FOOTBALL: England now best option for Eriksson

SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON is understood to be more determined than ever now to see out his contract with the Football Association until 2008 after the realisation that the England team's failure at Euro 2004, and mounting criticism, means that his stock among Europe's elite clubs has fallen dramatically.

FOOTBALL: Lita proves perfect `super-sub' stand-in

LEROY LITA proved to be the ideal replacement for Darren Bent at England Under-21 level by taking over his role as "super-sub".

Football: Sanchez attracted by eager Davis

LAWRIE SANCHEZ is demanding an end to a dismal run of home results when Northern Ireland face Canada in a friendly at Windsor Park tonight.

Rio the smooth operator passes the keepball message

Eriksson's dream back-four put the emphasis on poise and pace rather than sheer power

Eriksson calls for end to furore after Beckham issues apology

The England coach, Sven Goran Eriksson, yesterday backed David Beckham's attempts to draw a line under the furore surrounding his yellow card against Wales by issuing a statement in which he effectively apologised for his honesty.

Taylor draws comfort as Under-21 side keep unbeaten record

Peter Taylor said yesterday that he was satisfied with the start made by the England Under-21 side to their Uefa Championship qualifying campaign despite a disappointing goalless draw in Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

Beckham circus mars team-mates' gritty win

It's just as well we all know that David Beckham self -diagnoses with the precision of a top Harley Street consultant. Otherwise we might have to suspect him of simply not wanting to spend a wild night on the Caspian shore with his England team-mates.

Beckham says sorry for yellow-card furore

David Beckham today issued a formal apology for the yellow-card furore which has engulfed the England captain and conceded he had been wrong to deliberately get himself booked against Wales.

Tempers flare as England are held

Azerbaijan Under-21 0 England Under-21 0

Carlos Alberto cursed by disappearing acts and player unrest

Jonathan Wilson on the turmoil that has struck Azerbaijan football as the England encounter looms
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Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

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Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

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