Daily Digest: England boss Gareth Southgate hits out at early start to Premier League season

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The Sport360 team are here bringing you our top stories on Monday.

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Gareth Southgate feels the Premier League started too early this season on the back of the World Cup in Russia – with England’s run to the semi-finals catching out those in charge.

Questions have been asked as to whether a number of players who went deep into the tournament are now struggling with tiredness having not been afforded a proper rest.

The English top-flight returned on August 10, a week before La Liga and with Serie A starting eight days later and the Bundesliga a full fortnight on.

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Real Madrid and Spain captain Sergio Ramos believes Harry Kane has all the necessary skills to be a star in La Liga.

In other news, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola believes football is witnessing an era of “two phenomena” with the class of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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It was an all-action day in the second Test between India and the West Indies at Hyderabad yesterday as the hosts completed a 10-wicket victory inside three days.

Resuming from their overnight first-innings score of 308-4, India were quickly bowled out for 367. Armed with a 56-run lead, India’s bowlers shone on a dry pitch to bundle out the visitors for just 127 runs in their second innings before completing a comprehensive win.

With Virat Kohli‘s men having completed a 2-0 sweep to clinch the two-match series, read our talking points from an eventful day three in which 16 wickets fell.

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Under-pressure Joachim Low is running out of time to save his job as Germany boss, says our man Aditya Devavrat

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Daily Digest: Netherlands crush Germany to pile pressure on Joachim Low

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The Sport360 team are here bringing you our top stories on Sunday.

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Joachim Low is facing the biggest crisis of his 12-year tenure as Germany’s head coach after their embarrassing 3-0 defeat away to the Netherlands.

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk gave the Dutch a first-half lead before late goals by Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum capped a golden night for the Oranje at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena.

These are dark days for the Germans in the wake of their dismal World Cup display when they crashed out after finishing bottom of their group.

They are now bottom of Nations League Group One and Low must avoid defeat against world champions France in Paris on Tuesday, knowing his future will be debated at home.

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Former Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos has told fans to be patient and trust the hierarchy after defending the club’s decision not to sign a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. Read our interview with the Brazilian here.

In other news, Manchester City have firmly denied claims they made a failed bid to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

The Argentine has been linked with City several times since former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola was appointed manager in 2016.

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India found themselves within just three runs of West Indies‘ first innings total when day two of the second Test between the two sides drew to a close.

Continuing from their overnight score of 295-7, the visitors were bundled out for 311 in Hyderabad. In reply, India reached 308-4 on the board when stumps were drawn on Saturday.

Read our key talking points from another eventful day which saw India inch ahead.

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The Aussies dug in for a famous survival act in Dubai but only the second Test will show where the team is really at, says our man Alex Broun.

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Daily Digest: Gareth Southgate says England's performance deserved a victory in Croatia

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The Sport360 team are here bringing you our top stories on Saturday.

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Gareth Southgate was frustrated by the result but not his side’s performance as England ignored the eerie backdrop to draw with Croatia in the Nations League.

Three months after meeting in the World Cup semi-finals, the sides lined up at the virtually-empty Stadion HNK Rijeka as the hosts completed a UEFA stadium ban for having a swastika on the pitch during a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy.

Eric Dier and Harry Kane hit the woodwork either side of half-time in Rijeka, where Ross Barkley saw a penalty appeal rejected and Marcus Rashford wasted two great chances as the match ended 0-0.

Check out our report card from the match.

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Germany coach Joachim Low brushed off sharp criticism from his former captain Michael Ballack in the wake of the country’s dismal World Cup performance.

Low is under pressure to win tonight’s Nations League match away to the Netherlands in Amsterdam, and then beat the world champions France in Paris next Tuesday.

In other news, Jurgen Klopp admits he has no idea when he will win silverware but does not want to be remembered as the “fun” Liverpool manager who failed to secure a trophy.

The German celebrated his three-year anniversary at Anfield on Monday but despite taking the club to three finals he has yet to win one.

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has backed Yasir Shah to be more lethal with the ball after enduring a difficult Test in the drawn match against Australia.

The 32-year-old went wicketless in the first four days of the first Test but came alive on the final day, taking four scalps including centurion Usman Khawaja but Australia held on for a thrilling draw in Dubai on Thursday.

In other news, Brian Lara feels the West Indies are “missing” a key ingredient to become a stronger and more competitive nation in all formats of cricket, particularly Tests, but he insists it is down to the players and support of staff to find out exactly what that is.

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Despite all the money in the world The Everest is still just another horse race, says our man Alex Broun.

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