Stuart Pearce 'to be named GB Olympic coach'

Stuart Pearce is expected to be confirmed as Great Britain's 2012 Olympic coach this month.

Smalling set for England bow

Chris Smalling could be in line to make his England debut in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Bulgaria in Sofia.

Capello looks to United's youth

Fabio Capello has named Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck in his provisional England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales next month, which he will whittle down to 23 names on Sunday.

Smalling: So exciting – and the journey's only just begun

Chris Smalling, one of the young Manchester United players who shone in Monday's 3-0 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur, summed up the vibrant mood at Old Trafford: "There is an excitement here because of the endless potential," he said. "We have nowhere near reached it and we are just looking how far we can go."

Cleverley steps in to Scholes' shoes to prove that size isn't everything

After three years out on loan, a glittering Old Trafford future beckons for young but diminutive midfielder. Ian Herbert reports

FA to follow police advice over England game

Police to have final say on whether tomorrow night's friendly with Dutch can go ahead

Tom Cleverley earns England call-up as Jack Wilshere and Michael Carrick withdraw

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has been handed his first England call-up following the withdrawals of Jack Wilshere and Michael Carrick from the squad to face Holland at Wembley on Wednesday.

Alex Ferguson expects Phil Jones to be Manchester United regular

Sir Alex Ferguson has assured £17million new-boy Phil Jones he will see plenty of action for Manchester United this season.

Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck will not be loaned says Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has tipped Tom Cleverley to follow Danny Welbeck into the England squad and confirmed neither player will be leaving Manchester United on loan this season.

Alex Ferguson predicts open Premier League title race

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes any one of six teams could win the Barclays Premier League this season.

Wigan confident of retaining star players

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes he can hang on to his star players despite the constant speculation about them being picked off by bigger clubs.

Wigan hopeful of retaining Charles N'Zogbia

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez accepts his star players are likely to attract more interest in the summer transfer window, but is confident the squad will be stronger in August than it is now.

Pearce's boys sent home early after late goals shatter England

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Five problems for Pearce to solve if England are to make progress

After two limp draws, the underperforming Under-21s must beat the Czech Republic on Sunday to avoid an embarrassing early exit. Steve Tongue in Herning asks where they can improve
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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

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Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links
Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

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Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

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