Sport Sam Allardyce in typically furious form on the sideline

The midfielder had impressed in the division for Birmingham in 2008

Jack Butland celebrates Team GB’s first goal of the Olympics against Senegal at Old Trafford

England's future in safe hands with bright, articulate Butland

Birmingham City custodian primed to face Euro finalists Italy tomorrow. By Sam Wallace

England goalkeeper Jack Butland

England's future in safe hands with bright, articulate Jack Butland

Birmingham custodian goes from playing in front of 5,000 at Cheltenham to facing Euro finalists Italy tomorrow

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain becomes latest player to withdraw from England squad

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has become the latest member of Roy Hodgson's England squad to pull out of Wednesday's friendly with Italy in Berne.

Eddy Brown: Footballer remembered for his flamboyance

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Lee Clark

Danish international Peter Lovenkrands joins Birmingham

Peter Lovenkrands has become Lee Clark's first signing as Birmingham boss, subject to a medical.

<p><strong>Jack Butland</strong></p>
<p>There has been much talk about the 19-year old Birmingham shot stopper Jack Butland, with Manchester City and Tottenham also hot on his heels. Joe Hart has been singing this youngster’s praises recently which perhaps helped his selection for the England squad for the Euros. With Arsene Wenger likely to lose both Lucas Fabianski and Manuel Almunia, he is on the look out this summer for an understudy to number one Wojciech Szczesny. Birmingham are in financial trouble and are likely to cash in on one of their prized assets should the right offer come in.</p>

Birmingham quiet over reports of £6m Southampton bid for Jack Butland

Birmingham have refused to comment on reports they have turned down a £6million bid from Southampton for teenage goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Lee Clark

Lee Clark says Birmingham are a 'Premier League club in waiting' upon appointment as manager

New Birmingham manager Lee Clark says the Blues are a "Premier League club in waiting" and has backed himself to build on the work done by predecessor Chris Hughton.

Chris Hughton took Birmingham to the play-off semi finals

Norwich granted permission by Birmingham to talk with Chris Hughton

Birmingham manager Chris Hughton has been granted permission to speak to Norwich.

Swansea begin search for new manager

Swansea have already started discussions over their hunt for a new manager following the departure of Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool.

Kevin Foley misses out as Republic of Ireland name Euro 2012 squad

Kevin Foley's Euro 2012 dreams were shattered today when he was left out of the Republic of Ireland's final squad because of injury, Giovanni Trapattoni has confirmed.

Claudio Ranieri

Ranieri closer to West Brom job

West Bromwich Albion have held a second round of talks with the former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri about becoming Roy Hodgson's successor at the club.

Claudio Ranieri

West Brom hold further talks with former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri

West Brom have held further talks with former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri about becoming Roy Hodgson's successor at the Hawthorns, Press Association Sport understands.

Zoltan Gera has endured a frustrating return to West Brom

West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera hopeful of pre-season return

West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera aims to be fully fit for the start of pre-season training in early July after being out of action since November.

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