Sri Lanka v England: Pick your England team for first Test

22-02-2019 Who do you think should be in the England side for the first Test against Sri Lanka? Choose your XI and share it with your friends.

Pep Guardiola: Newport were chanting 'Who are you?' It was nice – video

22-02-2019 Pep Guardiola praised his Manchester City players, in particular Phil Foden, as they beat Newport County 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.Newport had beaten both Leicester City and Middlesbrough on their way to the fifth round of the tournament, and contained the Premier League leaders well for significant spells of the game.  Continue reading...

Virgil van Dijk wants to become 'Liverpool legend'

22-02-2019 Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says he wants to join the list of Anfield greats in his time at Liverpool.

Celtic: Jeremy Toljan red 'took game away' in Valencia - Brendan Rodgers

22-02-2019 Jeremy Toljan's sending-off "took the game away" from Celtic, says Brendan Rodgers after his side's European season ends.

Football transfer rumours: Zidane to replace Sarri at Chelsea?

22-02-2019 Today’s fluff is the vicinityChelsea are already lining up replacements for Maurizio Sarri, who could receive 1,000 Nicorette patches as compensation for being sacked less than a year into his contract. The Italian is likely to be sacked after his team’s 17-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final this weekend and Chelsea are thinking about which unfortunate sap to appoint next, with Zinedine Zidane and Frank Lampard’s Derby County manager Frank Lampard the early frontrunners. Let’s just hope the west Londoners know they’ll be legally obliged to change their name to Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard’s Chelsea if they go with the latter. Continue reading...

Champions League, angry Ronaldo and a Row 32 penalty – Football Weekly Extra

22-02-2019 Max Rushden, Barry Glendenning, Jonathan Wilson and Nick Miller discuss everything looking like handball in slow-motion, goalless draws, Cristiano Ronaldo reacting like Ronaldo reacts to a defeat, the penalty which made it to Row 32 and P!nkJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the last couple of days of football, starting with Manchester City’s 3-2 win over Schalke, having come back from a goal and a man down to take an advantage into the second leg. Continue reading...

Wing commanders: why Six Nations quicks are rolling back the years

22-02-2019 Half the 32 tries scored in this year’s tournament have been scored by wide men as the likes of Jonny May and George North have emerged as key attacking forces once againInterviewing Maurice Richards, the Wales wing who scored four tries against England in 1969, was a warming return to days long gone, when matches that were clotted with set-pieces and punch-ups were invariably interrupted by moments of brilliance that endure in the memory.Richards kick-started the golden era for Wales when they won the triple crown 50 years ago, but left for rugby league six months later. Others at that time went on to become world renowned while Richards was breaking records at Salford, but the game has seen few more accomplished wings: he had everything and more. Continue reading...

David Squires on … Chelsea's humiliation at Manchester City

22-02-2019 Our resident cartoonist on Maurizio Sarri’s dismay, Mike Dean and a man trying to wear trousers as a jumperTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading...

'I won five Champions Leagues and these guys zero': Ronaldo taunts Atlético despite defeat – video

22-02-2019 Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Madrid was an unhappy one with his Juventus side losing 2-0 to Atlético in the Champions League. Ronaldo received plenty of abuse from the home fans and reacted in the mixed zone after the match displaying five fingers to the media, one for each Champions League title he has won. Giménez and Godín put Atlético Madrid in charge against Juventus Continue reading...

Giménez and Godín put Atlético Madrid in charge against Juventus

22-02-2019 For Atlético Madrid it was the perfect finale and it left them dreaming of the perfect final. Two late goals from their two Uruguayan centre-backs, first José Maria Giménez and then Diego Godín, sent a gigantic roar round this stadium, the kind of noise this place has never heard before. The Wanda Metropolitano, Atlético’s home for just over a year, will host the 2019 Champions League final and, as they sang long and loud, they did so in the hope that their team will be there too, invited to the party they host. Related: Raheem Sterling gives Manchester City crucial advantage over Schalke Continue reading...

Watch: Were officials right to send off Kilmarnock's Bachmann against Rangers?

22-02-2019 Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke called goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann's sending off in his side's 5-0 Scottish Cup fifth-round replay hammering by Rangers "a joke". Is he right?

Retaining the Carabao Cup would be historic for City, says Bernardo Silva

22-02-2019 • We should forget the recent 6-0 win over Chelsea, he adds• Portuguese is also aiming for last eight of Champions LeagueBernardo Silva believes if Manchester City beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final and retain a trophy for the first time their quest to be serial winners will be advanced.City won the cup by beating Arsenal 3-0 in last season’s final. It was the club’s 15th major trophy and became part of a third double when Pep Guardiola’s side secured the Premier League title in April. The Portuguese midfielder acknowledged it is important to start winning the same competitions two years in a row, starting at Wembley on Sunday. Continue reading...

The Breakdown | Bold England are contenders for World Cup but don’t write off Ireland

22-02-2019 Eddie Jones’s positive selection and tactics in Dublin showed his side have hunger and desire, while Joe Schmidt’s team have overcome adversity beforeEddie Jones has been around long enough to appreciate that destiny lies at the end of a road blighted with potholes and misleading signposts. After his greatest triumph on Saturday he was gracious in victory, 11 months after he had been booed by some home supporters at Twickenham after Ireland had secured the Grand Slam there.“They are a top team,” he said of Ireland, the world’s form country in 2018 who had been systematically taken apart by England. And they are. Just as England found last year after two years of barely uninterrupted success under Jones, nothing feeds the appetite of an ambitious team like a setback. Continue reading...

England consider appointing Chris Silverwood as next head coach

22-02-2019 • Ashley Giles praises bowling coach’s discipline and toughness• Stokes and Buttler rested for Malan and Billings in T20 squadChris Silverwood has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Trevor Bayliss as the England head coach after Ashley Giles, the national team’s director of cricket, revealed he is set on appointing one individual for the role.Giles rejoined the Caribbean tour in time to see England’s astonishing six-wicket victory against West Indies on Wednesday and after consulting with members of the Test and one-day setups on his two visits – including the respective team captains Joe Root and Eoin Morgan – he has veered away from splitting the position by way of format. Continue reading...

Team Sky's Ben Swift in intensive care after crash

22-02-2019 Team Sky's Ben Swift is in intensive care with a ruptured spleen after crashing on a training ride with Geraint Thomas

The Fiver | Staring us in the face, in plain sight, giving us the big do-you-want-some

22-02-2019 Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Yesterday evening, Barcelona took 25 shots against Lyon but none of them went in, so they drew for the fourth time in five matches. At Anfield, Naby Keïta had a pass completion rate of 74%. But apart from those two examples of things that are brimful of pretty attacking promise but aren’t quite clicking at the moment, there was very little to talk about in Big Cup. The needle on the Fiver’s patented Entertainmentometer™© got stuck halfway between Mildly Diverting But Only Because There’s Nothing On Any Of The Other Channels and Intriguing But Only Because You’re Trying Way Too Hard. Bah. As a banner displayed in the Bayern end and applauded by the Liverpool fans noted, you had to pay £48 for a ticket to watch this stuff. One day a real rain will come. Continue reading...