SLOVENIA 0-0 ENGLAND - MATT LAWTON IN LJUBLJANA: For Wayne Rooney came the realisation that, yes, watching England can be this hard-going. But managing them? Only now will Gareth Southgate appreciate how difficult that is too. It would be ludicrous to suggest Southgate made a mistake axing Rooney from the England side. The time had most certainly arrived and England's interim boss still deserves credit for taking such a bold step. But he must have endured moments here at the Stozice Stadium when he began to question his own judgement, and finally turned to the England captain after 73 minutes in search of some much-needed composure and leadership.
Inside the life of a football outcast: Everton reject Niasse reveals the lengths at which he has been excluded... including having his own locker taken away
Everton outcast Oumar Niasse has been told to find a new club by boss Ronald Koeman following a dismal spell at Goodison Park following his move from Lokomotiv Moscow in a £13.5m deal in January. Now, having become the subject of ridicule from fans after just 152 minutes of action and no goals, the 26-year-old is playing with the youngsters and does not even have his own personal space for his belongings.
Strachan on the brink after dismal Scotland are beaten easily in Slovakia to leave World Cup qualification hopes hanging by thread
SLOVAKIA 3-0 SCOTLAND - MARK WILSON IN TRNAVA: Scotland's hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup finals suffered a major blow after they suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat by Slovakia at the Anton Malatinksy City Arena in Trnava. Gordon Strachan's side felt aggrieved by the manner they fell behind after 18 minutes, with Steven Fletcher appearing to be upended in the build-up. The hosts raced up the other end and after David Marshall saved Marek Hamsik's header from Jakub Holubek's delivery, Robert Mak was on hand to fire home. Marshall made two fantastic saves to prevent Slovakia from doubling their lead before the break, but Mak deepened Scotland's woes 11 minutes into the restart, before Adam Nemec completed an easy home victory with a firm header from Mak's cross.
Return of Chamakh! Former Arsenal striker becomes Warnock's third free transfer in 24 hours... as he shows off new shaved head
Cardiff have announced they have agreed a short term deal with former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh. The Moroccan has signed with the Championship club until January and could earn a long-term contract based on his performances at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Welcome to the new Bernabeu: Real Madrid reveal £360m plans to redevelop their iconic stadium... with a retractable roof
Real Madrid will be adding a retractable roof to the Santiago Bernabeu after finally reaching an agreement with the city to remodel the stadium. Madrid president Florentino Perez said Tuesday the project will cost 400 million euros (£360million) and construction is expected to start next year. The revamped venue, which will also carry a new facade, is expected to be fully completed by 2020.
Wales bad boy Powell announces retirement from rugby after career that included 23 caps and a golf buggy trip along the M4
Former Wales and British Lions forward Andy Powell has retired from rugby aged 35 after failing to recover from a knee injury. The 2009 Lions tourist helped Merthyr win promotion to the Welsh Premiership after joining from Newport Gwent Dragons in 2015. But the 23-cap back-rower has been unable to shake off his latest injury problem and has been forced to admit defeat in his bid to return to action.
One final picture with them, Tyson? Shamed heavyweight champion poses next to his belts as he gets ready to relinquish them
Tyson Fury posed with his heavyweight world title belts on the day he is set relinquish them. Fury is set to undergo treatment for depression and the WBA and WBO are expected to strip Fury after his admission of cocaine abuse. But Fury is set to pre-empt them by giving his titles up – but before he did he posted a picture of himself lying down at home with his belts lined up beside him.
The French midfielder is well known for his elaborate and eye-catching hair designs. In the wake of his goal-scoring display in Amsterdam, Pogba decided to celebrate with an new trim, revealed on Instagram, adorned with emojis. The midfielder pulled the strings and beat Holland keeper Maarten Stekelenburg from 30 yards for the game's only goal.
At the launch of his new flagship hotel last week, Cristiano Ronaldo told his assembled, selected group of friends, family and guests: ‘When I was young I had the dream of having my own hotel.’ It might sound an unusual ambition for a young footballer but Ronaldo has rarely taken the ‘usual’ route — and this latest venture is in every way a reflection of that. With a look to life after football, the Real Madrid superstar’s second hotel ‘Pestana CR7 Lisboa’ promises to offer ‘a true CR7 lifestyle’ and marks of his ego are sprinkled throughout.
Fists before Risk! Joshua goes from speed ball to board games as he waits to discover if he will face Klitschko in heavyweight bout
Anthony Joshua might be in limbo as he waits for a potential super fight with Wladimir Klitschko, but the British heavyweight is still keeping himself busy. Joshua has an unbeaten record and following the collapse of Klitschko's meeting with Tyson Fury, could be in line to take on the giant Ukrainian in a bout which would be sure to get boxing fans salivating.
PAUL NEWMAN IN CHITTAGONG: Life for Haseeb Hameed in the big time got off to an embarrassing start when he kept the England team and their elaborate security convoy waiting outside their hotel here before heading for training after he had overslept. The meticulously planned operation which involved hundreds of police and military as well as two team buses and support vehicles was held up for eight minutes until the Lancashire teenager came rushing out of the lobby.
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Inter Milan and Argentina striker Mauro Icardi has hit back fellow countryman Diego Maradona after he criticised him for his affair with former team-mate Maxi Lopez’s wife. Back in 2013, Icardi had a relationship with Wanda Nara – who was married to his then Sampdoria team-mate Lopez – and then later went on to have a child together and get married.
Luis Suarez is never one to hold back when on the field, but the Barcelona forward has paid the price for his latest bout of enthusiasm. The Uruguay striker, who is preparing for his team's World Cup qualifier with Colombia on Tuesday, took the surprise decision to don some goalkeeper gloves in training with Oscar Tabarez's side.
Juan Mata has had some time to kill after being overlooked by Julen Lopetegui for Spain's World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Albania. The playmaker was at the Indulge Fragrance Store at the intu Trafford Centre to help promote Loewe, a Spanish fragrance company. Mata is an ambassador for Loewe and was at the store to talk about their new scent Loewe001 as he met United supporters and signed autographs.
Ferdinand, 37, still looks trim during his punditry appearances and let fans in on the fitness regime he uses to stay in shape with a clip on Intstagram. In the short video the BT Sport pundit can be seen crawling across his garden whilst pushing weights in each hand. It looks like a tiring drill as the former United centre half brings the corresponding foot up to each weight before pushing off again.
Liverpool have a huge fanbase in the Far East, with an estimated 140 million supporters, and the partnership replaces the deal with Garuda International, which ended earlier this year. The club's players will act as ambassadors for the airline while academy coaches will provide football clinics for young players in Malaysia.
The Real Madrid star is used to being stopped for selfies on the street but on the pitch he probably assumed he could escape enthusiastic supporters and their phones. Not in the Faroe Islands it seems. The 31-year-old was lining up for kick-off in the second half of Portugal's routine World Cup qualifying win against the international minnows when he was approached by a pitch-invading fan brandishing a smart phone.
Sharapova makes return to the tennis court for first time since positive drug test at Australian Open in Las Vegas charity event
Maria Sharapova set foot on a tennis court for the first time since her positive drug test at the Australian Open on Monday, smiling throughout an appearance in the World Team Tennis Smash Hits charity event in Las Vegas. The Russian star, who last week earned a reduction in her drug ban that will allow her to return to tennis in April, played in two light-hearted doubles matches in the event at Caesar's Palace to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Heather Watson is into the Hong Kong Open second round after the No 2 defeated qualifier Marina Erakovic on Tuesday. Watson, the world No 75, beat her 119th-ranked opponent from New Zealand 7-5 7-6 (11/9) in just over two hours. She showed no sign of the illness which forced her to retire from the Wuhan Open in late September, after having dizzy spells.
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.
SPECIAL REPORT: Owned by Class of '92 and hated by most in their division, how are Salford City doing in their quest to reach 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.