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Author Archive for Dominic Fifield

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Hodgson feels bloodied Crystal Palace sink into ‘absolute doom and gloom’

Palace host Leicester on Saturday but are missing Wilfried Zaha, without whom they have not won since September 2016Roy Hodgson was discussing defeat, a numbed sense of disappointment Crystal Palace have had to endure too often this season, when the co…

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Olivier Giroud: ‘Winning the Premier League is my last dream as a footballer’

Chelsea striker and the French voice of the Green Goblin discusses his World Cup high, how he coped with once being jeered by France fans and how being a fringe player involves patienceFive months on and Olivier Giroud still struggles to get his head a…

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Drewe Broughton: ‘I can see the fear in footballers’ eyes and relate to them’

The former Norwich striker was crippled by self-doubt during his career and now works to help players conquer their demonsThe first thing Drewe Broughton does is reach for his mobile and scroll down a list of WhatsApp conversations to a message from on…

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Time rather than money will do the trick for Chelsea, says Maurizio Sarri

• Manager cites the case of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City• Past two champions prepare for crunch meeting at the BridgeMaurizio Sarri has made it clear he will need time, rather than money, if he is to hoist Chelsea back into contention as title chal…

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César Azpilicueta signs new Chelsea deal and Sarri wants ‘leaders’ to follow

• Manager urges club to agree deals with David Luiz and Fàbregas• Both players are out of contract at end of this seasonMaurizio Sarri has urged Chelsea to agree new contracts with David Luiz and Cesc Fàbregas to guarantee their future at Stamford Brid…

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Roy Hodgson plays down crowd trouble fears for Crystal Palace trip to Brighton

• Last season’s fixture marred by crowd disturbances• Match follows ugly off-field incidents over weekendRoy Hodgson is confident Crystal Palace’s potentially combustible fixture at Brighton will not see a repeat of the ugly off-field incidents which m…

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Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek wants first-team chance and may ask for loan

• Loftus-Cheek hoping for rare league start against Wolves• Midfielder may ask for January loan if he stays on fringesRuben Loftus-Cheek will make a decision over his short-term future at Chelsea later this month as he waits to discover if the positive…

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Callum Hudson-Odoi tells Chelsea ‘play me or lose me’ as Spain beckons

• Chelsea in battle to get 18-year-old forward to sign contract • Claudio Ranieri spent three days watching Chelsea trainChelsea face an uphill battle to convince Callum Hudson-Odoi to sign a contract with the teenager seeking assurances he will be gra…

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Chelsea players called in for individual Sarri meetings after Tottenham debacle

• One-on-one meetings held after ‘match without determination’ • Sarri critical of Kanté for ‘wrong’ reaction to bad Wembley startMaurizio Sarri conducted one-on-one meetings with his Chelsea players as he sought an explanation for a perceived lack of …

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FA to push for cut on overseas players in Premier League regardless of Brexit

• Non-homegrown players would be reduced from 17 to 13• Clubs are anxious to avoid a struggle for work permitsThe Football Association will seek to cut the number of foreign players permitted in Premier League squads, even if the United Kingdom does no…

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Gareth Southgate looks back at past year as he plans England’s future

• Southgate keen to build on promising foundations• England manager pleased with upbeat, relaxed mood in campGareth Southgate allowed himself a moment to contemplate all that had been achieved over the calendar year. The more rousing occasions tripped …

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Gareth Southgate using Croatia’s ‘favourites’ claim against them

• England need Wembley win to reach Nations League finals• Defender Jedvaj said Croatia ‘favourites despite playing away’Gareth Southgate and his players hope to exploit Croatian over-confidence in Wembley’s winner-takes-all tie and end a resurgent yea…

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Gareth Southgate urges England to put World Cup lessons to use against Croatia

• Kane and Sterling return for Nations League decider• ‘We want to show we have learned from the summer’Gareth Southgate has challenged his players to prove they have progressed since their World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia in Moscow as England pr…

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Chelsea accused of paying Andreas Christensen’s father for work he did not do

• Football Leaks says father was paid £11,400 plus VAT a month• Chelsea say they ‘do not comment on confidential contracts’Chelsea are facing further allegations that they breached Fifa and Premier League rules by making illegal payments to the father …

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Callum Wilson ready to fulfil ‘cage’ dreams of playing for England

The Bournemouth striker missed his daughter’s birth to regain his fitness and make a childhood fantasy a realityCallum Wilson was initially insistent. A senior international debut awaits against the United States, with the striker suggesting he would f…

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Fifa investigating five Premier League clubs over youth transfers

• Chelsea confirm they are one of the teams under scrutiny • The quintet risk transfer bans if found guiltyFifa is investigating five Premier League clubs over possible violations of rules on the signing of foreign players under the age of 18 with the …

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Chelsea to let Gary Cahill leave on loan in January as a reward for his service

•Defender has hardly featured this season under Maurizio Sarri•Cahill helped Chelsea to Champions League glory in 2012Chelsea are to reward their captain, Gary Cahill, for six years of fine service with a loan in January to secure more regular first-te…

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Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho set to make full England debut against USA

• Callum Wilson and Lewis Dunk in line for first caps against US• England may field different team for Croatia tie three days laterJadon Sancho is expected to make his first start for England against the USA on Thursday , with Gareth Southgate consider…

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Wayne Rooney finally feels free to enjoy pulling on an England shirt

• Returning forward sometimes tried ‘too hard’ for England• ‘There were times when I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should’Wayne Rooney, almost for old time’s sake, ended up addressing pressure. This is a player who had grown used to lugging the weight o…

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‘Footballers can feel lost in real life’: the network encouraging clubs to care

Premier Sports Network was founded to address off-field player welfare. Its latest conference drew a capacity audienceThe lineup invited up on stage carried considerable clout. The Premier Sports Network offered a platform to figures as wide-ranging as…