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    Wayne Rooney photo girl ‘dumped’ by fiancé after she posed next to footie legend in hotel

    ONE of the girls who took prank pictures as Wayne Rooney dozed off was “dumped” by her fiance in the wake of the viral snaps, it was claimed last night.Trainee accountant Elise Melvin, 21, posed next to the England legend, 35, after he fell asleep on a chair inside a budget hotel room.
    Elise Melvin has been dumped by her fiancé after taking pictures next to Wayne Rooney in a hotel, friends claim
    Elise Melvin posed beside the seated ex-England captain in a budget hotel room on Sunday morning
    Pals Brooke Morgan and model Tayler Ryan, both 21, also took pictures with the retired Manchester United captain on Sunday morning.
    But friends said Elise’s husband-to-be, Stuart Rodger, 26, was so upset he called off their engagement hours later.
    One said: “Stuart ended it because it was all over the internet. It’s not nice.”
    The mechanical engineer declined to comment at the couple’s home in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
    ‘RASCAL’
    Stunning Elise’s car was parked up outside but she was unavailable.
    His and her parents both declined to comment when approached. Friends hope they can patch things up.
    The trio remained in hiding last night after Cheshire Police confirmed no offences had been committed.
    A relative of Tayler branded Rooney a “rascal” and questioned why the former ace went back to the hotel with a group of 21-year-olds.
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    He said: “He’s a rascal. This is textbook for him – he’s got form.”
    Meanwhile, bosses at paper producers Kimberly Clark denied claims Brooke had been sacked for bringing the firm into disrepute.
    They said they were offering her “our full support”.
    The football ace is ‘very clear’ he’s not done anything wrong – but is worried he’s been ‘set up’Credit: Paul Tonge
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    Diego Costa ‘considering £50k-a-week Besiktas transfer offer’ after seven months without a club following Atletico exit

    DIEGO COSTA has been handed a career lifeline after Besiktas offered him a contract, according to reports.The former Chelsea striker, 32, terminated his contract at Atletico Madrid in December 2020 after slipping down the pecking order.
    Diego Costa has been offered a two-year deal worth £50,000 a week by Besiktas, say reportsCredit: PA
    Luis Suarez’s arrival from Barcelona the summer before, combined with Moussa Dembele’s loan move to the Wanda Metropolitano that winter, saw Costa ask to leave.
    However, he failed to find a new home in the January transfer window, despite being linked with Benfica, Marseille, Atletico Minero, Sao Paulo and Palmeiras.
    Costa hasn’t kicked a ball professionally in SEVEN months now but has been offered a lifeline by Turkish giants Besiktas, according to Nicolo Schira.
    The transfer guru reports that Costa has been offered a TWO-YEAR deal worth around £50,000 per week.
    Now Besiktas are waiting to hear back from the former Spain and Brazil international.
    Schiro tweeted: “Talks ongoing with the free agent #DiegoCosta.
    “The Turkish club have offered a contract until 2023 (€3m/year).
    “[They] now are waiting for the choice of the striker, who is reflecting on the bid.”
    It will prove a monster pay-cut for Costa, who was on a reported £270,000 at Atleti.
    Costa had been keen to leave in pursuit of first-team football, but the LaLiga champions were more than happy to be rid of his wages having been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
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    It’s believed Costa has demanded too much from potential suitors as deals continued to crumble.
    Earlier this year, then-Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas let slip the forward was demanding roughly £260,000 a week.
    But after seven months in the wilderness, Costa may accept £50,000 per week to get back into the game.
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    Tokyo 2020: Team GB women’s football team will face Australia in quarter-final after topping group with draw vs Canada

    TEAM GB will face Australia in the quarter-finals of the women’s Olympic football tournament after topping their group.A 1-1 draw against Canada was enough to finish above their opponents – and Hege Riise’s side could now face world champions USA in the final.
    Manchester City star Caroline Weir, 26, scored Team GB’s equaliserCredit: Getty
    Canadian winger Adriana Leon threatened to snatch top spot off the Brits when she opened the scoring in the second half.
    But a late equaliser from Scottish midfielder Caroline Weir saved Team GB against the 2012 and 2016 bronze medallists.
    Having already progressed, manager Riise made five changes – resting three-goal Ellen White and adding Fran Kirby to the bench after injury.
    Team GB gained the upper hand in the first half, with Georgia Stanway going close before Rachel Daly was denied by an excellent block from Ashley Lawrence.
    The Brits became sloppy after the break and were made to pay when Leon converted a neat ball from Lawrence in the 56th minute.
    Team GB pushed for an equaliser and got their reward five minutes from time when Weir’s 25-year effort deflected on it’s way in.
    On our day I definitely think we put out better performances the better the opposition. Our job is getting ready for the next game, one game at a time, but we absolutely believe we can get on that podium.Beverly Priestman, Canada Manager
    Speaking after the match, Riise said: “I believe strongly in this team, a great team always finds a way to come back and we did.
    “Closer to the finish we started to get some momentum, luckily we were good enough to get the goal.
    “It was an important goal. We top the group, we’re staying here and have a little bit more rest so we are happy.
    “There are always things you want to improve on, we have played three games against three good opponents and have performed better and better.
    “We haven’t been together that long so we’ll improve every game.
    “Overall we looked strong and confident and that will be important going forward.”
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    Team GB’s draw with Canada means they will face Australia, who finished third in their group, in the quarter-finals.
    The winner of that tie will take on either hosts Japan or Sweden in the next round, with the latter recording a 3-0 victory against the US.
    The Americans are in the other side of the draw and must defeat European champions Holland if they are to face Canada or Brazil in the semi-finals.
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    Ray Parlour defends Wayne Rooney after Derby manager ‘injures’ Jason Knight in 50-50 training challenge

    ARSENAL legend Ray Parlour has defended Derby County boss Wayne Rooney after he reportedly injured midfielder Jason Knight.The former England and Manchester United ace is said to have injured the 20-year-old after taking part in a training session to make up numbers, with the Rams having just nine registered players.
    Waybe Rooney’s Derby squad is paper thin with just nine players registeredCredit: GETTY IMAGES
    R|ay Parlour has defended Rooney for the reported incidentCredit: GETTY IMAGES
    According to the Telegraph, the incident happened at Pennyhill Park – a luxury hotel and spa – where Derby were staying for a pre-season training camp.
    And the crocked midfielder could miss up to two months of the new season as a result.
    Rooney confirmed the injury himself, saying: “Jason will be out for eight to 12 weeks.
    “He has rocked his ankle. Thankfully he doesn’t need surgery, but needs the time to make sure he gets his ankle strong again.
    “Of course [it is a huge blow], everyone knows what Knighty brings to us, he is a fantastic player, great energy, and he will be a loss, but we have to deal with that.”
    Parlour has come to Rooney’s defence, highlighting that training injuries aren’t rare in the world of professional football.
    And the former Arsenal midfielder believes as a manager, you want training to be competitive and intense despite not playing against opposition.
    Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “You want competitive football when you train.
    He [Knight] has rocked his ankle. Thankfully he doesn’t need surgery, but needs the time to make sure he gets his ankle strong again.Wayne Rooney
    “I know it’s not like you’re playing against opposition, you’re training together, but it’s still competitive.
    “You’re going to get injuries, you’re going to get people getting bangs on their ankles and things like that.
    “You hope it doesn’t happen, but you are a little bit slower, Wayne Rooney is not as quick as he used to be and he was probably genuinely going for a ball, was a bit late and he’s injured the player.”
    Parlour also believes that nobody will be more disappointed than Rooney, who’s squad is already paper thin.
    He added: “I know he’s the manager and he’ll probably be saying he’s so sorry about that.
    “And he’s probably thinking to himself, ‘I’ve lost another player’, so he’s not too happy about it as well.
    “It’s hard when you go into a training session, because you want it to be like a game, especially if it’s a practice game, you don’t want to just go through the motions and not treat it like a game situation.
    “So you’re always going to get a few injuries here and there – hamstring pulls, calf strains, it’s part and parcel of the game I’m afraid.”

    It’s hard when you go into a training session, because you want it to be like a game, especially if it’s a practice game, you don’t want to just go through the motions and not treat it like a game situationRay Parlour
    Getting his Derby squad ready for the start of the Championship season on August 7 against Huddersfield isn’t the only problem Rooney has on his plate.
    The 35-year-old fears he was the victim of a “set up” after photos of him asleep in a hotel surrounded by girls went viral.
    But Rooney is understood to be absolutely clear he did nothing wrong.
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    Derby issued a statement on the matter, saying: “Wayne Rooney informed the club that the pictures had emerged and that they had been taken without his knowledge or approval. 
    “After taking counsel the matter was reported to Greater Manchester Police who are currently investigating the incident. 
    “While that remains the case, there will be no further comment.”
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    Why are Qatar playing in the Concacaf Gold Cup?

    QATAR are two games away from becoming champions of North America. Yes, you read that correctly.The 2022 World Cup hosts are taking on the United States in the semi-final of the Concacaf Gold Cup.
    Qatar are looking to become champions of North AmericaCredit: Reuters
    But what are they doing in the tournament in the first place?
    Why are Qatar in the Concacaf Gold Cup?
    Qatar have been doing everything possible to play games against the world’s best teams in order to prepare for hosting the 2022 World Cup.
    To this end, they played as guests at the 2019 Copa America and were scheduled to do so again in the 2020 tournament, before it was postponed due to Covid.
    The Qataris were also drawn as a “shadow team” in Uefa World Cup qualifying Group A, meaning they will play Portugal, Serbia, Ireland, Azerbaijan and Luxembourg in friendlies.
    Qatar had been set to play in the Copa America again this summer but opted for the Concacaf Gold Cup with Covid rife in South America.
    Asia’s AFC and North America’s Concacaf formed a working strategic partnership in 2018 to support the growth of football in both parts of the world.
    This has since been supported by refereeing exchanges and as part of the agreement it was announced in September 2020 that Qatar would appear as guests in both the 2021 and 2023 Gold Cups.
    Has the Gold Cup had guests before?
    Yes. Guest appearances at the Gold Cup were regular occurrences in the 90s and 2000s, but there has not been a guest side competing in the tournament since 2005.
    Previous guest appearances were as follows:

    1996: Brazil
    1998: Brazil
    2000: Colombia, Peru, South Korea
    2002: Ecuador, South Korea
    2003: Brazil, Colombia
    2005: South Africa, Colombia

    Has a team ever won a tournament outside its continent?
    Only the United States, Mexico and Canada have ever won the Concacaf Gold Cup.
    However, Brazil reached the final in 1996 and 2003 as did Colombia in 2000.
    The only country that can be considered to have won another continent’s competition is Australia, who won the Asian Cup in 2015.
    However, Australia are permanent members of the Asian Football Confederation after moving from Oceania in 2005.
    Israel, a country that is in Asia, won the Asian Cup in 1964 but were then expelled from AFC in 1974 before joining Uefa. More

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    Chelsea in Kounde talks, Lukaku ‘not for sale’, Messi new contract, Ronaldo to stay Juventus – latest transfer news

    CHELSEA have reportedly opened talks with Sevilla star Jules Kounde.The Blues look to have moved ahead of Man Utd in the race for the Frenchman, who has three years left on his current deal.
    We’ve also got an update on Romelu Lukaku, with Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta saying he is staying at the club.
    Lionel Messi’s new Barcelona contract is set to be revealed within the next week, while Cristiano Ronaldo is set to stay at Juventus.
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    EXCITED
    Paul Pogba may delay making a decision on his Manchester United future until 2022, KEALAN HUGHES reports.
    The midfielder, 28, has been linked with a move away with Paris Saint-Germain one club said to be interested.
    The Frenchman is said to be excited by the moves for Jadon Sancho, 21, and Raphel Varane, 28, with the latter edging closer to an Old Trafford switch after United and Real Madrid agreed a fee.
    As such, a transfer to PSG may now seem less desirable for Pogba.
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    PLAN OF ACTION
    Reports suggest that Arsenal Technical Director Edu is considering a player-plus-cash deal to secure the services of Lautaro Martinez.
    Football.london are reporting that Edu is keen to use Inter’s interest in Hector Bellerin as well as a lump sum to bring the £60million rated striker to the Emirates.
    With the future of Alexandre Lacazette up in the air Mikel Arteta is keen to add to his forward line, and with just two years remaining on Martinez’s contract the Nerazzurri may be forced to cash in before it’s too late.
    PERSONAL TERMS AGREED
    This is a big one.
    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Chelsea have AGREED personal terms with 22-year-old defender Jules Kounde.
    The club have agreed a contract with the Frenchman that runs until 2026 and are in advanced talks with Sevilla regarding a transfer fee.
    That one has progressed quickly!

    DONE DEAL
    Another done deal to report.
    Former Liverpool and Crystal Palace centre-back has joined Montpellier after leaving Crystal Palace as a free agent.
    According to L’Equipe the 31-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the French side after an eight year spell in the Premier League.
    DONE DEAL
    Sheffield Wednesday have announced the loan signing of Burnley goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
    The 24-year-old joins up with the recently relegated Owls on a one-year loan deal in a bid to further his development.
    Peacock-Farrell acted as back-up to Nick Pope last season but a campaign in League One should see him feature regularly and pick up some much needed game time.
    RUNARSSON DEAL OFF
    It’s been reported in recent days that Runar Alex Runarsson was on the verge of a loan move to Turkish side Altay Spor.
    Runarsson has failed to impress at the Emirates since joining the club from Dijon last summer with the club eager to send the Icelandic international out on loan.
    A move to Turkey was all but done two days ago but now football.london are reporting that the deal has been cancelled.
    Disagreements over a loan fee are said to be the reason, with a deal for the 26-year-old now looking increasingly unlikely.
    ANOTHER ARSENAL ENQUIRY
    Following an enquiry for James Maddison the Gunners have also reportedly made an enquiry for Inter Milan striker Lauro Martinez.
    Spanish outlet Fichajes are reporting that the Argentinian international has been made available for around £60million, with Mikel Arteta eager to add attacking reinforcements.
    The 23-year-old scored 27 goals in 38 Serie A games last season, helping to fire the Nerazzurri to a first Serie A title in ten years.
    However with Ben White set to arrive from Brighton for a reported £50million, outgoings are likely to be needed before Mikel Arteta makes more moves in the transfer market.
    SALES NEEDED
    Manchester United will need to sell players in order to make any more additions, KEALAN HUGHES reports.
    United signed Jadon Sancho last week in a deal that will cost the club around £73million.
    And after agreeing a £40m fee with Real Madrid for Varane the Red Devils are committed to spending £113m this summer.
    According to The Telegraph United are targeting an overall net spend between £75m and £100m.
    That means players will have to be sold, particularly if United are to land Kieran Trippier.
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    AU REVOIR ANTONEE?
    Relegated Fulham full-back Antonee Robinson could be on his way out of West London.
    The 23-year-old American international is attracting interest from abroad, with French outfit Bordeaux said to be interested in a loan move for Robinson.
    Robinson was previously on the verge of a move to AC Milan last year, but the move was cancelled at the last minute as an irregular heartbeat was detected on Robinson.
    Manchester City and Wolves are also reportedly keen on Robinson, but Bordeaux are favourites to sign him at this moment in time, according to RMC Sport.
    ARSENAL ENQUIRY
    The Gunners have reportedly made an enquiry for Leicester City star man James Maddison.
    Mikel Arteta is thought to be a keen admirer of the 24-year-old England international, who has been linked with a move to North London for a number of months.
    And now football.london are reporting the Gunners have enquired regarding Maddison’s availability but have been put off by the Foxes £60million asking price.
    With Ben White set to arrive from Brighton for a reported £50million, outgoings are likely to be needed before Mikel Arteta makes more moves in the transfer market.

    HAALAND QUOTES
    Chelsea target Erling Haaland has been questioned by Sky Germany regarding the Borussia Dortmund striker being linked with the Blues.
    Haaland seemed to quiet down rumours though, telling the German outlet:
    “Before yesterday I haven’t talked to my agent in a month… you to tell me.
    “But I hope they are just rumours, as €175 million would be a lot of money for one person.”
    BREAKING NEWS
    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has declared that Jules Kounde is a top target for Chelsea.
    Last season’s Champions League winners have opened negotiations with Sevilla for the transfer of the highly rated 22-year-old Frenchman.
    Kounde is reportedly open to a move due to the prospect of playing Champions League football.
    He’s also been linked with a move to Manchester United but that would be some signing for Thomas Tuchel.
    BERGE BACK IN TRAINING
    Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge is back in training for the Blades, cooling speculation of a potential transfer.
    The 23-year-old has a £35million release clause in his contract, with Arsenal and Napoli both reportedly interested in signing the Norwegian international.
    Yorkshire Live are reporting that no official bid has been made for the Norwegian who missed the Blades pre-season tour to Spain, sparking rumours of a move to North London.
    BID MADE
    Aston Villa have made an opening bid for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.
    According to Sky Germany Villa have submitted a £25million bid for the 23-year-old Jamaica international.
    Bailey has two years left on his contract so reports suggest Villa’s opening bid will be rejected but Leverkusen are willing to listen to further offers.
    Bailey has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United in the past so a move to Villa Park would be a major coup for Dean Smith and Co.
    NOT DONE YET
    With the transfer of Raphael Varane almost inevitable, Manchester United are already turning their attention to other targets.
    The Manchester Evening news are reporting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring in a central midfielder amid uncertainty surrounding the future of Paul Pogba.
    Saul Niguez, Eduardo Camavinga and Declan Rice are all names that have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
    But with £70million being spent on Jadon Sancho and around £40million on Raphael Varane Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may need to move some players on to free up funds for further transfers.
    AU REVOIR AMINE
    Arsenal target Amine Adli is unlikely to renew his contract with French side Toulouse.
    The 21-year-old forward was named French Ligue 2 player of the year last season after bagging eight goals as well as eight assists.
    Mikel Arteta is thought to be an admirer of the youngster, with Brendan Rodgers and Leicester also keen on him.
    Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, Toulouse president Damien Comolli said:
    “Is there a possibility that he will renew [his contract]? No. I haven’t believed it for a long time.
    “We’ve had a dozen discussions and at a certain point, when the player doesn’t want to, he doesn’t want to.  
    “For me, he will leave. He doesn’t want to stay.”

    WAITING GAME
    Granit Xhaka is reportedly eager for Arsenal and Roma to tie up a deal for the transfer of the midfielder.
    The 28-year-old has been linked with a switch to Rome since before the Euros with a deal being seemingly inevitable.
    But in recent days negotiations seem to have stalled with Arsenal holding out for £17million, a fee which Roma aren’t keen on paying.
    And now Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport are reporting that Xhaka is so keen for a move he is willing to give up part of his outgoing payment from Arsenal in a bit to force a move through to Jose Mourinho’s Roma.
    ERIC’S UNSURE
    Reports emerging from Old Trafford are stating that the imminent arrival of Raphael Varane may also signal the end of Eric Bailly’s United career.
    According to ESPN Eric Bailly is eager to seek clarification of his future at the club when he returns from representing Ivory Coast at the Tokyo Olympics.
    The 27-year-old only signed a new contract with the club in April after assurances regarding his playing time, but the arrival of Raphael Varane may change that.
    Watch this space.
    TOBY TALKS
    Spurs have this morning confirmed the transfer of centre-back Toby Alderweireld to Qatari club Al-Duhail SC.
    In a video posted on Spurs’ Twitter account, the Belgian said:
    “Hi guys, I want to thank you for everything in the last six years.
    “It’s been an unbelievable road for me, it’s been an honour to play for Spurs and from the moment I arrived I felt [at] home, I felt welcomed.
    “And it was a pleasure to play for this club, [and] for the badge.
    “I wish you all the best for the future and I’m sure we’ll meet again.”
    PHIL STEAM AHEAD
    West Ham boss David Moyes is eager for a reunion with Manchester United defender Phil Jones, according to reports.
    With the imminent arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid the Red Devils are open to the departure of Jones, who has made just eight appearances in the last two years.
    Hammers boss David Moyes worked with Jones during his spell as United boss and is keen to bring the 29-year-old to East London.
    Jones still has two years left on his contract but some reports are suggesting United would be willing to let him leave on a free transfer.
    MARTIN RUMOUR STARTIN’
    Martin Odegaard is feeling ‘disconnected’ at Real Madrid and ‘considering’ Arsenal return.
    The Norwegian said playing for Los Blancos was his dream earlier this month as the Gunners plotted a move to get him back.
    He joined Arsenal in January and thrived in the latter part of last season but returned to pre-season with Madrid and played in the defeat to Rangers on Sunday.
    Now, Cadena SER claim the distance from his teammates is affecting him as he now ponders a move back to Arteta’s side.

    WANT OUT
    Thomas Tuchel has admitted some of his Chelsea stars will want out the club this summer.
    The European champions are looking to challenge for league success to add to last season’s Champions League.
    With the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley returning from loans, Tuchel admits some are angling for a summer departure.
    Some of them want to look absolutely for the chance to stay, some of them want to maybe leave.
    They’re humans, they’re not robots and that’s why we have to accept it’s not the easiest situation also for them.
    But what I’ve experienced every day is the complete opposite – it’s a very positive group, hardworking, full of desire to learn, hungry in every training session and ready to go.
    It’s such a good mix with the five or six guys who were with us here in the last half-a-year. I’m absolutely happy because it’s so much easier than I thought, it’s so easy and so nice to be the coach of these guys.Thomas Tuchel
    NOT FOR LAC OF TRYING
    Atletico Madrid are set to renew their interest in Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, reports claim.
    ESPN report that Diego Simeone wants more competition up front having relied heavily on veteran Luis Suarez to win LaLiga last season.
    Atleti now see Lacazette as a solution to their striking conundrum, with Simeone a long-term admirer of the Frenchman.
    They were heavily linked with a move for the Gunners forward last summer and had even tried to sign him when he was at Lyon in 2017.
    SunSport revealed Lacazette is now available after the Emirates side made the decision to not offer their No9. a new contract.
    EVERTON ARE INTER HIM
    Everton are interested in signing defender Stefan de Vrij, according to reports.
    The Inter defender has emerged as a Toffees target, though no bid has yet been lodged.
    Simone Inzaghi is the new Inter boss and has already coached De Vrij and reportedly doesn’t want him to leave this summer.
    And Tuttosport say Everton have made contact with his agent, Mino Raiola.
    BAT OFF
    Michy Batshuayi is being chased by Turkish side Trabzonspor.
    The Chelsea striker is back at Cobham after a loan spell at Crystal Palace.
    And outlet Milliyet claim the Turks are in for the Belgian forward.
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    Meet Swansea City’s stunning presenter Gabriella Jukes, who was Miss Wales in 2019 and is an advocate for female rights

    IF ever there was a reason to head to Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium, Gabriella Jukes might just be it.The beautiful model, 24, has been named as the presenter for SwansTV and will be delivering match-day coverage for the Championship club.
    Gabriella Jukes is the new face of Swans TVCredit: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellajukes/?hl=en
    Stunning Jukes is a former Miss Wales 2019Credit: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellajukes/?hl=en
    Back in 2019, the new signing from Port Talbot was crowned Miss Wales.
    The Scarlett Johansson lookalike is also an advocate for women’s rights and is an ambassador for Thrive Women’s Aid.
    MODEL WOMAN
    It was only two years ago that Jukes beat 33 other hopefuls across Wales to secure the coveted ‘Miss Wales’ title.
    In 2017, she was a contestant on Britain’s Next Top Model and made it through to the final 14.
    However, this time in the Miss Wales contest she was victorious. “Nothing is impossible if you work hard to achieve your dreams,” she said on accepting the crown.
    She wowed the judges in categories including patriotic Welshwear, a red dress catwalk and traditional evening wear parade.
    That was before a one-on-one interview with the judges to talk about things close to her heart, which includes charity work.
    The win allowed her to represent Wales at the prestigious Miss World competition along with 110 other young women from all around the globe.
    After winning Miss Wales, Jukes got the opportunity to compete in Miss WorldCredit: Miss World
    Jukes walks the catwalk at Miss WorldCredit: PA
    NINTCHDBPICT000667753745Credit: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellajukes/?hl=en
    Jukes shows off her beauty and bikini bodCredit: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellajukes/?hl=en
    EMPOWERING WOMEN
    What matters most to Jukes is making sure women feel empowered to realise their full potential.
    “I am someone who is full of determination and takes every opportunity that comes my way,” she says.
    “If I can and help empower other young women to believe in themselves and reach their full potential, then that would be incredible. I want to show people that.”
    The beautiful blonde also represents Thrive Women’s Aid, an organisation that helps raise awareness and aids women who have been affected by domestic violence.
    Jukes believes in female empowermentCredit: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellajukes/?hl=en
    As an ambassador for Thrive Women’s Aid, Jukes hopes to raise awareness for women who have been affected by domestic violenceCredit: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellajukes/?hl=en
    Jukes is keen to offer her services to charityCredit: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellajukes/?hl=en
    SPORTY SPICE
    Jukes’ credentials in sport are for all to see. She does karate, has played netball and loves athletics.
    She also hosts a weekly podcast called She Has A Goal In Mind, that celebrates women in sport with the idea to encourage more females to participate.
    After graduating from Cardiff University with a masters in sports broadcasting, Jukes is still keen to further herself.
    Not only is she fluent in Welsh, she also completed a course in a sign language.
    Next season, Swans fans will certainly be in good hands with Gabriella.
    Jukes is a sports fan and has a masters in sports broadcasting from Cardiff UniversityCredit: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellajukes/?hl=en
    Swans fans will be in good hands with JukesCredit: https://www.instagram.com/gabriellajukes/?hl=en

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    Anthony Joshua considering taking a knee before Oleksandr Usyk fight and hails England for leading the way at Euro 2020

    ANTHONY JOSHUA is considering taking a knee before his next fight in the battle against racism.The 31-year-old WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight king has to defend his crowns against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham’s stadium on September 25.
    Anthony Joshua is considering taking a knee before his next fightCredit: Instagram @ajbxng
    England players continued taking a knee at Euro 2020Credit: AFP
    And the British-Nigerian ace – who read an impassioned poem at a Black Lives Matter march through his Watford home in June 2020 – could use his status and platform to support the cause.
    Before his December win over Kubrat Pulev, AJ explained he would not take the knee as he wanted to focus on making a more tangible change to British culture and showcasing the afro-Caribbean community.
    But the last six months have led to the London 2012 Olympic icon reconsidering his approach.
    Father-of-one Joshua told Gary Neville’s The Overlap: “For me it’s not a political stance.
    “I’ve had to learn about what’s happened and what’s been going on more so last year and this year, than I ever have, to understand that this is just for a change for the better.
    “It’s not political, it’s not about defunding anything or funding anything. The change wants to be made for the better. 
    “For the betterment of my kids, probably your kids, probably the person down the road’s kids, so harmony is created, because division is going to cause war.”
    Asked by Neville if he would take a knee in the ring, Joshua said: “Yeah, 100 per cent I would. 100 per cent. I would take a knee anyway.”

    Joshua enjoyed England’s Euro 2020 campaign and was proud of the players who continued taking a knee despite small sections of the crowd booing the move.
    Gareth Southgate and his team made it ruthlessly clear why the entire England team carried on calling for societal change and AJ was impressed with the unified stance.
    The 24-1 ace said: “I feel like the players and the teams have done a great job of explaining what the reasons are for taking a knee and as a fan, whether you’re there for that or not, you’re there to watch the team win.
    “The importance of supporting your team-mates and your players – emotionally you’re with them through thick and thin. That’s loyalty. 
    “The reason that has been explained of them taking a knee is to bring awareness to an issue that’s been going on.
    “Before phones were recording certain incidents, these things were happening.
    ‘I’M NOT FRIENDS WITH NO ONE’
    “Certain people are aware, certain people have learnt more recently.
    “But as I said, it’s nice that the explanation was made clear as to why a knee is being taken.”
    Joshua showed less compassion for old enemy Tyson Fury who blew their undisputed summer decider when he lost an arbitration case with Deontay Wilder.
    When the former Manchester United defender asked if Joshua respected his fellow fighter, Joshua said: “I don’t know.
    “I don’t look at anyone in my industry like that. They are just people that I want to fight.
    “I haven’t got time for any of them. I’m not friends with no one. They are all enemies at the end of the day.”
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