Sam Wallace

Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Jose Mourinho kept his choice of keeper close to his chest

PSG vs Chelsea: Moaning Jose Mourinho points to Paris Saint-Germain's 'easy life'

Chelsea manager says rigours of Premier League make his job harder

Diego Costa (centre) during Chelsea’s training session at Cobham on Monday

PSG vs Chelsea: Jose Mourinho fears Diego Costa will not be up to speed for crucial Champions League last-16 first-leg

While PSG have considerable injury concerns, having lost four key players in their draw with Caen on Saturday, Mourinho also has worries over Fabregas, Oscar and Willian

Raheem Sterling (right) graduated from success as a schoolboy in the 2009 London Youth Games to playing in the Premier League and for England

Sam Wallace: While Premier League banks its £5.1bn, teams can't afford to enter Youth Games

COMMENT: The longer the League resists, the more the domestic production line is damaged

Olivier Giroud makes it 2-0
Tim Sherwood was interested in jobs at QPR and West Brom

Tim Sherwood on brink of taking Aston Villa job

Club are hoping to come to an agreement with the former Tottenham Hotspur man over the weekend

Jack Wilshere in action against Scotland in November. Controversy about the midfielder and smoking will not affect his prospects for England’s next fixtures, says manager Roy Hodgson

Jack Wilshere: Roy Hodgson reveals his own shisha session as he forgives Arsenal midfielder for latest 'smoking' controversy

The England manager said hookah gave him 'a faint fruity taste in the mouth'

Rooney has operated in midfield for Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Wayne Rooney will be used as striker for England, despite dropping to midfield for Manchester United, says Roy Hodgson

Rooney has operated in midfield for Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Branislav Ivanovic grapples with James McCarthy

Branislav Ivanovic: 'Don't make me laugh' - Jose Mourinho reacts to claims Chelsea defender should have been sent off

The defender clashed with James McCarthy, with allegations form some quarters that the midfielder may have bitten by the Serb

A mock up of the propose redevelopment of the Bernabeu

Real Madrid call off £330m plans to redevelop Bernabeu – for now

Madrid supreme court repealed permission for the project

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