Kevin Garside

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Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo

Comment: Cristiano Ronaldo and the All Blacks are special

The Real Madrid striker and the New Zealand rugby team share the unshakeable expectation that they will win

Chris Eubank is talking the talk again – but this time it’s his son Chris Jnr who’s walking the walk

Chris Jnr is going to be huge – so says his dad, of course – but the public-school product who insisted on being a fighter can still be a chip off the old block. Kevin Garside listens to their contrasting bombast

Luca di Montezemolo with Fernando Alonso (right) who has decided to quit Ferrari in search of a more competitive team

Ferrari bring Luca di Montezemolo’s faded court crashing down with announcement that Fernando Alonso will leave Maranello

Star driver's exit and blast from new president mark end of ex-president's aristocratic reign

Paul Casey seeks win to complete elite return

Casey beat Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson in opener

Estonia vs England: Three Lions have a plan – but should not forget passion

COMMENT: England might want to keep the ball but they should quicken the pace

Estonia vs England: Forget aspirin. Roy Hodgson is enjoying his selection headache

There is no headache like a selection headache in football management and Roy Hodgson welcomes the pain ahead of the European Championship qualifier in Estonia today.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere

Estonia vs England: Jack Wilshere studies Xabi Alonso to perfect his deep-lying role

Midfielder says Roy Hodgson's pioneering of hi-tech match analysis and player input is proving big hit with his young squad

England vs San Marino comment: Little sign of big idea as efficient England just go through motions

It was a straight forward win for the Three Lions - it was never going to be anything else

Captain Rooney: 'I’ve made errors in the past. You progress with age. I feel I’m in a comfortable position now'

England v San Marino: Wayne Rooney matures into leading role as he closes in on Jimmy Greaves milestone

Whether it was the prospect of wearing a jersey instead of a suit, or chasing down Jimmy Greaves in the all-time England scoring ledger, or simply filling his boots against San Marino, Wayne Rooney could not have been in better mood ahead of the European qualifier at Wembley.

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