Sport Everton striker Romelu Lukaku pictured receiving treatment during the Merseyside derby

The on-loan striker was taken off during the 4-0 drubbing being dished out by Liverpool

Defoe insists England will be ready

Jermaine Defoe is confident England will be prepared for the World Cup opener with the United States despite having problems at high altitude in the warm-up game against Platinum Stars.

Business Diary: Hot water for Ryanair

No-frills airline Ryanair can't even appoint a non-executive director without swimming into choppy waters. It has signed up Charlie McCreevy, the former European Union commissioner, to join its board. Cue a storm of protest, because Mr McCreevy is very obviously breaking the Commission's code of conduct preventing officials taking up jobs in related industries within a year of stepping down. The Commission itself, however, has cleared the appointment, so Ryanair is in the clear.

Gerrard suffers calf scare to lengthen Capello's injury list

England's injury anxieties persisted yesterday when Steven Gerrard failed to complete the squad's latest high-altitude training session at Irdning in the Austrian Alps after suffering a calf twinge.

Capello confident over Barry fitness

England manager Fabio Capello is "very confident" Gareth Barry will be fit for the World Cup.

England to wait until final hour for Barry

Capello desperate to have midfielder in squad after Carrick's weak performance

Milner happy to play defensive midfield role

James Milner is ready to slot into the holding midfield role normally occupied by his former Aston Villa team-mate Gareth Barry for the World Cup if asked to by England coach Fabio Capello.

Milner refuses to commit to Villa as City prepare to raise their bid

£20m offer likely to be improved before Fabio Capello's 1 June deadline on transfer deals

Milner puts club future on hold

James Milner is content to put his club future on hold until after the World Cup but admits he does not know if he will still be at Aston Villa next season.

Aston Villa reject Manchester City bid for Milner

Manchester City have launched their expected major spending spree this summer by tabling a £20million bid with Aston Villa for England midfielder James Milner - but it has been instantly rejected by the midlands club.

Tevez committed to Manchester City says Mancini

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini claims Carlos Tevez has committed his future to the club.

Barry set to see specialist

Gareth Barry is to see a specialist about the ankle injury he suffered in Manchester City's Premier League defeat against Tottenham last night.

Mancini: Tevez can leave City if he is not happy

Manager says striker only came to one of the double training sessions he criticised

Benitez reiterates commitment to Liverpool

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is following a long-term plan at the club and is frustrated with constant rumours about his future.

Petrov: Villa have to show ambition and keep Milner

The Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has challenged the club's management to demonstrate the extent of their ambitions by keeping the midfielder James Milner out of the clutches of potential suitors such as Manchester United and Manchester City.

Hit & Run: Ker-ching whenever Chung wears something

When Anne Boleyn first wore the French hood on the front row of the Tudor court, ye fash pack ditched their gabled headgear and copied her Parisian chic. When she engineered fuller sleeves to cover her congenital sixth finger, the Grazia editors of the day took note and disseminated advice about ermine trim.

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