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Gareth Southgate’s young side continue adding to their list of firsts | Daniel Taylor

England manager and his burgeoning team have passed through several barriers already and now they have an away win against a top sideAs Gareth Southgate reflected on the most striking result of his two years as England manager – and the considerable ev…

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Enjoy Eden Hazard while you can lest Real Madrid land their man | Daniel Taylor

Chelsea should try to keep the Belgian but the Spanish giants usually get their targets. At least Hazard is lighting up the Premier League for one more seasonThey don’t bother putting stars on Real Madrid’s shirt to signify all the times they have accu…

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Michael Carrick: ‘Depression over a game sounds extreme but I felt in a very dark place’

The Manchester United coach talks about the guilt that gripped him after the 2009 Champions League final, guiding young players though pitfalls and dishing out rollickingsMichael Carrick tells a story about the first time he encountered Sir Alex Fergus…

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Will Newcastle ever truly be set alight under the Mike Ashley regime? | Daniel Taylor

When will the generations of supporters too young to remember the thrill of a championship chase under Kevin Keegan see their club emerge from all the stagnation and drift?In happier times for Newcastle United, it probably summed up the club’s ambition…

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Time for Southgate to end waiting game and give Phil Foden a chance | Daniel Taylor

Gareth Southgate has been hoping Phil Foden would get more action at Manchester City but that will not happen soon so why not call him up for England now, with Euro 2020 in mind?Phil Foden has left enough positive impressions in the formative stages of…

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Time for Southgate to end waiting game and give Phil Foden a chance | Daniel Taylor

Gareth Southgate has been hoping Phil Foden would get more action at Manchester City but that will not happen soon so why not call him up for England now, with Euro 2020 in mind?Phil Foden has left enough positive impressions in the formative stages of…

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No love left as José Mourinho’s scowl sums up Manchester United mood | Daniel Taylor

The bond the manager once was able to forge with players appears to have gone completely at Old Trafford, even if fans may still back him against a petulant Paul PogbaThe most startling thing, looking at José Mourinho, close-up, as he tried to pretend …

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Football sexual abuse scandal review may be delayed for more than a year

• Jailed coach Barry Bennell may face further charges• Retrial of Bob Higgins another reason for report hold-upThe independent review into football’s sexual abuse scandal is to be delayed by potentially longer than a year because of the criminal trials…

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Gary Speed’s family will always live with tragedy but football is learning

At times it is hard to read Unspoken, the new book written with Gary Speed’s widow. But at least more of those in the game struggling with depression now feel able to come forwardIt is the family stuff, the detail that would usually remain private, tha…

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If tapper-uppers won’t change their ways then penalty must be points | Daniel Taylor

It is unusual Watford have pressed their case against Everton over Marco Silva and more or less every club does it, but fines don’t deter and repeat offenders should lose pointsThe most blatant “tap” I ever heard about goes back to the days when it was…

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England players need club games to keep places says Gareth Southgate

• Manager frustrated over players’ lack of first-team action• Marcus Rashford could retain place after fine displaysGareth Southgate has expressed frustration about Phil Foden’s lack of first-team involvement for Manchester City and warned England’s se…

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Harry Kane rested by Gareth Southgate as England manager rings changes

• Southgate wants to protect Kane from burnout• Switzerland could inflict fourth successive defeatHarry Kane will be left out of England’s friendly against Switzerland because Gareth Southgate fears the World Cup Golden Boot winner is in danger of suff…

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Gareth Southgate determined to turn England into world beaters

• Manager admits side are still some distance behind top teams • But says having a challenging Nations Cup group is importantIt might not be easy fathoming out how the Nations League works but, one game in, there is already a potential scenario that su…

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Paul Pogba, the perpetual wanderer: what exactly is his problem? | Daniel Taylor

He returned to Manchester United as the league’s most expensive player and now is talking about Barcelona, having done little to justify the fee. Where is the professional pride?In the main entrance to the Cavée Verte academy, among the trophies won by…

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Playmaker Pickford recognises the limits of his footballing ability

The England goalkeeper’s talent with his feet makes him a trailblazer for his country but he says tricks are a step too farIt was Ruud Gullit who gave us the line about “a goalkeeper is a goalkeeper because he can’t play football” and, though that can …

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Jailed football coach Barry Bennell may face further abuse charges

Police get go-ahead to put together a case for CPS Trial judge questioned merits of more criminal proceedingsBarry Bennell, the former football coach who is serving a 30-year prison sentence as an “industrial-scale child molester”, is facing the possib…

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England’s Harry Maguire intent on staying ‘normal’ after World Cup

Excellent performances in Russia led to interest from Manchester United and plenty of autograph requests for the Leicester centre-halfIt was three days after the World Cup final, in the very different surroundings of a pre-season fixture between Gainsb…

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José Mourinho muddles United’s thinking but Ed Woodward shares blame | Daniel Taylor

The Portuguese’s obsession with his own importance is wearing but what qualifies Ed Woodward to consider that his judgment of a player’s ability outweighs that of the manager?What do you imagine Ed Woodward will be thinking, from his seat in the Bob Lo…

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Ten years on: how Abu Dhabi ownership transformed Manchester City

From toilets with no doors and ‘the Temple of Doom’, City have made other top clubs fearful of an era of dominance at home and in EuropeIt was the look on Mark Hughes’s face that lingered in the memory. His first press conference since that seminal day…

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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…