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England or Ireland? Declan Rice’s difficult decision was about identity | Eni Aluko

Many people believe it is about picking a county and sticking with it but when your heritage is dual it is trickyIt was intriguing to see the mixed reaction to Declan Rice’s decision to commit his international future to England over the Republic of Ir…

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Declan Rice switches allegiance from Republic of Ireland to England

West Ham midfielder says decision was ‘extremely difficult’‘I have equal respect and love for both England and Ireland’Declan Rice has submitted a written request to Fifa for the transfer of his international registration from the Republic of Ireland t…

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Calm, alert and brave, Gordon Banks was the ideal goalkeeper for any age | Richard Williams

For a while, as the 60s bled into the 70s, Gordon Banks, who has died at the age of 81, was accepted as the finest goalkeeper in the worldNot all of the 11 players who won the World Cup for England in 1966 would claim he was the best in his position th…

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Gordon Banks: England 0–1 Brazil , World Cup match report, 1970 – archive

7 June 1970 No one could fault Gordon Banks. He pushed away the swerving shots at which the Brazilians are so adept as England lose group matchGuadalajara, June 7Brazil, the masters of football technique, triumphed over England in the Jalisco Stadium h…

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Gordon Banks on ‘the greatest save ever made’ – video obituary

England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks has died at the age of 81. Banks played 73 times for England and was a key figure in Sir Alf Ramsey’s legendary 1966 side. However it’s Banks’s twisting save from Brazilian superstar Pelé that he is o…

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Gordon Banks – a life in pictures

England’s 1966 World Cup-winning goalkeeper has died aged 81. We take a look at the career of the man who, during his time between the sticks, was considered by many to be the world’s best goalkeeper – and perhaps the finest there has beenGordon Banks,…

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I told Gordon Banks in our room that we were out of the 1970 World Cup | Alex Stepney

Alex Stepney, England roommate of an ill Gordon Banks in Léon, remembers his former colleague as a gentleman and the country’s best-ever goalkeeperI actually told Gordon the score when we were knocked out of the 1970 World Cup by West Germany. We were …

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Gordon Banks obituary

Supremely agile World Cup-winning England goalkeeper responsible for ‘the greatest save ever made’Gordon Banks, who has died aged 81, was the best goalkeeper England have ever had and is widely regarded as one of the finest to have played for any side …

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Gordon Banks, World Cup winner with England in 1966, dies aged 81

• Banks played in goal for Sir Alf Ramsey’s legendary side• Produced one of the greatest ever saves to thwart Pelé in 1970Gordon Banks, a World Cup winner with England in 1966 whose diving, twisting save to thwart Pelé in 1970 is lauded as one of the g…

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Dan Ashworth says FA exit prompted by England’s World Cup success

• Former FA director takes up role at Brighton & Hove Albion• Ashworth says return to club football ‘not about money’Dan Ashworth decided the time was right to quit as the Football Association’s technical director as the England squad landed back a…

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Ashley Cole sets record straight on England’s Golden Generation | Barney Ronay

Derby County’s new left-back spoke well on television and refused to indulge the idea that England of 2002-06 should have won at least one major tournamentIt was fun to see Ashley Cole on Sky Sports on Monday Night Football. There wasn’t any obvious pe…

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England call up Demi Stokes and Jade Moore for Qatar training camp

• Karen Carney recalled by Phil Neville in 28-strong squad• Camp part of preparation for SheBelieves Cup in the USA strong England women’s squad will head to Qatar next week where Phil Neville is holding an eight-day training camp at Doha’s Aspire Acad…

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Ordering a plate of dog means I need to raise my game speaking Italian | Eni Aluko

Signing for Juventus was among the personal highlights of 2018, a year that saw progress on many fronts but not racismThe turn of the year left behind 12 months to remember personally on and off the field but also from a wider perspective in football.O…

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Peter Thompson obituary

One of Liverpool FC’s greatest players who won 16 England capsThe footballer Peter Thompson, who has died aged 76, was a stellar figure at Liverpool for much of Bill Shankly’s fruitful reign as manager, both when the club first shot to the summit in th…

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Cyrille Regis remembered by Viv Anderson

9 February 1958 – 14 January 2018The former England defender recalls his friend, a formidable opponent, skilled striker and ‘legend of the English game’• Elyse Dodgson remembered by April de Angelis• Read the Observer’s obituaries of 2018 in full hereC…

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Martin Glenn resigns as chief executive of FA

CEO will leave after four years after 2018-19 seasonFootball Association chairman Greg Clarke pays tribute Martin Glenn has resigned as the Football Association’s chief executive and will leave his role at the end of this season.Glenn started in the jo…

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Hand of clod? Brexit and Theresa May divide England’s 1986 World Cup squad

Peter Shilton and Peter Reid at odds over Jacob Rees-Mogg Gary Lineker tells Chris Waddle to ‘stick to football’ after tweetBrexit has divided communities, families and friends, so it should perhaps come as no surprise to find it has done the same to E…

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Phil Neville aiming for glory after World Cup draw pits England against Scotland

• Lionesses in Group D with Scotland, Japan and Argentina• ‘They want to win a World Cup. It’s what I was brought in to do’As street cleaners swept Parisian boulevards clear of rubber bullets and owners of looted shops began compiling inventories for i…

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Ben Chilwell: ‘My aim is to be one of England’s best ever left-backs’

The Leicester defender, once a better cricketer than footballer, has emerged as one of Gareth Southgate’s brightest young talentsBen Chilwell was in his early teens when he first came to England’s attention as one of the most promising young players ar…

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Arsenal and England midfielder Jordan Nobbs ruled out of 2019 World Cup

• Attacking midfielder ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament• Phil Neville says her absence is disappointingJordan Nobbs is ruled out of the World Cup next year after undergoing surgery on her left knee.The Arsenal midfielder ruptured her anterior cr…