Jose Mourinho looks like the most relaxed man in the world as he lounges back on his chair, his legs crossed and his hand on his knee. The Manchester United manager is about be given an intense grilling as he attempts to identify members of his squad... from pictures of them as children, before giving his first impressions of his players. The former Chelsea boss, well known for handling the pressure situations in big matches, cuts a confident figure as he is confronted with pictures of some of his main men taken straight from the family album.
Rooney to speak at pre-match press conference despite being AXED for England's clash against Slovenia
Wayne Rooney has been dropped from England's starting XI for the World Cup qualifying clash with Slovenia. Gareth Southgate has dropped his captain from the starting line-up after giving serious consideration to what is the biggest decision of his short managerial reign. Rooney and the rest of the Three Lions squad trained at Tottenham's Enfield training centre ahead of Tuesday's clash in Ljubljana as they look to maintain their 100 per cent win 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...
Evans tells his rape retrial teenage 'victim took the lead and was enjoying herself during sex and he only stopped because he had a girlfriend'
The Chesterfield player said the 19-year-old woman was ‘making noises like she was enjoying herself’ at the Premier Inn hotel in Rhyl, North Wales. Evans, 27, also told Cardiff Crown Court today that he stopped having sex with the woman because he realised he was cheating on his girlfriend. He then left the hotel via the fire exit and walked to his mother's house, the court was told. Evans was also shown CCTV in court today of his alleged victim falling over in a kebab shop as he walked past her – but he claimed he could not remember this.
SPECIAL REPORT: Owned by the Class of '92 and hated by most in their division, how are Salford City doing in their quest to reach the heady heights of the Football League?
JACK GAUGHAN: Edgeley Park on Saturday afternoon. Almost four thousand are on the gate with Salford City in town. Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, too. But for one Stockport County supporter, his focus is on a technical area 10 yards to the right. More bothered about goading a manager on his haunches than Stockport turning this feisty National League North clash on its head, spluttering spleen and jabbing a finger towards Anthony Johnson, one half of Salford's absorbing management duo.
Manchester 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.
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.
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 in 13 years. The legendary rivals, who have won 31 Grand Slam titles between them during their careers, have been mainstays in the sport for well over a decade. But respective injury problems and decline in form have finally caught up with the dynamic duo.
Kyle Edmund celebrated his newfound status as a top-50 player with victory in the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Edmund picked up only his second main draw victory at Masters level, beating Argentina's Federico Delbonis 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in two hours and six minutes. It comes on the day that the 21-year-old achieved a rankings milestone, rising to a new career-high position of No 48.
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
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.
'I almost burst into tears when the whole stadium started chanting my name': Tadic overcome with emotion after Serbia's win
Axed by Serbia after they failed to reach the Euro 2016 finals, Dusan Tadic is enjoying a new lease of life in international football and has propelled the Balkan nation to top spot in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group. 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.
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.
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.
India are eyeing a series whitewash of New Zealand after Ravi Ashwin led the way as the tourists were bowled out for 299 on day three of the third Test at Indore. Ashwin (six for 81) could not stay out of the action and added to his wickets with two deflections at the non-striker's end to run out Martin Guptill and then Jeetan Patel backing up as India took a 258-run first-innings lead.
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.
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.