Defoe ready to replace Rooney

Jermain Defoe: Scored a hat-trick when starting England's first game in qualifying for Euro 2012

Striker Jermain Defoe is ready to fill the void left by Wayne Rooney and get England off to the perfect start in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

With Rooney missing due to a thigh injury and Andy Carroll having withdrawn through a hamstring...

Chelsea FC goalkeeper Petr Čech can hardly wait to get his first taste of the UEFA Super Cup after helping his side clinch the UEFA Champions League title last season. The Czech Republic No1 is nonetheless expecting a stern examination in Monaco from a team he has looked at closely, UEFA Europa League holders Club Atlético de Madrid.

In the lead-up

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Spurs' Willian bid rejected

Willian: Is keen to move to England but Tottenham will have to up their bid

Shakhtar Donetsk have rejected an £11.8million bid from Tottenham for Brazilian forward Willian.

Sky Sports Chief News Reporter Bryan Swanson has spoken to Shakhtar's chief executive, who confirmed an offer has been rebuffed.Andre Villas-Boas is eager to bring in...
Arsenal signings impress Ox

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Delighted with the new arrivals at the Emirates Stadium

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has hailed the impact of new signings Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski at Arsenal.

The summer arrivals were both on the scoresheet as the Gunners picked up their first Premier League win of the season in a 2-0 triumph at Anfield on...
Tevez targets long City stay

Carlos Tevez: On the mark for Manchester City at Liverpool

Carlos Tevez has pledged his future to Manchester City in an interview with Sky Sports before the 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

The controversial Argentinian, now firmly back in favour after last season's problems, capped another fine display with the late equaliser that secured a point for...
Harry exit surprised Assou-Ekotto

Tottenham left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto admits he was very surprised by Daniel Levy's decision to sack Harry Redknapp.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy took a huge gamble this summer by sacking Redknapp - a man who had delivered fourth, fifth and fourth place finishes during his time as White Hart Lane boss.

Levy replaced the 65-year-old with Andre

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Carlton suffers serious injury

Carlton: Damaged cruciate ligaments

Morecambe striker Danny Carlton has been ruled out for around seven months after suffering cruciate ligament damage.

The 28-year-old came off the bench during the 3-0 win at the Memorial Stadium but had to leave the field just eight minutes later after sustaining the injury.Carlton scored nine goals in 34 league...
Puyol fractures cheekbone

Carles Puyol: Suffered fractures cheekbone in 2-1 win at Osasuna

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is to have further tests to determine the extent of the fractured right cheekbone he suffered in the 2-1 win at Osasuna.

The 34-year-old defender sustained the injury in a late collision with Osasuna forward Roland Lamah.A club statement read:...
Modric deal agreed

Luka Modric: Set to undergo a medical with Real Madrid on Monday

Tottenham have announced that a deal has been struck for Luka Modric to join Real Madrid and Sky Sports sources understand he will undergo a medical on Monday, while the two clubs have signed a 'partnership agreement'.

Modric has blossomed into one of the Premier League's...

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