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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel picks ultimate 90s XI with Schmeichel, Zidane and Rivaldo – but no English or German players

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THOMAS TUCHEL selected Zinedine Zidane to star in his ultimate line-up of great 1990s footballers.

The French icon was named in awesome XI by the Chelsea boss after several tough decisions across the pitch.

Tuchel, a defender himself during a short playing career in Germany, selected Stamford Bridge hero Marcel Desailly alongside Roberto Carlos, Javier Zanetti and Ronald Koeman in his backline.

Speaking of the Dutch great, he recalled: “Ronald Koeman was my hero when I was watching international football and Barcelona.”

In goal, the 47-year-old made what he called a ‘bold move’ to go ‘against Germany’ and pick Peter Schmeichel over Oliver Khan.

None of Tuchel‘s countrymen made it in with English players also snubbed from the line-up.

Paul Scholes lost out to Clarence Seedorf in the battle to line up alongside Zidane and the ‘totally underrated’ Didier Deschamps in midfield.

And, despite being a ‘huge fan’ of David Beckham’s, the Manchester United legend missed out to Luis Figo.

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Thomas Tuchel has named his ultimate XI of 1990s footballers[/caption]

Former Barcelona and Brazil star Rivaldo took up position on the opposite flank before Tuchel made a surprise pick up front.

Faced with having Ronaldo Nazario or Raul as his striker, the coach backed the Spanish forward.

Tuchel’s reason was simple: “I met him!”

Both Raul and Roberto Carlos made it in after he spoke highly of meeting the Real Madrid icons, leaving Ronaldo and Paolo Maldini on the bench.

Thomas Tuchel was speaking to Three as part of their #ConnectWith series

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Classy Man City star Ilkay Gundogan donates all of £250k Premier League bonus to childhood football team

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CLASSY Ilkay Gundogan has donated his £250,000 Premier League to his childhood football team.

The German, 30, secured his third English title in four years this season as Manchester City ran away at the top.

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Ilkay Gundogan donated his £250,000 Premier League-winning bonus to help fund a new pitch as his childhood club[/caption]

And the midfielder gave the full amount of his extra cash to Hessler 06 to help fund a new artificial pitch.

Gundogan spent ten years with Hessler 06 before switching to Bochum and then going professional.

His manager and uncle Ilhan said: “We are still very closely connected to the club, because we spent large parts of our childhood here.

“When Ilkay heard that many children were withdrawing because there was no artificial pitch, it hit him hard.”

Hessler 06 must stump up £258,000 for their part while local authorities in Gelsenkirchen are providing the remaining £301,000.

But the vast majority of Hessler 06’s portion will be covered by their former youngster.

Their club chairman Rainer Konietzka said: “Without Ilkay, we would not have been able to start this project.”

Gundogan enjoyed the best season of his career this term as he played a key role in City lifting the Premier League and Carabao Cup.

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They also reached the Champions League final but lost to Chelsea in Porto.

On an individual level, Gundogan chipped in with a club-high whopping 17 goals from midfield in all competitions – one more than Phil Foden.

Thirteen of those came in the league with City’s next highest scorer Raheem Sterling on ten.

He won back-to-back player of the month awards in January and February and was named in the Champions League and PFA teams of the season.

Gundogan is now with the German national team as they prepare to kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against France on Tuesday.

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Mike Tyson’s second comeback fight will take place in September, reveals coach with boxing legend, 54, ‘always training’

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MIKE TYSON will return to the ring for his second comeback fight in September and is already training, his trainer revealed.

The heavyweight legend shocked all as he last year announced that he would fight again, 15 years after retiring.

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Mike Tyson made his ring return in November against Roy Jones Jr[/caption]

And he did so last November in an eight round exhibition bout with fellow boxing icon Roy Jones Jr.

Tyson, 54, and Jones, 52, boxed to a draw but Iron Mike was adamant he wanted to get back in the ring as soon as possible.

His head coach Rafael Cordeiro, an MMA mastermind, revealed talks and training camp is already underway.

He told MMA Fighting: “We continue training. He’s an athlete and is always training, hitting pads here in the gym.

“I think we’re going to have something in September.

“I don’t know who because his company Legends Only League is working on it and negotiating a TV deal so they can announce a schedule, but we’re training.

“We’ll be fighting in September.”

Tyson was initially negotiating a remarkable trilogy bout with famous rival Evander Holyfield.

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Holyfield, now 58, beat Iron Mike in 1996 but their rematch a year later will forever be remembered as the ‘Bite Fight’ after Tyson sunk his teeth into his rival.

They have since made up and formed a friendship and were in line for a lucrative third fight.

But talks broke down, with Holyfield now returning in August against Kevin McBride, Tyson’s final professional opponent.

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What did Ollie Robinson say in his tweet? England cricket star banned from New Zealand second Test pending investigation

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OLLIE ROBINSON’S international future has been left in disarray as he faces an investigation after racist and sexist tweets from his past emerged.

The 27-year-old has been suspended from England duty after posts from 2012 and 2013 resurfaced during his debut – with the pace bowler left feeling “embarrassed and ashamed” and could be subjected to disciplinary action.

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Ollie Robinson has been suspended from international cricket after a series of vile tweets from his past were uncovered[/caption]

What did Ollie Robinson say in his tweet?

Robinson posted a series of revolting tweets at the age of 18, which resurfaced on his first day as an England player on Wednesday, June 2.

In 2012, Robinson tweeted using the n-word and another post said: “My new muslim friend is the bomb #wheeyyyyy.”

There were also sexist comments about “females who play video games actually tend to have more sex”.

The discovery of the vile tweets marred his England debut.

On the field, Robinson impressed with two of the three wickets as New Zealand reached 246-3 by the close of day one of the First Test at Lord’s. Kiwi debutant Devon Conway finished 136 not out.

The historical tweets could not have been more embarrassing for England because they were discovered on a day when before play the players had a “moment of unity”.

This involved wearing T-shirts standing against all forms of discrimination, including racism and sexism.

What did Ollie Robinson say in his apology?

Robinson faces disciplinary action after being forced to apologise.

He said he did not realise the posts were still on his timeline, but insisted he is not “racist or sexist”.

He said: “On the biggest day of my career so far, I am embarrassed by the racist and sexist tweets that I posted over eight years ago which have today become public.

“I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist. I deeply regret my actions and I am ashamed of making such remarks.

“I was thoughtless and irresponsible and, regardless of my state of mind at the time, my actions were inexcusable. Since that period, I have matured as a person and fully regret the tweets.

“Today should be about my efforts on the field and the pride of making my Test debut for England but my thoughtless behaviour in the past has tarnished this.

“Over the past few years, I have worked hard to turn my life around. I have considerably matured as an adult.

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Ollie Robinson played in England’s first test draw against New Zealand at Lord’s[/caption]

“The work and education I have gained personally from the PCA, my county Sussex and the England cricket team have helped me to come to terms and gain a deep understanding of being a responsible professional cricketer.

“I would like to unreservedly apologise to anyone I have offended, my team-mates and the game as a whole in what has been a day of action and awareness in combatting discrimination from our sport.

“I don’t want something that happened eight years ago to diminish the efforts of my team-mates and the ECB as they continue to build meaningful action with their comprehensive initiatives and efforts, which I fully endorse and support.

“I will continue to educate myself, look for advice and work with the support network that is available to me to learn more about getting better in this area. I am sorry and I have certainly learned my lesson today.”

Robinson was made aware of the furore after play and a crisis meeting involving England supremo Ashley Giles and head coach Chris Silverwood urged Robinson to offer his mea culpa.

Robinson was sacked by Yorkshire in 2014 for “unprofessional conduct” but has rebuilt his career with huge success at Sussex.

England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison warned that there is a “zero tolerance” policy of such behaviour.

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Ollie Robinson, 27, has been disciplined[/caption]

Harrison said: “I do not have the words to express how disappointed I am that an England men’s player has chosen to write tweets of this nature, however long ago that might have been.

“Any person reading those words, particularly a woman or person of colour, would take away an image of cricket and cricketers that is completely unacceptable. We are better than this.

“We have a zero-tolerance stance to any form of discrimination and there are rules in place that handle conduct of this nature.

“We will initiate a full investigation as part of our disciplinary process.”

Robinson left the England camp on Sunday, June 6, after the drawn First Test and will not play in the Second Test at Edgbaston on Thursday, June 19.

With Robinson not likely to feature in England’s 12 white ball matches in June and July, the earliest he could return would be the First Test against India on August 4.

But, with the likes of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, and Sam Curran available then after injury and rest, Robinson might not play for England again this summer.

An England statement said: “Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation following historic tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013.”

And captain Joe Root insisted Robinson has learned a “very hard lesson” and promised England will continue to try to make cricket as inclusive as possible.

He said: “Ollie has learned a very hard lesson. He’s fronted up to the outside world and fronted up to us as a dressing-room. He has a lot of remorse that you can tell is genuine and dealt with a huge array of emotions.

“As a squad, we have to keep looking to be better and make the game as inclusive and diverse as possible.

“This team is committed to doing that. We’re not saying we’re perfect but there are areas we want to learn about and hopefully we can make a real difference.

“On the field, Ollie had an exceptional debut. He’s contributed well with the bat, his performances with the ball have been excellent. He showed high levels of skill and definitely has the game that can be successful in Test cricket.

“But the stuff that happened off the field is not acceptable within our game. We have to try to better the environment and make everyone feel comfortable to play a wonderful sport.

“I couldn’t believe the tweets but the most important thing is Ollie is part of this dressing-room and we had to support him. We had to give him an opportunity to learn and understand he has to do better.”

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