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Southgate gives England stars chance to seize power

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Enfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gareth Southgate has revealed he is giving more responsiblity to his England players in a bid to stop them freezing in the harsh glare of the international spotlight.

Southgate is keenly aware that many of his predecessors as England manager have preferred to impose their will on the squad rather than listen to the opinions of the players.

Southgate gives England stars chance to seize power

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Enfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gareth Southgate has revealed he is giving more responsiblity to his England players in a bid to stop them freezing in the harsh glare of the international spotlight.

Southgate is keenly aware that many of his predecessors as England manager have preferred to impose their will on the squad rather than listen to the opinions of the players.

Southgate leaves door open for Rooney return

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Enfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gareth Southgate insists he hasn’t fallen out with Wayne Rooney as the England star battles to save his international career.

Southgate left Rooney out of England’s squad for last week’s friendly defeat in Germany and Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania due to the striker’s knee injury and lack of first team action with Manchester United.

Hart to captain England in Lithuania clash

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Enfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gareth Southgate has named Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart as England captain for their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

Hart, on loan at Torino from Manchester City, will lead England out at Wembley on Sunday instead of Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, who skippered the team in their midweek defeat against Germany.

Hart to captain England in Lithuania clash

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Enfield (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gareth Southgate has named Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart as England captain for their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

Hart, on loan at Torino from Manchester City, will lead England out at Wembley on Sunday instead of Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, who skippered the team in their midweek defeat against Germany.

Wales coach Coleman delighted to have Aaron Ramse back in squad

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey being fully fit for the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ireland in Dublin on Friday is a real filip for the Euro 2016 semi-finalists, manager Chris Coleman said.

Ramsey, instrumental in Wales’s fairytale run to the last four in France last year, has only been involved in one of their four qualifiers so far.

Wales coach Coleman delighted to have Aaron Ramse back in squad

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey being fully fit for the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ireland in Dublin on Friday is a real filip for the Euro 2016 semi-finalists, manager Chris Coleman said.

Ramsey, instrumental in Wales’s fairytale run to the last four in France last year, has only been involved in one of their four qualifiers so far.

Defoe sets sights on ‘dream’ 2018 World Cup

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Veteran striker Jermain Defoe has his sights on a “dream” place in England’s 2018 World Cup squad after returning to the fold following a near four-year absence, he said on Monday.

The 34-year-old Sunderland player was recalled by manager Gareth Southgate for Wednesday’s friendly against Germany in Dortmund and Sunday’s World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania.

Goals the missing ingredient for Manchester City: Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sharper finishing is all that is required to take Manchester City to the next level, manager Pep Guardiola said after his side’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

Guardiola’s cavalier approach came under scrutiny after City fell to a 3-1 defeat at Monaco last week that saw them eliminated from the Champions League on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate draw.

Goals the missing ingredient for Manchester City: Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sharper finishing is all that is required to take Manchester City to the next level, manager Pep Guardiola said after his side’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

Guardiola’s cavalier approach came under scrutiny after City fell to a 3-1 defeat at Monaco last week that saw them eliminated from the Champions League on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate draw.

Manchester United accused after tunnel row at Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United players were accused of sparking an ugly clash in the tunnel in a stormy aftermath to their 3-1 win at Middlesbrough.

United remain in contention for Champions League qualification after a hard-fought victory on Sunday, which ended with rival players separated by security staff in the tunnel when punches were reportedly thrown.

Manchester United accused after tunnel row at Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United players were accused of sparking an ugly clash in the tunnel in a stormy aftermath to their 3-1 win at Middlesbrough.

United remain in contention for Champions League qualification after a hard-fought victory on Sunday, which ended with rival players separated by security staff in the tunnel when punches were reportedly thrown.

Mourinho salutes gritty Manchester United

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho praised Manchester United’s refusal to let fatigue get the better of them as they kept their top four bid on course with a 3-1 victory at Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Having lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday and beaten Rostov in the Europa League on Thursday, Mourinho had predicted his team might struggle against a Middlesbrough team fighting to avoid relegation.

Mourinho salutes gritty Manchester United

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho praised Manchester United’s refusal to let fatigue get the better of them as they kept their top four bid on course with a 3-1 victory at Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Having lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday and beaten Rostov in the Europa League on Thursday, Mourinho had predicted his team might struggle against a Middlesbrough team fighting to avoid relegation.

United on the up as Fellaini strikes

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Marouane Fellaini scored his first Premier League goal for 15 months as Manchester United extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 18 games to move up to fifth with a 3-1 victory at relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Jesse Lingard added a stunning second and Antonio Valencia a stoppage-time third after an embarrassing mistake by former United keeper Victor Valdes as Jose Mourinho’s side ended a 19-week stay in sixth by climbing a place.

United on the up as Fellaini strikes

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Marouane Fellaini scored his first Premier League goal for 15 months as Manchester United extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 18 games to move up to fifth with a 3-1 victory at relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Jesse Lingard added a stunning second and Antonio Valencia a stoppage-time third after an embarrassing mistake by former United keeper Victor Valdes as Jose Mourinho’s side ended a 19-week stay in sixth by climbing a place.

Conte hails Costa’s ‘discipline’ as Chelsea march on

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte described Diego Costa as an example to his team-mates after the Premier League leaders went 13 points clear with a 2-1 win at Stoke City.

The infamously feisty Costa, dropped in January after reports of a row with Conte, was left walking a disciplinary tightrope after being booked for simulation in the 16th minute of Saturday’s game at the Bet365 Stadium.

Bournemouth on the rise as Swansea slump

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Bournemouth bolstered their bid for Premier League survival and pushed Swansea deeper into the relegation mire as Benik Afobe inspired a 2-0 home win on Saturday.

Eddie Howe’s side took the lead at Dean Court thanks to a first-half own goal from Alfie Mawson, who deflected in Afobe’s shot.

Cahill from zero to hero as Chelsea down Stoke

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Gary Cahill kept Chelsea’s title charge on track as the defender’s 87th-minute winner gave the Premier League leaders a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Stoke on Saturday.

Willian’s cheeky free-kick put Chelsea ahead in the 13th minute but Stoke equalised when Jonathan Walters converted a penalty conceded by Cahill seven minutes before half-time.

Wenger reveals he’s decided on Arsenal future

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he had made a decision about his future following his side’s dispiriting 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Wenger, Arsenal’s manager since 1996, has come under heavy pressure since his team’s 10-2 Champions League thrashing by Bayern Munich and fans made renewed calls for him to step down at The Hawthorns.

Arsenal face ‘hell of a task’, says Wenger

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side face an uphill battle to finish in the Premier League top four after Saturday’s dispiriting 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

Craig Dawson scored twice as West Brom condemned Arsenal to a fourth defeat in five league games, which left them five points off the Champions League places.

Arsenal face ‘hell of a task’, says Wenger

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side face an uphill battle to finish in the Premier League top four after Saturday’s dispiriting 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

Craig Dawson scored twice as West Brom condemned Arsenal to a fourth defeat in five league games, which left them five points off the Champions League places.

Dawson double darkens Wenger’s Arsenal gloom

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Dawson scored two close-range headers as West Bromwich Albion piled the pressure on beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a 3-1 victory in the Premier League on Saturday.

Dawson put West Brom ahead in the 12th minute, with substitute Hal Robson-Kanu restoring the hosts’ lead after Alexis Sanchez had equalised for Arsenal before Dawson netted his second goal with 15 minutes to play.

Dawson double darkens Wenger’s Arsenal gloom

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Dawson scored two close-range headers as West Bromwich Albion piled the pressure on beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with a 3-1 victory in the Premier League on Saturday.

Dawson put West Brom ahead in the 12th minute, with substitute Hal Robson-Kanu restoring the hosts’ lead after Alexis Sanchez had equalised for Arsenal before Dawson netted his second goal with 15 minutes to play.

Arsenal fans fly ‘WENGER OUT’ banner before game

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Disgruntled Arsenal fans paid for a plane trailing an anti-Arsene Wenger banner to fly over The Hawthorns prior to their side’s game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The banner read “NO CONTRACT #WENGER OUT” and was seen flying above the stadium shortly before the Premier League game kicked off.

Arsenal fans fly ‘WENGER OUT’ banner before game

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Disgruntled Arsenal fans paid for a plane trailing an anti-Arsene Wenger banner to fly over The Hawthorns prior to their side’s game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The banner read “NO CONTRACT #WENGER OUT” and was seen flying above the stadium shortly before the Premier League game kicked off.

Pep Guardiola says sweeping Man City changes ‘impossible’

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has said it would be impossible to make sweeping changes to his Manchester City squad in the wake of their shock Champions League exit.

City were dismissed from the tournament in the first knockout round by Monaco on Wednesday, losing the second leg 3-1 after winning their home tie 5-3.

Pep Guardiola says sweeping Man City changes ‘impossible’

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has said it would be impossible to make sweeping changes to his Manchester City squad in the wake of their shock Champions League exit.

City were dismissed from the tournament in the first knockout round by Monaco on Wednesday, losing the second leg 3-1 after winning their home tie 5-3.

Mourinho blames Premier League for Euro shortfall

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Premier League is partly responsible for English clubs’ underachievements in European competitions this season, according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Continuing a recent trend, there are only two English sides left in Europe - Leicester City in the Champions League, United in the Europa League - compared to four from Spain and three from Germany.

Mourinho blames Premier League for Euro shortfall

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Premier League is partly responsible for English clubs’ underachievements in European competitions this season, according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

Continuing a recent trend, there are only two English sides left in Europe - Leicester City in the Champions League, United in the Europa League - compared to four from Spain and three from Germany.

Wenger grapples for glimpse of Arsenal revival

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Arsene Wenger takes his Arsenal side to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday knowing that anything other than victory will spark fresh calls for him to go after two decades in north London.

A 5-0 FA Cup victory over minnows Lincoln last Saturday briefly lifted the pressure on the Frenchman and sent Arsenal into the semi-finals, welcome relief after a turbulent 2017.

Wenger grapples for glimpse of Arsenal revival

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Arsene Wenger takes his Arsenal side to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday knowing that anything other than victory will spark fresh calls for him to go after two decades in north London.

A 5-0 FA Cup victory over minnows Lincoln last Saturday briefly lifted the pressure on the Frenchman and sent Arsenal into the semi-finals, welcome relief after a turbulent 2017.

Conte won’t let Chelsea rest on their laurels

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Antonio Conte will not permit any complacency as Chelsea attempt to take their next step towards the Premier League title at Stoke on Saturday.

Conte confirmed he has his sights firmly set on a league and FA Cup double when he abandoned his policy of rotating his team and fielded a full-strength side in Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United.

Conte won’t let Chelsea rest on their laurels

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Antonio Conte will not permit any complacency as Chelsea attempt to take their next step towards the Premier League title at Stoke on Saturday.

Conte confirmed he has his sights firmly set on a league and FA Cup double when he abandoned his policy of rotating his team and fielded a full-strength side in Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United.

Southgate eases Rooney out of England picture

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Wayne Rooney is no longer guaranteed a place in every England squad, manager Gareth Southgate declared on Thursday, as he painted a stark picture of the team’s true global standing.

Rooney, 31, was left out of the 26-man squad announced by Southgate for next week’s friendly against Germany in Dortmund and World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley.

Southgate eases Rooney out of England picture

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Wayne Rooney is no longer guaranteed a place in every England squad, manager Gareth Southgate declared on Thursday, as he painted a stark picture of the team’s true global standing.

Rooney, 31, was left out of the 26-man squad announced by Southgate for next week’s friendly against Germany in Dortmund and World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley.

Pogba injured as Man Utd labour to Rostov win

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Juan Mata scored the only goal as Manchester United recorded an underwhelming 1-0 victory over FC Rostov on Thursday to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.

Mata struck 20 minutes from the end of a subdued game, completing a 2-1 aggregate win that sent United into the last eight of Europe’s second-tier club competition for the first time since 1985.

Pogba injured as Man Utd labour to Rostov win

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Juan Mata scored the only goal as Manchester United recorded an underwhelming 1-0 victory over FC Rostov on Thursday to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.

Mata struck 20 minutes from the end of a subdued game, completing a 2-1 aggregate win that sent United into the last eight of Europe’s second-tier club competition for the first time since 1985.

Kasper Schmeichel saves Leicester’s Champions League dreams

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has spoken of the “relief” the team felt after they reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Goals from club captain Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton saw Leicester to a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, with Schmeichel making a key penalty save on the night as they sealed a 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla following a 2-1 first-leg loss in Spain.

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Pogba injury gives Mourinho fresh headache

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Middlesbrough (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Paul Pogba’s absence has given Jose Mourinho another headache as Manchester United look to revive their Champions League qualification hopes at managerless Middlesbrough on Sunday.

United midfielder Pogba will miss the Premier League fixture, plus France’s forthcoming matches against Luxembourg and Spain, with a hamstring problem sustained during Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League victory over Rostov.