Sport Micah Richards admits he is savouring the good times having gone through the bad in 2007 when Manchester City didn't score in eight matches

Richards was part of the side that went eight matches without scoring back in 2007 and admits he can't believe his eyes when he looks around at his teammates

Sir Trevor Brooking is gearing himself up for yet another club versus country battle to try and get a worthwhile England Under-19 team to this summer's European Championships.

Sir Trevor Brooking ready for another club versus country battle this summer

Sir Trevor Brooking is gearing himself up for yet another club versus country battle to try and get a worthwhile England Under-19 team to this summer's European Championships.

Darren Bent will miss England's friendly with Holland

Darren Bent may target Olympics place

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has undergone successful surgery on his ruptured ankle ligaments - and can now set his sights on trying to be part of Great Britain's Olympic squad.

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Harry Redknapp is the favourite to succeed Fabio Capello

No England appointment until end of season say FA

The Football Association will wait until close to the end of the season before appointing a new England manager.

Scott Parker: What better example of the spirit a captain is meant to instil than that late fightback to 2-2? Parker showed precisely the selfless qualities Stuart Pearce expected of him, throwing himself in front of Wesley Sneijder’s bullets like a bodyguard

Ian Herbert: Pearce must face the curse of great expectations

After Barrygate, prepare for Harrygate. Such is the feverish expectation of England's tournament football success that Gareth Barry's ankle became as much of a hot topic two summers ago as the fractured metatarsals of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney had in previous campaigns. "Barry preying on Fabio's mind" ran one headline at the time. "Not a prayer without crocked Barry" was another.

Danny Welbeck: Wayne Rooney’s throat infection might be a blessing in disguise: England need to learn to play without him, given his suspension. Danny Welbeck showed the skills necessary to lead the line against France and Sweden: showing for the ball, holding it up and then linking well

Ian Herbert: Pearce must now face the curse of great expectations

His passion plays a big part. He's been there and done it, so he knows how it feels

Appointing a new England manager is one of the most complicated appointments in football. There are issues on either side – the FA and Redknapp – any one of which has the potential to change the process

Sam Wallace: Getting Harry is looking like a tough game

Spurs manager should be England's man but can FA be relied upon to strike a deal?

Micah Richards said his England rejection had made him mentally tougher

Richards: Capello snub was the lowest of the low for me

Manchester City right-back Micah Richards has said that Fabio Capello's refusal to make him a part of the England set-up was the biggest blow of his professional career – "the lowest of the low you can go" – and that his emergence from that disappointment has left him convinced that nothing can knock his confidence again.

Steven Gerrard may miss Liverpool’s game with Arsenal tomorrow with a hamstring injury

Gerrard can win 100 caps, says Dalglish

Midfielder backed to stay committed to England despite disappointment of not being made captain

Tom Cleverley trains with England. He hopes to be at the Euros or Olympics this summer

I'm not jinxed, says Cleverley, as he eyes place on Euro plane

United midfielder insists first England cap will come as he dreams of call-up for finals squad

<b>Micah Richards:</b> Took advantage of familiarity with club colleagues Hart, Barry and Johnson and pushed forward when not forced back by Robben. Moved to centre-half later. 6

Micah Richards determined to seize second England chance

Micah Richards is hoping to make up for four years of frustration under Fabio Capello by forcing his way into England's Euro 2012 squad.

<b>Scott Parker:</b> Captain in only his seventh start, he gave a typically energetic performance, with one dramatic block but could have got closer to the influential Sneijder. 6

Scott Parker reveals Steven Gerrard congratulations on captaincy

Scott Parker revealed Steven Gerrard was the first to congratulate him after his surprise selection as England captain for the defeat by Holland.

Arjen Robben was the difference between the sides last night

James Lawton: 'Waiting for Harry' – the England drama that may just be a repeat

In the last rush, Pearce must have guessed that here were some indications of resolve

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has made a big impression for Arsenal this season

Chamberlain will go to Euros, claims Wenger

The Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, is convinced the club's rising star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will make England's Euro 2012 squad if he continues his current impressive form.

Scott Parker is to lead England against the Netherlands

Scott Parker to captain England against Holland

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker has been selected to captain England in tonight's friendly against the Netherlands.

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