Sport Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino could choose to leave the club after the resignation of chairman Nicola Cortese on Wednesday

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Stadium of Light

Capello to sign new England deal

Manager sets pre-departure deadline to remove 'break' clause as he prepares to name final 23-man squad

Last-minute Cole grabs chance to show that he's no ordinary Joe

It was a weekend of omens in Graz, from the opera singer who performed on a tightrope in the town on Saturday afternoon as a prescient symbol of Joe Cole's predicament on the edge of the squad to the pink advertising hoarding for lastminute.com which offered its own commentary on his attempts to demonstrate to Fabio Capello that a ticket for Wednesday's Virgin Airbus to Johannesburg should have his name on it.

Capello has his mind made up by England's worrying lack of decisiveness

England 2 Japan 1: Only two own goals save side's blushes but Italian will spring no surprises in final squad

Tried and trusted or in form – the choice is yours Fabio

Huddlestone in pole position and Joe Cole likely to edge out Johnson as Capello makes cruellest cuts

James Lawton: Turning Walcott into the finished article would earn Beckham true reflected glory

Here's a drop of irony to lace the pathos that has lapped around England's World Cup ambitions for 44 years. Could it be that David Beckham may, at his fourth attempt, be on the point of a most decisive contribution?

Walcott relishing competition for place

Theo Walcott believes the fierce competition for places on the flanks in the England squad is bringing the best out of him in the battle for a World Cup spot.

James Lawton: Capello has finally rid England of that self-appointed favourites tag

In a perfect world Adam Johnson, one of the few pluses on Monday night, would have had more chance to prove that his emergence is indeed one of special quality

England confused about 'the real Steve'

Capello's use of Gerrard in different positions against Mexico suggests he is unsure of how best to exploit midfielder's talent

England must solve a pressing problem

Capello confronts lack of midfield pressure and defensive mistakes which took the shine off 3-1 friendly win

More questions than answers for Capello after England fail to convince

England 3 Mexico 1: King and Baines struggle but home side take advantage of poor Mexican defending

Johnson ready to be put on the spot as Capello explores his options

Among the England players practising taking penalties at their training base in Irdning this weekend was the 22-year-old Adam Johnson, who, by all accounts, dispatched his without any nerve at all in front of a crowd of a dozen curious locals in the adjoining children's playground.

England stars just 'one slip' away from disaster

Latest injury victim warns of dangers of treacherous Wembley playing surface

Cole's flashes of finesse are enough to sway Capello

Despite a poor season, Chelsea man is still the one who can produce the unexpected

Six questions that must be answered before England's 30 men become 23

Will Gareth Barry be fit in time to prove himself?

Capello reveals failed Scholes bid

Fabio Capello today revealed he tried - and failed - to lure Paul Scholes out of international retirement to play for England at the World Cup.

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