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Former Republic of Ireland midfielder   Lee Carsley is set  to be named as the new England under-21 manager. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Lee Carsley looks likely to succeed Aidy Boothroyd as the England under-21 manager after the English Football Association identified the former Republ(...)

Swansea City’s Conor Hourihane and Brentford’s Mathias Jensen battle for the ball during the Championship playoff final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Thomas Frank believes Brentford can be an inspiration to lower-league clubs all around the world. Brentford, who have spent the best part of 74 years (...)

Swansea City’s Matt Grimes scores their  goal  during the Sky Bet Championship playoff semi-final, second leg at Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Swansea 1 Barnsley 1 (Swansea win 2-1 on agg) Swansea survived a late Barnsley surge to book a Championship final date with Brentford at Wembley. Th(...)

André  Ayew of Swansea City celebrates with team-mates Matt Grimes and Conor Hourihane after scoring his team’s first goal during the Sky Bet Championship playoff semi-final, first leg against Barnsley at Oakwell. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Barnsley 0 Swansea City 1 Perhaps form is not a prerequisite for securing promotion via the playoffs. Swansea finished the season with six defeats in(...)

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring their  second goal  during the  FA Cup fifth-round match against Swansea City at Liberty Stadium. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Swansea 1 Manchester City 3 The Manchester City machine rolls on unparalleled. Pep Guardiola’s side cruised to a record-breaking 15th consecutive win(...)

 Conor Hourihane has gone on loan from Aston Villa to Swansea until the end of the season. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane has joined Swansea on loan for the rest of the season. The 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international could(...)

 Neco Williams and Ben Cabango have been handed first senior Wales call-ups for the Nations League games against Finland and Bulgaria as Hal Robson-Kanu returns to the international scene. File photograph: PA

Neco Williams and Ben Cabango have been handed first senior Wales call-ups for the Nations League games against Finland and Bulgaria as Hal Robson-Kan(...)

Brentford manager Thomas Frank shows his appreciation to the directors’ box at the full-time whistle of the Championship match against Preston North End at Griffin Park. Photograph:  Alex Burstow/Getty Images

Brentford moved to within a point of the Championship automatic-promotion places after a 1-0 home win over Preston. Ollie Watkins scored the only goa(...)

West Bromwich Albion’s Grady Diangana scores his side’s fourth goal  during the  Championship match against Hull  at The Hawthorns on Sunday. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Matheus Pereira produced a hat-trick of assists to keep West Brom on track for automatic promotion after a 4-2 win over Hull on Sunday in the Champion(...)

England’s players celebrate after scoring the fourth goal against Spain. Photograph: Getty Images

The England Under-17s became world champions on Saturday as Phil Foden’s brace and Rhian Brewster’s eighth goal of the tournament powered them to a 5(...)

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