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Stuart Pearce has warned England’s finest young players that they risk damaging their careers if they think that lying on a beach would be preferable to participating in the European Under-21 Championship this summer.

Sam Allardyce admits interest in Tottenham duo Robbie Keane and David Bentley

Sam Allardyce admitted he would be interested in signing Robbie Keane or David Bentley if they become available in January - with the added incentive for the Tottenham players that they would be allowed to wear snoods should they come to windy Ewood Park.

Spurs reward Redknapp with new £3m two-year deal

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was handed a two-year contract extension as a reward for leading the club to its highest Premier League finish in his first full season in charge.

Redknapp rues Defoe blow as striker tears hamstring

Manager is down to the 'bare bones' as Tottenham's injury list grows longer

Bentley transfer looms after Redknapp clash

Tottenham winger David Bentley is set for a January transfer after a blazing row with manager Harry Redknapp.

Bentley linked with shock Manchester City move

Mark Hughes could save David Bentley from his Tottenham nightmare with an £8m move in January.

Dawson's return helps injury-hit Spurs

The Tottenham centre-back Michael Dawson's recovery from injury has handed manager Harry Redknapp a timely lift to ease the defensive crisis at White Hart Lane.

Petrov Bentley swap deal scuppered

Bulgarian international winger Martin Petrov will be staying at Manchester City although he wanted to move to Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, his agent said today.

Bentley banned for drink-driving

David Bentley was banned from driving for a year today after admitting drink-driving.

We love you, George, but you don't make it easy for us

Once again the singer gets a rough ride at the hands of the red-top newspapers thanks to his latest car incident, but for how much longer will his fans hold on to their sympathy, wonders Simon Price

Bentley charged with drink-driving after crash

David Bentley yesterday apologised to Tottenham and the club's fans after being charged with drink-driving. Bentley, who has been out of favour at White Hart Lane, was involved in a collision with a lamp post in the early hours of yesterday morning, Hertfordshire police have confirmed.

Tottenham star apologises after drink-drive charge

Tottenham Hotspur star David Bentley apologised today after he was charged with drink driving.

United march on as Spurs fail test of nerve

Manchester United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0; Man Utd win 4-1 on penalties

O'Hara moves into final reckoning for Tottenham

Harry Redknapp has selection dilemmas ahead of the Carling Cup final after Jamie O'Hara forced himself into the Tottenham manager's plans last night.

Palacios ponders Tottenham switch

Wilson Palacios' proposed move from Wigan to Tottenham may hinge on persuading the Honduras midfielder to move to London.

Allardyce to stay if Rovers go down

The Blackburn Rovers chairman, John Williams, will not even contemplate the thought, let alone discuss it at any length, but he will stick with Sam Allardyce even if they are relegated at the end of the season.

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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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