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The top stories and transfer rumors from Friday’s newspapers…


The omission of Jack Grealish from the England squad for Euro 2024 was such a surprise that a senior member of the side approached Gareth Southgate to try to gain understanding for his decision.

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England manager Gareth Southgate discusses the reasons behind some omissions from his 26-man squad for Euro 2024

One of Europe’s youngest coaches, St Pauli’s Fabian Hurzeler, has emerged as a surprise leading candidate for the Brighton job.

Neal Maupay appeared to taunt arch-enemy James Maddison over the midfielder’s exclusion from England’s European Championship squad, in a photo of himself smiling in front of a dartboard with three darts in his hand.

Romelu Lukaku has opened the door to a move to the Saudi Pro League, but has also attracted interest from AC Milan, Napoli and Jose Mourinho in reuniting with his former manager at Fenerbahce.

Roma's Romelu Lukaku, back, celebrates his side's second goal during the Europa League round of 16 first leg between Roma and Brighton and Hove Albion, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, Thursday, March 7, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Romelu Lukaku spent the season on loan to AS Roma from Chelsea and scored thirteen goals in Serie A

Arron Banks, the businessman and prominent Brexit supporter, is facing a backlash over his takeover bid for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club after sending an open letter to members outlining his plans to see him appointed deputy chairman.

The MCC has confirmed that members will have the chance to vote in September on whether to allow the sale of 49 per cent of the Hundred’s London Spirit franchise.


Chelsea are monitoring developments with Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin as they assess their future targets this summer.

The FA is setting up a new board to improve safety at Wembley after repeated problems with crowds and law and order.

Bournemouth centre-back Chris Mepham is one of the defensive players Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers is eyeing.

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Chris Mepham did not play for Bournemouth after the end of March due to illness


Manchester City’s rivals fear there will be political pressure on ministers to intervene following the 115 charges brought by the Premier League.

New Napoli manager Antonio Conte plans to sign Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea by making the striker his first signing.

Jofra Archer has said he felt “a burden” after being given a central contract by the ECB despite being sidelined for more than a year as he recovered from an elbow injury.


Brighton have held talks with Graham Potter over a possible return to the club but are determined not to rush into a deal after missing out on Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna.

Graham Potter is unemployed and available
Graham Potter has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea last year

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak has described City Football Group as a “financial and economic machine” after it posted a turnover of £877.1 million for the year to June 30, 2023, despite a pre-tax loss of £126.9 million.

FIFA’s decision to move its legal department to Miami will cause “major disruption” as almost two-thirds of staff will not move to the US, according to officials at world football’s governing body.


Harry Kane’s famine would have ended three years ago had Jose Mourinho not been sacked as Spurs boss, according to the Special One himself.

Marcus Rashford will be sentenced in September after admitting speeding on the M60, shortly after destroying another of his Rolls Royce cars outside Manchester United’s training ground in Carrington.

John McEnroe called on tennis bosses to draw up ‘joke’ schedules as injured Novak Djokovic risks missing Wimbledon.

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Sky Sports Tennis’ Jonathan Overend has the latest on Novak Djokovic’s injury and his chances of playing at Wimbledon


Manchester United will have to pay more compensation to Erik ten Hag if they sack him following their FA Cup win.

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says other clubs poaching their staff shows that the Premier League champions are the leaders in world football.


Dominic Solanke’s contract at Bournemouth contains a £65 million ($83 million) release clause, which can only be activated by certain clubs.


Scotland and Southampton striker Che Adams is set to make a big move to Wolves.

Veteran goalkeeper Craig Gordon appears to be on the verge of coming to terms with the heartbreak of missing out on Scotland’s Euro 2024 squad.