The Southampton striker was working in a beetroot factory not so long ago but his inclusion in Roy Hodgson's squad to face Scotland will cap a remarkable turnaround
Southampton striker caught Hodgson's attention back in his Fulham days but even the England manager thought 'can he do it on the big stage'
This week I scored such a beautiful goal at football, I really need to lay it down in print. It was as sweet as a plum; a dipping volley right off my laces that left the goalkeeper helpless – confused and gaping, like a teenaged giraffe coming face to face with a mirror for the first time. It was sublime. People need to be told about it.
Pochettino's latest scalp leaves Chelsea hanging on to Champions League place by two points
Phil Taylor, who was England's oldest surviving international footballer at the age of 95, was a central figure in Liverpool's history throughout the middle years of the last century. As a stylishly creative wing-half he excelled as the Anfield Reds won the first post-war League championship, in 1946-47, and he captained the side in the FA Cup final of 1950. As the club's manager, though, he was less successful, driving himself to distraction as the Merseysiders narrowly missed out on promotion to the top flight in three successive seasons before he resigned in late 1959 to make way for Bill Shankly, the man who built the modern Liverpool.
Ukraine managed to produce just three shots on target as they drew 0-0 away to Moldova in the other game in England's Group H.
Everton manager David Moyes admits he had striker Rickie Lambert under consideration for a move to Goodison Park before he joined tomorrow's opponents Southampton.
Robbie Keane trained with Aston Villa yesterday with a view to sealing a two-month loan move from Los Angeles Galaxy. The Irishman is under contract at the American club and can only move for the duration of Major League Soccer's off-season.
Steve McClaren's first cup tie back in English football will see his Nottingham Forest side face local rivals Notts County at the City Ground.
What I Learnt This Week
Bristol Rovers have sacked manager Dave Penney in the wake of Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Dagenham.
Talented Tottenham come to town on Tuesday but we offer a different challenge, we have no fear and we can beat them
Southampton have sacked their manager, Alan Pardew, just two days after the team's 4-0 win at Bristol Rovers. The League One side yesterday issued a statement claiming "it is essential to make changes to the first-team management and coaching".
Capello's men have to learn from other nations – but there are still questions for him to answer
What I Learnt On Saturday Night: I must admit that I described Robert Green as "anaccident waiting to happen"
Jermaine Beckford cannot wait to play in the top flight just four years after plying his trade in non-League football and working as a windscreen fitter.