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Tottenham's Dele Alli must start for England says Michael Owen

Dele Alli has been touted as a potential starter for England at the European Championships this summer.

Former England striker Michael Owen reckons Tottenham Hotspur wonder kid Dele Alli must start for England at the European Championships this summer.

Owen, who broke onto the international scene as a youngster at the 1998 World Cup, reckons Roy Hodgson must use Alli's youthful enthusiasm to his advantage when the Three Lions go into battle in France.

"He has always had promise -- even at MK Dons, he had a big reputation so I don't think it has been thrown upon us," Owen said on BT Sport.

"He has...

Juventus' Paul Pogba needs Zidane and Platini's mentality - Mauro

Napoli have completed the double over Juventus just three times; in 1958, 1987 and 2010.

Former Juventus midfielder Massimo Mauro has urged Paul Pogba to change his mentality if he wants to become a truly world-class player like Michel Platini or Zinedine Zidane.

Mauro, who won two Serie A titles with Juventus and Napoli in his time, reckons the young Frenchman has the ability to emulate his countrymen and become a legend in Turin.

"[Pogba's] got the quality. Quality-wise he is extraordinary." Mauro told Omnisport.

"To become like [Platini and Zidane], he hasn't got to touch too much...

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Robinho leaves China to return to Brazil with Atletico Mineiro

Robinho has joined Atletico Mineiro on a two-year contract.

Former Real Madrid and Manchester City striker Robinho has left China Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande for a move back to Atletico Mineiro in Brazil.

The 32-year-old's six-month contract with the Chinese club came to an end and the mercurial forward agreed to join Atletico Mineiro on a two-year deal, where he will hope to win the Copa Libertadores, a trophy that he has never won before.

"Forward Robinho is the new signing of Atletico Mineiro," a club statement confirmed the signing on Thursday.


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Arjen Robben: Pep Guardiola won't ask Bayern players to join him at Man City

The ESPN FC team take a look at Bayern Munich's draw with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, and Arjen Robben's role at the club.

Arjen Robben says Pep Guardiola would not ask him or any other Bayern Munich players to follow him to Manchester City next season.

Guardiola will move to the Premier League following this season, but Robben rubbished reports that the manager would try to poach Bayern's players while he still has access to them.

"No, he didn't ask me to join him on his way to Manchester City," Robben told Dutch newspaper Metro. "I don't think he would do that. Not with me and not with other players either.

"We all...

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Man United's Anthony Martial is going to 'get better and better' - Carrick

The FC crew discuss Manchester United's potential record-breaking profits, but recent failure to bring in top talent.

Manchester United veteran Michael Carrick has praised Anthony Martial's "superb impact" at Old Trafford, saying that the 20-year-old is only going to "get better and better."

The France international, who signed for United from Monaco in the summer for a fee that could rise to £57.6 million, has scored six goals in 20 Premier League appearances this season. Performances, Carrick suggests, that is just a hint of what is to come.

"The amount of ability he's got is huge," Carrick told Man United's...

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Revolution trade for Gershon Koffie to help replace Jermaine Jones

Gershon Koffie will join the New England Revolution for the upcoming season.

The New England Revolution acquired defensive midfielder Gershon Koffie in a trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday.

The 24-year-old Ghanaian can fill the hole left by Jermaine Jones, whose contract expired at the end of last season and who remains at a standstill in talks over a new deal.

The move also comes after the Revs' latest designated player signing Xavier Kouassi suffered a major knee injury while playing for FC Sion in Switzerland last weekend.