Neville looks forward to ‘business end’ of World Cup as England cruise through


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• Manager will not compromise on style or rotation tactics
• England to face a third-placed team in last 16 on SundayPhil Neville looked forward to the “business end” of the World Cup insistent that England’s new possession-based approach will not be compromised under any circumstances after defeating Japan 2-0 to reach the knockout stages as group winners.

“The last 16 is about winning but the style is non-negotiable,” said the Lionesses’s coach at the end of a night when his side maintained their perfect start to the tournament but could equally easily have lost to a technically assured Japan. “We have to play with a certain style.”

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England’s Karen Bardsley says mixed teams at academies is the way forward


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England’s No 1 believes the goals should remain the same size and wants more respect for all keepers

If Karen Bardsley had collected a pound every time a man told her female goalkeepers are rubbish she would be very rich indeed. “Whether it’s people feeling threatened by women’s football, I don’t know,” she says in her distinctive Californian accent. “I don’t know why some people can’t praise when they see something done well – even if it is by a woman. I’m not here trying to burn a bra or anything and say: ‘We need to take over,’ but give credit where it’s due.”

The England and Manchester City goalkeeper – who was rested from Friday’s 1-0 victory over Argentina – sometimes suspects that patronising comments about the supposed limitations of her female counterparts are really a form of shorthand for dismissing the entire women’s game. “It’s just a Continue reading “England’s Karen Bardsley says mixed teams at academies is the way forward”

From pink goalposts to blue plaques: a history of women’s football


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From outraged 17th-century ministers to the 2019 World Cup via world war, the suffragettes, coffee houses and Jennifer Lopez’s Let’s Get Loud

Almost 50 years have passed since they stepped off the plane and into a parallel universe but their memories of the full-scale assault on the senses remain as vivid as ever.

“It was utterly surreal, like going to Narnia; we were being transported to a different world,” says Chris Lockwood. “Nothing prepared us for the crowds, the noise. It was amazing.

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Women’s World Cup 2019 team guide No 13: England


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The beaten semi-finalists four years ago have a new manager but a similarly flexible approach

This article is part of the Guardian’s 2019 Women’s World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who have qualified for France. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 7 June.

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England Women 0-1 New Zealand: five World Cup warmup talking points | Louise Taylor


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Karen Carney suddenly seems essential to Phil Neville’s plans and Lionesses’ final ball will need to be far better in France

Karen Carney’s first touch after stepping off the bench – a gorgeous, galvanising reverse pass – seemed emblematic of her ability to raise England’s collective bar. The Chelsea winger or playmaker invariably makes her presence felt in the dressing room but, with Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris struggling in the sort of wide roles they no longer really occupy domestically, she may spend more minutes on French fields than initially envisaged. Only two months ago the 31-year-old feared for her place in the squad but she remains one of Phil Neville’s most technically gifted individuals and surely forced herself into the starting XI against Scotland in Nice next Sunday.

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Newcastle’s Mike Ashley in talks with UAE’s Sheikh Khaled over £350m sale


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• Hurdles still to be cleared before sale can proceed
• Rafael Benítez’s contract as manager runs out on 30 JuneMike Ashley is negotiating the £350m sale of Newcastle to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates but there remains a considerable distance to be covered.

Although Newcastle have privately confirmed talks are continuing, several hurdles must be overcome before any change of ownership takes place.

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England 2-0 Denmark: five talking points from the World Cup warm-up


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Questions over formation and freshness to the fore after the Lionesses’ somewhat lucky win over Denmark

It is testament to the growing strength of the women’s game that a side as decent as Denmark have failed to qualify for this summer’s tournament. The beaten finalists at Euro 2017 lost again here, but were frequently the better team and succeeded in highlighting England’s new-found defensive disorganisation.

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Rafael Benítez suggests he is close to signing new Newcastle contract


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Rafael Benítez tells Mike Ashley: ‘I want to compete for more than finishing 15th’


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• Newcastle manager’s contract negotiations still unresolved
• ‘I used to compete for titles. The potential’s here,’ says BenítezRafael Benítez has reminded Mike Ashley of his enduring craving for trophies and suggested the time has come for Newcastle United’s owner to either buy into an ambitious blueprint or bid him farewell.

Benítez’s contract expires on 30 June and Newcastle’s manager will not renew it unless Ashley offers him autonomy over recruitment and the transfer budget needed to make the club competitive. “For me, the potential’s here,” said Benítez, whose team travel to Brighton on Saturday. “It’s a massive club, a massive city and the support’s massive.”

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Rafael Benítez waiting for answers from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley


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• Manager wants change in transfer policy
• ‘If you want to win trophies you need experience’Rafael Benítez has likened his protracted contract negotiations with Mike Ashley to the government’s seemingly interminable Brexit talks.

The Newcastle manager’s deal ends next month and while there is a mutual desire to renew it several sticking points have slowed discussions with the club’s owner. Things appear to have reached an impasse.

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Phil Neville faces dilemma over final England cut for World Cup | Louise Taylor


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Midfielder Jade Moore and forward Beth Mead were among the players to enhance their prospects in recent friendlies

As the end of England’s long road to France 2019 becomes visible on the horizon, their coach, Phil Neville, is agonising over the composition of his squad for June’s World Cup finals. With his squad set to be named in four weeks’ time, what did he learn from a recent friendly defeat by Canada and win against Spain?

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Toni Duggan: ‘I’ve been bigging up the Spain game like a World Cup final’


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The England and Barcelona forward cannot wait for Tuesday’s friendly against her adopted country at SwindonAs befits an adopted Catalan, Toni Duggan knows that beating Spain is one thing but outpassing them something else entirely. Not that the Barcelona forward is remotely daunted by the prospect of facing Iberian opposition in an England shirt at Swindon on Tuesday night. Duggan has always been one of life’s optimists but she genuinely believes her international teammates can monopolise the ball in an important warm-up for this summer’s World Cup in France.

That would mark quite a departure from two years ago, when England beat Spain 2-0 during Euro 2017 in the Netherlands yet ceded the majority of possession to their opponents. Staged amid torrential rain in Breda, that group game saw Spain dominate to an almost embarrassing extent on an evening when counterattacking goals from Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor prefaced Continue reading “Toni Duggan: ‘I’ve been bigging up the Spain game like a World Cup final’”

Andros Townsend praises ‘very brave’ Danny Rose for speaking out on racism


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• Crystal Palace midfielder calls for other players to do the same
• Tottenham defender had expressed frustration at lack of action

Andros Townsend has applauded Danny Rose’s “bravery” in revealing his true feelings about racism and, following a shameful weekend for English football, is urging other players to exhibit similar honesty.

Four separate reported instances of alleged racial abuse before, during and after Premier League and Football League matches on Saturday appeared to emphasise a problem highlighted only last week by Rose. The England and Tottenham left-back said he could not wait “to see the back of” football because of frustration at the lack of action taken against spectators guilty of racial abuse.

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Phil Neville tells England Lionesses to chase glory, not money


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• Manager says rewards will follow with good performances
• Lionesses preparing for games against Canada and SpainPhil Neville believes the women’s game is on the brink of “boom time” but has advised his England players to put glory before money and concentrate on football rather than chasing commercial deals.

“I’m a little bit old school and I think you’ve got to earn your success in life,” said the England manager as he prepared for Friday’s friendly against Canada at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium. “I say it to my team all the time. You’ve got to earn every little bit you get because, if you earn it, you feel a lot better. We can’t have it given to us on a plate.”

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Jodie Taylor: ‘I’m sure Canada have got 2015 at the back of their minds’


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Striker scored for England Women in their World Cup quarter-final win and is bullish for Friday’s rematch at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium

It was a mood-changing moment with transformative repercussions and Jodie Taylor will never forget it. By scoring a fine goal and silencing more than 50,000 extremely noisy Canadians at Vancouver’s BC Place, Taylor set the Lionesses on course to win a first World Cup quarter-final.

Almost four years later the England striker is at St George’s Park, preparing for France 2019 – and, more immediately, Friday’s rematch with Canada – but can still transport herself back to that warm, brilliantly sunny Saturday afternoon a long goal-kick from the Pacific.

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Jodie Taylor: ‘I’m sure Canada have got 2015 at the back of their minds’


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Striker scored for England Women in their World Cup quarter-final win and is bullish for Friday’s rematch at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium

It was a mood-changing moment with transformative repercussions and Jodie Taylor will never forget it. By scoring a fine goal and silencing more than 50,000 extremely noisy Canadians at Vancouver’s BC Place, Taylor set the Lionesses on course to win a first World Cup quarter-final.

Almost four years later the England striker is at St George’s Park, preparing for France 2019 – and, more immediately, Friday’s rematch with Canada – but can still transport herself back to that warm, brilliantly sunny Saturday afternoon a long goal-kick from the Pacific.

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Phil Neville stages final auditions for England Women World Cup squad


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• Manager intends to name party of 23 by the end of April
• Canada and Spain friendlies give fringe players their chancePhil Neville intends to name his England Women squad for the World Cup by the end of the month and is in effect holding final auditions for places during the friendlies against Canada and Spain.

The manager has increased the central player pool to 30 but there are seats for only 23 on the plane to Nice in June, leaving Neville with a few dilemmas.

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Will Grigg fired by Wembley ambition before Sunderland face Portsmouth


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The striker wants to make memories for the club’s fans at the Checkatrade Trophy final, even if the Black Cats have bigger aimsWill Grigg appreciates the potential conflict of interests. He fully understands the tension between short- and longer-term ambitions. Yet there is nothing remotely bittersweet about his anticipation of a first Wembley appearance. “It’s no secret that promotion’s our aim, but football’s about giving fans great days and memories of being at big games,” says Sunderland’s Northern Ireland striker as he prepares for Sunday’s Checkatrade Trophy final against Portsmouth.

“I understand there are circumstances where people have to sacrifice cups for the league, but these finals are the things you remember throughout your career, and your life. We’ve got 40,000 fans going to Wembley. Different generations of the same families will all be walking down Wembley Way together and we want it to be one of those landmark Continue reading “Will Grigg fired by Wembley ambition before Sunderland face Portsmouth”

Portsmouth and Sunderland – the ups and many downs of two famous clubs | Louise Taylor


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After surviving a decade of turmoil the two sides meet in Checkatrade Trophy final on Sunday as promotion rivals in League One

Much has happened to Portsmouth and Sunderland since February 2010 when the pair drew 1-1 at Fratton Park in their last Premier League meeting – little of it good.

Punctuated by debts and defeats, arrests and administration, relegation and regrets, the intervening years have not been kind to the Checkatrade Trophy finalists and League One promotion rivals.

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Portsmouth and Sunderland – the ups and many downs of two famous clubs | Louise Taylor


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After surviving a decade of turmoil the two sides meet in Checkatrade Trophy final on Sunday as promotion rivals in League One

Much has happened to Portsmouth and Sunderland since February 2010 when the pair drew 1-1 at Fratton Park in their last Premier League meeting – little of it good.

Punctuated by debts and defeats, arrests and administration, relegation and regrets, the intervening years have not been kind to the Checkatrade Trophy finalists and League One promotion rivals.

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