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

Stuart Pearce 'to be named GB Olympic coach'

Stuart Pearce is expected to be confirmed as Great Britain's 2012 Olympic coach this month.

Alex Ferguson couldn't have won World Cup for England says Gary Neville

Gary Neville believes not even Sir Alex Ferguson would have helped England win last year's World Cup.

Fabio Capello says England play better away from Wembley

England coach Fabio Capello believes playing away from Wembley can have its advantages.

The last-minute transfer scramble

Arsenal seal £10m Arteta, Bellamy returns to Liverpool, Meireles leaves for Chelsea as Stoke sign Crouch

Cole goes from busted wunderkind to happy wanderer with Lille move

Unjustly maligned midfielder should be applauded for seeking a change of fortune in France

James Lawton: It's time to shut the transfer window anarchy and restore game's lost lustre

What we are left with is a strong case for one shortened window in the summer, when a club has had a season to assess its strength and needs and has a strategy based on vision and planning

Bulgarian boredom means Capello's side will play in front of empty seats

Fabio Capello's England team will play in a stadium less than half full against Bulgaria in Sofia tomorrow with the Football Association's counterparts in the East European country admitting they are struggling to sell tickets for the Euro 2012 qualifier.

Pearce: I enjoy this job too much to quit

Stuart Pearce yesterday insisted the thought of quitting as England Under-21 manager never crossed his mind after this summer's European Championship failure.

One defender, nine midfielders: Barça's thrilling formation

Guardiola's side on Monday had no strikers but they still put five past Villarreal. Are they better than last year?

Familiarity breeds content for Ferguson's new generation

United's home-grown policy paid off in style on Sunday – and left Arsenal looking painfully out of date, writes Tim Rich

Manchester 13 London 3

Rooney leads the way to leave Wenger's side utterly humiliated while Mancini's side fire statement of title intent

Capello turns to emerging United stars for vital Euro 2012 games

Fabio Capello last night picked Sir Alex Ferguson’s emergent young Manchester United defender Phil Jones in his first senior England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria on Friday and Wales four days afterwards.

United slam eight past shell-shocked Gunners

Man Utd 8 Arsenal 2

Ian Holloway: If you want to play for your country, clean the toilets first

It's time our young players learned they aren't so special – discipline would help them on the pitch

So can Gunners win anything with kids?

It must bemuse Arsène Wenger that when Sir Alex Ferguson places his trust in youth, the move is heralded as ushering in a new era of domination by Manchester United. When Wenger does the same – or rather, continues to do so – it is seen as a stubborn refusal to change on the part of the Arsenal manager.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee