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Southgate handed task of reviving England’s fortunes

Southgate handed task of reviving England’s fortunes

Gareth Southgate was handed the onerous task of ending England’s decades of under-achievement at major tournaments when he agreed a four-year deal to become national team manager yesterday. The 46-year-old former international defender had been in temporary charge since Sam Allardyce quit 67 days into his reign in September after becoming embroiled in a...

  • Sporting briefs

    Messi: Lionel Messi returned to training yesterday after recovering from a stomach bug that caused him to miss Barcelona’s goalless draw against Malaga on Saturday. The Argentina captain sat out the La Liga game at the Nou Camp but trained with...

  • Perisic earns Inter last-gasp equaliser in Milan derby

    Perisic earns Inter last-gasp equaliser in Milan derby

    A last-gasp Ivan Perisic equaliser ensured Inter shared the spoils with their city rivals AC Milan in a fast-paced Serie A Derby della Madonnina.   Suso put AC Milan ahead against the run of play with an inch-perfect inside curler after 42...

  • Show Koeman the door

    Show Koeman the door

    If I were the owner of Everton Football Club (which would obviously need to be in a parallel universe as in this one I can just about afford to buy one of their shirts) I would currently be looking for a new manager. That’s because I would have...

  • Qormi, Marsa move to safer waters

    Qormi 2Żebbuġ Rangers 0 Qormi pulled away from the relegation zone after easing past neighbours Żebbuġ Rangers. Brian Spiteri’s team now have 12 points and are just behind the promotion places while the Rangers have slipped to the bottom of the...

  • Ronaldo sinks Atletico

    Cristiano Ronaldo ensured Atletico Madrid fans will have bitter memories of the last local derby at the Vicente Calderon stadium by scoring a hat-trick in a 3-0 win for La Liga leaders Real Madrid yesterday. Ronaldo’s deflected free-kick put Real...

  • Dortmund end Bayern’s unbeaten sequence

    Dortmund  end Bayern’s unbeaten sequence

    Borussia Dortmund ended Bayern Munich’s unbeaten run, edging a 1-0 win yesterday thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 12th goal of the season, cutting the gap between the champions and their biggest title rivals to three points. Gabon forward...

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    Harry Kane is proud of his leadership skills and dreams one day of captaining both boyhood club Tottenham and England. Kane has become a key figure for Mauricio Pochettino’s side after scoring 51 Premier League goals since his breakthrough 2014-15...

  • Sporting briefs

    Messi: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi missed his side’s La Liga goalless draw against Malaga yesterday after being taken ill. “Leo Messi has been ruled out of the game versus Málaga at the last minute,” the league champions said. “The striker was...

  • Mourinho suggests FA should have looked after Rooney better

    Mourinho suggests FA should have looked after Rooney better

    Jose Mourinho believes the Football Association should have looked after Wayne Rooney better, with the Manchester United manager suggesting his captain's late-night antics were relatively tame. Not for the first time in his career, the...

  • ‘We are investing in our children’

    ‘We are investing in our children’

    Sliema Wanderers president Keith Perry has dropped a crystal-clear indication that his club opposes the idea of removing the quota restrictions on the use of foreign players in the BOV Premier League and reaffirmed his faith in home-grown...

  • Senglea are back on track after 2-1 win

    Senglea Athletic 2 Pieta Hotspurs 1 Promotion favourites Senglea Athletic, who were held to a draw in their previous league match by Żebbuġ Rangers, returned to winning ways at the Tedesco Stadium, yesterday, as Austin Obaje Smith scored both...

  • Family tribute to ‘kind, caring, protective’ Atkinson

    Relatives of Dalian Atkinson have paid tribute to him as a “kind, caring and protective” son and brother and spoken of their continuing agony at his death. In statements issued ahead of the former Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich...

  • Dortmund’s Reus out of Bayern clash

    Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus has a minor heel problem and will not be in the squad for their Bundesliga game against Bayern Munich this evening, the club have said. Reus, who missed Euro 2016 and has not played since he suffered an adductor...

  • Sporting briefs

    Tv Rights: The English Premier League has sold its television rights in China to streaming service PPTV for around $700 million, a source familiar with the matter said, several times the size of past deals as it cashes in on a growing enthusiasm...

  • Infantino proposes radical Club World Cup shake-up

    Infantino proposes radical Club World Cup shake-up

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants to radically expand the Club World Cup and move the tournament from December to June, he was quoted as saying yesterday. Infantino intends the Club World Cup, which currently brings together the champions from...

  • English Premier League clubs consider safe standing

    Premier League clubs discussed one of the most emotive issues in English football this week when they met to debate so-called “safe standing” and its possible introduction. Safe-standing areas, featuring retractable seats, have been introduced in...

  • Football news

    CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Eremenko has been given a two-year ban for testing positive for cocaine after a Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen in September. The 29-year-old’s ban starts on October 6, which is when the Finnish...

  • Stern Sliema test beckons Valletta

    Stern Sliema test beckons Valletta

    The first round has been an up-and-down ride for the bulk of the Premier League clubs, including champions Valletta who emerged from a difficult spell in October to reignite their title defence bid. Having headed into the international break on a...

  • Watch: Sliema Wanderers go fashionable with DIZZ Group sponsorship

    Watch: Sliema Wanderers go fashionable with DIZZ Group sponsorship

    The upbeat mood at Sliema Wanderers has just got better after the BOV Premier League club secured a sponsorship deal with DIZZ Group. Spearheaded by Diane Izzo, DIZZ Group have established themselves as one of the leading companies in the retail...

  • Reus eyes comeback in Bayern showdown

    Reus eyes comeback in Bayern showdown

    Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus is hoping to make his comeback from a six-month adductor injury against league leaders Bayern Munich tomorrow as the hosts look to close the gap on the leaders to three points. The 27-year-old Reus returned to...