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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…

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Sports minister Tracey Crouch is ducking the facts on safe standing | Daniel Taylor

‘There is no desire among the top clubs to change,’ Tracey Crouch claimed as West Brom were turned down, but the message from Old Trafford, the Emirates and all is very differentOver the last week I have been reminded of the time Richard Caborn was app…

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Manchester City have ‘wow’ factor but they need Houdini-style escape

Liverpool will be in the box seat in the Champions League second leg, with only seven teams in 126 having overturned a 3-0 deficitThey tell a story at Manchester City, going back to the days when European Cup quarter?finals were for other clubs, about …

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Paul Pogba left exposed by Mino Raiola’s war of words with Pep Guardiola | Daniel Taylor

Offering Paul Pogba to his club’s rivals is a classic, aggressive Mino Raiola trick. But does this join up some of the dots when it comes to the deterioration in the player’s form?The first time Zlatan Ibrahimovic met Mino Raiola, the agent who has loo…

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Liverpool and Manchester City set for battle in front of Anfield wall of noise

The home crowd will play its part in a hotly anticipated first leg where neither manager will compromise his attacking beliefBefore the cameras started rolling, Jürgen Klopp could be found in a quieter moment, leaning against the wall inside the tunnel…

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Chelsea racism claims could be just the tip of the iceberg

Gwyn Williams and Graham Rix facing legal action but solicitor says there might be ‘potentially hundreds, if not thousands, of young people’ who experienced racial abuseAfter all the alleged failures, all the specific allegations that boys in their car…

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Uefa shows bite to Besiktas but is a pussycat over Danny Welbeck dive | Daniel Taylor

A feline invader merits a Uefa inquiry, while Danny Welbeck showcased with impunity the English talent for deception also displayed by Sterling, Vardy and of course Dele AlliPresumably, everyone is up to speed by now about the reassuring news from Uefa…

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Brave Rhian Brewster gave Uefa a kick up the backside

One way or another, the 17-year-old’s stand did prompt Uefa to investigate properly the claims that Spartak Moscow’s Leonid Mironov racially abused the Liverpool youth playerIt seemed to get lost, amid the news from Uefa that one of the players accused…

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Crewe excluded from regional awards for handling of Barry Bennell scandal

• League Two club to be barred from Northwest Football Awards• Crewe council prepares to pass motion against AlexandraCrewe Alexandra are to be banished from the Northwest Football Awards because of their handling of the Barry Bennell sex-abuse scandal…

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The least Arsène Wenger deserves is a royal Arsenal send-off

It is never easy planning a long goodbye but that is what Arsenal must do now and how much might the mood shift at the Emirates if everyone knows for sure this is his last season?Take a walk around the Emirates Stadium and it is difficult to think of a…

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Crewe fans’ forum a chance to put chairman on spot over Barry Bennell

Monday night’s event is called ‘Let’s Talk About Football’ but some Crewe fans will demand answers from the chairman, John Bowler, no matter whatThey are holding a fans’ forum at Crewe Alexandra on Monday. The title is “Let’s Talk About Football” and t…

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Barry Bennell branded ‘sheer evil’ as he is sentenced to 31 years

Judge describes former youth football coach as ‘devil incarnate’ for child sexual abuseThe former football coach Barry Bennell was branded a “monster” by one of his victims in court as he was sentenced to 31 years.The catalogue of sexual abuse revealed…

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Did this special football talent kill himself because of Barry Bennell?

Mark Hazeldine was a star of the Manchester City youth set-up but his behaviour changed dramatically after he went on a trip to Spain alone with Bennell. In 2006 he took his own lifeIt doesn’t take long, listening to the stories about Mark Hazeldine, t…