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Raheem Sterling: ‘Premier League title more important than individual recognition’

City and Liverpool are in a two-way fight for the title. Raheem Sterling says being nominated for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award will mean nothing if Manchester City do not win the Premier League title. The England international is one of the favourites for the honour, with his main rival Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk. City and Liverpool are in a two-way fight for the title and Sterling, who revealed he voted for Harry Kane, his England team-mate not making the six-man shortlist, is interested solely in helping his team. “It’s nice to be recognised on that front, but, to be honest, if we don’t win the Premier League, I don’t really want to be in contention,” he said. Raheem Sterling voted for England team-mate Harr...

Record broken: The fastest goals in Premier League history

The Southampton striker broke Ledley King’s long-standing mark against Watford. Southampton‘s Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history after just 7.69 seconds against Watford. Here, Press Association Sport looks back at the fastest goals in Premier League history. 1. Shane Long, 7.69 secondsWatford v Southampton, 2019 ⏱ 7.69 seconds – the fastest goal in #PremierLeague history!@ShaneLong7 #WATSOU pic.twitter.com/p2QNLKfSM5 — Premier League (@premierleague) April 23, 2019 The striker charged down Craig Cathcart’s pass and clipped the ball past goalkeeper Ben Foster to break Ledley King‘s long-standing record. 2. Ledley King, 9.82 secondsBradford 3 Tottenham 3, 2000 The Spurs defender was the unlikely previous holder of the competition’s fast...

Shane Long makes Premier League history with goal after 7.69 seconds

Long broke the record which had been held by Ledley King since 2000. Southampton striker Shane Long has broken the record for the fastest goal in Premier League history after scoring seven seconds into his side’s game at Watford. Long charged down an attempted pass from Craig Cathcart and then lobbed the ball over Ben Foster to give his side the lead. .@OptaJoe are now going with 7 seconds! ⏱ It still sets the record, but can you remember who held it before tonight? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/eWzSGfwyDM — Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 23, 2019 The goal was officially clocked at 7.69 seconds into the game at Vicarage Road, quicker than Ledley King’s previous mark of 10 seconds. Tottenham defender King’s goal, which came against Bradford, had held the record since D...

Mauro Icardi agent rules out Premier League move

The agent of Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi suggests that he will remain in Italy this summer, effectively ruling out a move to Manchester United or Real Madrid. Mauro Icardi‘s wife and agent Wanda Nara has ruled out the possibility of a move to the Premier League or Real Madrid this summer. Icardi’s future at Inter Milan has been plunged into uncertainty following a bitter fallout with the club, which saw him stripped of the captaincy before refusing to train with the team and missing almost a full month of action. Manchester United have been credited with an interest in the Argentine, while Madrid are also understood to be monitoring his situation, but Wanda Nara is confident that he will remain in Italy. “He’s still scoring goals. He keeps moving forward becaus...

Premier League – five things we learned

Issues are coming to a head at both ends of the table.

Manchester United’s worst Premier League defeats following Everton humiliation

United were thumped by Everton on Easter Sunday. Manchester United had an Easter Sunday to forget as they crashed to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton – a performance former defender Gary Neville described as “rancid”. Here, Press Association Sport charts six other heavy losses United have suffered in the Premier League. Manchester United 1 Manchester City 6, October 23, 2011 Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli, second left, celebrates his second goal in the 6-1 win at Old Trafford (Martin Rickett/PA) The first time United had leaked six goals at Old Trafford since 1930, this was their heaviest home defeat for 56 years. Mario Balotelli (2), Edin Dzeko (2), Sergio Aguero and David Silva were on target as City kick-started their title drive – with Darren Fletcher’s 81...

Five talking points ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action

Manchester City and Tottenham provided a spectacle for the ages in their midweek Champions League clash and the two teams will meet again at the Etihad Stadium – this time with both needing Premier League points. Here, Press Association Sport looks at the fixture and four other talking points ahead of this weekend: Can City and Tottenham go again? Mauricio Pochettino’s side reached the Champions League semi-finals in midweek (Mike Egerton/PA) Even before these teams provided an instant classic on Wednesday night, the Saturday lunchtime kick-off looked to be the defining fixture of the weekend. But the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final has amped that up several notches, not least because of its dramatic denouement. The question now is: are both teams physically and ment...

Jon Gorenc Stankovic urges Huddersfield to enjoy Premier League swansong

Huddersfield defender Jon Gorenc Stankovic accepts it has been a miserable season for the club but is determined to savour every last minute of top-flight football. The Terriers became only the second side after Derby in 2008 to be relegated from the Premier League in March and have won only three of their 34 matches this season. The weekly beatings became too much to bear for former boss David Wagner, who departed by mutual consent in January, but Stankovic insisted it has all been worth it. “It’s still the Premier League and the best league in the world and I think all the lads who are playing are really enjoying it,” the 23-year-old said. “This is not something you wouldn’t enjoy.” Wagner was replaced by fellow German Jan Siewert and while the defeats...

Leading Premier League players plan 24-hour social media blackout

Leading Premier League stars have backed a 24-hour social media boycott in protest at an escalation of incidents of racial abuse online. The campaign launched by the Professional Footballers’ Association will urge players to stay off social media from 0900 on Friday morning after posting the hashtag #Enough. The PFA say it is intended as a show of solidarity with players who have been targeted, as well as a demand to social media organisations and the game’s authorities that more needs to be done. #Enough 👊🏽👊🏼👊🏿 Making a stand against racist abuse! A player led 24hr boycott on social media. Read more: https://t.co/XxVkrefZ1H pic.twitter.com/I787Ar6rKg — PFA | Professional Footballers’ Association (@PFA) April 18, 2019 Simone Pound, Head of Equalities at the PFA, said: “Football has t...

Jurgen Klopp turns attention back to Premier League

Jurgen Klopp is keen to make sure a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona does not become a distraction for his Liverpool players with crucial Premier League games coming up. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firminho and Virgil van Dijk were on the scoresheet as Wednesday’s 4-1 win in Porto secured a last-four meeting between the Premier League leaders and LaLiga’s top side. The mouth-watering clash is in danger of making Liverpool’s upcoming fixtures against Cardiff and Huddersfield look a little mundane by comparison. But with the Premier League title race against Manchester City as tight as ever, Klopp knows they must stay focused. Asked how his side might stop Lionel Messi and all, the German smiled. “Thank God I don’t have to think about that to...

Relegation battle: Brighton and Cardiff City’s Premier League run-in

Cardiff’s win at Brighton has breathed new life into the battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Here, Press Association Sport analyses the remaining games which will decide the fate of both clubs. Brighton Wolves (a), Saturday, April 20 Wolves may have gone five games without a win in the Premier League away from home, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are a different prospect at Molineux and will be expected to bounce back from the loss at Southampton with a win. Verdict: Defeat Tottenham (a), Tuesday, April 23 Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick in Tottenham’s win over Huddersfield (John Walton/PA) Brighton’s game in hand is a daunting one at Spurs, who have recorded three wins in their new stadium, including a Champions League victory over Manchester City, s...

Premier League Team of the Week – Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne, Virgil van Dijk

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 34, including Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne and Virgil van Dijk. The 2018-19 Premier League season edged one more game towards its conclusion this weekend, with Liverpool still leading a title race which looks set to go down to the wire. Manchester City momentarily returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, but the Reds responded by beating Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield to move two points clear – albeit having played a game more than the champions. Chelsea’s defeat at Anfield saw their top-four hopes take a blow as Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal all won, with Spurs among the biggest victors of the weekend courtesy of their 4-0 triumph over relegated Huddersfiel...

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