Robin Scott-Elliot

Robin Scott-Elliot is a Sports News Correspondent for The Independent.

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Chile’s Alexis Sanchez steers the ball past Sergio Busquets during the victory over Spain

World Cup 2014: Chile’s stocky ‘rebels’ are not afraid of anyone

Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli oversaw five wins from six during the World Cup qualifying stage

Thomas Mueller celebrates on his way to a hat-trick

World Cup 2014: Lanky and lazy, but Thomas Müller provides killer instinct for Germany

“Eins, zwei, drei, vier!” was Der Tagesspiegel’s happy take on Germany’s perfect start to the World Cup. Bild, the country’s best-selling tabloid, was more bullish. “This,” it declared, “is going to be our World Cup.” And if it is going to be the Nationalmannschaft’s World Cup then it is set to be one German player’s tournament in particular. Thomas Müller, added Bild, has the “killer gene”.

Marc Wilmots with his Belgium squad

World Cup 2014: How Marc Wilmots got Belgium back together

Belgium open their World Cup campaign against Algeria

Adrian Chiles has been swept up by the early mood in Brazil
England’s Chris Jordan in action during the Sri Lanka first innings yesterday

England v Sri Lanka: Jordan looks the part from the off but Plunkett made to wait

The field was set back, three men stationed deep on the leg side, the ball was banged in short and England’s batsmen tumbled into the trap. One by one they fell.

Cameroon’s Idrissou Mohammadou (left) in action in a friendly against Paraguay last month

World Cup 2014: Whatever happened to Africa’s winners?

It’s 14 years since Pele’s prediction of a side from the continent lifting the World Cup was supposed to come true

The President of Uefa Michael Platini (left) is marshalling European federations against his former ally Sepp Blatter

Michel Platini says Fifa president Sepp Blatter is 'not good for football'

Michel Platini, one of football’s most powerful men, chose the opening day of the World Cup to publicly withdraw his support from Fifa president Sepp Blatter, declaring that the sport’s troubled governing body required a “breath of fresh air”.

Head coach Vicente Del Bosque of Spain gives instructions to his players GET

World Cup 2014: Spain ready to beat history of holders' failure

Italy were bottom of their group in 2010, France did not score in 2002 but, writes Robin Scott-Elliot, Vicente Del Bosque’s side are capable of bucking that trend

Bradley Wiggins (pictured) says he wants to take some of the pressure off Chris Froome in this year’s Tour de France

Commonwealth Games 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins among strong English cycling team

The multiple Olympic gold medallist is not expected to ride in this year's Tour de France

Ryan Giggs said he had trouble sleeping during his brief spell in charge at Old Trafford

Ryan Giggs admits he broke down in tears at end of short spell as Manchester United manager

The Welshman said he had trouble sleeping during his brief spell in charge at Old Trafford
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