Tottenham will probably fall short in the English Premier League title race but that is not a reason to think the manager Mauricio Pochettino is not putting together a coming team for next season. Photograph: Lee smith/Reuters

There are those of us who have felt the praise directed Tottenham Hotspur’s way this season, particularly of late, has been over the top. Tottenham ar(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli clashes with Claudio Yacob of West Brom. Photo: Ben Stansall/Getty Images

The Spurs midfielder Dele Alli has decided to accept a Football Association charge of violent conduct. He is likely to be punished with a three-game b(...)

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur argues with Claudio Yacob of West Bromwich Albion as referee Mike Jones intervenes during the Premier League match between Spurs and West Brom. Photo: Alex Morton/Getty Images

Spurs’ Dele Alli has been charged with violent conduct after allegedly punching the West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob in the stomach during the sides(...)

Dele Alli could face a ban for his punch on West Brom’s Claudio Jacob. Photograph: Reuters

Well, that wasn’t supposed to happen. The hungry lions are still prowling, just about. But on a cold, raucous night at White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hots(...)

Tottenham’s title challenge unravelled as they drew 1-1 with West Brom. Photograph: Getty

Tottenham Hotspur 1 West Bromwich Albion 1 At the final whistle, it was a sudden, damp silence. Tottenham Hotspur chose a bad night for their nerve(...)

James McClean celebrates after slotting home a penalty  in the friendly international against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Republic of Ireland 2 Slovakia 2 If Slovakia really left thinking that this is typical of what they can expect from England and Wales in June then th(...)

Jonathan Walters with his Three International Player of the Year Award. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jon Walters has been named as Ireland’s Senior International Player of the Year at the FAI’s annual Three sponsored awards with the 32 year-old strike(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill announces his squad. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

He may have effectively ended Damien Delaney’s international career at Friday’s squad announcement but Martin O’Neill also started to look beyond the(...)

Damien Delaney has been omitted from Martin O’Neill’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill appears to have drawn a line under the exclusion of Damien Delaney from his international squad, killing off any chance of a return by (...)

Mike Dean shows Juan Mata a red card at the Hawthorns during the first half on West Brom’s 1-0 win over Manchester United. Photograph: PA

Juan Mata has apologised after being sent off for the first time in his career in Manchester United’s defeat at West Brom. The midfielder collected (...)