Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Richie McCaw after victory for New Zealand at Twickenham

England vs New Zealand comment: Warrior wisdom of old battler Richie McCaw separates the men from the boys at Twickenham

The All Blacks remain far superior 10 months out from the World Cup

Radamel Falcao has scored one goal for United since he joined the club in the summer

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: Radamel Falcao set to pay price as United seek balance

Falcao has scored only once for United since the club agreed a £6m signing-on fee

A dejected Steven Gerrard, of Liverpool, during last season’s defeat against Chelsea

Liverpool vs Chelsea: Liverpool still feeling effects of the day the dream died

Chelsea’s Anfield win last term ruined title hopes and sent club into a spin

Manuel Pellegrini has adhered to the owners’ preferred style of play and works well with the club hierarchy

QPR vs Manchester City: Manuel Pellegrini's City job under threat if Chelsea win title

City's owners are demanding and will expect to see progress from Pellegrini by the end of the season

Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers says he has received support from the club chairman for his decision to play a weakened team

'It's not fantasy football,' says Brendan Rodgers after Real Madrid selection criticism

Rodgers tells critics 'it was a big risk but as a manager you weigh up the risk and reward'

Pontus Wernbloom shields the ball away from James Milner

Manchester City vs CSKA Moscow: 'It's obvious how to beat City,' raves Moscow defender Pontus Wernbloom

Werbloom revealed that the Russian side believe they have worked out how to beat City after 2-1 defeat that puts them on the verge of Champions League exit

Why Louis van Gaal retains Manchester United support despite poor points tally

COMMENT: Club have invested a significant amount in the Dutch coach and in building his current team - it would take a catastrophe to change course now

Marcos Rojo lies on the pitch injured against Manchester City

Marcos Rojo: Manchester United defender could be sidelined for six months after suffering shoulder injury

Argentine was forced off during 1-0 derby defeat on Sunday

Raheem Sterling playing for Liverpool Under-19s during their 3-0 NextGen Series defeat to Sporting Lisbon at Anfield in 2011

Ian Herbert: The brilliant youth football idea that Uefa took on and killed

COMMENT: The NextGen adventure came to an abrupt halt because Uefa saw the competition it was presenting

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?