Sport In a stew: Downing is counting on a Cup win to build confidence

Being known as a "Cup team" is a mixed compliment, implying the ability to raise your game for one-off occasions, but never to sustain it. If Wigan Athletic, FA Cup winners relegated within a week, are newcomers to the genre, West Ham United have been at it rather longer.

Stewart Downing neither scored nor made an assist this season

No assists? It's not my fault Liverpool strikers miss their chances, says Stewart Downing

If we're talking disgruntled England internationals left at home, imagine how Manchester City's Adam Johnson must feel. The player who has taken the squad position he coveted has just completed a season with neither a goal nor an assist for his club side.

Ashley Young scores England’s winner in Oslo on Saturday

Humble Hodgson makes modest start as mood music changes

Gary Neville posts a song of the day to his social network followers each morning, and on Saturday it was Paul Weller's "Brand New Start". It is beginning to feel as if this is just such a thing for England, even though it felt faintly Engelbert Humperdinck to be taking a very flat 4-4-2 into Europe on Saturday night.

Ashley Young vies for the ball with Norway's Alexander Banor Tettey (left) and Norway's Markus Henriksen

Young gets Hodgson era off to a winning start in Oslo

Norway 0 England 1

Kenny Dalglish did not get Liverpool back into the Champions League

Kenny Dalglish offers Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group his backing

Sacked Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has given his backing to owners Fenway Sports Group.

No Mersey: Jay Spearing has had to compete with big-money signings

Spearing brings long-awaited local colour to the Reds

Merseyside loves a local boy, which is one reason why the 23-year-old Jay Spearing has become a popular addition to Liverpool's first-team squad. His style of play as something of a latter-day Sammy Lee appeals too, tenacity and determination matching that of those more established local heroes Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. So all in all, many fans would be more than happy to see the Wallesey boy starting in the FA Cup final ahead of expensive imports such as Jordan Henderson and the injured Charlie Adam.

Darren Bent will miss England's friendly with Holland

Aston Villa announce major losses

Aston Villa today announced losses of almost £54 million for the year ended 31 May 2011.

Liverpool players celebrate their win over Cardiff

Liverpool class finally tells to deny Mackay's battlers

Cardiff City 2 Liverpool 2

Fabio Capello (right) must select a new captain to replace John Terry

Captaincy chaos hits England's Euro plans

Problems on and off field force Capello to prepare for tournament in familiar disarray

Harry Redknapp has been told that Marseilles' Loïc Rémy will not be joining Spurs this month

Marseilles tell Redknapp that striker Rémy is not for sale

Harry Redknapp was told by the Marseilles president, Vincent Labrune, that Loïc Rémy will not be allowed to leave the club this month when the Tottenham manager attended the club's home game against Lille on Sunday night.Redknapp was treated warmly by the French club and invited into Labrune's personal suite to watch the game but was left in no doubt that a move for the player was not an option this transfer window. Labrune told Redknapp that the club's supporters would never forgive him if he sanctioned the sale of the player, who scored both Marseilles' goals in Sunday's 2-0 win.

Harry Redknapp has been told that Marseilles' Loïc Rémy will not be joining Spurs this month

Redknapp told Rémy is not for sale

The Spurs manager sees his French target score twice but must now look elsewhere for new striker

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If James Collins is sold to Tottenham or QPR, both of whom are reportedly interested in signing the centre-back, Villa will look to prise Swedish defender Jonas Olsson from neighbours West Bromwich Albion. According to The Sun, Olsson has reportedly failed to agree a new contract with the Baggies. But Olsson may be against joining Villa on the grounds of ambition after he told the Swedish press: 'My dream is to play for a club that fights for titles.'

Aston Villa: Potential January transfer targets

Languishing in mid-table and looking over the shoulders at the relegation zone, it's clear that Alex McLeish's side could do with some investment over the next month.

Dempsey strikes for Fulham after Spearing walks

Fulham 1 Liverpool 0

With a day to go, how has your club done in the summer sales?

Middle Eastern money is making waves &ndash; and not just in Manchester

Superb Suarez inspires Liverpool's flying start

Liverpool 3 Bolton Wanderers 1: Uruguayan's trickery helps lift resurgent Reds to best start in 17 years

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*For years Arsenal have been speaking the language of 'one final push'. But with the likely losses of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, they look further away than ever from ending their six-year trophy drought. Arsène Wenger's purism has never been under more pressure.

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