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Michael Carrick says depression led to England exile

• Midfielder asked FA not to be picked for international duty• ‘ I was finding it hard going away with England’Michael Carrick has revealed he asked not to be picked for England after becoming “depressed” on international duty.The Manchester United mid…

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Jonjo Shelvey could bring World Cup pizzazz to England’s beige midfield | Louise Taylor

The Newcastle midfielder has curbed his temper and forced himself into Gareth Southgate’s thinking with a series of impressive displaysJonjo Shelvey began the season by blowing a fuse but could yet end it by switching on the lights for England in Russi…

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Fifa dismisses racism charges against Spanish player in Under-17 World Cup final

• Rhian Brewster claimed Morgan Gibbs-White was called ‘a monkey’ • Fifa says case dismissed ‘in view of lack of sufficient evidence’No action will be taken against a Spanish player accused of racially abusing England Under-17 international Morgan Gibb…

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England winning the World Cup would take ‘a miracle’, says Kyle Walker

England defender questions experience of squad in knockout stagesWalker says players and fans need to be realisticKyle Walker believes it will take “a miracle” for England to win the World Cup and has questioned whether the side has the experience nece…

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Experience the saving grace for Joe Hart in keepers’ World Cup battle | Ed Aarons

He has struggled for games and form but Gareth Southgate is still set to take his 75-cap goalkeeper to Russia despite the claims of England’s younger trio‘Three days ago against Spain, I felt like crying,” admitted Vikash Dhorasoo. “I’m not a supporter…

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Arsène Wenger backs Danny Welbeck for World Cup call-up from England

• Arsenal manager tips versatile striker for a place in Russia• ‘He has a combination of power, pace and determination’Arsène Wenger says Danny Welbeck’s versatility makes him a strong candidate for England this summer and believes the forward is playi…

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World Cup stunning moments: Diego Maradona’s Hand of God | Scott Murray

The 1986 quarter-final between England and Argentina is famous for one of football’s most iconic moments. But there was more to this goal – and match – than a single act of larcenyHigh noon, one blistering Sunday in Mexico City, and a quarter-final sho…

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Tunisia rocked as star player Youssef Msakni is ruled out of World Cup

• Tunisia set to face England, Belgium and Panama in Russia• Coach says losing Msakni is like Argentina playing without MessiEngland’s opening World Cup opponents, Tunisia, have suffered a shattering blow as their star player, Youssef Msakni, sustained…

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Don’t believe the scare stories. Foreign fans will be protected better than some might deserve

A Russian journalist believes his country’s love of English football will protect all but the most violent travelling supporters during the World CupAbout six months ago a big Russian publishing house asked me to write a book before the World Cup. I su…

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Rafael Benítez backs Jonjo Shelvey’s claims for an England World Cup call

• ‘Forget past, he would be great in Russia,’ says Newcastle manager• Shelvey received the last of his six England caps three years agoRafael Benítez has lent his voice to the increasingly compelling argument for Jonjo Shelvey’s inclusion in England’s …

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Ray Wilkins obituary

England, Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder known for his grace and reliability under pressureRay Wilkins, who has died aged 61 after a cardiac arrest, was one of England’s most capped footballers, appearing 84 times for his country between 1976 …

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The real and remarkable Ray Wilkins was always a joy to watch | Richard Williams

From Chelsea captain at 18 to a generous-spirited pundit, he was the most well-mannered and courteous of football menIn the eyes of all who watched him captaining Chelsea at the age of 18, Ray Wilkins was a golden boy of English football. To an instinc…

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Salisbury poisoning’s role in England’s World Cup downfall? There isn’t one

It is farcical that the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal is being analysed through the prism of how it may affect Gareth Southgate’s England side at the World Cup in RussiaTo properly stress-test any theory, you have to take it to extremes. We can…

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Ray Wilkins in an induced coma after suffering a cardiac arrest and fall

• Former Chelsea and England player in intensive care in London• Wife Jackie: ‘He’s critically ill. The cardiac arrest led to a fall’Ray Wilkins has been placed in an induced coma after suffering a cardiac arrest and a fall. The Chelsea legend and form…

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Sam Allardyce backs Jordan Pickford to be England’s World Cup No 1

• Allardyce: ‘He’s given Gareth Southgate a lot to think about’ • Goalkeeper impressed on England duty against the NetherlandsSam Allardyce believes Jordan Pickford has strengthened his claims to be England’s World Cup goalkeeper not only with an impre…

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Sports quiz of the week: Joshua v Parker, World Cup winners and a mascot

Who won at home? Who is a proud dad? And who fears for his place? Related: José Mourinho or Donald Trump: who said it? Eight countries have won the World Cup. Which three of them lost to other World Cup-winning nations in the international break?Nether…

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Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri could be ‘wound up’ in World Cup against England

• Striker Khazri escaped red card in Costa Rica friendly• England’s first World Cup game is against TunisiaThe player on the receiving end of an attempted kick by Wahbi Khazri during the hot-blooded friendly between Tunisia and Costa Rica on Tuesday sa…

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Gareth Southgate tells Dele Alli he is not a shoo-in to start for England

• Tottenham playmaker faces a fight for his place at the World Cup• Southgate says he will be spoilt for choice in attacking positionsGareth Southgate has warned Dele Alli it will not be easy to win back his position in the England team because of the …

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Gareth Southgate reaches a defining question: To Dele or not to Dele?|Barney Ronay

As England approach the World Cup, the manager must decide if the Spurs man’s risky talents can fit with his hard-working, possession-based systemFail again. Fail better. Fail, at the very least, in a slightly more interesting way. As England’s final f…

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We have to accept VAR ruling, says England’s Gareth Southgate – video

Gareth Southgate calls for improvements in the VAR system after Italy were awarded a late penalty to claim a 1-1 draw with England. Jamie Vardy had given England a first-half lead before Lorenzo Insigne equalised two minutes from time – the first goal …