Sport Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic could make his awaited return from injury in the League Cup semi-final second leg against West Ham

Jovetic has seen his start to life with City hampered by injury but he could make his return against the Hammers in the League Cup semi-final second leg

Hughes keeps faith in Lescott to add steel to City's defence

Mark Hughes yesterday rejected criticism of his Manchester City team's recent defending as he set his sights on ending the club's 34-year wait for silverware.

Kompany's blueprint for new Manchester City

Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City have to prove they can live with the pressure of expectation before they can begin to succeed in the Premier League.

Barry backs Agbonlahor to shine

England midfielder Gareth Barry is confident Gabriel Agbonlahor has the ability to seize his chance if selected against Belarus in tomorrow's final World Cup qualifier.

'Golden generation' tag annoys Lampard

Midfielder eager for squad to deserve moniker originally delivered by Adam Crozier

Ferdinand feels the heat of Capello regime

Injury-prone defender is so eager to impress he crashes into Rooney during training but backs Italian's stance on not taking unfit players to World Cup

Trotter Cahill can take England call in his stride

Should Fabio Capello decide to give Gary Cahill his first England cap against Ukraine tomorrow there is every chance the young Bolton centre-half would take it all in his stride.

Hart and Cahill receive England call

England boss Fabio Capello has called up Joe Hart and Gary Cahill into his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine and Belarus following injuries to Paul Robinson and Joleon Lescott.

Megson confident of hanging on to Cahill

Gary Megson is confident Bolton Wanderers would be able to resist an "over-the-odds" bid for Gary Cahill should any of Europe's wealthy clubs come calling in the January transfer window.

Everton make full use of Greek gifts

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Distin can bring back good times to Goodison

As David Moyes considers the effects of a summer transfer window that saw the power of vast wealth strike at the very heart of the values and self-esteem he has sought to establish at Everton, it is possible to find a small hopefulness. It is, in part, an expression of the optimism that every manager carefully and privately nurtures, but also an act of faith.

James Lawton: Capello at odds with Wembley's selective bile

A most reasonable expectation is that England will tonight qualify for next summer's World Cup finals without a single blemish.

Capello ponders Heskey-Defoe debate

England manager Fabio Capello admits he has "more or less" made up his mind over whether to play Emile Heskey or Jermain Defoe in tomorrow night's crucial World Cup qualifier against Croatia at Wembley.

Hughes rules out massive spend in future

Mark Hughes declared he would never again oversee the sort of mass changes that have swept through Manchester City in the past two trasfer windows.

Aston Villa complete Dunne transfer

Aston Villa have taken their summer spending to £40m after today finally confirming the signing of Manchester City skipper Richard Dunne.

Distin joins Everton from Portsmouth

Everton have signed defender Sylvain Distin from Portsmouth on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

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