Rory Smith

Rory Smith is a football writer for The Independent.

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Redknapp says that if King stays strong, so do Tottenham's unlikely title hopes

Spurs' title ambitions are fit for a King

Whether the defender's fragile knees hold up will determine the fate of Tottenham's challenge

Fabio Capello has been offered many high-profile jobs but will still probably retire

Capello adamant he will not stay on after Euro 2012

Fabio Capello has no current plans to reconsider his decision to leave his post as England manager after next summer's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, sources close to the Italian have confirmed, despite Sir Trevor Brooking's suggestion yesterday that the Football Association may yet ask him to remain in the job.

Dougie Freedman: 'This will put a lot of money in the bank for us. I want to keep this team together'

Eagles must keep vultures at bay

Crystal Palace face a fight to hold on to their young heroes of Old Trafford in tough economic times

Capello 'not interested in staying on after Euros'

Despite a hint from Sir Trevor Brooking on the eve of the 2012 finals draw, England's manager will be on his way when it's over – to pave the way for a home replacement

FA admit failure as 11-a-side teams in England decline

The numbers of teams offering men the chance to play full 11-a-side football is dropping, figures released by the Football Association today will show, with more than 1600 sides disappearing across the country in the last three years alone.

Andre Villas-Boas watches Chelsea slump against Liverpool in the Carling Cup

Rory Smith: Whispers of disapproval spell danger for rookie manager

Portuguese's sudden decision to gamble on new formation and his perseverance with aging squad raises questions

The pressure is mounting on Villas-Boas

'We need to get our fans behind us – Stamford Bridge has grown anxious,' says AVB

Andre Villas-Boas believes that the mounting anxiety at Stamford Bridge is inhibiting his attempts to rectify his side's abject home form, with the Chelsea manager acutely aware of the need for his team's performances to improve sharply if their season is not to fall apart before Christmas.

Paul Pogba is expected to be handed his full United debut

Manchester City lie in wait as Paul Pogba stalls on new United deal

Manchester United fear they may lose their rising star Paul Pogba, a defensive midfielder recruited at great expense and effort from Le Havre two years ago, to their fierce rivals Manchester City as talks over a new deal for the 18-year-old hit an impasse.

Maxi Rodriguez (right) celebrates giving Liverpool the lead with Andy Carroll

Chelsea's callow surrender piles yet more pressure on Villas-Boas

Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2

Palace's Wilfried Zaha (left) battles for the ball with Jamal Campbell-Ryce of Bristol City in the Championship at Selhurst Park

Gems from the Palace go on show

The success of Manchester United's academy is well known but Palace have their own prolific production line and its stars can shine at Old Trafford tonight

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The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

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The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

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Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
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On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
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The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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Big knickers are back
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From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific