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José Mourinho and Tottenham players break coronavirus rules to train

Manager seen with Tanguy Ndombele on London commonDavinson Sánchez and Ryan Sessegnon shown jogging togetherCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJosé Mourinho and members of his Tottenham squad have been pictured on Hadley Common…

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Gareth Southgate takes 30% pay cut as FA warns losses could exceed £150m

England manager takes wage drop amid coronavirus crisisFA proposes other pay cuts and says staff may be furloughed Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageGareth Southgate has agreed to take a 30% pay cut as the Football Associat…

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‘Football does seem a bit irrelevant’: how Covid-19 left Portsmouth reeling | David Hytner

Five Pompey players have tested positive for the virus and though the signs are good it is nevertheless impossible to shake the slightly unreal feeling that has enveloped the clubIn the words of Joe Gallen, the Portsmouth assistant manager, the results…

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‘We must work together’: Gareth Southgate’s message to England fans

England manager highlights challenges to mental healthFans urged to protect the vulnerable in coronavirus crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGareth Southgate has highlighted the challenge to mental health posed by isolati…

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Mikel John Obi: ‘Players were scared. I thought, I don’t want to be part of this’

The former Chelsea midfielder explains how taking a stand over coronavirus caused him to walk out on TrabzonsporCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageMikel John Obi laughs. He has not heard the comments from the Trabzonspor pre…

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Coronavirus ‘my most serious hurdle at Spurs’, says Daniel Levy

Chairman reveals £184m spent on players since July 2019He wants season to finish ‘when it is safe to do so’Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageDaniel Levy has described the coronavirus pandemic as the greatest challenge he ha…

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Chelsea open up Stamford Bridge hotel to NHS staff amid coronavirus pandemic

NHS staff will be able to stay at Millennium Hotel for freeChelsea owner Roman Abramovich will cover costsRoman Abramovich will accommodate NHS staff working in London hospitals at the Millennium Hotel on Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium site as the c…

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Championship clubs unanimously agree to try to complete season

Representatives from all 24 sides reach rare accordDivision is suspended until 3 April due to coronavirus crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Championship’s clubs are unanimous in the view that a means to finish the se…

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Governing bodies face a fraught future as game we love grinds to halt

The coronavirus pandemic calls for tough decisions on the future of the domestic football season and Euro 2020, but all the options risk legal challenges and long-term repercussionsAmid the coronavirus pandemic and the mounting sense of anxiety, even t…

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Eric Dier in right frame of mind to play for Tottenham, insists José Mourinho

Manager says Dier will start at Burnley after incident with fanMourinho: ‘Nothing to be afraid of, nothing to be ashamed of’ José Mourinho says that Eric Dier will start at Burnley on Saturday because the player has put his high-profile altercation wit…

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After Eric Dier snapped, let’s turn the spotlight on the abusers too

Tottenham player found his tipping point and marched into the crowd but why do fans think they can shout what they like?Let’s start with a run-through of what happened. Tottenham had lost on penalties to Norwich in the FA Cup on Wednesday, a defeat at …

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FA contacts Eric Dier for observations after confrontation with supporter

FA and Tottenham launch inquiries after incidentSpurs believe they know who the fan is The Football Association has opened an investigation and contacted Eric Dier for his observations after the Tottenham Hotspur player went into the stands and confron…

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Chelsea’s little big man Billy Gilmour relishing his learning curve

The teenage midfielder who impressed against Liverpool has learned from a tussle with Manchester United’s Harry MaguireThe way Billy Gilmour tells the story it was a rite of passage, rather like a little schoolboy being shaken down for his lunch money …

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José Mourinho urges Troy Parrott to show the right attitude at Spurs

Parrott is the only fit striker available to MourinhoTottenham fans want the manager to use Parrott more José Mourinho has told Troy Parrott to stop thinking he is “too good” to play for Tottenham’s Under-23s. The manager said he experienced a similar …

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Phil Foden shows he is on course to replace David Silva at Manchester City

Assuredness of young midfielder at Wembley provides a breathtaking coming-of-age storyHow does anyone lay claim to succeeding a man they call Merlin? Phil Foden had the answer on Sunday. By sprinkling his magic across Wembley to inspire Manchester City…

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Claudio Bravo considering offer to join New York City in the summer

Goalkeeper out of contract at the end of the seasonCity encouraged by Steffen’s progress at DusseldorfClaudio Bravo is considering an offer to join New York City in Major League Soccer when his contract at Manchester City expires in the summer.The 36-y…

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Harry Winks hungry to become Tottenham’s unlikely midfield rock

England international may not seem a natural fit for José Mourinho but upping his intensity has secured a starting roleHarry Winks has heard the theory. If Michael Carrick were Spanish, the land of tiki-taka, he would have received greater recognition …

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Chelsea prescribe rest for Tammy Abraham’s troublesome ankle

Chelsea striker suffered injury on 21 JanuaryThe ankle is inflamed and causing painTammy Abraham is back to square one with his troublesome ankle, with rest prescribed for the Chelsea striker over the weekend while his club play at Bournemouth and Fran…

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Steven Bergwijn: ‘His brother said you will score for Appie … I did it’

Tottenham’s £25m signing from PSV Eindhoven is a childhood friend of Appie Nouri, the Ajax youngster who suffered permanent brain damage in 2017Steven Bergwijn was running in celebration before his debut goal for Tottenham against Manchester City hit t…

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Hasenhüttl’s death-or-glory rejig revives Southampton’s menace | David Hytner

It took a 9-0 humiliation for the manager to switch to his beloved 4-2-2-2 system but improvement has been dramaticFor Ralph Hasenhüttl and Southampton, the first three months of the season felt like an ordeal but the tone had been set from the very st…