England avoid Germany in Euro 2020 draw (BBC)

England have avoided Germany in Euro 2020 qualifying but Northern Ireland must face the three-time winners and the Netherlands in Group C. At 42 in the world, the Czech Republic are the next highest ranked team in England’s group, which…

England and Arsenal midfielder ‘heartbroken’ after rupturing ACL (BBC)

England and Arsenal’s Jordan Nobbs says she is “heartbroken” after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament seven months before the Women’s World Cup. Nobbs could miss the rest of the season and is a doubt for the 2019 World Cup, which…

Southgate urges England to make 2019 even better (Guardian)

Gareth Southgate has challenged his vibrant young England side to build on a year to remember after they clinched a place in the Nations League semi-finals in dramatic style. Just over a year ago, England’s qualification for the World Cup…

Former England midfielder Cole retires (BBC)

Former England and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has retired at the age of 37. Cole, who came through West Ham’s youth system before spells at Liverpool, Lille, Aston Villa and Coventry City, has played for United Soccer League side Tampa…

Callum Wilson, Wayne Rooney called up by England for USA game (BBC)

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has received his first senior international call-up for England’s games against the United States and Croatia. Former England captain and record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has been included for the US friendly only. Everton centre-back Michael Keane…

Manchester City players fund new unit at children’s hospital (CNN)

Manchester City soccer players have clubbed together to fund a new unit at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The English Premier League squad members donated part of their wages to open a new pain distraction unit, according to a statement from…

Jurgen Klopp insists Chelsea are serious title contenders

Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on Maurizio Sarri ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Anfield in the Carabao Cup. Chelsea and Sarri take on Liverpool on Wednesday night, with both sides defending an unbeaten start to the season. Sarri has downplayed Chelsea’s…

RFU introduces full-time contracts for England women 15-a-side players (BBC)

The Rugby Football Union will reintroduce contracts for their England women’s 15-a-side players to make them fully professional. Twenty-eight full-time deals will be available from 1 January, along with seven elite player squad agreements. Contracts were previously awarded based on…

Larry the snail wins World Snail Racing Championships (NYPost)

A humble garden snail has proved slow and steady wins the race — at this year’s World Snail Racing Championships in Congham, England. Larry the snail beat his sluggish competitors to the finish line by covering the 13-inch course in…

Roy Keane and Ian Wright involved in aggressive on-air spat after World Cup semi-final (Independent)

Roy Keane and Ian Wright  were involved in an aggressive on-air spat after England’s 2-1 defeat by Croatia,  with the former Republic of Ireland captain accusing the ex-England striker of “embarrassing himself” after he made jest of his accent. Keane initially criticised…

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