Lists For all but the very best players, hat-tricks are special precisely because they’re so rare. And then there are those you didn’t think were possible...
Championship As the January transfer market prepares to open once more, Sean Cole says some of the best value could be found in the second tier this year
Lists Declan Rice: will he or won't he snub the Republic of Ireland for England? While the West Ham midfielder makes his mind up, Sean Cole recalls a clutch of stars who did switch allegiances...
UEFA Champions League The group stage offers wriggle room for error – but these Premier League sides’ records were still blemished by defeats they’d rather forget...
Lists Sunderland have already had to bin off two players for bad behaviour in 2018/19 – just like these clubs were forced to...
Premier League The following players definitely weren't great goalscorers, but on the evidence of their prize-winning strikes they were scorers of great goals...
England Marcus Bettinelli, Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray were all late inclusions into Gareth Southgate’s latest squad… and all will be hoping to avoid the same fate as these predecessors
England They were once considered the future of England, but these 10 players have slid a long, long way from Gareth Southgate’s reckoning, writes Sean Cole
Championship The loan window for Football League clubs is still open until August 31, but the bulk of dealings were done before Thursday’s deadline. Sean Cole rates and slates…
Championship These second-tier sides have addressed deficiencies excellently with sensible arrivals, writes Sean Cole
Premier League From a £42m defender to international strikers cooling their boots, Sean Cole on the big-money signings who are still draining their club’s resources
Championship From new signings who'll spearhead promotion charges to the best of English youth talent, Sean Cole looks at the rising stars set to light up the Championship
Premier League Some players don’t just survive the jump in class, they thrive – from Golden Boot winners to England call-ups, Sean Cole profiles the best Championship graduates
FIFA World Cup The World Cup has produced so many memorable strikes that these jaw-dropping goals – taken from the last six tournaments – don’t get the credit they deserve
FIFA World Cup Whoever eventually misses out on Russia 2018, they’ll have to go some way to match these jaw-dropping omissions
FIFA World Cup Most surprise picks are underused and quickly forgotten, but they can occasionally define a tournament as Sean Cole recalls
Lists Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and more couldn’t wait to get rid of these duds… who are now lighting up La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga
Championship Young players from Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and both Manchester clubs are among those shining right now in the Championship, writes Sean Cole
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