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Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Arsenal: Game in 10 Tweets as Spurs finish above Arsenal – finally!

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After Chelsea underlined their Premier League title-winning credentials by breezing past Everton arguably their toughest game in the run-in 3-0 earlier in the afternoon,...

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Sunderland relegated: 4 talking points from a nightmare season as Black Cats relegation confirmed

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It's been a long time coming for Sunderland but the misery was finally complete this weekend as relegation from the Premier League was confirmed courtesy of a late Bournemouth winner at the...

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Christian Benteke, Anthony Martial, Tom Carroll… Names of the Premier League, week 34

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There were matches in both the Premier League and the FA Cup this weekend, and with the two main title contenders otherwise engaged in cup action, it meant that the chance was there for others to...

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Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur: We predict how the Premier League title race will play out

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For so long, the Premier League title has looked destined for Stamford Bridge. But thanks to Manchester United's 2-0 win over Chelsea's champions elect on April 16th – combined with Tottenham Hotspur...

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Marcus Rashford, Divock Origi and Bayern Munich’s next new boy star in our #JF70 young talents of weeks 16 & 17

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As leagues across Europe head into their final phases, plenty of the #JF70 youngsters are hitting the heights for their clubs. Which wonderkids have caught the eye lately? Week 17 Marcus Rashford...

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Ander Herrera, Vincent Kompany, Xherdan Shaqiri… Names of the Premier League week 33

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After a thrilling Premier League weekend it looks as though we might have a title race after all. With the top of the table enlivened and the relegation battle still intriguingly poised, which...

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NBC Sports’ Premier League talent invade England: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 22, we cover a range of topics including:

• An exclusive interview with Robbie Mustoe from NBC Sports,

• A preview of what to expect during NBC Sports’ journey to England this weekend,

• News about how Twitter wants to disrupt online streaming of soccer and other sports,

• The latest TV ratings from Die Klassiker and other soccer games on US TV,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

NBC Sports’ Premier League talent invade England: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 22, we cover a range of topics including:

• An exclusive interview with Robbie Mustoe from NBC Sports,

• A preview of what to expect during NBC Sports’ journey to England this weekend,

• News about how Twitter wants to disrupt online streaming of soccer and other sports,

• The latest TV ratings from Die Klassiker and other soccer games on US TV,

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

West Ham United take promising Swedish striker on trial

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West Ham United have taken 16-year-old striker Alexander Alp on trial for a week. The Swedish youngster plays for AIK in his home country, but after impressing scouts he has been handed a chance to...

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Son Heung-Min, Mignolet… Names of the Premier League, week 32

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After the addition of a midweek round of fixtures last week that provided vexing selection problems for some managers, Premier League teams were back in action again at the weekend. Still, plenty of...

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Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil, Coutinho… Names of the Premier League weeks 30 and 31

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It's been a hectic few days in the Premier League. After the weekend fixtures the teams were back in action in a packed midweek and play again this weekend. As such, this round of Names of...

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NBC Sports’ Premier League talent to go on road again to broadcast games from England

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NBC Sports today announced that they’ll be taking their broadcast crew to England for the third season in a row to allow their talent to broadcast live from three games across England.

Talent including Rebecca Lowe, Kyle Martino, Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe will make the trek to England to bring viewers closer to the action both inside and outside of the cathedrals of soccer in England.

NBC Sports’ Premier League talent to go on road again to broadcast games from England

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NBC Sports today announced that they’ll be taking their broadcast crew to England for the third season in a row to allow their talent to broadcast live from three games across England.

Talent including Rebecca Lowe, Kyle Martino, Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe will make the trek to England to bring viewers closer to the action both inside and outside of the cathedrals of soccer in England.

Jose Mourinho needs to trust Luke Shaw at Manchester United or risk losing him

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It's not been plain sailing for Luke Shaw under Jose Mourinho. But if United's manager doesn't want to risk losing the England international it's time to start trusting...

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Wasteful Zlatan, unlucky Wilshere and clinical Chelsea: The Premier League season so far – in stats

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An international break is often time for the domestic club game to stop, pause and reflect. Managers will be taking those players not meeting up with their national setups on now-traditional warm...

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Five things learned from England v Lithuania

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London (AFP) – England beat Lithuania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday. Here AFP Sport looks at five things learned as Gareth Southgate’s team moved a step closer to next year’s finals in Russia:

Deadly Defoe

Handed his first England appearance since November 2013, Jermain Defoe made up for lost time as the Sunderland striker netted the opening goal in typically ruthless fashion.

Five things learned from England v Lithuania

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London (AFP) – England beat Lithuania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday. Here AFP Sport looks at five things learned as Gareth Southgate’s team moved a step closer to next year’s finals in Russia:

Deadly Defoe

Handed his first England appearance since November 2013, Jermain Defoe made up for lost time as the Sunderland striker netted the opening goal in typically ruthless fashion.

photos

Photo: Former Man City and Chelsea star celebrates son’s England U16 appearance

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This is such a proud #Moment for too see my son in the #England U16

Tweet and Photo: Liverpool starlet on England U21 return

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Good 4-0 win away against Denmark ... meant a lot to put the shirt back on again pic.twitter.com/meUntt278R Joe Gomez (@J_Gomez97) March...

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Tweet and Photo: Arsenal midfielder reacts to England 2-0 Lithuania

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Job done, 3 points #Russia2018 pic.twitter.com/3YCfEJal9M Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) March 26, 2017 Arsenal midfielder Alex...

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Photo: Injured Man Utd defender watches England with his feet up

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Off to a flying start already GET IN!!! Gutted I can't be there but COME ON THE BOYS #England #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/Hb7w8TtjRJ ...

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Tweet and Photo: Spurs man reacts to England 2-0 Lithuania

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Good win today, a lot of positives to take from the week!! Congrats to @IAmJermainDefoe ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/JYBnrxtTtf Dele (@Dele_Alli) March...

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AFP

Unlikely lads looking to steer United to historic trophy

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Brussels (AFP) – It is a motley crew of Manchester United players heading to Brussels as history beckons for the 20-time champions of England.

With the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and even David De Gea injured and likely to miss Thursday’s clash with Anderlecht, a gaggle of unlikely lads will look to propel the three-time European champions to a first ever victory in the continent’s secondary club competition.

Former England football boss Hodgson gets Melbourne gig

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Melbourne (AFP) – Former England manager Roy Hodgson is in Australia to work with faltering A-League club Melbourne City over the next month, the team said.

The 69-year-old, who was in charge of England for 56 internationals up to last year, arrived on Wednesday and will spend time mentoring and consulting with coach Michael Valkanis and his backroom staff.

Former England football boss Hodgson gets Melbourne gig

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Melbourne (AFP) – Former England manager Roy Hodgson is in Australia to work with faltering A-League club Melbourne City over the next month, the team said.

The 69-year-old, who was in charge of England for 56 internationals up to last year, arrived on Wednesday and will spend time mentoring and consulting with coach Michael Valkanis and his backroom staff.

Southgate irked by Palace chief’s Zaha remark

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate has taken issue with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish’s views on the international tug-of-war involving Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha was capped twice by England, in 2012 and 2013, but switched allegiances to Ivory Coast, the country of his birth, late last year and has since made six appearances for them.

Southgate irked by Palace chief’s Zaha remark

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate has taken issue with Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish’s views on the international tug-of-war involving Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha was capped twice by England, in 2012 and 2013, but switched allegiances to Ivory Coast, the country of his birth, late last year and has since made six appearances for them.

England, Germany stay on World Cup course, Dutch axe Blind

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Paris (AFP) – England and defending champions Germany remained on course for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday while Danny Blind was sacked as Dutch coach after his misfiring team faced missing a second straight major finals.

At Wembley, Jermain Defoe marked his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.

Defoe marks comeback as England toil to World Cup qualifier win

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London (AFP) – Jermain Defoe adorned his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in a forgettable World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday.

Defoe, 34, was making his first England appearance since November 2013, having been recalled by manager Gareth Southgate, and he marked his return with the opening goal midway through the second half.

Defoe marks comeback as England toil to World Cup qualifier win

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London (AFP) – Jermain Defoe adorned his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in a forgettable World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday.

Defoe, 34, was making his first England appearance since November 2013, having been recalled by manager Gareth Southgate, and he marked his return with the opening goal midway through the second half.

Defoe marks comeback as England toil to win

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London (AFP) – Jermain Defoe adorned his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in a forgettable World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday.

Defoe, 34, was making his first England appearance since November 2013, having been recalled by manager Gareth Southgate, and he marked his return with the opening goal midway through the second half.

International football

‘My Desire Shouldn’t Be Questioned’ – Wilfried Zaha Releases Statement To Clarify How And Why He Chose Ivory Coast Over England

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As you may recall, Wilfried Zaha found himself at the centre of a mini-furore yesterday when Danny Mills had the temerity to heckle him for pledging his international allegiance toIvory Coast rather than England.

Mills accused Zaha of "taking the easy option" after Gareth Southgate revealed he'd attempted to persuade the Crystal Palace winger to opt for England, only to be rebuffed.

‘He’s Taken The Easy Option’ – Danny Mills Accuses Wilfried Zaha Of Tossing Off His Entire International Future By Snubbing England

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Noted dimwit Danny Mills has basically accused Wilfried Zaha of chucking away his entire international future by choosing to represent Ivory Coast instead of jolly oldEngland.

Zaha won two non-competitive capsunder Roy Hodgson but found his participation limited so instead opted to pursue an international career with the country of his parents' birth.

Want To Feel Old? Shaun Wright-Phillips’ Son Has Just Received His First England Youth Call-Up

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Shaun Wright-Phillips' son son! has just received his first England call-up.

Yep. D'Margio Wright-Phillips, a mere foetus with studs, has just been called up to the England Under-16 squad for the first time.

Videos

Marcus Rashford shares a video of his skill vs Lithuania

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Good to end the international break with a win! Enjoyed the week away with the team @england pic.twitter.com/SXZSXV6KIk Marcus Rashford...

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Video: Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek scores two (Denmark U21 0-4 England U21)

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was the star of the show as England Under-21s capped a successful international break with a comfortable...

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The Rest

Once bitten, twice Lichaj

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First of all, forgive my sudden silence this week. We ran off for a couple days in Tallinn the same day of the train bombing in St. Petersburg - in fact, on our way to the bus terminal, we passed through the same station you may have seen on the news just a couple of hours before it was filled with smoke and wounded.

7 Non-League talents who could make it big in 2017

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There is little doubt that non-league football is on the up. The rise of Jamie Vardy last season and the fairytale FA Cup stories of Sutton United and Lincoln City this year have rejuvenated...

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Arsenal News or Lack of.

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I write posts, a lot of them. Well over 500 in the AA years since 2010 (?). Yet here I sit, staring at my keyboard completely bereft of ideas for a post. Why? Because of the Interlull.

It is crap. International games have become meaningless as most of our players play for countries which invariably qualify top of their Euro/World Cup groups.

Shit Lookalikes: Jamie Vardy (With Black Eye) & Alex From ‘Clockwork Orange’

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Top spot from Pies fan Luke W, who viddied that Jamie Vardy looks like a certain troublesome young droog with the addition of a black eye...

As revealed by the man himself after England's win over Lithuania, Vardy's shiner wasn't the result of a bit of good old fashioned ultra violence, rather being hit in the face by a stray football during a training session.