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Robbie Keane announces retirement from international football

• Keane’s last Republic of Ireland match will be against Oman on Wednesday
• Captain made record 147 appearances and scored 67 goals for his country

Robbie Keane has announced his retirement from international football following Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Oman next Wednesday.

The 36-year-old calls time on his 18-year international career having made a record 145 senior appearances for his country and scored 67 goals, more than three times more than his nearest rival.

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Record scorer Keane to retire from Republic of Ireland duty

Robbie Keane has announced that the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Oman in Dublin on 31 August will be his last international.Earlier on Wednes…

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Jimmy Feigen on gas station incident: ‘I’m so sorry for the drama this has caused’

  • US swimmer, 26, was involved in incident that overshadowed final days in Rio
  • ‘I would like to apologize for the serious distractions from the Olympics’

Jimmy Feigen, one of the swimmers caught up in the Olympic gas station hold-up that wasn’t, has issued an apology for “the drama this has caused in everyone’s lives” and admitted he left out details of the story to try to protect his team-mates.

Related: Emotional Ryan Lochte sorry for ‘stupid mistake’ and ‘shenanigans’ at gas station

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Jimmy Feigen on gas station incident: ‘I’m so sorry for the drama this has caused’

  • US swimmer, 26, was involved in incident that overshadowed final days in Rio
  • ‘I would like to apologize for the serious distractions from the Olympics’

Jimmy Feigen, one of the swimmers caught up in the Olympic gas station hold-up that wasn’t, has issued an apology for “the drama this has caused in everyone’s lives” and admitted he left out details of the story to try to protect his team-mates.

Related: Emotional Ryan Lochte sorry for ‘stupid mistake’ and ‘shenanigans’ at gas station

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England v Pakistan: first ODI – live!

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Talking of Wood, what of Plunkett? He was remarkably unfortunate to lose his spot in the Test side after doing very well – but such are England’s riches that he’s waiting for injury, and even then. “Such are England’s riches”; what on earth is going on?

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England v Pakistan: first ODI – live!

1.44pm BST

Talking of Wood, what of Plunkett? He was remarkably unfortunate to lose his spot in the Test side after doing very well – but such are England’s riches that he’s waiting for injury, and even then. “Such are England’s riches”; what on earth is going on?

1.40pm BST

Welcome

to the real football factories
back, sir.

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England v Pakistan: first ODI – live!

1.44pm BST

Talking of Wood, what of Plunkett? He was remarkably unfortunate to lose his spot in the Test side after doing very well – but such are England’s riches that he’s waiting for injury, and even then. “Such are England’s riches”; what on earth is going on?

1.40pm BST

Welcome

to the real football factories
back, sir.

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Palestinian refugees chant thank you to Celtic fans for donations – video

In a video filmed by the Lajee Center, children in Bethlehem thank fans of Celtic Football Club for their recent donations to charities based in Palestine. Celtic supporters have raised more than £130,000 for charities in the region in an attempt to match an impending Uefa fine for displaying Palestinian flags at a Champions League match against an Israeli team. The centre, located in the Aida refugee camp, supports displaced young people

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World Cup 2018: Tom Flanagan and Michael Duffy handed first NI call-ups

Tom Flanagan and Michael Duffy are new faces in the Northern Ireland squad for the opening World Cup qualifier away to the Czech Republic on 4 Septembe…

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Bastian Schweinsteiger: Manchester United will be my last club in Europe

• German tweets decision having been dropped by José Mourinho
• ‘I will be ready, if the team needs me,’ adds World Cup winner

Bastian Schweinsteiger has stated Manchester United will be his last club in Europe, a decision that appears to pave the way for a move to Major League Soccer, China or the Middle East.

The 32-year-old World Cup winner has been dropped from the first-team squad by José Mourinho, with the United manager also ordering him to train with the younger players. Schweinsteiger’s response has been dignified – the former German captain, who retired from international football last month, has been vocal on social media in support of the team and on Wednesday he thanked United supporters when announcing his future on Twitter.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger: Manchester United will be my last club in Europe

• German tweets decision having been dropped by José Mourinho
• ‘I will be ready, if the team needs me,’ adds World Cup winner

Bastian Schweinsteiger has stated Manchester United will be his last club in Europe, a decision that appears to pave the way for a move to Major League Soccer, China or the Middle East.

The 32-year-old World Cup winner has been dropped from the first-team squad by José Mourinho, with the United manager also ordering him to train with the younger players. Schweinsteiger’s response has been dignified – the former German captain, who retired from international football last month, has been vocal on social media in support of the team and on Wednesday he thanked United supporters when announcing his future on Twitter.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger: Manchester United will be my last club in Europe

• German tweets decision having been dropped by José Mourinho
• ‘I will be ready, if the team needs me,’ adds World Cup winner

Bastian Schweinsteiger has stated Manchester United will be his last club in Europe, a decision that appears to pave the way for a move to Major League Soccer, China or the Middle East.

The 32-year-old World Cup winner has been dropped from the first-team squad by José Mourinho, with the United manager also ordering him to train with the younger players. Schweinsteiger’s response has been dignified – the former German captain, who retired from international football last month, has been vocal on social media in support of the team and on Wednesday he thanked United supporters when announcing his future on Twitter.

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Edimilson Fernandes to have West Ham medical after £5.5m deal agreed

• The 20-year-old Swiss midfielder will join from Sion
• He is a cousin of former Manchester City player Gélson Fernandes

West Ham have agreed a £5.5m fee with the Swiss club Sion for Edimilson Fernandes, with the 20-year-old midfielder set to travel to London on Wednesday for a medical.

Related: Premier League: transfer window summer 2016 – interactive

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Edimilson Fernandes to have West Ham medical after £5.5m deal agreed

• The 20-year-old Swiss midfielder will join from Sion
• He is a cousin of former Manchester City player Gélson Fernandes

West Ham have agreed a £5.5m fee with the Swiss club Sion for Edimilson Fernandes, with the 20-year-old midfielder set to travel to London on Wednesday for a medical.

Related: Premier League: transfer window summer 2016 – interactive

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European Super League move 'would lead to war'

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Any move to form a breakaway super league involving Europe’s top sides would lead to “war” between the clubs and Uefa, says a leading presidential candidate for the governing body.

Alexander Ceferin, who heads the Slovenian FA and holds more than 20 pledges of support for his presidential candidacy, insists any closed super league is “out of the question”.

Talks involving leading European clubs and Uefa have been ongoing for a number of months, with a Champions League format revamp under discussion.

A decision on potential changes could be announced as early as Friday.

Such reforms could end threats by some elite clubs to break away and form a super league before 2021.

The Premier League’s new £9bn TV deal is one of the main reasons why European sides are so keen to see change.

Real Madrid took home £81m for winning the competition last season. But the side finishing last in the Premier League this season is guaranteed about £97m.

With such a financial gulf beginning to emerge across the continent, Uefa is under pressure to deliver a significant uplift in revenues for Champions League TV rights when negotiations begin later this year.

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Sports companies in the US and China have proposed a breakaway league but Ceferin insists European football will remain united.

“One of the main issues awaiting the next Uefa president is relations to the big clubs,” he said.

“My firm opinion is that some kind of closed super league with just a few clubs in, without the possibility for the others to enter, is out of the question. It will mean a kind of war between Uefa and the clubs.

“If they want more revenues we should work on it. It is possible. The Champions League is the best sports product in the world, for sure. But it doesn’t generate the most money. So we should include them [the clubs] more.”

Ceferin is one of three candidates standing in next month’s Uefa presidential election, called after Michel Platini was forced to step down after being banned by Fifa’s ethics committee in relation to a payment he received from former Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

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Michael van Praag of the Netherlands and Angel Maria Villar of Spain are also seeking to win the ballot which will be held in Athens on 14 September.

But Ceferin is increasingly confident his coalition of support is gaining momentum.

As he prepares for a meeting in Glasgow on Thursday with officials from the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football associations, Ceferin insists Uefa must now seek a new direction.

“We can work on transparency and inclusion. Before, with Michel Platini, we had a charismatic leader. Now, if I come there, we will have a team leader.

“I think Uefa has, in principle, a good administration. We have great experts in the FAs which were not included in the decision-making. So I think that should change.

And after the controversial years of Blatter and Platini, he thinks football is ready for a new face despite his relative inexperience.

“Of course, we should work together with some people who are experienced but to try to say only the one who is there for 30 years could lead Uefa? It’s quite silly. Nobody would believe that.

“If anything, I am independent. Everybody who knows me knows that. Maybe there’s a time for a person whose not a member of the football establishment to come.

“Uefa at this moment needs fresh blood, new ideas, new faces.”

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Following Euro 2016, which was marred by violence, Ceferin also believes Uefa must now improve how it deals with discrimination and security issues.

A small number of England, France and Russia supporters were involved in the most serious incidents of violence during the tournament.

Uefa had threatened to disqualify England and Russia from the tournament following violent scenes during the 1-1 draw in Marseille.

“It’s never enough, you never do enough. And Uefa doesn’t do enough.

“I think we should create a department within Uefa – let’s call it ‘Protection of the game’ – where we will deal with anti-doping, safety and security, fight against match-fixing and, of course, racism.

“We’ve seen the situation now at the Euros and obviously the security situation in Europe is not getting better, it’s getting worse every day.

“We should be pro-active, we should work on it because if a person dies, even a bigger catastrophe happens it’s a disaster for football, for Uefa, for Europe.

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Soccer – Klopp plays down Can injury

Jurgen Klopp is optimistic that Emre Can will be able to return to action shortly, after the German midfielder sustained an ankle injury in Liverpool’s EFL Cup second-round victory at Burton Albion.

Can ruptured his ankle ligaments in April in a Euro…

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Man Utd will be Schweinsteiger's 'last club in Europe'

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says Manchester United will be his last club in Europe and he “will be ready if the team needs me”.More …

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Soccer – Cautious Karanka won’t rush Valdes back

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka fears that a hamstring injury will keep Victor Valdes out of Sunday’s Premier League game at West Brom.

The 34-year-old former Barcelona goalkeeper missed the 2-1 victory at Sunderland because of the problem, with …

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Lewis Hamilton facing F1 grid penalty in Belgium over engine changes

• Mercedes say penalty ‘likely’ and will confirm on Thursday
• Hamilton has suffered numerous engine problems this season

Lewis Hamilton faces starting the second half of the Formula One season on the backfoot after Mercedes confirmed it is likely he will suffer a grid penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Related: Helio Castroneves unhurt after car lands on top of him in dramatic crash

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Lewis Hamilton facing F1 grid penalty in Belgium over engine changes

• Mercedes say penalty ‘likely’ and will confirm on Thursday
• Hamilton has suffered numerous engine problems this season

Lewis Hamilton faces starting the second half of the Formula One season on the backfoot after Mercedes confirmed it is likely he will suffer a grid penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Related: Helio Castroneves unhurt after car lands on top of him in dramatic crash

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