Sport The England U21 manager condemned short-termism by clubs

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.

David Bentley: Much more superhero than villain

He's derided as arrogant, but when football has so few characters let's embrace a great entertainer who always plays the game with a smile on his face. Steve Tongue meets David Bentley

James Lawton: Bentley must learn how to walk before he boasts of ability to fly

The Spurs man's 'Superman' claim after his wonder goal shows he is still some way short of greatness

Ramos rues Keane and Berbatov exits

Former Tottenham manager Juande Ramos admits the departures of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov were major factors in Spurs' troubled start to the season.

Tottenham make Bentley move

Blackburn are in talks with Tottenham over the transfer of England midfielder David Bentley.

Spurs put pressure on Ferguson to pay up

The Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, is confident that he has all the evidence necessary should Sir Alex Ferguson continue with his threat to sue over Spurs' remarkably robust condemnation of the Manchester United manager's conduct in the Dimitar Berbatov transfer saga. Tottenham have what they consider overwhelming evidence that Berbatov has spoken to Ferguson without their permission.

Rovers reject Tottenham bid for Bentley

Blackburn have rejected a bid from Tottenham for England winger David Bentley.

England players discuss the Capello experience

As the England squad returned to their respective clubs, they gave their reaction to the 2-1 friendly victory over Switzerland at Wembley Stadium, marking Fabio Capello's first match as manager.

James Lawton: Nothing too fancy, but not bad for starters

There were some shouts for David Beckham but they were as isolated as the scattering of cries breaking the 23-second silence for the Busby Babes. The German referee was plainly nervous about running to the full minute and wisely decided to end the tribute on a note of what might have been described as fragile decency.

Bentley may rejoin Arsenal

Bullies, 13, jailed for playground reign of terror

TWO playground bullies who ran a protection racket which terrorised pupils were yesterday locked up.

Cut-throat sign made to witness

A man who made a cut-throat gesture to a teenage girl witness in court was jailed for four months yesterday.

Fred West film deal is condemned as sick

A deal to make a film of the life of the serial killer Frederick West was greeted with outrage last night by politicians and religious leaders, who condemned it as an insult to the relatives of his victims.

How wigless advocates cope with the chill factor

Solicitors who have won equality with barristers are still treated with frosty disdain, says Fiona Bowden

Prayer for builder accused of killings: Officers resume dig at 'house of death'

A PRAYER was said at Gloucester Cathedral yesterday for Frederick West, who is accused of murdering eight women, and his family.

Gene find is key to rare blood disease

MEDICAL RESEARCHERS have identified the gene responsible for a rare blood disorder and say the find could lead to an effective treatment for the incurable disease within the near future, writes Steve Connor.
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