Steve Tongue

Steve Tongue is a Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Eye on the ball: Andros Townsend

England v Germany: Test for Andros Townsend as he looks to fulfil a childhood World Cup dream

One of the attractions of football for those who merely observe it is the way in which the fortunes of teams, managers and individual players can change so swiftly. For those directly involved, the transformation from despair to euphoria and vice-versa has to be dealt with in a mature manner, which is one reason why Andros Townsend of Tottenham and England comes across as wiser than his 22 years.

Dean Cox of Leyton Orient skips round Jack King of Preston

Leyton Orient 0 Preston North End 1 match report: Lacklustre Orient surrender top spot

Looking dazzled by a rare day in the spotlight without Premier League football, Leyton Orient suffered a first home defeat since February and with it lost their place at the top of League One yesterday. Until a late rally, the London side were outplayed by a Preston team organised and disciplined under Simon Grayson in an effective 3-4-1-2 formation.

Managers in the firing line, from left, Chris Hughton of Norwich, Malky Mackay of Cardiff, and Fulham’s Martin Jol

Analysis: Fulham manager Martin Jol has most to fear in this Premier League season of sackings

You have to be an expert if you are in the bottom few to keep teams up

Robert Snodgrass of Norwich City celebrates his goal with Leroy Fer during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and West Ham United at Carrow Road
Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring for Manchester United

Fulham 1 Manchester United 3 match report: Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie’s double act leaves Fulham floundering

Antonio Valencia completes the scoring with both strikers on target

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool's manager believes Arsenal were 'ill advised'

Liverpool never took Arsenal's Luis Suarez bid seriously, insists Brendan Rodgers

Arsène Wenger was right to admit that Arsenal bidding one pound over £40m for Luis Suarez could have been considered "provocative". That was one word for it. Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers has now supplied a few more, including "derogatory" and lacking class, while claiming that his club merely laughed when they received the offer.

Brendan Rodgers has overseen Liverpool's best start since 2008

Brendan Rodgers eyes consistency in Liverpool's quest for improvement

The Anfield club face fellow pace-setters Arsenal this weekend

Mikel Arteta celebrates after giving Arsenal the lead

Crystal Palace 0 Arsenal 2 match report: Gunners made to work by rejuvenated Eagles

Arsenal had Mikel Arteta sent-off after he opened the scoring with Olivier Giroud rounding out the victory

Tight bond: Aguero (left) and Silva have formed a sound understanding

Silva service shines as Manuel Pellegrini brings in sense of freedom and joy to Manchester City

Before Manchester City's last meeting with Chelsea, in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley in April, David Silva faced the uncertainty of a late fitness test, which he failed. City went on to win 2-1 in any case with Sergio Aguero, who had also been doubtful, scoring the crucial goal.

Jose Mourinho’s side have won four successive games

Yaya Touré's World Cup boycott would be wrong, says Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager claims idea to snub the 2018 tournament in Russia would hurt the wrong people

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How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit