Are England … good again? Five key questions as they head for India

1) Are England a force again? The signs are good but we can’t yet be sure, because the South Africa and Sri Lanka sides England have beaten are not, to borrow a footballing phrase , “in a good moment”. Still, winning five straight Tests away from home cannot happen by mistake and, along with the home victories over West Indies and Pakistan, give reason to believe that something is building. In two of these series and various of these matches,...

Forget Cancelo: £36m-rated Man City beast who won 100% duels was Pep’s star vs WBA - opinion

Ilkay Gundogan was superb in Manchester City's 5-0 win against West Brom on Tuesday night, Pep Guardiola will be delighted.

The 2021 Boston Marathon Is Set to Take Place on Monday 11 October

The race will be the day after the Chicago Marathon.

Eddie Jones says absence of senior players will give England chance to ‘evolve and adapt’

Eddie Jones believes the withdrawal of three senior players from his Six Nations squad this week is an exciting opportunity to “evolve and adapt” his England team. Joe Launchbury, Sam Underhill (both injury) and Joe Marler (family reasons) pulled out of England's 28-man squad, with Jones turning to Wasps pair Tom West and Jack Willis, as well as Bath’s Charlie Ewels, to replace them. Jones is already without props Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler...

Soccer-Cologne sign former Crystal Palace player Max Meyer

Soccer-Cologne sign former Crystal Palace player Max Meyer

Rangers squad revealed for Hibs clash as Steven Gerrard runs the rule over key duo

The manager has some big calls to make as he looks to take another step towards a first league title.

Less touches than Meslier: Anonymous Leeds man proved why Victor Orta must strike now - opinion

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford was woeful against Newcastle United in the Premier League, proving why Victor Orta must sign a new striker.

5 Celtic transfer options to replace Jeremie Frimpong as Neil Lennon hunts for right-back quick fix

The Dutchman is on the verge of a move to Bayer Leverkusen leaving Lennon in dire need of more right-sided options.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice for marking Lionel Messi when Barcelona faced Man Utd

Lionel Messi and Barcelona stood in Man Utd's way in the 2008 Champions League - but Sir Alex Ferguson's advice to defender Wes Brown helped them keep him quiet and win 1-0 on aggregate

Rangers star Filip Helander hails Steven Gerrard's world class pedigree and reveals post-Ibrox career ambitions

The big centre-back waxed lyrical about his manager and the experience he brings to the table.

Chelsea transfer news: Dayot Upamecano at top of Thomas Tuchel’s wish list

The RB Leipzig defender could be at the centre of a tug of war in the summer

'Reaping the benefits' - Bolton boss Ian Evatt on Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decision

The Wanderers manager also had his say on Chelsea sacking Frank Lampard, who has since been replaced by Thomas Tuchel

Modric, Mahou Five Star Player of December

“I would like to thank our fans for their constant unwavering support", said the Croatian.

Egan Bernal returns to Europe for expected season debut at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Ineos leader prepares for first race since back pain forced him to quit the Tour de France

Who is Cameron Palmer? Linfield's new midfield signing?

The Blues have announced the arrival of the 20-year-old on an 18-month contract

Arsenal chief Edu explains reasons behind Martin Odegaard loan signing

Arsenal have sealed the loan capture of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid until the end of the season with the club's technical director pinpointing his quality in attack

Scottish football transfer LIVE: Rangers target 'mind made up'

News as it happens across Scottish football on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Liverpool fans react as Matip and Henderson are passed fit to face Spurs

A number of Liverpool fans are delighted after Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson are fit to face Tottenham. The Reds make the trip to north London on Thursday evening, aiming to get their first Premier League win since December 19th. It has been a tough period for the champions and their clash with Spurs will be another testing encounter. Jose Mourinho’s men sit one place and one point below Liverpool in the table,...

Tottenham transfer news: Jose Mourinho eyes Florian Neuhaus as Dele Alli replacement

The England international continues to be linked with a move to PSG

West Ham fans praise Craig Dawson as his redemption continues

Plenty of West Ham fans have been made to eat their early-season words regarding Craig Dawson after the centre-back scored what was ultimately the winner against Crystal Palace last night. Dawson’s brave 65th-minute header from a Jarrod Bowen corner gave the Hammers a 3-1 lead and proved to be the pivotal goal, meaning the on-loan Watford man now has two winning goals to his name this month. Having struggled to force his way into the reckoning...

Eddie Jones sums up Wales' struggles perfectly as Wayne Pivac continues to search for the 'sweet spot'

In his first full year in charge, Pivac's Wales lost seven matches and the only wins came against Italy and Georgia

Chelsea fans hang 'Circus continues' banner outside Stamford Bridge

Club legend Lampard was dismissed by the Blues on Monday morning, with the club since announcing former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel as his replacement.

Man Utd eye transfer move for Bundesliga star dubbed the 'new Michael Ballack'

Man Utd are eyeing up a summer move for Hoffenheim star Christoph Baumgartner who has attracted plenty of admiring glances in Germany

Jurgen Klopp takes swipe at Roman Abramovich and Chelsea after Frank Lampard sacking

The Liverpool boss says the now-dismissed Lampard needed time if he was to succeed after the large outlay on new players in the summer

Dimitar Berbatov thinks Man Utd transfer move would just be "Donny van de Beek II"

United are once again being linked with a move for Dortmund star Jadon Sancho but Berbatov is not at all convinced by the potential transfer

Scottish FA have sent a 'powerful message' says Livingston boss David Martindale

The 46-year-old was deemed to be a 'fit and proper person' by the governing body and the gaffer says the SFA have shown themselves to be 'open to all walks of life and society'.

Brentford's Thomas Frank pinpoints key Swansea City change and reveals Steve Cooper thoughts ahead of spicy fixture

Swansea City host Brentford at the Liberty Stadium tonight in what promises to be a fascinating clash between two in-form sides

Six Nations 2021 TV schedule: Channels, times and how to watch online

The 2021 Six Nations Championship is set to go ahead despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales will battle it out for the Six Nations crown, with the first of five rounds of fixtures on 6-7 February. England begin the defence of their title at Twickenham against Scotland, playing for the Calcutta Cup as well as the chance to make the perfect start to the championship. Italy host France in Rome...

Saints fans hammer Theo Walcott's performance in Arsenal defeat

A number of Southampton fans were frustrated with the performance of Theo Walcott during the Saints’ 3-1 defeat against Arsenal at St Mary’s on Tuesday night. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were looking to emulate their 1-0 win against the Gunners in the FA Cup fourth round at St Mary’s on Saturday, but they were unable to produce the same level of performance last night. Arsenal had kept some of their players fresh for the league meeting and that...

Chelsea vs Wolves predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight

Chelsea host Wolves this evening in the Blues’ first match with Thomas Tuchel in charge. Tuchel was named Chelsea’s new manager yesterday, one day after Frank Lampard was dismissed, and – having led a training session yesterday evening – the former PSG and Borussia Dortmund coach will be in the dugout tonight. Chelsea will seek to bounce back after a 2-0 league loss to Leicester in their last outing in the top flight, with a 3-1 FA Cup victory...

Richard Keys left with egg on his face after advising Pep Guardiola to seek Sam Allardyce help

The beIN SPORTS presenter suggested that Allardyce may be able to offer assistance in helping Manchester City with their defensive issues

Ian Wright hails key Arsenal "game changer" as Gunners continue winning run

Arsneal kept up their momentum with a win over Southampton at St Mary's and former Gunner Ian Wright was thoroughly impressed with the performance Thomas Partey

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sends 'eye off the ball' warning to Mason Greenwood amid Man Utd fears

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has issued a warning to Mason Greenwood and told him he can't afford to take his eye off the ball at any point in his development

Aston Villa confirm huge boost over "phenomenal talent", Dean Smith surely buzzing - opinion

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has confirmed that Jack Grealish is available to play Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

Chris Sutton blasts West Brom for forgetting 'basic rule' against Man City

West Bromwich Albion were hammered 5-0 by Manchester City at The Hawthorns on Tuesday night - with Joao Cancelo's goal drawing stinging criticism from this pundit

Everton submit loan-to-buy bid for Joshua Zirkzee

Everton have submitted a bid worth €10m (£8.9m) for top transfer target Joshua Zirkzee, according to Sky Germany [via HITC]. The offer is said to have been matched by Serie A side Parma, with Zirkzee receptive to both destinations. The Netherlands under-21 international’s lack of a distinct preference between the two clubs places the ball in Bayern Munich’s court, with the Bundesliga and Champions League title holders set to decide the best...

Man City academy players pay their own special tribute to Colin Bell

Manchester City continue to mark the passing of their greatest ever player Colin Bell, who died earlier this month

Pundits make identical Manchester United predictions ahead of Sheffield United clash

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men take on Chris Wilder's Blades at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Wednesday evening

Young pays tribute to role model Bryant in Hawks win

After hitting a big shot late in the game against the Clippers, Trae Young made reference to the late, great Kobe Bryant.

Southampton fans react as talented youngster Enzo Robise set for Saints exit

A number of Southampton supporters have been reacting to a report from RMC Sport journalist Loic Tanzi revealing that talented young winger Enzo Robise is set to terminate his contract with the club in the coming days. Enzo Robise devrait résilier son contrat avec Southampton dans les prochains jours. Le Français de 19 ans va revenir en France pour se soigner – blessure musculaire – avant de tenter de rebondir dans un autre club #Mercato...

0 duels won, 0 tackles: Southampton academy gem suggests he's not the defensive answer - opinion

Southampton left-back Jake Vokins produced a really poor display against Arsenal on Tuesday night.

'A varied talent': can Martin Ødegaard make up for lost time at Arsenal?

The last time anyone saw Martin Ødegaard in a Real Madrid shirt he was running up the pitch at the Rosaleda, alone. Madrid had just lost the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup to Athletic Bilbao, but even as the minutes had slipped away and the final did too, as they chased a lifeline, desperately in need of creativity, Zinedine Zidane didn’t call for the Norwegian. Ødegaard didn’t even warm up, not setting foot on the grass until full-time...

Chelsea told what ‘very knowledgeable’ Thomas Tuchel will bring to the team

Borussia Monchengladbach assistant coach Rene Maric believes new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has all the tools to rejuvenate the Stamford Bridge side and succeed in the Premier League. The 28-year-old, who used to produce opposition scouting reports for Tuchel when he was in charge of Mainz, has intimate tactical knowledge of the methodologies favoured by the German. Chelsea appointed the former Paris Saint-Germain boss, who won two league...

Bench him: Nuno must axe £62.9k-p/w Wolves man today, he made just 11 passes v Chorley - opinion

Wolves must axe Patrick Cutrone when they travel to face Chelsea on Wednesday evening.

Peiper: This is our strongest team ever but we’re not going to race the Tour like Ineos or Jumbo

UAE Team Emirates DS on building a team for Pogacar's yellow jersey defence

0 duels won all night: Allardyce surely left seething by anonymous West Brom disaster - opinion

West Brom forward Callum Robinson was an anonymous bystander in their 5-0 thrashing by Man City in the Premier League.

Jeremie Frimpong is no loss to Celtic and eight so-called class acts must follow him out the door - Hotline

Gavin Berry took your calls as Frimpong's whopping transfer fee had Hotline callers in disbelief.

Wilfried Zaha hits out at 'bandwagon' critics after Crystal Palace criticism

Zaha often attracts criticism from rival fans and it seems the West Ham loss was no different, leaving the 28-year-old to hit back with a firm response

Carlo Ancelotti wanted Kieran Trippier at Napoli

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has been the subject of a major revelation after it was revealed that the tactician is an admirer of Kieran Trippier and tried to sign the defender for Napoli. According to Arena Napoli [via Sport Witness], the Toffees boss is an admirer of the Atletico Madrid right-back and made personal pleas to the Napoli hierarchy to sign him. Journalist Valter de Maggio was speaking on radio to the source and made the...

Martin Odegaard names his Arsenal idol after completing loan move to Emirates

The 22-year-old has finally signed for the Gunners from Real Madrid and could make his debut against Manchester United at the weekend