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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…

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From Ederson to Firmino: Premier League team of the season so far | Sachin Nakrani

Four Manchester City players and two Burnley defenders feature in our controversial selectionHard to believe but the Premier League season is almost over. Where has the time gone? Feels like only yesterday José Mourinho was happy.Anyway, with the home …

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Antonio Conte looks to FA Cup after Chelsea’s exit from Europe

• FA Cup is the only trophy the club can win this season• Champions League exit further exposes rift with boardAntonio Conte has appeared to direct more thinly veiled criticism at Chelsea’s hierarchy when he claimed his team had found their level by be…

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Antonio Conte: My only worry is to have players in best form for Chelsea

• Gary Cahill and Álvaro Morata left out of England and Italy squads• ‘There is only one way: to work hard and show you deserve to play’Antonio Conte has declined to show Gary Cahill and Álvaro Morata a great deal of sympathy after they were omitted fr…

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Mark Hughes appointed Southampton’s new manager on deal to end of season

• Former Southampton player’s first game will be in FA Cup at Wigan• ‘I couldn’t turn this opportunity down’ says 54-year-old WelshmanMark Hughes has claimed he could not turn down the opportunity to become Southampton’s new manager after the club conf…