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Maguire’s blast bails out Stones as England scrape nervy win over Poland

John Stones winced and raised a hand in apology. It was a horror moment and the central defender could not hide, a lapse that presented Poland with an equaliser to shock England and set all kinds of dark thoughts in train. He was turned back towards the edge of his penalty area by a pass […]

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England 2-1 Poland: Player ratings for Gareth Southgate’s side

Nick Pope Powerless to stop Poland’s leveller. Concerns over his distribution persist after a shaky early clearance. 5 Kyle Walker Defensively sound but made little impact in the final third. Reece James, who came off the bench late on, is a better crosser. 6 John Stones Costly dithering in possession gifted Jakub Moder the chance […]

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Northern Ireland draw with Bulgaria to further dent World Cup hopes

Northern Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup suffered a major setback as they were held to a goalless draw by Bulgaria at Windsor Park. Ian Baraclough’s side dominated on a night Steven Davis earned a British record-breaking 126th cap for his country but could not find a breakthrough, with Stuart Dallas going […]

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Sydney to host 2023 Women’s World Cup final but Newcastle misses out

Five Australian cities and four in New Zealand will host matches at the Women’s World Cup in 2023, with the tournament kicking off in Auckland and concluding with the final at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium. Fifa made the host city announcement with the World Cup – the first women’s edition to feature 32 teams – a […]

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Raheem Sterling shows his value to deliver spark in sluggish team display

With 58 minutes gone at Wembley, the score 1-0, and all sense of attacking pep drained from England’s fuel cells, an important life lesson presented itself. Just as you can win a tournament game on the small details, by turning this game of rich human variables into a series of managed collisions, so you can […]

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Australia’s Tim Tszyu eyes ‘big boys’ after clinical win over Dennis Hogan

He is 18 from 18 – 14 by knockout – but an insatiable Tim Tszyu maintains he is only just getting started as he eyes global boxing stardom. Tszyu craves more after continuing his relentless pursuit of world-title glory with a brutal win over Dennis Hogan in their Steel City Showdown in Newcastle. The 26-year-old […]

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North Macedonia inflict historic World Cup qualifying defeat on Germany

North Macedonia stunned Germany with a 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory in Duisburg, as Eljif Elmas’s 85th-minute winner earned the Balkan country what is surely their greatest ever win. Germany dominated the first half with 70% possession, but although Leon Goretzka hit the crossbar it was the visitors who took the lead when the 37-year-old […]