Lennon: Sterling criticism unfair

Aaron Lennon says Raheem Sterling silenced his critics with his two-goal display for England against Spain. The Manchester City forward scored his first international goals in three years as England claimed an impressive 3-2 win in Seville. Lennon feels the criticism Sterling has received is unfair, but says he delivered the perfect riposte. Sterling: Being ...

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O'Neill praises McClean commitment

Martin O’Neill has pointed to James McClean’s willingness to play through the pain barrier as an illustration of the enduring commitment and desire of his Republic of Ireland players. Ireland face Wales in Dublin on Tuesday night knowing anything but victory could leave them looking at relegation to Nations League C, without a win in four competitive outings and with ...

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Deschamps 'surprised' by Koscielny claim

France head coach Didier Deschamps says he was “surprised” after hearing Laurent Koscielny’s criticism of him. The Arsenal defender announced his immediate retirement from international football on Sunday and took the opportunity to take a swipe at the World Cup winning manager. Koscielny claims he had been “forgotten about” while the nation’s success in Russia caused him “psychological damage”. However, ...

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