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Past articles by Jack:

Frank Lampard tells every Chelsea player they have a clean slate under his management

Frank Lampard has promised that he will give every Chelsea player a clean slate under his new management. Chelsea players start to return for pre-season training this weekend and Lampard will have to take decisions on players who were loaned out or simply not played by his predecessor Maurizio Sarri. Danny Drinkwater did not play a minute of competitive football last season, → Read More

Chelsea: Why Frank Lampard is disregarding nostalgia as he bids to start Blues return from a clean slate

Frank Lampard knows that nostalgia can only take him so far. It would have been easy, being unveiled as Chelsea head coach yesterday afternoon, to dip into the well of memories and triumphs from his first 13 years at the club. He could have talked about proving himself under Claudio Ranieri; his triumphs under Jose Mourinho; scoring the goal to win the title at Bolton; the → Read More

Frank Lampard: Fearless Chelsea legend eager to prove worth once again at Stamford Bridge

Frank Lampard insisted that he is not worried about damaging his reputation as one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players now that he has returned to the club as head coach. Lampard was unveiled at Stamford Bridge on Thursday afternoon after being confirmed as Maurizio Sarri’s replacement, five years after leaving the club as a player. He remains Chelsea’s all-time record → Read More

Rodri transfer: Man City’s most expensive buy in club history could prove to be most important signing in a decade

How do you improve a team that is this close to perfection? That has been the question at Manchester City recently, as a team that racked up the two biggest points total in Premier League history – 100 and then 98 – wonders where to go next. → Read More

Tanguy Ndombele: Why Tottenham's record signing is the most important transfer in years

If this is the most crucial transfer window in Tottenham's modern history, on Tuesday it had the perfect start. The £55million arrival of Tanguy Ndombele from Olympique Lyonnais is not just the most important football signing of the summer, but the loudest statement about the direction of any club for years. → Read More

Women's World Cup 2019: USA teach England lesson in what it requires to win when it matters

It had even more drama than the Luzhniki, even more controversy than Guimaraes, but ultimately England felt painfully short of another World Cup final on Wednesday night, losing in circumstances that were as narrow and painful as any other. How close they came right at the end to taking the game to extra-time - one equaliser denied by the most marginal offside decision imaginab → Read More

Gold Cup 2019: Guyana boss Michael Johnson laments English football’s diversity problem after unorthodox coaching journey

Michael Johnson wants to be a sporting director, and he has all the qualifications and experiences to do it, but right now he is in the United States coaching the Guyana team at the Gold Cup. Johnson’s side have lost their opening game 4-0 to the US in St Paul, Minnesota, the start of their three-game campaign. → Read More

Charlton fans accuse EFL of time-wasting after delayed review into Roland Duchatelet’s ownership

Charlton Athletic fans have accused the EFL of weakness and time-wasting after the publication of a long-awaited ‘review’ into the club and the unpopular ownership of Roland Duchatelet. The EFL promised Charlton fans a review of the club - initially requested by Duchatelet himself last September - but fans had heard nothing from the EFL until this week. → Read More

Euros 2019: Phil Foden paints a bright future but England’s midfield flaw won’t be solved by one player alone

You can have the most talented teenage midfielder in the world but that is not the same thing as having a good midfield. → Read More

Arsenal news: Freddie Ljungberg replaces Steve Bould as assistant first-team coach for 2019/20 season

Arsenal have promoted Freddie Ljungberg to assistant first-team coach, effectively replacing Steve Bould going into the new season. The former Arsenal midfielder has impressed in his work with the Under-23s in recent years, helping to bring through a talented generation of players. → Read More

Meet the real Marcus Edwards: Tottenham starlet lifts lid on tough loan spells and Lionel Messi comparisons

It is easy to misunderstand Marcus Edwards. Spend some time with him and yes, you can see why people have found him hard to get through to. Why he might already have a reputation, at the age of 20, as a difficult, disengaged character. This is his first interview with a British newspaper and frankly it does not come easily to him. → Read More

Arsenal transfer news: Club close to agreeing deal for European wonderkid Markus Schubert

Arsenal are closing in on a deal for German goalkeeper Markus Schubert. The Dynamo Dresden keeper, rated as one of the best young keepers in Europe, is set to join Arsenal on a free transfer this summer. Schubert is rated by sources in Germany as a modern “footballing” goalkeeper, similar to Arsenal first choice Bernd Leno. Schubert, who turned 21 yesterday, has been pencilled → Read More

Dele Alli defends form for Tottenham and England and insists he is now a more complete midfielder

Dele Alli believes that he has become a more complete midfielder, after what at first glance appears to have been a disappointing season. The England and Tottenham midfielder only scored five Premier League goals in the season just gone, all the way down from 18 in 2016-17 and nine in 2017-18. With his league assists down from 10 to three this year, he has been less effective → Read More

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold plays his way into Gareth Southgate’s next England evolution

Gareth Southgate is in no mood to settle. After three years as England manager and two semi-finals, he wants to keep improving the team, even if that means dropping the men who starred at the World Cup in Russia last year. → Read More

Why aftermath of England’s loss to the Netherlands was the most valuable part of their Nations League campaign

For Gareth Southgate, the real pride had more to do with the defeat than the victory. England had secured third place at the Nations League, entitling them to bronze medals, but for Southgate there was far more to it than that. → Read More

England vs Switzerland result: Gareth Southgate’s side win on penalties to finish third in Nations League

Last year fourth, this year third. England’s Nations League campaign ended in success, of sorts, with bronze medals for the players after they beat Switzerland on penalties. Which is one step better than they did against Belgium in Russia last year. The first medals of the Gareth Southgate era have been secured. → Read More

England vs Switzerland LIVE: Stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team news, Uefa Nations League 2019

England take on Switzerland in the Nations League third place play-off, after losing to the Netherlands in Thursday night’s semi-final. England were only a quarter of an hour from victory in Guimarães after Marcus Rashford scored from the spot in an impressive first-half performance. But, with time running out, teenage prodigy Matthijs de Ligt levelled the score, before an → Read More

Nations League 2019: Harry Kane calls on England to ‘use big disappointments’ to spur Euro 2020 success

Harry Kane has called on England to “use the big disappointments” of two consecutive semi-final defeats to spur them on to Euro 2020 next summer. → Read More

Nations League 2019: Same old story for England as midfield woes come back to haunt Gareth Southgate

The personnel were different but the problem was the same. England do not know how to keep the ball, do not know how to see out a win, and are nowhere near the technical level in midfield of cleverer, sharper opponents. → Read More

Nations League 2019: England fans clash with Portuguese police ahead of semi-final against Netherlands

England football’s Nations League campaign was marred on Wednesday night by violent clashes between England fans and Portuguese police in Porto’s Praça da Liberdade. → Read More