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  • Midfielder Shelvey denies ever turning down England

    Midfielder Shelvey denies ever turning down England

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    Midfielder Shelvey denies ever turning down England

    England's Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, hoping to earn a first start for his country away to San Marino on Saturday, has denied ever refusing to play for the Under-21 team. England manager Roy Hodgson, who gave him a full international debut as substitute -- also against San Marino -- in 2012, said last year he believed Shelvey was "reticent" about going back to Gareth Southgate's Under-21 side after that. "I spoke to Gareth, who said that when the Euro Under-21 (Championship) came …

  • Manchester United moves a step closer to new digital strategy

    Manchester United moves a step closer to new digital strategy

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    Manchester United moves a step closer to new digital strategy

    By Neil Maidment LONDON (Reuters) - English Premier League club Manchester United said on Wednesday it had signed a partnership deal with Indian IT firm HCL Technologies to improve its website and app as it gears up to launch a new digital media strategy. The 20-time league winners have struggled on the field since manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 but off it have continued to sign a string of lucrative commercial agreements under the ownership of the American Glazer family. To further …

  • I support salary cap, draft system says Germany's Bierhoff

    I support salary cap, draft system says Germany's Bierhoff

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    I support salary cap, draft system says Germany's Bierhoff

    A salary cap and draft system for soccer like that used in American sports would help stop the exodus of top Bundesliga players to richer competitions like the English Premier League which dominate the transfer market, Germany's national team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Wednesday. "I am a friend of the American system because it is about how can we keep this competition interesting. To keep football on a high quality and keep the competition interesting for fans," Bierhoff told reporters. …

  • Costa keen to repay Spain coach's faith with goals

    Costa keen to repay Spain coach's faith with goals

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    Costa keen to repay Spain coach's faith with goals

    Spain striker Diego Costa is determined to repay the faith shown in him after he chose La Roja over his native Brazil and knows he still has a lot to prove after a stuttering start to his international career. Costa made his Spain debut in a 1-0 friendly victory against Italy in March last year but did not open his account for the European champions until his seventh, and most recent, appearance, a 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win against Group C minnows Luxembourg in October. The 26-year-old …

  • Marked man Martial must find place at Manchester United

    Marked man Martial must find place at Manchester United

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    Marked man Martial must find place at Manchester United

    If Anthony Martial felt unsure about the scale of the challenge awaiting him at Manchester United, it will have been made plain by a comment from his new team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin. Addressing journalists at France's training camp, which the 19-year-old Martial had just left in order to sign for United, Schneiderlin said that Wayne Rooney had spoken to him about the club's newest recruit. "Wayne Rooney came to speak to me and asked me who this Martial was, because the English press were …