Rory Smith

Rory Smith is a football writer for The Independent.

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Nemanja Vidic insists United are getting closer to Barcelona's level of play

Vidic: beating Barcelona is our obsession

United captain says they can't mimic Catalan style but it will be third time lucky if they meet in final

Jermain Defoe: Could kick-start his challenge for an England role tonight against Villa

Defoe could battle Bent for Euro 2012 place

Darren Bent returns to White Hart Lane tonight as England's No 9, his place at next year's European Championship seemingly secure, but the Aston Villa striker has been warned he may yet be dislodged from Fabio Capello's squad by the man whose form cost him his Spurs career: Jermain Defoe.

Jermain Defoe: Could kick-start his challenge for an England role tonight against Villa

Defoe could challenge Bent for England spot, says Jordan

Darren Bent returns to White Hart Lane tonight as England's first-choice No 9, his place at next summer's European Championship seemingly secure, but the Aston Villa striker has been warned he may yet be dislodged from Fabio Capello's squad by the man whose form cost him his Spurs career: Jermain Defoe.

Andre Villas-Boas: 'The owner did not pay €15m to get me out of Porto to pay me another fortune to get out'

Abramovich is not going to sack me, says Villas-Boas

Chelsea manager denies his position is under threat as they slip to 12 points behind leaders

Gareth Bale: Qualifying for the Champions League will help Spurs hold on to the Welshman

Jordan: Spurs will repeat Modric stance if Barcelona try to buy Bale

Tottenham would mirror the hard-line stance they took to prevent Luka Modric joining Chelsea last summer – despite the player submitting a transfer request – should Barcelona crystallise their interest in Gareth Bale with a firm bid next year.

Andre Villas-Boas: The Chelsea manager says Torres is helping the club by creating goals

I'd pay £50m for Torres today, says Villas-Boas

Chelsea manager backs misfiring striker to hit the target against former club Liverpool

The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, is once again under pressure but global reaction has not been uniform

'Sorry' keeps Blatter safe as quit calls fall on deaf ears

Fifa president apologises for 'unfortunate words' but critics in England maintain he should go

Warnock: Player boycott might force out Fifa head

Neil Warnock, the Queen's Park Rangers manager, yesterday led the chorus of opprobrium towards Sepp Blatter over his comments concerning racism in football, suggesting the only way to oust the Fifa president from his position would be for all black players to refuse to play international football.

Fernando Torres: 'The Liverpool fans have only heard that which the club let them hear, and they do not know the real story behind the move (to Chelsea)'

Torres: Liverpool fans don't know truth

Fernando Torres, the Chelsea striker, insists he bears no grudges towards those Liverpool fans he expects to abuse him when his new side host his old on Sunday, claiming the Anfield public which once adored him does not know the truth behind his £50m move to Stamford Bridge.

Harry Redknapp expects the all-clear to take his place in White Hart Lane dugout on Monday

Fighting-fit Redknapp is back in hot seat for Villa

Harry Redknapp has maintained almost daily contact with his coaching staff during his two-week convalescence following heart surgery and could resume his managerial duties in time for Tottenham's Premier League game with Aston Villa on Monday night, provided the 64-year-old is granted medical dispensation to do so.

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