James Collins of West Ham United confronts James McCarthy of Everton   at Goodison Park. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Chelsea beat 10-man West Brom on Saturday to strengthen their grip at the top of the Premier League and also set a club record for starting the campai(...)

Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring England’s second in their 3-1 win over Scotland at Celtic park

Scotland 1 England 3 For a few moments England had toyed with the idea of making it a more difficult night than necessary. Andy Robertson had just sco(...)

Leon Osman  scores Everton’s first goal during the Europa League Group H match against Lille at Goodison Park. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Everton 3 Lille 0 A starting role is no longer guaranteed at Everton for Leon Osman but he has not been kept at the club on sentiment. The one-club(...)

Roy Hodgson alongside Wayne Rooney at England’s press conference. “I don’t think any of us want a complacent life in football,” he said. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Instinct suggests that England are on a hiding to nothing. They confront the joint lowest-ranked team in world football at Wembley tonight, San Mar(...)

Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao  celebrates after scoring  a goal past  Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard during the    Premier League  match at Old Trafford. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Manchester United 2 Everton 1Perhaps the times are finally changing at Manchester United. The moment that may go down as an augury of a new dawn under(...)

 Samuel Eto’o scored Everton’s equaliser in their Europa League  game away to FK Krasnodar in Europa League Group H. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Krasnodar 1 Everton 1Everton striker Samuel Eto’o marked his return to Russia with a late equaliser as his side snatched a 1-1 draw at FK Krasnodar in(...)

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard celebrates after scoring against bitter derby rivals Everton. But critics have wondered whether he has the mobility to cope with a league that is speeding up as he is slowing down. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Leighton Baines was clearly furious to have conceded the free-kick, but it was mostly because he thought Mario Balotelli had dived. As the Italian fel(...)

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho has apologised for leaving the Merseyside derby early. Photograph: EPA

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has apologised for making “a bad choice” by leaving Anfield before the Merseyside derby against Everton.The French in(...)

 Everton manager Roberto Martinez (left) and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers   on the sideline at Anfield. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

Phil Jagielka admitted that “the swinging worked” when he let rip from 25 yards to rescue a point for Everton at Liverpool. The England defender’s inj(...)

Fraizer Campbell of Crystal Palace celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the  Premier League match against  Everton at Goodison Park. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Everton 2 Crystal Palace 3Crystal Palace and Europe do not combine well for Everton. Five months on from a 3-2 win that edged Tony Pulis’s team toward(...)