Wayne Rooney retires from England duty after rejecting recall

Wayne Rooney retires from England duty after rejecting recall

England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has retired from international football after rejecting a Three Lions recall. The Everton striker, who rejoined his boyhood club from Manchester United this summer, announced on Wednesday he will step down from national duty “for good” with immediate effect. The 31-year-old, who has enjoyed a fine start to the new season, revealed England manager Gareth Southgate had been preparing to recall him to the national squad for next month’s World…

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Diego Costa: Chelsea are demanding ‘impossible’ fee from Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa: Chelsea are demanding ‘impossible’ fee from Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa says Chelsea are demanding a fee Atletico Madrid “can’t get near” for the Spain striker to complete his desired move back to his former club. Costa, 28, remains in his native Brazil after being sent a text in June by boss Antonio Conte telling him he would not be part of the squad this year. The Blues signed Costa from Atletico for a reported £32m in July 2014. On Friday, Conte laughed at…

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Everton agree £45m deal for Swansea midfielder

Everton agree £45m deal for Swansea midfielder

Everton have agreed a deal to sign Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for a fee believed to be about £45m. The Iceland player scored nine goals and contributed 13 assists last season to help the Swans avoid relegation from the Premier League. The 27-year old will have a medical at Goodison Park on Wednesday. Sigurdsson will be a record signing for Everton, who paid £31.8m to Chelsea for striker Romelu Lukaku in 2014. Swansea set…

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Cristiano Ronaldo banned for pushing referee

Cristiano Ronaldo banned for pushing referee

Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for five games following his red card in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over rival Barcelona, the Spanish Football Federation confirmed Monday. The forward received two yellow cards in this season’s first El Clasico, the first after removing his shirt to celebrate scoring, and the second for supposedly diving in the Barcelona box. On top of the one-game ban for the red card, Ronaldo will miss four further games for pushing…

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Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scores and sent off

Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scores and sent off

Cristiano Ronaldo scored and was then sent off as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in the Spanish Super Cup first leg. Gerard Pique slid Marcelo’s cross into his own net before Lionel Messi levelled with a penalty. Ronaldo, who was a substitute, restored Real’s lead when he ran from halfway before smashing an effort home. He was booked for taking off his shirt to celebrate and shown a second yellow shortly after for a dive…

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Olarenwaju Kayode: Nigerian set to sign for Man City

Olarenwaju Kayode: Nigerian set to sign for Man City

Manchester City are set to sign Nigeria international Olarenwaju Kayode from Austria Vienna on a four-year deal and send him on a season-long loan to Spanish side Girona. The 24-year-old striker finished as the top scorer in Austria’s top flight last season with 17 goals in 33 games. Kayode had been linked with a move to Newcastle United. Four other City players are to spend the 2017-18 season at newly-promoted La Liga side Girona. Brazilian…

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Chelsea plan £50m Virgil van Dijk swoop after shock loss in opener

Chelsea plan £50m Virgil van Dijk swoop after shock loss in opener

After being rocked at home by Burnley on the opening Saturday of the Premier League season, Chelsea will spring into rapid action to reinforce their defence, according to the Mirror. And you might not be entirely surprised to learn that the player likely to be on his way to Stamford Bridge is Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, who has also been repeatedly linked with Liverpool and who submitted a transfer request last week. The Mirror…

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Tottenham’s Danny Rose apologises for his ‘ill-judged’ comments

Tottenham’s Danny Rose apologises for his ‘ill-judged’ comments

Danny Rose has been fined two weeks’ wages, sources have told ESPN FC, and apologised to Tottenham after his criticism of the club’s wage structure, ambition and transfer strategy. On Thursday, the England international — who signed a five-year deal worth around £65,000-a-week in September — complained that he was underpaid and urged Tottenham to sign some big-name players, rather than “ones you have to Google.” The 27-year-old added that he was open to offers…

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Alvaro vows to live up to chelsea

Alvaro vows to live up to chelsea

Alvaro Morata has told Marca that he has “the personality” to live up to being Chelsea’s club-record signing and answer the critics who he says “are already killing me” by scoring “more than 20 goals.” Chelsea lost 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley, with Morata replacing Michy Batshuayi in the 74th minute and failing to make a significant impact before missing his spot kick in the…

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Guardiola must deliver trophies for Man City

Guardiola must deliver trophies for Man City

When Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City in July 2016, the club made a fuss of the unveiling of their superstar manager by staging a “Cityzens Weekend,” at which the slogan “It Begins” was projected from anything and everything bearing a club badge. Guardiola was not entirely comfortable with the idea. After all, having coached at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where gimmicks were not required, this felt a little too much about the manager rather…

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