JACK GAUGHAN visited Edgeley Park on Saturday afternoon as Salford City took on Stockport in a fiery clash (left). Also among the crowd were two of the owners - Gary Neville and Paul Scholes (right). So, how are the team - who have been the subject of a popular BBC series - getting on in their bid to rise through the leagues?
Is Rooney's time up? England captain faces anxious wait to discover if he has been dropped as they train ahead of trip to Slovenia
Wayne Rooney took part in England's training session on Monday morning but his place in the starting line-up for the clash with Slovenia is in doubt. Sportsmail understands Gareth Southgate is giving serious consideration to what would be the biggest decision of his short managerial reign – dropping his captain from the starting line-up. The Three Lions trained at Tottenham's Enfield training centre ahead of Tuesday's clash in Ljubljana as they look to build on their 100 per cent record in Group F.
The 100 best footballers on the planet... starting today, we count down our pick of the leading stars in the world right now
ADAM SHERGOLD: It is the conversation that dominates pubs, internet forums and the office space. Who is the greatest footballer on the planet? This week Sportsmail will be counting down the top 100 players in world football. From Nos 100-81 the Premier League is well represented, while there is space for an English teenager who only made his professional debut earlier this year...
United team-mates - but rivals tonight: Pogba and Depay start mind games... with dancing and croissants!
Manchester United stars Paul Pogba and Memphis Depay have each been preparing in their own unique way ahead of the duo's meeting on the international stage. Holland host France in a crunch World Cup 2018 qualifier which will pit the Old Trafford aces against each other in their nation's colours. The two however have differed in their preparatory approach, the world's most expensive footballer Pogba getting into the match day spirit by dancing on the team plane, while his United team-mate Depay has taken a stance on French food.
These are the men Gareth Southgate is relying on to help him make an instant impact as England manager. Southgate's reign began with victory over Malta on Saturday and the caretaker boss - drafted in to fill the gap following the departure of Sam Allardyce - was surrounded by his trusted advisers on the Wembley bench. Among them are a former lead doctor at British Athletics, a physiotherapist with experience of working in South Korea, an ex director of the Crewe academy and a shipyard worker from Dumbarton who used to drive the team bus. Here, Sportsmail breaks down Southgate's crew, what they do and where their careers have taken them...
Gareth Bale has long cemented his place as the jewel in the crown of Welsh football but an incident during his country's draw against Georgia on Sunday has got fans talking about him for a different reason. He was forced to re-tie his top-knot during the first half of the World Cup qualifier at the Cardiff City stadium and in the process gave a glimpse of just how long his locks has become. The 27-year-old was met with wolf-whistles from the crowd as he had to wait for a break in play before he could re-arrange his hair.
ALBANIA 0-2 SPAIN: Spain rose to the top of World Cup qualifying Group G following a comfortable 2-0 victory over former leaders Albania at the Loro-Borici stadium. The visitors predictably dominated proceedings and only a couple of excellent saves from Albania keeper Etrit Berisha, denying Thiago Alcantara and Vitolo, prevented them from taking a first-half lead. Chelsea striker Diego Costa eventually broke Albania's resistance after the interval before Manchester City's Nolito came on to double their lead and take Julen Lopetegui's side top of their group after three games.
England captain Jos Buttler has been given an official reprimand by the International Cricket Council following his reaction to provocation from Bangladesh fielders during the ill-tempered second one-day international in Dhaka. Buttler reacted to what he thought were over-exuberant celebrations from several Bangladesh players on Sunday and a heated confrontation ensued, with umpires forced to intervene by sending the Englishman on his way.
MOLDOVA 1-3 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND - CRAIG HOPE IN MOLDOVA: James McClean's second-half double handed the Republic of Ireland a deserved 3-1 victory over Moldova to put Martin O'Neill's side joint-top of their World Cup qualifying group. Shane Long didn't have to break his stride to score Ireland's first of the evening, latching onto Wes Hoolahan's pinpoint through-ball to slot home his first goal in 18 matches for club and country. Moldova grew in confidence and equalised through Igor Bugaev on the stroke of half-time - but McClean secured all three points for the visitors with two side-footed finishes seven minutes apart.
That's blown it! Lewis needs title miracle as blunder lets Nico coast to win and extend world championship lead to 33 points
JOE DOWNES AT SUZUKA: Lewis Hamilton’s woeful start allowed Nico Rosberg to coast to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix and edge closer to a maiden world title. The German was left with the simplest of tasks to claim his maiden win at Suzuka, his ninth this season and his fourth in the last five races. Hamilton was down in eighth place at the end of lap one as his troubles off the line this term continued. He recovered to finish third but now trails Mercedes team-mate Rosberg by 33 points with just four races remaining and a maximum 100 points up for grabs.
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Wales pull out another wacky formation for their team photo... but the joke's on them as they drop two points at home to Georgia
Wales lined up for another wretched team photo ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Georgia on Sunday night, but after the visitors snatched a deserved point in Cardiff, one wonders if the in-joke has grown old. Injuries to two key players Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen left the Welsh team depleted heading into the crucial encounter - and the way the side stationed themselves for the cameras forewarned expectant fans of the dishevelled performance that ensued.
Kiely, who last played for Premier League club West Bromich Albion before retiring in 2011, partnered young keeper Ben Killip against Canaries stoppers John Ruddy and Paul Jones in a thrilling session
With Macedonia looking as if they were set to secure a major upset, Lazio striker Ciro Immobile scored two late goals as Italy got out of jail in Skopje and secured a 3-2 victory.
Arsenal ace Ramsey proves he's a sharp shooter off the pitch too as he uses injury break to take up clay pigeon shooting
Aaron Ramsey has seemingly taken up a new hobby during his recovery from injury. The Arsenal midfielder celebrated his brother Josh's birthday by going clay pigeon shooting and was gracious in defeat when sending his sibling his best wishes on social media. 'Suppose I had to let him win on his birthday. Happy birthday #claypigeonshooting.' wrote Ramsey.
Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino have been in terrific form for Liverpool this season and both scored as Brazil beat Bolivia 5-0 in Friday's World Cup qualifier. It is perhaps no wonder, then, that both looked in convivial spirits as Coutinho uploaded a photograph to Instagram of the pair on the aeroplane to next international opponents, Venezuela.
After Karamoko Dembele made his debut for Celtic's U20 side aged just 13, there's already another wonderkid on the block... and he goes by the name of Mustafa Kapi. The 14-year-old was handed his Galatasaray first-team debut on Saturday, replacing striker Sinan Gunus in the 89th minute of their friendly against Levski Sofia. The Turkish giants travelled to Bulgaria to keep up their match fitness during the international break and maybe bed in a couple of youngsters, but nobody expected Dutch coach Jan Olde Riekerink to play a teenager born in 2002.
MIKE DICKSON: Novak Djokovic remains a long way in front as world No 1, but it may not be long before he starts to hear Andy Murray's footsteps creeping up behind him. The 29-year-old Scot is trying to chase his Serbian rival down and moved closer by winning the China Open - his fifth title of the season and the 40th of his career on the ATP Tour. Murray's latest victim was Grigor Dimitrov, the flamboyant Bulgarian who produced his usual range of extravagant shotmaking but not enough consistency to derail his opponent in Beijing.
SARACENS 30-14 WASPS - CHRIS FOY AT ALLIANZ PARK: Jamie George touched down twice in the space of five minutes at Allianz Park to become the country's leading try scorer and quell Wasps' resistance. When Jimmy Gopperth struck a penalty for the visitors in the 67th minute, they were trailing by just two points and in the hunt for a sixth victory in as many matches, to remain top of the Aviva Premiership table. Instead, Saracens raised themselves for a furious late onslaught and George capitalised, crossing the line twice after coming on as a replacement to take his try tally to five in the first six games of this campaign.
Konta misses out on biggest title of her career after defeat by Radwanska in China but Brit still cracks world's top 10
Jo Konta began the year with an unexpected run to the Australian Open semi-final, and is ending it by showing that her performance in Melbourne was no isolated incident. Despite a 6-4, 6-2 defeat in the final of the China Open, the British No 1 has forced her way into the world’s top 10. Her improvement has continued apace, even though unlocking the remarkable courtcraft of world No 3 Agnieszka Radwanska proved beyond her.
Gatland beware... son Bryn's plotting your Lions defeat! Family rivalry reaches fever pitch ahead of tour to New Zealand
RORY KEANE - EXCLUSIVE: The British and Irish Lions will face many challenges during their daunting five-week odyssey in New Zealand, but coach Warren Gatland will also have to contend with his own son plotting their downfall. The Auckland Blues will provide the first real test of a gruelling 10-game tour on June 7 and Bryn Gatland could very well be wearing the No 10 jersey for the opposition at Eden Park.