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  • Giroud proves his worth to France once again

    A rare starter for his club Arsenal this season, Olivier Giroud once again proved his worth to France when he bagged a double in their 3-1 win in Luxembourg in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday. The powerful striker’s 22nd and 23rd international...

  • Figo wishes Gerrard had joined him at Real Madrid

    Luis Figo admitted he once wanted Steven Gerrard to join Real Madrid after watching the former Liverpool captain shine in Saturday’s charity match at Anfield. Gerrard stole the show as the ‘Liverpool Legends’ team beat their Madrid counterparts...

  • Netherlands sack coach Blind after Sofia setback

    Netherlands sack coach Blind after Sofia setback

    Netherlands coach Danny Blind was sacked yesterday, less than 24 hours after a 2-0 defeat away to Bulgaria left the team floundering in fourth place in World Cup qualifying Group A. The Dutch FA (KNVB) announced the decision in a statement after...

  • Football news

    Nigeria’s friendly against Burkina Faso in London today has been called off because seven of the Burkinabe players were unable to secure visas to Britain. “The match in question is called off due to no fault of either the organisers or the Nigeria...

  • Sporting briefs

    De Vrij: Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij has pulled out of the Dutch squad ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against Italy. De Vrij picked up an ankle injury during his team’s 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria. Initial tests have shown that the player will not...

  • Local sport results...

    GFA Div. One: Victoria H. vs Xewkija T. 3-2; Nadur Y. vs Xagħra U. 8-0. IASC League: Promotion Pool – Safi AFC vs Birżebbuġa T. 1-3; Żurrieq W. vs Rovers U. 1-1 (Żurrieq Wolves champions). IASC League: Relegation Pool – Żejtun Red Stars vs...

  • Sports round-up

    Gymnastics: Ellie Downie (picture) claimed the women’s all-around title at the British Gymnastics Championships at a sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night. The 17-year-old eclipsed team-mates Claudia Fragapane and Amy Tinkler to take...

  • Defoe scores on return as England beat Lithuania

    Defoe scores on return as England beat Lithuania

    England striker Jermain Defoe made a scoring return to the international stage and substitute Jamie Vardy added a second goal as the hosts laboured to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in World Cup qualifying Group F. Veteran Defoe, making his first...

  • Slovakia not taking Malta lightly today

    Slovakia not taking Malta lightly today

    Slovakia will be targeting victory when they take on Malta tonight as they aim to qualify for Russia 2018, which would be their second appearance in the World Cup finals after their participation in 2010. The Slovak contingent landed at the Malta...

  • Ventura is pleased to come through testing Albania tie with win

    Ventura is pleased to come through testing Albania tie with win

    Italy coach Giampiero Ventura was pleased to come through a testing night against Albania with a 2-0 win after an unscheduled stoppage. Play was held up for nearly 10 minutes just before the hour mark as Albania fans threw fireworks onto the field...

  • Keeper Hart gives his thumbs up to new-look England team

    England goalkeeper Joe Hart hailed the experimental 3-4-3 formation that manager Gareth Southgate adopted against Germany on Wednesday, saying that it was good to see them try “something new”. Although England lost the game 1-0 in Dortmund, their...

  • Ozil doubtful for Azerbaijan qualifier, says coach Loew

    Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil is doubtful for Sunday’s World Cup 2018 qualifier at Azerbaijan after receiving treatment for a back injury, coach Joachim Loew said yesterday. Ozil, who missed their 1-0 friendly win over England on Wednesday,...

  • Scolari has no plans to quit Guangzhou

    Scolari has no plans to quit Guangzhou

    World Cup-winning manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has denied reports in his native Brazil that he will retire from coaching at the end of the current Chinese Super League season. Scolari, who signed a new contract with Guangzhou Evergrande at the end...

  • Where next for Wayne Rooney?

    Where next for Wayne Rooney?

    I don’t think you need a crystal football to predict Wayne Rooney will be leaving Old Trafford come the end of the season. Nobody is outwardly admitting it, but it’s pretty clear the striker is being gradually phased out. Jose Mourinho is doing it...

  • Football news

    Kenny Dalglish hopes Gordon Strachan is rewarded for the “guts” and “heart” he showed in continuing as Scotland boss. Strachan’s future came under scrutiny after consecutive 3-0 defeats left Scotland in fifth place in the World Cup group...

  • Sporting briefs

    Hernandez: Striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored a record-equalling 46th international goal to send Mexico on their way to a 2-0 win over Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier. Hernandez struck in the seventh minute at the Azteca with a deft...

  • Date set for Messi tax fraud appeal

    Spain’s Supreme Court will consider Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi’s appeal against a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud on April 20, a court spokesperson said. That date is three days before the “Clasico” between Barca and Real Madrid which...

  • Pochettino meets Barcelona president Bartomeu

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino held a meeting with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu this week. Press Association Sport understands Pochettino and Bartomeu met at a restaurant in the city, where the Spurs boss still owns a house from...

  • Young England must grow up fast, says Dier

    Eric Dier said England’s young players “cannot play the age card forever” as they seek to grow into a World Cup campaign and end the country’s familiar under-achievement at big tournaments. Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Group F qualifier at home to...

  • Wenger’s contract is the priority – Pires

    Robert Pires believes Arsene Wenger signing a new deal at Arsenal is more important than extending the contracts of star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. Gunners boss Wenger has yet to announce whether he will agree to a new two-year contract...