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Kane, Sterling and Rashford give England cause for confidence

• Gareth Southgate’s attacking trident all in fine form for clubs• England face Czech Republic and Montenegro in qualifiersEnglish football appears to be having a moment. There are four Premier League clubs in the Champions League quarter-finals for th…

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Jürgen Klopp loves it too much at Liverpool to be swayed by the Kaiser

• Franz Beckenbauer says Klopp would be good fit at Bayern• Liverpool manager wants to stay at Anfield long termJürgen Klopp has reassured Liverpool fans there is no chance of him turning up at Bayern Munich in the immediate future, though he did admit…

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Burnley’s Aaron Lennon fears other players still struggle with depression

• ‘There are probably players out there who don’t want to talk’• Winger at launch of Burnley in the Community projectAaron Lennon believes he has made a full recovery from the stress-related illness that led to his brief detainment under the Mental Hea…

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Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool ready for a ‘proper fight’ with Burnley

• Liverpool face Burnley and Bayern Munich in space of four days• Klopp’s side have drawn five of their last seven matchesWith five draws in their past seven matches Liverpool have arrived at the crux of their season. Burnley and Bayern Munich have to …

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Manchester United confidence trick has made Solskjær look irreplaceable | Paul Wilson

Caretaker manager has returned swagger and sense of purpose to United and his transformation of Lukaku and co is startling“The game is all about confidence, like most other things in life,” Sir Alex Ferguson once said. “Without self-belief you won’t ac…

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Anderson set for Bolton exit after toxic tenure that drove fans away | Paul Wilson

Ken Anderson, labelled a ‘rogue chairman’ by another EFL owner, is poised to end a reign beset by financial problemsHot on the heels of the ousting of Owen Oyston at Blackpool, the departure of another unpopular owner at a famous old Lancashire club ap…

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Manchester United’s miracle in Paris highlights woolly failings of VAR

Football’s rulebook has too many grey areas for the technology – as Marcus Rashford’s penalty against PSG provedThe VAR decision that took Manchester United into the Champions League quarter-finals was a good example of why the new technology that will…

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Andy Robertson: ‘Marco Silva was big for me, he improved us all at Hull’

The Liverpool left-back believes the time he spent under the opposing manager in Sunday’s Merseyside derby was pivotalAndy Robertson has never played in a Merseyside derby at Goodison before – he was injured for the 0-0 nonevent last season – though he…

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Farewell to Fulham for Claudio Ranieri, he will always have Leicester

Dilly-ding dilly-dong man unable to retrieve the magic from his well-travelled suitcase but Fulham should have known relegation battles are not the Italian’s forteClaudio Ranieri will always be remembered with affection in England – his 2016 title win …

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Manchester City replace Nike with Puma in 10-year kit deal worth £650m

• Deal thought to be second in England, only to United• Agreement starts next season and covers City’s sister clubsManchester City have signed a long-term kit deal with the German company Puma, who will replace Nike from next season in a 10-year agreem…

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Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham’s defeat was not the fault of Mike Dean

• ‘We lost the game because of us, not because of excuses’• Manager unhappy with performance in loss at BurnleyJudging by his angry reaction at the end of a surprisingly tame capitulation at Burnley, Mauricio Pochettino did not want Tottenham’s season …

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City’s devotion to one man and one idea a stark contrast to Chelsea’s blues | Paul Wilson

The Pep years at Manchester City have not been faultless but continuity has forged an identity Chelsea can only dream ofThe good news for Chelsea as they approach Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with something between fear and dread is that it is only a cou…

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Jürgen Klopp says a win at United will still be worth only three points

• Liverpool manager plays down Old Trafford showdown• Solskjær: ‘I think all of Manchester will be supporting us’Jürgen Klopp does a great line in deadpan humour. Asked, rather irritatingly, if he was aware of the significance of Liverpool’s visit to O…

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Manchester United and Chelsea seek some salvation in a Wembley return | Paul Wilson

The clubs are meeting in the FA Cup’s tie of the round after sobering defeats last weekThe fast-moving world of football has managed to overtake what promised to be an FA Cup treat at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. When the draw was made, Chelsea’s p…

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Adama Traoré: ‘I am self-critical, I need to do better in the final third’

Wolves’ Spanish winger tells Paul Wilson about leaving Barcelona as a teenager and why he slowed down to improve his game“A massive difference,” Adama Traoré says when invited to compare the tactics of Nuno Espírito Santo with those of Tony Pulis. “At …

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Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must adapt to Newport County pitch

• City manager to name strong squad in FA Cup at Rodney Parade• ‘Newport are incredible at set pieces and throw-ins’Pep Guardiola says his Manchester City players will have to adapt to a difficult surface at Rodney Parade, following the Mansfield manag…

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Eric Harrison, the man to whom the Class of ‘92 owe it all

The Manchester United youth coach turned talented youngsters such as David Beckham into household names and ‘good human beings’Originally they were called Fergie’s Fledglings, then the Class of ’92, though it was fitting Eric Harrison’s death at the ag…

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Manchester United reveal £19.6m payoff for José Mourinho and his staff

• Manager compensated following his sacking in December• Portuguese’s next move will be to host show on Russian TVManchester United made a payoff of almost £20m to José Mourinho and his staff, the club’s half-yearly accounts have revealed.Mourinho was …

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I have ‘goosebumps’ over Manchester United’s PSG tie, says Solskjær | Paul Wilson

Caretaker manager believes his players can beat anyone at the moment, including the Neymar-less French giantsThe Champions League resumes on Tuesday, bringing with it the latest instalment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s bid to rejuvenate Manchester United to…

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Pep Guardiola hails Higuaín as Manchester City prepare for Chelsea

City wary of Maurizio Sarri’s side, whose win in December started a run of three defeats in four games for the championsThere can be no respite for a title-chasing team with four league defeats by February and, though Manchester City have recovered imp…