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Salford City are owned by Manchester United legends and hated by most in non-League

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?

England prepare for Slovenia clash as captain Wayne Rooney faces anxious wait to see if he

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. 

Newcastle United's Rolando Aarons is one of nine people arrested after a huge brawl in a club in the city. Aarons, 20, is said to have gone 'berserk' after he saw a group of men dancing with his auntie.

JACK GAUGHAN: All Manchester City academy stars must wear black boots as they rise through the ranks. Club chiefs want players to remain grounded as they are learning their trade.

The changing of the guard in world tennis was confirmed on Monday as both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal fell out of the top four for the first time since June 23, 2003.

The death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was likely 'inevitable' after he was struck by a ball, an inquest heard on Monday as it raised concerns about on-field sledging and short, fast deliveries.

Dave Brailsford was challenged to explain why he said a cycling official had travelled to France to meet a leading female rider when he was in fact delivering a package to the British road team.

The 100 best players in the world... Sportsmail counts down the greatest footballers on

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...

Manchester United star Paul Pogba dances in the air while Memphis Depay rejects 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.

Holland host France in Amsterdam with two of Europe's most illustrious footballing nations aiming for the early initiative in World Cup qualifying. Sportsmail tells you all you need to know.

Manchester City face an anxious wait to find out whether Sergio Aguero will be fit for their Premier League return after he was forced off during Argentina training. Aguero limped out with pain in his calf.

JOE DOWNES AT SUZUKA: Starting from second on the grid at Suzuka, Hamilton crawled off the line, getting swallowed up by several cars to lie eighth at the end of the first lap.

Like most players coming to the end of their days as a footballer Frank Lampard already has his eyes on the next phase of his career as a manager.The midfielder joked it would be Chelsea.

The latest round of international action threw up some intriguing battles as teams across the globe continued their search for a place at the 2018 World Cup. Here are 10 things we learned.

Gareth Southgate's England backroom staff: The medical lecturer, shipyard worker and back

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...

SAMI MOKBEL: Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs has cut short a mid-season break in Dubai to help ease England's defensive crisis. He has received a late call-up for Tuesday's clash with Slovenia.

If Daniel Sturridge is going to continue leading the line for England, he needs to be more selfish. He played far too deep against Malta and kept getting involved in the link-up play.

MATT LAWTON: Rooney's deployment in a deep midfield role ahead of Eric Dier is unsustainable when a player of the Tottenham midfielder's youth and athleticism will be required against better opposition.

Will it ever become fun again? Or have we now reached the stage where you go to Wembley if you want to be angry? Those questions need to be asked after England's first home game of the season.

Gareth Bale shows off his lengthy locks as Wales draw against Georgia in World Cup

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: Diego Costa and Nolito take visitors top of World Cup qualifying Group

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.

The Barcelona centre back has enjoyed a distinguished career with the national side having been part of Vicente del Bosque's side that won the World Cup and European Championship double.

The Southampton winger has scored three and set up the other five goals for Serbia in their three Group D games so far, leading the way in Sunday's 3-2 home win over Austria with a goal and two assists.

Paul Pogba's slow start to the new season can be put down to his exertions at Euro 2016 last summer, says his international captain Hugo Lloris. Pogba helped France to the final on home soil.

England captain Jos Buttler reprimanded by ICC after defeat by Bangladesh

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: Martin O'Neill's side move joint top of 2018 World Cup

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.

LAURIE WHITWELL AT THE CARDIFF CITY STADIUM: For the second time in four days Welsh hands let slip a lead to leave Chris Coleman with a sinking feeling.

Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice as Serbia beat Austria 3-2 to take over as the new leaders of Group D.

Carlo Ancelotti believes the task of replicating Pep Guardiola's success at Bayern Munich is 'easy' because of the condition of the squad the Spaniard left behind to take over at Manchester City.

Manchester United paid keeper Pat Dunne just £35 a week in the 1960s

Manchester United signed goalkeeper Pat Dunne from Shamrock Rovers for £10,500 in 1964 and was paid £35 a week during the three years he was at Old Trafford under Sir Matt Busby. A friend of one of Dunne's grandsons has posted an image of a letter detailing the goalkeeper's new contract.

Lewis Hamilton needs F1 title miracle as blunder lets Nico Rosberg coast to Japanese Grand

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.

Lewis Hamilton will not be able to stop Nico Rosberg from winning the championship unless the German hits trouble in the next four races, according to Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda.

It's been inevitable for much of the season but Mercedes finally sealed the constructors' championship at the Japanese Grand Prix following Nico Rosberg's Suzuka win.

The Japanese GP could prove a defining point in the championship race as Nico Rosberg's victory saw him extend his title lead over Lewis Hamilton to 33 points. Here are five things we learned from Suzuka.

Tyson Fury's camp are happy for the heavyweight champion to have his belts stripped... as long as he is afforded the chance to win them back when he returns to the ring, according to trainer Peter Fury.

England head coach Eddie Jones is due to meet club directors of rugby later this week to clear the air after a string of injuries during an England squad training gathering in Brighton.



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Gag's on you, lads! Wales pose for another hideous team photo but Georgia derail hosts'

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 schools Norwich keepers in epic Spikeball battle as part of innovative training drill

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

Macedonia 2-3 Italy: Ciro Immobile scores twice late on as Azzurri come from behind to win

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.

Enner Valencia has broken his silence over allegations he owes £13,500 in child maintenance to the mother of his daughter, stating he must 'honour his family as and professional image'. 

The former Birmingham and Hull manager has held initial discussions with Villa and is now considered the leading contender for the position along with Steve Clarke.

Neal Ardley's side claimed their first-ever victory over Oxford - winning 3-1 - on Sunday to move up to 10th in Sky Bet League One, one point above the Dons who lost 1-0 at home to Port Vale.

Liverpool have scored 26 goals in their opening nine games in all competitions - with only leaders Manchester City equalling their haul of 18 in the Premier League. Mane has contributed three.

Ryan Giggs thinks Jesse Lingard has been an intelligent player since the age of 10 but needs to 'kick on'. Lingard made his debut for England in their World Cup qualifier against Malta.

SAMI MOKBEL: Slovenia have suffered a turbulent build-up to Tuesday's tie with England after a bust-up involving one of their star men. Kevin Kampl has pulled out and been called a 'deserter' by team-mates.

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.

Liverpool star duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino gear up for Venezuela away test

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.

14-year-old wonderkid Mustafa Kapi handed senior debut by Galatasaray

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.

The 34-year-old was involved in an alleged heated exchange at the club's Murray Park training ground on September 13, and he has not been allowed back since.

Sergio Ramos is likely to miss Real's La Liga games against Real Betis, Athletic Bilbao, Alaves and Leganes and two Champions League group games with Legia Warsaw with a knee injury.

Chris Coleman insisted it was 'not the end of the world' after Wales' World Cup ambitions were dented by a 1-1 home draw with Georgia.

JOHN GREECHAN: Gordon Strachan believes Scotland's World Cup hopes hinge on grabbing the 'big away result' so lacking in repeated qualification failures.

CHRIS WHEELER: Gianni Infantino says he was saddened by Sam Allardyce's departure from the England job after just one game, but promised to crack down on third-party ownership of players.

CHRIS WHEELER: Kyle Lafferty is back among the goals for Northern Ireland, but whether he will be back in the team against world champions Germany on Tuesday is another matter altogether.

Andy Murray creeps closer to Novak Djokovic's No 1 spot after winning fifth title of the

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: Jamie George pushes his case to England head coach Eddie Jones

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.

Johanna Konta suffers straight sets defeat by world No 3 Agnieszka Radwanska in China Open

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.

After the fight, Bisping was delighted with his own performance, but said that the energy and commitment shown by the fans got him through some tough situations.

More than a decade after joining the Warriors as a 13-year-old, Josh Charnley marked his farewell game with the winning try to deny Warrington’s first ever victory in the Grand Final.

CHRIS FOY'S GAINLINE: Jack Nowell is a doubt for England's Test campaign next month after missing Exeter's draw with Gloucester due to a leg injury suffered at the training camp in Brighton.

Tyrrell Hatton equalled the course record at St Andrews with a flawless 62 on Saturday, carded a closing 66 to finish 23 under par, matching the tournament record set by Peter Uihlein in 2013.

Mark Wood has received another serious setback in his injury ravaged career when he was today ruled out of England's Test tour of India with more problems with his left ankle.

Amir Khan is targeting a return to boxing in early 2017, after an operation to place hip bone into his right hand was a success. Khan has been out of the game since defeat to Canelo Alvarez in May.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his hottest selections ahead of Monday's meetings at Salisbury, Windsor, Chelmsford City and Yarmouth.

Chasers and Hurdlers magazine highlighted what they perceive to be a dereliction of duty by the British Horseracing Authority. Timeform claim stewards in Britain 'turn a blind eye'.

Warren Gatland beware... son Bryn is plotting to defeat his father's Lions with Auckland

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.

ROB DRAPER: It is almost as if the man himself is there. The question has been raised as to whether Johan Cruyff would have had any concerns about Pep Guardiola adapting to English football.

The Minnesota Vikings are an example of how to manage a stadium move in precisely the way that West Ham are not. The Vikings sought continuity where as West Ham talk of re-branding.

I was encouraged by England's first 45 minutes at Wembley on Saturday night, you could see what the new manager Gareth Southgate was trying to instil in his players.