Sport Patrice Evra, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United pose with the Carling Cup trophy in the dressing room after their 2006 win

The United captain gave the 2006 medal to former team-mate Giuseppe Rossi

Stand by me: Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland have just one win in the past 17 games. He says improvement ‘will be slow’

Martin O'Neill plans to strengthen Sunderland in January

Manager planning January transfer window moves

A view of the facilities at St George's Park

St George's Park National Football Centre will will be the catalyst for improvement in English football, says Gerard Houllier

Houllier is convinced the centre, the FA's Clairefontaine equivalent, will produce future stars

Martin O'Neill feels unprepared

Martin O'Neill has admitted he has not been able to implement the changes he wanted with Sunderland's season starting at Arsenal today, but he has urged fans to trust him.

Vurnon Anita

Vurnon Anita completes £6.7m switch from Ajax to Newcastle

Newcastle have completed the signing of Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita for an undisclosed fee.

Germany v France: Recalled Saha out to secure Euro role

As England welcome the world No3 side to Wembley tonight, their opponents in the opening European Championship game this summer continue their preparations with a trip to second-ranked Germany.

Jurgen Klinsmann has been linked with Tottenham should Harry Redknapp become England manager

Jurgen Klinsmann plays down Tottenham speculation

Jurgen Klinsmann insists he is happy in his current role as United States head coach despite speculation that the he could take over as Tottenham manager should Harry Redknapp depart for England.

<b>Roman Pavlyuchenko</b><br/>
The Tottenham forward turned heads when he won a seat on a regional council in Stavropol krai, in south west Russia. Pavlyuchenko was one of six listed candidates for Vladimir Putin's United Russia party and was elected when his party received 66 per cent of the vote. Due to his Spurs duties Pavlyuchenko does not attend council meetings, but offers advice on the development possibilities for exercise and sport.

Roman Pavlyuchenko completes move to Lokomotiv Moscow

Roman Pavlyuchenko has completed his transfer from Tottenham to Lokomotiv Moscow, the Russian club have confirmed.

The former Everton striker adds experience to the Spurs squad, says Kevin Bond

Kevin Bond urges fans to 'trust in Harry's judgement'

Kevin Bond, the Tottenham assistant manager, is excited with their January transfer dealings, even if some Spurs supporters are not.

David Bentley had been loaned to West Ham but suffered a serious injury

David Bentley surprise inclusion in Tottenham squad list

David Bentley could make a shock appearance for Tottenham before the end of the season after he was named in the club's 25-man squad for the rest of the current campaign.

Ryan Nelsen

Ryan Nelsen completes Tottenham switch

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of defender Ryan Nelsen from fellow Barclays Premier League side Blackburn in a statement on their website.

Goodwillie grabs point for Blackburn Rovers

Everton 1 Blackburn 1

Stephen Ireland hitches a lift after Darren Bent's goal

Donovan stars as Keane has to accept bit part

Aston Villa 1 Everton 1

Potential bargains in the January transfer window

With the January transfer window due to open, there could be some bargains on offer.

Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert celebrate Everton's winner last night

Moyes calls on Drenthe to keep high standards

Everton 1 Swansea City 0

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