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Jose Mourinho plays Guess the Player with his Manchester United stars

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.

Wayne Rooney dropped from England starting XI 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.

After his latest controversy, Sleevegate, Sportsmail looks at the love-hate relationship between fans of the Spanish national side and their World and European champion defender, Gerard Pique.

Coleen Rooney launched a passionate defence of her husband, England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, on Twitter after hearing criticism of him on the radio on Monday.

Wayne Rooney will not start for England against Slovenia after Gareth Southgate took the decision to drop his captain. We asked our reporters whether it was the right decision?

The 18-year-old midfielder, who has a buyout clause set at £3.6million, made his debut in December last year under the stewardship of Gary Neville.

Only three clubs around Europe have given less league minutes to national players this season than Chelsea, a new study has revealed. Just 16 per cent came courtesy of English players.

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...

Ched Evans tells his rape retrial 'victim was enjoying herself during sex'

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.

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.

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez has revealed Arsenal tried to sign him in the summer but the Premier League champions refused to sell him. He admits he did want to force a move.

Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith could face suspension from the British Gymnastics programme after a controversial video which was leaked online.

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.

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

Nigeria has provided a hotbed of Premier League talent over the years, but it is a pair of rising stars that are leading the attack for the Super Eagles' new generation.

Chelsea have no plans to sell defender Andreas Christensen. The Danish centre-back is impressing on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach where he has attracted attention from the likes of Barcelona

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.

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...

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. 

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.

Tiger Woods' peers are excited about the former world number one's PGA Tour return this week after a lengthy absence, but most of them have expressed caution when it comes to expectations.

Villa are close to confirming Bruce as their next manager and the former United legend has the backing of owner Tony Xia and Chief Executive Keith Wyness to bring his own staff

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are both out of the world's top four for the first time in

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 celebrates top 50 status with Shanghai Masters victory

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.

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.

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.

York City's state of disarray continues after Jackie McNamara was sacked as manager, but asked to continue in charge of the Vanarama National League club until they find a replacement.

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.

Sam Burgess has been included in Wayne Bennett's first England squad, paving the way for his first international appearance since the 2013 World Cup.



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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

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.

Everton have improved defensively this season because new manager Ronald Koeman has put more emphasis on a high work rate and greater solidity, according to right back Seamus Coleman.

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.

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.

France defender Djibril Sidibe turned down Arsenal this summer fearing he would not play regularly - but has targeted a move to England next season.

Juan Mata believes a third straight victory over Liverpool at Anfield would show everyone Manchester United really mean business. United have won the last two clashes at Anfield.

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.

Dusan Tadic overcome with emotion after Serbia's win against Austria

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.

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.

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.

Aidy Boothroyd has challenged Leicester City starlet Demarai Gray to follow in Jesse Lingard’s footsteps and assert himself as a regular for club and country.

Spain legend Xavi is hopeful that Scotland can end a 20-year absence from the World Cup by qualifying for the tournament in Russia in two years' time.

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.

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.

Garry Monk was sent to the stands during Leeds' loss at Bristol City following an 88th-minute outburst. The ban will be served during Saturday's Sky Bet Championship trip to Derby.

Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford has praised the positive effect Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had on him since the former Sweden international's arrival in the summer.

Ravi Ashwin takes six wickets as India continue to dominate third Test against New Zealand

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.