Bolton Wanderers 0 Portsmouth 1: Evergreen James wastes no time in restating England case

Is there any better illustration of the clarity and confidence that can come with age than David James? His dissection of Premier League overseas matches outside his side's dressing-room on Saturday night took in the environmental effects of air travel and the 37-year-old goalkeeper's views on his own England career were no less assured after another match-defining performance.

Reading 0 Bolton Wanderers 2: Helguson gives Reading haunted look

Coppell's side pitched into relegation struggle after sixth successive League defeat while Bolton ease their worries

James Lawton: Ignore sneers about Le Sulk – Anelka has ability to make lasting name for himself

Nicolas Anelka would always have played football as sweetly by any other name, including Abdul-Salam Bilal, the one he has taken with his conversion to Islam, but then it seems that he will have to labour at least a little longer under the one sneeringly applied so many years ago.

Goodison noisier than Anfield, says Wenger

The Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, thinks that playing at Everton's Goodison Park is now a more intimidating prospect than running out at Anfield to face Liverpool.

City in hunt for Marseilles pair Niang and Nasri

Manchester City's desire for another top striker and midfielder is understood to have led them to enquire after the availability of the highly rated Marseilles pair Mamadou Niang and Samir Nasri, though City are to said to be baffled by suggestions that they have been spurned in a 6m bid for Marseilles' former Liverpool striker, Djibril Ciss.

Cooper Brown: He's Out There

'The other men smiled at me wanly. It seemed I was not the only one press-ganged into this weirdness'

Laporta fury at English raids on Barça youth

The Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has launched a fierce attack on English clubs for signing some of the club's best young talent.

Football: Slow sales show Premiership feeling the pinch, says PFA

THE PROFESSIONAL Footballers' Association believes the January transfer window underlined "the pinch" currently being felt by many Premiership clubs.

Anelka mystery deepens after scan

Anelka put up for sale at £8m

Liverpool battle for Morientes

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