Cole still dreaming of World Cup

Cole still dreaming of World Cup

Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw are favourites to get the nod from Roy Hodgson for the upcoming tournament in Brazil with Cole having spent most of the season playing second-fiddle to Chelsea teammate Cesar Azpilicueta.

The 107-cap veteran offered a reminder as to why he is England's fifth-most represented player in history with assured performances against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool last week.

Cole is aware England fans may have grown tired of him after 13 years on ... » Read more


Mannone calls for calm

Mannone calls for calm

Gus Poyet's Sunderland climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone thanks to a comprehensive 4-1 victory against fellow strugglers Cardiff at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

After appearing destined for second-tier football next season, Sunderland are now set for the great escape with the club out of the drop zone on goal difference and they have a game in hand.

Confidence is high in the Sunderland camp after back-to-back wins but Mannone stressed the fight for ... » Read more


Beckenbauer, Van der Sar back Van Gaal for United

Beckenbauer, Van der Sar back Van Gaal for United

Van Gaal will quit his post as the Netherlands' head coach after this year's World Cup and has firmed as favourite to take over at Old Trafford, following the sacking of David Moyes this month.

The 62-year-old Dutchman has won titles in the Eredivisie, La Liga and Bundesliga, while he led Ajax Amsterdam to success in the UEFA Champions League in 1995.

Beckenbauer was president of Bayern Munich when the Bavarian club lured Van Gaal to Germany and believes the ... » Read more


Pardew respects fans' anger

Pardew respects fans' anger

Arsenal comfortably accounted for Newcastle in London on Monday with goals from Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud leading the home side to a 3-0 victory.

The result extended Newcastle's losing streak in the Premier League to six matches and leaves the northern club in danger of missing out on a top-10 finish, prompting travelling fans to display banners calling for Pardew to be sacked.

One banner read 'Pardew Out', listing some of the most ... » Read more


Arsenal close to league success, says Wenger

Arsenal close to league success, says Wenger

Arsenal took a giant step towards qualifying for next season's UEFA Champions League with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday.

The London club are now four points clear of rivals Everton in fourth position with two games remaining.

Despite a 17th consecutive season in Europe's prestigious club tournament looming, Arsenal's Premier League trophy drought is now into its 10th year after a poor run of results saw them slip out of ... » Read more


Pardew understands fans' frustrations

Pardew understands fans' frustrations

Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud all found the net as Arsenal claimed a comfortable 3-0  home win over Pardew's men on Monday, consigning Newcastle to their worst losing league run since 1987.

The third goal prompted the unfurling of banners calling for Pardew's exit among the travelling supporters, but the Newcastle boss was defiant in defeat, stressing that he saw his position at Newcastle as a "long-term ... » Read more


Wenger: Ramsey absence not to blame for faded title challenge

Wenger: Ramsey absence not to blame for faded title challenge

The Welsh midfielder was in sensational form in the opening stages of the season before a thigh injury saw him sidelined for three months.

During that time, Arsenal slipped out of title contention, but Wenger insists there was more to their slump than the loss of Ramsey, who helped the north London club to beat Newcastle United 3-0 on Monday to stand on the verge of securing fourth place. 

"I would not like to take anything away from Aaron Ramsey but we lost a ... » Read more


Russian Premier League Wrap: Anzhi slip closer to the drop, Zenit stay top

Russian Premier League Wrap: Anzhi slip closer to the drop, Zenit stay top

The club's remarkable fall from grace since seeing their budget drastically slashed has seen them drift from back-to-back UEFA Europa League campaigns to now being all but relegated from the Premier League.

And despite their creditable away draw at the weekend, guaranteed safety is now beyond the reach of Anzhi, who once boasted players such as Samuel Eto'o, Willian and Roberto Carlos.

Anzhi are also eight points adrift of a place in the relegation play-offs with ... » Read more


Mourinho denies FA charge

Mourinho denies FA charge

The Chelsea manager was brought to account by the FA - for the third time this season - after choosing to "congratulate" referee Mike Dean for his "unbelievable" performance at Stamford Bridge on April 19.

Mourinho was deemed to have called into question the integrity of the official with his post-match words.

Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by Sunderland, a result that damaged their Premier League title challenge, with Fabio Borini grabbing a late ... » Read more


Ancelotti has no interest in United job

Ancelotti has no interest in United job

The Italian is currently among the favourites to fill the vacancy after Moyes last week paid the price for a disappointing season that has seen United fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and meekly surrender the Premier League title.

Ryan Giggs has taken on the role of interim manager at Old Trafford, but Ancelotti - preparing for Tuesday's second leg of a Champions League semi-final tie in which his side lead reigning champions Bayern Munich 1-0 - stressed that his ... » Read more