Watch Rooney deliver rousing dressing room speech as England hero urges Kane, Sterling and Barkley to break his new goal record before celebrating historic feat with his wife and family at Wembley

Wayne Rooney gives rousing motivational speech after breaking England's scoring record as

SAMI MOKBEL AT WEMBLEY: On the night that he broke Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time scoring record for England, few would have begrudged Wayne Rooney a warm, smug feeling of self-satisfaction. Yet, the 29-year-old Manchester United striker, who netted his 50th goal for his country from the penalty spot in the 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Switzerland, found the time to offer some motivational words for his team-mates. He delivered a speech in the dressing room after the game to commemorate the occasion. 

'Pacquiao will be the best man standing after I walk away from boxing this Sunday': Mayweather reiterates claim that his fight with Berto will be his last ever

Floyd Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao will be world's best boxer once he retires

JEFF POWELL IN LAS VEGAS: Floyd Mayweather has paid his ultimate compliment to the man he beat in the richest fight in boxing history. As he approaches his 49th, and what he categorically says will be his last fight, the Money Man has nominated PacMan to be the greatest boxer left standing come midnight here in Las Vegas this Saturday night.

$750 to watch Neymar and he's left on the bench (again)... but star comes on against USA to score 45th Brazil goal

HARRISON, NJ - SEPTEMBER 5:  Neymar #10 of Brazil stands on the sidelines during their match against Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena on September 5, 2015 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Brazil manager Dunga has risked the wrath of both Neymar and the fans after leaving the Barcelona attacker on the bench for the second game in succession. Brazil take on America in a friendly.

Under-fire Costa vows to discover scoring form after Chelsea striker is unconvincing against Macedonia

Misfiring Spain striker Diego Costa has promised there will be 'no lack of effort' on his part to discover his scoring form for his country. Costa failed to score in Spain's win over Macedonia.

De Gea's clean sheet on return could tempt Van Gaal to throw United lifeline

Manchester United's wantaway keeper David de Gea was handed his first start of the season for Spain's lacklustre 1-0 defeat of Macedonia in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday.

I'm no drugs cheat! Radcliffe hits back over suspect blood tests after British hero is implicated in doping scandal

IAAF Ambassador Paula Radcliffe speaks during a 49th IAAF Congress press conference at the Crowne Plaza on August 7, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.  

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MATT LAWTON: Paula Radcliffe has strenuously denied being a drugs cheat after admitting some of her blood tests have been rated as suspicious.

Twickenham chiefs would consider naming rights deal for home of rugby 

Twickenham bosses have not ruled out a naming rights deal, but insist that the venue's famous name would not be dropped from any new stadium title.

The name's Jose... Jose Mourinho: Chelsea boss goes for James Bond look (but it's his daughter who steals limelight at GQ awards)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gets over his early season woes by taking daughter Matilde

With his Chelsea team collecting just four points from their opening four Premier League fixtures, Jose Mourinho is entitled to not be in the best of moods with his reigning league champion stars. And the 52-year-old looked suitably surly as he attended the GQ Men of the Year Awards with his teenage daughter Matilde on Tuesday night at London's Royal Opera House on Tuesday night. The self-dubbed 'Special One' was joined at the glitzy event by a host of household sporting names including British Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton, Ashes hero Stuart Broad and former England legend-turned Match of the Day presenter, Gary Lineker.

A night Rooney will never forget: Captain steps up to score historic penalty in win over Switzerland (and with three goals in four games, Kane is hot on his heels)

England 2-0 Switzerland: Wayne Rooney breaks Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time goalscoring

NEIL ASHTON AT WEMBLEY: For once there was a feel-good factor around Wembley Stadium, a real buzz about the national team again after Wayne Rooney kept good on his promise to score his historic, 50th goal for the country.

Shortest England appearance EVER: Delph crocked after nine seconds as City star suffers hamstring blow

Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph's first competitive start of the season was cut short after he suffered a hamstring injury just nine seconds into England's game against Switzerland.

'Rooney is England's best ever player!' Terry leads tributes for record breaker

Wayne Rooney praise from Sterling

Chelsea captain John Terry led the tributes to his former international team-mate Wayne Rooney by suggesting the record goalscorer is 'England's best ever player'.

Well done, Wayne: Sir Bobby Charlton pays tribute to Rooney after striker surpasses his 45-year England record

Sir Bobby Charlton congratulated Wayne Rooney on taking away his scoring record on Tuesday by becoming the first Englishman to 50 international goals.

107 games, 50 goals... at last, Rooney is the leading Three Lions goalscorer

Rooney smashed home a penalty in the 84th minute of England's win over Switzerland on Tuesday

Wayne Rooney became England's all-time leading goalscorer after hitting the back of the net for the 50th time during the win over Switzerland at Wembley.

PICTURE SPECIAL: From his first strike in Macedonia to record-breaking 50th goal at Wembley... how Rooney made history

Wayne Rooney breaks England goals record: Pictures of every one of striker's 50 strikes

Wayne Rooney broke Sir Bobby Charlton's record at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday to become England's all-time record goalscorer.  From netting his first goal for the Three Lions as a 17-year-old in Macedonia 2003, to his latest strike against Switzerland, Rooney has consistently excelled for his country.

Beckham leads out England: Former skipper sets up mascot gift as son Romeo accompanies Rooney at Wembley

Romeo Beckham leads out England alongside Wayne Rooney as his dad David uses 'connections

A member of the Beckham family led out the England team for their fixture against Switzerland, however this time it was not former captain David Beckham.  Instead it was his son Romeo, who was given the privilege of walking out on to the Wembley Stadium turf alongside Wayne Rooney in his role as team mascot.

MARTIN KEOWN: Outstanding Shaw and Smalling are finally coming of age

Luke Shaw might have made a slow start to life at Manchester United but he has started this season strongly for both club and country.

Shelvey seized his opportunity but Swansea chief isn't happy with Roy...

European Qualifier. England v Switzerland
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Shelvey has a shot

FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED - MATT BARLOW AT WEMBLEY: At 23, Jonjo Shelvey is showing signs of maturing into the type of player the coaches at Charlton expected him to be.

FA frustrated in attempts to provide England U21s with more game time 

The FA are being left frustrated in their attempts to organise high profile friendlies for England's Under-21s as Gareth Southgate looks to accelerate his group's development.

Leicester fans should be delighted with their new £4.8m signing... Swiss star Inler is an upgrade on Cambiasso

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08:  Wayne Rooney of England is closed down by Fabian Schar (L) and Gokhan Inler (R) of Switzerland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E qualifying match between England and Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on September 8, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

JACK GAUGHAN AT WEMBLEY: Had Leicester fans known what was to come, there would have been no need for the open letters or tweets in awe of departing Esteban Cambiasso this summer.

New Wembley woe as Ladbrokes logo remains on the turf... two weeks after sponsoring Challenge Cup final

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William Hill are one of the official England sponsors and have been since 2012. However, they will feel slightly aggrieved with the Wembley groundsman.

A 48-hour loan spell in Russia was 'too far' for him and he was axed by Blackpool over a tweet saying they took more kick-offs than corners... So, will teen Feruz finally show Chelsea that he's worth the trouble at Hibs?

Islam Feruz says he can still be a star at Chelsea ahead of Hibernian debut 

BRIAN MARJORIBANKS: At 19, he is yet to kick a ball in the Scottish senior game. As Islam Feruz prepares to make his debut for Hibs, however, he knows he faces an uphill battle to convince the public he is not a troublemaker with a bad attitude.

Zlatan stunned as Austria thrash Sweden to book their place at Euro 2016

Sweden 1-4 Austria: Martin Harnik grabs a brace as his country qualify for the European

Martin Harnik scored twice as Austria qualified for the finals of the European Championship by thrashing Sweden 4-1. The win gave Austria 22 points from eight matches and guaranteed them first place in Group G. Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed a late consolation.

Serena beats Venus in battle of sisters to keep Calendar Grand Slam dream alive after reaching US Open quarters

MIKE DICKSON IN NEW YORK: Serena Williams' quest to claim a historic Calendar Grand Slam remains on course after she defeated her sister Venus 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the US Open quarter-final.

Rugby chiefs laugh off bogus Burgess Twitter account ahead of World Cup

CHARLES SALE: The RFU are remarkably relaxed about a parody Twitter account that has great similarities to the one that sparked Kevin Pietersen's nuclear fall-out with England cricket.

Groves brushes off latest Froch jibe and says he is 'just a retired fighter' 

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 06:  George Groves speaks at a press conference ahead of his upcoming fight with Badou Jack on the undercard of  Floyd Mayweather/Andre Berto  at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on August 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

JEFF POWELL IN LAS VEGAS: George Groves has dismissed criticism from his nemesis Carl Froch as he approaches here is Las Vegas his third attempt to win a world title.

Championship, League One and League Two could all be renamed 

The Football League may rename its three divisions in time for next season as it plans a rebrand to market the second, third and fourth tiers of English football to a younger audience.

Berahino's West Brom comeback in doubt as striker faces fitness test

Saido Berahino's comeback for West Bromwich Albion could be put on hold this weekend because of doubts over his match fitness. The Baggies take on Southampton on Saturday.

So, this is what it feels like to score! Wild San Marino celebrate first away goal in 14 YEARS (but you guessed it, they still lost!)

Jubilant San Marino players celebrate with Matteo Vitaioli as he scores their first away

Minnows San Marino had a reason to celebrate on Tuesday night as they scored their first competitive away goal for more than 14 years. Matteo Vitaioli was mobbed by jubilant players and coaching staff when he levelled the scores against Lithuania in Group E. His goal came direct from a free kick after opposition No 1 Giedrius Arlauskis was dismissed for a professional foul after Fiodor Cernych's early opener.

Are you watching, LVG? De Gea plays for first time this season as United team-mate Mata masterminds Spain's win over Macedonia

Macedonia 0-1 Spain: David de Gea makes first start as Juan Mata edges defending champions

PETE JENSON IN SKOPJE: David de Gea warmed-up for a potential return to Manchester United's first team on Saturday against Liverpool by keeping a clean sheet for Spain in their 1-0 win over Macedonia.

REVEALED: The 10 highest La Liga earners... but which ENTIRE side earn less than Ronaldo and Messi?

Real Madrid and Barcelona are in a league of their own with the top ten earners in La Liga all playing for those two clubs. Barcelona's annual budget for last season was €510million. Real Madrid's was €530m.

VIEW FROM NEWCASTLE: Sissoko didn't say Palace are bigger club than Newcastle... he was referring to PSG

VIEW FROM NEWCASTLE: Moussa Sissoko's words have been twisted. He doesn't think Crystal Palace are bigger than Newcastle and he's right - because they're not.

De Gea will be welcomed back at United because he is well regarded by Van Gaal, insists team-mate Mata

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata expects team-mate David de Gea to have a smooth return to Old Trafford after the goalkeeper was denied a late move to Real Madrid.

United yet to receive enquiry for Herrera despite Barcelona interest

epa04905636 Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera (front) vies for the ball with Swansea City's English midfielder Wayne Routledge during the English Premier League soccer match played between Swansea City AFC and Manchester United FC at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, Great Britain, 30 August 2015.  EPA/GEOFF CADDICK EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Manchester United have received no enquiries for midfielder Ander Herrera despite reported interest from La Liga pair Valencia and Barcelona.

Ronaldo will score more La Liga goals than Messi this season, says Ancelotti

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 29, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)

Former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti expects Cristiano Ronaldo to pip Lionel Messi to this season's La Liga top scorer award. 

BRYAN HABANA EXCLUSIVE: Dad hugged a white guy... South Africa's landmark World Cup victory in 1995 changed everything

Bryan Habana: Dad hugged a white guy... South Africa's Rugby World Cup victory in 1995

NIK SIMON IN CAPE TOWN: Word spreads quickly through the patch-work metal shacks of Masiphumelele that Bryan Habana is in town. He is telling the story of his 1,800-mile road trip to the opening game of the 1995 Rugby World Cup against Australia, but before he reaches the end, an army of the township's children, drunk on excitement, has gathered outside.

Land of the giants: England stars are immortalised in art form in new advert ahead of World Cup 

Chris Robshaw, Courtney Lawes and Mike Brown star as animated giants in O2's latest Rugby

England will need gigantic performances to negotiate the 'Pool of Death' in the coming weeks with O2's latest ad campaign literally illustrating that point. England's jersey sponsors have released a pre-World Cup advert with skipper Chris Robshaw, full back Mike Brown and lock CourtneyLawes starring as animated giants.

Ireland skipper O'Connell alarmed at doping accusations at his club Toulon

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has vowed to get to the bottom of serious player doping allegations made against his new club Toulon.

British anti-doping officials to contact French authorities over Toulon claims

British anti-doping officials are determined to avert any threat of a drugs scandal at the World Cup by liaising with their counterparts in France over allegations made against Toulon.

Moore is still man Scotland love to hate... but he's rooting for Cotter's side

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During his days as England hooker, Brian Moore may not have been as welcome as he was in a pub in the Cowgate.

Emphatic win keeps series alive as Taylor's ton sees England hit back against Australia

James Taylor fires ton as England stay alive in series with 93-run win over Australia

LAWRENCE BOOTH AT OLD TRAFFORD: England's summer of fun is not over yet. A hard-earned century for James Taylor and some clever bowling by Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali combined to thrash Australia by 93 runs and keep the series alive going into Friday's fourth one-day international at Headingley.

I am the walrus! The bizarre moment when England ace Hales donned mask thrown by crowd in win over Australia

Alex Hales wears walrus mask thrown from jubilant crowd as England beat Australia

England got themselves back into the one-day international series with Australia on Tuesday night - and Alex Hales looked more relaxed than most out on the field. The opening batsman had time to don a walrus mask thrown to him by a member of the crowd during the visitors' innings at Old Trafford.

Murray was shattered during US Open exit to Anderson... so, where did it go wrong for British No 1 in New York?

MIKE DICKSON IN NEW YORK: Andy Murray was heading home after a shock 7-6 6-3 6-7 7-6 defeat to world No 14 Kevin Anderson at the US Open. So where did it go wrong for the British No 1?

Jamie Murray and Peers reach men's doubles semi-finals at US Open 

8/9/2015 US Open Tennis Championship Flushing Meadow New York USA  Judy Murray and Davis Cup Captain Leon Smith celebrate watching Jamie Murray with his Partner John Peers from Australia  reach the Semi Final of the Men's Doubles  Dave Shopland/Daily Mail

STUART FRASER IN NEW YORK: Jamie Murray and John Peers continued their impressive season by reaching the semi-finals of the US Open men's doubles on Tuesday.

Konta tipped to go higher after giving US Open conqueror Kvitova a scare

Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has tipped British youngster Jo Konta for a bright future after being pushed hard by her in the fourth round of the US Open.

Dream start for Januzaj as United loanee scores after 18 minutes on Dortmund debut

Adnan Januzaj scores on Dortmund debut as Manchester United loanee takes just 18 minutes

Louis van Gaal may regret his decision to loan out Adnan Januzaj if the Belgium playmaker's Dortmund debut is anything to go by. The Manchester United starlet scored just 20 minutes into a game which was organised in order to raise awareness surrounding the current refugee crisis. Januzaj dragged the ball back expertly to evade an opponent before his low shot landed in the back of the net thanks to a largely notable deflection. 

Progress on Liverpool's new Main Stand gathers pace to raise Anfield capacity to 54,000

Liverpool continue renovation of Anfield as third tier of the new Main Stand to raise

The redevelopment of Liverpool's Main Stand at Anfield is continuing at a rapid pace and the club have revealed the latest pictures showing the upper tier taking shape. The renovation is on schedule to be completed during the 2016-17 season, raising Anfield's overall highest possible attendance from 45,522 to 54,000. The third tier will also increase the capacity of the stand itself to over 20,000.

Joshua sets his sights on 'biggest British fight of all time' with potential world title shot against Fury next year

Anthony Joshua will be ready to fight for a world title within a year and Tyson Fury would be the dream opponent, according to the Olympic gold medallist's promoter Eddie Hearn.

Pietersen signs T20 contract to play for South African side Sunfoil Dolphins

Cricket player Kevin Pietersen, left, poses with  Lance Klusener, right, during his official presentation to the media after signing a short-term contract to play Twenty20 cricket at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Pietersen will be available for five games for the Durban-based Dolphins from the start of November, returning to the team he started at but then left as a youngster to pursue a career in England. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has signed for South African side Sunfoil Dolphins. The 35-year-old will play for the Dolphins in the RAM Slam T20 competition.

United fan McIlroy takes a swing at Van Gaal by saying 'I'm not convinced he is the right man to lead us'


Louis van Gaal might not be the right man to lead Manchester United, according to four-time major-winning golfer and huge Red Devils supporter Rory McIlroy.

Owen picks combined Liverpool and United side ahead of their clash... but only THREE Anfield stars are deemed good enough

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen picks his combined XI ahead of

Michael Owen's experience as former star striker for both Manchester United and Liverpool makes him perfectly aware of the magnitude of their clash at Old Trafford on Saturday. Owen also knows that picking just three players from one squad in a combined XI will certainly put some noses out of joint. But he's done just that, naming a mere few of Brendan Rodgers' side which is trailing Louis van Gaal's side only by goal difference after four matches this season.

Strachan will get new Scotland deal even if he fails to reach Euro 2016

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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan (right) with his back room staff in the dugout

Gordon Strachan will be offered a new contract even if Scotland fail to qualify for Euro 2016. Back-to-back defeats have left the Scots scrambling around with the Republic of Ireland for the play-off spot in Group D.

ROUND-UP: Rampant Russia smash seven past lackustre Liechtenstein

Artem Dzyuba (right) led the rout for Russia with four goals as they smashed Liechtenstein 7-0

Robert Beric struck to give Slovenia renewed hope of automatic qualification for Euro 2016 with a 1-0 win over Estonia in Zilina. Russia meanwhile jumped ahead of Sweden after winning 7-0.


Season at a glance

  • Premier League
  • Premier League
  • Championship
  • League One
  • League Two
  • Scottish Premiership
  • Scottish Div 1
  • Scottish Div 2
  • Scottish Div 3
  • Ligue 1
  • Serie A
  • La Liga
  • Bundesliga



European Qualifier. England v Switzerland
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Wayne Rooney scores 2-0 to break the record        

England stars prepare in the sunshine with World Cup just nine days away... as Youngs says Twickenham will bring home comforts

England stars prepare for Rugby World Cup in the sunshin

England rugby stars were put through their paces as they prepared for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup on home soil. Head coach Stuart Lancaster watched on as players including captain Chris Robshaw, Owen Farrell and cross code centre Sam Burgess trained under the sunshine at their Pennyhill Park training base in Surrey.

Will pick-up guy Folau return to haunt England and Wales? Winger set to star for Australia in backline that has X-factor

Australia Rugby World Cup 2015 preview: Israel Folau stars in a Wallabies backline that

MICHAEL GADD: British and Irish Lions winger George North picking Israel Folau up and slinging the Australian tyro over his shoulder like a rag doll will go down as an immortal - and for many representative - image of that 2013 win over the Wallabies.

World Cup fever finally kicks in as Fiji and Canada arrive to start the party at Twickenham Stoop

Rugby World Cup 2015 fever finally kicks in as Fiji and Canada arrive to start the party

The flying Fijians are here and ready to upset the Pool A apple-cart with 12 days to go before their World Cup opener against England. And the fervent fans have traveled too. Resplendent in flowery garlands and flying bright blue flags the excitable men, women and children behind England's first World Cup rivals descended on the Twickenham Stoop to cheer on their country against Canada this Sunday.

Millennium Stadium naming rights to be sold to Principality Building Society

File photo dated 15-03-2014 of a general view of the Millennium Stadium PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 3, 2015. The only non-English venue, it will be put to good use with six pool matches and two quarter-finals. See PA story RUGBYU World Cup Stadium Guide. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.

The Welsh Rugby Union have agreed a landmark deal to sell the naming rights of the Millennium Stadium to the Principality Building Society.

Burgess hasn't been in rugby union to be in England squad, says Ashton

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05:  Sam Burgess of England is tackled by Ian Madigan of Ireland and Jared Payne of Ireland during the QBE International match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on September 5, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Chris Ashton has reservations about rugby league convert Sam Burgess's inclusion in England's final World Cup squad saying he hasn't had enough time to learn the code's finer points. 

Rugby World Cup will be the sport's biggest betting event ever with over £60m to be staked on tournament

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05:  Chris Robshaw of England is challenged by Rory Best of Ireland during the QBE International match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on September 5, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Bookmakers are expecting more than £60million to be staked on the Rugby World Cup which kicks off in 10 days - making it the biggest betting event in rugby's history. 

Farrell: Halfpenny injury will galvanise Wales squad ahead of World Cup

Andy Farrell says he has sympathy for Leigh Halfpenny being ruled out of the World Cup and has warned England's back-up players to keep mentally and physically prepared for the tournament.

Sexton's status as Ireland's key playmaker won't rock Jackson  

Ulster coach Neil Doak is too proud to ever reflect on the 2003 World Cup as a bad memory. Uncapped, his Test career never amounted to much.

Will you have World Cup stars training around the corner? Here's your guide to where the 20 teams will be based...

The 2015 Rugby World Cup is just 14 days away, with this weekend's final warm-up matches offering nations a final chance to put the finishing touches to their preparations ahead of the tournament.

Who are the best teenage talents around the world? After Martial's record United move, here are the kids set to be the next big thing

Top 10 teenagers: Who are the best teenage talents around the world?

SAM CUNNINGHAM: Anthony Martial's mega move to Manchester United on the back of 11 Ligue 1 goals for Monaco shows the lengths top clubs will go to secure the best teenage talent. A big-money transfer can propel a player from being one full of potential in to an expected world beater.

West Ham star Kouyate enjoys date with Balotelli's former girlfriend Fanny Neguesha

West Ham star Cheikhou Kouyate in Milan with Mario Balotelli's former girlfriend Fanny

West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has been enjoying more dates with Mario Balotelli's ex-fiancee Fanny Neguesha as he makes the most of his spare time away from football. Striker Balotelli, 25, broke up with fiancee Neguesha last September and she has since moved on to Senegal international Kouyate, after meeting the star while in London for a photoshoot.

It's Ibra-kadabra! Zlatan reveals unusual nickname and his view on ghosts during quick-fire video quiz

Zlatan Ibrahimovic does not need any super powers or believe in ghosts... but the PSG

Zlatan Ibrahimovic does not wish to posses any super powers because 'I already have them' and the last thing he built was a bridge at his home in Sweden. That's according to 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic in one minute', a video published on YouTube by Paris Saint-Germain. The Sweden striker appears in a jovial mood during the footage and is clearly a proud family man away from the Parc des Princes pitch.

Henry must undergo 'psychological and mental transformation' to have a career in management, says Wenger

ALKMAAR, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 05: Thierry Henry of Laureus Allstaers is seen during the Laureus KickOffForGood Charity Match between Laureus All Stars against Real Madrid Legends at AFAS Stadiun Alkmaar on September 5, 2015 in Alkmaar, Netherlands.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images for Laureus)

Thierry Henry has been warned he will have to undergo a 'psychological and mental transformation' if he wishes to succeed as a manager.

Bale was 'nowhere near leaving' Real this summer blasts forward's agent

Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett insists the Wales international was never close to leaving Real Madrid this summer and he hopes to remain at the Bernabeu for the remainder of his career.

Lafferty vows to bring Northern Ireland form to Norwich and fight for his place


Northern Ireland hero Kyle Lafferty is ready to fight for his Norwich career and is ready to shun the 'easy option' of a loan move. Lafferty is in the form of his life at international level.

United misfit Valdes will enjoy his football again when he leaves, claims Spain goalkeeper Casillas 


Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has offered his support to Manchester United misfit Victor Valdes insisting he will get back to enjoying his football when he leaves Old Trafford.

Arsenal captain Arteta feeling 'more productive' following surgery

Mikel Arteta claims he feels 'more productive' now that is back in the Arsenal squad after a spell on the sidelines following surgery. The Gunners captain made only 12 appearances last season.

Shaqiri joined Stoke City for financial reasons, claims fellow Swiss Henchoz

Former Liverpool and Switzerland defender Stephane Henchoz has become the latest ex-player to suggest compatriot Xherdan Shaqiri joined Stoke for the money.

Arsenal's Mertesacker back in full training and targeting Stoke return

Per Mertesacker has returned to full training and is back in contention for a return against Stoke. Mertesacker has missed the last two games with a virus but hopes to be back on Saturday.

Clyne: Liverpool must 'get at United's throats' in Premier League clash

Nathaniel Clyne says Liverpool intend to be at Manchester United's throats from the start of Saturday's clash at Old Trafford.

Memphis is just like Bond villain Goldfinger says Holland legend

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 Hakan Calhanoglu of Turkye, Sener Ozbayrakli of Turkye, Memphis Depay of Holland
 Turkey v Netherlands, UEFA European Championship 2016 Qualifying match, Konya, Turkey - 06 Sep 2015

Manchester United's Memphis Depay has been compared to a Bond villain in an explosive attack by former Holland international Willem van Hanegem regarding the current national team.

World Cup qualifier between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia halted due to crowd trouble after flares and fireworks thrown on pitch

World Cup qualifier between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia halted due to crowd trouble after

Tuesday's World Cup qualifier between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia at Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor was suspended three minutes before full-time because of crowd trouble. The visiting Saudi Arabia team were leading 2-1 in the Group A Asian qualifier when play was stopped in the 87th minute after fans launched flares and fireworks on to the pitch, local media reported. Players from both teams left the pitch as smoke began filling the ground and the game was suspended.

Golden oldie Cahill scores twice as Australia win World Cup 2018 qualifier against Tajikstan

Tajikistan 0-3 Australia: Tim Cahill scores twice as Socceroos win World Cup qualifier 

Australia's stand-in captain Tim Cahill scored two late goals to seal a 3-0 win for the Socceroos in their World Cup qualifier against Tajikistan in Dushanbe on Tuesday. The reigning Asian champions maintained their perfect start to the qualifying campaign to remain at the top of the Group B standings with their third win in as many matches.

Song put through rigorous work out as West Ham star builds fitness for return 

Alex Song put through rigorous work out as West Ham United midfielder builds fitness ahead

While many of Alex Song's team-mates are away on international duty the on-loan midfielder has been building his fitness in anticipation of the return of the Premier League. Cameroonian Song announced his retirement from international football earlier this year, citing that he wanted to rebuild his club career, and true to his word the midfielder underwent a rigorous gym workout on Monday as he bids to return to action.

Romero says Van Gaal has given him confidence and he is not taking United No 1 spot for granted

Sergio Romero says he hopes his dream of playing for Manchester United never ends, after manager Louis van Gaal's show of trust at the start of the new Premier League season. 

Croatia U19 1-1 England U19: Onomah salvages friendly draw in Zagreb

GDANSK, POLAND - NOVEMBER 17: England's Josh Onomah controls the ball during the international friendly match Under-18 between Poland and England on November 17, 2014 on the MOSiR Stadium in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)

Tottenham's Josh Onomah secured England's Young Lions a draw against Croatia in Monday night's friendly in Zagreb after falling behind to an Ivan Bozic penalty in the first half

Koscielny a doubt for Arsenal against Stoke amid fears he has aggravated his back injury with France 

Arsenal will assess Laurent Koscielny's back injury ahead of the weekend amid concerns he has aggravated a muscle problem on international duty.

United could have Carrick back for Liverpool clash despite calf injury sustained on England duty 

File photo dated 04-09-2015 of England's Michael Carrick. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday September 7, 2015. England have announced defender Michael Carrick has pulled out of the squad for Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland through injury and will return to his club Manchester United. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read Simon Cooper/PA Wire.

Manchester United are hopeful midfielder Michael Carrick will be fit to face Liverpool this weekend despite pulling out of the England squad to face Switzerland.

England U20 0-1 Czech Republic U20: Yunis strike condemns Young Lions

England's Young Lions saw plenty of chances go begging as they slipped to a disappointing defeat to the Czech Republic at Shrewsbury on Monday night in Keith Downing's second game in charge.

Bundesliga rake in £151m from Premier League clubs... but how was other spending spread around Europe?


German football benefited the most from the Premier League's incredible spending spree this summer, a new study has shown, with over £150m going to the Bundesliga in the transfer window.

Defending champion Cilic withstands Tsonga fightback to book his place in US Open semi-finals following five-set battle

Marin Cilic withstands Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fightback to book his place in US Open

Pushed to a fifth set after coming so close to victory, defending champion Marin Cilic kept his act together to secure his place in the US Open semi-finals. Unfazed by wasting a big lead or match points, the ninth-seeded Cilic stretched his winning streak at Flushing Meadows to 12 matches by beating 19th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 6-4 on Tuesday night.

RESULTS: Latest from men's and women's singles at Flushing Meadows

Keep track of all the latest results from the men's and women's singles at the US Open. Stick with Sportsmail for the best coverage from New York.

Murray rues missed opportunities as temper gets the better of British No 1

Andy Murray bowed out of the US Open after losing his temper during the fourth-round defeat to Kevin Anderson, and the British No 1 accepts he missed openings to swing the balance in his favour.

Federer into the US Open last-eight after fending off Isner in three sets

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Roger Federer cut down big-serving American John Isner in straight sets at the US Open on Monday to claim an accustomed grand slam quarter-finals spot at Flushing Meadows.

Fury and Lewis clash in heavyweight Twitter bout after Gypsy King accuses former champ of being a jealous 'has-been'

Tyson Fury and Lennox Lewis clash in heavyweight Twitter bout after Gypsy King accuses

Tyson Fury and Lennox Lewis have gone toe-to-toe in a vicious Twitter row after Fury labelled the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world a 'has-been' and accused him of jealousy in a magazine interview. Lewis responded to the insults, which were published in Boxing News, by tweeting Fury a list on Tuesday of his achievements, including Olympic, British, Commonwealth and world titles, as well as his place in the hall of fame.

GLOVER QUIN: Detroit Lions will still dominate without Ndamukong Suh

Glover Quin: Detroit Lions will still dominate without Ndamukong Suh... and what I thought

EXCLUSIVE - PETER CARLINE: Losing a once-in-a-generation player would weaken any team. But as Detroit prepare for life without Ndamukong Suh, another cornerstone of last year's fearsome defense says the Lions can still dominate without the ball.

Team Sky rider Viviani sprints to victory in stage three of Tour of Britain... as leader Vakoc suffers painful crash

Team Sky rider Elia Viviani sprints to victory in stage three of Tour of Britain

Team Sky's Elia Viviani sprinted to his second stage victory in this year's Tour of Britain from Cockermouth to Kelso on Tuesday. Viviani stormed through in a hectic finale which saw him make it over the line just in front of Juan Jose Lobato (Movistar) with Matteo Trentin (Etixx QuikStep) in third. But race leader Petr Vakoc, who had won stage two on Monday, suffered a painful crash towards the end of the stage and finished over 10 minutes down on the new leaders

Froome set to miss out on world road championships after failing to recover from breaking his foot

Double Tour de France winner Chris Froome is unlikely to take part in the world road cycling championships this month after retiring from the Vuelta a Espana with a foot injury.

Goode calls time on career following summer move to London Irish 

Former England fly half Andy Goode has retired from professional rugby after the two-time Heineken Cup winner failed to recover from a number of persistent injuries.

Nadal back in 'spectacular' Davis Cup squad after two years out... as Spain face relegation play-off with Denmark

Rafa Nadal will be back in Spain's Davis Cup team for the first time in two years when the five-times winners meet Denmark this month in a Group I first round relegation play-off.

Berto awaits his £2.6m birthday gift for being Mayweather's fall guy... but the mood is hardly one of celebration

(FILES) In this August 28, 2015 file photo, boxer Andre Berto gestures during a workout at the Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Berto said September 1, 2015 that he is blocking out the hype and criticism for his welterweight world title fight against the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather in which he is a massive underdog. He may have lost three of his last six fights but Berto, 31, a two-time former champion, says he is in the best shape of his life, as he attempts to become the first man to beat pound-for-pound king Mayweather.  AFP PHOTO/ MARK RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

JEFF POWELL IN LAS VEGAS: Happy birthday Andre Berto. Enjoy it while you can. Cast as Floyd Mayweather's - perhaps last - fall guy turned 32 on Monday. He opens his main present on Saturday.

Mickelson named as captain's pick by Haas for US team in Presidents Cup 

NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Phil Mickelsons watches his second shot on the 15th hole during round three of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 6, 2015 in Norton, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

United States captain Jay Haas has selected five-time major winner Phil Mickelson and his son Bill Haas as his two picks for the Presidents Cup in October.

Ward and Edmund in contention for second singles berth in Davis Cup clash with Australia

James Ward and Kyle Edmund will battle it out for the second singles berth next week when Great Britain attempt to reach the Davis Cup final for the first time since 1978 with victory over Australia.

World Snooker reaches out-of-court settlement with referee Michaela Tabb over sex discrimination claim

Snooker referee Michaela Tabb arrives at the Crescent Centre, Bristol, for an employment tribunal. Bristol, England. (file photo) See SWNS story SWSNOOKER;  Britain's best-known female snooker ref yesterday settled a sex discrimination battle with the sport's bosses sparked by a £1,000 bonus. The top female snooker referee had claimed she didn't get a bonus because she is a woman, a tribunal had heard. Michaela Tabb, 47, who's appearing under her married name of McInnes, launched the legal action against World Snooker Limited (WSL) due to sexual discrimination. The referee from Dunfermline, who officiated in the World Championship, had also claimed unfair dismissal and breach of contract.

World Snooker has announced it has reached an out-of-court settlement with Michaela Tabb after the referee brought a case against the professional tour.

Durham captain Collingwood signs new one-year contract that will see former England star play at age of 40

CHESTER-LE-STREET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01:  Paul Collingwood of Durham practices ahead of the LV County Championship match between Durham and Nottinghamshire at The Riverside on September 1, 2014 in Chester-le-Street, England.  (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Paul Collingwood has signed a one-year extension to remain at Durham for the 2016 season. The county captain, who turns 40 next year, still feels he has more to offer.

Murrayfield to host Pro12 final in May next year with Glasgow bidding to retain title on home soil

Murrayfield will host this season's Guinness pro12 final. The final will take place in Edinburgh on May 28 next year. Glasgow will be aiming to retain the trophy by making their third final in a row.

SAM TURNER'S RACING TIPS: All the best bets for Wednesday, September 9

ASCOT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Jamie Spencer riding Right Touch (2R) win The Bibendum Wine Ltd Handicap Stakes at Ascot racecourse on September 05, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Daily Mail racing expert Robin Goodfellow (Sam Turner) brings his hottest selections for Wednesday's meetings at Uttoxeter, Doncaster, Carlisle and Kempton.

Criquette Head-Maarek keeping an eye on Qipco Irish Champion Stakes as Treve comes through gallop in style

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 5: Thierry Jarnet riding Treve wins The Qatar Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp racecourse on October 5, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Criquette Head-Maarek admits she will have one eye on Saturday's Qipco Irish Champion Stakes ahead of Treve's return from a summer break this weekend.

Premier League clubs spent more than DOUBLE any other league on summer signings... here's how United and Co splashed £850m during the transfer window

Premier League clubs spent a staggering £850m on new players this summer... more than

The Premier League once again lead the way in terms of transfer spend this summer splashing out more than twice as much as any of the five major European leagues. The financial power of the English top flight has been laid bare in a comprehensive transfer review by the Prime Time Sport consultancy released at the Soccerex global convention in Manchester.

Wales have the most expensive player in the world... they SHOULD qualify, anything else would be a failure

Football - Cyprus v Wales - UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Group B - GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus - 3/9/15
 Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates with manager Chris Coleman at the end of the match
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ADRIAN DURHAM: Just imagine if England needed to beat Israel to guarantee qualification but could only draw 0-0 at Wembley. They would be hammered by fans, press and pundits.

New film about legendary Forest boss Clough is backed by his family

Nottingham Forest's mananger Brian Clough makes a point watched by coach Archie Gemmill (R) during a Division One match at the City Ground in Nottingham, England in 1990.  

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CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: A new film about legendary manager Brian Clough's glory years at Nottingham Forest has the support of his family - unlike the previous effort.

Hazard must raise his game: He was undisputed king of Premier League last year but it's a different story now

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SAMI MOKBEL: What's up with Eden Hazard? Something looks to be troubling last season's undisputed king of the Premier League. Now is the time for him to raise the bar.