Championship clubs suffered a number of shocks last night in the first round of the Carling Cup with QPR, Derby, Coventry and Barnsley all being embarrassed by lower league opposition.
David James opted for the chance to play first-team football over remaining in the Barclays Premier League in making the surprise move to Bristol City.
Mark Hughes was in line for a return to Premier League management last night, as Fulham moved to secure his services with the season only 16 days off.
Neil Lennon hopes to convince David James to join Celtic after describing the England goalkeeper as an ideal replacement for Artur Boruc.
Goalkeeper David James insists England will be treating Sunday's World Cup last-16 clash against Germany just like any other game.
World Cup-winning legend pulls no punches
Fabio Capello is set to drop Rob Green following his blunder against the United States and install David James in goal for tonight’s Group C match with Algeria here.
Fabio Capello said last night that he has decided who his goalkeeper will be for tonight's match with Algeria in the spectacular Green Point Stadium here and he has provided several hints that Robert Green will be retained for the job.
England's manager Fabio Capello was unexpectedly upbeat after last night's disappointing draw, insisting: "We played a good match and created lots of chances. I saw [for] another time the spirit of the team, fighting every time to win the ball. I am not worried about the physical condition for the next match this week because in the second half we ran better than the USA." Of Green's error, Capello said: "Sometimes keepers make mistakes. The ball moves a lot. In the second half Robert Green played very well. But the mistake remains a mistake."
When Joe Gaetjens deflected the most famous goal ever scored by an American, Alf Ramsey, who was England's right back in Belo Horizonte, would always recall the look of horror on the face of Bert Williams as the leather ball slid through his fingers.
Frank Lampard has vowed to make his last World Cup one to remember for England and believes the vast experience in the squad could be a crucial factor in their bid for success.
Gordon Banks has hit back at Iker Casillas' "disrespectful" claim that England's goalkeepers are not up to scratch. The Spain No 1 said earlier this week that David James, Rob Green and Joe Hart lacked the big-match pedigree to cut it at the World Cup.
Gareth Barry was a welcome presence on the Royal Bafokeng training pitches this morning as England went through their paces after finally arriving in South Africa on their World Cup mission yesterday.
Charles Saatchi's Newspeak exhibition opened at the collector's London gallery yesterday, and among the works on show is Eugenie Scrase's "Trunkated", a found section of fencing topped with a fallen chunk of tree. Viewers of BBC2's School of Saatchi will recall Scrase (and her piece) as the winner of that TV reality contest. The works she created for broadcast also included a lamp-pull draped over a radiator, and a whistle hanging from a door handle. "Actually," she corrects me, "it was a handlebar for handicapped people getting out of the bath." And what has the 20-year-old, currently completing her second year at the Slade art school, been up to since the show was broadcast? Working with doorhandles, as it happens: "I've been tampering with and perverting their intended role," she says. "I'm also planning a project in Frankfurt to do with bollards." For now, however, Scrase plans to spend her summer waitressing at a caff in Brixton. The life of an artist.
Fabio Capello has dropped a strong hint that David James will be England's goalkeeper for the start of the World Cup by handing him the number one shirt in South Africa.
Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer believes the key to coping with the controversial balls to be used at the World Cup will be to remain calm after admitting to struggling with them during yesterday's 1-0 warm-up win over Denmark.