Stephane Sessegnon in action for Sunderland against Chelsea

Odds are against a Sunderland win at Stamford Bridge

MATCHES between Sunderland and Chelski are rarely dull, but neither do they tend to be much fun for those of a Wearside disposition.

Danny Rose of Sunderland

If I have half the career Ashley Cole's had I'll be thrilled, says Danny Rose

IF YOU are Danny Rose’s age, there is only one England left-back.

Adam Johnson of Sunderland

Adam Johnson loses place in England squad

ADAM Johnson’s poor Sunderland form has cost him his place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill making the most of a modern situation

THIS week grumpy old manager Martin O’Neill was bemoaning another aspect of the modern game, the fashion for multi-coloured, wafer-thin football boots.

Papis Cisse of Newcastle United

Papiss Cisse on target - but not enough

ALAN Pardew left Old Trafford disappointed last night after seeing his side go out of the Capital One Cup – but only just.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill: We would like a bit more quality in

MARTIN O’Neill might not be letting Sunderland’s slow progress in the transfer market trouble him, but he does feel the Black Cats will struggle if they don’t add more “quality” before the start of the season.

Wayne Rooney during an England press conference

Euro 2012: Wayne Rooney belongs in the upper echelons

THE ‘big man’ is back for England, but the ‘long con’ is long gone.

New England manager Roy Hodgson

Euro 2012: Hodgson admits his side aren't the finished article

ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson insisted his side remained a work in progress after their draw with France last night.

Euro 2012: A point gained but not proven for England

England made a solid but unspectacular start to Euro 2012. For Newcastle fans, the performance of France right-back Mathieu Debuchy was equally concerning argues chief sports writer Mark Douglas

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Euro 2012: Country over club dilemma for Newcastle United fans

WITH the only Magpies on the opposition, Group D threatens divided loyalties for Newcastle supporters.

New England manager Roy Hodgson

Sense of caution cloaks Roy Hodgson's final 23

FROM the Football Association’s safe pair of hands, the safest of squads.

Manchester City celebrate winning the Premier League

Reasons to celebrate 20th Premier League campaign

The 20th, and perhaps most exciting, Premier League season finished on Sunday.

Fraizer Campbell

Fraizer Campbell hoping to end season on a high

FRAIZER Campbell will not get his ideal final game of the season with a Sunderland win and a 20th Premier League title for his former club Manchester United.

New England manager Roy Hodgson

The Roy Hodgson evolution - Winners and losers

ROY Hodgson has been handed a contract to take him through to Euro 2016 in France – and a remit to change the face of the England team.

Fraizer Campbell

Fraizer Campbell: England call is just the best

FRAIZER Campbell says he could not have written a better script after going from the lowest point of his life to the highest.

England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce doing a fine job of steadying England ship

ANOTHER day, another new era at Wembley. But not that new.

David Meyler in action against Peterborough

Tony Pulis comments over tackle on David Meyler cause controversy

FOOTBALL managers love a smokescreen. If you walk into a press room or in front of a camera expecting criticism of yourself and/or your team, get in early with a talking point to distract the media.

John O'Shea

John O'Shea hails winger James McClean

JOHN O’Shea insists the energy and enthusiasm of James McClean could both be vital ingredients in Sunderland’s recipe for success.

Andy Carroll

NUFC and SAFC still light on strikers after losing stars

IT is 51 weeks since the first big transfer of 2011.

Danny Simpson

Danny Simpson on his ups and downs at NUFC

AFTER helping Newcastle United to a famous victory over his hometown club, Danny Simpson’s phone was in danger of meltdown.

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