Phil Bardsley alongside Sebastian Larsson as they listen to Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio

Sunderland lift ban on Phil Bardsley following apology for mocking defeat to Fulham on Twitter

Paolo Di Canio suspended the full-back

Gareth Bale trained with the Wales team earlier today

Wales boss Chris Coleman admits Gareth Bale is still not fit enough to play 90 minutes but hopes he will take some part in World Cup qualifiers

National boss thanks Real Madrid for allowing Bale to link up with the squad after the completion of his world-record transfer to the Spanish club

Jack Wilshere leaves the field during the derby against Tottenham

Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere miss England training ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers

Roy Hodgson is preparing his squad for games against Moldova and Ukraine

Daniel Sturridge celebrates with his team-mates

Liverpool 1 Manchester United 0: Brendan Rodgers refuses to discuss title despite 100 per cent start

Liverpool remain the only club with a 100 per cent record

Ryan Harris acknowledges the crowd after taking 7 wickets

Australia seamer Ryan Harris in battle to be fit for next Ashes series

The bowler is out for two months with a hamstring problem

Lukas Podolski

Arsenal hit with injury concerns ahead of north London derby against Tottenham

Lukas Podolski certain to miss derby, with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere also concerns

Stewart Downing will be in action for West Ham against Newcastle

Stewart Downing hopeful of starting role for West Ham in Capital One Cup tie against Cheltenham

Downing has appeared in the League Cup final with three different clubs

Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin lifts the Challenge Cup at Wembley

Hull 0 Wigan 16 match report: Inept Hull fail to rain on Wigan’s march to Challenge Cup victory

Iain Thornley and Sam Tomkins run in tries but dour final fails to live up to the ‘best ever’ clash between these two sides at Wembley back in 1985

Am image issued by the Department for Works and Pensions from a video shown to the jury during the trial of Mark Hawthorn, 49 - better known on the entertainment circuit as part of duet act Glitterlips - who was jailed for six months for making fraudulent benefit claims between November 2003 and March 2012

'Glitterlips' drag queen jailed for benefits fraud

Mark Hawthorn wrongly claimed £88,000 over nine years

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out with a 'serious' knee injury

Confusion over extent of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injury with Arsene Wenger hopeful of swift return for the Arsenal midfielder

The player expects to be out for three months while his manager hopes it will be half that time

Ryan Harris embodies everything that is required of the perfect team cricketer

Adam Gilchrist on the Ashes: Despite the Ashes defeat Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers have been winners

The Aussie Angle: These thirtysomethings show what is required to be quality Test players

Mo Farah has been sleeping 12 hours a day in preparation

World Championships: Mo Farah faces fight to achieve his historic 'double double'

Briton makes distance running look easy but even he will struggle to emulate Kenenisa Bekele

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla

Arsenal v Aston Villa: Arsene Wenger faces fresh concerns over Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott

The midfielder trio may not be available for Premier League opener as defensive crisis continues

Wayne Rooney in action for England against Scotland

Transfer news: Wayne Rooney is 'not for sale' says David Moyes as interest from Chelsea continues - but he may not play in Premier League opener

Striker played 66 minutes for England yesterday as he continues his comeback from injury but Moyes insists that he is not available despite continuing interest from Chelsea

Wayne Rooney trains with England

England v Scotland: Roy Hodgson boosted by energy shown by Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

Issues at United not affecting role with England

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