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Boris Johnson on Monday. The frontrunner already has enough support among MPs to ensure his is one of the two names to go before the party membership in the final ballot. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Ahead of Tuesday’s second round of voting by MPs in the Conservative leadership contest, five of the six remaining candidates faced a grilling from We(...)

Gareth Southgate: this looks a decent England team with decent individuals led by a patently decent manager. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

The England senior men’s football team is two matches away from winning a first international tournament since the 1966 World Cup. Beat the Netherland(...)

“Vinny” is surrounded by Manchester City fans. He is a legend at the club. Photograph: PA

It is 10am on an early spring day when I pull up at the electric gates of Vincent Kompany’s home. In the drizzle, the Manchester sprawl has given way (...)

 Lucas Moura celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick. Photo: Piroschka Van De Wouw/Reuters

The morning after the night before and even the dawn chorus - infiltrated by liver birds, presumably - sounded like it was kicking off with a tune sus(...)

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, manager Jürgen Klopp  and Virgil van Dijk celebrate after the Champions League semi- final, second leg match against Barcelona  at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Good. Gawd. Almighty. As a man from Govan once put it, “football – bloody hell”. And even if you were raised to regard Liverpool as the Devil’s Sp(...)

 Lionel Messi scores  Barcelona’s third goal in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool at the Camp Nou. Photograph: Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

It was a relegation of sorts for Michael Owen, rather than being on BT’s punditry panel for the game he was stationed in the tunnel. Come half-time, G(...)

The Etihad  Stadium  descends into a stunned hush after Raheem Sterling’s ‘winner’ is disallowed. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images

If football isn’t your cup of tea then you’d most likely have been oblivious to events in Manchester on Wednesday night, although come Thursday mornin(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker-Peters, manager Mauricio Pochettino, Ben Davies and Danny Rose celebrate after the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City   at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

And it seemed like such a good idea at the time: watch the first 10-ish minutes of Porto v Liverpool just to see if there was any life in the hosts, a(...)

Maximum Media founder Niall McGarry at the company’s office in Fumbally Lane in Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When online publisher Joe released a mash-up in the UK this month of Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg as Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker, the internet almost (...)

England manager Bobby Robson with Paul Gascoigne and other members of the squad leaving Luton to fly to Italy for the World Cup in 1990. Photograph: Michael Stephens/PA Wire

Margaret Thatcher praised England’s 1990 World Cup football squad for not diving like other teams, whose players she likened to acting out “the death (...)

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