French supporters hold a banner to appreciate the support prior to the friendly match between England and France at Wembley. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

In ordinary circumstances, it was the kind of result England would cherish on the countdown to a major tournament. These, of course, are not ordina(...)

Stoke City  striker Marko Arnautovic scores the winning goal in the Premier League match against Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Stoke City 1 Chelsea 0 Chelsea suffered a third straight Premier League defeat as they were beaten 1-0 at Stoke to heap the pressure back on their ab(...)

Crystal Palace’s Damien Delaney exchanges words with Manchester United’s Ander Herrera during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park. Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA

Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 0 Manchester United lost ground in the race for the Premier League title with a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace that cou(...)

Chelsea’s Brazilian striker Kenedy reacts after missing a shot on goal in extra time against Stoke City. Photograph: Getty Images

Stoke City 1 Chelsea 1 (5-4 on penalties) The pressure on Jose Mourinho intensified on Tuesday night after his Chelsea side were dumped out of the Cap(...)

Stoke’s Jack Butland challanges Swansea’s Andre Ayew. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Swansea could be reprimanded over showing big-screen replays of an incident involving Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland on Monday night. Butland escaped p(...)

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott in action with Stoke City’s Jack Butland: Arsenal had 29 efforts on goal. Photograph: Alan Walter/Reuters

Theo Walcott ought to have left the Emirates Stadium with the match ball, and he knew it, but the Arsenal striker was happy enough with the sense of(...)

Arsenal’s  Olivier Giroud beats four Stoke City players to head the ball past Jack Butland  and score the second goal in his side’s Barclays Premier League win on saturday. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Arsenal 2 (Walcott 31’, Giroud 85’) Stoke City 0 Goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud earned Arsenal a 2-0 win over Stoke, but it should (...)

Mame Biram Diouf scored in the 83rd minute to steal Stoke City a point against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Stoke City 2 Mame Biram Diouf headed home a late equaliser as Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to S(...)

Philippe Coutinho scores Liverpool’s winning goal during the Premier League game against Stoke City at  the  Britannia Stadium. Photograph:  Darren Staples/Reuters/Livepic

Stoke City 0 Liverpool 1 It was an extraordinary moment to settle such an ordinary match and for Liverpool a goal that should have therapeutic effects(...)

Petr Cech could leave Chelsea in search of regular football, with Arsenal potential suitors. Photograph: Reuters

Arsenal The three most obvious positions where Arsenal require an upgrade are goalkeeper, centre-forward and defensive midfielder. In goal Wojc(...)