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Tyrone Mings: ‘My best development came from enjoying my football’

The Aston Villa defender believes intensity can destroy the pleasure and has set up two academies based on this principleIt is just before 6.30pm on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after England defeated Kosovo in an eight-goal thriller, and Harry Kane i…

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Per Mertesacker: ‘I want to make an impact on young people’s lives’

Arsenal’s academy manager talks about his parents’ influence, Mesut Özil and what he wants from his playersHow did you find the experience of writing a book?It was a good exercise for me to reflect on 30 years within football and different experiences….

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Joe Allen hails ‘talisman’ Gareth Bale as Wales look for swing in momentum

• Midfielder praises Bale for taking control in big moments• Azerbaijan winner comes after Real Madrid doubleJoe Allen has hailed Gareth Bale as a “superstar” and believes the Welshman will continue to deliver for Real Madrid in the same way he does fo…

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Gareth Bale says he is very happy to be called ‘the golfer’ at Real Madrid

• Bale says golf keeps him calmer and gives him a break• Troubles at Madrid not the worst time of his career, he insistsGareth Bale has admitted he is more than happy to be nicknamed the “golfer” at Real Madrid, following a comment that Thibaut Courtoi…

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Tyrone Mings call-up by England makes up for early series of rejections

Aston Villa central defender thought it was a wind-up when he received a text telling him of his inclusionLast Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after helping Aston Villa beat Everton in front of Gareth Southgate, a live television audience and mo…

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Unpredictability stalks the Premier League – except at the very top | Steve James

Premier League’s opening rounds seem to show assumptions are being overturned – but not where Manchester City and Liverpool are concernedSome quirky things are happening in English football’s top flight. For the first time since 1955, 15 or more clubs …

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Brendan Rodgers backs James Maddison to be a perfect fit for England

• Leicester manager praises midfielder’s work ethic• ‘He has confidence because he puts the work in,’ says RodgersBrendan Rodgers believes James Maddison has all the attributes to fit seamlessly into Gareth Southgate’s England setup. Maddison is expect…

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Nuno Espírito Santo: ‘It is like Coca-Cola, they never change the recipe’

Wolves manager predicts a new football cycle but his team’s identity will not alter as they prepare for Europa League actionNuno Espírito Santo has been holding court for about 20 minutes, at one stage comparing the ingredients that go into making Coca…

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Wesley Moraes: Aston Villa’s record signing with a remarkable backstory

The £22m striker lost his father at nine, had a son when he was 15 and made it despite having one leg shorter than the otherNothing about Wesley Moraes Ferreira da Silva’s story is straightforward. Aston Villa’s club-record signing lost his father when…

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‘We all got a free electric shaver’: the story of Wolves’ last European campaign

As Wolves prepare for a first European foray for 39 years, three mainstays of the 1980-81 side compare erasSJ You were all part of the last Wolves team to play in Europe, against PSV Eindhoven in 1980, on the back of finishing sixth and winning the Lea…

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Arsenal fans tell Stan Kroenke club ‘feels like an investment vehicle’

• Fourteen supporter groups unite to express dismay at owner• Fans want problem of ‘soulless’ Emirates Stadium to be tackledSupporter groups have united to express their dismay at the way Stan Kroenke is running Arsenal and urged the American owner to …

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Leicester emerge from chaos ready to write new Premier League story | Stuart James

Efficiency with transfers and a commitment to youth are signs of renewed ambition from the club who did the impossibleIt says much about the way that Leicester City are operating these days that their transfer plans extend well beyond this window. Forw…

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Leicester confident of sealing Youri Tielemans deal as player flies to England

• Leicester negotiating with Monaco over fee for midfielder• Player hopes to train with Premier League club next weekLeicester City are confident of completing the club-record transfer of Youri Tielemans after the Belgium international flew to England …

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Leicester on verge of signing Ayoze Pérez from Newcastle for £30m

• Forward close to becoming Leicester’s second summer signing• Newcastle set to make £28.5m profit from Pérez transferLeicester are on the verge of signing Ayoze Pérez from Newcastle for around £30m. It is understood the 25-year-old striker has been gr…

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‘We’ve got five farmers’ – Cardiff Metropolitan University prepares for the Europa League

Cardiff Met will make history when they take on Progrès Niederkorn on Thursday and coach Christian Edwards is hoping the Luxembourgers will underestimate his studentsWith an important training session soon due to get underway at Cardiff Metropolitan Un…

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‘It’s a perfect fit’ – Steve Cooper intent to be successful the Swansea way

Former England Under-17s coach talks about the challenge of managing senior players for the first time, his football philosophy and his dad being a Cardiff City fanSteve Cooper has been coaching for a couple of decades, held the pro licence since the a…

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‘It’s a perfect fit’ – Steve Cooper intent to be successful the Swansea way

Former England Under-17s coach talks about the challenge of managing senior players for the first time, his football philosophy and his dad being a Cardiff City fanSteve Cooper has been coaching for a couple of decades, held the pro licence since the a…

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Aston Villa target loan move for Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu

• Other clubs monitoring Welshman’s availability• Villa’s John Terry knows Ampadu from Chelsea trainingAston Villa are interested in signing Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan from Chelsea if the 18-year-old becomes available this summer. Ampadu, who p…

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Daniel James joins Manchester United a huge prospect but with work to do

Flying forward was devastated when a move to Leeds collapsed but a remarkable FA Cup goal for Swansea changed everythingGraham Potter is not the sort to get carried away but as the questions about Daniel James kept coming, and the realisation that ever…

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Swansea fill managerial vacancy with England Under-17 coach Steve Cooper

• Cooper led under-17s to World Cup win in 2017• Mike Marsh, a former Liverpool coach, expected as No 2Steve Cooper is to become Swansea’s manager in a bold move by the Championship club. Cooper, who has never been in charge at first-team level and is …