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Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri Hits Back At The Neville Brothers And Charlie Adam

Shaqiri

Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri has fired back at the more vocal critics of his professionalism and work ethic. Pundits Gary Neville had marked the Swiss international down as “unprofessional”¬†during the World Cup and questioned why Liverpool were even pursuing a deal for the 26-year-old, while brother Phil went one further and branded him a “disgrace” for his perceived lack of …

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Ireland’s New Away Kit Looks Set To Be Another Crowd-Pleaser

New Ireland Kit

Republic of Ireland and manufacturers New Balance have unveiled their new away shirt for the upcoming season. The Boys and Girls in Green will once again be lining out in white when the situation calls for it, for the upcoming UEFA Nations League and Euro 2020 and Womens’ World Cup 2019 qualifiers. ūüáģūüá™ Taking Irish passion on the road. Presenting …

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Ex-England Goalkeeper Rob Green Close To Surprise Chelsea Move

Huddersfield Town's Robert Green

Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of signing former England international Robert Green on a free transfer. The 38-year-old has been without a club since it was confirmed that his contract at Huddersfield Town would not be renewed, but reports on Wednesday suggested that he was undergoing ahead of a surprise move to Stamford Bridge on a one-year deal. Green, …

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RFU Tackle Height Law Trial Aims To Combat Concussion

WORCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Ben Te'o of Worcester puts a high tackle in on Sam Simmonds of Exeter during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Exeter Chiefs at Sixways Stadium on September 15, 2017 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The legal height of a rugby tackle will be lowered next season during a trial aimed at cutting down on concussion and other injuries, rugby bosses announced on Wednesday. The trial will take place in the 43-match Championship Cup competition, which is contested by clubs in English rugby’s second tier. The definition of a high tackle will be lowered from …

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Jose Mourinho Refuses To Be Drawn On Manchester United’s Title Chances

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 24: Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United speaks during a news conference at UCLA on July 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has pointedly refused to answer questions regarding his side’s Premier League title hopes. Man United finished second to rivals City in last season’s table, and are therefore seen as being among the favourites again this time around – but their pre-season campaign thus far has been far from positive. Speaking at a media conference ahead …

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Roma Consider Legal Action Over Barcelona’s Malcom Hijack

Barcelona's new Brazilian forward Malcom gives thumbs up at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on July 24, 2018. - Spanish champions Barcelona announced they have signed Brazilian winger Malcom from French side Bordeaux on a five-year deal for 41 million euros ($48 million). (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Roma are said to be considering legal action after Brazilian winger Malcom¬†was dramatically snatched from right under their noses earlier this week. The Serie A side announced that a deal had been struck with Bordeaux to sign the 21-year-old on Monday afternoon, only for Barcelona to swoop in with a higher offer when their attempts to sign Chelsea’s Willian hit …

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Liverpool Set To Offload Fringe Players In Summer Clearout

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Divock Origi of Liverpool at Ewood Park on July 19, 2018 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)

Liverpool could be set for a significant summer clear-out in the coming weeks as they look to trim their squad. The Reds have added Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker over the course of this summer – and while that quartet set Liverpool back ¬£170m, the clearout is more about streamlining the squad rather than a need to …

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Watford’s Richarlison Closing In On ¬£50m Everton Move

WATFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Richarlison de Andrade of Watford celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on November 19, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Richarlison¬†looks set to become Everton’s first signing of the summer in the very near future. The Watford forward¬†has undergone a medical with the Toffees on Monday ahead of completing a deal which could reach a club-record ¬£50m. SKY SOURCES: Richarlison passes medical at @Everton & is expected to complete move from @WatfordFC on Tuesday morning. #SSN pic.twitter.com/2YNlULx4mN ‚ÄĒ Sky Sports …

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Five Major Challenges Facing Jose Mourinho And Manchester United

SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 22: The Manchester United starting lineup poses together prior to the start of their exhibition game against the San Jose Earthquakes at Levi's Stadium on July 22, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho’s first press conference on Man United’s¬†tour of the United States was the perfect antidote for the happy carnival that was the World Cup. Over the course of that brilliant month, we almost came to the realisation that football is supposed to be a happy experience, before Jose barged back into our lives and reminded everyone that it is …

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