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Mark Chapman: ‘Alan Shearer’s family get abuse for his punditry – it’s weird’ | Sachin Nakrani

The Match of the Day 2 presenter believes the criticism pundits like Shearer receive on social media has become incessant, unfair and does them and those who work behind the scenes a disserviceA warm afternoon in south Manchester and Mark Chapman is in…

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Resurgent Watford prove success can be built on both change and stability | Sachin Nakrani

The club’s perfect start to the season is a cause for surprise but dig deeper and it becomes clear that a plan for steady growth has long been in place at Vicarage RoadIt did not take long after Watford’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham for a typically oppo…

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Arsenal are ‘learning like children’ under Unai Emery, says Alexandre Lacazette

• Lacazette confident Arsenal will iron out defensive mistakes• Forward ready to fight for starting place after Cardiff goalAlexandre Lacazette is not overly concerned by the defensive mistakes Arsenal are making under Unai Emery, with the forward clai…

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery fails to mask friction with Mesut Özil

The midfielder missed his team’s win over West Ham due to illness but there is growing tension between him and EmeryUnai Emery’s English is not very good. That is not a criticism but a fact and something the Spaniard freely acknowledges. If anything he…

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Eden Hazard confirms he will not leave Chelsea this month

• Belgian has been heavily linked with move to Real Madrid• ‘At the moment I am happy – I won’t go’ says 27-year-oldEden Hazard has confirmed he will not leave Chelsea this month, describing rumours surrounding his future as “stupidity”.Hazard has been…

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Sky and BT looking to up their game with shadow of Amazon looming

In the final season of the current rights deal, before online streaming becomes officially available in the UK, both major broadcasters have seen high-profile pundits departLights, camera … time for action as Sky and BT gear up for another nine months …

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Fast, far, ruthless and clean: England’s World Cup progress by numbers | Sachin Nakrani

The stats show Southgate’s men have reached the semi-finals through hard work, organisation and playing to their strengthsEngland are in the World Cup semi-finals and the question remains: how did they get there? Gareth Southgate’s men have undoubtedly…

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Team BBC provide a little bit of everything on England’s big afternoon

A World Cup quarter-final calls for cool heads and the right amount of giddy patriotism and that is what Gary Lineker and co delivered during England’s win over Sweden“Three men in a studio, Gary Lineker pre-senting!” And so to the biggest day in Engli…

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Oh Co-lombia! South London expats whistle and sing – but are silenced

England had the last word in the World Cup last-16 but there was no missing the passion from those in yellow, blue and red at the Colombian bar in Elephant and CastleThe air in Elephant and Castle was hot and thick. It has been like this for days acros…

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Synchronised brilliance from Edinson Cavani and Suárez gives Uruguay hope

Against Portugal the sons of Salto showed what can be achieved when hard work and organisation are combined with a little stardust and patriotic fervourOn a night of twists and turns in Sochi, Uruguay advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Cup and…

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Luka Modric: the unassuming genius driving Croatia’s tilt at the World Cup

Croatia midfielder is lighting up Russia 2018 in a way that may finally see him ranked alongside Xavi and IniestaSaturday 17 November 2007 and the pitch at the National Arena in Skopje is a bog. Incessant rain has caused severe waterlogging and put Mac…

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BBC getting the better of ITV in battle of the World Cup pundits

Gary Lineker has led a largely stellar cast of voices while on the other side Eni Aluko has shone and Patrice Evra was a disasterMain host: Gary Lineker Continue reading…

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VAR: the World Cup verdict so far – some success but more clarity needed | Sachin Nakrani

The multiple controversies surrounding Iran v Portugal and Morocco v Spain showed that VAR can create as much argument as it resolves but in other areas it has worked wellSo here we go again, another discussion about VAR. It feels like a day hasn’t pas…

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Should England take it easy against Belgium? World Cup permutations explained

Would Switzerland or Mexico really be preferable to Germany in the quarter-final? We look at the possible permutationsWho is leading England’s group?England – by the narrowest of margins. They and Belgium are both through, have the same number of point…

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Godspeed England and thank you for reigniting that loving feeling | Sachin Nakrani

Unburdened by hype and narcissism, Gareth Southgate and his side have the qualities that make it easy to once again get behind the national team at a World CupA World Cup is upon us, which means it’s time to look forward as well as back. Forward to a g…

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Stan Collymore: ‘The thing white men hate most is outspoken black men’

The former England forward-turned-broadcaster has become a strident voice on football’s relationship with race and, despite the backlash on social media, he stands by every wordStan Collymore has agreed to speak to me on the Tuesday afternoon just gone…

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Labour to offer its backing for safe standing at English football stadiums

• Rosena Allin-Khan to spell out new stance at QPR’s Loftus Road• EFL survey has concluded 94% of fans would welcome changeThe Labour party has decided to give its official backing to the introduction of safe standing at Premier League and Championship…

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Marcus Rashford: ’Euro 2016 failure will motivate England in Russia’

• Loss to Iceland two years ago left a ‘nasty feeling’• ‘I expect us to go there and express ourselves’Marcus Rashford believes the “nasty feeling” England experienced at Euro 2016 will motivate the squad to perform better at the World Cup.England depa…

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Free to access and fun to listen to: why football podcasts are on the rise

The podcast scene is booming and for some they have become the destination for football discourse. But increasingly would-be podders want to stand out from the crowdDuring Brendan Rodgers’ final, full season in charge of Liverpool, a rumour did the rou…

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Ali Benarbia, the Manchester City star who could have played for Guardiola | Sachin Nakrani

The gifted Algerian, who was signed by Kevin Keegan and inspired the side to promotion in a short-lived spell with the club, may be the best City player you’ve never seenGiven the doom and gloom that has gripped Manchester City in the past few days, it…