Roy Hodgson has been speaking to the Big Issue, covering such diverse subjects as literature, alternative vocations and why the bloody hell he stuck Harry Kane on corner duty at Euro 2016.
As well as naming his Top 10 favourite books (which consisted of just six), Hodgson also revealed that he knocked back an offer to appear on Strictly Come Dancing, chiefly on the basis that he doesn't consider himself to be a celebrity:
Gareth Southgate has revealed that Theo Walcott threw a bit of a wobbler when he learned that he'd missed out on a place in the latest England squad and on his birthday of all days.
While there were surprise call-ups for the likes ofMichail Antonio, Michael Keane, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowseand Jake Livermore, Southgate decided against including Walcott, who was busy eating jelly and ice-cream and playing pass the parcel when the call came from the England boss.
Despite being little more than a foetus in a body-warmer, Julian Nagelsmann has been named Trainerpreis des Deutschen Fussballs 2016 German Coach of the Year after a sterling first full season in the Hoffenheim hotseat.
Nagelsmann was only 28 when he was fast-tracked intothe Hoffenheim management rolelast February, becoming the youngest head coach in Bundesliga history in the process.
As you well know, Carlo Ancelotti is a man of many talents, having already conquered the realms of football and bit-part Hollywood acting and you can now go ahead and add 'celebrity cheffing' to that impressive repertoire as well.
Followingthe launch of Bayern Munich's 24-hour television channel last month, Ancelotti appeared on a cooking segment with famous Bavarian restaurateur (and Bayern team chef)Alfons Schuhbeck.
Due to their collective and ranklack of perspective, a group of fans were planning to fly an 'anti-Arsene Wenger' banner over Arsenal's game against West Brom this coming Saturday afternoon.
A crowdfunding campaign was used to raise the £2,500 necessary to stage the aerial protest, which included the hiring of a plane, the printingof a huge"Wenger Out: No New Contract" banner and an assortment of boards, balloons and beach balls to wave about in the crowd at the Hawthorns.
Here we see the precise moment thatthe anti-Arsene Wenger movement (and football in general) began toeat itself as onedimwit fan likens Arsene Wenger's rather successful 21-year reign at Arsenal to the untold bloodshed and tyranny Robert Mugabe has inflicted on Zimbabwe over the past three decades.
Not that it took a wild leap of imagination to guess, but it has emerged Alexis Sanchez was dropped from Arsenal's starting line-up for their match against Liverpool as punishment for storming out of a training session in midweek.
According toDavid Hytner in the Guardian, Wenger decided to start with Sanchez on the bench after the Chilean instigated a "dressing-room slanging match" with some of his teammates.
WhileArsenal were busy seeing off Sutton United on the outskirts of town, aprotest took place in central London on Monday night, with people gathering to call for President Trump's upcoming state visit to be cancelled.
However, one protester seized the opportunity to make his opinionheard on a different topic entirely by bringing his "Wenger Out" placard along for good measure.
Dean Saunders appeared on Sky Sports News today to deconstruct Arsenal's 5-1 disembowelling at the hands of Bayern Munich in midweek.
Showing the kind of flair for tactics that has served him well throughout his managerial career, Saunders tore into Arsenal before proffering forth his own suggested tactical approach for keeping the German giants quiet.
After studiously crunching the data over a number of sleepless nights, Paul Merson has come to the conclusion that Arsene Wenger is tactically inferior to English football's greatest exponent of the totaalvoetball philosophy, Henry James 'Harry' Redknapp.
Having played under both managers, Merse is well placed to comment and appeared on TalkSPORT to present his findings in seminar form.
Despite fielding a very top-heavy starting XI, Pep Guardiola was left to rue his side's inability to attack convincinglyas Man City were knocked out of the Champions League by Monaco last night.
Carrying over a 5-3 lead from the first leg at the Etihad, City lacked the necessary aggression to kill off the encounterin the second eventually slumping to a fairly meek 2-1 defeat at the Stade Louis II, thus losing out on away goals.
While there is a tendency to cast Pep Guardiola as some sort of cold, awkward, unfeeling, possession-obsessed android, the Man City manager certainly managed to pass himself off as human in the wake of his side's 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday night.
After the final whistle, Guardiola made his way over to Harry Arter in order to deliver a personal message of congratulation to the Cherries midfielder.
Claudio who? Leicester City fans saluted theirnew hero ahead of last night's Champions League second-legger against Sevilla with an enormous banner unfurled in the stand behind the goal at the King Power Stadium.
It depicted Ranieri's replacement, Craig Shakespeare, fully suited and riding into battleon the back of a giant rottweiler.
The first order of business for Leicester City's new caretaker boss wasto deny rumours that Claudio Ranieri was sacked yesterday as the result of a 'player revolt'.
Leading up to the sacking, speculation was rife that Ranieri's squad were up to *here* with his tinkering, with reports even suggesting that a ban on chicken burgers may have been the catalyst for morale tanking over the past few months.
Having parted company with Claudio Ranieri last night, word on the wire is Leicester City are hoping to bringRoberto Mancini back to the club to fill the void.
Aged 36 at the time, Mancini madea small smattering (five) appearances for the Foxes right at the very end of his playing career, becoming something of a cult hero despite failing to score and never once completing a full 90 minutes.
Back in 2014, former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took the Reds to the brink of their first Premier League title since 1990, while playing a thrilling brand of football that was spearheaded by the attacking trident of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and a young Raheem Sterling. The Reds ultimately fell short of their goal following a harrowing home defeat against Chelsea at Anfield, of course, while Rodgers’ tenure unravelled and came to an abrupt end just 18 months later.
Following the departure of Mark Warburton in early February, Rangers are yet again in a state of flux. The Light Blues have been under the stewardship of their Under-20s coach Graeme Murty since, and results haven’t been too impressive under the 42-year-old.
Last evening’s last-gasp win over St Johnstone was the Gers’ first in the league under Murty.
Luis Enrique admitted that he did himself a bit of a mischief while celebrating Barcelona's incredible comeback victory over PSG in the Champions League last night.
With Sergi Roberto scoring the winner in the 95th minute, the final whistle sparked a deafening cacophony of celebrations at the Camp Nou, with Enrique hurtling out of his technical area to hug absolutely everybody in sight.
Light, pale, frothy and almost entirely eyebrowless, Ronald Koeman is soon to have a beer named in his honour.
Indeed, a Catalanartisan brewery have created the "Golden Koeman" lager with which to toast the 25th anniversary of Barcelona's 1992 European Cup Final triumph, in which the Dutch defender scored the only goal of the game a thumping freekick in extra time.
Rock bottom of the Premier League, Sunderland once again went into Saturday's game against Burnley desperately needing to take something from the fixture.
They managed a 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light but David Moyes was criticised for his selection after dropping Didier Ndong to the benchin favour of Jack Rodwell, thus stodging up his midfield in an attempt to hamper the Clarets.
Notts County owner Alan Hardy has torn into John Sheridan, the manager he sacked in January, over the latter's decision to appeal his dismissal for gross misconduct.
Having first heard of the appeal through the League Manager's Association (LMA), Hardy has now openly accused Sheridan of attempting to ride roughshod over the "concept of respect in football" after canning the 52-year-old for embarking on an extraordinary, expletive-laden tirade at the match officials during County's defeat against Wycombe back in mid-December.
Whatever your precise opinion of Neil Warnock, the man has most definitely securedhis nicheasone of English football's most persistentpantomime villains.
The Cardiff City boss is loathed by opposing fans up and down the leagues, thanks to hissustained commitment to referee barracking, scowlingtouchline pontification and of course his trademark line in both passive and overtly aggressive post-match diatribes.
Preston North End have announced plans to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Simon Grayson taking charge at Deepdale with a very special tribute to their long(ish)-serving manager.
Having been in situ for an absolute age (in relative, Football League-specific terms), Grayson will be met by the harrowing sight of 4,700 other Simon Graysons staring back at him from the away end before this Saturday's sell-out trip to Wigan.