Sport West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka makes an alleged anti-Semitic gesture when celebrating his first goal against West Ham

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

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.

Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0: Anelka cameo puts Chelsea in good heart for title challenge

Debutant only defied by crossbar as Blues cruise to keep step with United

Turks whip up storm of disapproval over Pope's Istanbul visit

Pope Benedict was given another warning yesterday of what lies ahead for him in Turkey when more than 20,000 people demonstrated against his coming visit in central Istanbul and urged him to stay at home.

Pros and cons of the canine detectives

It's the latest weapon in the war on drugs. But as increasing numbers of head teachers bring in sniffer dogs to detect cannabis use in schools, critics are asking whether the crackdown is justified. Max Daly reports

England 0 Portugal 0 <i>(aet; Portugal win 3-1 on penalties)</i>: Ronaldo twists the knife as red mist haunts Rooney

Winger fires home decisive penalty after England talisman loses cool as Eriksson finds it third time unlucky against his old rival Scolari

Cole the fall guy in Owen's return

Wounded Robben in the wars again

World Cup round-up

The day Joe Cole had a ball

Chelsea's new-model midfielder comes of age for his country as Eriksson's greatest headache eases

No escaping the Mourinho effect on new blue-eyed boy

Discipline allied to dexterity as Jose's influence is plain to see

Moyes sees sense after reviewing Beattie's dismissal

Everton 0 Chelsea 1

Mourinho regime transforms Cole

Jose Mourinho has revealed how remarkably close he was to discarding Joe Cole. "Two months ago I told Joe Cole that it was impossible for him to play in my team as a midfield player," the Chelsea manager said.

Chelsea given a free hand

Cole keeps the leaders flying high but Liverpool fume at referee Riley's blind eye to Tiago's hand
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