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Author Archive for Louise Taylor

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England’s J-Force give Sunderland fans brief respite from gloom

England’s early goal in the World Cup semi-final against Croatia was a shot in the arm for admirers of north-east boys Jordan Henderson and Jordan PickfordTina Carney kept scrolling through her phone and eventually located it. “Here he is, doesn’t he l…

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Bobby Robson: the gentle master who remains a giant of English football

Last man to take the country to a semi-final leaves a sprawling legacy as a leader, life-saver – and mentor to Gareth SouthgateWhen Sir Bobby Robson led Gary Lineker, Chris Waddle, Paul Gascoigne and co to the semi-finals of Italia 90 he cannot have im…

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Jordan Pickford: from non-league novice to World Cup hero in six years

The England goalkeeper’s display against Colombia did not shock those who worked with him at Darlington and AlfretonJordan Pickford is not a man for false modesty and most certainly does not do self-deprecation. If his apparently supreme confidence see…

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Jill Scott double sinks Russia and keeps England on course for World Cup

• Russia 1-3 England• Danilova 31; Parris 22, Scott 27 36With Fran Kirby’s creative skills shining ever brighter the more Russia tried to kick her into submission and Keira Walsh controlling midfield, England took another significant step towards next …

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Phil Neville sings praises of Lucy Bronze before qualifier in Russia | Louise Taylor

Lyon defender is likely to take over as captain for Friday’s World Cup return and she would not be out of place in the men’s game, according to her coachPhil Neville has claimed Lucy Bronze could hold her own in men’s football. The England women’s coac…

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England roadshow can help improve atmosphere and appreciation levels | Louise Taylor

Gareth Southgate’s team play their final World Cup warm-up at Elland Road and history suggests players and fans welcome a change from WembleyAs Gareth Southgate steps out of the tunnel at Elland Road on Thursday his mind may well rewind 16 years. He an…

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England’s Nikita Parris: ‘You’ll still find me shouting at referees’

As she prepares for a World Cup qualifier in Russia, the Manchester City forward says she is trying to control her temper but may slip occasionally …For Nikita Parris the past two years have been all about gaining control. Quite apart from learning whe…

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Sunderland’s new owner likely to appeal demotion of women’s team

• Stewart Donald likely to go to arbitration by 11 June• Women’s side likely to have to start season in third tierSunderland’s new owner, Stewart Donald, has voiced concern for the fate of his club’s women’s team and indicated that Melanie Copeland and…

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West Ham the big winners, Sunderland key losers in women’s football revamp

• West Ham get place in 11-team Women’s Super League• Sunderland denied spot in top two divisions in FA restructureA mixture of anger and joy greeted the Football Association’s revelation of its redrawn women’s league pyramid on Monday morning.If the d…

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D-day for Women’s Super League places arrives amid fears and anger

The fate of teams who applied for berths in the remodelled top two tiers of women’s football will be announced on MondayAs Riteesh Mishra emerges from his dugout at Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon, the crowd will be treated to the extremely rare sight…

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Relegated Sunderland poised to appoint St Mirren’s Jack Ross as manager

• ‘We’ve agreed terms with our man,’ says owner Stewart Donald• St Mirren chairman alleges Sunderland went behind their backsJack Ross is set to become Sunderland’s manager, with confirmation of his move south from St Mirren expected by Thursday evenin…

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Rafael Benítez: ‘Liverpool can do it but they have to manage the pressure’

Rafael Benítez reflects on his greatest night in Istanbul and says before the final against Real Madrid on Saturday that a sixth European Cup is not beyond the Anfield clubRafael Benítez has already selected the shirt he intends wearing on Saturday eve…

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New Sunderland owner says sacked Chris Coleman could return to club

• Stewart Donald confirms takeover and that club now debt-free• ‘I wouldn’t rule out potentially talking to Chris’ says DonaldSunderland’s new owner Stewart Donald has raised the startling possibility of Chris Coleman potentially returning as manager a…

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Manchester City seek to salvage season with Champions League place

In April Nick Cushing’s charges were on course for the treble of WSL, FA Cup and Champions League. A few weeks later and securing second place is all that remains open to themWhen Manchester City announced that their women’s team would be embarking on …

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Grown-up Grealish has found his focus, says Aston Villa’s Steve Bruce

• Grealish had to deal with toxic dressing room, adds Bruce• Villa lead Boro 1-0 from Championship play-off first legUntil recently Jack Grealish was routinely pigeon-holed as a self-destructive, troubled talent but Steve Bruce believes his playmaker w…

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Middlesbrough v Aston Villa given added poignancy by Percovich return

Leo Percovich, Boro’s former goalkeeping coach, returns to the Riverside for the Championship play-off semi-final after losing two daughters in a car crashShortly after 5pm on Saturday evening the mood at the Riverside is expected to turn almost unbear…

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DeAndre Yedlin: ‘Rafa Benítez is loved at Newcastle. We need to keep him’

Newcastle’s American defender talks fashion, Donald Trump and why the club’s widely cherished manager must be persuaded to stayDeAndre Yedlin is centre stage in a primary school gymnasium, helping to teach a group of suddenly rather self?conscious chil…

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Women’s FA Cup final: Arsenal out to show they are back against Chelsea

Jordan Nobbs’s Arsenal have recovered after losing their way and would ‘like to show everyone it’s not all about Chelsea and Manchester City’ in front of a record 45,000 at WembleyBy the time the final whistle approaches, the evening sun will have dipp…

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Women’s FA Cup final to get TV boost and expected record crowd

Chelsea slight favourites for Saturday’s clash with ArsenalCorporation ‘very excited’ about first showing on BBC1 The soaring profile of women’s football in England will be highlighted on Saturday as BBC1 provides live coverage of the FA Cup final, Ars…

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Manchester City must overcome Bronze in silverware raid on Lyon

A former player and the dominant side in women’s football stand in the way of a Champions League final spotThe green and gold cupolas of Kiev’s 11th-century St Sophia Cathedral are beguiling at any time of year but the light in May shows them off to pa…