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Vincent Kompany: Man City captain says he ‘knew I was done’ after Leicester goal

Vincent Kompany says he knew his time at Manchester City was over when he scored the spectacular winner against Leicester on 6 May.The City skipper announced on Sunday that…

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Manchester City open-top bus parade held

Thousands of people have lined the streets to celebrate Manchester City’s historic domestic treble triumph. An open-top bus parade left the Town Hall at about 18:15 BST before making its way …

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Manchester City open-top bus parade held

Thousands of people have lined the streets to celebrate Manchester City’s historic domestic treble triumph. An open-top bus parade left the Town Hall at about 18:15 BST before making its way …

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Steve Clarke: New Scotland boss commands ‘huge respect’ – Craig Brown

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Kylian Mbappe: PSG say France striker will remain at club next season

Kylian Mbappe and Paris St-Germain’s “shared history will continue next season”, say the French champions.France World Cup winner Mbappe won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year …

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Kylian Mbappe: PSG say France striker will remain at club next season

Kylian Mbappe and Paris St-Germain’s “shared history will continue next season”, say the French champions.France World Cup winner Mbappe won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year …

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Graham Potter appointed new Brighton manager after leaving Swansea

Brighton have appointed Englishman Graham Potter as their new manager on a four-year deal.Potter, 44, leaves Championship side Swansea and replaces Chris Hughton, who was s…

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Gareth Bale: What next for Real Madrid’s talented Welsh forward?

It has been a frustrating season for Gareth Bale at Real Madrid, the Welshman ending it as an unused substitute for the 2-0 home loss to Real Betis.Having finished third in…

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Steve Clarke is named new Scotland manager

Steve Clarke says he wants to emulate the success of the Scotland women’s team after being named the country’s new head coach.The 55-year-old replaces Alex McL…

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Why Man City are the greatest Premier League team – Alan Shearer analysis

There are many things that make Manchester City the best Premier League side I’ve ever seen, but what impresses me most is their hunger and desire. They always…

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Vote: FA Cup goal of the tournament

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Pep Guardiola: Man City boss says treble is not enough

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Watch: Celtic lift eighth Scottish Premiership title in a row

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Celtic captain Scott Brown lifts the Scottish Premiership trophy after the champions conclude the league season with a 2-1 win over Hearts.

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Watch: Celtic lift eighth Scottish Premiership title in a row

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Celtic captain Scott Brown lifts the Scottish Premiership trophy after the champions conclude the league season with a 2-1 win over Hearts.

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Vincent Kompany: Where does he rank among Premier League leaders?

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Kilmarnock 2-1 Rangers: Steve Clarke’s side finish third to qualify for Europe

Steve Clarke’s Kilmarnock clinched third place in the Scottish Premiership – and a Europa League place – after a late winner against Rangers.The home side shrugged off the …

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Celtic 2-1 Hearts: Mikey Johnston hits double in champions’ win

Celtic celebrated lifting their eighth Scottish Premiership title in a row by beating Hearts thanks to a Mikey Johnston double.The 19-year-old scored in two minutes but a b…

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Euro 2020: Uefa announces ‘fans first’ ticket sales plan for pan-Europe competition

Uefa says 82% of Euro 2020 tickets will go to football fans and the general public – in a “fans first” policy revealed for the pan-Europe tournament.One million tickets for…

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Euro 2020: Uefa announces ‘fans first’ ticket sales plan for pan-Europe competition

Uefa says 82% of Euro 2020 tickets will go to football fans and the general public – in a “fans first” policy revealed for the pan-Europe tournament.One million tickets for…

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Lack of England-qualified Premier League starters must change, says Southgate

Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling

England manager Gareth Southgate has called for change to “arrest the slide” of the number of English players starting Premier League games.

Only 30% of top-flight starters during the 2018-19 season qualified to play for England – down from 33.2% the previous year and the lowest figure in Premier League history.

Of the top six team’s starters, only 19.9% were English.

“There’s a clear diminishing number there,” said Southgate.

“There’s some discussion around developing players that is important. There’s some discussion around work permits moving forwards which might affect some of that.

“The first thing we’ve got to do is arrest the slide. We have to stop that graph slipping.

“Because it isn’t correct to say we’re not developing good players. I think that’s really important.”

The Premier League saw its closest title battle in years this season as Manchester City – featuring Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker, John Stones and Phil Foden – pipped Liverpool, captained by Jordan Henderson, to top spot on the final day.

In Europe, Liverpool and Tottenham will meet in the Champions League final on 1 June while Chelsea face Arsenal in the Europa League final.

England reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia last year and are preparing for the inaugural Nations League Finals next month, while the national age-group teams have enjoyed repeated success in recent years.

“The big concern for me is this graph continues to fall away and that we end up in 10 years’ time with an England manager who has got 15% of the league,” Southgate said.

“And why wouldn’t that happen? Because it has dropped 15% in the last seven or eight years, so there’s no sign of that being arrested because more money coming in, global market. That is a big danger for us.”

Will changes caused by Brexit help?

The FA hopes to use Brexit talks to cut the maximum number of non-home-grown players in top-flight squads from 17 to 13.

However, in November, the Premier League said there was “no evidence” placing further restrictions on foreign players would improve England teams.

After Brexit, EU players would no longer have free movement between clubs and instead be regulated in the same way as non-EU players.

“Brexit is offering an opportunity because there will have to be change,” Southgate said.

“I think the proposals that the FA have put forward have tried to balance keeping the success of the Premier League and recognising that is a product that works for us as a country.

“But we saw 40-odd million people or more enjoying last summer and the impact of the national team as well and what that can bring.

“We are trying to achieve something that not many other countries have had: a successful league and a successful national team. That’s a huge challenge.”

The FA is working with the Premier League, EFL and the government as talks continue.

“Our job as a governing body must be to protect the interests of both – to protect the interests of the club game but to give the national team and its importance for our people the right level of support and opportunity to succeed,” said Southgate.

“And I think that is possible. I think you can have a successful league and a successful pathway for the national team.

“That needs grown-up conversations and I think there are a lots of good people in football who are more than capable of having that – and the more we can be joined up it’s a really powerful force.”

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