James Lawton

James Lawton is Chief Sports Writer for The Independent and Sports Journalist of the Year 2011.

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England’s Jordan Henderson will see his European Under-21 Championship hopes disappear against Norway

James Lawton: Stuart Pearce's mollycoddled England Under-21s were brushed aside by better educated men

Guardiola, Mourinho or Pellegrini could not have made a winning team of players as detached from reality as those the England coach had at his disposal

Lions captain Sam Warburton takes to the training field in readiness for battle

James Lawton: Sam Warburton’s call to arms shows a Lions general on verge of greatness

The World fell about him in Auckland and could have coloured his career

Brian O’Driscoll dives over for a Lions try despite the attention of Sam Christie

James Lawton: Brian O'Driscoll proves there's life in the old BOD yet as folly of Western Force is exposed by the British and Irish Lions

Allowing the Lions to play exquisite rugby may not be a brilliant strategy

David Gower shows the common touch during his days as England captain

James Lawton: You can rely on Lord David Gower to stir the Australians into an Ashes fervour

He has a part to play for a company with an interest in raising the hype

Jose Mourinho (left) and Roman Abramovich in 2004

James Lawton: Jose Mourinho and Chelsea - a love story that was destined to have a rerun

His first spell was undermined and cut short but there was always a sense of unfinished business with this natural-born leader and Chelsea

Gulbis (left) with Federer, who the Latvian calls the 'perfect Swiss gentleman'

James Lawton on the French Open: Roger Federer's genius and humility show it's only Ernests Gulbis who is talking trash

The claim the big four might profit from trash talk could not be more detached from the meaning of their achievements

Brazil’s Neymar, right, takes the ball away from Michael Carrick, left

James Lawton: Wayne Rooney strike for England against Brazil lifts Roy Hodgson's mood

Here was something to lift the embattled self-regard of English football

Mervyn Davies takes on South Africa in 1974

James Lawton: Lions tours have a place beyond anything else

Southern hemisphere nations drool over prospect of facing Lions in a way that leaves British and Irish sentiment in shade

Frank Lampard is an example to his England teammates

James Lawton: Frank Lampard's heart is a boon to an England team short on optimism

The Chelsea midfielder has had more consistent nights but he was a force of commitment

Alastair Cook looks on nervously during a rain break yesterday

James Lawton: Lucky England captain Alastair Cook narrowly avoids letting New Zealand off the hook

England's 2-0 series win had come within a few droplets of being expunged

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