As the manager prepares for his first match in charge, Ian Edwards asks whether reality can live up to the Frenchman's bold ambition
Defender Jamie Carragher accepts Liverpool's best chance of silverware this season will come in cup competitions as they have too much ground to make up on the likes of title-contenders Chelsea and Manchester United.
Manchester United's reserve team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer declared Rio Ferdinand ready to make a return to the first-team after the defender came through last night's game against Oldham.
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Kevin MacDonald hailed the signing of Stephen Ireland last night as a "great boost" for Aston Villa, although the £8m makeweight in James Milner's £24m move to Manchester City will not be eligible for tonight's Europa League revenge mission against Rapid Vienna in the Austrian capital.
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Fulham's new manager backs leading striker to improve on last season's impressive goal tally
Jermain Defoe has been handed the job of firing England into the World Cup knock-out stage in Port Elizabeth this afternoon.
Jermain Defoe's World Cup moment seems to have arrived at last. He was bitterly disappointed to miss out in 2006 and spent the summer in philosophical mood with his great friend Shaun Wright-Phillips, whose role on the margins at Chelsea saw him miss the cut, too.
Contrite England defender John Terry was first out on the training ground this morning as the Three Lions tried to refocus minds ahead of their must-win World Cup clash with Slovenia.
Manager insists he has made right choices ahead of crucial game against Algerians
Rio Ferdinand will fly home after England's opening World Cup match against the United States on Saturday at the request of Manchester United, who want the defender to begin a rehabilitation program on the knee injury that has ruled him out the tournament in South Africa.
Rio Ferdinand will return to England following Saturday's Group C match with the United States, having come to terms with his World Cup heartbreak.
It's billed as the greatest chance yet for the Three Lions to repeat the highs of 1966. Sam Wallace on whether they really can deliver
Kenny Dalglish's first season in charge of Liverpool saw him famously guide the club to a league championship and FA Cup double in 1985/86.