Thomas Mueller of Germany scores his team's fourth goal and completes his hat trick past Rui Patricio of Portugal

The Agenda: Attack is back as World Cup offers lessons to the football world

Hopefully the kingmakers at St James' Park are watching a World Cup that has placed the emphasis on forward players

Luis Suarez

The Agenda: Gus Poyet warns England about Luis Suarez's 'deadly beauty'

Three Lions have got out of the group stages in the last 11 World Cups - but Suarez's return could upstage Roy's young stars

Adam Johnson

The Agenda: Why signing for a North East club is the end of your England hopes

Adam Johnson’s claim that Roy Hodgson only looks to eight clubs for players might sound like bitterness but it stands up to scrutiny

Fulham v Sunderland - Premier League

England only interested in top-eight players, says Adam Johnson

Sunderland's Adam Johnson has criticised Roy Hodgson's selection policy and Crystal Palace's negativity

Adam Johnson

Make-or-break day for Adam Johnson's World Cup chances

If Adam Johnson is not in the England squad manager Roy Hodgson names today, he will write off his chances of playing at this summer's World Cup

Sunderland's Jack Colback

Immense chance for Jack Colback to show England boss what he can do

Mark Douglas argues that Sunderland's Jack Colback has much to gain from a rare Roy Hodgson appearance

Adam Johnson

Poyet urges Johnson to make take his chance to impress England boss

Gus Poyet has urged Adam Johnson to make the most of a chance to impress Roy Hodgson today – after insisting the winger deserves credit for turning around his Sunderland career

Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke

Mark Douglas: Pessimistic Greg Dyke is cutting his own throat

Greg Dyke clearly holds little hope that England can reach the latter stages of the World Cup as Mark Douglas discusses

Fraser Forster

Alan Pardew defends sale of Fraser Forster

As Roy Hodgson prepares to hand Fraser Forster his first England cap, Alan Pardew has revealed that he did not want him to leave Newcastle United

England manager Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson must arrest boom and bust cycle

Roy Hodgson has months to start working on the problems England will face in the run up to the World Cup but he must begin now

FA Chairman Greg Dyke addresses the media

Mark Douglas: Can the FA stop ignoring the North East?

New FA chairman makes some good points but needs to educate himself on Newcastle and Sunderland

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.

Newcastle United's Steven Taylor

Roy Hodgson can rely on Steven Taylor for England says Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew says that Steven Taylor is the answer to England’s injury crisis - and has urged Roy Hodgson to pick a centre-back "every bit as good" as the other defensive options in the squad.

Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor being appreciated by new boy - if not Roy Hodgson

AS Roy Hodgson and Sir Alex Ferguson engage in an uneasy Mexican stand-off over the fitness of Rio Ferdinand, it seems like an opportune time for Steven Taylor to return to national prominence.

Papis Cisse of Newcastle United

Papiss Cisse is the United hero, Steven Taylor the inspiration

SUCCESS can be bought in football. Anzhi Makhachkala are the latest club out to prove that theory right.

Steven Taylor

Newcastle United stoked up for visit of Anzhi believes Steven Taylor

STEVEN Taylor believes Newcastle United’s dramatic win over Stoke City has set his side up perfectly for Thursday’s European tie with Anzhi Makachkala.

Swansea striker Danny Graham

SAFC will get a bargain if Danny Graham deal goes through

BUYING a decent player at a fair price in January is a tricky business.

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole

Calmer Lee Cattermole now proving real leading man, says Johnson

ADAM JOHNSON’S first impression of Lee Cattermole was of a tempestuous and immature footballer who didn’t know when to hold his tongue or pull out of a tackle.

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.

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.


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