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Marko Arnautovic may leave West Ham to pursue Champions League dream

• Austrian forward wants to compete with the best players• ‘I’m 29, so that’s the best age,’ he tells Austrian newspaperMarko Arnautovic has admitted he is ready to leave West Ham to play in the Champions League, with the Austria forward determined to …

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Robert Rowan, Brentford’s technical director, dies aged 28

• Club confirms sudden death of key staff member• Rowan was appointed to new role in FebruaryBrentford have announced the death of Robert Rowan, the club’s technical director, at the age of 28.Rowan, who started his career as a scout for Celtic, had be…

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Harry Kewell leaves Notts County amid flurry of Football League sackings

• Former Australia forward dismissed after 10 weeks at helm• AFC Wimbledon, Swindon and Shrewsbury all sack managersHarry Kewell has been sacked by Notts County after little more than two months at the helm. The former Australia forward was appointed t…

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Gareth Southgate surprised by criticism over Wayne Rooney’s England recall

• Manager says striker will feature from bench in USA friendly• ‘It’s strange we are spending time justifying giving him tribute’Gareth Southgate has defended the decision to include Wayne Rooney in the England squad to face USA next Thursday and said …

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Callum Wilson gets first England call-up for USA and Croatia matches

• Bournemouth striker rewarded for impressive start to season• Southgate says Rooney discussions began a year agoCallum Wilson has been called up by England for the first time after an impressive start to the season with Bournemouth.The striker has bee…

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David Brooks: ‘I’m not the most physical … I have to impress in other ways’ | Ed Aarons

After he was released by Manchester City a long list of clubs told the midfielder that he was too small before Sheffield United and then Bournemouth looked deeperDavid Brooks can vividly recall the day he realised his time at Manchester City was coming…

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Mark Clattenburg’s mission to ‘educate’ Saudi referees ends after 18 months

• English official criticised standard of officials• Clattenburg could be replaced by Pierluigi CollinaMark Clattenburg’s mission to “educate” referees in Saudi Arabia has ended after just 18 months, with the former Premier League official having been …

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Mauricio Pochettino admits Spurs’ fine start masks stadium frustration | Ed Aarons

Tottenham’s manager says he feels the worst in five years at the club as ongoing stadium setbacks have restricted his ability to challenge title rivals on an equal footing“The season so far?” said Mauricio Pochettino as he considered the question. “It’…

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Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino brushes aside Real Madrid links

• Reports in Spain suggest Madrid hoping to tempt Pochettino• Manager says Wembley NFL could help against Manchester CityMauricio Pochettino has brushed aside reports linking him with Real Madrid as Tottenham prepare to face Manchester City at Wembley …

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‘We can’t control the trolls’: threats to Carney highlight football’s growing issue

Hours after England Women manager Phil Neville pleaded for action to be taken, another player was threatened on Instagram in a worrying trend that doesn’t look like going awayIt was as predictable as it was despicable. “I’m going to rape and kill you,”…

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‘It’s changed their lives’ – England amputee team target World Cup glory

Owen Coyle Jr and his team have high hopes for the tournament next week with the Manchester City player Rhyce Ramsden explaining how much the sport means for the players“It all started about a year and a half ago,” remembers Rhyce Ramsden in his thick …

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‘It’s changed their lives’ – England amputee team target World Cup glory

Owen Coyle Jr and his team have high hopes for the tournament next week with the Manchester City player Rhyce Ramsden explaining how much the sport means for the players“It all started about a year and a half ago,” remembers Rhyce Ramsden in his thick …

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England amputees thank Premier League for World Cup funding after FA snub

• Sponsors step in to finance side at tournament• FA says it will reconsider lack of funding for elite levelThe head coach of England’s amputee football side has thanked sponsors and the Premier League for donations that will enable the team to travel …

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Why future England squads will have heavy south London accent | Ed Aarons

With its mix of cultures the area is fast becoming one of the most productive breeding grounds for young talent who have grown up playing on estates and in parksAs some black-cab drivers in London used to insist, we never go south of the river. But whe…

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Jadon Sancho signs new Borussia Dortmund contract until 2022

• Teenage forward extends deal after excellent start• Sancho has seven assists already this seasonBorussia Dortmund have described Jadon Sancho as “one of the most exciting players in Europe” after the England Under-19 international signed a contract e…

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Kylian Mbappé favourite to win second Golden Boy award

• Alexander-Arnold and Foden lead English nominees • Award for best young player announced in DecemberKylian Mbappé is the hot favourite to become the first player to win two Golden Boy awards after the France forward was named on the 40-strong shortli…

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Adil Rashid awarded England Test central contract after summer recall

• Yorkshire spinner also handed white-ball contract by ECB• Sam Curran and Jos Buttler confirmed on red-ball listAdil Rashid has been rewarded for his performances over the summer with a Test central contract from England, with Jos Buttler and Sam Curr…

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Style over substance: what matters more to fans, entertainment or winning? | Ed Aarons

Supporters of many different clubs talk about the ‘way’ their teams must play, yet it seems in the age of high finance such scruples are fading away and success by any means will sufficeThe Arsenal way. The Manchester United way. The Tottenham way. The…

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‘Fighting my demons alone’: Wilfried Zaha reveals Manchester United ‘hell’

• Crystal Palace forward says he wasn’t given enough support• Zaha says he has no regrets over choosing Ivory CoastWilfried Zaha has accused Manchester United of failing to give him adequate support following his £10m transfer in 2013, with the Crystal…

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‘Fighting my demons alone’: Wilfried Zaha reveals Manchester United ‘hell’

• Crystal Palace forward says he wasn’t given enough support• Zaha says he has no regrets over choosing Ivory CoastWilfried Zaha has accused Manchester United of failing to give him adequate support following his £10m transfer in 2013, with the Crystal…