Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is a Football Correspondent at The Independent.

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Ready for take-off: ‘The next game will be much better, as in the first one we played under a lot of pressure,’ says Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku

Belgium v Russia World Cup 2014: Romelu Lukaku - 'Let Fellaini help me up front'

Belgium striker says he is more than just a target man, and calls for a more creative team selection against Russia today

Happy ending: Lionel Messi is jubilant and relieved as he scores the goal in Belo Horizonte yesterday that put Argentina into the knockout stages

Argentina vs Iran: Argentina owe it all to Lionel Messi

Argentina manager Alex Sabella declared last night “when you have Messi anything is possible” after the striker scored a last-minute winner to kill off one of the great underdog performances in World Cup history from Iran.

Lionel Messi in action for Argentina against Iran

Argentina vs Iran match report World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi conjures up extra magic to save Argentina’s blushes

Stoppage-time heartbreak for Iranians after dogged resistance

Luis Suarez consoles Steven Gerrard after England’s defeat against Uruguay

World Cup 2014: A sense of loss pains Steven Gerrard

It’s been an awful time for England’s leader who saw the title slip away from Liverpool and now knows he has underperformed here

Edinson Cavani tackles Steven Gerrard in Sao Paulo
Wayne Rooney wheels away in celebration after scoring his first World Cup goal

England vs Uruguay comment World Cup 2014: Even Wayne Rooney cannot save an England who suffer from gulf in class

Striker scored maiden World Cup goal but it was at the back where England’s dreams disintegrated

Tim Cahill strikes his astonishing volley against the Netherlands

Tim Cahill volley: Australian admits he was 'never the best' despite wonder goal against the Netherlands

Former Millwall and Everton man 'fought through adversity' his whole career

Juan Alberto Schiaffino scores for Uruguay in the win over Brazil in the Maracana in the 1950 World Cup

Uruguay v England: Support England? Brazil backs enemy

Even though they are still haunted by that 1950 Uruguay defeat, the hosts actually have a soft spot for their vizinhos – neighbours  – and tell Ian Herbert in Porto Alegre they want them to win

Tim Cahill strikes his astonishing volley against the Netherlands
Louis Van Gaal and Robin van Persie celebrate

World Cup 2014: How Louis van Gaal and Robin van Persie redrew the Dutch system

Van Gaal enlisted captain Van Persie to help him implement an alien shape on the Netherlands. But will they stick with it?

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As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
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Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
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David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
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Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
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Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
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Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
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