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Stuart Pearce U21 future in doubt as FA delay new deal talks

FA delay talks on new deal for U21 boss Pearce leaving his future in doubt

, winning every one of the six fixtures they played, and even being without Manchester United defender Phil Jones (shingles) and Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling (dead leg), Pearce will be expecting another victory.

Starting roles: Wilfried Zaha and Jonjo Shelvey will feature from the get-go

Starting roles: Wilfried Zaha and Jonjo Shelvey will feature from the get-go

‘It’s a shame Jones is out,’ said Pearce, who will start Wilfried Zaha up front. ‘But he’s picked up shingles, there’s not a lot we can do.’

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will start for the first time since September and wants to make his mark after a disappointing period at Anfield. He has not started a game since a 3-1 defeat at Stoke on Boxing Day.

‘I didn’t think I was the only one that had a bad game that day but I was the one who suffered,’ said Shelvey, who made his senior debut against San Marino in October. ‘I’m still learning. I’ve got to prove I can get back to the seniors.’

VIDEO: Watch Jonjo Shelvey's screamer in England U21 training

Bradford 3 Burton 2

Bradford 3 Burton 2 (AET): Bantams fight back to earn extra-time win

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 25 September 2012

A goal seconds from the end of extra time saw Bradford secure a 3-2 win over Burton.

Billy Kee (18) and Aaron Webster (29) gave the visitors a two-goal lead but two goals by Nahki Wells in the final seven minutes sent the game into extra time.

A Stephen Darby screamer with just seconds left before penalties then sent Bradford through.

Squeezing through: Phil Parkinson's Bradford side edged out Burton

Squeezing through: Phil Parkinson's Bradford side edged out Burton

Jose Mourinho wary of Manchester City threat

Mourinho wary of Man City threat as Champions League clash edges closer

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11:49 GMT, 16 September 2012

Jose Mourinho has insisted that his Real Madrid side are wary of the threat that Manchester City will pose when the two go head-to-head in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Both sides won their domestic leagues last season and the fixture is the pick of the bunch in the opening week of Europe's showpiece club event.

Mourinho, whose side warmed up for the game with a 1-0 defeat at Sevilla on Saturday night, has been over to England to scout City ahead of the game.

Wary: Mourinho welcomes Man City to Madrid on Tuesday night

Wary: Mourinho welcomes Man City to Madrid on Tuesday night

'I went over to see City play because I want my job to be done as close to perfection as possible. I wanted to analyse our opponents not just by video or stats but to see them first hand,' Mourinho told the Sun on Sunday.

'Okay a match against QPR is not a good game to make a direct transfer to a match in the Bernabeu. But it was good enough to see some aspects of the City team.

'And what I do know is they have very good players – and are a powerful side.'

Mourinho picked out City strike duo Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli for praise: 'I don’t like to speak about opponents individually but it’s no problem to say that we respect Carlos Tevez a lot,' he added.

'I also know Mario Balotelli and the
player he is because we were together at Inter for two years and so he
certainly has nothing to prove to me.'

Real
have won the European Cup a record nine times, but they have not done
so since Zinedine Zidane's screamer at Hampden Park helped beat Bayer
Leverkusen 10 years ago.

Threat: Mourinho managed Mario Balotelli when the pair were at Inter

Threat: Mourinho managed Mario Balotelli when the pair were at Inter

But Mourinho insists there is no added pressure to become kings of Europe this year.

'Real Madrid is Real Madrid, it’s the real thing. A club no football result, no cup competition, no coach, no player can ever change,' he said.

'Quite simply Real Madrid is a club like no other. It’s incomparable with any other club in the world.

'There is no team anywhere that can be compared with Real Madrid. None.

'Remember I was in Portugal, in England and in Italy before coming here to Madrid, so I know what I am saying. There are great clubs but the pressure and the expectation is the greatest here at Real Madrid.

'It is huge but it is an enjoyable pressure, not a suffocating one.'

Meanwhile, City boss Roberto Mancini has told his players to ignore Mourinho in the build up to Tuesday night's game, insisting that he can have little impact on the outcome of the game.

'I played against him twice, Lazio
against Porto seven or eight years ago in the UEFA Cup. We lost 4-1 in
Porto and drew 0-0 in Rome,' Mancini said.

Unsettled: Ronaldo (left) spoke of being 'sad' earlier this month

Unsettled: Ronaldo (left) spoke of being 'sad' earlier this month

'I also met him in Milan when he went to Inter.

'It’s important that our players play this game – only this. The other things are not important.

'Without players you can’t play – but without managers you can still play.'
Mancini also confirmed that City were not interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo, who is reportedly unhappy in the Spanish capital.

'Did we think of trying to sign him in the summer No,' Mancini said.

'But if they leave Cristiano at home on Tuesday night it would be better for us. Players like Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are difficult to mark.

'At the moment these two are the best players in the world. Real Madrid and Barcelona are the best teams in the world.'

Roy Hodgson disappointed after Jermain Defoe goal disallowed

Hodgson furious at ref Cakir after Gerrard's sees red and Defoe has goal chalked off

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23:12 GMT, 11 September 2012

Roy Hodgson was aggrieved and relieved on Tuesday after a late Frank Lampard penalty saved England from a World Cup qualifying defeat by Ukraine.

England were trailing to a first-half screamer from Ukraine's Yevhen Konoplianka with three minutes to go and heading towards a loss that would have left them facing an uphill struggle to reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as winners of Group H.

But Hodgson's team were handed a lifeline in the dying minutes as substitute Danny Welbeck won them a penalty.

Pointing the finger: Roy Hodgson shows his displeasure at referee Cakir after the final whistle

Pointing the finger: Roy Hodgson shows his displeasure at referee Cakir after the final whistle

Lampard scored the spot-kick to save his side from their first World Cup qualifying defeat at Wembley for 12 years.

England were annoyed that a
first-half Jermain Defoe goal was ruled out for a foul with the game at
0-0 and Hodgson went straight to the referee's room to protest after the
full-time whistle.

'I don't really know why Jermain's goal was disallowed as we couldn't see a foul on the bench,' said Hodgson.

Nevertheless, the England camp still
could not hide their relief at salvaging a point, even if a late sending
off for Steven Gerrard left a sour taste.

Hodgson said: 'I suppose you are
always relieved when you are one down late on. I am not sure I will
accept it was a poor performance.

Sent off: Steven Gerrard hands the armband to Lampard after his dismissal

Sent off: Steven Gerrard hands the armband to Lampard after his dismissal

'We went a goal down to a wonder
strike and you are always going to be up against it. But we kept going
and kept probing and deserved our equaliser.

'The post was made to work a few
times and we created some dangerous moments. I don't think there were
many bad fouls. There were too many yellow cards and Steven was unlucky.
He didn't deserve two yellow cards.'

England will be without Gerrard when
they face San Marino in their next qualifier in October but the captain
will be back for the tougher-looking meeting with Poland that follows.

Speaking about his penalty, Lampard
said: 'It's a bit nerveracking to take a penalty near end of the game,
so I was happy to see it go in the back of the net.

'No-one knows why Jermain's goal was
disallowed. We thought it was a free-kick and that the ref brought it
back too early. It wasn't a foul at all, so we are very disappointed.
Before the game, we wanted to win, but in the circumstances, after
having a goal disallowed, it showed great character to get a point.

Clinical: Frank Lampard dispatched his second penalty in as many England games to seal the points

Clinical: Frank Lampard dispatched his second penalty in as many England games to seal the points

'I don't think you can pin it all on
anxiety. It is a long group and this was not an easy game, so it was
good to get a point.'

Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin was not his usual controversial self after the game but did feel that his team could have won.

He said: 'I can't imagine a better
start, we created lots of problems for England and we had really good
chances, particularly in the beginning.'

Montenegro took over top spot in Group H on goal difference following their 6-0 away thrashing of whipping boys San Marino.

Poland are third in the table – also with four points – following their 2-0 home win over Moldova.

Captain Jakub Blaszczykowski led Poland from the front, scoring one goal and setting up the other.

Blaszczykowski put the home team
ahead with a penalty in the 33rd minute after Lukasz Piszczek was
brought down by midfielder Arthur Patras.

Jakub Wawrzyniak then made the game safe after heading in a cross from the skipper.

The Poles are level with England on
points and coach Waldemar Fornalik said: 'We will have to get stronger
for the England match.'

Plymouth 3 Portsmouth 0: Pompey wait for aid but there"s no Cup cash boost

Plymouth 3 Portsmouth 0: Pompey wait for aid but there's no Cup cash boost

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21:19 GMT, 14 August 2012

If nothing else, maybe Portsmouth will have returned home from Plymouth with a few tips.

Not so much to do with football —putting three goals past a team built in poverty from youth-teamers and a member of the coaching staff is no great feat.

But they could share a few ideas on the bucket-rattling art of living on the brink of liquidation.

Almost a year ago to the day Plymouth fans lit candles in a vigil outside this ground; this week, Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton said relegation is a certainty and continues to prepare for Saturday’s League One opener with a squad featuring only three players who appeared in the Football League last season.

Challenging times: Portsmouth's Alex Higgins (right) with Curtis Nelson of Plymouth

Challenging times: Portsmouth's Alex Higgins (right) with Curtis Nelson of Plymouth

Courtesy of a Capital One Cup
work-experience assignment, eight more youth-team players have dipped
toes into senior football — and did so well under the most ludicrous of
circumstances —but it was a tough night.

Johnny Gorman got the opener, a
first-half screamer, and Paris Cowan-Hall and Nick Chadwick sealed it
late on. But against the backdrop of Portsmouth’s financial situation,
this defeat was impressive.

Salvation, they hope, will come
before the weekend with the completion of a takeover, though it is
understood that is more likely to come from the Portsmouth Supporters’
Trust than Balram Chainrai, the former owner who twice put the club into
administration and enraged Appleton this week by slashing his proposed
playing budget from 4million to 1.5m. This after delaying the
suggested takeover by haggling the administrator’s fee and refusing to
take Appleton’s calls.

Appleton responded by calling him
‘unprofessional’ and saying the budget cut, which wrecked the plans he
spent a summer working on, meant relegation would follow ‘without a
shadow of a doubt’.

At least Plymouth showed some
sympathy, their announcer declaring ahead of kick-off that ‘we know
exactly what you are going through’, recalling the seven months Argyle’s
players went without pay last year. Then they went for the jugular.

After two minutes, Gorman went close
with a tame free-kick from the right that slipped through Simon
Eastwood’s fingers. Eastwood only signed for Pompey on non-contract
terms on Monday after recent stops at Halifax and Bradford Park
Avenue.The keeper had a better moment when he tipped Matt Lecointe’s
volley over, but got lucky when he was beaten by the same player and was
only saved by a goal-line clearance. All this in the first 10 minutes.

Portsmouth’s teenagers — nine of the
starting 11 were younger than 20 — did improve, especially at the back,
and 20 minutes in Ashley Harris, a veteran of five Pompey appearances,
broke forward and drilled a low drive wide.

Their chances weren’t helped by a
first-half injury to 35-year-old Ashley Westwood, their
first-team-coach-turned-defender, who was replaced by Jack Maloney,
another teenager.

That hurt Portsmouth’s ability to
maintain a defensive shape, and in the minute before half-time Gorman
hit the opener with a lovely, rising half-volley from the left.

Portsmouth improved after the break,
and Maloney forced Jake Cole to tip a shot over. Alex Higgins looked
good down the right, but struggled with his final ball. Harris also
showed promise, and like his team-mates plenty of desire, but wasted
two good chances from the edge of the area.

With four minutes to go, Plymouth sub
Cowan-Hall headed in from a Maxime Blanchard knockdown. And Nick
Chadwick sealed it two minutes later, firing home Joe Lennox’s cross
from the right to sink the visitors, who will incur a 10-point penalty
once their takeover is complete.

Raul Meireles weighing up Chelsea exit

Unhappy Meireles weighing up whether to follow AVB out the door at Chelsea

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UPDATED:

09:24 GMT, 15 March 2012

Raul Meireles is so unimpressed over the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas that he is mulling over whether to leave Chelsea.

The Portuguese midfielder scored the first goal following his fellow countryman's exit from Stamford Bridge, at Birmingham earlier this month, but displayed his anger over events by refusing to celebrate.

Chelsea are a side reborn since caretaker Roberto Di Matteo took over from Villas-Boas and the squad's new-found togetherness was on full display during the remarkable comeback to beat Napoli in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Benched: Raul Meireles (left) was upset about being taken off on Saturday

Benched: Raul Meireles (left) was upset about being taken off on Saturday

But Meireles, 28, is an exception and looks set to leave the club he joined just seven months ago from Liverpool for 11million, according to the Sun.

Following his public show of disaffection at Birmingham, Meireles was substituted after just 37 minutes of Saturday's 1-0 win over Stoke and looked upset as he left the field.

Making a point: Meireles scored a screamer at Birmingham (above) but refused to celebrate the goal due to Andre Villas-Boas's recent sacking (below)

Making a point: Meireles scored a screamer at Birmingham (above) but refused to celebrate the goal due to Andre Villas-Boas's recent sacking (below)

Making a point: Meireles scored a screamer at Birmingham (above) but refused to celebrate the goal due to Andre Villas-Boas's recent sacking (below)

The former Porto star was not on show against Napoli and, like many other members of the squad, faces an uncertain future as the club seeks to appoint a new boss in time for next season.

Meireles still has three years left on his contract but he should have no shortage of options should he choose to leave following his impressive season at Anfield.