Eddie Jones brought his dog Annie to England training on Wednesday afternoon as the Six Nations champions looked to maintain their quest for back-to-back Grand Slams. As revealed in an exclusive interview with lock Courtney Lawes, Eddie Jones' training sessions are often notoriously brutal, but never before have they featured live animals. After putting his team through the ringer just three days after their comeback win over Wales in Cardiff, Jones sprung another surprise on his players by bringing his dog Annie to training.
Few people in 2017 can claim to have quite as rounded a perspective on Chinese football as Sun Jihai. Sun, 39, retired in December 2016 following a 21-year playing career that took him from Dalian Shide, Liaoning, in China’s northeast, to Crystal Palace, and, most famously, to Manchester City for eight years. In 2009, after a spell at Sheffield United, Sun returned to play in China, from where he has been able to observe the seismic changes in the country’s professional football setup, as money and, in turn, foreign luminaries have flooded into the game.
Liverpool struggled without Mane while he was on International duty with Senegal at the African Cup of Nations. Mane has been a key member of Klopp’s starting XI this season with his pace causing trouble for opposing defences week in, week out. Klopp convinced the Liverpool hierarchy to fork out a reported £34m for Mane and he’s already paid some of that back with some match-winning performances – most recently against Spurs in the 2-0 win at Anfield where he scored both goals, terrorising Ben Davies, the Spurs left back.