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Gareth Southgate Becomes First World Cup Casualty

England boss Gareth Southgate has become the first casualty of England’s World Cup campaign, suffering a dislocated shoulder whilst out running at the team’s base on the Gulf of Finland on Wednesday. After scheduling in a day off from training for his squad, Southgate, who has kept himself in great shape since retiring from playing football, decided to go out for a run near their base on Repino, but tripped and tried to break the fall with his arm. The former Middlesbrough manager was running alone and had to call…

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Kane Has Sight Set High

England captain Harry Kane has his sights set high after admitting he has set himself a challenge of emulating Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi as the best player on the planet. The Tottenham striker now has eight goals from six games as captain of the national side, after kick starting his World Cup career with the brace in England’s opening game in Russia that secured their 2-1 win over Tunisia. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated football for the past decade with nobody else winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or…

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Southgate Still Proud If Game Had Ended On Draw

As England get off to a winning start with a 2-1 victory over Tunisia in their opening World Cup 2018 Group G game, euphoric England manager Gareth Southgate says he would be proud if the game had ended on a 1-1 draw. The Three Lions raced to an early lead as captain Harry Kane volleyed in his first goal in a major international tournament in the 11th minute, after John Stones’ initial header was saved by Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen, who went off injured in the first half. But there…

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Lionel Messi Admits His Embarrassment After Missing Penalty

Lionel Messi has admitted he feels responsible and embarrassed after missing a penalty in Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Iceland. With 64 minutes gone and the scoreline at a 1-1 draw, the 30-year-old Barcelona star’s spot-kick was stopped with ease by Iceland’s keeper Hannes Halldorsson. Following his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick in Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal on Friday night, Messi was under pressure to deliver but ended up missing his fourth out of seven penalties that he has taken for club and country combined. Argentina opened the scoring through…

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Russia Cruise To 5-0 Win Over Saudi Arabia

World Cup 2018 hosts Russia have cruised to a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Group A, as Yury Gazinski headed them ahead on 12 minutes at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The win was by the biggest margin in the history of World Cup openings, against arguably the poorest team in the tournament, although the Saudis are ranked three places above Russia at 67 in the world rankings. The opener was scored after Gazinski leapt high to guide a cross from CSKA Moscow’s 22-year-old Aleksandr Golovin, from the left…

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Southgate Touches Down In Russia With His England Team

Five years after being rejected for the manager’s job at League One club Sheffield United, Gareth Southgate has touched down in Russia with his England World Cup team. Southgate, who won 57 caps for England and played at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, has done things with The Three Lions squad differently to his predecessors, ultimately creating not only a squad, but an environment and philosophy to ensure he gets the best out of England’s players. He has been quoted as saying  “We are nothing to do with the…

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Spain Manager Julen Lopetegui To Take Over Real Madrid

Spain manager Julen Lopetegui is to take over Real Madrid after the 2018 World Cup, the club have confirmed. Following the shock resignation of manager Zinedine Zidane at the end of May, Real had been heavily linked with a number of potential managerial appointments. On Monday Spain’s top selling sports newspaper Marca ran a story that claimed Mauricio Pochettino was still Real Madrid’s preferred option, with a number of others in the running including Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Spurs and Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas. Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea’s…

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Harry Kane: England Need To Believe It Can Be Different

As the World Cup Kicks off this week Harry Kane has said he believes if England are to end their 52-year run without silverware, they need to believe it can be different. England are only one of eight countries to win the cup that they last lifted 1966, after defeating Germany 4-2 when they hosted the finals. However since then they have struggled to recreate that success. They came fourth in Italy in 1990. With a youthful squad picked by manager Gareth Southgate, the England captain is counting on his…

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PL Excecutive Chairman Richard Scudamore To Stand Down

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore has announced his intention to stand down by the end of the year. Since his appointment to replace the axed Peter Leaver in November 1999, Scudamore has been an influential figure in overseeing the English top-flight’s expansion. Previously the 58-year-old had been a senior executive at the Thompson newspaper group before moving into football in 1997 and taking up his chief executive position. When he first joined, the league’s UK television rights were valued at about £670m and are now worth a staggering £5.14bn….

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Aston Villa Fight To Keep Club From Administrator

Aston Villa owner and Chairman Dr Tony Xia, is fighting to keep the club out of the administrator hands after the club failed to pay a tax bill to the tune of £4m that was due last Friday, leaving the club facing an HMRC winding-up order. Villa who finished fourth in the Championship are currently working to find a resolution, supposedly due to Dr Xia’s financial problems which are understood to be the result of cash flow issues in China, which restricts the distribution of money leaving the country. Following…

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