James Mariner

James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics for over four years. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Premier League. He cites Brian Sears among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Stoke v Blackburn Rovers. On a good day.

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Under fire of late, the England man was barely tested until beaten by Rooney’s perfectly placed free-kick. 6/10

Manchester City v Manchester United player ratings

Man-for-man marking for the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate together

Champions League round-up: Gareth Bale provides assist as Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick for Real Madrid

A look around the rest of the action in Europe

Andy Goode scored 16 points in Wasps' 30-26 defeat at Exeter

Round-up: Baxter relief as Exeter almost let 18-point lead slip

Rob Baxter, the Exeter coach, was relieved to hear the final whistle at Sandy Park on Saturday as his side came perilously close to throwing away the points against Wasps.

Andy Forsyth crosses for Sale to help them to a win at Gloucester

Round-Up: Robshaw relief after Goode misses with last kick

Chris Robshaw admitted his relief at Harlequins’ narrow opening day victory over Wasps after seeing Andy Goode miss a penalty with the final kick at Twickenham on Saturday.

Indyplus Video: Gareth Bale's greatest goals for Tottenham and Wales

As the Wales international completes his move away from White Hart Lane - we take a look back at the moments that convinced Real Madrid to break the world record transfer fee

The rise of Gareth Bale: Season-by-season development of the £85m Real Madrid forward

From the Southampton youth academy to Real Madrid - via some stunning displays for Spurs

Gareth Bale's progress at Spurs has surprised many people

Video: Gareth Bale's greatest goals for Tottenham and Wales

As the Wales international completes his move away from White Hart Lane - we take a look back at the moments that convinced Real Madrid to break the world record transfer fee

Etienne Capoue looks set to complete his move to Tottenham after a fee was agreed between Spurs and Toulouse

Player analysis: Who is £9m Tottenham signing Etienne Capoue?

The lowdown on the French midfielder who today made the move to White Hart Lane

<b>Christian Benteke</b><br/>
Spurs' lack of forward options cost them in key matches last season as they missed out once again on the Champions League, with Benteke impressing in his debut season at Aston Villa. The Belgian's height would help him lead the forward line at Spurs in a way Emmanuel Adebayor failed to do after securing his move, and with international team-mates Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele already at White Hart Lane, Benteke could complete the holy trinity and provide the missing ingredient in Tottenham's Belgian bun.

Who might Tottenham sign during the summer transfer window? Angel Di Maria, Leandro Damiao, Christian Benteke...

A round up of the players linked with a transfer to White Hart Lane

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