THE FOOTBALL GRAPEVINE: Zaha seeks loan move from United to save his World Cup dream while Carroll hasn't given up on England either... but FA launch investigation into Hodgson's team talk leak


ROB SHEPHERD: The FA have launched a covert investigation into how Roy Hodgson's race gaffe was leaked to a national newspaper. The FA have put out their 'feelers' to find how a bizarre half-time team talk ended on the front pages

It shouldn't have stood! Even Chelsea assistant admits Eto'o's part in crucial goal against Cardiff was against rules

Samuel Eto'o

Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland admitted his side's crucial equalising goal should not have been allowed. Samuel Eto'o nicked the ball from Cardiff keeper David Marshall as he bounced it before clearing, and the striker set up Eden Hazard's opener.

One of the greatest! Wenger heaps praise on Wilshere's stunning goal

Stunning: Jack Wilshere finished off a fine team move to put Arsenal in front against Norwich at the Emirates

Arsene Wenger ranked Jack Wilshere's opener in the 4-1 win over Norwich City as one of the best he's witnessed during his tenure in north London.

Crunch time for United as Reds risk losing Rooney for cut-price fee

In action: Wayne Rooney (right) tries to lift the ball over Artur Boruc during United's clash with Southampton

Manchester United are running the risk of Wayne Rooney leaving Old Trafford for a cut-price fee next summer.

Go fourth! Pochettino believes Saints can finish in Champions League spot

Maurico Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino believes his Southampton side are realistic contenders for a Champions League spot after the 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

GARY NEVILLE: Loan system can be the making of more men like Townsend

England's Andros Townsend

The loan system has its detractors. Some see it as a way of imposing feeder clubs by stealth and a threat to the independence of lower league, or even Premier League, clubs that rely on loan players.

Newcastle 2 Liverpool 2: SAS strike again! Suarez and Sturridge team up to earn point

Assist: Luis Suarez celebrates after setting up a goal for Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge preserved Liverpool's promising start to the Premier League season by denying 10-man Newcastle a famous victory. The Reds trailed at St James' Park before the England international headed home Luis Suarez's cross to make the final score 2-2.

Fergie's message to Moyes: You want the secret to success? Win a trophy!

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has told David Moyes that winning a trophy - any trophy - is the key to success at Manchester United.

Dyke in firing line again: FA chairman facing new questions over his management style as row rumbles on concerning make-up of commission

Under fire: FA chairman Greg Dyke has been criticised  for a lack of black people on his commission

The grand reform of English football by Greg Dyke has descended into chaos and political infighting less than four months into his reign.

JASON ROBERTS: In a multi-cultural society all races surely have the right to be represented fairly

Saying sorry: Roy Hodgson issued an apology after using the word 'monkey' in a team talk

Hodgson's use of a 'joke' about apes was the act of someone who did not see that using the word 'monkey' in a dressing room might be a problem.

Last chance? Rooney can finally become a World Cup star... if he avoids burn-out, boredom and temper tantrums


This is Rooney's last chance on the global stage. But can he and Hodgson avoid the burn-out, restlessness and temper tantrums that have dogged his England career to date?

Controversial Hazard goal overshadows victory as Mourinho is sent to stands and battling Bluebirds leave empty handed

Level: Eden Hazard netted the equaliser for the hosts

CHELSEA 4 CARDIFF 1: Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands as Chelsea claimed an emphatic, and controversial, 4-1 victory over Cardiff to move second in the Barclays Premier League.

Lancaster set to hand Robshaw England captaincy despite fears flanker was not even going to make squad

Chris Robshaw

Chris Robshaw, who led England in their rugby Grand Slam humiliation in Cardiff earlier this year, is expected to be told this week that he has regained the captain’s armband.

I'm the king of my box: Spurs No 1 Lloris enjoys his extra responsibility

Man in charge: Hugo Lloris says he commands his penalty area

Premier League's premier sweeper keeper will be patrolling his box like a caged animal at Villa Park.

Swansea 4 Sunderland 0: Swans smash Black Cats to ruin Poyet's debut

The icing: Chico Flores's header deflected off Stephen Fletcher for Swansea's fourth in the 80th minute

It was a nightmare Premier League debut for Gus Poyet as his bottom of the table Sunderland stay firmly rooted there after being dispatched 4-0.

Everton 2 Hull 1: Mirallas and Pienaar return Toffees to winning ways

Everton's Kevin Mirallas

Substitute Steven Pienaar produced a stunning comeback after six weeks on the sidelines as he scored with his first touch to get Everton back to winning ways.

Ozil bags a brace and Ramsey nets another beauty but Wilshere's wonder goal is the pick of bunch in Arsenal rout over Norwich

Opening up: Jack Wilshere celebrates scoring for Arsenal

ARSENAL 4 NORWICH 1: Mesut Ozil scored a brace to ensure Arsenal stay top of the table after a easing past Norwich at The Emirates. Jack Wilshere opened the scoring with a cool finish after an excellent passing move leaving the England midfielder open to slot past John Ruddy from close range.

Manchester United 1 Southampton 1: More misery for Moyes as late leveller earns soaring Saints point

Delight: Dejan Lovren's 89th minute equaliser earned Southampton a valuable point at Old Trafford

Adam Lallana rescued a point for the high-flying Southampton and denied Manchester United victory. Robin van Persie looked to have earned United all three points in a hard-fought encounter with his 26th-minute strike before Lovren sent the Saints fans into raptures.

Class-act Frampton stops Parodi and moves step closer to world title shot

Bright future: The world is quite literally at Frampton's feet

Carl Frampton is potentially one victory away from being crowned world champion after stopping Jeremy Parodi in the sixth round in Belfast on Saturday night.

Januzaj won't play for England... his hero was Albania's Cana, reveals pal

Adnan Januzaj

The Manchester United starlet idolised Lorik Cana and is unlikely to want to play for England, according to a former team-mate.

Stoke 0 West Brom 0: Baggies unbeaten in five after stalemate

Stoke v West Brom

Stoke City and West Brom played out a goalless draw at the Britannia Stadium. The stalemate means Mark Hughes' side remain the lowest scorers

Bruce slams Barry ref calls as the difference between a win and loss

Bad luck: Bruce admits his side's had some fortune with decisions, but days like Saturday even them out

Steve Bruce was unhappy after several big decisions went against Hull in their 2-1 defeat at Everton.

Irresistible Aguero puts plucky Hammers to the sword as City ace leaves Ravel and Co reeling with two goals and a sublime assist


Sam Allardyce had a birthday to forget as his West Ham side put on a defensive horror show to gift Manchester City their first away win of the season.

RAVEL MORRISON WATCH - How did the former United star do when faced with the might of visiting City?

Ravel Morrison

Ravel Morrison has scored two superb solo efforts for West Ham and the England U21s and been involved in an altercation with a tea-mate.

Blackpool 1 Wigan 0: Ince spot kick secures win for absent dad

Cool customer: Tom Ince stylishly slotted the penalty to take Blackpool 1-0 up over Wigan

Blackpool earned the Lancashire derby bragging rights with a hard fought 1-0 win over Wigan at Bloomfield Road in the Sky Bet Championship.

A Geordie who came on to rescue the Toon, but who is Paul Dummett?

Paul Dummett of Newcastle United

After he came on to help 10-man Newcastle earn an unlikely 2-2 draw against Liverpool, here's all you need to know about Paul Dummett...

It's about time! Richards relief as City finally win away under Pellegrini

Micah Richards

Micah Richards was happy after Manchester City picked up their first away win of the Barclays Premier League season at the fourth attempt.

Chelsea goal controversy isn't the first time... So where did Eto'o get the idea? Was it Best? Or even Forest's Crosby...

George Best

Samuel Eto'o sparked controversy when his cheeky nick from goalkeeper David Marshall led to Chelsea's all-important equaliser during their 4-1 defeat of Cardiff City. But just who was the source of the striker's inspiration?






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Trouble at the top! Messi fails to inspire from the bench as Barca's record ends, while Atletico lose at Espanyol

Agony: Cesc Fabregas missed Barca's best chance in the second half

Barcelona and rivals Atletico Madrid both dropped their first points of the season on Saturday and missed the chance to equal the 45-year-old record.

Balotelli (and Fanny) watch on from the stands as Milan scrape past Udinese

Star couple: Mario Balotelli, missing through injury, watched the game with girlfriend Fanny Neguesha

Mario Balotelli watched his AC Milan teammates beat Udinese and move to eighth in Serie A on Saturday evening.

Millwall 2 QPR 2: Redknapp rages after being hit in the face by ball during draw

Uncalled for: Harry Redknapp was enraged after being struck in the face by the ball

Jermaine Easter's last-gasp leveller salvaged a 2-2 draw for Millwall against high-flying QPR in an absorbing London derby at the Den. Rangers appeared to be heading for their fourth straight win but Easter had other ideas, wriggling his way into the area in the third minute of stoppage time and lashing past Rob Green.

Leicester 2 Huddersfield 1: Foxes in promotion hunt after fifth home win on spin as Vaughan sees red

James Vaughan

Leicester City secured their fifth straight home league victory as they overcame the 10 men of Huddersfield Town at King Power Stadium.

Nottingham Forest 1 Bournemouth 1: Pugh nets late leveller to earn point for Tricky Trees

Match winner: Henri Lansbury celebrates scoring the only goal of the game for Nottingham Forest

Billy Davies may resume his search for a new striker after Forest spurned a host of chances before Bournemouth midfielder Mark Pugh struck.

Bolton 1 Sheff Wednesday 1: Baptiste own goal denies Beckford the winner

Bolton Wanderers' Jermaine Beckford wheels off after scoring the opener

Struggling Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday battled it out for a point apiece in a thrilling clash at the Reebok in the Sky Bet Championship.

Yeovil 0 Brighton 0: Pressure increases on Johnson as Glovers' winless run continues

Going nowhere: Yeovil Town's Edward Upson is tackled by Brighton's Andrew Crofts

Yeovil's run without a win extended to 11 games as Gary Johnson's team were held to a goalless draw at Huish Park.

Barnsley 3 Middlesbrough 2: McCourt with wonder strike as Tykes hold on to beat Boro


A first half blitz from Barnsley was enough to secure three points against a stunned Middlesbrough side. A Paddy McCourt wonder strike was amongst the goals.

League One round-up: Four-midable O's stay top as Goodison sees red and managerless Blades nick win

Kevin Lisbie

Leyton Orient retained top spot in Sky Bet League One with a comfortable 4-0 win at 10-man Tranmere.

Reading 3 Doncaster 1: Le Fondre on the scoresheet again as Royals maintain form

Poacher: Adam Le Fondre celebrates scoring his fifth goal in the Championship this season

Adam Le Fondre netted again at the Madjeski Stadium to keep Reading in the play-off places. Danny Guthrie grabbed the opener for the hosts.

Ipswich 0 Burnley 1: Arfield's late strike sends Clarets top of the table

Decisive: Scott Arfield scored the only goal at Portman Road to send Burnley top of the Championship

Scott Arfield stooped to keep Burnley at the top of the Championship with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Ipswich.

Watford 2 Derby 3: Sammon strikes late winner as Rams remain unbeaten under McClaren

Leaving it late: Derby's Conor Sammon celebrates scoring the winning goal during the Sky Bet Championship match

Derby County continued their unbeaten start under Steve McClaren as Conor Sammon struck an 88th minute winner at Vicarage Road.

Blackburn 0 Charlton 1: Church answers Addicks prayers

Winner: Simon Church celebrates scoring the only goal

Simon Church's early volley was enough to give Charlton their first away win this season on Saturday afternoon at the expense of Blackburn.

League Two round up: Shock defeat slims Chesterfield's lead down to goal difference

Burton Albion's Adam McGurk (in yellow) scored twice to shock the league leaders

Sky Bet League Two leaders Chesterfield suffered a surprise 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Burton and now lead the standings on goal difference alone.

PATRICK COLLINS: Don't persecute a decent man for one moment of clumsiness!


The footballers of England did the nation proud the other evening. The manager had earned the chance to wallow in the satisfaction of a job quite brilliantly done. Instead, before the week was over, he found himself under siege in his London home. As Roy Hodgson wistfully remarked: 'Joy is short-lived in this job.'

JAMIE REDKNAPP: Roy's only crime was trying to be too clever... he should have kept it simple

Good show: Townsend put in a good performance against Montenegro  before he was substituted

Here's what Roy Hodgson was trying to say. 'Get the ball to Andros. He's tearing apart their left back. He's our match winner - so flood him with the ball.' I can't imagine why he didn't just say that. Keep it simple. Use the time to get clear messages across.

A bumper new deal and the eyes of a nation on him, the time is now to see what Januzaj is really made of


CHRIS WHEELER: Adnan Zanuzaj emerged from the tunnel at 2.55pm no longer the relatively unknown teenager with the peculiar name.

Top of the Kop! Captain fantastic Gerrard nets 100th Premier League goal... but where does it rank among the Stevie stunners?


Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard scored his 100th Premier League goal on Saturday with a 42nd minute equaliser against Newcastle at St James' Park.

I had Tyson in one corner and Benteke in another... Lambert reveals negotiation technique to keep Belgian


Paul Lambert has revealed the secrets behind how he kept Christian Benteke at Aston Villa, using a bolted door and Mike Tyson.

City scout Berahino as West Brom attempt to keep wonderkid

Attention seeking: Berahino scored the winner in the Baggies' upset victory over Manchester United

West Brom wonderkid Saido Berahino is being targeted by Premier League title challengers Manchester City.

It's like a dream! Januzaj thrilled after signing five-year deal with Man United as Moyes secures future of wonderkid

In the bag: Januzaj's contract was due to run out this summer, but United have moved quick

Adnan Januzaj has signed a five-year contract with Manchester United, the Premier League champions have confirmed.

Townsend tops off memorable week by signing new £15,000-a-week four-year deal to stay at Tottenham

Reward: Townsend has been paid back for his early season form with a new deal at White Hart Lane

Andros Townsend has topped off a fantastic week by signing a four-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur.

Rodgers runs out of superlatives for Gerrard after 100th league goal

More to come: Rodgers believes Gerrard has plenty still to offer

Brendan Rodgers hailed Steven Gerrard's enduring quality after watching him complete a century of Premier League goals at Newcastle.

Ginola outrage after Frenchman is forced to apologise for rude hand gesture behind BT Sport presenter Humphrey's back during LIVE TV show

Rude: Ginola gestures to his co-hosts as Humphrey continues with the broadcast

Jake Humphrey will think twice before criticising David Ginola's fashion sense in future after the Frenchman subtly objected to a dig at his choice of clothing live on BT Sport.

Read all about it! Bergkamp says current crop of Arsenal stars can replicate his great success

Chance: Dennis Bergkamp said that Arsenal's title prospects were 'really good'

Dennis Bergkamp believes Arsenal's title prospects look 'really good' and has likened the current side to some of the great teams he played in.

Daddy's day off! Liverpool midfielder Lucas misses out on Newcastle draw due to birth of child


Liverpool midfielder Lucas has missed out on the trip to Newcastle today to be at the birth of his daughter. The Brazilian took to Instagram to post a picture with his second child, a girl named Valentina.

Terry congratulates England on World Cup qualification and admits 'it's nerve-wracking to watch!'

Job done: England celebrate at full time

Chelsea captain John Terry has congratulated Roy Hodgson's England on their World Cup qualification.

Keep it private! Wenger and Moyes say team talks should be kept a secret

Instructions: Wenger (above) and Moyes (below) were both surprised that the row had emerged

Roy Hodgson was backed by a range of Premier League managers over his 'feed the monkey' gaffe.

Mourinho: England man Cahill doesn't make my team... Terry and Luiz are Chelsea's first choice centre backs

Second choice: Gary Cahill still cannot rely on a first-team place at Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has suggested John Terry may have retired too early from England and said Gary Cahill is behind him in the Chelsea pecking order.

'I'm there for Moyes in the tough times... we've been speaking a lot in recent weeks', reveals Fergie

Right time: Sir Alex Ferguson says he has no regrets about leaving Manchester United

Former Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has no regrets over retiring earlier this year and is happy to offer any tips to successor David Moyes.

Pardew hoping Hatem's spell on sidelines can reinvigorate talisman

Bench warmer: Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa was one of the substitutes at Cardiff

If Brendan Rodgers had had his way in the summer, Hatem Ben Arfa might have been playing for Liverpool at St James's Park on Saturday.

Moyes: Januzaj is the new Rooney... that's why I'm desperate for him to sign a new deal

Ready to stay: Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj wants to stay at the club

David Moyes on Friday night compared Adnan Januzaj to the young Wayne Rooney and urged Manchester United’s rising star to sign a new contract.

Gotze and Muller help Bayern come from behind to stay top... while Reus keeps Dortmund within reach

Inspired: Despite only coming on at half-time, Mario Gotze was the star of the show

Halftime substitute Mario Gotze inspired Bayern Munich to a 4-1 come-from-behind win over Mainz to reclaim the Bundesliga lead on Saturday, while his former side Borussia Dortmund labored past Hannover 1-0.

Hoffenheim call for rematch after Kiessling 'phantom goal'

Ghost goal

The case of the phantom goal soured Bayer Leverkusen's victory in Hoffenheim after Stefan Kiessling's header wide was awarded at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.

One Direction tipped to record England's World Cup song... but could they better New Order, Baddiel and Skinner and these other classics?

One Direction for England World Cup song

One Direction are leading the race to record England's World Cup song for Brazil... but could the teeny boppers better the likes of New Order, Embrace or Ant and Dec. Have another listen right here.

Spurs eye summer bid for Belgian star Lukaku (Romelu's brother Jordan!)

Jordan Lukaku

One Lukaku has already taken the Premier League by storm and now striker Romelu could be joined in England by his younger brother Jordan.

Januzaj: I want to stay at United to become the world's No 1 player

Ready to stay: Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj wants to stay at the club

In-demand teenager Adnan Januzaj has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is ready to commit his future to Manchester United.

Me and Messi are better than Ronaldo and Pele, says Maradona

Messi/Maradona preview

Diego Maradona is unwavering in his assertion that he was better than Pele and compatriot Lionel Messi better than Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

I'm your man! Mourinho ready to help FA chief Dyke bid to reshape England


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has offered his assistance to the Football Association's newly-established commission.

Scudamore: Premier League dedicated to producing more England stars

Common goal: Premier League chief Scudamore says the top flight and the FA are working in close quarters

The Premier League is committed to to helping the FA develop more England-ready players, according to chief executive Richard Scudamore.

QPR, Leicester and Watford battle to sign ex-Liverpool star Benayoun

Open to offers: Yossi Benayoun is hoping to secure a move back to England

Former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun looks set to join a leading Championship side before the end of the month.

JAMES ANDERSON: We want to relive the good times Down Under - not return to the Ashes nightmare of seven years ago


James Anderson winces when asked to recall just how grim his first Ashes Tour was - not just for him and his England colleagues, but for his wife, Daniella, and many of the squad's partners and families as well.

Story of the sons of two preachers from a little village 10,000 miles away in Tonga who are set to realise dream of playing for England together


EXCLUSIVE: From the moment they touched down at Heathrow Airport on a cold and wet January day in 1999, there have been many proud moments for the Vunipola family.

'He's cavalier with the rules'... Woods labelled a 'cheat' by former pro and top commentator Chamblee

Punished: Woods took an illegal drop after his approach to the 15th in the second round

Tiger Woods has been called a cheat by one of American television’s most respected golf commentators Brandel Chamblee.

Top doctors claim rugby authorities are 'in denial' over the dangers of concussion

Bath's captain and flanker Michael Lipman

Scientists researching the effect of concussion on the brain claim that rugby’s authorities are in a state of denial about the ?almost incontrovertible’ evidence of a link between repeated concussion and the development of degenerative conditions.

Kenny settles for bronze while Trott falls at European Track Championship

Misfortune: Jason Kenny improved during the day but still had to settle for a bronze medal

British Cycling secured two bronze medals on the second day of competition at the European Track Championship in Apeldoorn.

Meet Biaggio, the NFL hopeful looking to make his mark like grandad Ali

Strong bond: Muhammad Ali talks on a regular basis to grandson Biaggio Ali-Walsh

If success breeds success, then Muhammad Ali's grandson might just be destined for sporting glory.

McIlroy drought continues after blowing chances of victory in Korea

At a loss: McIlroy hit a four-over third-round 75 at the Korea Open

World No 6 Rory McIlroy blew his chances of breaking his 2013 drought after a four-over third-round 75 left him 10 shots behind at the Kolon Korea Open.

Montpellier 8 Ulster 25: Trimble try secures victory to continue winning run

Touch down: Ulster's Andrew Trimble scores the only try of the game at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir

A try from Andrew Trimble helped Ulster to a surprise victory over Montpellier at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

Leinster 19 Castres 7: Gopperth boots former champions to victory in Dublin

Star: Leinster's Jimmy Gopperth won the Man of the Match award

Leinster survived a first half scare to maintain their winning start in the Heineken Cup.

Todt on course for re-election after Bin Sulayem pulls out of presidency race

Re-election: Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone (RIGHT) talks to FIA President Jean Todt

If Jean Todt can avoid any unforeseen traps he has effectively won re-election as president of the FIA after his one challenger ecided not to enter.

EXCLUSIVE: Inside Andy Carroll's fitness camp and how ballet in Belgium inspires his fitness fight (so, how soon will he be back?)


Sportsmail's MATT LAWTON and photographer GRAHAM CHADWICK pay West Ham striker Andy Carroll a visit as he gets on the road to recovery. The injury is more common among ballet dancers than hulking centre forwards but Carroll concedes that his similarities with Billy Elliott go beyond their North East roots.

JAMIE CARRAGHER: Don't drop the Golden Generation... they have unfinished business


England had only just secured their place at the World Cup finals when Roy Hodgson was given his first piece of advice: pension off the Golden Generation. They have been no good, apparently. According to Joey Barton, they have been 's***'.

AKINFENWA: When DJ Spoony told me Allen was sacked I was stunned, but we're behind Taylor

Footballer Adebayo Akinfenwa photographed at the Fitness First Gym in Leyton 23rd Jan 2013 Photo: Javier Garcia / BPI

In his latest fortnightly column, MailOnline Sport's Adebayo Akinfenwa admits Gillingham's players must take responsibility for Martin Allen's sacking.

Fantasy Friday: Oscar's Orchestra but Arsenal's stars make up the choir


Welcome to Sportsmail's weekly Fantasy Football column which will try to help you get the edge on your friends, family and Jamie Redknapp.

FRANKIE DETTORI COLUMN: Ascot will be jumping on Flat season finale


The culmination of the British Flat racing season takes place with Qipco Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday - I just wish I was riding.

Martin Samuel v Readers: Debate on England, Hodgson, Harry and more (don't claim he doesn't support them)

Martin Samuel - The Debate

Only one subject to talk about this week. England made it to Brazil but was everybody happy? What do you think. Anyway, here's the latest Debate. Enjoy...

The new Xavi, in the Spain squad and still only 21... who is Man United target Koke?


Manchester United are ready to revive their interest in the 'new Xavi of Spanish football' by launching a January bid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke.

World Cup 2014 guide: All you need to know to follow England in Brazil


After England secured their passage to the World Cup next summer, Sportsmail gives you the breakdown on what you need to know.


Alan Wright