch their names into history.  
Footballer, Wayne Rooney hits out at Manchester United stars for their lack of effort and commitment this season
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Footballer, Wayne Rooney hits out at Manchester United stars for their lack of effort and commitment this season

Former Manchester United and England footballer, Wayne Rooney accused Manchester United stars of lacking effort and commitment while also refusing to offer his backing to struggling boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.   England and Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer, now in charge of Championship club Derby, watched in horror as his former club were beaten 5-0 at home by Liverpool last Sunday, putting Solskjaer’s future into serious doubt. While Rooney gave only a lukewarm assessment of his former team-mate, Solksjaer, he was in no doubt who should take the majority of the blame. ‘There are very educated people at the top of Manchester United,’ he said. ‘I’m sure they will be looking at everything to see how they move forward in the near future, whether that’s with Ole Gun...
Solskjaer unhappy with Man Utd board for not granting his request
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Solskjaer unhappy with Man Utd board for not granting his request

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unhappy with his bosses for failing to sign a central midfielder, according to the Manchester Evening News. Solskjaer is under pressure following a 4-2 defeat at Leicester City last weekend. The loss saw United drop to sixth place in the Premier League, five points below leaders Chelsea. Solskjaer is under pressure to win a trophy this season, after the club brought in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane this summer. However, the 48-year-old requested for a midfielder to beef up his squad and didn’t get one. The Red Devils were strongly linked with West Ham’s Declan Rice, but the Hammers stood firm on their £100million valuation. They were also linked with Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United, but the England inter...
England handed Wembley Stadium ban
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England handed Wembley Stadium ban

UEFA’s disciplinary committee has ordered England to play one match behind closed doors. The Three Lions have also been fined €100,000, following crowd trouble during the Euro 2020 final in July. UEFA have also issued a ban for a second match, which is suspended for two years. There were scenes of chaos at Wembley, as fans without tickets clashed with police and stewards, forcing their way into the stadium for the game against Italy. The capacity for the England vs Italy match had been reduced to 60,000 from the usual 90,000 due to Covid-19 restrictions. But as many fans gathered near the stadium on the afternoon of the match, stewards and police were left overwhelmed and unable to stop some storming through security cordons. England’s next home match is a 2022 World Cu...
Guardiola gives Ederson and Jesus update ahead of Manchester City Champions League clash
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Guardiola gives Ederson and Jesus update ahead of Manchester City Champions League clash

The Brazil internationals are neither in or out of Pep's plans, with the pair already in Belgium prior to a meeting with Club Brugge Pep Guardiola is yet to rule Ederson and Gabriel Jesus in or out of his plans for Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Club Brugge on Tuesday, but a couple of Brazil internationals are already in Belgium. On the back of World Cup qualifying duty with their country, two South American stars were advised against returning to England where they would be forced to quarantine for 10 days. They were instead told to report early for continental competition, with Guardiola and the rest of the Sky Blues squad set to jet out and join them on Monday evening.  
England ordered to play behind closed doors following Euro 2020 final incidents at Wembley
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England ordered to play behind closed doors following Euro 2020 final incidents at Wembley

The Three Lions have been punished by UEFA for fan behaviour this summer England have been ordered to play without fans for their next two home matches, the second of which is suspended for a probationary period of two years. The punishment stems from this past summer's Euro 2020 final, which saw ticketless England fans clash with police and stewards as they forced their way into the stadium. With the decision by UEFA, there will be no fans at England's opening game of their 2022-23 Nations League campaign, while the FA has also been fined €100,000 (£85k/$116k) as part of the punishment  
Bayern boss Nagelsmann idolised Chelsea legend Terry and reveals why he may never leave Bundesliga
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Bayern boss Nagelsmann idolised Chelsea legend Terry and reveals why he may never leave Bundesliga

The German head coach used to look up to the former England international as a "role model" in his playing days Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann has admitted idolising Chelsea legend John Terry, while also revealing why he may never leave the Bundesliga. Nagelsmann has emerged as one of the top young coaches in Europe, having gained experience at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig before being snapped up by Bayern in the summer. The German was far less successful as a player, hanging up his boots at the age of 20 due to serious injury, but has now cited Terry as one of his early career inspirations.  
England set for Wembley stadium ban over Euro 2020 final trouble
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England set for Wembley stadium ban over Euro 2020 final trouble

England are expected to be ordered to play at least one home game behind closed doors when UEFA's disciplinary body meets on Monday to look into crowd trouble inside and outside Wembley Stadium at this summer's Euro 2020 final. There were serious disturbances when England played Italy on Sunday, July 11 as ticketless fans fought with stewards and police officers and forced their way into the stadium. UEFA's disciplinary investigators have been looking at the behaviour of England fans amid what appeared to be an ineffective security operation around Wembley for England's in a major final since 1966. &nbsp As well as the disciplinary investigation into events involving supporters inside and around the stadium, the FA is facing another four charges relating to the behaviour of ...
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...

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