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Hudson-Odoi: Ghana FA boss Okraku delivers update on Chelsea star chase
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Hudson-Odoi: Ghana FA boss Okraku delivers update on Chelsea star chase

The football association president has spoken on the Black Stars' pursuit of the 20-year-old Premier League player Ghana Football Association President Kurt Okraku reveals the national team is looking to have more engagements with Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi about his much-talked-about potential switch of international allegiance. Born to Ghanaian parents in the United Kingdom, the 20-year-old plays for his country of birth England, for whom he currently has three appearances to his name. The winger is currently back in Ghana for holiday, having gone ahead to meet President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, minister for sports Mustapha Ussif and Football Association President Kurt Okraku, heightening speculation about an imminent switch.
‘They did their country proud’ – Kane hails England tournament debutants after beating Croatia at Euro 2020
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‘They did their country proud’ – Kane hails England tournament debutants after beating Croatia at Euro 2020

The striker reserved special praise for those appearing at the European Championship for the first time in a Three Lions shirt at the weekend Harry Kane hailed England's major tournament debutants after their opening Euro 2020 game against Croatia on Sunday, insisting "they did their country proud". England gained revenge over the nation that dumped them out of the 2018 World Cup at the semi-final stage thanks to Raheem Sterling's neat finish in the 57th minute at Wembley. Kalvin Phillips set up the goal to cap a superb all-round display, while Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Declan Rice and Tyrone Mings also shone after being trusted to represent the Three Lions in the European Championship for the first time.
Euro 2020: Roy Keane Names two Outstanding Players in England squad
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Euro 2020: Roy Keane Names two Outstanding Players in England squad

  Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, has identified Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice as the two excellent players in the England squad. Both Rice and Phillips were impressive for England in their Euro 2020 opener against Croatia at the weekend. England defeated Croatia on Sunday at Wembley, thanks to Manchester City star Raheem Sterling’s second-half goal. “I thought it was a very good performance by England,” Keane told ITV. “Very mature, how they managed the game and they mixed their game up well – good short passes then stretching Croatia. “What they did which was vital was winning the midfield battle. If you win the midfield battle, it gives you a foothold to win football matches. Phillips and Rice were excellent. A very good day for England,” he said. En...
Fan in serious condition after fall during England match against Croatia
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Fan in serious condition after fall during England match against Croatia

The supporter is said to have fallen from the stand early in the game at Wembley on Sunday A fan is in serious condition after falling during England's Euro 2020 match against Croatia. The supporter is said to have fallen from the stands shortly after the match at Wembley began. A spokesperson at Wembley confirmed that the person was treated and then taken to hospital.
Sterling ‘trying’ to justify selection after England winner against Croatia extends unbeaten Wembley record
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Sterling ‘trying’ to justify selection after England winner against Croatia extends unbeaten Wembley record

The Manchester City winger has been out of form at club level in front of goal this season, but says he only seeks to repay the international faith Raheem Sterling says that he remains only "trying" to justify his international selection after scoring the winner in England's Euro 2020 opener against Croatia, in a 1-0 triumph to extend his unbeaten record at Wembley Stadium. The Manchester City forward has arguably struggled to find form at domestic level over the past season, but continued to repay Gareth Southgate's faith in his talents after firing the Three Lions to victory in their Group D clash. It marked Sterling's first goal in a major tournament at the fourth time of asking, having failed to deliver at Brazil 2014, France 2016 and Russia 2018, and speaking after the full-tim...
Sterling gives England perfect start to Euro 2020
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Sterling gives England perfect start to Euro 2020

Raheem Sterling's second-half strike got England off to a winning start at Euro 2020, as they beat Croatia 1-0 in sweltering conditions at Wembley. There had been debate about the forward's starting role under boss Gareth Southgate but, despite some patchy goal-scoring form for Manchester City this past season, he has been a key figure for England and the local lad sent them top of Group D with his 13th international goal in his last 17 games. In front of 22,500 fans, Sterling slotted in after excellent build-up play from Kalvin Phillips on an afternoon when Southgate's selections paid off and England earned some measure of revenge on the side who knocked them out of the World Cup semi-finals three years ago. Phil Foden struck the post early on as England...
New Zealand seal Famous Series win Over England
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New Zealand seal Famous Series win Over England

New Zealand secured their first Test series win in England since 1999 after taking just under an hour to wrap up an eight-wicket win on day four of the second Test at Edgbaston. While the Black Caps can celebrate a famous triumph ahead of the World Test Championship final against India on Friday, England are left to come to terms with a first Test series defeat at home in seven years. Trent Boult (2-34) ensured there would be no heroics from the England tail as he had Olly Stone (15) caught behind with the first ball of the day, drawing laughter from the sparse Edgbaston crowd, to end the hosts' miserable second innings on 122. That left New Zealand needing just 38 to win the match and although Stuart Broad removed Devon Conway (3) early and Stone bowled Will Young (8), stand-...
Euro 2020: Mourinho, Souness Predict Outcome of England vs Croatia match
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Euro 2020: Mourinho, Souness Predict Outcome of England vs Croatia match

  AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, and Liverpool hero, Graeme Souness, have predicted the outcome of today’s Euro 2020 tie between England and Croatia. England will on Sunday face Croatia in their Euro 2020 opener at Wembley Stadium. Providing his prediction, Mourinho told The Times: “England have never won their opening game in the Euros but I’m expecting them to beat Croatia today. “Of course, it’s not an easy match, but if they can counter Croatia’s strength in midfield then I believe England can break that negative history. “If you allow Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric to have the ball, they can hide it from you. “I am not saying they will kill you because Croatia don’t have top attackers, but they can certainly disturb you if you let them domi...
England vs Croatia: Rio Ferdinand hands Southgate names of Players to Start Euro 2021 tie
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England vs Croatia: Rio Ferdinand hands Southgate names of Players to Start Euro 2021 tie

  Former England international, Rio Ferdinand has handed manager, Gareth Southgate names of players to start for the Three Lions against Croatia on Sunday afternoon. England will tackle Croatia today in their Group D Euro 2020 opener at Wembley. Asked for his preferred England starting XI for the Croatia game, Ferdinand was quoted by Metro UK as saying: “On the right-hand side of the back three I would play Kyle Walker, on the left I would play Luke Shaw, central, I would play John Stones,’ he told Metro.co.uk. “Right wing-back: Reece James, midfield: Mason Mount and Declan Rice, left side: Ben Chilwell. “And then I would play two No.10s inside, I am not playing them wide, two narrow No.10s: Grealish and Foden, stroke Sterling, maybe one of those, I’m undecided, and...
Ex-England star James praises Pickford for riding out Van Dijk injury storm
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Ex-England star James praises Pickford for riding out Van Dijk injury storm

The Everton goalkeeper has been defended after he came under fire for his challenge on the Liverpool star Former England goalkeeper David James has praised Jordan Pickford for the way he bounced back from criticism for his role in the injury to Virgil van Dijk. After a challenge from Pickford in October's Merseyside derby, the Liverpool defender suffered cruciate knee ligament damage which ruled him out for the season and this summer's European Championships. Ex-Reds keeper James believes that Pickford suffered a dip in form because of extra scrutiny but says he is back to his best in time for Euro 2020, with the Everton man set to start for England in Sunday's opener against Croatia.  
Lawrence Strikes with Last ball, but New Zealand in control
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Lawrence Strikes with Last ball, but New Zealand in control

New Zealand put themselves in a strong position in the second Test against England thanks to half-centuries from Devon Conway and Will Young. After England were bowled out for 303, with Dan Lawrence left stranded on 81 not out, Conway (80) and Young (82) both made the most of some good fortune to help the Black Caps close the second day on 229-3, trailing by just 74. Fresh from his double ton on debut at Lord's, Conway survived on 22 when the third umpire adjudged that his edge to Zak Crawley had been grounded, much to England's chagrin, while Young was dropped at slip with only seven to his name, and the pair went on share a stand of 122 for the second wicket. Stuart Broad (2-22) broke the partnership with the second of his two wickets, taking him to 520 in Test cricket and a...
I’m very Upset with Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic – Mourinho
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I’m very Upset with Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic – Mourinho

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he was very upset with Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic because he never managed the Croatia international despite their similar career paths. Mourinho said this ahead of Croatia’s Euro 2020 opener against England on Sunday. Since leaving Dinamo Zagreb in 2013, Kovacic has played for three clubs, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea, all previously managed by Mourinho. But the 27-year-old has never worked with the Portuguese gaffer. “Kovacic, I always feel he’s much better than what people think,” said Mourinho on talkSPORT. “And I am very upset with him because he played in every club I have been to, but never with me! “He played for Real Madrid, but not with me. He played for Chelsea, but not with me. He played for In...
‘I don’t care if Kane costs £120m!’ – Keane urges Man Utd to sign Spurs striker despite leadership doubts
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‘I don’t care if Kane costs £120m!’ – Keane urges Man Utd to sign Spurs striker despite leadership doubts

The Red Devils legend would like to see the England captain move to Old Trafford and show more aggression on the pitch Roy Keane has urged Manchester United to fork out £120 million ($170m/€140m) to sign Harry Kane, despite also admitting to having doubts about the Tottenham striker's leadership skills. Kane is being tipped to leave Spurs after their latest trophyless season, having openly admitted that he is driven to win the biggest team prizes the game has to offer. The Red Devils are among those being tipped to make a move for the 27-year-old, and Keane would love to see a deal come to fruition, but has also pinpointed the one area of the striker's game he believes needs to be improved.
Dortmund reject Man Utd’s £67m opening bid for Sancho
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Dortmund reject Man Utd’s £67m opening bid for Sancho

  The Red Devils' first offer has fallen short of what the German club is willing to accept Manchester United have had an opening bid of  £67 million ($95m) rejected for Jadon Sancho. The England international is one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top targets this summer after a deal failed to materialise for the 21-year-old last year due to a gap between the two sides over valuation. Solskjaer is still keen to strengthen the right-wing and discussions have been ongoing with Sancho’s camp and Borussia Dortmund over a potential transfer, with the former Manchester City man keen on a move.
‘We speak nearly every week!’ – James reveals Cole influence as Chelsea star prepares for Euros
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‘We speak nearly every week!’ – James reveals Cole influence as Chelsea star prepares for Euros

The Blues full-back is following in the footsteps of his idol after winning the greatest prize in club football Reece James has revealed that he has weekly briefings with Chelsea and England legend Ashley Cole ahead of his campaign at Euro 2020. The 21-year-old fullback has been picked in Gareth Southgate's Three Lions squad and is competing for a starting berth against Croatia on Sunday. It follows winning the Champions League final and, as a Blues fan growing up, he has spoken about learning from and following in the footsteps of a legendary full-back.
Euro 2020: Roy Keane Criticizes England Captain, Harry Kane
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Euro 2020: Roy Keane Criticizes England Captain, Harry Kane

Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, has criticized England captain, Harry Kane’s leadership qualities ahead of Euro 2020. Keane said Harry Kane was not a good leader, adding that his lack of communication could be a ‘big problem’ for England at the Euro 2020. The Euro 2020 will kick off on Friday. England is in Group D alongside Croatia, Czech Republic, England and Scotland. “The only thing I’d hold against Kane – there’s a big negative I have towards Kane,” Keane was quoted by Metro UK as saying. “I think Kane is an amazing player. I think every club should be trying to sign him. Man United have got to sign him, I don’t care if it’s £120m – sign him. “But I don’t think he’s a good leader. I never saw him digging anyone out when he was at Spurs. I know people might g...
England star Rice vows to drink first-ever beer if Three Lions win Euro 2020
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England star Rice vows to drink first-ever beer if Three Lions win Euro 2020

The West Ham star said he's never had a pint but would give it a try if the Three Lions emerge victorious at the summer tournament Declan Rice has promised to drink his first-ever beer if England win Euro 2020. The West Ham star admitted he wasn't a fan of the beverage but would make an exception were the Three Lions to bring home the trophy. Rice, 22, is likely to play a key role in England's Euros campaign, which kicks off on Sunday against Croatia.
‘Abramovich joked I joined Man City for the money!’ – Bridge on Chelsea’s owner & playing for Mourinho
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‘Abramovich joked I joined Man City for the money!’ – Bridge on Chelsea’s owner & playing for Mourinho

The former England full-back has offered an insight into his trophy-laden six-year spell with the Blues and subsequent switch to Etihad Stadium Wayne Bridge has discussed his relationship with Roman Abramovich at Chelsea while also revealing how Jose Mourinho conducted himself behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge. Bridge joined Chelsea from Southampton in the summer of 2003 and went on to make 142 appearances for the club across all competitions, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup along the way. The former full-back's arrival at Stamford Bridge coincided with Abramovich's lucrative takeover of the club, and he says the Russian always did his best to keep in touch with the players and that he wanted to be "one of the lads".
England boss Southgate took risk selecting Liverpool captain Henderson
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England boss Southgate took risk selecting Liverpool captain Henderson

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle thinks Gareth Southgate has taken a risk by selecting Jordan Henderson for the Euros. Having suffered a groin injury in February, Henderson played for the first time in four months in the friendly win over Romania last weekend. And Hoddle is concerned about Henderson's fitness heading into the major tournament. Speaking at a Betfair event, Hoddle said: "Henderson has been brought into the squad and I think it is a risk. "But I can see Gareth saying he needs someone with that experience who can settle people off the pitch. What happens off the pitch is not as important but it is massively important. "For that down time when you're not training, having that experience around is key, and if you haven't got that to lean on and watch it can be tou...
England wonderkid Foden thanks Southgate for second chance after Iceland incident
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England wonderkid Foden thanks Southgate for second chance after Iceland incident

The Manchester City forward has admits that he is thankful to be with the squad having been sent home from duty last year Phil Foden has thanked Gareth Southgate for his handling of a controversy in September last year that saw both him and Mason Greenwood dropped from England duty. The pair were sent home for breaking Covid guidelines after they made their international debut on a trip to Iceland, amid allegations of inviting girls back to their hotel room. However, Foden returned to the international set-up amid a run of sensational form for Manchester City. Ahead of the European Championship, the 21-year-old remains grateful to England boss Southgate for giving him a second chance.
Hudson-Odoi: Ghana intensify chase for Chelsea and England winger with presidential intervention
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Hudson-Odoi: Ghana intensify chase for Chelsea and England winger with presidential intervention

President Nana Akuffo-Addo wants to see the attacker line up for the Black Stars Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has bolstered their quest to convince Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi to switch his international allegiance from England. Son of Ghanaian immigrants in the United Kingdom, the winger is among a host of UK-born players on the radar of the Black Stars, the other targets include Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah and Brighton & Hove Albion fullback Tariq Lamptey. Champions League winner Hudson-Odoi, who is currently on holiday in Ghana after being snubbed by England for the upcoming European Championship, paid a courtesy call on Akufo-Addo on Monday evening, days after the 20-year-old opened the door for a possible international switch.  
‘Not good enough’ – Southgate warns England need defensive improvement ahead of Euro 2020 opener
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‘Not good enough’ – Southgate warns England need defensive improvement ahead of Euro 2020 opener

The Three Lions' campaign starts against Croatia on Sunday but the coach warns they must be in better shape than they were against Romania on Sunday Gareth Southgate has warned that England have "a lot of work" to do before their first game of Euro 2020, highlighting their defending as a key area that needs improvement. After getting the better of Austria last week, the Three Lions beat Romania 1-0 on Sunday in their last friendly before the tournament begins. Southgate's team will open their Euro 2020 campaign with a match against Croatia at Wembley on June 13 and the coach fears they are still not good enough in some aspects.
Euro 2020: Wayne Rooney Snubs England, names country to win tournament
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Euro 2020: Wayne Rooney Snubs England, names country to win tournament

Former England striker, Wayne Rooney, has snubbed the Three Lions and named France as the favourite country to win this year’s Euro 2020. Rooney believes France are clear favourites to win the Euro 2020 ahead of England, Portugal and Belgium because of their quality, experience and track record as world champions. France are in Group F alongside Germany, Hungary and Portugal. The Euro 2020 will kick off on June 11 – 11 July, 2021. “England are among a group of four teams that stand above the rest in terms of prospects at Euro 2020. Portugal and Belgium are in there too, but my clear favourites are France,” Rooney told The Times. “Kylian Mbappe, N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane, Hugo Lloris: you look at their quality, experience a...
‘Being here is amazing’ – Nigeria prospect Plumptre glad to extend Leicester City contract
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‘Being here is amazing’ – Nigeria prospect Plumptre glad to extend Leicester City contract

The former England youth international of Nigerian background was pleased to have renewed her contract with the Foxes until 2023 Ashleigh Plumptre has expressed her delight after committing herself until 2023 with FA Women's Championship side Leicester City women. Since joining Jonathan Morgan’s side after spells at Notts County and LA Galaxy, she has been a key figure in the Foxes squad. Also, Plumptre played a key role in the club’s promotion to the top division of women’s football in the just-concluded season.
Man City star Foden awarded Premier League Young Player of the Season prize
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Man City star Foden awarded Premier League Young Player of the Season prize

The 21-year-old England international enjoyed a memorable 2020-21 campaign as he helped the Blues to title glory Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has won the Premier League Young Player of the Season award for 2020-21. The 21-year-old enjoyed a memorable campaign as he helped Pep Guardiola's side to title glory and a fourth successive Carabao Cup triumph. A man now readying himself for European Championship duty with England registered nine goals and five assists through 28 top-flight appearances, with the hottest of prospects seeing regular game time on a senior stage.
Mourinho sees Spurs failings inspiring Kane as England captain eyes Euro 2020 glory
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Mourinho sees Spurs failings inspiring Kane as England captain eyes Euro 2020 glory

The former Spurs boss believes an ambitious frontman will be desperate for international glory after missing out on domestic honours Jose Mourinho was unable to help Harry Kane end his wait for major silverware at Tottenham, with the Portuguese expecting that barren run to work as added motivation for the England captain at Euro 2020. A Portuguese tactician was relieved of his managerial duties in north London back in April, a matter of days before Spurs suffered a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final. That setback nudged Kane a little closer to the exits, with a big-money move for the 27-year-old being mooted this summer, but he does have a shot at international glory with the Three Lions before returning to any trophy quests at club level.
Allegri’s mentor reveals Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea snubs from Juventus boss
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Allegri’s mentor reveals Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea snubs from Juventus boss

Giovanni Galeone says a man back with the Bianconeri turned down approaches from England and Spain during a previous stint in Turin Massimiliano Allegri's coaching mentor, Giovanni Galeone, claims a man back at Juventus for a second spell snubbed approaches from Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain during a previous stint with the Bianconeri. A highly rated 53-year-old finds himself back in Turin two years on from being relieved of his duties in the same post on the back of five Serie A title triumphs. Allegri saw his stock soar during that trophy-laden tenure, with questions asked of his future plans by leading sides in Spain, England and France as high-profile posts became available or change in said dugouts was mulled over.
England ‘more determined than ever’ to take knee after fan jeering, says Southgate
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England ‘more determined than ever’ to take knee after fan jeering, says Southgate

The Three Lions heard fans boo prior to kickoff at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday Gareth Southgate insisted England are "more determined than ever" to kneel before matches in response to fans booing the action on Wednesday. The Three Lions took a knee prior to their friendly against Austria at the Riverside Stadium, which led to scattered boos ringing out around the ground. Teams across the Premier League kneeled prior to every match in 2020-21 to call attention to racial injustice worldwide.
Southgate Reveals when Harry Kane will Leave Tottenham
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Southgate Reveals when Harry Kane will Leave Tottenham

  England senior national team handler, Gareth Southgate, has revealed when he expects Tottenham’s striker, Harry Kane to leave the club. The future of the England striker has been the subject of much speculation, but his national team coach does not think the player will leave Tottenham before the end of the Euro 2021 tournament. Southgate, who named the centre-forward in his 36-man provisional squad, insists the speculation surrounding the prolific striker will not be an issue during the tournament. “I don’t need to talk about Harry’s focus. He has got one goal with us and that’s to win a European Championship,” Southgate told the press while explaining some decisions about his squad. “What is going on at his club is a matter for him and Tottenham. He has made som...
Tottenham striker Kane drops Man City hint while ruling one out transfer option
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Tottenham striker Kane drops Man City hint while ruling one out transfer option

The England captain admits that he would love to play with a Belgian playmaker, but has no desire to make a move abroad Harry Kane has hinted that a move to Manchester City would appeal to him, as he is eager to play alongside Kevin De Bruyne, but has ruled out taking on a new challenge outside of England if he is to leave Tottenham. The 27-year-old frontman is expected to push for a transfer away from north London this summer , with one of the most prolific strikers in world football eager to start chasing down the medals that his undoubted ability deserves. Various landing spots have been mooted, but Premier League rivals appear the most likely to launch a raid on Spurs as City, Manchester United and Chelsea lead the chase for a sought-after signature.
Aguero is like a lion, he kills the opponent’ – Guardiola backs Man City star to play until age of 40
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Aguero is like a lion, he kills the opponent’ – Guardiola backs Man City star to play until age of 40

The coach confirmed the Argentine striker is fit to face Everton in what will be his last ever match for the Premier League side Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on Sergio Aguero as the striker nears his final game for Manchester City. Sunday's home game against Everton will be the 32-year-old's last in the clubs colours as he is set to leave in a free transfer this summer after 10 years in England. Aguero's next move is yet to be decided, but Guardiola says he will be missed for his character off the field as well as his exploits on it.
‘It’s a dream for me’ – Bellingham wants brother Jobe to join him at Borussia Dortmund
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‘It’s a dream for me’ – Bellingham wants brother Jobe to join him at Borussia Dortmund

The England international says he would love to link up with his younger sibling at Westfalenstadion in the future Jude Bellingham has admitted that he wants his brother Jobe to join him at Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund snapped Bellingham up for £25 million ($35m) last summer after seeing the midfielder emerge as one of the most exciting young players in England at Birmingham City, and he has since built on that reputation at Westfalenstadion. The 17-year-old has helped BVB win the DFB Pokal and secure a top-four Bundesliga finish in his first season with the club, and hopes his younger sibling will follow in his footsteps in the near future.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho: I’m staying; there’s a lot to do here
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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho: I’m staying; there’s a lot to do here

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho says he's happy in London. Jorginho has regularly been linked with a return to Italy's Serie A, but one mention of new boss Thomas Tuchel's infectious man-management reveals the 29-year-old's determination to stay at Chelsea for the long haul. "Of course, of course I do feel settled," Jorginho told the PA news agency. "When I came here, everything was different. But I felt welcome straight away. "It feels great after three years, and I know everyone here appreciates what I try to do for the club and for the people. So it feels like home now in England. "It's definitely not the time to think about contracts with two finals to play! How could I want to leave the club? That's not the point. It's not the point even talking about it now. "I've got two ...
We have parked our rivalry’ – Rangers boss Gerrard reveals ‘secret’ phone calls with Sir Alex Ferguson
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We have parked our rivalry’ – Rangers boss Gerrard reveals ‘secret’ phone calls with Sir Alex Ferguson

The Liverpool legend says he has been in regular contact with the former Manchester United manager during his time at Ibrox Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has revealed he has held "secret" phone calls with Sir Alex Ferguson, admitting that "since I retired we have parked our rivalry up". For the best part of 15 years, Gerrard and Ferguson were in direct competition in the Premier League as the former became Liverpool's club captain and the latter sought to knock the Reds off their perch and turn Manchester United into the most successful club in England. Ferguson succeeded before retiring in 2013, while Gerrard left Liverpool two years later as an Anfield icon and moved into management after a brief stint in MLS with LA Galaxy. 09048258930
How Man Utd’s Cavani deal could pave the way for Sancho signing
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How Man Utd’s Cavani deal could pave the way for Sancho signing

The 34-year-old forward has committed to another year at Old Trafford, which is likely to shift their priorities in the transfer market this summer Manchester United are unlikely to pursue a summer move for a superstar striker such as Erling Haaland or Harry Kane after Edinson Cavani committed to another year at Old Trafford. It could, however, open the door to United again going after Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho after their failure to land the England international in the summer of 2020. United have been lacking a an established No.9 in recent times, and are admirers of both Haaland and Kane.
‘I was in Paris waiting’ – Taarabt on failed PSG move, leaving Milan and settling at Benfica
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‘I was in Paris waiting’ – Taarabt on failed PSG move, leaving Milan and settling at Benfica

The Moroccan winger has revealed how close he came to linking up with the French champions at the height of his career Adel Taarabt has opened up on his failed move to Paris Saint-Germain, while also discussing his AC Milan departure and the reasons why he has finally settled at Benfica. Taarabt has played for seven different clubs in four different countries over the course of his 15-year career, including Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers in England. The Moroccan, who now plies his trade in Portugal with Benfica, has revealed that he also came close to joining PSG after helping QPR gain promotion to the Premier League in 2011, only for the deal to fall through at the last minute.
Man Utd-linked Sancho unsure over future but says he’s ‘very happy’ at Dortmund
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Man Utd-linked Sancho unsure over future but says he’s ‘very happy’ at Dortmund

The 21-year-old England international is the subject of fierce speculation over a possible move to Old Trafford Manchester United target Jadon Sancho admits he cannot say for certain what the future holds for him, while insisting that he is happy at Borussia Dortmund. Sancho has long been a top transfer priority for the Red Devils, but Dortmund have been equally stubborn in holding on to one of their top young stars. But the England forward could be available for a fee of around £78 million ($108m), although it remains to be see whether United can match that valuation due to the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lingard told he can become a ‘God’ like Di Canio at West Ham as Noble airs transfer hope
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Lingard told he can become a ‘God’ like Di Canio at West Ham as Noble airs transfer hope

The England international has been enjoying a productive loan spell in the East End from West Ham, with a permanent deal being mooted Mark Noble is hoping to see Jesse Lingard remain at West Ham beyond the end of his loan spell from Manchester United, with the England international told he can join Paolo Di Canio in securing "God" status with the Hammers. The 28-year-old playmaker has been endearing himself to the East End natives with his efforts since arriving in London, with nine goals and three assists recorded across 12 appearances. There is no purchase option in his current deal, but Noble is eager to see David Moyes explore the option of keeping a rejuvenated performer in his current surroundings.
Eriksen ‘really happy’ at Inter after tough start as exit talk fades around Danish playmaker
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Eriksen ‘really happy’ at Inter after tough start as exit talk fades around Danish playmaker

  The former Tottenham star has faced plenty of challenges in Italy, but he is now thriving under Antonio Conte and is a Serie A title winner Christian Eriksen claims to be feeling "really happy" after coming through a testing start to his spell at Inter to now be a Serie A title winner under Antonio Conte. The Danish playmaker headed for the exits at Tottenham in January 2020 as a new challenge was sought after almost seven years in England. Adapting to new surroundings proved problematic, as the 29-year-old saw another move mooted, but Eriksen has played his way back into form and is now a champion in Italy after embracing the methods of a demanding coach.
Ancelotti rejects Szczesny to Everton rumours as Borussia Dortmund ask questions of Juventus keeper
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Ancelotti rejects Szczesny to Everton rumours as Borussia Dortmund ask questions of Juventus keeper

The Toffees boss says he is not in the market for another shot-stopper this summer, but German giants are keen on the Poland international Carlo Ancelotti has sought to distance Everton from talk of a move for Wojciech Szczesny being made, but Goal has learned that Borussia Dortmund are asking about the Juventus goalkeeper. The Poland international is seeing questions asked of his future in Turin after four years with the Bianconeri. A return to England has been speculated on for the former Arsenal keeper, but Ancelotti is happy with his options between the sticks and has no intention of lodging a bid for an experienced 31-year-old with three Serie A titles to his name.  
Kane convinced trophies ‘will come’ as Spurs star sparks talk of interest from Man Utd & City
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Kane convinced trophies ‘will come’ as Spurs star sparks talk of interest from Man Utd & City

  The England captain is yet to get his hands on a major trophy, with speculation suggesting he may need to move to end that barren run Harry Kane is convinced that major trophies "will come" for him, but the Tottenham striker has stopped short of revealing where he expects such challenges to be staged. The England captain is seeing a move away from north London mooted after finding another avenue to tangible success shut off by Manchester City in this season's Carabao Cup final. Pep Guardiola's side are said to be among those mulling over a big-money approach for Kane, along with arch-rivals United, and the ambitious frontman is making no secret of his desire to land a long-awaited medal.
Marriage Certificate to now Include Mothers’ Names in England and Wales
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Marriage Certificate to now Include Mothers’ Names in England and Wales

For the first time, mothers of brides and grooms in England and Wales will now be added to marriage certificates. Before now, marriage certificates only included the names of the fathers of the couple, but a change to the Marriage Act means both parents will be included. The Home Office said the move would "correct a historic anomaly". Marriages will also be recorded electronically, rather than written in a registry book, as part of the biggest changes to the system since 1837. The government said the creation of a single electronic register, which goes live on Tuesday, May 4, would speed up the process and remove the need for any details to be extracted from hard copies. The changes to the Marriage Act were made in consultation with the Church of England. The Reveren...
Lingard Almost ‘Quit’ Football Due To Mental Health Issues
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Lingard Almost ‘Quit’ Football Due To Mental Health Issues

Jesse Lingard said that his mental health had deteriorated to the point where he almost quit football, or took a break from the game before the lockdown last year. Jesse Lingard has returned to the form he showed as England reached the 2018 World Cup semi-finals but he admits before his loan move to West Ham he thought of quitting football. The 28-year-old forward's form slumped after the World Cup, losing his place in the Manchester United first team. He told the YouTube-based talk show 'Presenting' his mental health deteriorated to the extent he contemplated quitting or at least taking a time-out from the game. "I could have easily quit in lockdown (the first one in March last year due to the coronavirus pandemic)," he said.   "I could have been like 'nah, I don't want t...
Super League: Format of new European Competition Revealed
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Super League: Format of new European Competition Revealed

  The format for the new European Super League has emerged. 12 football biggest clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid from Spain; Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal from England; and Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan, had on Sunday night announced a new competition which will abolish the Champions League. The clubs, headed by Real Madrid’s President, Florentino Perez, defiled several threats from UEFA and their leagues governing bodies to announce the new competition last night. The format include: 1. 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season. 2. Midweek fixtures with all participating...
Why I Returned To Kano Pillars – Ahmed Musa
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Why I Returned To Kano Pillars – Ahmed Musa

Super Eagles skipper Ahmed Musa has disclosed why he decided to rejoin his former club Kano Pillars. On Tuesday Kano Pillars confirmed that Musa has rejoined them having signed a deal until the end of the season. Musa’s agreement includes a clause that allows him to leave when and if he can find a club in Europe. He joins as an Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) elite player with the aim of boosting their image as well as helping Musa maintain his fitness as he continues his search for a European club. The 28-year-old, who is a free agent since leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr in October, had received offers from England, Russia and Turkey. Speaking on the move, the former Leicester, CSKA forward told BBC Sport Africa “Anything that improves the image of Nige...
UEFA Champion League: Porto 0-2 Chelsea : Mason Mount and Chilwell give London club hard fought victory
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UEFA Champion League: Porto 0-2 Chelsea : Mason Mount and Chilwell give London club hard fought victory

Chelsea football club of England played out a hard fought 2-0 win over Portuguese side FC Porto on Wednesday night April 7. Porto who removed Juventus in the previous stage of the Champions league came into this game as non-favorites but bamboozled Chelsea with intricate passing for large periods of the match but their lack of accuracy in front of goal was their undoing. Mount opened the scoring shortly after the half-hour mark. He drimbled Nigeria's Zaidu Sanusi after controlling Jorginho's pass before finishing into the far corner. Defender, Chilwell followed in Mount's footsteps with a stunning first Champions League goal as he drove into the penalty area, after intercepting a loose pass and rounded the Porto goalkeeper five minutes from time. The victory and two away goals ...
Haaland’s Father, Agent to Meet Four Premier League Clubs for Transfer Talks
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Haaland’s Father, Agent to Meet Four Premier League Clubs for Transfer Talks

Erling Haaland’s father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola will fly to England, to hold talks with at least four Premier League clubs over a potential summer transfer. According to Mundo Deportivo, Alf-Inge and Raiola will meet with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and City in London. The two were pictured in Spain on Thursday and are believed to have held discussions with Barcelona and Real Madrid. But they will explore a number of possibilities for Haaland, before making a final decision. Haaland himself is known to be very keen on the Premier League, with the 20-year-old having been born in Yorkshire and his dad having played for Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City. It certainly seems the English sides would be more likely to be able to afford Haaland, with ...
Chelsea Favorites To Land Sergio Aguero
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Chelsea Favorites To Land Sergio Aguero

Chelsea lead the race to sign Sergio Aguero as Manchester City's record scorer wants to STAY in England with Blues primed to land this summer's hottest free transfer Sergio Aguero is determined to continue his career in the Premier League and Chelsea are in prime position to land this summer’s hottest free transfer. The greatest goalscorer in Manchester City’s history will leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, bringing an end to a decade of outstanding service. City announced on Monday that they will mark Aguero’s contribution to the club by building him a statue. But leaving City does not necessarily mean he is leaving the English game. Aguero will have offers from all around the world, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, but his preference would b...
England vs Poland: What I told John Stones after Blunder – Harry Maguire
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England vs Poland: What I told John Stones after Blunder – Harry Maguire

  Harry Maguire has revealed what he told his England teammate and defence partner, John Stones after the Manchester City star’s blunder in their 2-1 win against Poland on Wednesday. England took the lead in the Group I clash with Harry Kane scoring from the spot but Poland were gifted an equaliser in the 58th minute after Stones conceded possession on the edge of the box. The Man City defender then managed to pick himself up and assisted Harry Maguire’s emphatic strike with five minutes remaining on the clock. And speaking to ITV Sport after the game, Maguire said, “He’s had a brilliant year, he’s had a great camp as well. “Obviously he’s made one little mistake but he makes up for it with a great header at the back post. “I said to him ‘keep going and we’ll get...
Southgate Warns England Not To Take Lewandowski-less Poland Lightly
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Southgate Warns England Not To Take Lewandowski-less Poland Lightly

England boss Gareth Southgate expects Poland to be highly motivated for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley in the absence of captain and leading goalscorer Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich striker sustained a knee injury in Sunday's 3-0 win over Andorra - a game in which he scored twice - and it was confirmed by his club on Tuesday that he will miss the next month. Lewandowski has scored 66 goals in 118 appearances for Poland, including nine goals in his last nine starts in all competitions. But Southgate rejected the notion that England will be boosted by the prolific striker's absence for the clash between Group I's top two seeds. "From our perspective, you're going to have players who are hungry to fill that opportunity," Southgate said at a pre-match news con...

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