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Gary Neville condemns ‘ridiculous’ FA plans to sell Wembley to Fulham owner

• ‘Don’t sell Wembley when you can place a levy on agents’ fees’• Sports minister has backed scheme to sell stadium for £600mGary Neville has criticised as “ridiculous” the Football Association’s plan to sell Wembley stadium for the funding of grassroo…

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Wembley stadium sale is backed if £600m investment goes to grassroots

• Sport England expresses conditional support• World Cup strengthens FA’s resolve to sellThe Football Association’s proposed sale of Wembley stadium has become more likely to gain the necessary approvals of public bodies after the grant-giving agency S…

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Gareth Southgate praises FA as he prepares to take England to next level

• Southgate: ‘We have to keep investing in young players’• ‘FA board were keen we showed signs of progress ’Gareth Southgate has paid tribute to the Football Association for adopting his long-term vision for England’s future, as the national manager, f…

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FA deserves a pat on the back for England’s progress under Southgate | David Conn

Ruling body has been trying to raise playing standards for more than 20 years and its overhaul finally bore fruit in RussiaOne of the early dates in the diary for the Football Association’s management team after their unexpectedly heartening World Cup …

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No expense spared as England prepares for World Cup

From private jets to M&S waistcoats, open mosques to closed supermarkets, football fever grips the nationMad dashEngland fans are taking trains, planes and automobiles – often at exorbitant cost – in a desperate bid to get to Russia in time to see …

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England fans could exploit visa loophole to travel to Kaliningrad without tickets

• Some ticketless fans thought to have arrived in Russian exclave• FSF obtained a number of Fan IDs with same reference numberHundreds of England fans could expose a loophole in the Russian security service’s ticketing system to travel to Russia for th…

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England fans could exploit visa loophole to travel to Kaliningrad without tickets

• Some ticketless fans thought to have arrived in Russian exclave• FSF obtained a number of Fan IDs with same reference numberHundreds of England fans could expose a loophole in the Russian security service’s ticketing system to travel to Russia for th…

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FA heaps praise on Gareth Southgate but frets over England’s future defence

• Aidy Boothroyd bemoans shortage of young defenders• FA technical director believes England can win World CupGareth Southgate will lead England into their first match of the World Cup with his employers at the Football Association praising him as an “…

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FA in talks with home nations over UK-wide bid to host 2030 World Cup

• Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland would host with England• Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay will submit rival joint bidThe Football Association has held secret talks with the other home nations about the possibility of a joint bid for the 2030 Worl…

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FA ponders 2030 World Cup bid after declaring confidence in voting process

• Uefa president praises England for mending ‘arrogant’ image• FA to assess pros and cons of bidding during the next yearThe chances of England hosting the 2030 World Cup have been vastly improved by transparency around voting for Fifa tournaments and …

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Russia basks in a World Cup even MI6 could not deny Vladimir Putin | David Conn

Hosts are hoping to clean up their image eight years after trouncing England in a controversial Fifa voteAs the World Cup finally dawns in the east, many of the Football Association chiefs packing their wheelie suitcases for Russia will have been refle…

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England must target reaching last eight at World Cup – Martin Glenn

• We’ve never been better prepared,’ says FA chief executive• Glenn praised environment in Southgate’s England campEngland should be targeting at least reaching the quarter-finals in Russia, according to the Football Association’s chief executive, Mart…

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Richard Scudamore: the ‘devil you know’ quits while he’s still ahead | David Conn

Though he helped Premier League clubs generate billions, the EFL may have cause to rue the executive chairman’s departureAfter two decades carving out total dominance for the Premier League, Richard Scudamore was able to announce his surprise resignati…

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FA says sale of Wembley could pump £1bn into grassroots game

• Stadium sale could mean 10-year bonanza, claims FA• Martin Glenn says proposed sale is not selling ‘soul of the game’The Football Association has told its council members that selling Wembley could enable more than £1bn to be spent on community footb…

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England players concerned by possible racial abuse of family and friends

• World Cup squad members admit to worries about Russia• Racism directed at Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster raises fearsConcerns have been expressed within England’s multi-ethnic World Cup squad over bringing family and friends to the tournament, given fear…

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Said & Done 2017-18 awards: Banter, dinosaurs, and a good boy led astray

Also featuring: Owen Oyston, Sam Allardyce, and a sausage dog’s fresh start Related: David Squires on … Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville and the Class of 92’s expanding empire Continue reading…

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Hey England fans, everything’ll be fine in Russia. Probably | John Crace

Supporters’ chief tells MPs he can’t promise all will be OK. But can’t everyone just chill a bit?How things change. Time was when the name “England football supporter” meant something. Someone who could get completely drunk in a foreign city centre by …

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Harry Kane surprised by ‘silly’ FA tweet and culture of mockery around England

• Tottenham striker says other nations would not belittle players• Kane will not leave social media despite actions of minorityHarry Kane has said the Football Association was silly to poke fun at his performance in Tottenham’s FA Cup semi-final defeat…

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Government to back FA Wembley sale if England matches guaranteed

• £600m from sale could be used to build new pitches• Richard Caborn tells FA they ‘don’t need to sell the family silver’The government and Sport England have supported in principle the Football Association’s proposal to sell Wembley Stadium if it rele…

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The FA should not be selling Wembley at all, let alone for £600m | Richard Williams

Price is not right but more relevant than the lack of control over the stadium’s future is can we really trust football’s governing body to oversee the reinvestment into the grassroots game?It takes some doing to sell a piece of London property for les…