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The issue of several players faulted in one or more disciplinary issues. General South Gate hereby warned his England stars to behave well during the Euros 2020.

England boss Southgate was frustrated to have to deal with the fall-out from Manchester United defender Harry Maguire’s arrest following a street scuffle while on holiday in Greece.

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden and Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood broke coronavirus protocols while on England duty in Iceland and were subsequently sent home.

With the delayed Euro 2020 less than two months away, Southgate wants to be able to prepare for the matches without any off-field dramas.

“We’ve had issues in the autumn. That’s always very difficult for coaches to deal with. It puts you in really difficult positions,” Southgate said on Tuesday.

“I can only compare that with March where we came in with no dramas coming into the camp. It’s just a much better environment to prepare for football

“We were only having to make football decisions, prepare the team, talk about football topics.

“That’s something I talked to the players about after the autumn. In the autumn discipline off the pitch and on the pitch created really the biggest issues for us.”

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A host of England players including Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker and James Maddison have also been in trouble for flouting Covid-19 regulations this term.

“One of the key areas was that we didn’t have avaliability of players at certain times for on and off the field misdemeanours,” added Southgate.

“Coming into the summer we’ve got to make sure we arrive into the camp giving ourselves the best chance to focus on football and that helps to create a calmer environment for everybody to go into the tournament.”

If Southgate can ensure a trouble-free Euro 2020, he believes his 2018 World Cup semi-finalists have a shot at winning a major tournament for the first time since the 1966 World Cup.

England will face Croatia, Scotland and the Czech Republic in Group D, with all those games played at Wembley Stadium.

Hoping to ride on the wave of support from home fans who are beginning to enjoy life again after months of coronavirus lockdown, Southgate said: “I feel as if over the last two or three years, the team has become relevant to people again, and people are excited about the players.

“One day I’ll be doing a job that nobody will be bothered about the outcome, and that will be a pretty dull existence, whereas here we’ve got the chance to make some history.

“We’ve never been to a European final with England… so our record compared to lots of nations we perceive ourselves to be bigger than is actually not good in this competition.

“So if people are excited, and have hope, that’s brilliant, and given what we’ve all been through, I don’t think we should be dampening that.”


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Paul Pogba: The Reason Why I Didn’t Played In Yesterday’s Match

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“Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho… the next day I didn’t know what happened” – Paul Pogba criticises Jose Mourinho the manager in explosive exclusive interview; watch extended interview before Man Utd vs Burnley on Super Sunday live on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 4pm

Paul Pogba has delivered a scathing verdict on Jose Mourinho’s man-management, accusing the former Manchester United manager of casting players, including himself, aside without explanation.

Pogba – Mourinho’s world-record marquee signing following his 2016 appointment at Old Trafford – was instrumental as the Portuguese guided United to League Cup and Europa League glory in 2017 in his first season in charge.

But Mourinho’s relationship with some of his players deteriorated after a trophy-less second season and poor start to the 2018/19 campaign, typified by a training ground spat with Pogba after the player was stripped of the United vice-captaincy in September 2018.

Mourinho was relieved of his duties three months later as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the helm, and Pogba has lifted the lid on the contrasting methods of the current United manager and his predecessor.

“What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn’t go against the players,” Pogba exclusively told Sky Sports in an interview that will run in full ahead of Manchester United’s Super Sunday clash with Burnley. “He wouldn’t go against the players.

“Maybe Ole wouldn’t pick them, but it’s not like he puts them on the side like they don’t exist anymore. That’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.


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Danny Ward: Leicester City goalkeeper signs new Foxes deal to 2025

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Goalkeeper Danny Ward has signed a new deal with Leicester until 2025.

The 27-year old joined Leicester from Liverpool in 2018 and has made 14 appearances for the Foxes in all competitions.

Ward began his career in Wales, where he came through Wrexham’s academy before signing for Liverpool in 2012. He helped Huddersfield Town win promotion to the Premier League with two penalty saves in the play-off final against Reading in 2017 during a loan spell with the Terriers.

Ward has been capped 12 times by Wales, and started in the 1-0 World Cup Qualifier victory over the Czech Republic in Cardiff last month.

“It’s a really good feeling,” Ward told Leicester’s club website. “I had a really good feeling the first time around when I signed and, luckily, we’ve been able to grow together as a club and as a team so I’m really excited for what lies ahead.

“Even in my short time here, you can see in terms of facilities alone, the step-up has been incredible.

“The success we’ve had in the league too, we’ve been on a European adventure as well, so step by step, we’re going in the right direction and, as a player, to be involved in that is really exciting. I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for us.”


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Chelsea Raves Over Porto 1-0 to Semi Finals

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A forgettable 0-1 win for Porto by virtue of an unforgettable overhead kick from Mehdi Taremi saw Chelsea progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory on aggregate.


For the longest time, this looked to have shutout written all over it. Thomas Tuchel’s side produced a controlled, sensible performance that felt like a word to prospective opponents in the last four of Europe’s premiere club competition. This is a team that just gets stuff done and either Real Madrid or Liverpool are about to find that out.


There was a late injection of jeopardy when Nanu’s cross from the right was met by a breathtaking acrobatic effort from Taremi, which rippled the far corner of the net. By then, we were into the fourth of four added minutes at the end of the 90. This was a 1-0 in 0-0’s clothing.

 

Can a subdued defeat be classed as a professional display? In this instance, from Chelsea’s perspective, it can. Because while the cards were stacked in their favour with that 2-0 lead from the first leg, this tie was not decided. But with the groundwork laid in Seville last week, the cement was applied in  west London to set in stone.

The cushion of Chelsea’s two away goals were a couple stones in the shoe for Porto that they could not shake loose. Even given the aberration of the last game at Stamford Bridge where Sam Allardyce’s West Bromwich Albion found five goals, the fact that the previous six home games under Tuchel were all clean sheets did not bode well for the three or more Sergio Conceicao’s outfit needed on the night. It did not bode well that a recent trend coming into this fixture had Porto winless in seven meetings against English opposition in the Champions League. Make that eight now.


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