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Wednesday cannon fodder: pressure dive feud

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Premier League/England

No more ITV4: Premier Sports win La Liga UK TV rights | FourFourTwo
Premier Sports win rights for the next three seasons – and here’s how you can watch it if you’re in England.

Roy Keane has a point about Alex Ferguson – but the feud proves why he’ll never be a great manager | FourFourTwo
Everything that makes the former Manchester United captain a compelling TV pundit also shows him up as completely unsuited to the dugout.

Spurs’ Kane: I’ve never dived in my career
Tottenham striker Harry Kane hits back at claims that he has twice done so this season.

Solskjaer, Pochettino among Premier League managers feeling most pressure
Not so long ago, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mauricio Pochettino had it all going for them. Now they’re among the Premier League bosses most at risk.

Europe

Northern Ireland battle but Germany’s Halstenberg and Gnabry strike | Football | The Guardian
Germany scored a 2-0 win at Windsor Park against a Northern Ireland side that had chances but could not take them.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores four in Portugal win over Lithuania - BBC Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo scores four goals as Portugal beat Lithuania in Euro 2020 qualifying.

England 5-3 Kosovo: Kane and Sterling score for hosts - BBC Sport
England move closer to reaching Euro 2020 following an entertaining qualifying victory over Kosovo.

James Collins marks Ireland debut with goal in friendly win over Bulgaria | Football | The Guardian
The Luton forward came off the bench to score with three minutes remaining as the Republic of Ireland beat Bulgaria 3-1.

French games should not be stopped for homophobia, says FFF president | Football | The Guardian
Actually, they absolutely should.

Barcelona preparing lifetime contract for Lionel Messi – ProSoccerTalk
Messi could return to his boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys before fully retiring, which Barcelona is open to allowing in a potential lifetime contract.

MLS/Americas

MLS continues coaching education partnership with French Football Federation | Pro Soccer USA
Major League Soccer announced a continuation of the partnership with the French Football Federation (FFF).

Promoter suing U.S. Soccer for refusal to sanction European league matches in U.S. – ProSoccerTalk
U.S. Soccer is now also being sued by a promoter who wants to bring international league matches to the U.S.

We all have a responsibility to kick racism out of NWSL - All For XI
Don’t be silent.

Pulisic: U.S. must stop playing afraid vs. Mexico
United States midfielder Christian Pulisic spoke after their 3-0 loss to their rivals.

Other

Stephen Ireland: ‘I was 19, playing in the Premier League and trying to raise two kids on £85 a week’ – The Athletic ($)
In a remarkable interview, Stephen Ireland explains how his young family always came first.

Emile Heskey: ‘I was on the floor and started crying. Then I found a barber’ | Jamie Jackson | Football | The Guardian
The former England striker talks about homesickness in Liverpool and falling asleep during Gérard Houllier’s meetings.

Football appears too self-important to bother itself about climate emergency | Louise Taylor | Football | The Guardian
Choosing to stage Euro 2020 in 12 different countries is a decision that seems to be lacking in common sense.