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Brendan Rodgers urges Leicester to use FA Cup final as spur for top four finish

Foxes beat Southampton to reach final against ChelseaLeicester third in league but have lost last two gamesBrendan Rodgers said he hopes Leicester reaching a first FA Cup final since 1969 will spur them on to secure a top-four berth in the Premier Leag…

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How Norwich made getting straight back to the Premier League look easy

Farke-life and judicious loans helped secure top-flight spot and interest in Buendía, Aarons and Cantwell will not spark panicIn the end, Norwich did not even have to wait for Saturday night’s home game with Bournemouth, helped over the line before a 3…

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How Norwich made getting straight back to the Premier League look easy

Farke-life and judicious loans helped secure top-flight spot and interest in Buendía, Aarons and Cantwell will not spark panicIn the end, Norwich did not even have to wait for Saturday night’s home game with Bournemouth, helped over the line before a 3…

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Southampton’s Jan Bednarek: ‘Do everything you can to be as good as you can’

The Polish defender is a stickler for detail and marginal gains, and hopes it will pay off against Leicester at WembleyJamie Vardy’s pre-match diet consists of a couple of cans of Red Bull but one of the Southampton defenders tasked with keeping the st…

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Hasenhüttl hopes motivational videos will inspire Southampton at Wembley

Saints take on Leicester in FA Cup semi-final on Sunday‘For smaller clubs it is always good to have this target’Ralph Hasenhüttl has been showing Southampton’s players motivational videos to inspire them to bring their A-game to Wembley for Sunday’s FA…

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‘Sleep well skip’: Yeovil still raw before first game since captain’s tragic death

Club are preparing to play on Saturday after paying tribute to Lee Collins with his family at the stadium this weekOutside the ticket office at Huish Park, bouquets of flowers run seven or eight rows deep. Green and white scarfs, shirts, flags, framed …

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‘Sleep well skip’: Yeovil still raw before first game since captain’s tragic death

Club are preparing to play on Saturday after paying tribute to Lee Collins with his family at the stadium this weekOutside the ticket office at Huish Park, bouquets of flowers run seven or eight rows deep. Green and white scarfs, shirts, flags, framed …

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‘People think I must be crazy’: Phil Brown targets Southend rescue act

Seasiders have turned to their former manager in a late push to avert relegation from League Two after long period of strifeAs Phil Brown fielded questions after his return to Southend United last week, staring back at him during his virtual unveiling,…

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‘People think I must be crazy’: Phil Brown targets Southend rescue act

Seasiders have turned to their former manager in a late push to avert relegation from League Two after long period of strifeAs Phil Brown fielded questions after his return to Southend United last week, staring back at him during his virtual unveiling,…

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Swansea City to boycott social media in fight against ‘abhorrent abuse’

Club, players and staff will not use social media for a weekSwansea demand action from Facebook and TwitterSwansea City have announced that the club, all their players and their staff will boycott social media for a week to turn up the heat on Facebook…

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How did Gillingham become the only EFL club not to pay agents a penny? | Ben Fisher

League One club’s owner, Paul Scally, says weak people are funnelling vast sums to agents who not needed in footballWhen the Football Association released last week the latest sums paid to agents, eyes inevitably moved towards the headline figures: Pre…

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Brentford’s Thomas Frank: ‘I try to stay calm … then suddenly I explode’

Head coach discusses promotion ambitions, social media and changing plans to see Ollie Watkins score for EnglandLast Thursday evening Thomas Frank was at home in south-west London, watching Denmark’s Under-21s on his laptop when, a few miles away, Olli…

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Daniel James heads Wales past Czech Republic after two red cards

Gareth Bale and co were well-versed in the Czech Republic’s aerial threats but one of the smallest players on the pitch powered in amid the land of the giants to get Wales’s World Cup qualifying campaign up and running in Cardiff.Daniel James sent a bo…

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Wales trio sent home after breaching squad protocols at team hotel

Hal Robson-Kanu, Tyler Roberts and Rabbi Matondo sent homeTrio miss Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Czech RepublicWales have sent Hal Robson-Kanu, Tyler Roberts and Rabbi Matondo home after they breached squad protocols, with the trio thought to…

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Tackling tough topics: how EFL prepares would-be stars of the future

Academy scholars are educated about everything from online discrimination to taking care over dressing-room musicIt is Thursday afternoon and 185 people, the majority scholars from English Football League academies, are tuned into Dismantling Discrimin…

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‘His own biggest critic’: Ollie Watkins’ road from non-league to England

Coaches from his days at Weston-super-Mare and Exeter recall the drive of the Aston Villa striker set for an international debut It is a little more than six years since Ollie Watkins scored a dozen minutes into his Weston-super-Mare debut, stepping of…

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Wales sink after bright start as Romelu Lukaku seals Belgium comeback

Wales came away with another magical moment against Belgium but Harry Wilson’s wonderful strike was rendered redundant as they slipped to defeat in their opening World Cup qualifier in Leuven.Wilson rounded off a breathtaking counterattack to establish…

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Ryan Giggs the elephant in the room as Wales step up Euro preparations

Uncertainty over the head coach – and at the top of FAW – has left team in a strange position as they gear up to face Belgium Perhaps there is a whiff of irony in that one of Ryan Giggs’s most recent public appearances came at Wembley, the home of Engl…

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Gareth Bale desperate to reach World Cup and fulfil final career goal

Wales forward accepts this is probably his final chanceBale still expecting to return to Real Madrid after Euros Gareth Bale has said reaching the World Cup with Wales would represent the final tick on his football to-do list as they prepare to kick of…

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Jack Wilshere: ‘In hindsight it probably wasn’t right to leave Arsenal’

Before Bournemouth’s big FA Cup tie the midfielder discusses England anger, hunger and what he has learned about his bodyWhen Jack Wilshere was plotting his next move, the prospect of reaching another FA Cup semi-final and ultimately adding to his two …