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Rafael Benítez waiting for answers from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

• Manager wants change in transfer policy• ‘If you want to win trophies you need experience’Rafael Benítez has likened his protracted contract negotiations with Mike Ashley to the government’s seemingly interminable Brexit talks.The Newcastle manager’s…

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Phil Neville faces dilemma over final England cut for World Cup | Louise Taylor

Midfielder Jade Moore and forward Beth Mead were among the players to enhance their prospects in recent friendliesAs the end of England’s long road to France 2019 becomes visible on the horizon, their coach, Phil Neville, is agonising over the composit…

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Toni Duggan: ‘I’ve been bigging up the Spain game like a World Cup final’

The England and Barcelona forward cannot wait for Tuesday’s friendly against her adopted country at SwindonAs befits an adopted Catalan, Toni Duggan knows that beating Spain is one thing but outpassing them something else entirely. Not that the Barcelo…

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Andros Townsend praises ‘very brave’ Danny Rose for speaking out on racism

• Crystal Palace midfielder calls for other players to do the same• Tottenham defender had expressed frustration at lack of actionAndros Townsend has applauded Danny Rose’s “bravery” in revealing his true feelings about racism and, following a shameful…

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Phil Neville tells England Lionesses to chase glory, not money

• Manager says rewards will follow with good performances• Lionesses preparing for games against Canada and SpainPhil Neville believes the women’s game is on the brink of “boom time” but has advised his England players to put glory before money and con…

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Jodie Taylor: ‘I’m sure Canada have got 2015 at the back of their minds’ | Louise Taylor

Striker scored for England Women in their World Cup quarter-final win and is bullish for Friday’s rematch at Manchester City’s Academy StadiumIt was a mood-changing moment with transformative repercussions and Jodie Taylor will never forget it. By scor…

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Phil Neville stages final auditions for England Women World Cup squad

• Manager intends to name party of 23 by the end of April• Canada and Spain friendlies give fringe players their chancePhil Neville intends to name his England Women squad for the World Cup by the end of the month and is in effect holding final auditio…

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Will Grigg fired by Wembley ambition before Sunderland face Portsmouth

The striker wants to make memories for the club’s fans at the Checkatrade Trophy final, even if the Black Cats have bigger aimsWill Grigg appreciates the potential conflict of interests. He fully understands the tension between short- and longer-term a…

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Portsmouth and Sunderland – the ups and many downs of two famous clubs | Louise Taylor

After surviving a decade of turmoil the two sides meet in Checkatrade Trophy final on Sunday as promotion rivals in League OneMuch has happened to Portsmouth and Sunderland since February 2010 when the pair drew 1-1 at Fratton Park in their last Premie…

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Do Schär and Ospina incidents show football has a concussion problem?

Breakthrough on a concussion test appears close but in the meantime there are questions about the treatment of head injuriesRisk is part of life’s fabric and a big part of football’s attraction but when it comes to suspected concussion, even the most c…

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Do Schär and Ospina incidents show football has a concussion problem?

Breakthrough on a concussion test appears close but in the meantime there are questions about the treatment of head injuriesRisk is part of life’s fabric and a big part of football’s attraction but when it comes to suspected concussion, even the most c…

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Durham and Sarah Wilson hoping to teach Chelsea a lesson in FA Cup

Promotion to WSL is the aim for a club formed five years ago but the FA Cup quarter-final is the biggest game in their historyIn the course of her day job, Sarah Wilson drives the length and breadth of north-east England. Wilson’s assignments as a work…

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Peter Beardsley leaves role as Newcastle under-23s coach

• Coach had faced club investigation• Newcastle ‘grateful for contribution’ made by BeardsleyPeter Beardsley has left Newcastle, the club have announced.The 58-year-old former Magpies, Everton and Liverpool striker had been working as under-23s coach a…

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Rafael Benítez praises Jonjo Shelvey’s response to Newcastle absence

• Shelvey asks to play for U23s after falling down pecking order• ‘He will not cause problems. He is keen to be there’Jonjo Shelvey has asked to play for Newcastle United’s Under-23 side after Rafael Benítez told him he is his fifth-choice central midf…

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Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff: the new Carrick with added ice in his veins

The midfielder is being compared with another Geordie but has more mobility and more in the tank, says Rafael BenítezAnyone who has watched Sean Longstaff play will understand why his name appears in sentences also featuring the words balance, poise, v…

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Women’s World Cup 2019: all you need to know with 100 days to go

From match tickets and game locations to potential stars of the future and England v ScotlandIt is now only 100 days until the Women’s World Cup kicks off in France on 7 June. Preparations are advancing apace and our guide can help you navigate the tou…

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Rafael Benítez says Sean Longstaff should receive England call

• ‘Sean wouldn’t look out of place with England,’ says manager• Academy graduate has made seven appearances for NewcastleRafael Benítez expects Newcastle United’s young central midfielder Sean Longstaff to receive an imminent England call-up, most prob…

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Manchester City’s Demi Stokes eyes glory in familiar Continental Cup final

Left-back is confident her side can exact revenge on Arsenal in repeat of last year’s League Cup showpieceDemi Stokes sounds slightly surprised. “I didn’t actually know they’d won it that many times,” says the Manchester City and England left-back. “Bu…

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Christian Atsu: ‘Sometimes what’s happened to me seems like a miracle’

Newcastle winger remains close to his roots in Ghana and takes inspiration from ‘father figure’ Rafael BenítezIt is a very long way from Ghana’s Ada Foah to Hillsong church on Newcastle’s Westgate Road – and not merely in miles. Christian Atsu has made…

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Marquis of Doncaster struts into Palace on mission to cause Cup upset

Rovers’ mischievous striker John Marquis is ready to ruffle feathers against Crystal Palace in the League One club’s first FA Cup fifth-round tie for 63 yearsAt first, John Marquis did not really warm to the idea of moving to Doncaster. “I was umming a…