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James Maddison is likely to miss out on England’s World Cup squad – despite his electric start to the season.

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that not signing Heung-Min Son while in charge of Borussia Dortmund was one of the “big mistakes of his life”.


Gareth Southgate is set to recall Marcus Rashford and is ready to replace the injured Reece James with Arsenal defender Ben White when he names his 26-man England World Cup squad on Thursday.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring his side's first goal
Marcus Rashford from Manchester United could return to the England national team

A prediction model that successfully predicted victory for France in 2018 and Germany in 2014 tipped England to win the World Cup.


Wayne Rooney has linked up with new Manchester United manager Erik ten Haag. The former England striker has been a regular visitor to his former club’s training ground in recent weeks, even appearing in the club’s training kit at times.

Tottenham are planning a January move to re-sign Marcus Edwards, according to reports.

The Football Association has cleared Ashley Williams of misconduct and violent and threatening behaviour.

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Bayern Munich have confirmed that Senegal striker Sadio Mane has damaged his right fibula, putting his World Cup dream in doubt.

Bosses at 20 Premier League clubs have been warned not to expect all their World Cup stars to return for the Boxing Day restart.

The owners of Newcastle injected an additional 70 million pounds into the club.

England’s LGBTQ+ supporters’ representative is appalled that David Beckham is Qatar’s paid ambassador ahead of the World Cup.


There is a growing belief, according to those familiar with the situation, that Jude Bellingham’s next club will be Manchester City.

Jude Bellingham celebrates after scoring against Stuttgart for Dortmund
Jude Bellingham is reportedly leaning towards a move to Manchester City

Newcastle will host the Saudi Arabian national team on Tyneside later this month as links between the club and the country of their majority owners are strengthened.

Facundo Pellistri will look to secure a permanent transfer from Manchester United during the January transfer window, according to reports.

Conor Benn has been removed from the WBC rankings pending an investigation into his two positive drug tests.

British No.1 Cam Norrie has been accused of joining a “sports washing jamboree” by signing up for an event in Saudi Arabia next month.

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Manchester United are reportedly preparing plans to sign the big striker in the coming year, but could face serious competition from a number of European giants.

Gareth Southgate is willing to gamble on fitness rather than suddenly call up his World Cup squad.

Romelu Lukaku is in a race to prove his fitness as Belgium coach Roberto Martinez today announced his 26-man World Cup squad.

James Anderson will be asked to guide England’s bowling attack on and off the field in Pakistan as interim bowling coach.


Kyle Walker has told England he will be ready to play at the World Cup and hopes to be included in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad alongside his Manchester City team-mate Calvin Phillips.

Gareth Bale will be able to indulge his love of golf during the World Cup after Wales installed a simulator at a hotel in Qatar.

A whistleblower who worked for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid claims in a new documentary that three African FIFA officials were offered $1.5m (£1.3m) each for their football federations in exchange for their votes.

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Leeds United’s American shareholders, who have ties to the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, are preparing for a full takeover of the club after securing the necessary funding.


Premier League clubs are at loggerheads over how to pay for the “new football deal” – with smaller clubs insisting the so-called “Big Six” foot the bulk of the bill, potentially through transfer tax.

The review will be carried out after a Bath City player was left in a critical condition following a head-on collision with a pitchside advertising board reinforced with concrete blocks.

Almost 100 people at Newcastle Falcons have been interviewed for the Rugby Football Union’s inquiry into racism in the sport, with the report due to be published “in a few weeks”, according to Luther Burrell.

French prosecutors have raided the headquarters of the Rugby World Cup organizing committee as part of an investigation into alleged corruption.


The son of Celtic legend Neil Lennon Gallagher has earned his first Northern Ireland U18 call-up after opting to represent his father’s country rather than Scotland, where he was born.

Jason Cummings admitted he broke down in tears when he realized Australia had invited him to the World Cup.


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