Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho attends a media conference at their training ground in Cobham. Chelsea  play Maribor in a Champions League Group G soccer match on Tuesday. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Chelsea v NK Maribor Stamford Bridge, 7.45pm, UTV and Setanta Ireland Eventually José Mourinho could take no more, his patience worn thin by q(...)

Last week, Raheem Sterling talked himself out of the England starting XI by telling Roy Hodgson that he was tired. The reaction of one former England (...)

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling  celebrates with captain Steven Gerrard after his cross was deflected into the goal by Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker for the winner at   at Loftus Road. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Brendan Rodgers hailed Raheem Sterling’s “courage and cleverness” in providing the perfect riposte to “unfortunate” criticism of his England omission (...)

Harry Redknapp: His side are about to  embark on a quartet of games against Liverpool, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City. Photograph: Olly Greenwood/Getty Images)

It has been said already this Premier League season, just seven games old, that Queen’s Park Rangers are all over the place. Bottom of a division they(...)

 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has denied  the club put pressure on England boss Roy Hodgson to rest Raheem Sterling  against Estonia on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has denied that the club put pressure on Roy Hodgson to rest Raheem Sterling for England’s Euro 2016 qualifier agai(...)

 Roy Hodgson has criticised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers recovery regimen.  Photograph: Valda Kalnina

Roy Hodgson has questioned whether Liverpool are using the correct fitness regime after claiming there is little medical evidence to support the “two-(...)

 Raheem Sterling  started on the bench against Estonia because he was feeling tired. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Raheem Sterling has appeared to defend himself after being criticised for asking to be rested for England’s Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Estonia.(...)

England’s Wayne Rooney (right) celebrates scoring the winner against Estonia with Leighton Baines in Tallinn. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Estonia 0 England 1For a long time it had looked as though England might be about to rack up one of their least distinguished results of the Roy Hodgs(...)

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(...)

 Southampton defender  Nathaniel Clyne has been called up to the England senior squad for the first time for the European qualifier games against    San Marino and Estonia. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

Roy Hodgson has bowed to the demands of Brendan Rodgers by leaving Daniel Sturridge out of the England squad.Sturridge is in contention to play for Li(...)