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Up until the day I signed for Bournemouth, I had been having the same conversation over and over again. Question: "Are you retired?" Answer: "No, just in between clubs." It was the truth, but it still felt weird to say. At first I tried to laugh it off. Then I saw Michael Owen had signed for Stoke.
Roy Hodgson has paid a glowing tribute to "fantastic" Ashley Cole as the player approaches the milestone of 100 caps for his country, despite the fresh problems the left-back has heaped on the England set up on the eve of two crucial World Cup qualifiers.
Ashley Cole could face a double punishment for his splenetic reaction to the FA disciplinary panel's suggestion that he gave unreliable evidence in the John Terry racism case.
It was a bold old statement of Arsène Wenger's to suggest that it will do Arsenal good to compensate for Robin van Persie's goals by sharing the load around his newly assembled front line. His team rose to the challenge at the Boleyn Ground, with a first Premier League goal for Olivier Giroud and fine strikes from Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla crowning a valuable away win.
There is no respite for Mark Hughes. Having received a vote of confidence from his chairman earlier in the week, normal service was resumed on the pitch here as the Queens Park Rangers manager saw his side slump to a fifth league defeat of the season that leaves them anchored to the foot of the table.
El Clasico is one of the most watched football matches in the world. Barcelona and Real Madrid meet at the Nou Camp for the first league meeting between the sides of the season.
Newcastle United take on Manchester United this weekend in a Premier League match which jumps out of the fixture list.
...Anything less than a win tomorrow against Aston Villa will go down as a disappointment for the home side after their excellent win at Old Trafford. But have their Europa League travails thrown a spanner into their preparations?