Bale becomes only the third player to take both awards in the same year
Blackpool 0 Leicester City 0
Leeds United 2 Blackpool 0
England travel to Stockholm to face Sweden in a friendly tonight.
It is almost 16 years since Stuart Pearce scored his penalty against Germany in the shoot-out at the end of England's semi-final at Euro '96, a brief moment of exhilaration in what turned out to be another famous disappointment chalked up by the national team.
City only criticised because of big spending, insists club's hard-tackling Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong
Kenny Miller has accepted with honour the Scotland captaincy for the first time in his career – and will use the former England captain Paul Ince as his role model.
Former United hardman is working his way up again from the bottom and has taken Ferguson's advice on dealing with modern stars: don't give them an inch. Jon Culley meets Paul Ince
First black manager in league hailed as 'pioneering figure' in anti-racism fight
Paul Ince, the Blackburn Rovers manager, knows only a return to winning ways can ease the pressure which is growing over his short tenure at Ewood Park.
Blackburn chairman John Williams has set the team a target of nine wins to save their season.
Blackburn Rovers' defeat by Liverpool has not changed the board's determination to persist with Paul Ince for now, though chairman John Williams insistence yesterday that "the board will make decisions it feels are in the best interests of the club" reflects the precarious position both they and their manager find themselves in.
Blackburn Rovers' new manager, Paul Ince, has been given a £3m boost to his transfer funds after the Jack Walker Trustees decided to reinstate their annual payment to the club.
Blackburn have confirmed the addition of Archie Knox to new manager Paul Ince's backroom staff.
Roberto Di Matteo has always come across as being as cool as Christmas so it was no surprise to hear him saying yesterday, on his first day in his new job, that he can handle the pressure of succeeding Paul Ince as manager of League One newcomers MK Dons. On the face of it, the Italian and the Milton Keynes club seem an unlikely match but Di Matteo believes it is the perfect role for someone who wants to learn his way in management from the bottom up.
Uefa's technical director, Andy Roxburgh, believes Paul Ince will be one of the last Premier League managers to operate without a Pro Licence as England catches up with coaching standards in Europe. Ince, who will be unveiled today as manager of Blackburn Rovers, has been given two years to attain the qualification required to coach in the top flight, which Roxburgh feels reflects England's traditionally different attitude to management from the rest of the continent.