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Aitor Karanka wants Ben Gibson to focus on Middlesbrough over England

Aitor Karanka expresses pride in Middlesbrough's performance against Everton, despite falling 3-1.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has joked that he would warn England boss Sam Allardyce off Ben Gibson as he looks for a new generation of international players.

Boro defender Gibson, 23, has impressed at the start of his first season of Premier League football, sparking speculation that Allardyce will call him into his next squad.

Karanka has been delighted with the former England under-21 international's progress during his time at the club, but is wary of the demands a senior international...

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England set Euro 2020 semifinal target by FA chief Martin Glenn

UEFA released the official Euro 2020 logo.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn believes England should be aiming to at least reach the semifinal at Wembley Stadium in 2020 when London hosts the final of the next European Championships.

Glenn was speaking at London's City Hall where the branding for Euro 2020 was unveiled -- an event hosted by London mayor Sadiq Khan and representatives from the 12 other European cities that are hosting games in this one-off version of the competition.

With Wembley staging the two semifinals and final of the...

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Anti-gay abuse widespread at football matches in England - research group

A recent study shows that a majority of football fans in England have heard anti-gay abuse at matches in the last five years.

Nearly three quarters of British football fans have heard anti-gay abuse at a match during the last five years, according to new research from the UK's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality charity Stonewall.

The online study, which was carried out by ICM last month, was commissioned by Stonewall as part of its "Rainbow Laces" campaign to tackle anti-gay, bisexual and transgender attitudes in sport.

The research found several encouraging trends but also found that 18- to...

Joe Hart is doing everything right as his Serie A adventure begins at Torino

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop evaluates how Joe Hart has fit in thus far for his new club Torino.
New Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart has insisted he is able to comminicate with his defenders on the pitch.
Joe Hart impressed the local media at his unveiling for Serie A outfit Torino by speaking Italian.

TURIN, Italy -- THE CROWD FOR TORINO'S home game against Empoli on Sunday would not have been much to look at on TV. There were less than 16,500 people in attendance at the Stadio Olimpico, the majority of them crammed into the stands behind either goal.

Happily for Joe Hart, he was not watching this game from his sofa. Instead, making his Torino debut, he got to see first-hand how the Curva Maratona looks before kick-off, a seething red maroon sea in which 10-foot high flags flutter like sails....

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Paul Gascoigne pleads guilty to racial offence ahead of scheduled trial

Paul Gascoigne admitted committing the offence on Nov. 30.

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been fined £1,000 for making a racist comment to a black security guard at a public event.

Dudley Magistrates' Court was told that Gascoigne humiliated Errol Rowe, who had been assigned to protect him during his An Evening with Gazza show, by asking him: "Can you smile please, because I can't see you?"

Ordering Gascoigne to pay Rowe £1,000 in compensation, District Judge Graham Wilkinson told him: "You sought to get a laugh from an audience...