Darren Bent with Ashley Cole

Why is the North East no longer providing England-calibre players?

IF you had to sum up the prevailing mood around England camp in one word, apathy would just about cover it.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio in pledge to win over the fans

PAOLO Di Canio believes the Sunderland fans will grow to love him because he isn’t viewed as an enemy like Rafa Benitez is in the eyes of Chelsea supporters.

John Terry in action for Chelsea against Boro

Middlesbrough 0 Chelsea 2

MIDDLESBROUGH shook off their recent Championship form to give the champions of Europe a run for their not inconsiderable money.

Barry Robson in action for Middlesbrough against Portsmouth

Big time the lure, not big money

EVERY January transfer window throws up at least one genuinely surprising deal.

Sunderland's Danny Rose

Martin O'Neill is happy to see Danny Rose blossom

DANNY Rose is starting to push himself now he has become used to life as a Premier League regular, according to Martin O’Neill.

Lee Cattermole

Lee Cattermole should target England says Martin O'Neill + VIDEO

MARTIN O'Neill has told Lee Cattermole he should be aiming for an England call-up by the time his newly-signed contract has expired in 2016.

Steven Fletcher of Sunderland

Sunderland finally get successor to Kevin Phillips

IT HAS taken 13 years and 117 rounds of voting until Sunderland could once again boast one of their own as the Barclays Player of the Month.

Gael Bigirimana

Gael Bigirimana facing up to a major decision

GAEL Bigirimana says he would answer England’s call if he graduates into the Under-21s this season – but admits to feeling “conflicted” about pledging his allegiance to the Three Lions.

Teaser: Football

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.

New England manager, Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson to reveal Euro 2012 squad today

THERE is a school of thought that Euro 2012 should be treated as a pressurised breeding ground for England’s next generation.

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew: Bad time to tackle buoyant Chelsea

THIS was meant to be the £30million match. The exaggerated figure is a reference to the swollen booty on offer to the team qualifying for the Champions League, and while the prize remains as tantalising, the landscape has changed beyond measure.

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.

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.

James McClean

O'Neill stands by 'brave' James McClean

SUNDERLAND boss Martin O'Neill praised young winger James McClean’s courage after the Ulsterman was guilty of spurning two sitters that cost the Black Cats a point at Chelsea.

Stephane Sessegnon in action for Sunderland against Chelsea

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 0

EVER get the feeling that this was going to be one of those days?

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 0

FRANK LAMPARD proved the master of being in the right place at the right time once again today as Chelsea survived a second-half scare to beat Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League.

St James's Park

End of season report on Newcastle United and Sunderland

STUART Rayner believes the reasons why Newcastle United had a better season than Sunderland were all in the mind

Early memories of Wembley still fill Ian Miller with awe

AS a nine-year-old, Ian Miller went to Wembley to watch his beloved Colchester United win the FA Trophy.

Jordan Henderson

Two-goal Jordan Henderson vows he'll improve further

JORDAN Henderson is confident he will continue to improve at Sunderland after his two goals against Wigan Athletic inspired the Black Cats to a much-needed win.


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