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England v France is OFF 9 Oct 7:20pm Updated England v France is OFF
EXCLUSIVE BY CHRIS FOY IN TOKYO: With super typhoon Hagibis set to rage through Tokyo this weekend, tournament organisers are due to announce contingency plans.
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World Cup havoc caused by a typhoon is tough luck all round, but Japan are still worthy hosts 9 Oct 6:16pm Updated World Cup havoc caused by a typhoon is tough luck all round, but Japan are still worthy hosts
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: Wow, I'm still trying to process the news that the England v France game is off. Their qualifying positions won't be altered, which is a small mercy,
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Trent Alexander-Arnold makes case for England to improve defence 9 Oct 6:11pm Updated Trent Alexander-Arnold makes case for England to improve defence
While the attacking abilities of the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho are being heralded, England have had some issues at the back of late.
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Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech signs with ICE HOCKEY club Guildford Phoenix 9 Oct 6:08pm Updated Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech signs with ICE HOCKEY club Guildford Phoenix
The former Arsenal and Chelsea goalkeeper will be playing as a netminder for the Surrey-based club for the campaign and admitted he is delighted to make the switch to a new sport.
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When George Best nutmegged Johan Cruyff... The last time Northern Ireland took on Holland in 1976 9 Oct 6:06pm Updated When George Best nutmegged Johan Cruyff... The last time Northern Ireland took on Holland in 1976
October 13, 1976. Best's career was on the wane. He had turned 30 that summer and come back from his first stint in the US with Los Angeles Aztecs.
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How getting the boot from Middlesbrough was the making of England boss Gareth Southgate 9 Oct 6:03pm Updated How getting the boot from Middlesbrough was the making of England boss Gareth Southgate
He would never have envisaged it turning out this way. Ten years ago, at such a low ebb, how could Gareth Southgate have pictured such a transformation?
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Mo Bobat named England performance director and will work with new head coach Chris Silverwood   9 Oct 6:00pm Updated Mo Bobat named England performance director and will work with new head coach Chris Silverwood  
Bobat steps up from the position of player identification lead, having been promoted by Andrew Strauss to apply his selection principles to the Test and limited-overs teams in 2016.
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England boss Gareth Southgate may give Mason Mount his full England debut against Czech Republic 9 Oct 5:57pm Updated England boss Gareth Southgate may give Mason Mount his full England debut against Czech Republic
Sportsmail understands Southgate is considering deploying the 20-year-old in the No 10 role for England's Euro 2020 qualifier against Czech Republic in Prague on Friday night. 
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Football news: Gareth Bale will play with emotion when Wales take on Slovakia in Euro 2020 qualifier 9 Oct 5:55pm Updated Football news: Gareth Bale will play with emotion when Wales take on Slovakia in Euro 2020 qualifier
Gareth Bale appeared to be heading for the exit in the summer - with a £1m a week contract with Jiangsu Suning on the table - after his relationship with Zinedine Zidane hit rock bottom.
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Billy Joe Saunders will make his US bow in Los Angeles against Argentine Marcelo Esteban Cocores 9 Oct 5:53pm Updated Billy Joe Saunders will make his US bow in Los Angeles against Argentine Marcelo Esteban Cocores
Saunders will put his WBO super-middleweight title on the line for the first time after clinching the vacant title over Shefat Isufi in Stevenage earlier this year.
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Jose Mourinho is monitoring the situation at Tottenham... but would it really work if he took over? 9 Oct 5:51pm Updated Jose Mourinho is monitoring the situation at Tottenham... but would it really work if he took over?
Jose Mourinho is monitoring the situation at Tottenham Hotspur closely as he searches for a route back into management. But would the Portuguese really be the right man for the Spurs job?
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Novak Djokovic eases past Denis Shapovalov in straight sets in Shanghai 9 Oct 5:43pm Updated Novak Djokovic eases past Denis Shapovalov in straight sets in Shanghai
Djokovic, who had a bye into round two, took his record over Shapovalov to 3-0 and has now won 22 straight sets in Asia - dating back to his title in Shanghai last year and last week's Japan Open.
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Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah made £90,000 donation to controversial US group  9 Oct 5:39pm Updated Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah made £90,000 donation to controversial US group 
EXCLUSIVE BY MATT BARLOW: Sheffield United owner Prince Abdullah gave more than £90,000 to a controversial Muslim civil rights group which divides opinion in the United States.
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COMMENT: Why is fan safety STILL not the top priority? 9 Oct 5:30pm Updated COMMENT: Why is fan safety STILL not the top priority?
COMMENT BY IAN HERBERT: It is Manchester United's quest to protect the brand which really takes your breath away when it comes to the death of lifelong supporter John Whale.
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Coco Gauff reaches quarter-finals of WTA Tour event for the first time at Linz Open 9 Oct 5:28pm Updated Coco Gauff reaches quarter-finals of WTA Tour event for the first time at Linz Open
Coco Gauff, who is 15-years-old, took advantage of her lucky-loser spot to make the last eight at a WTA Tour event for the first time. Her opponent Kateryna Kozlova retired in the third set.
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England to call on Kiwi bowling coach Bond for New Zealand tour after Silverwood appointment 9 Oct 5:25pm Updated England to call on Kiwi bowling coach Bond for New Zealand tour after Silverwood appointment
Bond was employed in the role for the first two Tests of the 2017-18 Ashes before Chris Silverwood became England's fast-bowling coach, and could be asked to fill in on an interim basis.
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Dina Asher-Smith hits the jackpot as star athletes set to cash in at Olympics 9 Oct 5:00pm Updated Dina Asher-Smith hits the jackpot as star athletes set to cash in at Olympics
The earning potential of Team GB stars could dramatically increase before Tokyo 2020 if the British Olympic Association gets approval to relax 'stifling' sponsorship rules.
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Football news: Derby directors David Williams and John Kirkland step down from board 9 Oct 4:47pm Updated Football news: Derby directors David Williams and John Kirkland step down from board
The move comes amid reports of potential new investment in the Sky Bet Championship side, with David Williams and John Kirkland describing his departure as 'a natural step' in the circumstances.
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Germany vs Argentina: Live score and updates 9 Oct 4:35pm Updated Germany vs Argentina: Live score and updates
Germany will host Argentina at Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park stadium on Wednesday night in an international friendly.  
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West Ham left back Aaron Cresswell signs new deal until 2023 9 Oct 4:09pm Updated West Ham left back Aaron Cresswell signs new deal until 2023
Aaron Cresswell has committed his future to West Ham United after signing a contract extension with club. It was announced on Wednesday evening that the left back has penned a new deal.
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Football news: Aaron Ramsey left out of Wales squad for clash with Slovakia 9 Oct 2:54pm Updated Football news: Aaron Ramsey left out of Wales squad for clash with Slovakia
Aaron Ramsey has remained in Cardiff in order to concentrate on regaining full fitness for Sunday's game against Croatia. He has been nursing an injury to his adductor muscle.
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Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg believes Alisson has calmed the Anfield atmosphere  9 Oct 2:34pm Updated Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg believes Alisson has calmed the Anfield atmosphere 
The Merseyside outfit have been through a range of different stoppers in recent season, with Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius both making costly mistakes.
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Wilfried Zaha tells Arsenal fans to be patient with Nicolas Pepe 9 Oct 2:16pm Updated Wilfried Zaha tells Arsenal fans to be patient with Nicolas Pepe
Wilfried Zaha has urged frustrated Arsenal fans to be patient with Nicolas Pepe. The winger signed from Lille for £72million in the summer but has struggled to make a significant impact.
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Coleen Rooney accuses Rebekah Vardy of selling stories about her 9 Oct 2:04pm Updated Coleen Rooney accuses Rebekah Vardy of selling stories about her
Coleen Rooney launched an incredible social media attack on fellow footballer's wife Rebekah Vardy on Wednesday- revealing how she set up an elaborate sting on Instagram to 'catch' her.
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Lionel Messi admits he wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to STAY at Real Madrid 9 Oct 1:40pm Updated Lionel Messi admits he wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to STAY at Real Madrid
The pair have not faced each other since Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus last summer and Messi has revealed he wanted he misses the on-field rivalry.
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Jadon Sancho would struggle to get into Bayern Munich side, insists Franck Ribery 9 Oct 1:23pm Updated Jadon Sancho would struggle to get into Bayern Munich side, insists Franck Ribery
The former France international, who spent 12 trophy-laden years in Bavaria, insists that Munich have no need to try and prise Sancho away from their rivals Borussia Dortmund.
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Irish trainer Jessica Harrington bidding for second two-year-old filly success in a fortnight 9 Oct 12:58pm Updated Irish trainer Jessica Harrington bidding for second two-year-old filly success in a fortnight
Harrington, who already has won the Cheveley Park Stakes (Millisle) and Prix Marcel Boussac (Albigna), said: 'We have always liked Cayenne Pepper,' the unbeaten horse she's using.
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Football news: Wolves will play Slovan Bratislava Europa League clash behind closed doors 9 Oct 12:52pm Updated Football news: Wolves will play Slovan Bratislava Europa League clash behind closed doors
UEFA have dismissed an appeal from the Slovakian club against their original punishment - a €50,000 (£45,000) and a one-match stadium closure. The meeting will be on October 24.
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Roberto Martinez defends Eden Hazard over his fitness after slow start at Real Madrid 9 Oct 12:06pm Updated Roberto Martinez defends Eden Hazard over his fitness after slow start at Real Madrid
The winger joined Real Madrid in a £150million deal from Chelsea in the summer but has failed to meet expectations. He arrived in Madrid carrying extra weight and has struggled to shift it.
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England train in Black History Month shirts ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers 9 Oct 11:58am Updated England train in Black History Month shirts ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers
England players have been wearing Black History Month shirts in training for their upcoming Euro 2020 matches against Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.
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England will finish top of their World Cup group after France clash is called off due 9 Oct 11:56am Updated England will finish top of their World Cup group after France clash is called off due
England will finish top of their Rugby World Cup group after their final game against France was cancelled. They are likely to face Australia in the quarter-finals in Oita on October 19.
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Gareth Southgate welcomes Cricket World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan into England training camp 9 Oct 11:51am Updated Gareth Southgate welcomes Cricket World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan into England training camp
Morgan skippered England to Cricket World Cup glory in stunning fashion and is understood to have visited St George's Park as preparations continue for matches against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
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Holland boss Ronald Koeman warns his side to be wary of Northern Ireland ahead of Euro qualifier  9 Oct 11:50am Updated Holland boss Ronald Koeman warns his side to be wary of Northern Ireland ahead of Euro qualifier 
With Holland due in Belfast next month, both teams are viewing the double-header as a head-to-head battle for a ticket to Euro 2020, and Koeman is wary of the threat posed by Michael O'Neill's side.
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Joey Barton pleads not guilty to attack on rival football manager 9 Oct 11:45am Updated Joey Barton pleads not guilty to attack on rival football manager
The Fleetwood Town manager arrived at Barnsley magistrates court to face a single charge of assault before district judge Joanne Hirst.
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Reading sack manager Jose Gomes with club languishing in relegation zone 9 Oct 10:21am Updated Reading sack manager Jose Gomes with club languishing in relegation zone
Reading have sacked manager Jose Gomes with the club languishing in the Championship relegation zone. The Royals have only won two matches in the league so far this season.
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Would exciting German manager Julian Nagelsmann be a good fit for Manchester United? 9 Oct 9:45am Updated Would exciting German manager Julian Nagelsmann be a good fit for Manchester United?
ADAM SHERGOLD: Manchester United have earmarked RB Leipzig's 32-year-old boss Julian Nagelsmann as a potential future manager. But would he be a good fit for the job at Old Trafford?
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AC Milan hire Stefano Pioli as new manager... but fans are ALREADY calling for him to go 9 Oct 9:41am Updated AC Milan hire Stefano Pioli as new manager... but fans are ALREADY calling for him to go
Pioli, who has been out of work since resigning as Fiorentina boss back in April, faces a tough battle to get Milan back on track. He will take charge of his first game when Milan host Leece next Sunday.
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Thomas Muller admits he is considering a move away from Bayern Munich in January 9 Oct 9:40am Updated Thomas Muller admits he is considering a move away from Bayern Munich in January
The German World Cup winner has become a peripheral member of Niko Kovac's new-look side this season and has not started a game in nearly a month.
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Manuel Neuer vs Marc-Andre ter Stegen resumes: 10 things to look out for during international break 9 Oct 9:36am Updated Manuel Neuer vs Marc-Andre ter Stegen resumes: 10 things to look out for during international break
There is plenty at stake over the next fortnight with teams on the brink of qualifying for the European Championships in 2020, while some nations hit the road for some eagerly-anticipated friendlies.
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Arsenal scouting South Korean star forward Hwang Hee-chan after starring for Red Bull Salzburg 9 Oct 8:51am Updated Arsenal scouting South Korean star forward Hwang Hee-chan after starring for Red Bull Salzburg
Hwang has been watched by scouts from major European leagues in the last three seasons but produced a breakthrough performance in Salzburg's Champions League defeat at Liverpool last week.
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Coleen Rooney accuses Rebekah Vardy of selling stories about her in an extraordinary rant 9 Oct 8:34am Updated Coleen Rooney accuses Rebekah Vardy of selling stories about her in an extraordinary rant
Coleen Rooney launched an incredible social media attack on fellow footballer's wife Rebekah Vardy on Wednesday- revealing how she set up an elaborate sting on Instagram to 'catch' her.
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Watch incredible long-range belter from Southampton youngster while playing for the under NINES 9 Oct 7:58am Updated Watch incredible long-range belter from Southampton youngster while playing for the under NINES
The youngster channelled his inner Le Tissier as he scored a wonder goal in a Southampton under nines fixture at the club's Staplewood training ground, shared on the club's official Instagram.
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Lionel Messi insists he has no issues with Barcelona new boy Antoine Griezmann 9 Oct 7:49am Updated Lionel Messi insists he has no issues with Barcelona new boy Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann eventually signed for Barcelona from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in a staggering deal worth £108million after heavily flirting with a move to the club last summer.
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Barcelona star Gerard Pique reveals he thrives on being booed by fans 9 Oct 7:43am Updated Barcelona star Gerard Pique reveals he thrives on being booed by fans
His political standpoint on Catalonia's referendum on independence has seen him be targeted by his own fans, but Pique has learned to channel the negative energy and turn it into a motivation tool.
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Wales vs Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Live score and updates in Japan 9 Oct 7:34am Updated Wales vs Fiji - Rugby World Cup 2019: Live score and updates in Japan
Wales could secure their quarter-final place with victory over Fiji in their Pool C clash at Oita Stadium. Warren Gatland's side have already beaten Georgia and Australia.
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Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele will miss El Clasico with Real Madrid after being given two-game ban 9 Oct 7:22am Updated Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele will miss El Clasico with Real Madrid after being given two-game ban
Ousmane Dembele will miss El Clasico against Real Madrid after being handed a two-game suspension.
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Dries Mertens admits he wants to extend Napoli deal 9 Oct 7:21am Updated Dries Mertens admits he wants to extend Napoli deal
Dries Mertens has put the ball in Napoli's court after declaring that he would like to stay beyond this summer. The Serie A giants are yet to open contract talks with the forward.
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Bastian Schweinsteiger dragged Germany to ultimate glory with blood, sweat and tears 9 Oct 6:49am Updated Bastian Schweinsteiger dragged Germany to ultimate glory with blood, sweat and tears
KIT HOLDEN IN GERMANY: There are many enduring images of Bastian Schweinsteiger. And then there is that one. The one of him with blood streaming down his face in the Maracana in 2014.
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Jordan Archer in training with Aston Villa as former Millwall goalkeeper searches for new club 9 Oct 6:40am Updated Jordan Archer in training with Aston Villa as former Millwall goalkeeper searches for new club
Archer was released by the Lions at the end of the last campaign and would be an experienced option for a number of clubs, having clocked up more than 200 senior appearances in his career.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic refuses to rule out return to Serie A or Premier League 9 Oct 6:12am Updated Zlatan Ibrahimovic refuses to rule out return to Serie A or Premier League
His contract is up at the end of the year and Ibrahimovic admits he would be open to a return to Italy or another one of the top European leagues.
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Shocking moment a futsal player is KNOCKED OUT after his opponent karate kicks him 9 Oct 5:43am Updated Shocking moment a futsal player is KNOCKED OUT after his opponent karate kicks him
Match footage showed Brazilian Daniel Batalha following through with his right foot and kicking his opponent, Fernandinho, in the face in an assault of the kind normally seen in karate or cage-fighting.
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Lionel Messi admits for the first time that he wanted to QUIT Barcelona over £2.95m tax row 9 Oct 5:35am Updated Lionel Messi admits for the first time that he wanted to QUIT Barcelona over £2.95m tax row
Lionel Messi has spectacularly revealed that he wanted to QUIT Barcelona during his £2.95million tax row - and it was only a lack of offers from elsewhere that kept him at the club.
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Alonso arrives at court in Madrid for trial as he faces five-year prison sentence 9 Oct 5:33am Updated Alonso arrives at court in Madrid for trial as he faces five-year prison sentence
Alonso, who won the Champions League in his first season with Liverpool, has been charged with three counts of tax fraud state prosecutors say he committed between 2010 and 2012.
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10 stars with a point to prove during the international break 9 Oct 4:58am Updated 10 stars with a point to prove during the international break
As an exciting club football season is pushed to one side for a fortnight, the international fixtures are set to come to the fore. Here, Sportsmail takes a look at 10 players with a point to prove...
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Scotland vs Russia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Live score and updates in Japan 9 Oct 4:57am Updated Scotland vs Russia - Rugby World Cup 2019: Live score and updates in Japan
Scotland play Russia in their penultimate Pool A match requiring a bonus-point victory to keep their hopes of making the quarter-finals alive.
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Real Madrid news: Martin Odegaard hopeful of reigniting Bernabeu career 9 Oct 4:44am Updated Real Madrid news: Martin Odegaard hopeful of reigniting Bernabeu career
Martin Odegaard is confident he has a future at Real Madrid after receiving praise for his brilliant start to the season on loan with Real Sociedad.
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Zinedine Zidane finds his Paul Pogba: Fede Valverde is emerging at Real Madrid 9 Oct 4:15am Updated Zinedine Zidane finds his Paul Pogba: Fede Valverde is emerging at Real Madrid
PETE JENSON: Real Madrid told Zidane that Pogba was not worth the money Manchester United were asking for him in the summer - on Saturday, it looked like they had called it right.
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Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Mourinho eyes replacing Pochettino at ailing Tottenham 9 Oct 3:49am Updated Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Mourinho eyes replacing Pochettino at ailing Tottenham
EXCLUSIVE BY ADRIAN KAJUMBA: Jose Mourinho is monitoring Tottenham's situation as he looks for a route back into management.
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Gary Neville reveals how he was forced to switch from central midfield to right-back at Man United 9 Oct 3:30am Updated Gary Neville reveals how he was forced to switch from central midfield to right-back at Man United
Gary Neville has revealed that he ended up playing right-back instead of in midfield when 'talented' trio David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes arrived in Manchester United's academy.
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Julian Nagelsmann could be the man to follow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United 9 Oct 3:06am Updated Julian Nagelsmann could be the man to follow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United
EXCLUSIVE BY ADRIAN KAJUMBA: Manchester United have earmarked Julian Nagelsmann as a potential future Old Trafford manager.
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Rugby World Cup 2019 - How do England get Owen Farrell firing?  9 Oct 2:10am Updated Rugby World Cup 2019 - How do England get Owen Farrell firing? 
CHRIS FOY IN TOKYO: Owen Farrell was ill on Tuesday, so he was unable to take a full part in England training. His hopes of being involved against France must be in doubt.
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