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Owls’ anguish over George Hirst could spread far and wide | Daniel Taylor

Signing of Sheffield Wednesday’s brightest prospect by Srivaddhanaprabha-owned OH Leuven says much about the relationships that exist in modern footballNo doubt there are more than a few of us who feel a twinge of nostalgia when the mind goes back to t…

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Manchester United veto José Mourinho’s transfer wishlist

• Manager’s short-term fixes rejected by Ed Woodward• Some targets viewed as no better than those already at clubManchester United did not follow through with some of José Mourinho’s transfer targets because of misgivings about the players he had ident…

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Manchester United’s José Mourinho ‘not confident’ of deadline-day signings

• ‘I will have to focus on players I have,’ says manager• Mourinho had hoped to sign a centre-backManchester United’s hopes of reinforcing their squad before Thursday’s 5pm transfer deadline appear to be over after Jose Mourinho said his latest informa…

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Manchester City investigate if newly jailed sex abuser had links to club

• William Toner jailed on Friday for indecent assault• Toner claimed he scouted for City’s junior systemManchester City’s independent inquiry into the Barry Bennell scandal is investigating claims that another sex offender, jailed on Friday for four co…

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Warm welcome on Baltic Sea as England settle in to World Cup routine

Luxury mattresses have been shipped to the team hotel and family photos put up by the FA but heat of Volgograd is a worryAt least England’s footballers are getting an easier ride than their Russian counterparts right now. “Destined for defeat” was the …

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England have won back the fans’ confidence, claims Gareth Southgate

• Manager believes his squad has reconnected with the country• ‘I think people see signs of progress and enjoy watching us’Gareth Southgate will board the England flight to Russia on Tuesday with the increasingly firm conviction that his players have r…

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Messi and Ronaldo primed for final World Cup hurrah as England get real | Daniel Taylor

Restrained hopes around Gareth Southgate’s side are a good thing in a tournament that represents the last chance for two greats to join Maradona and Pelé in the World Cup pantheonAt least this time nobody has fallen into the trap of thinking that Engla…

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‘The players know where I stand’: Southgate tackles World Cup racism fears | Daniel Taylor

The England manager has said that concerns over racial abuse at the World Cup that led Danny Rose to tell his family to stay at home are ‘very sad’Until now, England’s footballers had not given the overall impression they were drastically alarmed about…

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England players given crash course over new World Cup disciplinary rules

• Referees are allowed to take retrospective action during games• Gareth Southgate is anxious his team understand the changesEngland’s footballers are to be given a crash course in the new disciplinary rules being implemented in time for the World Cup …

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Raheem Sterling knows he has messed up after England late show | Daniel Taylor

Gareth Southgate has let the forward know how serious his transgression was, with Sterling apologising to the squadThis time it is not so easy to defend the guy. It is not a witch-hunt, it is nothing to do with his choice of body art, where he shops or…

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Danny Welbeck: ‘I’m not just a fighter, I like to give love as well’

The Arsenal forward has scored more goals for England than anyone else in Gareth Southgate’s squad and is ready to make an impact at the World Cup after missing Euro 2016There might be quite a few people who are surprised to learn the identity of the p…

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Ken Bates accused of ‘shameful’ comments over Chelsea racism scandal

• Former chairman criticises alleged victims for hiding identities• Queries why none quit club and says ‘sniff of money is in air’Ken Bates, the Chelsea chairman when a number of youth-team footballers claim they were racially abused by their own coach…

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Unruffled Gareth Southgate puts his fresh England ideas into operation

The manager is proving as adept at managing expectations surrounding his World Cup squad as he is at managing the playersThe overwhelming impression was of a man entirely comfortable in his own skin. Gareth Southgate spoke with logic and humour but, mo…

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Gareth Southgate sticks to his guns with squad it’s hard to argue with

John Stones may count himself fortunate to be in England’s World Cup 23 but the manager has largely remained true to principles he set out just after his appointmentA video has been doing the rounds in the last couple of days showing the moment when Fa…

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Gareth Southgate sticks to his guns with squad it’s hard to argue with

John Stones may count himself fortunate to be in England’s World Cup 23 but the manager has largely remained true to principles he set out just after his appointmentA video has been doing the rounds in the last couple of days showing the moment when Fa…

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Gareth Southgate will be playing Russian roulette if he picks Wilshere | Daniel Taylor

Jack Wilshere will always have a devoted fan club but injuries have sabotaged his career and only Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s knee ligaments are keeping him in the World Cup pictureCan anyone remember those days when the common assumption about Gareth So…

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Alex Ferguson up close: sometimes difficult, always great | Daniel Taylor

Sir Alex rewarded those covering his thrilling Manchester United teams with the best of timesWhat do you write in these moments? It isn’t easy and even now, Fergie being Fergie, there is still that slightly unnerving feeling that one day he might go ov…

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Carlo Ancelotti would be a capital pick by Arsenal to succeed Wenger

The Arsenal job needs someone with the kind of bone-deep composure that is born to only a few men and surely it makes sense to go for the candidate with the superior credentials?Apparently, Arsène Wenger does not want too much fuss. Wenger has not even…

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Allardyce’s Firefighter Sam job offers Everton fans too little spark | Daniel Taylor

Everton’s football has remained lumpen since it became clear they were free of relegation danger and supporters are hardly being unreasonable wanting moreIn happier times for Sam Allardyce, back in the days when he was managing Bolton Wanderers and not…

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This is the one decision nobody is saying Arsène Wenger has got wrong | Daniel Taylor

His spellbinding peak is too long ago for anyone to still be in denial but as the Frenchman heads to the Arsenal exit it is time to cherish his best yearsThe saddest thing, perhaps, is that of all the thousands upon thousands of words that have been de…