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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes the language barrier is preventing club-record signing Erik Lamela from hitting the ground running at White Hart Lane.

The 21-year-old Argentina international, signed from Roma in the summer for a fee believed to be close to £30million, has featured only sparingly for Spurs and has yet to be handed a start in the Barclays Premier League.

Lamela was an unused substitute in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Hull and the former River Plate forward has had to make do with looking to have an impact in Europa League ties.

Struggles: Andre Villas-Boas believes Erik Lamela will adapt when he learns English

You may recall we started the day by talking about the moment our photographer Graham Chadwick was injured by Tottenham star Andros Townsend when he tumbled over the advertising hoardings at White Hart Lane yesterday.

Well, now Townsend has tweeted a get well soon message to our snapper...

STOKE CITY TEAM NEWS for Capital One Cup tie with Birmingham

Defender Robert Huth is a major doubt for Stoke's Capital One Cup tie at Birmingham.

The German centre-back has a swollen and bruised ankle from the weekend defeat at Manchester United and is unlikely to be risked.

Midfielder Marko Arnautovic has recovered from the illness which affected him at Old Trafford but Glenn Whelan (hamstring) and Andy Wilkinson (knee) will both be assessed.

Provisional squad: Sorensen, Shawcross, Pieters, Cameron, Muniesa, Walters, Ireland, Adam, Palacios, Whelan, Arnautovic, Wilson, Nzonzi, Pennant, Etherington, Crouch, Jones, Assaidi, Wilkinson, Begovic.


When Tottenham spent £108million on recruits this summer, Andre Villas-Boas would have been expecting more than a goal per game from his reinforced squad.

But so far this season, Spurs have only scored nine goals in nine games and Mousa Dembele believes the small White Hart Lane pitch is partly to blame.

Spurs' playing surface is 100 x 67metres while most Premier League surfaces are 105 x 68 metres.

Tight space: Mousa Dembele has said the small White Hart Lane pitch is stifling the team's creativity
ARSENAL TEAM NEWS for Capital One Cup tie with Chelsea

Midfielder Mathieu Flamini is out of Arsenal's Capital One Cup fourth-round tie with Chelsea on Tuesday due to a groin injury.

Mikel Arteta is suspended following his sending-off in Saturday's win at Crystal Palace, but Jack Wilshere (ankle) is fit.

Serge Gnabry will be involved, if he can shake off an ankle injury ,along with Isaac Hayden and Ryo Miyachi, but Theo Walcott (abdominal), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) are all still out.

Provisional Squad: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Giroud, Fabianski, Vermaelen, Monreal, Jenkinson, Bendtner, Rosicky, Gnabry, Hayden, Miyachi.

Injury blow: Mathieu Flamini went off with a knock against Crystal Palace at the weekend

David Moyes has hailed the spirit of Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj as he continues to make a major impact in his first Barclays Premier League season.

Januzaj came off the bench to help inspire United’s 3-2 comeback win over Stoke at Old Trafford on Saturday and Moyes believes his slender build belies a ferocious competitive instinct.

Tough: David Moyes has hailed the spirit of Adnan Januzaj

Jack Gaughan: German football is enjoying a huge renaissance and has become the hottest ticket in town for supporters wanting to sample some European football.

With favourable ticketing prices and a dedication to making the Bundesliga the best show on the continent, taking in the culture over there is fast becoming more and more appealing.

While Champions League winners Bayern Munich are oversubscribed for the rest of the season and Borussia Dortmund prove very tricky to watch - unless you have very deep pockets for spares - there are plenty of opportunities to watch the rest of the division.

RANGERS TEAM NEWS for Ramsdens Cup semi-final with Stenhousemuir

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has no fresh injuries to contend with ahead of their Ramsdens Cup semi-final against Stenhousemuir.

Lewis Macleod has recovered from an ankle knock sustained at East Fife at the weekend, meaning McCoist has the option of naming the same side who won 4-0.

Dean Shiels, Chris Hegarty and Ross Perry remain on the sidelines ahead of the visit to Ochilview.

Provisional squad: Bell, Foster, Wallace, Smith, McCulloch, Mohsni, Macleod, Black, Hutton, Law, Peralta, Daly, Little, Clark, Templeton, Faure, Simonsen, Crawford.


There may be 906 miles and 13 major domestic trophies seperating Roma and Southampton, but the two clubs are in a league of their own when looking at European defences this season.

Solid: Roma's 100 per cent start to the Serie A season has also seen them concede just ONE goal

Tottenham have agreed a new deal to keep Kyle Walker at the club until 2019.

The 23-year-old has made nine appearances for Spurs this season and has also established himself in Roy Hodgson's England side.

Blades keen to take White on loan

Simon Jones: Sheffield United are interested in signing Leeds United's Aidy White on loan.

The 22-year-old who can play left-back and left midfield has made three appearances this season, two of them coming in the Capital One Cup.


Brian Lee: Bookies have joined Premier League defenders in running scared of Luis Suarez after the red-hot Liverpool striker took his goal tally to six with a hat-trick against West Brom.

Suarez is now a clear 3-1 favourite to top the scoring charts at the end of the season after starting the campaign at a huge 25-1.

The generous odds were available due to Suarez missing the first five weeks of the season as he served out a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. But he has more than made up for lost time.

It's 40 years to the day since Johan Cruyff made his Barcelona debut

It's 40 years to the day since Johan Cruyff played his very first match for Barcelona and the Dutch maestro has marked the occasion by posting the following message and picture on Twitter.

'40 years ago today I played my first match with FC Barcelona and ended up winning the league. It's nice to remember,' he wrote.

Cruyff played 143 league matches for Barcelona over five years, scoring 48 goals. He won the Spanish League title in 1974 and the Copa del Rey in 1978. 

Picture: Twitter/Johan Cruyff

Simon Jones: Manchester City are continuing to monitor Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

The Argentine picked up plaudits for his performances in the Champions League last season and has continued his outstanding form in La Liga this season, notably against Real Madrid last week when he made an incredible 13 saves.


Marouane Fellaini has confirmed that Arsenal made enquiries about signing him from Everton this summer and admits he is struggling to make an immediate impression at Old Trafford.

Manchester United manager David Moyes shelled out £27.5million for the Belgian on the last day of the transfer window following a saga that dragged out over four months.

Close: Marouane Fellaini said he nearly joined Arsenal over the summer before signing for Man United

Thierry Henry may be 36-years-old and playing in the MLS but he's certainly not chilling out.

The former Arsenal goal-machine scored an absolute screamer against Chicago Fire on Sunday to help the New York Red Bulls win their first ever piece of silverware.

They won the Supporters' Shield after they finished top of the Eastern Conference with 59 points.


Joe Ridge: In an era when the Championship's news pages are increasingly dominated by managerial changes, boardroom squabbles and squad overhauls, Leicester City are providing a timely reminder that less can be more when it comes to chasing the Premier League dream.


Soriebah Kajue: Arsenal are monitoring Nigeria wonderkid Kelechi Iheanacho after his four-goal haul against Mexico in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Iheanacho, 17, shot to the top of the scoring charts in the competition with a brilliant display against the south-Americans in their opening group game.

Gunners chief scout Steve Rowley is out in the United Arab Emirates watching the tournament and is known to be impressed by the midfielder.

Arsenal will have to move swiftly to seal a deal for the teenager as his performance has alerted a host of Europe’s elite teams to his ability.

A move to Arsene Wenger’s side would appeal to Iheanacho who aspires to grace the Premier League, which is widely watched in Nigeria.

Scouted: Arsenal are keeping a close eye on the performances of Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho (left)

After Newcastle owner Mike Ashley took the decision to ban the city's three local papers from attending press conferences and matches at St James' Park - just a few days after a similar decision at Port Vale - Ian Ladyman writes on the importance of local papers to the clubs and communities they cover.


Adam Crafton: Evolution or revolution? This is the dilemma that will be stalking the mind of Manchester United manager David Moyes as he considers the future of the club’s most influential and loyal servants in the coming months.

The winds of change have swept across Old Trafford in recent times, both in the boardroom and the coaching department, yet barely a breeze has been registered in the make-up of the playing staff.

Aside from the predictable addition of Marouane Fellaini, Moyes has been minding Sir Alex Ferguson’s shop.

Much to ponder: David Moyes has decisions to make about his squad in the next two years
City teenager Evans heads to Crewe on loan

Manchester City's George Evans has joined Crewe on loan until February.

The 18-year-old midfielder has yet to make a professional appearance for City but has played for England at Under 16 and  Under 17 level, and last year played against Germany in a friendly for the Under 19s.

MAN UNITED TEAM NEWS for Capital One Cup tie with Norwich

Wilfried Zaha could make a rare start for Manchester United after manager David Moyes revealed the winger was in contention to play against Norwich in the Capital One Cup fourth round tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Zaha, who has yet to feature in the Barclays Premier League for United, has found competition for places in the wide areas tough but Moyes could give him a run-out against Chris Hughton's side.

Striker Javier Hernandez and defender Alexander Buttner could also come into contention with Moyes set to make late checks on injuries to unspecified players suffered in the 3-2 home win over Stoke on Saturday.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Buttner; Nani, Welbeck, Jones, Giggs, Kagawa, Januzaj, Rooney, Hernandez, Carrick, Lindegaard, Amos, Anderson, Fabio, Zaha, Young, Valencia, Fellaini.

Praying for a start: Wilfried Zaha could feature for United in the Capital One Cup match with Norwich
NORWICH CITY TEAM NEWS for Capital One Cup tie with Man United

Midfielder Alex Tettey (ankle) and striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel (toe) are doubts as Norwich travel to Manchester United in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Goalkeeper Mark Bunn was replaced on the substitutes' bench by Carlo Nash on Saturday due to a wrist injury, but could come into the starting line-up if fit and in order to rest number one stopper John Ruddy.

The Canaries may make a number of other changes, with Steven Whittaker and Nathan Redmond among those who could start at Old Trafford, with Elliott Bennett (knee) the only definite absentee.

Provisional squad: Ruddy, Martin, Turner, Bassong, Olsson, Tettey, Fer, Snodgrass, Howson, Redmond, Hooper, Bunn, Whittaker, R Bennett, Becchio, Johnson, Hoolahan, Pilkington, Elmander, van Wolfswinkel.


Nik Simon: Bench-warmers are becoming hot property in the Premier League with 30 goals already scored by substitutes this season.

The subs' bench is usually made up of the drop-outs, the injury-returners and the ones that didn't quite make the cut, so what's changed?

In the last two weekends alone, nine different players have found the net having been thrown on to make an impact.

Impact: Javier Hernandez came off the bench to earn Man United all three points against Stoke at the weekend
Backroom reshuffles at Sheffield United and Derby

Simon Jones: Nigel Clough has been joined at Sheffield United by his brother Simon, who worked in a scouting and recruitment role with him at Derby County.

Gary Crosby and Andy Garner have also joined the Bramall Lane coaching staff. Adam Owen, a sports scientist, remains from the previous coaching regime under Dave Weir.

Meanwhile, Derby County will hold a meeting this week to formalise who will become their technical director.

Iain Moody, formerly of Watford and who left Cardiff controversially last month, is among the favoured names. The new man will work alongside coach Steve McClaren.

Walker feels the force of the storm

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker tweeted this picture of a tree that had blown across his driveway.

He wrote: 'Wake up to find this on my drive this morning! Anyone else got some decent pics of what the weather has caused?'

Picture: Twitter/Kyle Walker

Rising star Serge Gnabry has been rewarded for his bright performances in the Arsenal team this season with a new long-term contract.

The 18-year-old German youth international scored for Arsene Wenger's team in the 2-1 win over Swansea back in September, a week after making his full Premier League debut against Stoke.

Arsene Wenger told the club's official website: 'We signed Serge Gnabry because I believe that he will be a great player. He's nearly there now, and competes for a regular place in the team in the Premier League.

'He has technical ability, he has power, he has pace, he has finishing quality and he can give a final ball. He's a powerful offensive player and I believe that he will be a great player for Arsenal Football Club.'

Gnabry said: 'Arsenal is a great football club and I’m so happy to be here and sign a new contract. For me, now it’s all about working hard and developing my game.

'I’ve had some good opportunities recently in the first team, which has given me extra confidence, and this will only improve my game. I’m looking forward to giving my best for this club in the years to come.'

Bright future: Serge Gnabry has signed a long-term deal with Arsenal
Scottish FA faces sanctions as FIFA continue flare crackdown

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Scottish and Croatian FAs after Croatian fans set off a flare and smoke bombs during the recent World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Last week FIFA opened proceedings against the English and Polish FAs after Poland fans lit flares at their World Cup qualifier at Wembley on the same evening.

Croatian fans launched flares and set off smoke bombs during the Group A match which Scotland won 2-0.

Although the Croatian were responsible for setting off the devices, the Scottish FA is facing FIFA sanctions because it was responsible for stadium security.

'We can confirm disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the SFA and the Croatian Football Federation for incidents reported during the preliminary competition match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil between Scotland and Croatia on October 15,' FIFA said in a statement.

'As the proceedings are ongoing we cannot comment further.'

Fiery: Croatia fans set off flares during the recent World Cup qualifier with Scotland at Hampden Park (Picture: Eric McCowat)

The Bundesliga match between Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim settled by a 'phantom' goal last week will not be replayed, Germany's sports court ruled today.

Stefan Kiessling headed a chance wide in the 70th minute of the match but the ball went through a hole in the net and ended up in the goal.

Referee Felix Brych awarded a goal after consulting his assistant, putting Leverkusen 2-0 up. The match ended 2-1.

Hoffenheim appealed the result but their hopes have been dashed by this verdict.

Brych told Monday's hearing that he thought the ball was going past the goal, lost sight of the ball, and 'then I saw the ball was in the goal.'

Ghost goal: Stefan Kiessling's header clearly went wide but was awarded as a goal (Picture: Getty Images)
FULHAM TEAM NEWS for Capital One Cup tie with Leicester

Fulham will check on captain Brede Hangeland ahead of the trip to Leicester in the Capital One Cup.

The centre-half missed Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Southampton due to a nerve problem in his leg.

Fit-again Aaron Hughes (thigh) could start after making his first appearance in a month as a substitute at St Mary's, but fellow defender Matthew Briggs (hernia) is still missing.

Provisional squad: Stekelenberg, Stockdale, Richardson, Hughes, Hangeland, Riether, Amorebieta, Sidwell, Karagounis, Parker, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Kasami, Duff, Dejagah, Boateng, Bent, Taarabt, Berbatov, Etheridge, Senderos, Zverotic, Rodallega.

Fitness check: Fulham will monitor captain Brede Hangeland ahead of the trip to Leicester

Newcastle have banned three local newspapers from matches and press conferences in response to coverage of a recent supporters' demonstration against Mike Ashley's regime at St James' Park.

The Evening Chronicle, The Journal and The Sunday Sun have been barred by club officials with approval from the controversial director of football Joe Kinnear.

The decision comes after the Sentinel in Stoke was ordered to pay £10,000 if it wanted to continue  covering Port Vale home matches by owner Norman Smurthwaite.


Manchester United defender Patrice Evra insists the Capital One Cup is a big trophy and admits the competition holds special memories for him.

While the League Cup may be bottom of United’s priorities this season, the France international said that does not mean they should not take it seriously.

Important: The League Cup was the first trophy Patrice Evra won at United in 2006

Jack Gaughan: To be fair to Brendan Rodgers, he has never once shirked the suggestion that Liverpool could be ready to launch a title bid.

Even if this surge to the Premier League’s summit has taken us by surprise, he won’t be unduly shocked.

The manager’s enthusiasm and ability to provoke a reaction from a group that at times looked beleaguered has never waned – despite a difficult first season at Anfield.

Winning formula: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has overseen an excellent start to the season

West Ham will be without Ricardo Vaz Te when they head to Burnley in the Capital One Cup.

The Portuguese striker suffered a dislocated shoulder at Swansea on Sunday and joins Andy Carroll (foot), Alou Diara (knee) and James Collins (hamstring) on the sidelines.

Carlton Cole could start in attack for the first time since he re-signed for the Hammers while fringe players Matt Taylor, George McCartney, Leo Chambers and Jack Collison - who has returned from a loan spell at Bournemouth - will also be in contention.

Provisional squad: Jaaskelainen, Adrian, Demel, Rat, McCartney, Chambers, Ruddock, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, Nolan, Diame, Collison, J Cole, Morrison, Jarvis, Downing, Taylor, Moncur, Maiga, Petric, C Cole.

Out: Ricardo Vaz Te will miss the trip to Turf Moor
Hughton to maintain faith in youth ahead of Old Trafford visit

Laurie Whitwell: Chris Hughton has spoken ahead of Norwich's Capital One Cup tie against Manchester United. A number of younger and back-up players appeared in the 3-2 win at Watford in the last round and the manager confirmed it will be a similar story tomorrow.

'I'll be using the squad tomorrow night, but I'll be putting a team out that I think will be good enough to win a tough game,' he said.

Hughton is under pressure and will carry mixed feelings into the game after the 0-0 draw with Cardiff on Saturday. His team were far the better and should have won but a lack of cutting edge denied them two extra points.

United might appear to be the last opponents he would wish for in such circumstances but he has fond memories of last season - and a 1-0 League win at Carrow Road. 'You always look for the positives, and one positive is that we did beat Manchester United last season,' he said.

Squad rotation: Chris Hughton confirmed he will field some fringe players at Old Trafford tomorrow

Janine Self: Ticket prices... there is nothing more guaranteed to annoy football fans than the cost of watching their team, especially if they sense a financial killing is being made at their expense.

Norwich supporters are up in arms this week at the news they will have to fork out £46 at Old Trafford if they want to go to the Capital One Cup fourth round tie against Manchester United.

Compare that to the £10 prices for the tie of the round - Arsenal v Chelsea at the Emirates.



Neil Ashton: Joe Hart faces serious competition for his England place as Roy Hodgson prepares to trial Celtic keeper Fraser Forster next month.

Although this is not a knee-jerk reaction to Hart’s latest high-profile error against Chelsea on Sunday, Hodgson is expected to give Forster his England debut at some point during the clash against Chile on November 15.

Four days later England play Germany at Wembley and Hodgson is likely to pick what he considers to be his strong team for the clash.


Joe Hart’s rut is quickly developing from a drama into a crisis. The once dependable goalkeeper of England and Manchester City was at fault again on Sunday as Chelsea beat City 2-1 – making it a staggering NINE errors that have led to goals in 2013 alone.


Emmanuel Petit is the former Arsenal midfielder who won the Double with the Gunners in 1998. The midfielder also won the World Cup and European Championship with France. Petit went onto play for Barcelona and Chelsea.

In this Footballers' Football Column he looks back on his career in France, England and Spain and tells how he nearly signed for Manchester United.

Petit also looks ahead to the Capital One Cup clash between Arsenal and Chelsea and says which of his former clubs needs the win more.


Bertie Bee has escaped a one-match ban after being sent off during Burnley's Championship clash with QPR on Saturday.

Sportsmail understands that the Clarets' mascot has been given a reprieve and will be back in action for the Capital One Cup fourth-round match against West Ham at Turf Moor on Tuesday.

Locked up: Bertie the Bee in a Turf Moor cell after his antics on Saturday

Sami Mokbel: Tony Pulis will hold talks with Crystal Palace supremo Steve Parish this week.

Sportsmail understands that contact with Pulis has now been made and formal talks will begin in the next few days.

Pulis is the leading contender to step in the vacant Selhurst Park hotseat, but their remains fears over whether Palace can afford the ex-Stoke boss.

The 55-year-old earned in the region of £1.5million at at the Britannia Stadium, well in-excess of what Holloway was earning.

Incoming: Tony Pulis will begin talks with Crystal Palace this week
Platini wants World Cup expanded to 40 teams

UEFA President Michel Platini wants the World Cup expanded from 32 to 40 teams.

It follows calls from FIFA President Sepp Blatter for greater Asian and African representation at the tournament.

Blatter has suggested in the past that places should be taken off European and South American nations to make way for them instead of expanding the tournament.

But in an interview with The Times, Platini said: 'I totally agree with Mr. Blatter that we need more African and Asian (countries). But instead of taking away some European, we have to go to 40 teams.'

CHELSEA TEAM NEWS for Capital One Cup tie with Arsenal

Jose Mourinho will give his fringe players an opportunity in the Capital One Cup clash at Arsenal, Chelsea's second match in three days.

The players which featured in Sunday's Barclays Premier League defeat of Manchester City will be rested and Mourinho will select a similar side to the one which won the previous round of the League Cup at Swindon.

World Cup winner Juan Mata, Brazil defender David Luiz, Senegal striker Demba Ba, Ghana midfielder Michael Essien and Belgium forward Kevin de Bruyne are among those set for an opportunity, along with Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

Provisional squad: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Luiz, Essien, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Mata, Oscar, Mikel, Schurrle, De Bruyne, Hazard, Ba, Willian, Schwarzer, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Eto'o, Bertrand, Kalas, Beeney.

Back in action: Chelsea's out-of-favour defender David Luiz could feature against Arsenal
MATCH POSTPONED - Boreham Wood v Maidenhead United

Tonight's Skrill Conference South match between Boreham Wood and Maidenhead United at Meadow Park has been postponed on safety grounds after a tree blew down in the car park.


It won't have escaped your notice that Britain is in the grip of the worst storm for about 25 years, with trees and power cables felled, transport delays and flooding.

As soon as the weather starts to interfere with the sporting schedule, we'll be the first to tell you.


Ralph Ellis casts an analytical eye over the weekend's Premier League action, including proof that Tottenham's high line in defence is working, West Ham are shy of passing and Everton's Romelu Lukaku is just as effective at the back as he is up front.

Responsibilities: Romelu Lukaku is a brilliant striker - and doesn't shirk his defensive duties either

It's the big debate in the Premier League right now - which partnership is better, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at Manchester United or Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool?

But Redknapp is in no doubt it's the latter: 'They are no Keegan-Toshack or Dalglish-Rush combination. On the face of it, their SAS double act doesn’t seem a marriage made in heaven.

'They are individuals relying on instinct, but it seems to be working.'

Unstoppable: Liverpool's front pairing of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have been in outstanding form this season (Picture: Sportimage)

Mark Bosnich has accused Sir Alex Ferguson of lacking the 'bravery' to meet him to explain his criticisms of the retired goalkeeper.

The Australian was frequently dropped by Ferguson during the 1999/2000 season having arrived at the club from Aston Villa to replace Pete Schmeichel.

In the Scot's recently released autobiography he revealed he felt Bosnich to be a 'terrible professional' with a worrying lack of dietary discipline and that he even tried to end the club's interest in the goalkeeper and instead sign Edwin van der Sar, who eventually joined United in 2005.

Outspoken: Mark Bosnich has slammed Ferguson after comments in his autobiography

Sami Mokbel: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini - who refused to shake Jose Mourinho's hand at the final whistle - failed to publicly back his embattled goalkeeper following the mix-up with Matija Nastasic that led to Chelsea's 90th-minute strike.

The blunder puts the England No 1 firmly back under the microscope after a series of mistakes that have overshadowed his campaign.

Calamity: Nastasic and Hart's mix-up allowed Torres to score a late winner at Stamford Bridge

As a top football photographer, Sportsmail's Graham Chadwick is used to getting close to action - but not usually this close!

Chadwick was left bloodied yesterday when Tottenham flier Andros Townsend tumbled over the advertising hoardings head-first and clattered him with his studs.

Showing his trademark speed to make the ball before it crossed the bye-line, the England winger couldn't halt his momentum and crashed into the photographer's pit.

Close encounter: This is the last image Sportsmail snapper Graham Chadwick got of Andros Townsend before he was clattered
Clattered: Our man receives first aid treatment after Townsend somersaulted over the advertising boards

John Edwards: Jurgen Klopp has moved even further out of reach for his Barclays Premier League admirers after emerging as Germany’s top choice to succeed Joachim Loew as national coach.

The German Federation appeared to give Loew a resounding vote of confidence last week, when they announced they had reached agreement with him for a new contract until 2016.

But they are already looking ahead and have pencilled in in-demand Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp as their next manager.

Favourite: Jurgen Klopp (centre), the Borussia Dortmund coach, is likely to succeed Joachim Loew as Germany manager
Good Morning and Welcome

It may be wet and wild outside, but if you can't get anywhere then console yourself with all the breaking news from the world of football.

In the coming eight hours, we've all the fall-out from yesterday's Premier League matches - including Joe Hart's gift to Chelsea - the latest on postponements caused by the storm and a look ahead to the midweek Capital One Cup fourth round ties.