Sport Villas-Boas has promised that Jermain Defoe will not be sold in January

Following the confirmation of his move to MLS side Toronto FC, Defoe brings to an end a somewhat unfulfilled partnership with Spurs that often saw him - rightly or wrongly - overlooked

Liverpool want Evra ban if claims are false

FA inquiry begins today into United defender's allegations that Liverpool striker Suarez used the N-word "at least 10 times"

Rooney still burdened by Anfield curse as Gerrard steals show again

Of course, Wayne Rooney would have known that from Croxteth to Kirkby they had been working towards this day for weeks. Sure enough, from the galaxy of tonsorial possibilities yesterday, we were treated to 'Who's the Scouser in the wig?' and 'You baldy bastard, the hair is not yours' from the old Kop end. Rooney was standing in the shadow of the Anfield Road stand and aware already that success at this cursed stadium was eluding him again.

Liverpool's 'King' refuses to bow to United knight as ice meets fire

Ahead of match days like this, Sir Alex Ferguson's managerial adversaries tend to praise him, not to bury him. Tony Pulis talks of Ferguson in hallowed tones as "Sir Alex"; for Steve Bruce he is still "The Boss"; and even Liverpool's owner, John W Henry, shared the reverence this week when he said that "Mr Ferguson is a genius".

The 'King' refuses to bow to Sir Alex as ice meets fire

With their fascinating history, Dalglish doth protest too much that today's clash with 'Fergie' is just another game

Rooney's fate in the air until May

Fabio Capello has told advisers that he will wait until next May before making a decision on whether to take Wayne Rooney to Euro 2012, with the Football Association as yet unable to make a decision on whether to appeal his three-match ban from Uefa.

Alex Ferguson ready for 'game of the season'

Sir Alex Ferguson has declared Manchester United's annual showdown with Liverpool the match of the season and urged supporters to respect the history of their rival club.

Alex Ferguson calls for respect at Anfield

Sir Alex Ferguson has called for Manchester United fans to respect Liverpool and cease singing about the Hillsborough disaster.

Javier Hernandez an example to others says Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes team-mate Javier Hernandez is an example to all young strikers.

How to rebuild without a star player like Rooney

Usually the bleak news for England ahead of a major tournament comes closer to the reckoning. In 2002, David Beckham broke his metatarsal two months before it began. Ahead of the 2006 World Cup, Michael Owen broke a metatarsal six months before the tournament. Wayne Rooney's ankle injury before the World Cup last year was at the end of March.

Liverpool could take years to catch United, says Henry

Liverpool's principal owner, John W Henry, admitted last night that his club were "still a long way behind" Manchester United, who arrive at Anfield tomorrow, and that he quickly realised the legacy of penury from Tom Hicks' and George Gillett's era meant "that it could take years to get the club back where it needed to be".

Capello's conundrum: how to rebuild team without star player

England could take Euro 2012 gamble with Rooney even though they may be knocked out before he plays

Neil Warnock backs Harry Redknapp to succeed Fabio Capello

QPR boss Neil Warnock is pleased Fabio Capello will soon leave the England post and believes Harry Redknapp is the ideal man to fill the void.

Roberto Martinez against change to TV deal

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has cautioned the Premier League against adopting a Spanish-style 'go it alone' approach to TV deals, claiming it has not worked in La Liga.

Ireland seek to end play-off woe

Five qualifying play-offs against European opposition without success is the discouraging record, but this time the Republic of Ireland hope it will be different after back-to-back wins in the last qualifying round lifted them into the seeding positions for today's draw for the Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs.

England intend to enjoy Krakow nightlife at Euros

Fabio Capello's England squad are likely to be based in the Polish university city of Krakow for next summer's Euro 2012 tournament in a move away from the isolation they experienced in South Africa at the last World Cup finals.

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