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

Paul Gascoigne arrested for the second time in two days

Former England football star Paul Gascoigne has been arrested for the second time in two days.

Paul Gascoigne bailed after takeaway disturbance

Former England star Paul Gascoigne was released on police bail today after he was questioned on suspicion of being drunk in charge of a vehicle.

Vinnie Jones 'offered Big Brother cash deal'

Vinnie Jones is said to have been offered one million dollars to join his former football rival Paul Gascoigne in the Celebrity Big Brother (CBB) house.

Paul Gascoigne credits Peter Beardsley for his recovery

Paul Gascoigne has said he owes former teammate Peter Beardsley for helping him fight back from alcoholism and depression.

Anson hoping to 'draw line in sand' after 2018 bid infighting

World Cup chief executive optimistic that board issues are now behind them

Ferdinand lifts lid on his heroes ... and his ballet

To his manager anyone who wears that particular red shirt will be anathema, but Rio Ferdinand has flirted with the unmentionable, from a Manchester United perspective, by suggesting that Liverpool players were the ones he admired more than Old Trafford's as a child.

Root of celebrity bashing can be found in Rome

Since time began, societies have created their idols only to destroy them. So if we really want to understand Britney's breakdown, we should look to ancient Rome.

Sport on TV: Farewell to the man for whom every jumper was a goalpost

The great man of English football, our 'eminence grise', deserved a lot more than the half-hour afforded by the hastily assembled Sir Bobby Robson – A Tribute (Sky Sports 1, Friday). There was a very powerful team of players paying their respects, so many that there wasn't time to tell the story of an extraordinary career that spanned so many generations, from a time when players were on £2 a week to today's multi-millionaires. The only face lacking among the talking heads was the one to whom programme-makers had always seemed to turn in these situations, and that was Sir Bobby himself.

Figo 'could play on in China'

Former World Player of the Year Luis Figo wants to extend his career outside Europe and would consider playing in the Chinese Super League (CSL), a Chinese newspaper reported today.

FA keen for Auld enemies to meet again next season

England are set to play Scotland next season for the first time in 11 years, under plans to be discussed this week. Officials of the Football Association and Scottish FA will hold talks about the fixture at the International Football Association Board summit in Northern Ireland next Friday and Saturday.

Reprieve for Gascoigne in tax case

Fallen football hero Paul Gascoigne has been given a nine-week breathing space to file his late tax returns and fend off a bankruptcy petition by Revenue and Customs.

Janet Street-Porter: Gazza's slide into despair shames us all

Two well-known men, both addicts, make headlines. George Michael is picked up by the police yet again for allegedly cruising in a public toilet near his north London home. George, who was reportedly caught with crack cocaine, was let off with a caution. Some might (justifiably) see this as an example of the two sets of drug laws in this country – one for millionaire pop stars and models and another for the working classes.

Healy sorry for gesture

Northern Ireland striker David Healy tonight apologised for his flute-playing gesture during a game against Celtic.

Troubled Paul Gascoigne is sectioned

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act, police said today.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links