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Anelka bagged his first goal for West Brom since joining in the summer but has become embroiled in a racism row after an alleged anti-Semitic celebration

Joe Cole's thoughts are only of Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has banished all thoughts of earning a place in England's World Cup squad - insisting that he first wants to rediscover his best form for the Blues.

Emotional return for Chelsea's Joe Cole

Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has described the emotion of returning from injury in last night's Carling Cup third-round victory over QPR at Stamford Bridge.

Cole shines in the hole for Chelsea

Chelsea 1 Queen's Park Rangers 0

Terry holds reins as Chelsea's middle man

John Terry has had more interest than most Chelsea players in the arrival of Ron Gourlay as the successor to Peter Kenyon as chief executive. The night before the announcement of Kenyon's long-expected departure last week, Terry revealed that as club captain he has played an increasingly influential role in pleading with Kenyon and the owner Roman Abramovich for new contracts on behalf of players such as Didier Drogba and Ashley Cole.

Joe Cole targets pre-season return

Chelsea's England midfielder Joe Cole said today that he had given up any hope of playing again this season but is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a serious knee injury.

'If we want to go all the way we have to up our game' says Terry

Chelsea may be through to the last 16 of the Champions League, and with their manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, declaring he does not care who they face in the next round, but their captain, John Terry, voiced the concern within the squad when he admitted last night that they need to start performing a lot better if they are to win the competition.

Sophie Morris: Let boys and girls all learn in the same class

Before I launch into the many merits of mixed education, let's get the worst bits out of the way: swimming lessons, for pubescent schoolgirls, are a misery whose memory should be buried in a deep subconscious recess never to be retrieved, along with school rice pudding and, if I'm being honest, having to get out of bed and attend lessons in the first place.

Jungle lessons in creeping, crawling and breeding

'I'm a Celebrity' has shone a light on the grooming habits and territory marking of the celebrity species. Its mating rituals are next

Lampard brings Hull back down to earth

Hull City 0 Chelsea 3

Manchester City 1 Chelsea 3: Reality check for City after Chelsea spoil Robinho party

Scolari's men remind new rivals in money stakes that you cannot buy instant success

Andorra 0 England 2: It's now or never for Capello to conjure up Rooney's real spirit

There are only so many times you can ask Wayne Rooney whether he thinks his lack of goals for England are a problem. And, judging by his response to the question on Saturday night, only so many times that Rooney is prepared to answer it before the kind of incident which ends with someone having to call security. Nevertheless, the Rooney conundrum is one of the biggest facing Fabio Capello as he decides the best way to take on Croatia on Wednesday in the game that will define his reign.

Cole the supersub set to remain more also-ran than talisman

After two more goals and a telling-off, England's match-winner may struggle for a starting place. Jason Burt reports

Tottenham 4 Chelsea 4: Chelsea hopes fade as Grant's tactics are exposed in thriller

While Avram Grant fiddled, Chelsea's title ambitions burned. It was, quite simply, the most extraordinary game of the season so far - a conflagration of eight goals, three Tottenham comebacks and another set of bizarre tactical decisions from a Chelsea manager who just cannot get it right in the big games.

England 2 Switzerland 1: Bentley and Cole make most of chance to impress the new boss

Forgive us, Fabio, if the nation does not herald a brave new dawn in the blighted life of the England national team this morning: it is just that they have seen quite a few of them fade and fail before. The most dysfunctional international football team in Europe will need more than just one victory over the humble Swiss – and a few rule changes about breakfast times – to restore its sense of purpose.

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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