Steve Tongue

Steve Tongue is a Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Paolo Di Canio gestures to Sunderland fans after his side's capitulation at Crystal Palace

Di Canio looks to be losing the support of Sunderland players already

Sunderland manager’s public rant might please fans but the Italian is playing high-risk game

Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 match report: Olivier Giroud fires Arsenal to derby win

So familiarity need not breed supporters’ contempt. Not the sort of contempt anyway that the Emirates crowd had shown at the opening game of the season against Aston Villa, which after four subsequent victories is slowly becoming no more than a bad memory.

Crystal Palace 3 Sunderland 1 match report: Dwight Gayle hands Ollie a week to remember

First Premier League goal from rookie after John O'Shea is sent off

Home help: Carl Jenkinson is one of a core of English players at the Emirates

Boyhood fan Carl Jenkinson can feel the pulling power of derby day

Whichever part of the world they come from, foreign footballers tend to be familiar with the word "derby", often because it has become part of the language in their own country. When they come to England, it is essential to make sure the importance of such an occasion is fully understood and before today's match at the Emirates a boyhood Arsenal fan, Carl Jenkinson, will be doing just that.

Work to do: Steven Gerrard trains under the watchful eye of his manager Brendan Rodger

Steven Gerrard accepts title dream is over

Liverpool captain approaches the end of his career with Champions' League qualification at the height of his expectations

Hodgson praised Spurs, Everton and Liverpool for giving opportunities to youngsters

Roy Hodgson fears for future of top English talent

England manager bemoans tendency of clubs like Tottenham to buy seasoned foreigners because the young English players cannot gain experience

Arsène Wenger’s side are weighing up late moves for the Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil and his Argentinian teammate Angel di Maria

Spending during summer transfer window set to break £500m record

Last minute race to sign players before deadline expected to be lead by Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United

Aaron Ramsey, left, celebrates his second goal
Lukas Podolski celebrates his second goal of the game with Olivier Giroud

Fulham 1 Arsenal 3 match report: Oliver Giroud and two goals for Lukas Podolski ease pressure on Arsene Wenger

Gunners secure first Premier League victory of the season at Craven Cottage

‘I will defend Tottenham with my life,’ says Paulinho

Globetrotter Paulinho can find his feet at Tottenham

Brazilian has been impressive since his arrival at White Hart Lane but his previous experience of Europe was appalling

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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