'Just another day' for Magpies boss Chris

CHRIS Hughton is not the type of person to make a mountain out of a molehill or a drama out of a crisis, but even he must have wondered whether his job is worth the hassle this week.

Hughton insists Andy Carroll not ready for England

ANDY Carroll still has a mountain to climb to make the England squad – despite the Three Lions’ dire display against Montenegro.

Woe for Darren Bent, but Bardsley set for debut

DARREN Bent was “devastated” after missing the chance to stake his claim as Wayne Rooney’s England strike partner, but Sunderland club-mate Phil Bardsley is expected to complete a meteoric rise to the full international ranks tonight.

Newcastle striker Andy ready for England call

ANDY Carroll believes he is ready to play for England after taking lessons in life from Kevin Nolan.

England ready to include Andy Carroll in squad

NEWCASTLE United striker Andy Carroll will be named in the England squad for the first time on Monday.

Cats boss Steve Bruce wary of Rooney's 'absence'

STEVE Bruce fears he will be the victim of another Sir Alex Ferguson curve ball this weekend as he has a sneaky suspicion Sunderland will have to deal with Wayne Rooney.

Joey Barton argues for lost art of tackling

JOEY Barton has defended the right of every footballer to enjoy a physical challenge following Arsene Wenger’s most recent complaint about the violent nature of tackling in the Premier League.

Darren Bent fosters sense of regional pride

DARREN Bent has thanked Sunderland’s supporters for helping him rebuild his career and revealed that after little over a year in the region he feels like a fully-fledged Wearsider.

Darren Bent ready to get back into the England fold

DARREN Bent will hope to profit from Peter Crouch’s back injury as the Sunderland striker looks to prove how foolish it was to leave him out of England’s World Cup squad.

Jonas Gutierrez believes Andy Carroll will be England hit

NEWCASTLE United’s newest hat-trick hero Andy Carroll can have a big future in the England set-up, according to World Cup winger Jonás Gutiérrez.

NUFC defender Williamson fulfilling a dream

NEWCASTLE returned to the Premier League with a bump on Monday but, Mike Williamson tells Stuart Rayner, it did nothing to dishearten him.

Williamson and Perch given pass marks by Chris Hughton

CHRIS Hughton reckons Mike Williamson and James Perch passed their first Premier League test with flying colours – but has warned both there will be no let-up as Newcastle United strive for top flight safety.

Scoreline proves Magpies need to buy now

NEWCASTLE United returned to the Premier League with a visit to the Theatre of Dreams – but this was more of a rude awakening for watching owner Mike Ashley.

Chris Hughton feeling no pressure for opening match

CHRIS Hughton will send Newcastle United into their 17th season of Premier League football telling them the pressure is off.

SAFC striker Darren Bent doubtful for opener

DARREN Bent is a doubt for Sunderland’s first Premier League game of the season after missing his chance to be part of Fabio Capello’s new-look England side with a back injury.

Darren Bent set to be recalled by England

DARREN Bent is back in the England squad following his World Cup disappointment, writes MARK DOUGLAS.

Darren Bent contemplated giving England the boot

IF Darren Bent is honest, he is still coming to terms with Fabio Capello’s decision not to take him to South Africa.

Premier League to blame for poor World Cup?

IT should be the greatest football show on earth but the A-listers have not risen to the occasion.

Sacking Capello would not solve England problems

WHEN Fabio Capello took to the stage for his final World Cup press conference in Rustenburg yesterday, he looked every bit the Emperor stripped naked.

England beating was sheer humiliation

THE team which wins the World Cup normally starts badly and gets better.

NUFC clash with Man Utd looks good if England triumph

THE fixtures computer gave Newcastle United fans one more reason to cheer on England at this summer’s World Cup after it sent the Magpies to Manchester United’s Old Trafford on the opening game of the season.

Alan Shearer thinks Rooney can be star of World Cup 2010

ALAN Shearer has no doubts about Wayne Rooney’s ability to control his temper as he predicted the England striker could become the star of the World Cup.

Niall Quinn backing World Cup 2018 bid

NIALL Quinn believes the fans will determine the success of this year’s World Cup – and Sunderland’s chairman cannot hide his excitement about what it could do for England in 2018.

England join pretenders to the throne

ENGLAND’S Golden Generation were a fugazy; a fake, a fraud and they left an entire nation feeling as though it had been ripped off.

Darren Bent fails to make World Cup squad

DARREN Bent has thanked Sunderland supporters for their backing in his bid to make the World Cup finals – and vowed to redouble his efforts for the Black Cats next season to put the disappointment behind him.

North's cap fails to fit with Fabio Capello

PRESUMABLY, Fabio Capello’s copy of ‘One Night In Turin’ got lost in the post.

Darren Bent sweating on a World Cup place

DARREN Bent faces an anxious 24-hour wait before finding out tomorrow whether his performance in England’s stuttering 2-1 win over Japan was enough to earn him a World Cup place.

Keeper Simon Mignolet to have SAFC tour

SUNDERLAND hope to persuade goalkeeper Simon Mignolet his future lies on Wearside after seeing the Lights this weekend.

Darren Bent braced for more World Cup heartache

DARREN Bent's World Cup dream was hanging by the thinnest of threads after the Sunderland striker was forced to miss last night's 3-1 win over Mexico with a hamstring strain.

Darren Bent: I want my World Cup chance

ENGLAND World Cup hopeful Darren Bent is confident he can produce the goods if he is given his chance on the biggest stage of all.

Terry Venables backs Darren Bent's bid for World Cup

TERRY Venables has thrown his weight behind Darren Bent’s bid to force his way into England’s World Cup squad as he argued it was impossible to ignore someone who had scored so many goals for Sunderland last season.

Bent pick good for Cats - Niall Quinn

NIALL Quinn thinks Sunderland will reap the rewards if Darren Bent is picked for this summer’s World Cup, writes STUART RAYNER.

Not making the final cut would be a devastating setback for Cats striker

Darren Bent fully deserves his call up into England’s provisional World Cup squad but Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards fears it has only set him up for another fall

Steve Bruce reminded of task ahead after Man Utd defeat

STEVE Bruce was reminded of the task facing him this summer after blaming a lack of quality for Sunderland’s failure to finish a season of immense progress at the Stadium of Light on a high.

Sunderland 0 Manchester United 1

IT ENDED as it began for Sunderland, heads bowed after being outclassed by one of the finest teams in the land.

Gary Lineker backs Darren Bent's England pedigree

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DARREN Bent’s World Cup claims have been boosted by the patronage of former Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker – as England insiders indicated he has moved above Bobby Zamora in the race for South Africa.

Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is managing nicely

IT does not matter whether you analyse his performances or pour over the statistics, Darren Bent should be playing for England in this summer’s World Cup.

Steve Bruce: £15m was worth it for Darren Bent

STEVE Bruce reflected on £15m well spent after Darren Bent’s 25th goal this season condemned Hull City to Premier League relegation and allowed a Sunderland side on a par with them 12 months ago to dream of a top-ten finish.

Fraizer Campbell: Ferguson put me on right road

Sunderland’s in-form forward Fraizer Campbell is in too much of a rush to spend time dwelling on the past.

Steve Bruce praises Craig Gordon

FORGET Wayne Rooney or Fernando Torres – Craig Gordon has been the best player in the Premier League over the last month – according to boss Steve Bruce.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer