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Whelan had insisted he had been misquoted

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Leon Barnett celebrates scoring for Wigan by kissing a TV microphone

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Tim Howard calls on Everton to be more ruthless

Goalkeeper Tim Howard admits Everton have to find a more clinical streak even after scoring three times in an enthralling 221st Merseyside derby.

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Striker shows his class despite 7,000-mile trip though Liverpool need Sturridge to land point

Ryan mighty: England’s winger Ryan Hall scores his second try last night

England 34 France 6 match report: England feel the width with Ryan Hall and Josh Charnley

England survived an early scare to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, with rather less assurance than New Zealand or Australia, but still with more than enough to spare.

Catalan Dragons aim to add spirit to French flair

This weekend’s quarter-finals are a testing time for the World Cup, not so much for the nations which are expected to go through as for the tournament as a whole.

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The World Cup hosts meet France at the DW Stadium and home favourite Tomkins has identified hs opposite number as the man to watch

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Wigan winger Callum McManaman being monitored by England manager Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson mentions Wigan winger as proof World Cup squad is far from settled

Derby County have renamed their stadium as the iPro Stadium following a £7m agreement with the sports drink company

Derby County rename Pride Park as the iPro Stadium in £7m agreement

The sports drink will take over the naming rights at the Rams' home ground

Josh McEachran, 20, has made just five appearances for Chelsea

Players' union ready to fight for at least three 'home-grown' players in European teams' starting XIs

English youngsters are struggling to come through

France's rugby league team warm-up before their World Cup match against Samoa

Rugby League World Cup: Shock loss for France against Samoa sets-up quarter-final clash with England

Thge French had hoped to face Fiji in the last eight but a 22-6 defeat to Samoa means they will meet the hosts for a place in the semi-finals

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Wigan winger James McClean not dropped for poppy snub, insists 'embarrassed' Owen Coyle

Wigan manager Owen Coyle was “embarrassed” at claims that Republic of Ireland winger James McClean was dropped from the squad for the 1-0 win over Yeovil on Sunday because he refused to wear a shirt embroidered with a poppy.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle

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