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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…

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Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma: Champions League – live!

Champions League updates from the 7.45pm GMT gameSevilla v Manchester United – follow it live nowAnd feel free to mail Sachin or tweet @SachinNakrani 6.11pm GMT Welcome to live coverage of Shakhtar Donetsk versus Roma, a match that falls short in the h…

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The Europa League is back and more than ever is a competition to savour

This season’s round of 32 is arguably the strongest since the Uefa Cup was rebranded in 2009 and should help the second-tier tournament shed its second-rate reputationIt’s hard to know sometimes if Arsène Wenger is an optimist or pessimist. A football …

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Jürgen Klopp casts further doubt on Simon Mignolet’s future at Liverpool

• Goalkeeper unlikely to feature in Champions League tie with Porto• Belgian lost his status as club’s No 1 to Loris Karius last monthJürgen Klopp has cast further doubt on Simon Mignolet’s future at Liverpool by suggesting the Belgian will not be…

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Patrice Evra has great pedigree but can he still cut it in Premier League? | Sachin Nakrani

The former France captain looks in fine shape and has a point to prove after his ban for kicking a fan but at 36 he has a big job on to lift an ageing West Ham defenceIt should probably surprise no one that West Ham United have signed Patrice Evra. Aft…

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Wayne Rooney’s Sky Sports showing proved he is more than a stereotype

Eyebrows were raised when Rooney agreed to appear on Monday Night Football but his impressive display showed that he, and footballers in general, are brighter than many suggestIn fairness to Frank Lampard, he called it ages ago. A little over seven yea…

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Daniel Sturridge never fitted the bill for Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool | Sachin Nakrani

The striker who joined West Brom on loan on Monday has struggled with injuries, but his relationship with his manager has never been an easy oneLooking back, it was probably never going to work out between Daniel Sturridge and Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool…

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Transfer window: Aubameyang to Arsenal close, Dzeko and more – live!

Interactive – every deal in Europe’s top five leaguesThe Rumour Mill: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy?And feel free to email Sachin or tweet @SachinNakrani 10.11am GMT Justin Moyse has been in touch…“With Monsieur Wenger’s current taste towards all t…

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Theo Walcott to say his goodbyes later after bin-bag Arsenal departure

• Everton debut to follow unceremonious Arsenal exit• West Brom game to be Sam Allardyce’s 1,000th as a managerHaving spent 12 years at Arsenal, scoring 108 goals in 397 appearances and helping the club win two FA Cups, Theo Walcott might have expected…

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Theo Walcott to say his goodbyes later after bin-bag Arsenal departure

• Everton debut to follow unceremonious Arsenal exit• West Brom game to be Sam Allardyce’s 1,000th as a managerHaving spent 12 years at Arsenal, scoring 108 goals in 397 appearances and helping the club win two FA Cups, Theo Walcott might have expected…

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Sam Allardyce heads to Wembley with nothing to lose except an Everton future

Allardyce has made Everton hard to beat but the attacking play has been poor and, starting against Tottenham Hotspur, needs to improve if he is going to be kept on by the club’s hierarchySince becoming Everton’s majority shareholder in 2016, Farhad Mos…