Sport Darren Fletcher has been limited to seven starts in nearly two years

Scottish midfielder back in training following lengthy illness while Rooney may play on Saturday

Footballer in court accused of attacking sister

A former Premier League footballer will stand trial today charged with assaulting his sister.

Players value clubs above country says Pleat

David Pleat believes players caring more about their clubs than their country is a problem for England.

Raddy Antic: From Pleat's memorable jig to showdown with Capello

One of only two men to have managed Real Madrid and Barcelona, Raddy Antic hopes to guide Serbia to a second-round meeting with his old adversary

Bosses 'panicking' over World Cup distraction

Managers fear the soccer World Cup could cost them up to £1 billion in lost production as workers take time off to follow their team, according to a report today.

Football fan jailed after post-match violence

A football fan has been given a 10-month prison sentence following post-match clashes in which brooms and mops were hurled at police.

A night to remember: How to plan your election viewing

At one point earlier this year it looked as though Election Night 2010 might be a rather subdued affair.

FA to investigate crowd trouble incidents

The Football Association today announced investigations into two separate incidents of crowd trouble at weekend matches.

Football League question parachute payments

Football League clubs have not approved plans to double parachute payments for relegated sides .

Sam Wallace: In a roundabout way, Stevenage show the true strength of the English game

Talking Football: The football hierarchy here has stayed true to a system that is rooted in civic pride

Beastly Fury, by Richard Sanders

The Chinese claim to have invented football but there is no doubt that the form of the game we recognise originated in Britain.

Football fans walk free after Tube brawl

Two groups of football fans walked free from court today despite admitting that they drunkenly brawled on the Tube.

Esther Rantzen: "Everyone told me I was mad to stand for election - my children think I'm round the twist"

It's 1pm or thereabouts and I'm in Luton Town Hall with Esther Rantzen, the prospective Independent MP for Luton South.

A winding-up order? It could be the start of something great

Pompey fans are understandably fearful that their club enter liquidation next week but, as AFC Wimbledon fan Niall Couper explains, it won't be the end of the world

McLean revels in sound of silence

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Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
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Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
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Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
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Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
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Rainbow shades

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power