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Oliver Bierhoff admits Germany wary of England after stunning success at youth level

England’s Under-17s won the World Cup in India in October 2017 Thursday, November 9, 2017 Germany’s general manager Oliver Bierhoff admits England’s success at youth-team level has given the world champions a wake-up call. In the last five months England’s Under-17s and Under-20s have won their respective World Cups and that has made other nations sit up and take notice – not least the reigning senior champions. “We can’t rest on our laurels after the successful qualification campaign and the Confederations Cup win,” Bierhoff told a press conference ahead of…

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Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis targets Swiss success as he closes in on 100th cap

Steven Davis met the Duke of Cambridge last week and will earn his 100th Northern Ireland cap on Thursday, but insists the World Cup play-off with Switzerland is more important than such personal landmarks. Southampton midfielder Davis, 32, will become just the third Northern Irish centurion, following in the footsteps of Pat Jennings and Aaron Hughes when he leads Michael O’Neill’s team out at Windsor Park in the first leg against the Swiss. It is another significant milestone for a player who recently received his MBE at Buckingham Palace, but…

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Exclusive – Sam Allardyce insists 'hungry' David Moyes will be a success as West Ham manager

Sam Allardyce is backing David Moyes to be a success as West Ham manager. The Scot has signed a deal to take charge of the Hammers for the remainder of the season after Slaven Bilic was sacked on Monday. Having seen Moyes fail to impress in his last three managerial jobs with Sunderland, Real Sociedad and Manchester United, the vast majority of fans do not appear enamoured by his appointment. But Allardyce, who spent four years as West Ham boss, believes the club can look forward to a bright future under the 54-year-old. Speaking…

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Arsenal ‘putting on-field success over financial gain’ by keeping Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil this season – Ivan Gazidis

Arsenal’s decision not to sell Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the summer proves the club is putting on-field success over financial gain, according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis. Gazidis, who was taking questions at Arsenal’s annual general meeting on Thursday, said no one outside the club is aware of the demands being made by players approaching the end of their contracts. It was reported last December that both Ozil and Sanchez wanted to be paid the same as the Premier League’s top earners. Neither of the pair are yet…

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'It's the best win ever' – Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott revels in Grand Final success

Leeds head coach Brian McDermott hailed the Betfred Super League Grand Final victory over Castleford as “the best win ever” after dark times for the club. Castleford won the League Leaders’ shield but were unable to win rugby league’s biggest prize as they were defeated 24-6 by the Rhinos in the Manchester showpiece finale. Danny McGuire produced the perfect swansong, leading Leeds to victory on his final appearance for his home-town club. The Rhinos skipper scored two tries, helped to create others for winger Tom Briscoe and landed two drop…

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