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On This Day in Football: England humiliate Luxembourg, Bosman gets green light

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On this day in 1982, England beat Luxembourg 9-0 in a UEFA Euro 1984 qualifier.

Played at Wembley, the hammering began early when Luxembourg’s Marcel Bossi put the ball in his own net. Thre more goals from Steve Coppell, Tony Woodcock and Luther Blissett made it 4-0 to England by half-time.

2018 World Cup: Group Stage Draw and Fixtures List

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The World Cup 2018 draw was conducted in Moscow earlier this evening and most of the big guns will be happy with their set of opponents in the group stages.

Defending champions Germany have been drawn alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F.

Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate’s England will be delighted with their draw as well.

On This Day in Football: First ever official international takes place

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On this day in 1872, England and Scotland played the first ever official international game of football.

Played at the West of Scotland Cricket Club’s ground in Hamilton, 4000 fans witnessed an anticlimactic 0-0 draw between the two countries. England and Scotland had in fact played each other previously but the matches are not recognized because of the fact that the Scottish side was mostly made up of players from the London area.

On This Day in Football: Viv Anderson breaks the code, River Plate finally get their trophy

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On this day in 1978, Nottingham Forest defender Viv Anderson became the first black player to start a full international for the England national team.

The Three Lions hosted Czechoslovakia at Wembley and won 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Steve Coppell in the 69th minute.

Born in Nottingham, Anderson started his footballing journey with his hometown club before thriving under Brian Clough with whom he won two European Cups and a First Division title.

Peter Crouch: Stoke City Reward Top Goalscorer With New One-Year Contract Extension

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Peter Crouch has topped off a resurgent few weeks by earning himself a new contract extension at Stoke City.

The lanky forward has contributed three league goals in nine appearances off the bench for the Potters so far this season, setting a new record for most Premier League substitute appearances (143) after coming on against Brighton last Monday night, as well as taking Alan Shearer's crown as the apex headed goalscorer in Premier League historyback in October.

Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling, Mamadou Sakho… Names of the Premier League, Week 13

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As December approaches, the Premier League fixture list begins to pile up with sides playing two league games this week. Before the midweek matches, teams had a chance to build momentum with a good...

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It’s time to bring Pogback: Fantasy Premier League, Week 13 Preview

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The return of the Premier League last week saw plenty of goals and clean sheets meaning you needed 56 points in FPL to just reach the average score. Let's hope for as much action and excitement this...

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Ozil, Hazard, the return of Pogba…Names of the Premier League, Week 12

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The Premier League was back over the weekend and what a return it was with every game having at least two goals scored. There was no shortage of talking points either with red cards, penalty...

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Man City star injured, ruled out for 4-6 weeks; Guardiola blames pointless international friendlies

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Manchester City defender John Stones picked up a hamstring injury during his side’s 2-0 win over Leicester City yesterday.

The England international will be ruled out for four to six weeks and Guardiola seemed very unhappy with the situation.

Stones has been outstanding so far this season.

Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Game in 10 Tweets as the Gunners secure a dominant derby win

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After an international break that confirmed the attendees at this summer's World Cup in Russia, attention turns back to domestic matters this weekend. The Premier League announced its returns...

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Will Eriksen strike v Arsenal? Is it finally Richarlison time? – Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 12 Preview

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On This Day in Football: England embarrass Ireland, Santos become world champions

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On this day in 1938, England thrashed Ireland 7-0 in a British Home Championship tie.

Played at Old Trafford, England went into the game at the back of a 4-2 defeat against Wales at Ninian Park in their opening game of the tournament. Meanwhile, the Irish had lost their first game 2-0 against Scotland at Windsor Park in Belfast.

World conquering England youngsters not as good as the ‘Golden Generation, claims Owen

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Former Real Madrid and Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes that the current crop of globe conquering young English footballers is not as good as the famed ‘Golden Generation’.

It has been a magnificent year for England’s youth teams. The Young Lions have managed to win three major tournaments in 2017 including the U-17 and U-20 World Cups and the U-19 UEFA European Championship.

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‘Champions Of England, You’ll Never Sing That’ – Chelsea Fans Make Historic Faux-Pas Away To Three-Time Title-Holders Huddersfield

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Chelsea cruised to a 3-1 victory away to Huddersfield on Tuesday night, with Willian nabbing a goal and two assists in an impressive individual display.

However, in the stands, the travelling support were rather less successful with their chants, scoring an almighty own-goal when trying to goad the Huddersfield faithful.

From Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Tyler Adams… 14 international football new boys – rated

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek reacts to injury

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Burnley stars among the England World Cup squad outsiders

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Liverpool’s former Chelsea striker Dom Solanke reacts to his England debut

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Liverpool striker Dom Solanke has taken to Twitter to react to making his England debut. The former Chelsea starlet came off the bench for Gareth...

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England: Dominic Solanke Admits It Would Be ‘Crazy’ For Him To Play Against Brazil At Wembley

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Dominic Solanke has admitted it would be "crazy" for him to play for England against Brazil after being drafted into Gareth Southgate's squad as injury cover.

Solanke played for the Under-21s in a friendly against Ukraine on Friday, only to be called into the senior side the following day along with fellow newbies Norwich goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook to help offset a raft of drop-outs.

English Championship

On This Day in Football: England stop the mighty Austrians, A Leeds legend passes away

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On this day in 1932, England ended Austria’s 14-game unbeaten streak by beating them 4-3 at Stamford Bridge.

This was perhaps the greatest Austrian side in history and was deservedly dubbed as ‘the Wunderteam’. Coached by Hugo Meisl and assisted by Jimmy Hogan, the Austrians played a very attractive brand of football which was full of pace, flair and flamboyance.

A Fulham thriller, Chris Coleman and the miss of the season…Names of the Football League, week 15

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Championship action returned with a bang over this week. We saw two rounds of fixtures, and with everyone safe in the knowledge that without another international break until March, it means we can...

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Southgate safe even if England fail in World Cup

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate has been told his job is safe even if his side lose all their group matches at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Southgate took the reins on a permanent basis 12 months ago on a four-year contract and oversaw a successful qualification for the 2018 showpiece event, where England will face Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in the group stage.

Southgate safe even if England fail in World Cup

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate has been told his job is safe even if his side lose all their group matches at next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Southgate took the reins on a permanent basis 12 months ago on a four-year contract and oversaw a successful qualification for the 2018 showpiece event, where England will face Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in the group stage.

Spain and Portugal thrown together in 2018 World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while England will face a talented Belgium side.

Spain’s clash with reigning European champions Portugal in Sochi on June 15 was an early highlight thrown up by the glitzy draw in the Kremlin.

Spain and Portugal thrown together in 2018 World Cup

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Moscow (AFP) – The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while England will face a talented Belgium side.

Spain’s clash with reigning European champions Portugal in Sochi on June 15 was an early highlight thrown up by the glitzy draw in the Kremlin.

Southgate ‘won’t write off’ World Cup foes

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Moscow (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate refused to get carried away with what appeared to be a hugely favourable draw on Friday for his team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The draw in Moscow saw England given games against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G.

It meant England, who have not won a major men’s international trophy since lifting the 1966 World Cup on home soil, avoided global giants Argentina, Brazil and Germany after Argentina great Diego Maradona picked them out of Pot 2 at the Kremlin’s State Palace.

Southgate ‘won’t write off’ World Cup foes

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Moscow (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate refused to get carried away with what appeared to be a hugely favourable draw on Friday for his team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The draw in Moscow saw England given games against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G.

It meant England, who have not won a major men’s international trophy since lifting the 1966 World Cup on home soil, avoided global giants Argentina, Brazil and Germany after Argentina great Diego Maradona picked them out of Pot 2 at the Kremlin’s State Palace.

England’s World Cup odds cut after draw

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London (AFP) – England’s odds of winning next year’s World Cup in Russia were cut Friday after Gareth Southgate’s side were given a favourable draw in Moscow.

The draw saw England chosen to face European rivals Belgium together with outsiders Panama and Tunisia in Group G.

England have not won a major international football tournament since the late Bobby Moore lifted the 1966 World Cup on home soil.

England’s World Cup odds cut after draw

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London (AFP) – England’s odds of winning next year’s World Cup in Russia were cut Friday after Gareth Southgate’s side were given a favourable draw in Moscow.

The draw saw England chosen to face European rivals Belgium together with outsiders Panama and Tunisia in Group G.

England have not won a major international football tournament since the late Bobby Moore lifted the 1966 World Cup on home soil.

England national football team, the eternal mystery

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London (AFP) – Though untroubled in qualifying, England approach Friday’s 2018 World Cup draw harbouring the same eternal doubts about whether they will crack under pressure once the tournament comes around.

England have picked up the pieces impressively under Gareth Southgate since their humiliation by Iceland at Euro 2016, finishing unbeaten and eight points clear in their qualifying group.

England national football team, the eternal mystery

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London (AFP) – Though untroubled in qualifying, England approach Friday’s 2018 World Cup draw harbouring the same eternal doubts about whether they will crack under pressure once the tournament comes around.

England have picked up the pieces impressively under Gareth Southgate since their humiliation by Iceland at Euro 2016, finishing unbeaten and eight points clear in their qualifying group.

Smalling ‘nothing to prove’ as he bids to regain England place

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London (AFP) – Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says he has nothing to prove despite the shock of losing his England place and seeing his ability publicly questioned by manager Gareth Southgate.

The 27-year-old, capped 31 times for England, was overlooked for recent friendlies against Germany and Brazil because of concerns over his passing despite impressing for United this season.

Daly leads try-rush as England beat Australia

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Twickenham (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Elliot Daly scored the decisive try of the match as England beat Australia 30-6 at Twickenham on Saturday.

The hosts ran in four tries to none from Australia, who had two potential scores disallowed on replay.

Victory gave England a fifth straight win over the Wallabies under Australia coach Eddie Jones.

World Cup

World Cup Draw: England Face Belgium, Tunisia And Panama In Intriguing Group G Selection

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England will play Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in the group stages of next summer's World Cup in Russia.

The typically star-studded draw was made in Moscow on Friday and threw up an intriguing Group G for England.

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Currently fifth in FIFA's rankings, Belgium will provide a big challenge to the Three Lions, with a squad crammed full of world-class stars, from Eden Hazard to Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to Dries Mertens.

Apparently This Is The New Nike Kit England Will Wear For Their Disappointing Second Round Exit At 2018 World Cup (Leaked Photos)

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'Tis the season of the international kit release and, while England's new strip has yet to be formally unveiled, a couple of leaked images purport to show just how the Three Lions will be togged up come the 2018 World Cup.

Because this is Nike we're talking about here, they'll be none of the individually themed retro-tinged goodness we witnessed with the recent batch of Adidas World Cup efforts.

The England Uncapped XI: Could they make the 2018 World Cup?

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Italy Move Above England In FIFA World Rankings Despite Failure To Qualify For 2018 World Cup

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Trying to make sense of the FIFA World Rankings is very much like trying to plait smoke, but nevertheless the system persists.

Germany remain top of the shop with Brazil tucked in second place. Euro 2016 winners Portugal make up the podium, while Argentina and previous table-toppers Belgium are in fourth and fifth spot respectively.

On This Day In 2012: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Tears Joe Hart Asunder With Phenomenal Overhead Kick Against England (Video)

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Today marks the fourth anniversary of the fateful night that Zlatan Ibrahimovic trampled roughshod over England, scoring all four goals in a mountainous performance at the epicentre of Sweden's 4-2 friendly victory in Stockholm.

England's wafer-thin side contained such luminaries as Steven Caulker, Tom Cleverly, Leon Osman, Tom Huddlestone and poor old Ryan Shawcross who, making his international debut as a late substitute, suffered miserably at the hands of a soaring Zlatan and was never called up again thereafter.

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Gareth Southgate to keep England job irrespective of Russia 2018 performance

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In an overwhelming display of support, FA chief executive Martin Glenn has told Gareth Southgate that he will keep his England managerial job irrespective of England’s Russia 2018 World Cup result and even if the three lions lose all the group stage matches.

“Gareth has a long-term contract,” said Glenn.

Man Utd stars celebrate return from international wilderness

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