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Dominic Solanke: Sancho’s success has been big influence on young players

• Bournemouth striker hails Bundesliga and England winger• ‘Sancho is doing well. A lot of players want to follow his path’Dominic Solanke believes young English players are increasingly unwilling to wait for their chance to prove themselves at the big…

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Time to notice Georginio Wijnaldum, the central figure in Liverpool’s surge

Jürgen Klopp’s men face Manchester City as unbeaten league leaders and no one has played more of a part in that than their Dutch midfielderIn every title-winning team there is a player whose crucial contribution is largely overlooked by the wider publi…

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19 for ’19: unmissable sporting events to mark in your diary

World cups will feature prominently in what promises to be a spectacular sporting yearMore than 7,000 athletes from 170 nations are due to compete at the largest multi-sport event for people with intellectual disabilities and one which in 2019 celebrat…

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Unai Emery reveals he opted against signing Mohamed Salah at PSG

• Emery doubted Salah could handle pressure at major club• Arsenal manager says Salah now one of top five players in worldUnai Emery has ranked Mohamed Salah among the top five players in the world and revealed he considered signing the Liverpool forwa…

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Arsenal’s Unai Emery faces touchline ban after being hit with FA charge

• Emery struck bottle at Brighton supporter in frustration • He has until 2 January to respond to improper conduct chargeUnai Emery is facing a possible touchline ban after being charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for kicking a p…

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Phil Neville: ‘To be told I knew nothing was incredibly disrespectful’

The 41-year-old reflects on a year in charge of England Women and how he plans to lead them to World Cup glory next summer“Flown by. Absolutely flown by,” Phil Neville says as he reflects on his time in charge of the England women’s team. It has been a…

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Sol Campbell finally gets his chance to manage after years in the shadows | Sachin Nakrani

The former England defender has had to deal with rejection and said he would take an unpaid role. Now he is taking over at the Football League’s bottom clubBack in July 2017, I sat down with Sol Campbell at an Italian restaurant off the King’s Road. I …

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Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic: I don’t need to change – my team must work harder

• Manager tells players to ‘show more effort’ at Liverpool• Jokanovic dismisses ‘gossip’ that he may be sackedSlavisa Jokanovic has come out fighting amid speculation that he is close to losing his job as Fulham manager, insisting he is the right man t…

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Chelsea coach Marco Ianni charged over Stamford Bridge touchline chaos

• Ianni twice goaded José Mourinho during 2-2 draw• United manager warned after trying to confront ItalianChelsea’s assistant coach Marco Ianni has been charged with improper conduct following the chaotic scenes that marked the closing stages of the 2-…

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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…