It's probably not fair to describe a 25-year-old as a former international, but Leon Best, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, does qualifies for that category as he has not worn the green since the friendly against Brazil in March 2010. The Newcastle United striker will be hoping that Giovanni Trapattoni gets to view his equalizing goal against Aston Villa on Saturday on his famous DVD player in Italy. It was Best's third goal of the season and manager Alan Pardew says the striker will be in the Geordies starting line up against Blackburn next Saturday.
Elsewhere Manchester United keep on winning and they recorded their fifth win of the season, beating Chelsea 3-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday. United are now two points ahead of Mancunian neighbors City, who could only draw 2-2 away to Fulham on Sunday. Liverpool, who had Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel red carded, were hammered 4-0 by Spurs at White Hart Lane. Manager Kenny Dalglish was so unhappy over the defeat to Stoke the previous week, he sought a meeting with referee's chief Mike Riley to see how he can have better communications with match officials, but this week the Scot will have to concentrate on his own players' discipline.
In Scotland Rangers put their financial worries behind them as they beat Celtic 4-2 in the first Old-Firm derby of the season.