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Every player is relishing World Cup shot, says Scotland boss Gordon Strachan

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan can sense his players are relishing their date with destiny next month.

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George Saville has been called into the Northern Ireland squad (Nick Potts/Empics)

George Saville lands Northern Ireland call for qualifiers against Germany and Norway

Millwall’s George Saville has received a maiden Northern Ireland call-up less than two weeks after boss Michael O’Neill became aware he was eligible to be picked.

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Luke Gale should feature for Castleford against St Helens (Martin Rickett/PA)

Luke Gale ready to play in Castleford’s semi-final after appendix removal

After initially being told his season was over, Castleford scrum-half Luke Gale is ready to step back in to help his club reach a maiden Betfred Super League Grand Final.

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FIFA has relaxed its stance on the home nations wearing remembrance poppies (Nick Potts/PA)

Politicians greet FIFA’s ‘common sense’ climb down in poppy row

Sports minister Tracey Crouch has welcomed FIFA’s decision to “apply some common sense” and back down on its ban of players wearing poppies in international matches.

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Jose Mourinho will face no further action (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Jose Mourinho escapes FA punishment for dismissal

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will face no further action from the Football Association following his sending-off against Southampton on Saturday.

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Christian Eriksen has had an impressive start to the season (Adam Davy/PA)

Jan Vertonghen hails Christian Eriksen as one of the world’s best

Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham team-mate Christian Eriksen is now among the best playmakers in the world after the Dane’s sensational start to the season.

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Sergio Aguero and Kyle Walker are now team-mates at Manchester City (Martin Rickett/PA)

Kyle Walker happy to have Sergio Aguero on his side after years of torment

Kyle Walker is relieved he no longer has to deal with the “nightmare” threat of Sergio Aguero in games.

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Jacksonville Jaguars players kneel in protest during the American national anthem (Simon Cooper/PA)

NFL chief lauds league’s stars for defiant response to Donald Trump

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was “proud” to see the league’s players deliver a defiant message to United States president Donald Trump on Sunday with protests during the American anthem.

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Zak Hardaker is just one of six Castleford players honoured (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Castleford dominate Super League Dream Team

Castleford’s domination of the 2017 Betfred Super League season is reflected in the Dream Team in which they boast six of the 13 representatives.

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Mark Sampson was sacked as England Women's manager (Mike Egerton/PA)

FA board backs chief executive Martin Glenn over Mark Sampson sacking

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has been given a vote of confidence by the board for his handling of Mark Sampson’s dismissal as England Women’s manager.

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Billy Vunipola is a Six Nations injury doubt (Mark Kerton/PA)

Billy Vunipola set for four months out putting Six Nations chances under threat

England number eight Billy Vunipola faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the Six Nations after undergoing knee surgery.

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Moeen Ali took centre stage at Bristol (David Davies/PA)

Moeen Ali hits second fastest England ODI ton in win against West Indies

Moeen Ali won the Bristol six-fest with England’s second-fastest one-day international century as they prevailed by 124 runs to go 2-0 up in the Royal London Series against the West Indies.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced the birth of her second child (David Davies/PA)

Baby joy for Jessica Ennis-Hill

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has given birth to her second child.

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Liverpool take thrilling win over Leicester after Jamie Vardy’s penalty miss

Simon Mignolet saved Jamie Vardy’s penalty as a 3-2 victory saw Liverpool end a four-match winless run despite further defensive wobbles at Leicester.

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Leroy Sane set Manchester City on their way to another high-scoring win (Nick Potts/PA)

Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk talking points

Manchester City host Shakhtar Donetsk in their second Champions League Group F match on Tuesday.

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Tottenham's Harry Kane scores his second goal of the game against West Ham

West Ham leave comeback too late as 10-man Tottenham hold on

Tottenham survived a late West Ham onslaught to emerge with a 3-2 win from a ding-dong derby.

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Everton made a bid for Diego Costa in the transfer window ( John Walton/PA)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Everton offered 75 million euros (£66m) for Diego Costa in the final days of the summer transfer window, according to Spanish newspaper Marca. But Costa only wanted a move to Atletico Madrid, the paper reports, and refused to listen to any offer that was not from his former club.

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Graeme Souness worries if Liverpool have the depth to compete (Adam Davy/PA)

Graeme Souness concerned by Liverpool’s lack of squad depth

Liverpool’s former European Cup-winning captain Graeme Souness is concerned his old side do not have enough depth in the squad to cope with the double demands of Premier League and Champions League football.

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Leigh Griffiths celebrates scoring Celtic's second goal against RangersLeigh Griffiths celebrates scoring Celtic's second goal against Rangers

Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths on target as Celtic claim Old Firm derby victory

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic once again underlined their Old Firm superiority as they claimed a 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox.

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Norwich and Bristol City play out dour encounter

Norwich were held to a goalless draw for the second home game in succession as Bristol City followed Burton Albion’s lead by frustrating them.

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