Sport Kurt Zouma could move on Friday

Captain's future uncertain after the arrival of French defender

Roy Hodgson says he would make no excuses in the event of failure

England v Montenegro: Roy Hodgson admits responsibility of guiding nation to 2014 World Cup weighs heavily - but he is confident of success

Roy Hodgson has issued a rallying cry that England would meet the public expectation that they should reach the World Cup finals next summer, as they prepare for the first of their final two qualifiers against Montenegro – and added he would make no excuses in the event of failure.

The Sport Matrix: Friday 11 October 2013

Hodgson: England expects ahead of defining qualifiers

Wayne Rooney

'It doesn't get much bigger than this': Wayne Rooney relishing World Cup qualifiers while targeting 100 England caps

The Manchester United striker insists playing for the national team is still a huge privilege that makes him proud

Jose Mourinho took the plaudits for Chelsea's 3-1 victory against Norwich

Chelsea must play to their strengths says Jose Mourinho after taking the credit for Norwich victory

Substitutes Eden Hazard and Willian gave the Blues a 3-1 win after the Canaries had equalised in the second-half

Ramires beats the keeper to give Chelsea the lead
Frank Lampard has insisted Chelsea cannot afford to be complacent when they take on Steaua Bucharest

Champions League: Frank Lampard insists Chelsea will not take Steaua Bucharest lightly in 'must-win' clash

After suffering defeat to Basle at Stamford Bridge, the Blues need a victory to kick-start their European campaign or face an early exit

Jose Mourinho storms out of the Champions League press conference, leaving behind a bemused Frank Lampard

Steaua Bucharest v Chelsea: No longer 'the happy one' as Jose Mourinho walks out of press conference over Kevin De Bruyne questions

Manager cuts short press conference with club braced to learn if Torres faces FA charge

Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry on brink of top-flight landmark at Everton

The Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, has paid tribute to Gareth Barry as the midfielder prepares to play his 500th Premier League game.

John Terry celebrates scoring Chelsea's equaliser against Tottenham on Saturday

John Terry is on course to extend his Chelsea contract as long as he maintains good form according to Jose Mourinho

Terry scored the Blues' equaliser during Saturday's 1-1 London derby draw against Tottenham and Mourinho has admitted their is 'no problem' in terms of the Chelsea captain's future

Andros Townsend has apologised for a deliberate dive in the London derby against Chelsea

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend apologises for deliberate dive in London derby against Chelsea and vows to 'kick it out of his game'

The Spurs youngster admits he was rightly booked by referee Mike Dean in 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane

Bridge building: Oscar puts Chelsea ahead despite the effort of Kieran Richardson (left) to stop him

Chelsea 2 Fulham 0 match report: Blues uninspiring in climb to the top

Oscar and Mikel earn victory but Mourinho has much work to do

Jose Mourinho

Comment: Jose Mourinho was brought back to Chelsea to win, not nurture 'eggs'

The Blues are on a run of three consecutive defeats following their surprise loss to Basle

Lineker would like to see Michael Carrick in the side

Gary Lineker moves to defuse row with Roy Hodgson after labelling England performance 'awful'

The former captain was critical of the poor passing on show in the World Cup qualifier

JACK WILSHERE: Gave the ball away far too often and lost his radar in the final third. Did not shy away but never got going. 5/10

Ukraine 0 England 0: Jack Wilshere says England expect to qualify for World Cup despite draw

Qualification remains in the Three Lions' hands

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 11 September 2013

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