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James tells Capello to count him in for Croatia

David James assured Fabio Capello yesterday that he will be fit to play against Croatia in the World Cup qualifier next month. The Portsmouth goalkeeper had been a major worry for the England manager after injuring his knee against Arsenal on Saturday.

Diaby double inspires 'lucky' Gunners in rout

Arsenal 4 Portsmouth 1

McLeish content after bore of attrition

Birmingham City 0 Stoke City 0

McFadden's winner leaves James fuming

Birmingham City 1 Portsmouth 0

Redknapp rules out a late move for James

Spurs manager admits he has other priorities but says 39-year-old is England's No 1

Redknapp rules out move for James

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp admits he cannot follow up his interest in David James while he has two goalkeepers at White Hart Lane.

'Clubs still think black managers lack intelligence,' says Barnes

Barnes attacks culture of racism that has slammed door on a 'lost generation'

Al Fahim sees Pompey fall to an ominous opening defeat

Portsmouth 0 Fulham 1

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Albemarle pulls the Woolies over our eyes

The pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond announced it was all change at the top earlier this week. The chairman, Charles Nicolson, stepped down to be replaced by his chief executive Greville Nicholls.

Capello heaps praise on Defoe

Fabio Capello has given his two-goal England hero Jermain Defoe a ringing endorsement.

Goalkeeper issue nags at Capello

West Ham's Green in line to play against the Dutch after Foster hit by injury

Footballer 'slapped dying rival' in post-match brawl

A Sunday league footballer sat astride a rival player slapping him around the head as he lay dying following a post-match brawl, a court heard today.

Niemi signs for Portsmouth

Portsmouth have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Antti Niemi with the 37-year-old coming out of retirement to join the Barclays Premier League club.

Hart of England is playing for keeps

If there is one shirt in Fabio Capello's England team on which a new name could be inscribed before the World Cup finals next summer, it is the goalkeeper's jersey. Glen Johnson, by returning from Portsmouth to one of the big four clubs, will secure a season of Champions' League experience that should confirm him as right-back, and there are few vacancies elsewhere in the squad – though Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs is compiling a strong case to be understudy to Ashley Cole in the other full-back position.

Pearce plays keeper up front as U21s stroll

England U-21 7 Azerbaijan U-21 0
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Russia Today’s new UK channel began broadcasting yesterday. Discussions so far have included why Britons see Russia as ‘the bad guy’
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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen

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New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning

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Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

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Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

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Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes