Sport Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will be offered a new improved contract for his breakthrough into the first team this season

Barkley has broken into the first-team this season and has been tipped for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad after making his England debut in September

Football: Arsenal suffer pounds 5m plunge in profits

ARSENAL'S PROFITS fell by pounds 5m last year, increasing the urgency either to build an extension to their Highbury ground (capacity 38,500) or relocate to a new stadium.

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Football: Keegan tries to rouse passion

KEVIN KEEGAN admitted last night that some England players wanted to find out if they were going to be selected before being prepared to join the squad for internationals. Keegan, who was one of those payers who would walk over the proverbial broken glass to play for his country, agreed that such attitudes went against his whole philosophy but that it was a natural consequence of the rise of the club game.

Football: Keegan plea for Gazza magic

KEVIN KEEGAN, despairing of the absence of a creative force in England's midfield, has laid down a challenge to the forgotten maestro Paul Gascoigne. In essence it is: "Get yourself fit and force me to play you."

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Football: Rovers' stilted service

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Football: Atkinson fury at Forest `stupidity'

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Football: Middlesbrough 3 Southampton 0 - Robson revels in victory

MIDDLESBROUGH FINALLY enjoyed their first Premiership win of the year to ease their relegation fears - while increasing those of Southampton. A similar result at Nottingham Forest next Saturday would leave Boro just three points short of manager Bryan Robson's safety target of 42.

Football: Boos add to the Middlesbrough blues

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Football: FA to cast a wider net

WHEN THE Kevin Keegan era is done and dusted, the Football Association will not shrink from treading foreign shores to find his successor as England coach.

Football: No happy returns for Collymore

Despite a warm welcome from the Villa Park fans, the prodigal son's days look numbered.

Football: The Hoddle Sacking - Glenn's Gaffes

December 1997: States that Michael Owen cannot be guaranteed a place in the World Cup squad. Hoddle says: "There are certain things he needs to stamp out of his game and from his off-the-pitch situation as well. He is not the finished article that everyone thinks he is." He later telephones Liverpool manager Roy Evans to explain he has "been misinterpreted."

Football: Keller has Gascoigne's number

Middlesbrough 0 Leicester City 0

Football: Beardsley shares the limelight

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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

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