Danny Welbeck in action for England recently

Arsenal injury list: Danny Welbeck a doubt for West Brom clash with a hamstring problem

The Gunners could be without nine first-team players

Gaston Ramirez kicks out at Jan Vertonghen

Paul Scholes: Play-acting mystifies me. I was taught not to show pain

It always mystifies me why any player would want to try to get an opponent sent off that way

Fernando Torres has swapped London for Milan, but is still finding goals hard to come by

Paul Scholes: Fernando Torres’s loss of form in front of goal is remarkable

What has happened to Torres is one of those mysteries in football

Brendan Rodgers seems more stressed than ever before as Liverpool manager

Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

In his latest exclusive column for The Independent, Scholes says the signings the manager has made at Anfield just aren’t good enough

Lee Johnson’s Oldham beat his father’s Yeovil last year to help avoid relegation from League One

Simon Hart: Lee Johnson impresses at Oldham thanks to dad’s early lessons

Life Beyond the Premier League

Thiago Motta pictured after he was attacked in the tunnel by Brandao

Brandao head-butt: Bastia forward sentenced to a month in jail for headbutting Thiago Motta

The sentence, however, is expected to be turned into community service.

Gary Speed

Gary Speed remembered: Footballing great died three years ago today

COMMENT: It would be a fitting tribute if Wales were to qualify for Euro 2016

Brazilian football legend Pele looks at the FIFA World Cup trophy during a FIFA event outside the Hotel de Ville in Paris

Pele 'in special care unit' in hospital after contracting infection

The legendary Brazilian footballer remained in hospital in Sao Paulo for a second day, sparking further concerns over the condition of his health

Malky Mackay (left) and Dave Whelan shake hands at the DW Stadium

Dave Whelan: Wigan chairman charged by FA for alleged racist comments

Whelan had insisted he had been misquoted

Jack Wilshere pictured after undergoing surgery today

Jack Wilshere injury: Arsenal midfielder ruled out for THREE MONTHS after undergoing ankle surgery today

England midfielder suffered the injury in 2-2 draw with United

Mario Balotelli has not hit the ground running at Liverpool

Mario Balotelli is playing badly at Liverpool because he misses his daughter, says agent

Striker has scored two goals in 14 appearances for the Reds

Bruce Grobbelaar (left) and Simon Mignolet

Bruce Grobbelaar labels Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet 'worse than Dracula'

'...because at least Dracula comes out of his coffin'

The Wembley screen shows the attendance

Women's football round-up: England Women's Wembley debut ruined by costly errors as Germany storm to victory

A look back at the best action in women’s football this week

Danny Ings at Ridgewood Community High School on Tuesday to oversee the project’s full launch

Danny Ings: Burnley striker funds foundation to help disabled youngsters in the region

Clarets forward has scored three Premier League goals this season

Jack Wilshere calls for medical help after suffering an ankle injury

Arsenal injury list: Jack Wilshere could be out for FOUR MONTHS if he requires ankle surgery

The England international suffered the injury against United last Saturday

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John Gregory has resigned as Crawley manager
Former Aston Villa manager is replaced by Dean Saunders as he'll require a lengthy period of recovery following surgery next month
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Clarke Carlisle applauds the Northampton fans in his final appearance before retirement
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...he was busy 'picking up a cutie'
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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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