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James McCarthy has been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for next month’s World Cup play-off against Denmark. The 26-year-old midfielder played his first football of the season in Everton’s 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday evening after finally shaking off the knee injury he sustained in pre-season. He has been […]

Rhian Brewster scored a hat-trick as England beat Brazil 3-1 in Kolkata to reach the Under-17 World Cup final. The 17-year-old Liverpool forward, who also netted a treble in the quarter-final win over the United States, broke the deadlock at the Salt Lake Stadium with a close-range finish on 10 minutes. Brazil equalised on […]

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has said he will retire after the World Cup – unless he can help club side Juventus win the Champions League this season. The 39-year-old World Cup winner, who on Monday was named goalkeeper of the year at the FIFA Best awards, has never lifted European football’s top prize in […]

David Seaman has urged England manager Gareth Southgate to stick with Joe Hart for next summer’s World Cup. Hart will equal Seaman’s 75 England caps if he plays against either Germany or Brazil in November but the West Ham goalkeeper has come under scrutiny in recent months. Everton’s Jordan Pickford, Stoke’s Jack Butland and […]

It has been four years since David Beckham retired but the former England captain has not lost any of his poise on the ball. Perhaps the country’s greatest ever dead-ball specialist, Beckham rolled back the years while on holiday over the weekend. Sharing a snap of him about to deliver a ball with the […]

There was further criticism for the embattled senior figures at the head of the Football Association on Friday in the wake of their appearance before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee. There have been calls for chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn to resign following the hearing into the FA’s handling […]

Wales will play 2018 World Cup qualifiers Panama in a friendly international next month. The Football Association of Wales announced that the fixture will take place on Tuesday, November 14 at Cardiff City Stadium. It will follow Wales’ friendly clash against France in Paris four days earlier. Wales have never previously played Panama, who […]

Sports minister Tracey Crouch has described the Football Association’s handling of the crisis surrounding ex-England women’s team manager Mark Sampson as a “sorry saga”. Four senior FA officials were grilled by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee on Wednesday, with MPs later suggesting they should all be considering their positions. Football Association […]

The lawyer who initially cleared former England women’s manager Mark Sampson of bullying and racism has changed her mind and decided he did make two racist remarks to players. Katharine Newton, a highly qualified barrister, was called in by the Football Association in December 2016 to follow up an internal investigation into claims made […]

Gordon Strachan will pore over the reasons for Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs but he wasn’t in the mood to pay heed to competing opinions over his managerial choices. Scotland missed out on second place in Group F to Slovakia on goal difference after drawing 2-2 with Slovenia in Ljubljana. Strachan’s […]