Injuries mount for England as Mako Vunipola ruled out of autumn Tests

England suffer a further injury blow before the autumn Tests as Mako Vunipola is ruled out for about six weeks - joining brother Billy on the sidelines.

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Olly Stone quick to make his case for World Cup service with England

The fast bowler announced himself in second ODI with Sri Lanka and Eoin Morgan says he is already in shake-up for World CupBefore what could generously be described as nice weather for ducks, a fast bowler who started out with Vauxhall Mallards of the East Anglian Premier League showed why he could fit the bill for England come next summer’s World Cup.Olly Stone is only six overs into his international career after Saturday’s rain-affected win over Sri Lanka in the Dambulla jungle, with his figures of one for 23 some two wickets fewer than the attack leader, his county colleague Chris Woakes. Continue reading...

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Football transfer rumours: Frenkie de Jong to Manchester City for £62m?

Today’s piffle is blinding you with its brilliancePep Guardiola has seen the future of football – and it’s orange! Actually, it’s usually red and white but it has worn orange three times, for the resurgent Netherlands, and goes by the name of Frenkie de Jong. The jinky playmaker has got Manchester City hot and bothered with his Pep-approved pop-pop-pop passing style in Ajax’s midfield this season and the club are said to be readying a £62m bid for the 21-year-old. They will have stiff competition from Barcelona and Spurs tho… Oh, hang on, let’s do that again. They’ll have stiff competition from Barcelona though who, according to Mundo Deportivo, have had a bid of around £45m rejected.In other disheartening news for Phil Foden’s future playing opportunities at City, the club has a buyback clause for Jadon Sancho, Foden’s one-time contemporary who is ripping it up at Dortmund. Mind you, that could encourage Dortmund to make a concrete move for Foden, as reported in Monday’s Mill. Continue reading...

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Manchester United takeover tale puts wrong spotlight on Saudi Arabia | Marina Hyde

The widely carried rumours are the latest example of social media concoctions that swell well beyond their substanceEven in dark times, the idealism of some football fans remains a beautiful thing to behold. Suggestions over the past week that the Glazer family were considering selling Manchester United to a certain party were greeted with delight in various quarters. As one United supporter positively willing the deal to happen put it: “We deserve better.” Better, in this case, would be Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman, a man whom journalistic cliche demands we style as “in the news for all the wrong reasons”. But hey – nobody’s perfect. Related: José Mourinho charged with improper conduct after Newcastle match Continue reading...

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Gareth Southgate hails England's 'quality' and 'bravery' after win over Spain – video

England's 3-2 Uefa Nations League victory in Seville filled manager Gareth Southgate with pride after his young side stunned in-form Spain with a performance brimming with 'huge courage'.Raheem Sterling ended his goal drought with a first-half brace and Marcus Rashford also chipped in before the break, leaving Southgate to call on his players to use the result as a platform to continue their progress. Continue reading...

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Silvestre de Sousa: Champion jockey on hopes for Classic triumph

Silvestre de Sousa is seeking greater success in big races despite clinching the champion jockey title for the third time in Britain.

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Eddie Pepperell's spectacular hole-in-one at the British Masters – video

England's Eddie Pepperell struck a wonderful hole-in-one in the first round of the British Masters. The ace gave Pepperell a share of the lead with Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Wallace. It was the first hole-in-one of Pepperell's European Tour careerThe amazing world of sport Continue reading...

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England dealt another blow as Mako Vunipola joins Eddie Jones’s injury list

• Calf tear rules Saracens prop out of Autumn internationals• Eddie Jones has now lost 15 key players for November TestsEngland’s injury crisis for next month’s autumn internationals has deepened after Mako Vunipola was ruled out for up to six weeks with a calf tear. With Mako’s brother Billy among 15 other frontline players missing, Eddie Jones’s plans for England’s November series are in turmoil and with a particular lack of experienced options at loosehead prop.Saracens confirmed Mako Vunipola will be sidelined with the injury suffered against Glasgow last Sunday, ending his chances of featuring in Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. “Mako’s got a calf injury, so it looks like it’s going to be around six weeks,” said the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall. Continue reading...

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Robert Croft leaves Glamorgan head coach role

Glamorgan part company with coach Robert Croft after three seasons in charge, after the county finished bottom of the County Championship.

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Gareth Southgate may allow several seniors to play at Euro Under-21 finals

• The more games I play the better, says Harry Winks• Tournament takes place in Italy and San Marino during JuneGareth Southgate’s desire for his players to gain further tournament experience will leave him facing key decisions next summer, with members of England’s senior squad still eligible and eager to feature at the European Under-21 Championship in June.Seven members of the squad for the Nations League ties against Croatia and Spain are eligible to play for Aidy Boothroyd’s junior side for the finals in Italy and San Marino. Harry Winks, who is actually 22 but was born after the 1 January 1996 cut-off, has publicly expressed a willingness to play for the under-21s next summer, with decisions to be made over Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell and Joe Gomez among others. Continue reading...

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Is Keisuke Honda alone in managing internationally while still playing? | The Knowledge

Plus: prolific first-half goalscorers, sticking peppers where the sun don’t shine, and more. Mail us or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Recently Keisuke Honda signed for my hometown club Melbourne Victory in the A-League,” writes Karan Dhamija. “A few days later, he was also announced as manager of the Cambodian national team. Has a player been a manager of another team while playing? Even better if there has been a case of a player managing a national team like Honda?”The Knowledge has been close to this subject before, in 2010, when we found a few examples of footballers turning out for their international teams while player-managers at club-level. These include Graeme Souness, who captained Scotland at Mexico 1986 shortly after being appointed to the dual role at Rangers; Jim Platt, who turned out for Northern Ireland while player-manager at Coleraine; and Gunnar Gren, who played for Sweden in the World Cup final against Brazil in 1958 while managing and turning out for Orgryte. But none of these ever managed an international team. Continue reading...

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