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Peter Grant insists Scotland have to make a statement against San Marino

• Next opponents ranked worst in the world• Alex McLeish refuses to give up hope on qualifying for EurosIt was, as assistant coach Peter Grant freely admitted, not good enough. The fallout from Scotland’s calamitous 3-0 defeat against a side ranked 117…

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PSG criticise Met Police and Chelsea after fans banned from women’s match

• Police claimed ‘knives and knuckledusters’ were found on coach• ‘The local authorities have not brought any evidence of wrongdoing’Paris Saint-Germain have criticised the Metropolitan Police and Chelsea after several of their supporters were turned a…

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James Ward-Prowse aims to make most of his second England chance

The Southampton midfielder is in the form of his life and has been called up by Gareth Southgate for the Euro 2020 qualifiers two years after winning his only previous capJames Ward-Prowse could have been forgiven for thinking his chance had passed him…

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James Ward-Prowse aims to make most of his second England chance

The Southampton midfielder is in the form of his life and has been called up by Gareth Southgate for the Euro 2020 qualifiers two years after winning his only previous capJames Ward-Prowse could have been forgiven for thinking his chance had passed him…

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Adrien Rabiot: the golden boy who became PSG’s French football outcast | Ed Aarons

Midfielder should be a force at his club but a contract stand-off and off-pitch behaviour have led to him being frozen out“It’s not that I’m hiding away,” insisted Adrien Rabiot on French television last week. “I am available to the club. If I could pl…

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Criminal or whistleblower? The story of the man behind Football Leaks

On Tuesday a Hungarian court approved Rui Pinto’s extradition to Portugal to face charges he denies“Stay strong Rui Pinto,” read the banner in the Freiburg end during the German side’s 3-3 draw with Wolfsburg last month. More than 1,000 miles east and …

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Ross Barkley refuses to let 6-0 drubbing darken Chelsea’s glory bid

‘Bad days don’t always stay,’ says midfielder as Chelsea look for revenge against Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup finalThis might not have been the most harmonious weeks in west London but Ross Barkley certainly has no intention of hiding when …

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Ross Barkley refuses to let 6-0 drubbing darken Chelsea’s glory bid

‘Bad days don’t always stay,’ says midfielder as Chelsea look for revenge against Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup finalThis might not have been the most harmonious weeks in west London but Ross Barkley certainly has no intention of hiding when …

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Nathan Redmond: ‘The last two years have been the biggest learning curve’

The Southampton winger is finally recovering his confidence after enduring a torrid time since his England debut“There’s nothing worse than not being able to get past a certain point, which I thought was never ending,” Nathan Redmond says. Over his sho…

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Nathan Redmond: ‘The last two years have been the biggest learning curve’

The Southampton winger is finally recovering his confidence after enduring a torrid time since his England debut“There’s nothing worse than not being able to get past a certain point, which I thought was never ending,” Nathan Redmond says. Over his sho…

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Manchester United take ‘massive belief’ into Liverpool game, says Ashley Young

• United play at home to league leaders Liverpool on Sunday• Wins at Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea have brought confidenceAshley Young has said that Manchester United’s victories at Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea have given Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side “mas…

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Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United: player ratings from Stamford Bridge

Marcus Rashford a joy to watch and a constant menace; while Eden Hazard must be running low on patienceKepa Arrizabalaga 5 No chance with first goal but should have done better to prevent Pogba’s header creeping in. Continue reading…

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Manchester City set to add third-tier Chinese club to global portfolio

• Purchase of Sichuan Jiuniun due to be confirmed this week• CFG has stakes in clubs in countries including Japan and SpainManchester City’s owner is set to announce the purchase of Chinese third-tier club Sichuan Jiuniu, the latest acquisition to its …

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but a year later he is a vital cog in the BVB machineAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in…

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but a year later he is a vital cog in the BVB machineAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in…

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Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

Belgium midfielder was written off when he joined Tianjin Quanjian but a year later he is a vital cog in the BVB machineAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in…

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English youth products outstripping Bundesliga, says Dortmund’s Zorc

• ‘It seems they overtook us’ says Borussia Dortmund chief• Jadon Sancho’s success broadening English players’ horizonsBorussia Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, has admitted English clubs have overtaken their German counterparts in terms of …

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Why Michy Batshuayi is likely to feel at home at Crystal Palace | Ed Aarons

Roy Hodgson might be the kind of manager who can really help the former Chelsea striker who plays with intuition and whose face never seemed to fit in west London‘And dear @CPFC fans: I. CANT. WAIT,” Michy Batshuayi wrote on Twitter in the early hours …

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Newcastle close to record deal to sign Miguel Almirón from Atlanta

• Fee for Paraguay midfielder believed to be around £20m• Rafael Benítez hopeful Almirón will be first January signingNewcastle have agreed a deal in principle to sign Miguel Almirón from Atlanta United for a club-record fee believed to be around £20m….

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Wally Downes believes fear inspired AFC Wimbledon to West Ham upset

• League One’s bottom side into FA Cup fifth round• Downes calls for similar performance at SunderlandWally Downes said the fear of being humiliated on live television inspired his AFC Wimbledon players to a historic FA Cup win against West Ham on Satu…