Do highly paid Premier League players need a kicking coach? They insist they make a difference

When Danny Ings scored with a scissor kick on his home debut for Aston Villa two weeks ago, analysis of his effort sparked a debate that revealed a sharp divide on one aspect of modern coaching. While Dean Smith paid tribute to Ings, the Villa manager was also quick to credit the work of his new … Read more

Trent Alexander-Arnold: ‘To see the whole country get behind England was moving’ | England

The last place Trent Alexander-Arnold wanted to be during Euro 2020 was a beach on the Algarve but the view from Portugal proved unexpectedly enlightening. Admittedly, looking in from the outside hurt at times but the Liverpool right-back’s emotions were surprisingly mixed as he watched England progress to the final. “I was gutted I was … Read more

From the world’s best full-back to England’s fourth choice, Alexander-Arnold is looking for answers

Maybe it is best just to start again: Trent Alexander-Arnold meet England, England meet Trent Alexander-Arnold. Sometimes it’s better to draw a line under initial clumsy attempts to form a relationship and begin afresh. It feels a little like that with Alexander-Arnold and the national team. Remember, this is a player who was widely recognised … Read more

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Netherlands thrash Montenegro 4-0

Netherlands vs Montenegro FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Netherlands thrash Montenegro 4-0, Memphis Depay scores a brace- Memphis Depay netted twice to put the Netherlands to their first win as Louis van Gaal returned with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Montenegro in their World Cup Group G qualifier in Eindhoven on Saturday. Memphis Depay scored twice to … Read more

Premier League clubs fear repeat of quarantine mess amid row over releasing South American stars

Premier League clubs fear repeat of quarantine mess as fury grows in the row over releasing South American stars for World Cup qualifiers Clubs agreed not to release players who faced travelling to red-list countries  Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero defied club orders to play for Argentina Stars could miss at least three matches … Read more

World Cup roundup: France stumble again but Martial earns point in Ukraine | World Cup 2022 qualifiers

France’s winless streak stretched to five games as Les Bleus were held to a 1-1 draw away to Ukraine in their World Cup qualifier in Group D. The world champions fell behind when Mykola Shaparenko found the back of the net after 44 minutes before Anthony Martial restored parity early in the second half. France … Read more

Gareth Bale lifts the lid on Wales future by insisting he never had any plans to retire this summer

Gareth Bale lifts the lid on his Wales future by insisting he NEVER had any plans to retire this summer and wants to play in Qatar after returning to favour at Real Madrid Gareth Bale has revealed he never had any plans to retire from Wales duty Winger was evasive when he was asked about … Read more

France 1-1 Ukraine, France stays at top

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers LIVE: Defending Champions France aims to continue unbeaten streak against Ukraine, France vs Ukraine live streaming, follow for live updates FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: France settles for a 1-1 draw against Ukraine, stays on top of Group D- The defending Champions France will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing … Read more

Liverpool: Michael Edwards’ best deals as the sporting director gets set to leave next year

Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards is revered for masterminding some of the club’s most successful transfers since taking over the role in November 2016, but the transfer guru has also excelled at strategically offloading players for sensational fees.   The sporting director has been pivotal in creating a team that ended Liverpool’s 30-year wait for the … Read more

Rise of the petro-giants: PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea eclipse old guard | Transfer window

In times of crisis, the winners are usually the rich. As clubs across Europe continue to struggle against the financial impact of the pandemic, the lesson of this transfer window is that the powerful are mopping up. Or at least they are if they are well-run, which rules out the two Spanish giants and several … Read more