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David Seaman: Joe Hart should be England number one

David Seaman has urged England manager Gareth Southgate to stick with Joe Hart for next summer’s World Cup. Hart will equal Seaman’s 75 England caps if he plays against either Germany or Brazil in November but the West Ham goalkeeper has come under scrutiny in recent months. Everton’s Jordan Pickford, Stoke’s Jack Butland and Southampton stopper Fraser Forster are alternative ...

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David Beckham strikes a familiar pose

It has been four years since David Beckham retired but the former England captain has not lost any of his poise on the ball. Perhaps the country’s greatest ever dead-ball specialist, Beckham rolled back the years while on holiday over the weekend. Sharing a snap of him about to deliver a ball with the sun beating down on him in ...

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Amaechi comments add to pressure on FA bosses

There was further criticism for the embattled senior figures at the head of the Football Association on Friday in the wake of their appearance before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee. There have been calls for chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn to resign following the hearing into the FA’s handling of Eni Aluko’s complaints against former ...

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Sports minister urges FA to learn lessons after Mark Sampson affair

Sports minister Tracey Crouch has described the Football Association’s handling of the crisis surrounding ex-England women’s team manager Mark Sampson as a “sorry saga”. Four senior FA officials were grilled by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee on Wednesday, with MPs later suggesting they should all be considering their positions. Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has released ...

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Mark Sampson made ‘ill-judged’ racial remarks to Eni Aluko, says barrister

The lawyer who initially cleared former England women’s manager Mark Sampson of bullying and racism has changed her mind and decided he did make two racist remarks to players. Katharine Newton, a highly qualified barrister, was called in by the Football Association in December 2016 to follow up an internal investigation into claims made by England and Chelsea striker Eni ...

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England up to 12th in FIFA world rankings and Republic, Scotland also rise

England and the Republic of Ireland have risen in this month’s FIFA’s world rankings, while Scotland climbed too despite missing out on World Cup qualification. England, who qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with wins over Slovenia and Lithuania, climbed three places to 12th in the rankings led by World Cup holders Germany, football’s world governing body announced ...

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No England recall for Aluko under new boss Mo Marley

Interim head coach Mo Marley has shown confidence in the England Women players who featured in Mark Sampson’s final match after naming her squad to face France next week. Former boss Sampson’s sacking was announced the day after England’s 6-0 World Cup qualifying win against Russia, for matters relating to his behaviour in a previous job at Bristol Academy. Marley ...

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UEFA confirms leagues for new international tournament with England in top tier

UEFA has confirmed which teams are in each of the four leagues for the inaugural UEFA Nations League, its new international competition intended to replace most friendlies. Based on the coefficient rankings after the group stages of the European qualifiers for Russia 2018, sixth-ranked England are in league A, while Wales (14th), Ireland (19th) and Northern Ireland (21st) are in ...

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Tom Davies scores the winner as England Under-21s maintain grip on Group Four

England Under-21s strengthened their position at the top of their Euro 2019 qualifying group as Tom Davies’ second-half header earned them a 1-0 away win over their Andorran counterparts. Davies registered his first goal for the Young Lions in the 52nd minute when he connected with a Kyle Walker-Peters cross and goalkeeper Francisco Pires failed to keep the ball out. ...

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Sir Bobby Charlton, one of football's great champions

Few have left a greater mark on football than mesmerising midfielder and all-round gentleman Sir Bobby Charlton, who turns 80 on Wednesday. A key member of the Busby Babes and a survivor of the Munich air crash of 1958, a wonderful 17-year career at Manchester United dovetailed with a remarkable time with England which peaked with World Cup glory in ...

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England round off qualifying campaign with uninspiring victory in Lithuania

England closed a successful but uninspiring World Cup qualifying campaign with a familiar 1-0 win over Lithuania, with Harry Kane continuing his hot streak from the penalty spot. With top spot already assured manager Gareth Southgate had hoped a side showing seven changes and two debutants, in Harry Winks and Harry Maguire, would entertain as well as win but this ...

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England underwhelming again as Harry Kane's penalty sees off Lithuania

England once again disappointed in victory as Gareth Southgate’s men stuttered against Lithuania in the final competitive match before next summer’s World Cup. Qualification for the finals in Russia may have been wrapped up with a game to spare, but there was only a modicum of positivity surrounding the Three Lions after Thursday’s ponderous performance against Slovenia. Southgate shouldered the ...

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