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Football transfer rumours: Elseid Hysaj a target for Manchester United?

Today’s whispers are beach-body readyDespite doing everything to show that he is a man for the big occasion in helping his team reach a third successive Champions League final, Real Madrid are continuing their seemingly never-ending search for Keylor N…

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Sutton United’s push for promotion to League Two hits a plastic pitch snag

The National League play-off contenders have had a meteoric rise since laying their 3G pitch in 2015 but it will have to go if they win promotion to the EFLSay the words “plastic pitch” to supporters of a certain vintage and images of wildly bouncing b…

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Mohamed Salah and Fran Kirby named PFA players of the year

• Liverpool forward beats Kevin De Bruyne to take men’s award• Manchester City’s Leroy Sané is voted young player of the yearLiverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been named as the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year for the 2017-18 season…

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Mohamed Salah and Fran Kirby named PFA players of the year

• Liverpool forward beats Kevin De Bruyne to take men’s award• Manchester City’s Leroy Sané is voted young player of the yearLiverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been named as the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year for the 2017-18 season…

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Steven Pienaar sees Football Welcomes as great way to bring people together

• Former Everton midfielder now an ambassador for the club• Scheme is intended to help refugees settle in the countrySteven Pienaar retired from football at the start of March but that did not stop him from lacing up his boots again last week. Like the…

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Neil Harris: ‘Being a Millwall manager who defies the odds is wonderful’ | Ed Aarons

The club’s former striker has drawn on a ‘siege mentality’ and underdog spirit to mastermind a surprise challenge for a Championship play-off place‘Only once has it crossed my mind,” says Neil Harris with half a smile. “I was so scared I just stop…

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Ed Smith in frame to be named as England’s new national selector

• Former batsman up against Andy Flower for leading role• Cricket Australia deny Justin Langer appointed new coachEd Smith is expected to be named as England’s new national selector by the England and Wales Cricket Board, with former coach Andy Flower …

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Experience the saving grace for Joe Hart in keepers’ World Cup battle | Ed Aarons

He has struggled for games and form but Gareth Southgate is still set to take his 75-cap goalkeeper to Russia despite the claims of England’s younger trio‘Three days ago against Spain, I felt like crying,” admitted Vikash Dhorasoo. “I’m not a supporter…

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Frank Nouble: ‘They are using weapons instead of using their brains’

The Newport striker knows at first hand the terrible effects of violence in London, which is why he spoke out last week“The last time I saw Rio was a few weeks before in the summer when I went to play at the Damilola Taylor centre in Peckham,” says Fra…

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Middlesbrough give refugees football kit and feeling of belonging | Ed Aarons

The Championship club, with a charity, help more than 30 refugees and asylum seekers to socialise, learn English and play footballMutwakil Muhammad Ali beams, resplendent in Middlesbrough’s bright-red home kit. “They are giving me everything – shoes, c…

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Eight overhead kicks to rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s against Juventus

The Real Madrid star conjured up a magical strike to leave even Zinedine Zidane drooling. But how did it compare to some of the best acrobatic efforts of the past?It was a goal which even took Zinedine Zidane’s breath away. Launching himself at Dani Ca…

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Liverpool lead way in £200m Premier League spend on agents’ fees

• Clubs paid out 20% more to agents in past year than in 2016-17• All but four clubs spent more than £5m, FA revealsPremier League clubs paid out more than £200m to agents in fees during the last year – a rise of 20% from 2016-17.The Football Associati…

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Steven Reid: ‘Roy Hodgson is an inspiration – working with him fits perfectly’ | Ed Aarons

The former Republic of Ireland midfielder learned much from the former England manager during his playing career and is learning even more now as Hodgson’s first-team coach at Crystal PalaceSteven Reid winces. “We had a staff game yesterday so I’m feel…

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Football pioneer and war hero Walter Tull may be honoured at last | Ed Aarons

Former Northampton player’s bravery before his death in the first world war was never recognised but now there is hope the trailblazer may posthumously be awarded the military crossFor the best part of 80 years, it was not just the body of the British …

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Football transfer rumours: Arthur and Jorginho to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is making it up as it goes alongBack in the good old days before the Mill even knew what football was, the name Arthur was pretty commonplace among players in this country. According to our research (thanks Wikipedia), a total of 22 have …

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Nikita Parris hits double to put Manchester City back on top

• City overtake Chelsea with thumping 4-0 win over Liverpool• Arsenal also score four in thrashing bottom club YeovilManchester City were grateful for a stroke of luck to get them started on the way back to the top of Super League One with a 4-0 win ag…

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Arsène Wenger’s young signings no longer succeed – has he lost his touch? | Ed Aarons

The Arsenal manager once made a habit of signing players no one had heard of and turning them into world stars, now they tend to leave the Emirates as unfulfilled talents“One day I’ll give you the list of those at the top level who have made careers wi…

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Heirs to the throne: five players who could be next Messi or Ronaldo

With Cristiano Ronaldo 33 on Monday and Lionel Messi the wrong side of 30, who are Europe’s bright prospects shaping up to be inheritors of the Ballon d’Or duopoly’s crown?“A very good question,” mused Cristiano Ronaldo as he basked in the glory of his…

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Transfer deadline day: Aubameyang, Giroud, Batshuayi, Mahrez latest – live!

Live updates of all the latest football transfer newsGiroud to join Chelsea and unlock Aubameyang’s Arsenal transferLeicester tell Man City Mahrez deal will take ‘mind-blowing’ offerEmail Ed with any tip-offs or tweet: @ed_aarons 9.34am GMT It was only…

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Transfer window: Aubameyang, Giroud, Batshuayi and more – live!

Interactive – every deal in Europe’s top five leaguesThe Rumour Mill: Mangala to Newcastle?And feel free to email Ed or tweet @ed_aarons 10.00am GMT We have our first done deal of the day…! Ahmed Musa, who has never really shown what he can do in the…