Jurgen Klopp (right) has expressed his sympathy for Wayne Rooney (pictured, above, arriving at Manchester United training this morning) as the storm over him being photographed on a night while on England duty continues to rage. Rooney issued a grovelling apology after his drinking session resulted in the FA banning England players from nights out. Photographs showed the 31-year-old, who looked dazed and had wine-stained lips, at a wedding party posing with guests.
Roberto Firmino has established himself as a top striker in Europe but his talents may not have been discovered on the continent if it wasn't for Football Manager. The 25-year-old is enjoying a stellar second season at Liverpool following his £29million move from Hoffenheim in June 2015. Firmino had been with the Bundesliga outfit since January 2011 and one of their scouts Lutz Pfannenstiel has revealed that the Brazilian was discovered using the popular computer game Football Manager.
Meet Ronaldo's biggest fan: Obssessed teenager from Denmark is hell-bent on his own football success... but there is a darker side to life in the imitation game
SAM MORSHEAD: Meet Shanta - a Danish teenager with ambitions to climb the world football ladder. Shanta lives with his parents and brother in Odense, studies Spanish and Maths at college and plays for a local team in the lower levels of Denmark's football pyramid. On the face of it, then, Shanta and his story appear unremarkable, an echo of the tales of hundreds of thousands of similar teens with dreams across the planet. But there's little that isn't remarkable about this 18-year-old.
Planning to be Cavalier against Arsenal? Pogba pulls on Cleveland jersey as he gears up for return with United
NEW Paul Pogba showed his love for a sport other than football on Thursday as he made his way to Manchester United training. The French star was pictured leaving the Lowry Hotel, where he is currently living, on Thursday morning before making the trip to the club's AON training complex. And he opted for a casual look as he donned a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey, which he combined with a black hooded jumper and adidas tracksuit bottoms.
Dog stops play! India vs England halted in bizarre fashion as four-legged friend forces players off for early tea break
The first day of England's second Test against India was halted in bizarre fashion on Thursday morning, as a stray dog wreaked havoc on the outfield. With just one over left before tea the players were preparing for a short break, but progress was stopped for around five minutes as ground staff chased after the pooch. In fact, the umpires eventually made the decision to take the players off for an early tea without finishing the over, after the dog paused to relieve himself on the pitch.
Alli can walk the walk like McGregor... but Dier exposes Tottenham team-mate's poor defence with cheeky slap
NEW A sublime effort from Dele Alli but concentration is still lacking in other areas. But this isn't a review on a Tottenham Hotspur performance from the midfielder. Joking around with Spurs team-mate Eric Dier, the 20-year-old attempted to copy the famous walk from UFC dual-champion Conor McGregor, with his fellow England international filming for a post on Instagram. But just as Alli hits his stride he is caught with a slap to the back of the head from Dier.
Sickening moment Australia batsman Voges is struck in the head by ball at the WACA... nearly two years after Hughes' tragic death
Cricketer Adam Voges has been rushed off the field after copping a brutal blow to the head during a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania. The West Australian retired on 16 about 1.15pm after the bouncer from Cameron Stevenson struck him in the helmet at the WACA. The 37-year-old was helped off the field by medical staff and is being treated for concussion, club officials said. It is the second serious concussion he has suffered this year. Voges' latest head blow comes less than two years after Phillip Hughes died after being struck by a bouncer in similar fashion during a Sheffield Shield clash.
Hamilton heads to LA as F1 star continues jet-setting lifestyle ahead of crunch Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton has continued his jet-setting lifestyle by heading to Los Angeles as the British star makes the most of a weekend without Formula One commitments. Hamilton, the Mercedes driver, was pictured arriving in the United States following his deserved victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday. And ahead of the season-closing Abu Dhabi race on November 27, the 31-year-old has opted to return to a familiar destination, having been spotted enjoying the LA social life on various occasions.
Pique and Shakira helped Barcelona land £200m sponsorship deal... and they will use windfall to tie up Messi contract
PETE JENSON: Barcelona have thanked Gerard Pique and Shakira for helping to land them their biggest ever sponsor and will now spend the money on keeping Lionel Messi. The club's vice president Manel Arroyo said: 'Pique and his partner Shakira know Rakuten president Hiroshi Mikitani and they had dinner in San Francisco in 2015 when some of the foundations were laid.' Both Pique and Shakira were also present at the celebratory dinner with Mikitani on Wednesday marking the signing of the new four-year deal that will start in 2017 and could make Barcelona as much as €244million (£209m).
No wonder you're wearing hi-vis, lads! Chelsea stars train in the dark as Hazard calms fears over injury fears
NEW The Belgian international posted a picture from the Blues’ Cobham training ground on Wednesday afternoon, showing the dark purple sky which had descended on their Surrey base. The 25-year-old posed alongside Oscar and right back Marcos Alonso on his return to training as the nights begin to draw in and the fixtures start to come thick and fast for Chelsea.
Injured defender Chris Smalling hit the Manchester shops with fiancee Sam Cooke as he continues his recovery from a broken toe. Smalling, who will be absent for the next four weeks – and may not play again before Christmas – was pictured hobbling around the city's centre. Accompanied by his model partner, the Manchester United centre back spent over three hours in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.
Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford has caught the eye once again after driving his luxurious £60,000 Mercedes car into Carrington ahead of training. The 19-year-old, who has just returned from international duty with England, was pictured driving a Mercedes-AMG C 63 Saloon into training on Wednesday.
From NYFC to MCFC: Vieira returns to former club to cast an eye over City training session ahead of Palace trip
Manchester City received a visit from legendary French midfielder Patrick Vieira on Wednesday as the club prepared for a trip to Crystal Palace this Saturday. Vieira, who ended his illustrious playing career with City in 2011, is now the head coach at New York City, who also belong to Manchester City's owners.
Amid rumours of a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather was present this week as a pre-fight press call between Badou Jack and Britain's James DeGale got under way. Jack and DeGale are set to face each other in the ring in a hotly anticipated super middleweight title showdown in Brooklyn. The legendary Mayweather, undertaking his duties as a boxing promoter, was present to oversee proceedings as the two fighters spoke about their upcoming bout in January.
Neymar enjoyed some well-earned downtime in Brazil after helping his country remain on course to reach the 2018 World Cup. The Barcelona star was instrumental as Tite's men beat Argentina and Peru inside a week to go four points clear at the top of the South American qualifying group. And after playing the entirety of both matches and scoring against Brazil's fierce rivals, Neymar decided it was time to relax - by chilling out in a hammock.
Wawrinka overcomes Cilic in straight sets at ATP World Tour Finals to set up crunch clash with world No 1 Murray
After a disappointing performance against Kei Nishikori on Monday, Stan Wawrinka was much improved against Croatian opponent Marin Cilic, winning 7-6(3), 7-6(3) in one hour and 58 minutes. A Cilic victory would have guaranteed Andy Murray first place in Group John McEnroe but the Brit must now beat Wawrinka on Friday afternoon to secure it himself.
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'I used to be running around in my shorts in the freezing cold...now I'm nice and warm in my studio': Ex-Wolves captain Craddock on his new life as a professional artist
After hanging up his boots, Jody Craddock, a natural leader on the pitch, decided against a career in coaching and is now earning a living as a professional artist. The ex-Wolves captain admits his former teammates have been 'quietly impressed' by his artwork while his painting has helped him through some incredibly tough moments in his life, most notably the tragic death of his four-month-old son Jake in August 2002. He said: 'My aim is to be recognised as an artist who used to be pretty good at football rather than an ex-footballer who likes to paint.'
Ian Holloway believes he is finally managing with a 'full set of clubs' after spending his earlier dugout career operating with only 'a putter and a seven iron'. That might seem an exaggeration in the context of QPR sitting 17th in the Championship, but there was no doubting Holloway's enthusiasm for the task he accepted this week.
The former Bordeaux midfielder confronted the right back after a shoving match and after squaring up, struck 19-year-old Moustapha Diaw on the side of the face with his right hand. The red card marked a complete reversal in fortunes for the Premier League wide man, who just four days earlier had been the hero for Henryk Kasperczak's side when his penalty sealed a 1-0 win over Libya in their World Cup qualifier. That win put Tunisia joint-top of Group A in the African qualifiers alongside DR Congo, with four matches still to play.
History repeated itself for non-league Brackley as Jimmy Armson's hat-trick helped them knock Gillingham out of the FA Cup in a 4-3 replay win after extra-time. It marks the second time in four seasons that the Gills have been humiliated by the Northamptonshire outfit, who also eliminated them at the same stage in 2013. Armson was the hero for the Vanarama National League North side, opening the scoring in the 17th minute from close range after Steve Diggin had headed a free-kick into his path.
Messi on the attack again... and this time it's leading Argentina squad in protest at drugs allegations about team-mate Lavezzi
Lionel Messi is leading an Argentina media boycott after the national team took a stand in backing team-mate Ezequiel Lavezzi following accusations of drug use. Argentina's entire 23-man squad turned up to a post-match press conference in the aftermath of their 3-0 win over Colombia in World Cup qualifying, with Messi calling for 'respect' and announcing that no players would answer media questions.
Meet 'Mini Mourinho': He dreams of coaching in England after becoming youngest person in Europe to gain his UEFA A Licence... at just 21 years old
Dave Bodymore sat down with Djonlic to discuss his coaching career so far for The Set Pieces. Click here to read the interview in full. Ejdin Djonlic has set his sights on becoming a Premier League manager after completing his UEFA A Licence at the tender age of 21.
Now this REALLY is the best mannequin challenge yet! Golf stars including Willett and 'Beef' Johnston are joined by cast of hundreds in hilarious video
The crown of best sporting mannequin challenge - yes, that is a thing now - has to go to the great and the good of the European Tour for their magnificent effort. Ahead of this week's season-ending showpiece, the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, the tour's star golfers, caddies, support staff and media all teamed up for a perfectly-executed video shoot featuring a cast of hundreds... standing perfectly still.
The 32-year-old revealed the extent of the bruising after the accident on Copper Mountain in Colorado, while another photo detailed the gruesome scar on her upper arm after she underwent surgery last week. Despite the horrific setback, the four-time World Cup skiing champion remains upbeat, messaging along with the photos: ‘Yup, that's gonna leave a mark... on the bright side it's better to have that on my arm than my leg…’ Vonn sustained three fractures near her knee joint during a super-G crash in Andorra in February. She tried to keep skiing, only to end her season a few days later.
20 years ago, Zola made his Chelsea debut... here's why the Italian genius is one of Premier League's greatest ever
CHARLIE SKILLEN: November 16, 1996. A cosmopolitan Chelsea side take to the field at Ewood Park, about to play out an unremarkable 1-1 draw with Blackburn. Hardly the sexiest game of the sexy football era under player-manager Ruud Gullit, but the 'new Chelsea' was well underway. Summer captures Gianluca Vialli, Roberto Di Matteo and Frank Lebouef had put the west London side at the forefront of the Premier League's new foreign invasion. Their newest continental recruit, a £4.3million signing from Parma the previous week, took to the field for the first time in a bright-yellow No 25 shirt, at least two sizes too big.