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    The good news for football followers is that the Premier League will shortly be back. The bad news is that, if your club did not finish in the top six last season, it will almost certainly...
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    how ICC changed the pre-season friendly

    Charlie Stillitano knows exactly when everything fell into place. “I sat down with José Mourinho in 2003 and he said. ‘I want to play really hard games,’” the New Yorker, who appears to be friends...
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    Fabinho’s phone filled with messages of congratulations within moments of his £43.7m move to Liverpool being announced. One was from his fellow Brazilian, Roberto Firmino, offering his new teammate...
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    whole of next season by knee injury

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out of Liverpool’s plans for next season with Jürgen Klopp admitting it will be “a bonus” if the midfielder plays a competitive game before May. The full extent...
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    Mourinho key issues

    One assessment of José Mourinho’s business at the halfway mark of the window might be that it has been underwhelming. The manager has recruited Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52m, paid Porto £19m...
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    France finally throw off racism

    Liberté, egalité, Mbappé! After France’s World http://www.officialvikingsjerseysstore.com/Ryan_Quigley_Jersey_Cheap Cup victory on Sunday, the French slogan was rewritten to celebrate a winning goal...
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    If ever there was a time for Paul Pogba to dab and dance, to snapchat and sing to his heart’s content without giving a soul with any sense the opportunity even to tut, this was it. With Moscow’s...
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    Four weeks of endless drama

    Thank you Russia, and goodbye! It’s been fun. Not to mention epic, thrilling, dazzlingly well-organised, and with a constantly shifting sense of place from the strangulating heat of Samara, to the...
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    France players invade Deschamps press

    Ecstatic France players crashed Didier Deschamps’ press conference after their World Cup victory, chanting his name as they sprayed champagne, water and energy drinks on their coach and assembled...
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    This England team understood

    It was the morning of the semi-final. He was walking down the street shouting “Come on England!” to no one in particular. Sitting on a nearby bench I raised my hand in solidarity. He saw me, turned...
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    Gary Lineker jersey

    Gary Lineker says he felt like a German on Wednesday evening inside Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium as he willed England to reach penalties, so confident was he in their ability to cope with the pressure...
  12. Thread: In toxic times

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    In toxic times

    When England make it to a World Cup in normal times there is never too much need to agonise over the significance of it all beyond the football itself; the coherence of midfield, confidence on the...
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    Southgate sanguine as he calls for

    It was coming up for 1am local time when Gareth Southgate walked back out to acknowledge the England supporters inside the Luzhniki Stadium who were refusing to leave until he gave them one more...
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    How my England odyssey ended up

    Sport makes fools of us all – though sometimes in the best of ways. Russia 2018 was supposed to be the first major tournament in Europe I had missed since failing to go to Italia 90, but Gareth...
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    Belgium are stifled

    Belgian TV had a camera on Roberto Martínez during the quarter-final epic against Brazil and it showed a manager at fever pitch. The adrenaline coursed his system as he tried to coach his players...
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    they face moment of truth in

    The last time England had this kind of rare opportunity Bobby Robson was being driven to the point of distraction by the footballer whom Gianni Agnelli, the president of Juventus, described during...
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    Three Lions fever in sleepy

    While the country goes into overdrive http://www.officialchicagoblackhawks.com/Adidas-Nick-Schmaltz-Jersey preparing Y.A. Tittle Womens Jersey for England’s first World Cup semi-final in 28 years,...
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    Dejan Lovren relishing chance to

    Dejan Lovren replied in the only way he could in the circumstances. Asked whether he was looking forward to playing against Harry Kane in Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final, the Croatia defender said:...
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    Sharpened social media game

    The tone was set before England had kicked a ball in Russia. When Robbie Williams flashed an obscene gesture at the camera during the opening ceremony, Kyle Walker was on to Twitter, teasing teammate...
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    the moment against Colombia

    Gareth Southgate has urged his players to “write their own stories” by steering England to a first knockout win at the World Cup in 12 years as his team seek to get past Colombia at Spartak Stadium...
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    avoid traps of the past against

    Overall there must have been half a dozen occasions when Gareth Southgate was asked whether he could understand the common perception that England had suddenly found themselves in a position whereby...
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    Brazil leave nothing to chance for

    Tite was expounding the need to make good use of his squad players when he landed upon one of his favourite metaphors. “The pack needs the wolves,” the Brazil manager said, not for the first time at...
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    pressure on myself

    Gareth Southgate has conceded his honeymoon period as England manager is over and admitted the decision to rest so many players for the team’s final World Cup group game has left him open to...
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    Russian history is inspiring

    Amid the avalanche of words written for football fans during the World Cup, perhaps the most unusual and original will be those created by children’s author Tom Palmer. Unlike the reporters and...
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    justified resting key players

    Gareth Southgate has defended his weakened selection against Belgium, and a reluctance to bring Harry Kane off the Tug McGraw Authentic Jersey bench as his side chased an equaliser, by suggesting...
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