Samir Nasri: left out of the French squad but ready to sign a new long-term deal with Premier League champions  Manchester City. Photo:  Warren Little/Getty Images

Samir Nasri is expected to sign a new five-year deal at Manchester City when the Frenchman finishes his holiday, with the club hopeful that Joe Hart,(...)

England’s Steven Gerrard (right) consoles teammate Raheem Sterling (left) after he was shown a red card against Ecuador  at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, USA. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

England 2 Ecuador 2 Perhaps Roy Hodgson was correct and it was always a risk placing too much trust in a player of 19. Raheem Sterling is a pla(...)

England’s Wayne Rooney training at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami ahead of the friendly international against Ecuador, in which the player will start on the left wing. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Wayne Rooney will be asked to start England’s friendly against Ecuador in the left-wing position he is on record as disliking, after Roy Hodgson admi(...)

Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany, who scored his side’s second goal, leads yesterday’s celebrations at the Etihad. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Goals number 101 and 102 of an utterly convincing Manchester City campaign delivered a second title in three seasons with a minimum of drama. Sky migh(...)

Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring his first goal  in the  Premier League match against Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester City 4 Aston Villa 0: For Manchester City, everything is now in place. Manuel Pellegrini’s team took their time before showing why they are(...)

Edin Dzeko of Manchester City celebrates scoring the opening goal during their Premier League match against Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester City 4Aston Villa 0For Manchester City, everything is now in place. Manuel Pellegrini’s team took their time before showing why th(...)

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Crystal Palace 0 Manchester City 2: The focus had hardly wavered from Merseyside(...)

Connor Wickham of Sunderland scores his  second under pressure from Fernandinho of Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2 This was a sho(...)

Steven Gerrard (left) rushes to congratulate Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian scores what turned out to be Liverpool’s winner against Manchester City at Anfield. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2 These are the moments when Liverpool, to borrow a line from the kaleidoscope of banners fluttering on the Ko(...)

Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini (right) celebrates scoring during their  Premier League  match against Manchester City at The Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Arsenal 1 Manchester City 1: Manchester City missed the ch(...)