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

Lee Dixon: The pressure is huge but players create their own problems

Sir Alex Ferguson’s guidance will be crucial. He may decide that it is best to just let him go ahead and play

Paul Gascoigne's ex Sheryl accepts libel damages from newspaper

Paul Gascoigne's ex-wife Sheryl accepted undisclosed libel damages today over a claim that she prevented him from seeing their son Regan.

The strange life and death of Raoul Moat

He was a violent, jealous man who murdered one and left two more fighting for their lives before, finally, turning his gun on himself. Yet, with police facing criticism over their handling of the affair, floral tributes placed outside his home portrayed him as a victim. What does this story say about Britain today?

Manhunt comes to an end with fugitive gunman cornered by marksmen

The week-long hunt for the fugitive Raoul Moat came to a climax last night as the police finally located and cornered the elusive gunman.

Paul Gascoigne in hospital after car crash

Former footballer Paul Gascoigne was in hospital today following a car crash, police said.

Gazza's ex-wife urges women to leave violent partners

The former wife of footballer Paul Gascoigne today urged women to leave partners who attacked them.

The Impact: 'It was an awful time. Poll-tax riots and Thatcher. England brought everyone together'

England may not have lifted the World Cup, yet the absence of a happy ending did not stop Italia 90 becoming a seminal moment for football in this country.

DJ Taylor: Election defeat finds the Left as tight-lipped as Lord Charles

It took a letter to The Independent to give the first reaffirmation of Labour's core values, while the passing of the ventriloquist Ray Alan also prompts reflection

Italia 90: When England were out of this world

From jeers to cheers then tears, the 1990 World Cup finals had it all. In this exclusive feature, Simon Hart looks at the football, tactics and music to discover what made it so special and why its impact reverberates today

Perfect backing track as Barnes rap hits target

New Order's superb 'World in Motion' was the first non-naff football song while BBC played a blinder with inspired choice of 'Nessun Dorma'

DVD: One Night in Turin (15)

In the cash-fragranced aura of the modern game, it's easy to forget that English football, before the revolution, had become the nation's most embarrassing stench.

Paul Gascoigne in court on drink-driving charge

Former England football star Paul Gascoigne will appear in court today charged with drink-driving.

Rooney was 'exploited' from the age of 16

PFA chief executive attacks agents who 'failed' Rooney when he was a teen

Rooney was 'exploited' court told

Wayne Rooney was exploited when the teenage prodigy signed his first commercial contract, the boss of the players' union told a court today.

Taylor to give evidence in Rooney lawsuit

Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, will give evidence in a £4.3 million lawsuit against Wayne Rooney today.

Latest stories from i100
SPONSORED FEATURES
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future