Rory Smith

Rory Smith is a football writer for The Independent.

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Captain John Terry directs his team-mates at Wembley last night

Terry's courage of a kind not to everyone's taste

Even to a public long since inured to his follies and his faux pas, the latest indiscretion in the peccadillo circus that has now engulfed John Terry's career was always likely to be too much to bear for some. Chest swollen, armband on, the England captain strode on to the Wembley pitch last night to what might politely be termed a mixed reception. It is safe to say Terry, as ever, will have heard only the cheers.

Jack Rodwell, Kyle Walker and Phil Jones all impressed for England at Wembley last night giving Fabio Capello food for thought

New generation force way into Capello's Euro plans

Manager full of praise for youngsters after England beat Sweden 1-0 at a half-full Wembley

England captain John Terry addresses the media yesterday

I have no reason to hide, says 'proud' and bullish Terry

John Terry yesterday issued as staunch a defence of his character as the Football Association's diktat of silence on the Anton Ferdinand race row permits, insisting he had never considered hiding from an issue he feels duty-bound to face and revealing he has been offered support by players and managers from all over the world – including Jose Mourinho – as the investigation continues.

England captain John Terry addresses the media yesterday

I have no reason to hide says 'proud' and bullish Terry

'It's been nice that the England players have supported me'

Sweden have been strangely unsuccessful with Zlatan
Ibrahimovic in their team

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Swedish enigma

The mercurial striker divides opinion like no other: for some a world beater, for others a flat-track bully. Rory Smith investigates the curious case of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

England’s Phil Jagielka tried to play down expectations

Jagielka: it doesn't mean we're going to win Euros

England's players have moved to stem the euphoria generated by Fabio Capello's side's victory over Spain, insisting the country should not be swept away by expectations in Poland and Ukraine next summer.

Robin van Persie shoots for the Netherlands against Switzerland

Fabregas: Arsenal must keep Van Persie

Cesc Fabregas believes Arsenal "cannot afford" to allow Robin van Persie to follow the Spanish international and Samir Nasri in departing the Emirates Stadium in search of trophies as the uncertainty over the club captain's future continues.

David Silva 'was surprised at how defensive England were at home'

'Our style is fine. We will stick to it,' says Alonso

Alone among his peers, David Silva was surprised. Even the Manchester City midfielder, though, is growing accustomed to the fate Spain are condemned to endure, one England illustrated so starkly in victory. Here, in microcosm, was what awaits the world and European champions in Poland and the Ukraine next summer: a succession of opponents fixated on frustration, challenging Vicente del Bosque's side to pick a way through.

England’s Phil Jagielka tried to play down expectations

Jagielka: it doesn't mean we're going to win Euros

England's players have moved to stem the euphoria generated by Fabio Capello's side's unexpected victory over Spain, the world and European champions, by insisting the country should not be swept away expecting a summer of glory in Poland and the Ukraine next summer.

England's wall jumps as one to prevent David Villa's free-kick from causing trouble

Capello puts stranglehold on Spain's innovation

World champions are halted in their tracks but this was more a self-imposed siege than a glorious victory

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Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
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Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
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Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

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Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

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Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
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Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

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