Raheem Sterling is unhappy but will face Kosovo, says Gareth Southgate

• England manager adamant he made right decision • Southgate: ‘He trained superbly well. The thing is finished’ Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Raheem Sterling will return to the team when England visit Kosovo on Sunday and has admitted that the forward will be upset with him after being dropped for the Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on Thursdaynight. While Southgate is keen to move on after Sterling’s altercation with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez in the canteen at St George’s Park on Monday[..]

Gareth Southgate opens up on ‘lonely’ England job in shadow of Sterling row

Manager says he ‘has to stand up and be accountable’ in wake of canteen clash and says young team are ready for Montenegro When Gareth Southgate pulled up a chair for his briefing with the press at the Grove hotel in Hertfordshire, it was roughly 48 hours after you-know-what but, to no great surprise, the issue continued to dominate. A little earlier in a different room, the England manager had been peppered with questions from the broadcast media about the whys and wherefores of his decision to drop Raheem[..]

Callum Hudson-Odoi senses England opportunity after living Chelsea dream

• Frank Lampard convinced teenager to stay in one meeting • Hudson-Odoi keen to add to Southgate’s attacking options For Callum Hudson-Odoi, the reality is that had things worked out differently in January he could have been a Bayern Munich player, watching the Frank Lampard academy-fired revolution at Chelsea from afar. How would that have felt? “To be fair, I wouldn’t know how I’d feel because I’m not there,” he replies, showing the kind of swerve with which he has made his name. It does not take long for[..]

The Fiver | Who to support at Euro 2020 next summer?

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! The Fiver wanted England to win the last World Cup. We really did, they seemed a great bunch of lads. But Euro 2020? Not so much. Look at the state of them, Gareth Southgate in full Frank Drebin mode, insisting there’s nothing to see here while a comic-book cloud with fists and boots poking out of it rumbles away in the background, the result of Raheem Sterling being miffed that assorted social media disgraces hadn’t given him sufficient credit for leaving[..]

‘I’m not going anywhere’: Danny Rose insists he will see out his Tottenham contract

• England defender says Spurs wanted to sell him in summer • ‘My contract is up in 18 months’ time and I’ll leave then’ Tottenham defender Danny Rose intends to see out the remaining 18 months of his contract at the club and revealed he would not be offered a new deal. The 29-year-old England left-back was again made available for transfer during the summer and left off the club’s pre-season tour to Asia. However, a move away failed to materialise, and Rose has since started 11 Premier League games for Maur[..]

Before England’s 1,000th, the story of the first full football international

The 1872 match between Scotland and England attracted the cream of Queen’s Park … and a 124-word report in the Guardian “The laws of the Association game are exceedingly simple, numbering only 12, as against some 40 in the Rugby code,” wrote the Scotsman. “One of the principal differences consists in the entire prohibition of the use of the hands, except by the goalkeeper for the protection of his goal, thus making the skilful and always pleasing ‘dribble’ one of the best points of the game. A goal is score[..]

From Bellingham to Watkins: 10 young Championship stars shining this season

Birmingham’s youngest scorer and a player likened to Callum Wilson make our selection of second-tier players aged 23 or under Bellingham was born in June 2003, when a ponytailed David Beckham joined Real Madrid and Gareth Southgate was in the England defence, but the teenage midfielder has displayed a maturity that belies his years. In August Bellingham, who has shone in the crux of the Birmingham midfield alongside the former Arsenal prospect Daniel Crowley, became the club’s youngest goalscorer at 16 days[..]

Leah Williamson strikes late to salvage victory for Neville and England

• Czech Republic 2-3 England • Lionesses unimpressive but snatch victory in Ceske Budejovice A first England goal from Leah Williamson in the 86th minute to salvage a win against the Czech Republic could not paper over the cracks of a woefully disjointed England performance on Monday night. Phil Neville had said that one win in seven was unacceptable before they travelled here but England made a team without names on their shirts and with seven of the starting XI from a Slavia Prague team that was crushed 1[..]

Czech Republic v England: women's international football friendly – live!

Updates from the 7.15pm GMT kick-off Neville admits form has been ‘unacceptable’ You can email Paul here or tweet him here 8.56pm GMT 84 min: Nobbs gets the game’s first yellow card, seemingly for kicking the ball away after having a foul given against her. Play angry! 8.55pm GMT 83 min: Mead’s corner from the right this the crossbar before going wide on the far side! Continue reading...

Gareth Southgate was right to lay down marker over Raheem Sterling | Barney Ronay

An England manager has nothing but mystique and soft power. If they don’t use it they become irrelevant Happy thousandth everyone. Another month, another England landmark. Welcome to the 1,000th overblown mini-drama to enliven an otherwise deathly international break. Congratulations are due on all sides. First to Raheem Sterling for instigating a significant but far from terminal training-ground bust-up. Second to the Premier League, the world’s greatest sporting soap opera, for granting us this spin-off e[..]

Wayne Bennett has failed as Great Britain Lions coach

Three straight defeats in New Zealand is bad enough, but Bennett has not even grasped what make the Lions special By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required There is no shame in losing to the Kiwis in New Zealand. It has happened to the last 11 British international teams to go there. And, despite being at a rather low ebb, New Zealand were excellent in their 32-8 victory on Saturday. No, the damage done to the Lions has come off the pitch as much as on it – and it has been self-inflicted. It’s not the three [..]

Would Southgate leave out his best player for a big World Cup match?

England’s manager has handled the Raheem Sterling incident well but cynics might argue it was an easy step for this fixture Gareth Southgate and England have just dealt with a modern problem in a pleasingly modern way. Over the course of 999 previous internationals it stretches credulity to imagine nothing like the contretemps between Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez has been seen before, but the vast majority of England get-togethers took place in eras when it was perfectly possible and reasonable to hush thi[..]

England's Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley record debut centuries in tour match

England finish day one on 283 for three v New Zealand XI ‘I don’t really fear too many people now,’ says Sibley Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley could scarcely have wished to make a better first impression on their first day for England, compiling promising centuries such that their captain, Joe Root, spent a good chunk of it waiting in the pavilion. England’s plan in Test cricket under their new head coach, Chris Silverwood, sees Root back at No 4 and it is hoped that a top three reinforced by the obdurate Sible[..]

Sterling dropped by England after row with teammate

Sterling dropped by England after row with teammate

Sterling out after clash with England teammate

9:37 PM ET Associated Press Raheem Sterling will not be considered for England’s European Championship qualifier against Montenegro after emotions ran high when the team gathered Monday following Manchester City’s loss to Liverpool. A day after Liverpool triumphed in the Premier League’s top-of-the-table match at Anfield, where Sterling clashed with Reds defender Joe Gomez near […]

England drop Raheem Sterling for Euro qualifier over clash with Joe Gomez

• Forward to miss Montenegro game after ‘disturbance’ • Gareth Southgate: ‘Emotions from Sunday’s game were still raw’ Raheem Sterling has been dropped for England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday after a bust-up with Joe Gomez at St George’s Park. Emotions were still running high on Monday afternoon following Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City 24 hours earlier and the title rivalry spilled over into the England camp. City’s Sterling and Liverpool’s Gomez were involved in a heated [..]

Gareth Southgate tells England players to improve in order to win trophies

• Southgate: ‘It is hard to win and that’s got to be our aim’ • Manager wants no arrogance if England reach Euro 2020 Gareth Southgate has warned his young side they must “raise the bar” set by previous generations of England teams if they are to end the long wait for success on the international stage. England face Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday in their 1,000th fixture knowing that a draw guarantees qualification for Euro 2020 with a game to spare. A host of former players and managers will be in atten[..]

Chris Silverwood preaches old-school Test batting values as new era dawns | Ali Martin

England’s new head coach wants his batsmen to concentrate on building an innings in his first Test series against New Zealand And now for something completely different. After an inexperienced England T20 side wrapped up a 3-2 series win over New Zealand – needing Super Over: The Sequel to get the job done – attention switches to Test cricket and Chris Silverwood’s biggest challenge as the new head coach. Now, something that will likely be mentioned a bit over the coming weeks is that the two Tests being pl[..]

KSI wins rematch with Paul by split decision

1:17 AM ET Steve KimESPN LOS ANGELES — In their second fight to resolve their online rivalry, KSI got the better of Logan Paul on Saturday night at Staples Center. KSI defeated Paul by split decision, with two judges scoring the bout 57-54 and 56-55 for KSI, while a third judge had it 56-55 for […]

England win T20 series after inflicting more super over pain on New Zealand

Chris Jordan four levelled scores in rain-hit T20i England then won super over to take T20 series 3-2 We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalism When Chris Jordan paddled the final ball of an 11-over-a-side thrash for four, the 9,000 or so spectators watching at Eden Park could scarcely believe their eyes: England and New Zealand were heading into a super over for the second time this year. What followed may have lacked the stomach-churning intensit[..]

New Zealand v England: fifth and final T20 international – live!

Start delayed by heavy rain in Auckland Ian Smith: ‘That Lord’s final will never leave me’ Get in touch! Email Tanya or tweet @tjaldred 3.00am GMT “Good morning from India,” writes Abhijato Sensarma. “When I woke up at around eight in the morning, I was disappointed because I realised a lot of the match might have already taken place; after checking the OBO, I was disappointed to see the prospect that none of it might take place. Now, the game does seem to be on track for a resumption. It will have just eno[..]

England defeated but unbowed in front of record Wembley crowd | Sean Ingle

England’s women were stung by a late Germany winner but the presence of 77,768 fans to watch them will ease their World Cup hangover Something strange happened as England’s players trudged off the Wembley pitch after their worrying Women’s World Cup hangover continued with a late kick in the teeth. The crowd rose up to cheer. Pretty much all 77,768 of them – the biggest home attendance for the national team. A 2-1 defeat to Germany was not what the supporters – or England’s manager, Phil Neville – had come [..]

Sarah Hunter try double earns England women landmark win over France

France 10-20 England Red Roses win in France for first time since 2012 Sarah Hunter scored two tries as England beat France 20-10 in Clermont, earning their first win in France since 2012 and laying down a marker for the Women’s Six Nations. Simon Middleton’s side had to weather an early storm from the hosts, who took the lead with a Jessy Tremouliere penalty in the 11th minute. England centre Emily Scarratt, named player of the year at last Sunday’s World Rugby awards, levelled the scores with a place-kick[..]

Germany’s Klara Bühl piles pressure on Phil Neville and England with late strike

• England 1-2 Germany (White 44; Popp 9, Bühl 90) • England slip to defeat after Ellen White leveller Klara Bühl struck late to crush England’s record home crowd of 77,768 and give Germany victory. Ellen White had scored in her first England game after injury sidelined the 30-year-old following her six-goal haul at the World Cup in France to undo Germany captain Alexandra Popp’s early unmarked header inside nine minutes. White’s one-touch strike levelled things on the stroke of half time after Keira Walsh f[..]

England v Germany: women's football international – live!

Live updates from a nearly sold-out Wembley Lionesses boosted by record ticket sales Send your thoughts to Will on email or Twitter 5.07pm GMT A lovely story of being a committed fan of the England women’s team ... Related: From 10 fans in China to 90,000 at Wembley: 15 years as an England Women supporter 5.05pm GMT I played 11-a-side earlier and with the scores at 2-1, I took control of the ball of the left flank, beat two players down the wing, got to the byline and sent an a cross with the outside of my [..]

Commentator Ian Smith: ‘That final at Lord’s will never leave me’

New Zealander delivered the right words even as his compatriots lost to England in the Cricket World Cup final Nearly four months have passed since England and New Zealand served up that World Cup final but for Ian Smith, the Kiwi commentator who called the staggering denouement, it still remains fresh in the mind’s eye. “I’m over the result but I don’t think I’m quite over the moment,” says Smith, as we meet at Nelson’s bucolic Saxton Oval and pull up a couple of chairs by the groundsman’s hut while the st[..]

Eddie Jones should take England to 2023 World Cup, says Chris Robshaw

• 2015 captain says future of young England side is ‘very bright’ • Harlequins captain calls for English improvement in Europe Chris Robshaw believes Eddie Jones should take England to the 2023 World Cup in France, where he expects at least two-thirds of the players who went all the way to the final in Japan still to be in contention. The disappointment felt after losing to South Africa did not compare with the dejection in 2015 after the England side Robshaw captained became the first hosts not to make the[..]

Record crowd sees England's Lionesses beaten

Braving the cold and driving rain, a record home crowd for an England women's football international saw the Lionesses beaten 2-1 by Germany at Wembley Stadium Saturday.

Record crowd sees England's women beaten by Germany at Wembley

Undeterred by the cold and driving rain, a record home crowd for an England women's football international saw the Lionesses beaten 2-1 by Germany at Wembley Stadium Saturday.

Lionesses boosted by record ticket sales at Wembley

Manager Phil Neville says side needs to use possible sellout to inspire youngsters The projected record-breaking attendance for a women’s football match in Britain should inspire fans to come regularly and encourage girls to believe they can play at international level, the England manager Phil Neville said on Friday. More than 86,500 tickets have been sold for England’s showpiece friendly against Germany at Wembley on Saturday, close to the stadium’s 90,000 capacity. The attendance could beat the 80,203 wh[..]

Lucy Bronze: ‘We’ve come from paying to play – I had to pay for my kit’

The England and Lyon full-back talks about how far women’s football has come before England face Germany at Wembley Lucy Bronze is ready for a sold-out Wembley. “It just creates an atmosphere,” she says. “That’s why people love football. That’s why they love the Premier League. It’s the buzz around the game. It’s the emotion in each tackle and each header, each goal. You’re not only celebrating that goal for yourself and the team but also celebrating with all these thousands of people around you.” Germany’s[..]

Five key questions for Manchester City before facing Liverpool | Jamie Jackson

Pep Guardiola must address problems in defence and attack as he seeks a first win at Anfield since arriving in England in 2016 At this juncture the answer has to be yes as the champions’ points return is the lowest since Pep Guardiola’s first season when they finished third and trophyless. As they head to Liverpool, City have 25 points from 11 games, one more than in 2016-17. Then Guardiola’s side had lost once – at Tottenham – and scored 25 goals while conceding 10. This term City have scored more (34) and[..]

Sports quiz of the week: comebacks, knockouts and cock-ups

Who travels well? Who missed their mark? Who won again? Nicola Adams retired from boxing this week due to concerns over her eyesight. Which of these statements about Adams is not true? She worked as a builder before boxing She has worked as an extra on Eastenders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street She was the first female boxer to win an Olympic gold medal She lost her last fight England have been fined around £2,000 for responding to the haka with a "flying V” before their Rugby World Cup semi-final against [..]

What Stoke can expect after prising Michael O'Neill from Northern Ireland | Ewan Murray

Stoke’s attraction to O’Neill is obvious – he maximises resources by creating an environment players relish One of Michael O’Neill’s final acts as the Northern Ireland manager emphasises why the lure of club football was always going to prove too strong eventually. O’Neill used to adopt self-deprecating humour when explaining how seeking out international players from the nether regions of the game had become normality. A trip to Blackpool v Peterborough in League One where the reason for attending, Jordan [..]

Germany’s Marozsán making up for lost time after pulmonary embolism

The Lyon playmaker prepares to face England on Saturday with a new perspective after fearing for her life and her career Dzsenifer Marozsán says she has only learned to properly enjoy playing football since recovering from a life-threatening pulmonary embolism but the Germany playmaker has always made the game look fun. The blood clot in a lung which briefly threatened Marozsán’s career has left her wearing compression stockings when travelling between matches but her exceptional talent continues to thrive [..]

Dawid Malan's stunning century sets up England rout in fourth T20 international

England 241-3; New Zealand 165 all out; England win by 76 runs Malan hits 103 from 51 balls to as England set record T20 total Dawid Malan may no longer be a county teammate of Eoin Morgan. But after his astonishing century in Napier – amid 45 minutes of carnage with the England captain – he will surely join him for next year’s T20 World Cup. Malan’s unbeaten 103 from 51 balls was significant in terms of this T20 series, first and foremost. It powered England to their highest total in T20 international cric[..]

USWNT gives new coach Andonovski first win

10:14 PM ET Associated Press Carli Lloyd scored twice, Christen Press added a goal and the United States held off Sweden 3-2 on Thursday night in Columbus, Ohio, giving Vlatko Andonovski a victory in his first match as head coach. The U.S. is 19-1-3 in 2019 and has a 22-match unbeaten streak. The U.S. dominated […]

New Zealand v England: fourth T20 international – live!

Updates from the fourth T20i in Napier Denley back in the nets as Test players arrive And you can email Tanya here or tweet her here 5.39am GMT 8th over: England 61-2 (Morgan 2 , Malan 18) Tis a shame, Banton was looking in entertaining mood. Ah, now they’re showing an aerial shot of the ground, that’s just rubbing it in, we see the glistening south Pacific stretching out forever. 5.36am GMT Banton fancies a reverse sweep, he flips round to play the shot, almost cartoon style, and is hit on the back leg, I [..]

Eric Dier: ‘People said I was injured but I just kept on falling ill’

Tottenham utility man opens up on the perforated appendix that laid him low for months and left him in a downward spiral Eric Dier and the Tottenham medical team had tried to explain it away as a stomach bug. A number of the club’s players had gone down with it and Dier’s symptoms sounded similar. Except they were not. It was something far more sinister and it would be the beginning of a nightmare period for Dier, one that would see him lose his status as a regular Spurs starter and mainstay of the England [..]

Uefa must increase sanctions to help eradicate racism, says Gareth Southgate

• England manager wants sanctions to get ‘higher and higher’ • Southgate praises players for following protocol in Bulgaria Gareth Southgate has urged Uefa to keep increasing sanctions against countries guilty of racism but admitted he was not sure whether expelling Bulgaria from Euro 2020 would have had the desired effect of eradicating discrimination from the game. The Bulgarian Football Union was ordered to stage its next home match, against the Czech Republic, behind closed doors and fined €75,000 after[..]

Gareth Southgate says Bulgaria racism brought England team closer together – video

The England manager said the racist abuse hurled at his players during the Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria has brought greater unity the team. Southgate added: ‘They can see how close the team are, they can see the diversity of the team, the different backgrounds and how they're just a group of brothers who come together and want to play football and enjoy each other's company, and that, in itself, is a hugely powerful message for everybody in society.’ A section of Bulgaria's support could be seen giving N[..]

Pep Guardiola needs Champions League win with City to join all-time greats | Eni Aluko

Guardiola is about to face Jürgen Klopp in the league, a manager who has possibly outstripped the Spaniard Despite their draw against Atalanta at San Siro, Manchester City top their Champions League group and need only a point from their two remaining games to secure a place in the last 16. Perhaps this will be the season they win the one prize that has eluded them during their massively expensive modern overhaul. But as Pep Guardiola prepares for a meeting with the only English club that has come even clos[..]

What has gone wrong for Phil Neville’s England – and how can he fix it?

Switch to a back three against Germany at a sold-out Wembley could get the best from Lucy Bronze, Jodie Taylor and others The last time England beat Germany they played three at the back and ended up having medals placed around their necks. It was a little over four years ago, at Canada 2015, and the win secured a third-place World Cup finish but there is currently an even more compelling case for Phil Neville switching to a formation that might just enable him to marry philosophy with practicality. Continu[..]

England’s Ellie Roebuck says watching Lionesses at Wembley was life-changing

• England goalkeeper went to England v Germany as a 15-year-old • Game in 2014 made her believe she could have a football career Manchester City’s goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck has credited watching the Lionesses at Wembley as a 15-year-old in 2014 with giving her the belief that a career in football was possible. Speaking before England’s showpiece sold-out friendly against Germany, Roebuck said: “I went to the last England v Germany game as a fan. That was an unbelievable occasion. It was probably one of my fi[..]

Northampton not giving up on comeback for injured Dylan Hartley

• Director of rugby denies reports that player is to retire • Former England captain still hopes to return to action Northampton have not given up hope of former England captain Dylan Hartley playing for them again but cannot put a date on the hooker’s return from a knee injury he suffered 11 months ago. There have been reports that the 33-year-old Hartley, who has won 97 caps and was in line to lead England in the Rugby World Cup before his injury, is in talks with Northampton about ending his career. Howe[..]

Can Liverpool v Manchester City be accepted as England’s biggest game? | Paul Wilson

Relations between Klopp and Guardiola and historical rivalries mean this fixture is a long way from the Battle of the Buffet Crunch time arrives in the Premier League at the weekend. It is only necessary to glance at the league table now or last season to see why games between Liverpool and Manchester City are important in terms of the title race. The managers have had a nibble at each other over diving and tactical fouling in the buildup and few attending Anfield on Sunday will doubt that one side or the o[..]

The strange and unusual history of celebrity boxing

9:11 AM ET Celebrity boxing reaches its biggest stage Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles as KSI and Logan Paul square off. It’s a professional rematch of an amateur bout that drew hundreds of thousands of buys on YouTube pay-per-view last August, opening a lot of eyes to the overwhelming moneymaking potential such a […]

James Maddison set to be called up by England despite casino controversy

• Leicester midfielder expected to be rewarded for fine club form • Maddison pictured in casino after withdrawing from last squad James Maddison is set to be given another opportunity in the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo despite the controversy surrounding his casino visit during the last international break. England faced the Czech Republic and Bulgaria last month but Maddison, who has yet to win a cap, withdrew from the squad because of illness. The Leicester mid[..]

Jonny Bairstow and Chris Jordan in line for early England return in New Zealand

• Experienced pair could play in Napier to help save T20 series • Matt Parkinson and Tom Banton expected to keep places It was in Napier, the art deco-styled coastal city on the North Island playing host to Friday evening’s fourth T20 between New Zealand and England, that Alan Mullally once left a dead shark in Mike Atherton’s bed as a prank. On his first tour with England in the winter of 1996-97, the left-armer was ribbing his captain for a lack of fishing success and was then left out of the next match. [..]