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Jack Grealish must play the system to be an England regular for Southgate

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Jack Grealish could not hide the frustration. And nor could pockets of the England support inside Wembley on Tuesday night, some of whom booed the decision. There were 62 minutes on the clock, the team were level at 1...

Mount revels at Foden’s England impact with competition soaring

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In his own words Mason Mount was “up close and personal with it”. On the England substitutes bench until the 73rd minute of the 5-0 World Cup qualifying win against Andorra on Saturday night, the midfielder had the pr...

Nuno walking a high wire in attempt to lift Tottenham’s malaise

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After the implosion came the confession. No, not that implosion, the one Tottenham suffered last Sunday in the north London derby at Arsenal, something so shocking that it fired grave doubts over whether Nuno Espírito...

Arsenal the perfect destination for muted Harry Kane to turn up the volume

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The in-house Tottenham TV interviewer offered a run-through of the top lines and Harry Kane could not suppress a smile. A 2-0 home win over Arsenal. A great atmosphere inside the stadium. A goal for Kane, which made h...

Chelsea begin Champions League defence with freedom and focus

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The first thing to say is Chelsea did not party like it was 2012. They could not because of the restrictions of the pandemic. Nine years previously, having beaten Bayern Munich in Munich to win their first Champions L...

Southgate bears brunt of fine margins after England’s narrative distorted

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It was easy to imagine the gravelly tones of the voiceover from those epic Hollywood movie trailers. Everything was quiet in the England camp. A little too quiet. Gareth Southgate smiled when the notion was put to him...

Rejuvenated Jordan Pickford set on turning Euros pain to World Cup glory

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Jordan Pickford says that he prefers to face a penalty taker who “just puts his foot through it”, but, with the Euro 2020 final on the line in July, it was all about who would blink first: him or the Italy midfielder ...

‘Killer instinct’: England players made stronger by hostile Hungary crowd

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For a fleeting moment Mason Mount felt vulnerable. The England midfielder sensed what was coming. He had set up Raheem Sterling for the breakthrough goal in the 55th minute of the 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Hun...

Arsenal and Spurs beset by different but equally weighty problems

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After Tottenham had beaten Arsenal at home on Sunday in their friendly – which was not at all friendly, featuring bad tackles, five bookings and heated confrontations – something unusual happened. The new Spurs manage...

Harry Kane hits nuclear button but must hope it does not blow up in his face

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So now we know. Harry Kane really is prepared to do whatever it takes to force a move from Tottenham to Manchester City. The question had nagged away since the final week of last season when Kane and his camp had give...

The day a pre-teen Raheem Sterling showed the steeliness that shapes him

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Raheem Sterling was only starting out but Queens Park Rangers, who had signed him in 2005 just before his 11th birthday, knew what they had. According to Joe Gallen, the head of youth development at the time, it was s...

Resilient Sterling repays Southgate’s trust with crucial England goals

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The anatomy of the goal that changed everything for England, sparking the historic Euro 2020 win against Germany on Tuesday and a mass plot lossage in the Wembley stands, showcased all of the best qualities of Raheem ...

Set pieces, Kane and Covid curveballs: the big issues now facing England

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England have advanced to the last 16 of Euro 2020 as the winners of Group D on the back of three clean sheets and being hard to play against. But with the serious business primed to get under way, Gareth Southgate has...

Raheem Sterling shuts out the noise and takes positives from Southgate

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Amid the doom-mongering, a note of perspective. Actually, a few of them, mainly from Raheem Sterling, the England squad’s most experienced player with 63 caps, but one via him from Gareth Southgate, too. Sterling does...

‘Miles from Modric’: Declan Rice’s rise from fanzone to England leader

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Declan Rice has a confession and it is one that greatly troubled his small audience of newspaper journalists. “Do you know what – until this day, I have never had a beer and I am 22,” the West Ham and England midfield...

England’s lack of momentum and clarity eased by return of cavalry

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Tyrone Mings’s forearm smash on the Austria striker Sasa Kalajdzic. Jordan Henderson’s taking of a penalty away from the centre-forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin against Romania, and missing it. Any number of defensive sl...

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