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.
EXCLUSIVE: Jose was offered chance to succeed Fergie in 2013... after meeting Woodward in the back of a van!
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.
Pogba smashes home 30-yard winner for France in Amsterdam as Holland slip to third place in World Cup qualifying group
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.
Andre Silva scores first-half hat-trick and Ronaldo gets on scoresheet too as Euro 2016 winners Portugal win easily
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.
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.
Benteke scores fastest EVER World Cup goal after seven seconds on way to hat-trick as Belgium thrash Gibraltar
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.
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'.
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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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Guess who, Jose? Watch the Man United manager struggle to recognise his own stars when shown pictures of them as kids
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, 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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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...