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Allardyce: Everton cannot play Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson together | Football | The Guardian
Sam Allardyce has said his Everton side cannot accommodate Ronald Koeman’s summer signings Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson at the same time because of their lack of pace.

Watford sack Marco Silva blaming lack of focus after Everton’s approach | Football | The Guardian
Watford have sacked their manager Marco Silva following the club’s 2-0 defeat against Leicester on Saturday.

Kevin de Bruyne: Manchester City to confirm new deal for Belgian - BBC Sport
Manchester City are set to confirm midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has signed a lucrative long-term contract extension.

QPR goalkeeper's water bottle 'urinated in' mid-match - BBC News
It is believed the bottle may have been taken by a pitch invader before being thrown back on to the pitch.

USA-Denmark: Pugh scores brace as Americans dominate | SI.com
The U.S. women's national team dominated Denmark in a 5-1 thrashing to start off 2018.

Cristiano Ronaldo uses phone to check head wound in Real's win vs. Deportivo
Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't wait to get to a mirror to check the severity of the head injury he suffered during Real's win over Deportivo.

Bruce Arena laments USMNT's chemistry, 'bad eggs' in reflection | SI.com
Bruce Arena continues to endear himself to a large swath of US Soccer fandom.

Pochettino lays into Spurs after Southampton draw - Football365
Mauricio Pochettino was refreshingly critical of his Spurs side after their 1-1 draw with Southampton.

Pogba demands Utd double wages to match Sanchez - report - Football365
Is this precisely what City feared about signing Sanchez? Pogba wants more money now, apparently. A lot more.