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England players concerned by possible racial abuse of family and friends

• World Cup squad members admit to worries about Russia• Racism directed at Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster raises fearsConcerns have been expressed within England’s multi-ethnic World Cup squad over bringing family and friends to the tournament, given fear…

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Is Roman Abramovich’s rule at Chelsea nearing its end?

Russian oligarch has become a sporadic visitor to the club into which he has poured more than £1bn since 2003Roman Abramovich’s absence as Chelsea defeated Manchester United to claim the FA Cup, and the 15th major trophy of his ownership, is now explai…

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Gary Cahill urges Chelsea to resolve situation over Antonio Conte’s future

• Captain says players have sensed uncertainly over manager• Conte expected to be sacked despite winning the FA CupGary Cahill, the Chelsea captain, has urged the club’s board to end the uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte’s future at Stamford Bridge…

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Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas seeks FA Cup winner’s medal to replace one he lost

• Midfielder admits mislaying medal won with Arsenal in 2005 • ‘If you are a bit of a romantic, the FA Cup is very special’Cesc Fàbregas will have an extra incentive to claim the FA Cup for a second time in his career after admitting he has mislaid his…

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Antonio Conte: Chelsea’s born winner who lost his mojo | Dominic Fifield

A year ago he was hailed as a genius for turning Chelsea from a shambles into champions, and yet today’s FA Cup final is expected to be his last game. What went so wrong, so quickly?Antonio Conte, clean?shaven on the eve of the FA Cup final, digested t…

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England World Cup squad: Trent Alexander-Arnold set to be called up

• 19-year-old heading to Russia despite no caps at senior level• Gary Cahill also set to be included in Gareth Southgate’s squadThe uncapped Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to be included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the su…

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Eden Hazard waits for Chelsea signings before making contract decision

• Hazard: ‘I’m waiting for new players. I want good players’• Real Madrid have long-standing interest in forwardEden Hazard has challenged Chelsea to match his ambitions by indicating his willingness to sign a new contract will be heavily influenced by…

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Gareth Southgate’s generation game cuts Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere

• Experienced duo set to miss out on England’s World Cup squad• Young, Rose and Delph poised to win places in RussiaJoe Hart and Jack Wilshere are the high-profile omissions from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup this summer after the …

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Joe Hart left out of England’s World Cup squad by Gareth Southgate

• 75-times capped keeper will not be part of Wednesday’s squad • Hart’s form for West Ham this season has cost him placeJoe Hart has become the first high-profile omission from England’s squad for the summer’s World Cup after Gareth Southgate opted aga…

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Gareth Southgate gives England players week off before World Cup preparations

• Decision means full squad will have only one friendly together• Harry Kane welcomed decision saying ‘you have to switch off’Gareth Southgate will have his full squad available for only one pre?World Cup friendly, against Costa Rica in Leeds on 7&nbsp…

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Antonio Conte points to Emenalo exit as key factor in Chelsea’s tough season

• Chelsea’s long-term technical director left in November• ‘It was a big loss for us; he helped me a lot, says Conté’Antonio Conte has pointed to the departure of Michael Emenalo as Chelsea’s technical director in the autumn as a key moment in a diffic…

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Antonio Conte believes Chelsea are better than the side he inherited

• Manager draws comparison with 10th-place finish in 2016 • Blues coach in the dark over Chelsea’s end-of-season plansAntonio Conte believes Chelsea are in a far stronger position than when he arrived as José Mourinho’s permanent successor almost two y…

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Oliver Giroud believes his late-season experience can help Chelsea

• Chelsea seeking fourth place at expense of Liverpool• ‘I hope I can be the lucky charm for Champions League race’Chelsea go into their final two games of the season convinced they can still pluck a top-four finish from a turbulent campaign, with Oliv…

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José Mourinho blames loss at Brighton on Manchester United bit-part players

Mourinho: ‘the players who replaced others did not perform’Manchester United manager says Brighton showed more desireJosé Mourinho has pointed to the disjointed displays offered by Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as justification for their bit-part…

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Yohan Cabaye and Joel Ward set to open Crystal Palace contract talks

• Roy Hodgson keen to retain pair now club almost out of danger• Cabaye may have to accept pay cut in order to stay at the clubCrystal Palace are to hold talks with Yohan Cabaye and Joel Ward next week to clarify their plans for the future, with Roy Ho…

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Chelsea interested in making move for Manchester United’s Anthony Martial

• Martial viewed as possible replacement for Eden Hazard• Frenchman frustrated by lack of chances at Old TraffordChelsea have joined the list of clubs monitoring Anthony Martial’s situation at Manchester United and would move for the France internation…

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Leicester players appear distracted, concedes embattled Claude Puel

• Admission comes in wake of 5-0 thrashing at Crystal Palace• ‘Perhaps the players have the World Cup in their heads’Claude Puel has conceded that Leicester City’s players have appeared distracted over recent weeks, with results tailing off alarmingly …

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England need Gary Cahill’s experience at World Cup, Antonio Conte says

• Chelsea captain has regained place in first team at Stamford Bridge• ‘Pressure will become strong for everyone in Russia,’ says managerAntonio Conte believes Gary Cahill’s experience would be an asset for a youthful England side at the summer’s World…

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Mark Hughes primed for ‘huge game’ in Southampton’s survival bid

• Saints in desperate need of home win against Bournemouth • Hughes: ‘This is one of the biggest games of my career’Mark Hughes has described Southampton’s game against Bournemouth on Saturday as “huge” for the club and one of the most significant of h…

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Southampton’s Sofiane Boufal out in the cold after Mark Hughes bust-up

• Former club-record signing banished from Saints’ first team• Hughes: ‘Sofi made a mistake. He needs to rebuild a bit of trust’Sofiane Boufal has been banished from Southampton’s first team after an altercation with Mark Hughes during the Premier Leag…