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Olivier Giroud warns Chelsea, play me more or I will leave in the summer

• Striker, 32, wants more important role in Chelsea team• Chelsea have option to trigger one-year contract extensionOlivier Giroud will seek to leave Chelsea in the summer if he is not offered a guarantee of greater playing time, with the World Cup win…

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FA panel: Wayne Hennessey displayed lamentable ignorance of Hitler and Nazis

• Palace keeper cleared by FA of racist gesture allegation• Reasons revealed for regulatory commission’s decisionWayne Hennessey was found to have displayed a “lamentable” lack of knowledge about Adolf Hitler and fascism by the Football Association com…

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Maurizio Sarri unhappy with lack of fixture flexibility from Premier League

• Chelsea face West Ham on Monday, Slavia Prague on Thursday• ‘They could have done more for the English teams in Europe’Maurizio Sarri has dismissed as “strange” the Premier League’s attitude towards English clubs’ European commitments as Chelsea prep…

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Maurizio Sarri admits uncertainty over Gonzalo Higuaín’s Chelsea future

• Manager keen to extend striker’s stay beyond the summer• Sarri says Higuaín must ‘improve physically and mentally’Maurizio Sarri has admitted he is unsure whether Chelsea will be able to secure the permanent signing of Gonzalo Higuaín from Juventus, …

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Spurs have a new stadium but Chelsea have silverware, says Eden Hazard

• Belgian denies balance of power in London has changed• ‘At Chelsea we have won a lot of trophies, and they have not’Eden Hazard has rejected the notion of a shift in the balance of power in London resulting from the opening of Tottenham Hotspur’s new…

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Maurizio Sarri calls for Chelsea fans to stop abuse for good of the team

• Italian manager has been targeted by disgruntled fans• Sarri set to hand Hudson-Odoi first Premier League startMaurizio Sarri has appealed to Chelsea’s disgruntled support to hold back on protests against his management for the good of the team as he…

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Callum Hudson-Odoi set to remain on Chelsea bench at Cardiff

• Maurizio Sarri did not see all of winger’s England displays• Hudson-Odoi, 18, still waiting for first Premier League startCallum Hudson-Odoi’s wait for a first Premier League start is set to continue with Maurizio Sarri having opted against watching …

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Football Association set to rebrand as EFA in attempt to shed ‘arrogant’ image

• ‘English’ in line to be added to title but no renaming of FA Cup • Change comes with possible 2030 World Cup bid on horizonThe Football Association is seeking to rebrand as the English Football Association in an attempt to dispel a perception of arro…

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England’s Sterling and Southgate call for action on racist abuse in Montenegro

• England manager says treatment of players ‘unacceptable’• Sterling, Rose and Hudson-Odoi targeted by Podgorica fansGareth Southgate has denounced as “unacceptable” the racist abuse to which his players were subjected by sections of the home support d…

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England’s Jordan Pickford adamant Newcastle gaffes were an aberration

• Fans’ barracking got to Everton keeper ‘a little bit too much’• Pickford: ‘Apart from Newcastle, I’ve been doing well’Jordan Pickford has defended his form before England’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday and said his error-strewn display at Ne…

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Trent Alexander-Arnold out of England Euro 2020 qualifiers with injury

• Player returns to Liverpool for treatment on back problem • Right-back misses Czech Republic and Montenegro gamesTrent Alexander-Arnold has become the fifth player to withdraw from England’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republ…

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Kieran Trippier looks to reset with England after patchy spell of form

• Tottenham’s right-back admits he is lucky to be in squad• Michael Keane and Harry Maguire may face Czech RepublicKieran Trippier has admitted he is fortunate to be retained in England’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic an…

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England captain Harry Kane says club rivalries will not disrupt team effort

• Spurs striker expects harmony despite fraught domestic run-in• Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi train for first timeHarry Kane has insisted the intensity of club rivalries will not disrupt the harmony established by Gareth Southgate within the seni…

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Germany’s learning visits offer measure of Dan Ashworth’s England legacy

• Former FA technical director proud of St George’s Park success• Dual-nationality players must feel welcome, Ashworth saysDan Ashworth has pointed to the establishment of St George’s Park as an elite hub for English football as his greatest legacy fro…

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Callum Hudson-Odoi called into England squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers

• Chelsea winger makes step up to senior level• 18-year-old has yet to start in the Premier LeagueCallum Hudson-Odoi has been promoted to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegr…

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Chelsea complain to Uefa over racist abuse of Hudson-Odoi in Kyiv

• Winger alleges monkey chants during Europa League game• Uefa expected to open formal investigation of abuse reportChelsea have lodged an official complaint with Uefa after Callum Hudson-Odoi was allegedly subjected to racist abuse late on in their Eu…

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Wilfried Zaha could miss Palace’s FA Cup trip to Watford with calf strain

• Winger doubtful for quarter-final due to injury in training• Zaha has feisty relationship with Watford players and fansCrystal Palace have potentially been dealt a major blow ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final against Watford after Wilfried Zaha suf…

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Olivier Giroud wants Premier League spot at Chelsea after European hat-trick

• Europa League top scorer targets regular football and new deal• ‘I’m a competitor and I want to play every single game’Olivier Giroud has not given up hope of regaining a place in Chelsea’s Premier League team on the back of prolific form in European…

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Eden Hazard determined to join Real Madrid after Zinedine Zidane’s return

• Madrid make opening proposal to Chelsea to sign Hazard• Player’s refusal to sign new deal will force Chelsea to sellEden Hazard’s resolve to move to Real Madrid at the end of the season has been strengthened by Zinedine Zidane’s reappointment as mana…

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Jorginho: ‘I have a normal relationship with Sarri. I don’t go for dinner with him’

Chelsea midfielder denies he is Maurizio Sarri’s golden boy and says he is working hard to get the fans onsideJorginho abandons Italian and breaks into English only once but, when he does, it is born of exasperation. The prickly subject of his close re…