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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

2016/2017 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
13 Southampton 0 0 0 0
14 Stoke 0 0 0 0
15 Sunderland 0 0 0 0
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Sobhi and Allen boost Stoke

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 By PA Sport

Republic of Ireland's Shay Given brings end to 20-year international career

Shay Given has stepped down from playing for Republic of Ireland.

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has retired from international football.

The 40-year-old, who was part of Ireland's Euro 2016 squad but did not play, steps down after winning 134 caps in order to concentrate on playing for Stoke.

Given, who had previously called time on his international career after Euro 2012 before a rethink, represented Ireland at three major tournaments and was the team's number one at the 2002 World Cup.

In a letter on Twitter, he wrote: "It's every boy's dream to...

Marko Arnautovic signs new four-year contract with Stoke City

Marko Arnautovic played for his country at Euro 2016.

Stoke City have announced Marko Arnautovic has signed a new four-year contract.

Arnautovic, 27, had been linked with Everton but the forward, who was Stoke's top scorer last season with 12 goals, has now committed his future to the Britannia Stadium until 2020.

The Austria international reportedly had a £12 million release clause...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Chelsea discover EFL Trophy draw as other major clubs snub competition

Stamford Bridge will welcome one of Swindon Town, Exeter City or Oxford United.

Chelsea's academy team will take on Swindon Town, Exeter City and Oxford United in the group stage of the EFL Trophy.

The revamp of the EFL Trophy has been beset by problems since the plan to invite 16 Premier League academies into the competition was announced earlier this year.

Supporters of clubs in League One and League Two, whose first teams play in the competition with the final played at Wembley, are angry and believe the Football League are trying to get Premier League "B" teams into...

Ramadan Sobhi and Joe Allen join as part of Stoke's push for top six

The ESPN FC crew discuss the latest transfer rumours.

While Stoke's players were acclimatising to their preseason surroundings in Orlando on Monday, two new faces were being pencilled in to join them as the club confirmed the signings of internationals Ramadan Sobhi and Joe Allen.

With the fans growing anxious over the club's lack of activity in the transfer market, the mood has been lifted with a quick-fire double signing that has injected some renewed enthusiasm ahead of the 2016-17 season.

Wonder kid Sobhi joins for a fee that could rise to £6...

 By PA Sport

Stoke complete signing of Joe Allen from Liverpool for reported £13 million

Joe Allen
Joe Allen will join Stoke City after completing a move from Liverpool.

Stoke City have signed Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool.

The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year contract after the clubs agreed a reported £13 million fee.

Allen has struggled for playing time under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, having been restricted to mainly Europa League appearances last season.

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol discusses possible transfers of Gonzalo Higuain and Joe Allen, as well as Arsenal's missed chance.
The ESPN FC panel look at Liverpool's signings in the summer transfer window and what it means for Liverpool's EPL season.

But he was one of the stars of the Wales squad which reached the semifinals at Euro 2016 earlier this summer.

Stoke's bid met Liverpool's valuation of a player with less than 12...