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England subplots add spice to Chelsea’s big clash with Manchester City

Top-of-the-table match pits Eni Aluko against her estranged team-mates and brings together two managers who have opted for club over country

Emma Hayes and Nick Cushing could have spent Sunday on tenterhooks, each waiting to learn if they had impressed Football Association officials sufficiently to be named as England’s new manager next week. Instead the pair prepare to renew their domestic rivalry at Kingsmeadow on Sunday night after signing new contracts with Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.

With an England side newly rated as Europe’s best in Uefa’s latest rankings, those mutual decisions may appear surprising. In reality, the presence of both Hayes and Cushing on Sunday evening emphasises the growing clout of the English club game’s two superpowers.

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