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

Gerrard led his team out at Wembley for the Carling Cup final win over Cardiff

Stewart Downing backs Steven Gerrard for England captaincy

Stewart Downing believes his Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard would make an excellent England captain.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bursts past Mika Vayrynen and Aidan White

Arsene Wenger plays down Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain England omission

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should not be disheartened by his exclusion from the senior England squad for the friendly against Holland.

Much water has passed under the bridge since Micah Richards played for England against Croatia in the Euro 2008 qualifier at Wembley

Frozen out by Fabio but Micah is glad to be in from the cold

Richards' delight at second chance after admitting he was not a Capello favourite

Jermain Defoe has scored 15 goals in 46 England games

Defoe: If I am picked for Euro 2012, I know I will deliver

Jermain Defoe faces a battle to win back his international place after he was left out of the England squad for next week's friendly against the Netherlands, but he believes his record for his country makes him impossible to ignore for Euro 2012.

Paul Scholes scored Manchester United's opener against Bolton

Dion Dublin backs Paul Scholes international comeback

Former Manchester United star Dion Dublin is convinced Paul Scholes would be welcomed back into the England fold with open arms.

John Terry has been ruled out for two months

Andre Villas-Boas hopeful John Terry can make swift return

Andre Villas-Boas is hoping John Terry could return to action within a month but admitted the Chelsea captain could be out for up to six weeks.

John Terry has been ruled out for two months

Chelsea captain John Terry ruled out for two months

Chelsea captain John Terry has been ruled out for up to two months after aggravating his knee injury, Press Association Sport understands.

Sir Trevor Brooking, Adrian Bevington and David Bernstein

The Last Word: It's time, gentlemen please...

The Football Association are in no hurry to appoint a new England manager. Big mistake – Euro 2012 is looming horribly large

Ryan Giggs will continue for another season

Ryan Giggs will not make same mistake as Paul Scholes and Gary Neville

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs is determined not to make the same mistake as team-mate Paul Scholes by retiring too early.

Harry Redknapp gets his point across to players at White Hart Lane on Saturday

FA to cast net wider after getting fingers burnt with Scolari

The Football Association plans to interview a range of candidates as well as Harry Redknapp, the favourite for the vacant England manager's job, and will not expect the new man to start until the end of the domestic season.

Sordell should settle into life in the Premier League seamlessly

Talent Scout: Marvin Sordell, Bolton Wanderers

In the high pressure, results driven world that is modern football, building a youth orientated recruitment philosophy and putting trust in the inconsistent business of young players is a luxury many can't afford. Yet for some, it's a necessity.

David Moyes expects Everton to finish the season strongly

Everton player involved at Olympics will not be given time off

Everton manager David Moyes will not give any of his players additional time off in the summer if they are selected for the Olympics.

1. Channel 5 keeping fingers crossed for friends re-United Having secured both Manchester clubs, Channel 5 executives will be
hoping one other team makes it into Friday's Europa League draw. Paris St-Germain need to better Red Bull Salzburg's result on Wednesday. All C5 needs then is for PSG to be paired with United, and the speculation linking David Beckham with the French club to prove correct.

David Beckham would 'love to be captain' of Team GB at the London Olympics

David Beckham insists retirement is far from his thoughts after revealing he turned down offers from Premier League clubs to stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

LOSER: Ryan Giggs
The Fergie Fledgling that became a swan who then got hit by a car. Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and the PFA Player of the Year awards in 2009. In 2010 commentators and pundits fell over themselves to praise every pass and jink performed by the Welshman. But 2011 was very different. Giggs obtained a super injection to keep details of an extra-marital affair under wraps. But in the age of Twitter it became farcical, and eventually his identity was revealed in the House of Commons in one of the biggest tabloid stories of the year.

Ryan Giggs wishes to be considered for Olympics

David Beckham and Ryan Giggs are among 184 of 191 players contacted by the Football Association who have indicated they wish to be considered for the British men's team at the London 2012 Olympics.

Phil Jones in action against Sweden

Sebastian Coe disputes Alex Ferguson view of Olympics football team

Sebastian Coe has insisted Sir Alex Ferguson's young stars could benefit from being part of the Great Britain Olympic football team.

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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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Young at hort

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Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment