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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