Is Jack Wilshere better as a CM or a Number 10 for Arsenal and England?

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Gareth Southgate has claimed that Jack Wilshere was left out of his England squad due to his Arsenal role at present. The England boss insisted that he wanted to pick the Gunners midfielder, but with him playing in a number 10 role at present, he doesn't fit the system he is currently adopting. Wilshere has [.

England: Dele Alli Claims He Didn’t Aim Middle Finger Salute At Referee, He Was Just ‘Mucking Around’ With Kyle Walker

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Dele Alli could be staring down the barrel of a FIFA suspension after giving somebody the middle finger during England's 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley last night.

The initial suspicion was that Alli was offering the salute to referee Clement Turpin after Martin Skrtel felled the England midfielder with an agricultural challenge only for the French official to wave play on.

England helping to keep Arsenal star happy

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We will have to wait and see whether the Arsenal and England defender Kieran Gibbs is selected by his national manager Roy Hodgson for the friendly game against France at Wembley tonight, which is bound to be an odd and emotionally charged encounter after the terrible terrorist attacks in Paris, but with England wracked by [.

Gareth Southgate, the U21s and the job with no job description

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The appointment of Gareth Southgate as England U21 manager is interesting from a number of perspectives; not least in that it raises the questions that it raises. Although some would argue it to be the ‘safe' appointment, in that he already has the FA tie and blazer – with all of the inculcated ethos usually ‘stitched up' into those garments – it is fair to say that just over a year ago he resigned from his job as Head of Elite Development there, on the same day as the organization confirmed that he would not be considered for the role of Technical Director.

Video: Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade Chamberlain claims Neymar’s shirt mid-match (Brazil 2-2 England)

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England goalscorer Alex Oxlade Chamberlain came in for some minor criticism during the 2-2 draw with Brazil after being spotted staking a claim for Neymar's shirt during the game. The Arsenal midfielder struck up a shirt-swap deal with Brazil's Barca-bound pin-up boy in the middle of the match. ITV pundits Gareth Southgate and, particularly, Roy [.

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Former England outside Gareth Southgate is to jilt his part as the Football Association's caput of elite advancement. HTTP://

Roy Keane pays Gary Neville a compliment

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Roy Keane was a team-mate and captain to Gary Neville for many years at Manchester United at the same time that Ferguson brought Keane to Old Trafford, the young crop of players that included Gary Neville were making their mark in the youth team.

The Big Interview: Gareth Southgate

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The FA's new head of elite development intends to change how young talent is nurtured and to improve relationships between clubs and England. Apart from a few "geniuses" who came through despite the weaknesses of the English grass-roots and coaching structures – he cites Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney and Paul Gascoigne – Southgate says: "We definitely realised we were inferior.

Southgate given key to England future

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Gareth Southgate is set to become a pivotal man when it comes to the future of English football as the Football Association is set to hand him a new role. The Daily Express is reporting that Southgate is on the verge of becoming a pivotal figurehead in the FA's setup, helping the development of young footballers around the country.

Fabio Capello WILL Step down after Euro 2012

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So the man himself has confirmed it, whatever happens in Poland and the Ukraine, whether England get there or not, whether we win it or go out in the Quarter Finals on penalties, Capello will step down after that tournament has finished, to do his gardening.

"Absolutely. Yes, we have to qualify first of course but after that I will be too old.

The World Cup Years: England Penalty Failures (Pearce, Waddle, Southgate) Shed Dignity For Pizza Hut

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By Ollie Irish

Ah, the proud work of a nation that loves losers.

Cashing in on failure how exceedingly British! And what a shame to see three excellent England players resort to this.

Pedants out there might be keen to point out that Gareth Southgate missed his big penalty at Euro 96, not in a World Cup.


England call-up BIG step back to Arsenal for Wilshere

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The Arsenal and England midfield star Jack Wilshere has had more than his fair share of injury problems already in his playing career. In fact he has probably missed more days due to injury than something like 90 percent of professional footballers and he is still only 24-years old. So it is fitting and a [.

Arsenal striker to start again for England in Slovenia?

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After the Arsenal forward Theo Walcott missed out on the England squad for the disappointing Euro 2016 tournament in the summer, which was a result of his poor form at club level in the second half of last season, he seems to have got his act together and has been producing some great performances for [.

Kane injury to keep Walcott firing for Arsenal and England

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It is hardly surprising that a lot of talk in the football press recently has been about the form of the Arsenal and England international star Theo Walcott. Some Arsenal fans will remember when the fleet footed forward was like this before when he was the club's top scorer in the 2012-13 season with 21 [.

Should Man United star be held back from England’s Euro 2016?

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In the same week that the top brass at Manchester United have been dishing out the praise to Louis van Gaal for his courage in selecting some young players like Marcus Rashford and Tyler Blackett this season, keeping up the traditions of the club that proved the font of such success when the great Sir [.

What should Arsenal do with Calum Chambers?

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In one way, looking from an Arsenal perspective, you could be happy that England did not use our young defender Calum Chambers as they once again flopped at an international tournament. The Arsenal player has had no chance to pick up an injury and as the Three Lions are out of the Euro under 21 [...]

Why Arsenal legend is RIGHT about Wilshere and England

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The Arsenal and England international star Jack Wilshere is very close to a comeback from his latest injury, (caused by a bad tackle by Man United´s Paddy McNair and NOT proof that he is injury prone). But even if he features against Liverpool on Saturday and in every other game until the end of the [.


What are the odds England beat Sweden for the first time since 1968? Derek McGovern’s Bets of the Day

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What are the odds England beat Sweden for the first time since 1968? Derek McGovern's Bets of the Day

Six men figure below 20-1 with Hills to be next England manager. One of the six is foreign, so he should be ruled out. Another of the six is Gareth Southgate, so he should be too.

Revealed: Proof that Rooney COULD play at the Euro 2012 and the Olympics and that Fergie knows it!

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Revealed: Proof that Rooney COULD play at the Euro 2012 and the Olympics and that Fergie knows it!

Wayne Rooney may be a naughty boy, but he's box office. The clamour for him and David Beckham to represent Team GB will not die down. Fergie claims it is impossible for Rooney to play in both the Euros and the Olympics.

Nathan Porritt leaves Boro - A waste of talent?

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Nathan Porritt, once considered one of the brightest young players in the country, has had his contract cancelled by Boro. Porritt shot into the limelight in 2006 in a BBC Panorama documentary in which it was alleged that several other teams (Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle) had attempted to "tap up" the Boro youngster in an attempt to lure him away from The Riverside.

Alan Hansen

Retro Football: ‘Bull Boys Shoes Are What You Need…’ (Video)

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By Chris Wright

If you immediately responded 'GET THE POWER, ON YOUR FEET!' at the top of your voice after reading that headline then you, like me, were at school in the early-ish 1990′s a glorious period in which Bull Boys (never heard of before or since) enlisted one Alan Hansen to flog their godawful football trainers.

Martin O’Neill – Manchester United bound?

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The Madness of Managers...

To embark on a career in football management there are two indispensable traits (aside from the obvious need for technical/tactical nous and man-management) that are required if the candidate is to have any chance of success or survival.

The first of these is an ultra thick skin with which to protect the fragile creature within from the onslaught of criticism from the fans, the media, his chairman and even from his own players.


Championship Update: Is Strachan taking Middlesbrough backwards?

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The miracle of Turf Moor

It is hard to take positives from a game in which you throw away a 3-1 lead in the final ten minutes but Preston should be encouraged by the majority of their performance. Winger Keith Treacy was outstanding.

As for Burnley, they were limp, lacklustre and completely reliant on the brilliance of Chris Iwelumo.

Boro’s Failure To Land Defour Cost Them Premier League Status

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Two years ago Middlesbrough were weighing up an offer for a 20-year-old Belgium international called Steven Defour but were put off by a £5million asking price. Forward two years and Boro are just about to enter their second year in the Championship after being relegated from the Premier League in the 2008/09 season.

Can Adam Johnson Be Capello’s Winning Gamble?

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On the eve of the Manchester derby Adam Johnson will be limbering up and looking forward to the biggest game of his career so far. The 22-year-old has been in great form since his move to the City of Manchester Stadium at the beginning of February this year and will step even closer to entering England's World Cup door if he performs well in tomorrow's match.

Aliadiere’s Boro Career Is Almost Over

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Jeremie Aliadiere's injury nightmare on Teesside is set to continue after the midfielder/striker was ruled out for six weeks yesterday with a broken toe. The 26-year-old had just returned from the treatment table having been out of action for several weeks but now it seems that the Frenchman may face being sidelined for the rest of the season.

If Not Dowie: Wanock for QPR!...Forty Years Ago Today: QPR vs Chelsea FA Cup Quarter Final Game

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Aliadiere Out To Prove Critics Wrong

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Jeremie Aliadiere's return to the first-team has given Gordon Strachan extra options in the final third of the pitch as he hopes to strengthen our resolve in the goal scoring department which has blighted our progression this season in the Championship.

Once again the Frenchman has been hit with injuries this season which have plagued his Boro career since joining us in 2007.

Money On The Table For Best And Routledge

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Middlesbrough have apparently approached Queens Park Rangers about signing 25-year-old Wayne Routledge for a fee of £1 million but that figure looks unlikely to test the London club's resolve. Our Championship rivals are willing to do business at around the £2 million mark leaving Boro to decide whether that would be a good move considering the lack of funds at the Riverside.

Simple Math: £200m + No Trophies = The Sack

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Mark Hughes' dismissal was the least surprising news of the weekend, the managerial mayhem of the Premier League almost guaranteeing it, the media confirming it before Manchester City's encounter with Sunderland. Hughes may well be upset, believing that his team were on the verge of something big but a divergence of defining that between himself and the club is at the root of the matter.

Boro business

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‘Mr. Nice Guy', ‘Pinocchio', ‘a lovely man but a terrible manager' these are all the ways former Middlesbrough boss, Gareth Southgate was described. "The Rookie" on Boro bench got sacked even though he was only one point behind the leading teams. In spite of the 2:0 win over Derby, president Steve Gibson made the decision that must be respected.

Late, late shock for AC Milan

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Fresh news coming out of Stadio San Paolo in Naples suggests that the AC Milan dressing room was left stunned following a disappointing 2-2 draw against Napoli. While the result ensured that the Rossoneri extended their vital unbeaten streak, the manner in which Milan lost control of the game is making all the headlines in Italy.

English Championship Recap, Table, and Video Highlights: Saturday, October 24, 2009

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The English Championship is almost a third into the 2009-10 season. It remains very close at the top of the table and only four point separating the top nine teams. Newcastle United remains on top and looks the favorite to win an automatic promotion spot. West Bromwich Albion is also in the top four and another club that has to be a favorite to be promoted.

Middlesbrough save money on training kit

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GS is replaced by GS Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson has found an interesting way of cost-cutting at the Riverside Stadium. Recession-busting Boro will only appoint managers with the initials GS in future. Gordon Strachan can look forward to some oversized hand-me-downs from Gareth Southgate.

Career Going South?

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It was with some sadness I heard that Gareth Southgate had been sacked yesterday. I always felt he had the making of a decent manager. I suppose in these days of quick fix changes and changing managers when a few results go wrong, none of us should be surprised.

OK, Boro were relegated last season but I felt he was working with his hands tied a little.

Nice guys finish last

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Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson finally lost patience with Gareth Southgate after sacking him following Tuesday night 2-0 victory over Derby County.

"The long term future of the club was a key decision in replacing Southgate. One good result wasn't going to change that decision,"
"We had a strategy for Gareth's replacement.

Gareth Southgate

2010 World Cup: ITV - Chiles Play

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Football. It's all about results.

So the BBC will be busy celebrating their trouncing of ITV in the World Cup final face off between the two channels.

A slightly pyrrhic victory though given the lack of quality at the commercial channel. Much like Celtic beating Tranent Juniors 7-0, it would be unseemly for there to be any gloating.

He Is Our Sunshine

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Oh my!

What a day.

My emotions are in shreds.

Work did not present anything out of the ordinary.

My lover and I continue to live together in hippy paradise.

So why the trauma?

Well it started at about 7.50am when I heard on the radio that Gareth Southgate had been sacked last night.

The Rest

Development Head Gareth Southgate Quits FA, So Where Next For The Toothy Pundit?

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By Alan Duffy

Famed for missing that crucial spot-kick against Germany back in 1996, Gareth Southgate has quit his post as The FA's Head of Elite Development, thus ruling himself out of the running for the organisation's Technical Director job.

The former Aston Villa defender released a statement on The FA's website which said:

The FA can today confirm that Gareth Southgate will not be continuing in his role as Head of Elite Development and no longer wishes to be considered for the role of FA Technical Director.

Kop That: A Day In Tweets…

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