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Wayne Rooney is now a passenger England just can't afford to carry to the 2018 World Cup 

With Gareth Southgate dropping Wayne Rooney for Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier in Slovenia, Sportsmail’s experts JAMIE CARRAGHER, JAMIE REDKNAPP, MARTIN KEOWN and CHRIS SUTTON assess whether there is any way back for the England skipper and who could take over the captain’s armband.

Jose Mourinho was offered the chance to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United

MIKE KEEGAN: Jose Mourinho was offered the opportunity to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager during a clandestine 2013 meeting in the back of a people carrier. Sportsmail understands that United's executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, flew to Madrid in a bid to persuade the Portuguese, then managing Real, to come to Manchester.

MATT LAWTON: Sir Bradley Wiggins has come under fire from another Team Sky cyclist, who described riders who seek permission to use banned drugs in competition as ‘ethically wrong’.

SAMI MOKBEL IN LJUBLJAN: Wayne Rooney vowed to fight for his England future after he was sensationally axed by Gareth Southgate. He said: ‘I believe I can come back from this.'

CHARLES SALE: FA chairman Greg Clarke is going to face questions on Wednesday about the £1million payout to former England manager Sam Allardyce, who resigned after only 67 days.

MATT BARLOW IN LJUBLJANA: Southgate said Rooney responded to being dropped for a competitive game for the first time in 13 years of international football with great professionalism.

WORLD OF GOLF - DEREK LAWRENSON: Have we ever seen a more shocking example of sporting stage fright? Woods withdrew on Monday night from this week's Safeway Open.

Tyson Fury is expected to relinquish his remaining heavyweight world titles on Tuesday as he undergoes treatment for depression. The WBA and WBO were expected to strip Fury of his belts.

Conor McGregor has been punished for throwing bottles of water at Nate Diaz at his pre-fight press conference. The Irishman has to do 50 hours of community service and pay £121,000.

Holland 0-1 France: Paul Pogba thunderbolt fires Didier Deschamps' side to narrow win in

HOLLAND 0-1 FRANCE: Paul Pogba's venomous 30-yard strike was enough for France to record a slender victory over Holland in Amsterdam. Pogba lashed France in front, with the Manchester United midfielder picking the ball up from Dimitri Payet before unleashing a swerving shot from 30 yards which Maarten Stekelenburg couldn't keep out.  Vincent Janssen felt he could have won a penalty in the first-half when his shot flicked off the hand of Laurent Koscielny, but in a second period short on clear openings, Memphis Depay was denied spectacularly from point-blank range by Hugo Lloris. 

Faroe Islands 0-6 Portugal: Andre Silva scores first-half hat-trick as European champions

FAROE ISLANDS 0-6 PORTUGAL: Andre Silva stole the show for Portugal in their comfortable victory against the Faroe Islands.  The striker partnered Cristiano Ronaldo but overshadowed the Real Madrid talisman with a first-half hat-trick.  Ronaldo managed to get in on the act with a superb strike into the top corner from outside the box as the visitors strolled to another win with Joao Moutinho and Joao Cancelo also netting.  

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?

INSIGHT BY ROB WILSON: It is clear that there is a change taking place in Wayne Rooney’s career trajectory and it is likely his best years as a footballer are now behind him.

The interim manager wants Rooney to remain captain despite dropping him for Tuesday's game in Slovenia, but it is Henderson who will lead the side out for the first time in Ljubljana.

There wasn’t a lot between the sides when England won 3-2 there in 2015 with two Jack Wilshere wonder goals, and Slovenia will be in high spirits after beating Slovakia 1-0 on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney's best and worst moments in an England shirt

It is fair to say that Wayne Rooney has endured a somewhat turbulent start to the new season. The Manchester United captain has come in for major criticism in recent months due to his less than impressive performances and has been dropped by both Manchester United and England.  Here, Sportsmail's JAMES RESTALL looks back at the highs and lows of the England captain's Three Lions career.

Gibraltar 0-6 Belgium: Christian Benteke scores after SEVEN seconds on his way to

GIBRALTAR 0-6 BELGIUM: Christian Benteke scored the fastest ever goal in World Cup history when he put Belgium ahead after seven seconds of their Group H game against Gibraltar on Monday night. The Crystal Palace striker slotted home as Belgium broke away from the kick off to beat the previous record of eight seconds held by San Marino's Davide Gualtieri who scored against England in 1993.

NASSER HUSSAIN: We saw a new side to Jos Buttler —and it could do both him and this England team the world of good. Players shouldn’t lose their rag with each other. But let’s give them slack.

NIK SIMON: Saracens are lining up South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth to supercharge their European and Premiership title push with a two-month deal after the autumn Tests.

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.

Joachim Low's Germany in mood to improve despite only ever tasting defeat twice in World

CHRIS WHEELER: Germany are constantly seeking improvements as Joachim Low looks to keep his side's record of only losing two World Cup qualifiers. The German juggernaut rolls on against Northern Ireland next in the Group C clash on Wednesday. Low said he doesn't pay any attention to statistics but is looking for the team to complete qualification with 'full concentration'.

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 of his alleged victim falling over in a kebab shop as he walked past her - but he claimed he could not remember this.

Germany manager Joachim Low will head into the match against Northern Ireland targeting a 94th victory as national boss. He said he is 'fairly confident' his team will progress to the World Cup.

Despite the magnitude of the task in front of them in Hanover, O'Neill knows improbable results can be pulled off but in attempting to take anything from the fixture, he insists his team have to be resolute.

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.

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.

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...

PETER JACKSON: On a wintry Saturday at Old Deer Park more than half a century ago, Dickie Jeeps made a point of introducing himself to a Welsh schoolboy.

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

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.

Wimbledon wonder Marcus Willis says 'my level can be very high' as he prepares for his

INTERVIEW BY MIKE DICKSON: After becoming a household name almost overnight during Wimbledon, Marcus Willis could have gone one of two ways. There was the very modern route of pursuing minor celebrity through the likes of TV reality shows, or the one that took him back into the hard school of the tennis circuit. Despite a recent appearance in Hello! to announce he and partner Jenny are to become parents next year, the unlikely hero of SW19 has chosen the latter path.

Pittsburgh Steelers' Antonio Brown forced to change Muhammad Ali boots by NFL officials

Antonio Brown's special boots adorned with the face of Muhammad Ali did not sit well with the NFL. Officials threatened to eject the Pittsburgh Steelers star from his side's game against the New York Jets on Sunday as his cleats were found to be in breach of league rules. Brown, who has already fallen foul of the NFL this season, started the clash at Heinz Field with the boots that paid tribute to the legendary boxer but was forced to change to a more conventional pair early on.

The last time Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were both outside the world’s top four, Andre Agassi was No 1 and Roman Abramovich was about to purchase Chelsea for £150million.

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.

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.



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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.

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

Sweden secure comfortable victory against Bulgaria as Switzerland edge past Andorra 

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING ROUND-UP: Sweden swept to a 3-0 win over brittle Bulgaria thanks to goals from Ola Toivonen, Oscar Hiljemark and Victor Lindeloef, a result that put them joint top of World Cup qualifying Group A with France. Striker Toivonen missed an early header but put the Swedes ahead in the 39th minute, scooping the ball into the roof of the net after a swift Swedish attack down the right. Ivelin Popov could have put Bulgaria level minutes later but fired wide with the goal at his mercy and he compounded his error by poking another great chance wide in the second half.

United remain neutral on the issue but are open to introducing an area similar to that installed by the Scottish club, with a capacity of close to 3,000 should it be deemed legal and feasible.

Aidy Boothroyd has urged under-fire England Under 21 midfielder Jack Grealish not to wallow in his recent problems and enjoy his football again - starting with Tuesday's match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Manchester City defender pulled his hamstring during France's 4-1 victory against Bulgaria last week and is expected to be out of action until November at the earliest.

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.

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

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

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. 

Stay at Manchester United for £35 per week! Remarkable letter sent to goalkeeper Pat Dunne

Pat Dunne played for Manchester United in the 1960's. A remarkable letter signed by Sir Matt Busby has been found by his grandson offering a contract of £35 per week to the goalkeeper.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Barcelona will be without Jasper Cillessen for three weeks after he sustained an ankle injury in training on international duty with Holland, while Jordi Alba is also set to miss the game against Deportivo.

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.

Darren Fletcher thinks the Scotland team owe their boss a performance against Slovakia. The midfielder appreciated his manager's willingness to stick up for the players after the Lithuania draw.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal has not played competitive golf since the second round at Augusta National last year due to pain in his joints caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

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.

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.

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.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his hottest selections ahead of Tuesday's meetings at Leicester, Mussleburgh, Wolverhampton and Huntingdon.

Two more winners at Windsor on Monday on Broadhaven Honey and Eljeemi put the 38-year-old on 142 for the title race, 17 clear of reigning champion Silvestre de Sousa.

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...

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.

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.

RORY KEANE - EXCLUSIVE: The Lions will face many challenges in New Zealand, but coach Warren Gatland will also have to contend with his own son plotting their downfall.