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Jurgen Klopp defends Wayne Rooney as Liverpool boss claims: 'The legends drank like devils

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.

Liverpool FC star Roberto Firmino was discovered on Football Manager, reveals Hoffenheim

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.

Of the thousands of Premier League games since its inception in 1992, which stand the test of time as the greatest in the history of the competition? Sportsmail counts down the top 50.

NEW Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown returns to answer more of your questions as we look ahead to the return of the Premier League this weekend.

LAWRENCE BOOTH IN VISAKHAPATNAM: At the end of a day which had begun, crucially, with Virat Kohli winning the toss on a pitch which is expected to turn India cruised to 317 for four.

5 POINTS: We don't make the best of our defenders' abilities in this country, how England would have lost against Spain - even if they had won, plus the Pep Guardiola effect at Man City and more.

Jose Mourinho has previously branded Arsene Wenger as 'a specialist in failure' before they clashed on the touchline at Stamford Bridge during a heated encounter in 2014.

Bellerin suffered a kick to the ankle by Tottenham's Danny Rose during a challenge in the closing stages of their 1-1 draw in the north London derby on November 6 and now faces a month out.

NEW Justin Timberlake’s SexyBack was crowned No 1 before Manchester United last lost a Premier League match at home to Arsenal. Emmanuel Adebayor got the goal in September 2006.

Cristiano Ronaldo's biggest fan is a teenager from Denmark who is hell-bent on footballing

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.

Paul Pogba dons Cleveland Cavaliers jersey as the Manchester United star leaves Lowry

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.

MATT LAWTON: Red mist might have been Wayne Rooney’s single biggest problem as an international footballer but too much red wine will probably now mark his downfall.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney issued a grovelling apology after his drunken antics resulted in the Football Association banning England players from nights out.

The suggestion is that the FA will be monitoring the space between matches more closely from now on and Rooney should be embarrassed he has brought about this change.

England's second Test in India halted in bizarre fashion as loose dog forces players off

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.

Dele Alli can walk the walk like Conor McGregor... but Eric Dier exposes Tottenham

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.

Alex Iwobi will be under no illusions: this is his time to shine. Few get their chance at the highest level, and even fewer at the tender age of 20. He's risen from the bottom to the top in near-record time.

With the last international break of the year finishing up this week, club sides across Europe are preparing for their longest run of uninterrupted football. Sportsmail looks at Europe's big leagues.

AMITAI WINEHOUSE - EXCLUSIVE: The Old Trafford club sent scout David Friio to see the 20-year-old play and score a free-kick for France's Under 21 side against England on Monday night.

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.

Lewis Hamilton heads to LA as Formula One star continues jet-setting lifestyle ahead of

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. 

According to reports in Romania, Daniel Prodan - who failed to make a single competitive appearance for the Ibrox club due to a serious knee injury - was found by his wife after collapsing.

The 18-year-old Ospreys wing is a pocket rocket, standing at only 5ft 8in and weighing just under 12 stone, and is set to win his first international cap after being named in the Wales side to face Japan.

It seems like yesterday I dropped in on Eddie Jones and his Japan team at their Gloucester hotel during their outstanding 2015 World Cup campaign.

Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus is hoping to make his comeback from a six-month adductor injury against league leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday as the hosts look to close the gap.

MIKE KEEGAN: A private jet costing £120,000 to hire flew from Peru to Europe on Wednesday with the Brazilian footballers of Liverpool, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain on board.

Gerard Pique and Shakira helped Barcelona get huge £200m Rakuten sponsorship deal... and

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).

Eden Hazard calms fears over injury by telling fans he’s ‘ready for the weekend’

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.

CHARLES SALE: Qatar's World Cup chief believes that the money-no-object Arab state are set to buy a Premier League club. Hassan Al-Thawadi said: 'I can see it happening down the road. It's likely.'

Every year the release of the BBC's Price of Football study reveals the lows and the highs of the footballing world - at least where supporters are concerned. Sportsmail has put together a guide.

The Football Association want Gareth Southgate installed as new England manager within a fortnight. Southgate's four game trial as boss has now come to an end and the FA believe he is the man for the job.

Man Utd star Chris Smalling visits shops with fiancee Sam Cooke

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.

Marcus Rashford drives £60,000 Mercedes car into Carrington training ground ahead of

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.

As Rory McIlroy sportingly conceded, it is only fitting that the man likely to succeed him as the winner of the Race to Dubai will be either the Masters champion or the Open champion.

Ronald Koeman had enjoyed two highly successful years on the south coast, last year guiding them to their highest ever Premier League finish of sixth, earning Europa League football.

The average price of the dearest away tickets in the Premier League is £29.44, while in the Championship it is £31.57. It comes after all 20 top-flight clubs agreed to cap prices for visiting fans at £30.

Patrick Vieira casts his eye over Manchester City training session

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.

Floyd Mayweatherpromotes Badou Jack and James DeGale super middleweight title fight amid

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.

England's bid to end 2016 with a clean sweep is set to be boosted by a surprise return for Saracens lock George Kruis ahead of next week's Test against Argentina.

DOMINIC KING: Adam Lallana is set to miss a reunion with Southampton on Saturday after being injured during England's draw with Spain. The in-form midfielder picked up a groin injury at Wembley.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed he failed to see eye-to-eye with former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal during their time together at Ajax.

Neymar relaxes in a hammock before jetting back to Barcelona from Brazil ahead of La Liga

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.

Stan Wawrinka overcomes Marin Cilic in straight sets at ATP World Tour Finals to keep

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.

Liverpool will have to play two matches in under 48 hours over New Year after the Premier League rejected a request to reschedule their visit to Sunderland.

David Luiz returned to Stamford Bridge on deadline day from Paris Saint-Germain. He has settled back into life at Chelsea with aplomb and has contributed to recent success.

69-year-old Ron Dennis was put on gardening leave on Tuesday after a difference of opinion with his fellow shareholders about the direction of the company, as revealed by Sportsmail.

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'I used to be running around in my shorts in the freezing cold...now I'm nice and warm in

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 calls return to QPR a 'no brainer' as boss promises to conclude 'unfinished

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.

Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri sees red for brutal attack on teenage defender

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.

As a footballing optimist, Parkhead manager Brendan Rodgers refuses to accept the game is broken beyond salvation. Yet his pragmatic streak tells him it needs remedial action.

Rolando Aarons sustained the injury to his right knee in training, with the club confirming he is set to undergo surgery. The winger has struggled with injury since bursting on to the scene in 2014.

It has been a week of contrasting fortunes for the young footballers of Manchester City and Manchester United, with City's kids dominating their local rivals across three separate youth matches.

Jurgen Klinsmann described Wednesday's 4-0 defeat to Costa Rica as a 'bitter moment' four times in 14 minutes during his post-match press conference.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his high-flying side are more than confident in their own ability and do not need to celebrate too much, as they know just how good they are.

Gareth Ellis Unwin and Simon Egan, who claimed a best film Academy Award for the King's Speech, attended the game at Wembley to witness Vardy at close quarters.

National League North side Brackley Town humiliate Gillingham in the FA Cup

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.

Lionel Messi leads Argentina in media boycott to back Ezequiel Lavezzi after drug

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.

'Mini Mourinho' Ejdin Djonlic dreams of coaching in England after becoming youngest person

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.

He may not have ever hit the heights expected of him at Manchester City, but Mario Balotelli says the man who brought him to Manchester is the greatest manager he has ever worked with.

Jurgen Klopp's men return to action after the break as league leaders after their 6-1 demolition of Watford and the German keeper insists that the Reds have no intention of giving up their spot at the top.

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has urged his team-mates to do more to help manager Jose Mourinho and play with their 'heart' if they want to win the Premier League title.

Andy Woodward has told for the first time his harrowing story of years of abuse by convicted paedophile Barry Bennell while he was part of the youth team at Crewe Alexandra.

NEW Slaven Bilic has warned that he does not intend to spend his way out of trouble as West Ham face up to the prospect of a relegation battle ahead of Saturday's visit to London rivals Tottenham.

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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.

Lindsey Vonn shows off her gruesome scars as American  continues recovery from broken arm

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.

Schools Rugby Champions Wellington are next up for the unbeaten Harrow team who remain top of the Daily Mail Schools Trophy. Woodhouse Grove toppled Grammar School at Leeds.

Craig Overton was at the centre of a racism storm following allegations that he told Pakistan-born Ashar Zaidi, to ‘go back to your own f***ing country’ during a County Championship match.

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McLaren have started their search for a new chief executive officer following the departure of long-standing boss Ron Dennis on Tuesday night.

Andy Murray affirmed his opposition to killing animals for recreation in light of his clothing sponsor Under Armour dropping its endorsement of Josh Bowmar, a hunter in the United States.

The towering Wales lock has hailed progress made by teams like Japan, Georgia and Romania in driving what he feels is a closing of the gap between rugby union's tier one and tier two nations.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow gives his best tips ahead of Thursday's meetings at Market Rasen, Newcastle, Wincanton and Chelmsford City.

The Irish rider, who will attempt a third Betfair Chase win at Haydock on Saturday, reached the milestone at Warwick when partnering favourite Colin's Sister to triumph in the mares' novices' hurdle.

Gianfranco Zola made his Chelsea debut 20 years ago... here's why he'll always be a great

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.

It's hard to fathom what Wayne Rooney was thinking. He is out of form, struggling with his club and on the periphery with his country.

PETE JENSON: No wonder Iago Aspas was calling it the happiest day of his career. But a goal at Wembley was not on the cards when he left Liverpool having flopped under Brendan Rodgers.

SAM MORSHEAD: Australia are in the middle of a slump in form rarely witnessed by the country's cricketing fanbase over the past 30 years. Sportsmail tries to get to the bottom of the situation.