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De Boer excited to ‘spend money’ at Palace

De Boer spoke to former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal before taking the Palace job Frank de Boer says he is excited to join a club that “spend a lot of money” after becoming Crystal Palace boss. The 47-year-old Dutchman, who has signed a three-year deal, succeeds Sam Allardyce, who left after helping Palace […]

Tiemoue Bakayoko: Chelsea close to signing Monaco midfielder

Tiemoue Bakayoko (left) made his debut for France earlier this year Chelsea are close to signing midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from French champions Monaco. Blues manager Antonio Conte has identified France international Bakayoko as a player who can strengthen the Premier League champions’ squad. Talks have taken place and the transfer – which would be Chelsea’s […]

Palace to announce De Boer as new boss on Monday

De Boer, 47, was Netherlands assistant manager from 2008 to 2010 Crystal Palace are set to name ex-Ajax and Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer as their new boss at 14:00 BST. It is understood the former Netherlands defender was the first choice of chairman Steve Parish and Palace were De Boer’s preferred option. He […]

‘No better time to be an English player’ as U21s prepare for Euro semi

England won two and drew one of their three group games England Under-21 defender Calum Chambers says “there has been no better time” to be an English player as they aim to become the fourth England youth side to reach a final in two months. England won the U20 World Cup and the Toulon Tournament […]

Fifa looking into anti-doping claims over footballers

Fifa says no Russia player from the 2014 World Cup returned a positive drugs test Fifa says “it is still investigating allegations” that footballers were involved in a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia. At least 30 sports, including football, covered up samples involving more than 1,000 athletes between 2011 and 2015, according to the McLaren […]

The 2009 finalists with very different career paths – but can you match them up?

James Milner was part of the England-21 side that reached the final of Euro 2009 England Under-21s have reached the semi-finals of the European Championship for the first time since 2009, when they finished as runners-up. They face Germany on Tuesday, the same opponents who inflicted a 4-0 defeat on them in the final eight […]

England U21s: Aidy Boothroyd’s side to face Germany in semi-finals

Jacob Murphy and Demarai Gray were both on the scoresheet as England beat Poland 3-0 on Thursday England Under-21s will face Germany in Tuesday’s European Championship semi-final in Tychy, Poland. Aidy Boothroyd’s side beat the hosts 3-0 on Thursday to book their last-four spot. But they had to wait until Saturday to find out their […]

England U21s: Aidy Boothroyd’s side to face Germany in semi-finals

Jacob Murphy and Demarai Gray were both on the scoresheet as England beat Poland 3-0 on Thursday England Under-21s will face Germany in Tuesday’s European Championship semi-final in Tychy, Poland. Aidy Boothroyd’s side beat the hosts 3-0 on Thursday to book their last-four spot. But they had to wait until Saturday to find out their […]

Will Hughes: Watford complete £8m deal for Derby midfielder

Will Hughes made his Derby debut at 16 and has scored 12 goals for the club Watford have completed the signing of midfielder Will Hughes from Derby County for £8m on a five-year deal. Hughes made 165 Championship appearances for the Rams. The 22-year-old is currently on international duty with England’s Under-21 squad at the […]

Confederations Cup: Ronaldo helps Portugal into semi-final as hosts Russia out

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 75 goals for Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty as Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 to seal their semi-final place at the Confederations Cup. Ronaldo’s 33rd-minute goal was followed by strikes from Manchester City-bound Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and Nani. Mexico also progressed to the semi-finals as they knocked hosts Russia […]

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