Sport Sunderland defender Wes Brown has drawn praise from his manager Gus Poyet after his man-of-the-match performance against Manchester City

Brown made his first league start for nearly 22 months in a man-of-the-match performance on Sunday

Milner deal is imminent says Mancini

Roberto Mancini hopes to complete the protracted signing of James Milner by tomorrow at the latest.

MacDonald ready to take a £30m gamble and play Milner today

Villa caretaker manager says midfielder 'is in right frame of mind' to face West Ham despite impending City deal

Milner may not be last to go

Lerner hints at scaling down of Villa's ambitions which could see Young follow his City-bound team-mate out of the club

Martin O'Neill: James Milner on brink of move from Aston Villa to Manchester City

James Milner's protracted move to Manchester City could be concluded this weekend, Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has said.

O'Neill expects Milner to give his all

Aston Villa midfielder James Milner could end up staying at the club, manager Martin O'Neill suggested last night.

Milner holds 'amicable' talks with Aston Villa

James Milner has held amicable talks with Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill after reporting today for pre-season training.

Milner could leave Aston Villa admits O'Neill

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has admitted it will be difficult to keep James Milner out of the clutches of Manchester City if the midfielder wants to go.

Manchester City complete Yaya Toure transfer

Manchester City have announced the signing of Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure from Barcelona on a five-year deal.

Capello accepts his reputation is at stake as he shuffles the pack

As Fabio Capello was reminded last night of the great players he once had under his command in the great all-conquering Milan team of 20 years ago, Steven Gerrard, sitting three feet to his manager's right, muttered loudly enough to be heard – "he's still got them".

Defoe ready if called upon

Jermain Defoe insists he is "ready" if called into the starting line-up by Fabio Capello for tonight's World Cup encounter with Algeria.

Winning is all that I exist for, says Capello as kick-off looms

Milner is fit again and Barry will be on bench but manager leaves key choices to last minute

England come through final training session

Fabio Capello gave a clean bill of health as his England squad went through their paces for the final time before they open their World Cup campaign against the United States tomorrow.

Capello plans to start with Cole after illness puts Milner in doubt

Time running out for midfielder to recover from stomach bug ahead of England's opening game tomorrow

Milner misses England training

James Milner was the most significant absentee from training today as Fabio Capello's men stepped up their preparations for Saturday's Group C opener against the United States on Saturday.

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