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England up to 12th in FIFA world rankings and Republic, Scotland also rise

England and the Republic of Ireland have risen in this month’s FIFA’s world rankings, while Scotland climbed too despite missing out on World Cup qualification.

Raheem Sterling is a key player for Manchester City this season (Nigel French/PA)

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling was not concerned about Arsenal talk

Raheem Sterling claims he did not give a moment’s thought to rumours linking him with a deadline-day move from Manchester City to Arsenal.

Manager Pep Guardiola wants Kevin De Bruyne, left,  to guide Manchester City to titles (Martin Rickett/PA)

Pep Guardiola: De Bruyne must win trophies before reaching Messi’s level

Pep Guardiola thinks Kevin De Bruyne will have to help Manchester City win trophies before he can be regarded as one of the greats like Lionel Messi.

Kubrat Pulev, right, has pulled out of his world title fight with Anthony Joshua (Nick Potts/PA)

Anthony Joshua to fight Carlos Takam as injury forces out Kubrat Pulev

Carlos Takam has replaced Kubrat Pulev as the challenger to world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on October 28 after a shoulder injury forced the Bulgarian to withdraw.

Mike Ashley is looking to sell the club (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Ashley seeking a Newcastle buyer who has the funds to invest heavily in players

Mike Ashley will only sell Newcastle to a buyer who has the financial muscle to invest heavily in the playing squad.

Adam Lallana is nearing a return (Dave Howarth/PA)

Liverpool boost as Adam Lallana closes in on return to fitness

Adam Lallana remains on track for a return to the Liverpool side next month.

Mike Ashley has put Newcastle up for sale (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Mike Ashley puts Newcastle up for sale

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has formally put the Premier League club up for sale and is hoping to complete a deal by Christmas.

Warren Gatland will not lead the Lions again (David Davies/PA)

Warren Gatland: I wouldn’t subject myself to Lions tour to South Africa

Warren Gatland has ruled himself out of contention to coach the British and Irish Lions in 2021.

Harry Kane is a man in demand (Adam Davy/Empics)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Real Madrid are said to be plotting a £150m move for Harry Kane next summer, the Mirror reports. But according to the Times, Tottenham will demand £200m for the England international. It comes after Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hailed Kane as the “complete player” ahead of their Champions League clash.

Rio Ferdinand has picked his five best left-footed players (Matt Alexander/PA)

Who has Rio Ferdinand named as his five best left-footed players of all-time?

Rio Ferdinand played with and against some of the best of all-time during his distinguished playing career, including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Conor McGregor created 'Mac Land' for his son's christening on Sunday (PA Wire)

Conor McGregor creates Mac Land for son’s christening

Conor McGregor continues to live life to the full as he turned one of Ireland’s most iconic castles into a funfair and farm on Sunday.

Faustino Asprilla has celebrated Newcastle being put up for sale (Owen Humphreys/PA Sport)

Faustino Asprilla celebrates Newcastle being put up for sale

Faustino Asprilla was no stranger to a dance move or two when celebrating goals and it seems he has not lost his touch.

Chris Froome is targeting title number five (Adam Davy/PA)

2018 Tour route will be shortest of 21st century and take in Alpe-d’Huez

Briton Chris Froome’s bid for a fifth Tour de France title will come on the shortest route of the 21st century and see a return to Alpe-d’Huez.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, right, during a training session at the City Football Academy, Manchester (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester City v Napoli talking points

Manchester City host Napoli in a Champions League clash that pits the Premier League leaders against the Serie A table-toppers.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could make his first start in the Champions League for Liverpool (Martin Rickett/PA)

Oxlade-Chamberlain in Klopp’s mind ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League test

Liverpool’s deadline-day signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be in line for his first Champions League start for the club after impressing manager Jurgen Klopp.

Riyad Mahrez earned a point for Leicester against West Brom (Nick Potts/PA)

Leicester’s home struggles against West Brom continue as they are held to a draw

Leicester were unable to end their home hoodoo against West Brom after a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Tiger Woods can step up his comeback (Danny Lawson/PA)

Tiger Woods cleared to resume golf after latest back operation

Tiger Woods has been given the green light by his doctor to step up his rehabilitation from back surgery with no restrictions, according to his agent.

Both sides have taken six points from their opening two Group H matches (Francisco Seco/AP/PA)

5 talking points ahead of Real Madrid v Tottenham

Tottenham will face the most daunting challenge in club football when they visit European champions Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes Tottenham striker Harry Kane, pictured, is a 'complete player' (Adam Davy/Empics)

Real Madrid boss Zidane hails Tottenham striker Harry Kane as ‘complete player’

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has hailed Tottenham’s Harry Kane as the “complete player” ahead of Tuesday’s crunch Champions League clash between the sides.

LeBron James is ready for the new NBA season (Phil Long/AP)

LeBron James declares himself ‘unbreakable’ on the eve of the NBA season

LeBron James is about to start his 15th season in the NBA and shows no sign of slowing down.

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