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Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon: it is ‘crazy’ to be bracketed with Kane and Rashford

• Teenager is in the running for PFA young player of the year award• Sessegnon ‘dreaming’ of playing in Premier League with FulhamRyan Sessegnon has said it feels “crazy” to be bracketed with Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford but he is determined to join …

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Champions League semi-final draw: Liverpool land Roma – live!

It’s Bayern Munich v Real Madrid in other semiFootball Weekly looks back at the Champions League dramaAnd email Ben or tweet @benfisherj to get in touch 12.26pm BST First legs, Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 AprilBayern Munich v Real MadridLiverpool v Rom…

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Stevenage’s Dino Maamria: ‘Yes, I was born in a tent and poor – but I loved it’

An encounter with a holidaying Burnley scout was a crucial step on the road that took Dino Maamria from Tunisia to Stevenage managerAlmost three weeks into the job, Dino Maamria is at ease, sat in his manager’s office at Stevenage’s training ground, ch…

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Lincoln City’s Cowley brothers chase Checkatrade win and Wembley return | Ben Fisher

The cathedral city is red and white with unlikely football fever, as the side in the National League last season chase a trophy against Shrewsbury and a second straight promotionThe Gothic cathedral and thigh-thirsty Steep Hill are synonymous with the …

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Football League: Sunderland survival hopes hit, Yeovil hit Coventry for six

Black Cats beaten at home by Sheffield WednesdayYeovil hammer Coventry 6-2, Accrington win again• Any hope garnered by Sunderland from their Good Friday win over Derby vanished at the Stadium of Light on Easter Monday as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat to…

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Christian Ribeiro: ‘I was told to stop or I wouldn’t be walking in my 30s’

The midfielder, who counted Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey among his Wales team-mates, is rebuilding his life after being forced into retirement at Oxford by a knee injuryChristian Ribeiro remembers the phone call from the Oxford United physiotherapist a…

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Doncaster’s Matty Blair: ‘I’m privileged to have had my brother in my life for 28 years’

The midfielder lost his brother last July but it was not until he fainted while walking his dog that he sought help. Here he talks about what he has learnedMatty Blair was out walking Bruce, his beagle, as he does every morning before training, in the …

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Accrington Stanley defying all logic to sit top of League Two? Exactly | Ben Fisher

The manager John Coleman is working wonders with what is thought to be the league’s joint-lowest budget, helped by a forward line he says is statistically better than Liverpool’s“If the league was based on budgets, we’d be relegated at the start of eve…

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Southampton’s misery stems from losing identity and transfer touch

Mauricio Pellegrino’s sacking is no surprise after he struggled to identify his best team or lift the excitement but the club have been sleepwalking into relegation danger for some timePerhaps the biggest question is not who Southampton turn to next bu…

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Scotland v England: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the Calcutta Cup clashIreland v Wales: Six Nations – follow it liveAnd feel free to mail Ben or tweet @benfisherj 4.07pm GMT Scotland: Hogg, Seymour, Jones, Horne, Maitland, Russell, Laidlaw; Reid, McInally, Berghan, Gilchrist,…

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Ireland v Wales: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from Dublin, 2.15pm GMT kick-offWales ready for Ireland’s aerial assault in must-win matchAnd feel free to mail Ben or tweet @benfisherj 1.22pm GMT Ireland: Kearney, Earls, Farrell, Aki, Stockdale, Sexton, Murray; Healy, Best, Porte…

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Europa League last-16 draw – live!

Updates as Arsenal discover their last-16 fate in Nyon, 12pm GMT‘We were too complacent,’ says Wenger after Östersund scareAnd feel free to mail Ben or tweet @benfisherj to get in touch 11.57am GMT When will the games take place? The last-16 matches wi…

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Gareth Ainsworth: ‘It’s a unique model but it works for Wycombe’

Wycombe Wanderers have no academy, reserve team or goalkeeping coach but the club have gone from turmoil to second in League TwoIt is Tuesday, just after midday at the Wycombe Wanderers training ground, where an end-of-session shooting drill is coming …

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Liverpool’s Henderson and Milner provide base for front line’s fireworks | Ben Fisher

Jürgen Klopp’s team struck the perfect balance in Porto with Jordan Henderson and James Milner assuming midfield control and Sadio Mané profiting from their dominanceHow many will Mohamed Salah get this season? Forty? Fifty? A tired puff of the cheeks …

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Scotland v France: Six Nations – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the match at MurrayfieldTownsend shakes up Scotland as redemption is soughtEmail ben.fisher@theguardian.com or tweet @benfisherj 2.32pm GMT Two wounded animals, to use the cliche, will take to the Murrayfield turf today. W…

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Ireland v Italy: Six Nations – live!

Six Nations updates from the match in DublinThe Breakdown: Wales v England promises to be classicEmail ben.fisher@theguardian.com or tweet @benfisherj 3.17pm GMT 41 min: Quaglio has been stood down and replaced permanently as a result of that first-ha…

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Leeds’ move for Paul Heckingbottom is a gamble for both parties

Heckingbottom can focus on coaching in a way that became impossible at Barnsley but inherits a mishmash of a squad which looks meek beside most of Leeds’ promotion rivalsThis season was supposed to be different for Leeds United. But an embarrassing FA …

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Leeds United sack manager Thomas Christiansen after dismal run

• Leeds yet to win in 2018 and winless in past seven matches• High-flying Cardiff City won 4-1 at Elland Road on SaturdayLeeds United have sacked head coach Thomas Christiansen following a dismal seven-match winless run, with the Championship club yet …

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Why Josh Harrop gambled on Preston being a better bet than Old Trafford

He was on Manchester United’s books for 14 years but 33 days after scoring on his senior debut the midfielder upped sticks in order to be noticedFifteen minutes into his Manchester United debut he raced on to a nonchalant outside-of-the-boot pass by Pa…

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Neil Warnock dreams of inflicting more FA Cup pain on Manchester City

The veteran Cardiff manager has form of knocking out City and hopes memories of 1991 with Notts County can inspire his team against Pep Guardiola’s sideNeil Warnock is in his element, laughing at the memory of his biggest scalp in the FA Cup, a competi…