James Milner; gone. Frank Lampard; gone. Micah Richards; gone. Scott Sinclair; gone. Dedryck Boyata; gone. John Guidetti; also gone. These are the six homegrown players casually discarded by Manchester City this summer - only one of whom they had any intention of trying to keep.
Manchester City's, James Milner, is to sign for Liverpool and no one is more excited than his parody Twitter account. The
He is the type of player the club need if they want to be successful. Sure, he's not the quickest, nor the most skilful, nor is he ever likely to finish high up the goalscoring charts, but in a squad packed full of talent and in a team bursting with expensive and flashy recruits, the simple truth is that City are better with Milner in the side.
Luck in football is little more than a myth and blaming a supposed lack of it is a lazy and convenient excuse for failure, while being jealous of others is failing to see what they do better.
Disproving others' low opinions of him has been a regular feature in Milner's career to date, helping him to where he is now - a soon-to-be out-of-contract midfielder, playing for the current champions of England, with a host of probable admirers.
Twitter's favourite football parody account has come to life for a very special Christmas message. Manchester City player
The Premier League season is in full swing and already we are getting a glimpse of who will be claiming the individual awards come May. For some, however, life at their current club has become tough and these five must make a move in January before it's too late.
There was a time in the summer when Arsenal and Liverpool were keen on James Milner. He is coveted no more, though, and the
Adam Lallana has completed his £25 million transfer to Liverpool and in doing so becomes the latest inclusion in the top
The English press pack based in Miami could have been forgiven for heading to the beach when the Football Association announced
Liverpool surged five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table with a fortuitous 3-2 win against Manchester
It could be time for Hodgson to take some risks, to inject some flair into the squad and include players who aren't afraid to challenge their opponents. So, should the England gaffer opt for some young guns, full of energy and life, to compete with the heat?
Who could replace Theo on the wing? Since the days of David Beckham, England have longed for a creative player who can produce magic at any moment. Read on to find out which six players could take Theo Walcott's place on the plane to Brazil in June.
Hail the new super sub. Edin Džeko might still disapprove of his unofficial moniker, in which case Jesús Navas will accept
We're through. It's not been pretty but England have exceeded expectations by winning their group. I watched in frustration as Ukraine dominated possession, had the lion's share of the chances and were very unlucky not to draw the game at the very least. They were far more positive, fluent in possession and attractive to watch. They also failed to qualify.
It may not be the answer to the Eurozone crisis, but could austerity be the order of the day for England at Euro 2012? Roy Hodgson's side came away with a 1-0 win after the weekend's warm-up clash with Belgium, despite the latter side enjoying 59% of possession.
Derbies are emotive occasions at the best of times. Rational thought is obscured by a mélange of nerves, tension and anxiety. A concoction of fear and hope intertwine amongst bursts of dread. It's certainly not enjoyable but this one supersedes any other. It is the Manchester derby. And the Premier League title is on the line.
Manchester United may be vying with noisy neighbours for domestic supremacy, but that hasn't stopped rival players from each