Sport Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will be offered a new improved contract for his breakthrough into the first team this season

Barkley has broken into the first-team this season and has been tipped for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad after making his England debut in September

Caulker was expected to travel with the rest of the squad to Rome

Caulker could return for Tottenham to face Lazio

Steven Caulker, who missed the north London derby defeat to Arsenal with a knee problem, could return for tomorrow’s Europa League tie against Lazio.

The sporting week ahead (18/11/12)

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Jack Wilshere encouraged by form since return from injury

Jack Wilshere is convinced he will soon to get back to the kind of form which led to him being branded England's saviour.

Steven Gerrard’s flashes of quality were nowhere near enough for England

James Lawton: Our culture was once envy of world – now it's in ruins

Where do we start – again – on the latest breakdown in England's ability to compete seriously against grown-up football nations?

He tells us he is thrilled to be back and the nation is anxious to believe

James Lawton: Is England striker Wayne Rooney ready this time to deliver on the promise of greatness?

He tells us he is thrilled to be back and the nation is anxious to believe

Robin Scott-Elliot: So far outside the box that it moves the goalposts, in a post-ironic way

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The sporting week ahead (13/05/12)

Today

Mongolia's Ser-Od Bat-Ochir in the blue and white vest of Morpeth Harriers

London Eye: Mongolia marathon man makes great strides as adopted Geordie

Standing outside the Next store on the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead, off to the right you can see the rusty outline of Antony Gormley's Angel of the North.

Redknapp's work at Spurs has been brilliantly constructive and at times sublime

James Lawton: After court case, Harry will find England job a pleasure

His work at Spurs has been brilliantly constructive and at times sublime

Leading article: Hacking avoids its day in court

It is not hard to understand why many of the celebrities and politicians who had their phones hacked by journalists from News International have accepted out-of-court damages payments from Rupert Murdoch. It has saved them the time, money and stress that would have been involved in court hearings, from which details – lurid or otherwise – would have been laid bare for all to read.

Chris Ashton dives over to score a try for England, in what has become his trademark style

Is awkward Ashton heading for a fall?

Winger may benefit from Saracens' switch but remains a concern, says Chris Hewett

Chris Ashton dives over to score a try for England, in what has become his trademark style

Is Ashton heading for a fall?

The wing could benefit from Saracens' strong team spirit but his membership of the awkward squad is a growing concern

Paul Gascoigne has settled his claim against News International

Sorry day for Murdoch as High Court hears hacking apology

News International hopes to settle claims - but lawyer says more victims emerge every day

Paul Gascoigne: Harry Redknapp quipped that the former Spurs star 'would be a good January signing'

Redknapp: my Spurs are better than the Gazza era

Harry Redknapp believes that his current Tottenham Hotspur team would beat even the 1989-90 vintage, the last Spurs side to finish third in the league.

All the figures show that Capello's tired excuse is nothing more than that

Statistics reveal that England are better than average in May and June. Glenn Moore crunches the numbers
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