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Peter Crouch, the affable beanpole who won over fans everywhere | Paul Wilson

The former England striker, who has retired at 38, had an unusual skill-set and took the robot dance back to the massesWith the possible exception of Brent Sancho, the Trinidad and Tobago defender whose dreadlocks he grabbed when leaping to score a hea…

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Peter Crouch retires from football at the age of 38

• Forward retires with 42 caps and 22 goals for England• ‘Our wonderful game has given me everything’The former England striker Peter Crouch has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38.The 6ft 7ins forward made his English league debut …

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England will go on to win a trophy after World Cup exit, says Lucy Bronze

• Lionesses knocked out at semi-final stage again• Bronze disappointed with her performance against USALucy Bronze has said she “knows for a fact this team is going to win a trophy” after England lost against the USA in their World Cup semi-final.For a…

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England’s World Cup dream dies, but support for women’s game is real winner

Lionesses’ semi-final defeat left a newly inspired nation of football fans devastated but full of prideWhen England equalised after sustained early pressure and going a goal down against the US, Emma O’Connor instinctively rose to her feet and pumped h…

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Phil Neville wants England to revel in heat of semi-final against US

• Coach warns Lionesses not to rest on laurels• I admire Megan Rapinoe, adds NevillePhil Neville has warned his Lionesses that a World Cup semi?final defeat to the United States will be avoided only if they endure considerable “suffering” and push them…

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England’s Steph Houghton a doubt for World Cup quarter-final with Norway

• Captain hurt ankle during 3-0 victory over Cameroon• Millie Bright also a doubt through illness, says Phil NevilleEngland captain Steph Houghton is a major doubt for Thursday’s World Cup quarter-final with Norway, Phil Neville has revealed.Houghton w…

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England teams across sports finally value rewards that come with risk | Andrew Anthony

Gareth Southgate has led a revolution that has produced better results and entertainment while England’s cricketers have also benefited from a more aggressive attitudeAmong the myriad skills that are employed in different sports one that is shared by a…

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Karen Carney: ‘Playing at a World Cup is your dream, don’t fear it, embrace it’ | Suzanne Wrack

The Chelsea midfielder is yet to start a game for England in France but expect that to change as the knockout stages begin for a player Phil Neville treasuresAt her second World Cup, Karen Carney is one of the most experienced players in Phil Neville’s…

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International men’s football: talking points from the week’s action

Nations League positives for Portugal and even England, dismay for David de Gea and Kosovo’s Euro 2020 qualifying joyThe numbed anticlimax of Sunday’s third-place play-off ensured the lingering impression of England’s Nations League campaign was one of…

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England’s winners and losers during the Nations League campaign | Dominic Fifield

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez did their cases no harm in Portugal and Harry Winks strengthened his in absentiaSunday afternoon at the Estádio D Afonso Henriques stadium and Gareth Southgate found himself once again fielding questions over the le…

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England’s winners and losers during the Nations League campaign | Dominic Fifield

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez did their cases no harm in Portugal and Harry Winks strengthened his in absentiaSunday afternoon at the Estádio D Afonso Henriques stadium and Gareth Southgate found himself once again fielding questions over the le…

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Spurs’ Dele Alli insists he improved last season despite fewer goals and assists

• Tottenham midfielder endured injury-hit campaign• ‘Defensively, in possession, I’ve improved on that,’ says AlliDele Alli insists he became a better player last season despite his overall numbers – appearances, goals and assists – suggesting otherwis…

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England and Spurs need to recognise that a half-fit Harry Kane is no use | Barney Ronay

Club and country must ease the burden on the striker who was rushed back from injury for the Champions League final and then unnecessarily taken to PortugalWith one minute gone in England’s Nations League play-off game in Guimarães, Harry Kane did some…

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England dig deep in pointless cause – but greater tests are in store | Sean Ingle

The players looked jaded against the Swiss and should have been on the beach after an impressive seasonOn a soporific summer’s day in Guimarães one word reverberated in the mind like a mantra. Why? Why were England playing in one of the more pointless …

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England hero Jordan Pickford savours scoring in penalty shoot-out win – video

Jordan Pickford reveals he was nervous before stepping up for his penalty against Switzerland, but weeks of practise prepared him to become England’s first goalkeeper to take one in a competitive game. Pickford emerged as an unlikely saviour when he sc…

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England’s Gareth Southgate: ‘None of us is satisfied with third-place finish’

• Manager says players committed to reaching higher levels• Unhappy medals left in changing room rather than presentedGareth Southgate has admitted a sense of dissatisfaction at England’s third?place finish at the Nations League, a sentiment shared by …

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Jordan Pickford saves the day as England beat Switzerland on penalties

This was a game too far, long before it drifted apologetically into extra time, or culminated in a penalty shootout relatively devoid of tension in the Portuguese sun. It was a fixture which had felt more like a prolonged appeal for the season finally …

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England v Switzerland: Nations League third-place play-off – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the playoff in GuimaraesSouthgate commits to England and rules out taking Chelsea jobSend your emails and thoughts to Rob here 2.41pm BST 40 min “Hi Rob,” says Oliver. “Does the really important England game begin at 5pm?”…

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Gareth Southgate commits to England and rules out taking Chelsea job

• England manager focused on 2020 European Championship• Southgate confident his No 2, Steve Holland, will also stay putGareth Southgate has ruled himself out of a return to club football with Chelsea and expressed confidence his assistant, Steve Holla…

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FA head of security warns of trouble before England’s October trip to Prague

• Tony Conniford concerned over presence of far-right groups• “Deeply embarrassed” by scenes in Porto during Nations LeagueThe Football Association’s head of security has warned of more trouble when England travel to Prague to play the Czech Republic o…