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Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard is fouled by Phil Bardsley of Stoke

Stoke 0 Chelsea 2: Jose Mourinho reserves special praise for Eden Hazard after victory

Mourinho said it was a 'clean game' other than Bardsley's reckless tackle

As ever, Arsène Wenger seems strangely reluctant to tackle the glaring problems at Arsenal
Chelsea players celebrate John Terry's goal
Roy Hodgson leads his England players over to the fans at the World Cup

England manager Roy Hodgson reveals World Cup reception had 'a major effect' on his life as he picks his moment of 2014

Hodgson admits the reception England got in Belo Horizonte when they had been eliminated from the World Cup 'revived my faith in the average man's appreciation of football'

Martin Skrtel (right) wheels away in celebration

Liverpool 2 Arsenal 2: Arsene Wenger admits his side were scarred by 'bad memories' of last season's 5-1 thrashing

Defender Skrtel headed home in the 97th-minute to secure draw

Martin Skrtel heads in the dramatic equaliser

Liverpool vs Arsenal: 'Arsene Wenger puts the long-term welfare of his club ahead of short-term pressures,' says Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager also described opposite number as 'iconic'

Howard Webb: 'Simulation is emotive. It's trying to cheat'

Howard Webb was such a good referee he was given a World Cup final – but he quit this year to improve the top-flight’s men in black. He has no regrets, he tells Sam Wallace, but admits it took some time to get used to a new way of life

Stephen Gerrard

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Steven Gerrard stresses 'we can't have players hiding - we need men out there' against Gunners

Captain ready for testing spell over the coming weeks

Steven Gerrard fights for the ball during Liverpool’s victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Steven Gerrard in no mood to compromise after latest Liverpool crisis is averted with victory over Bournemouth

Captain buoyed by victory at Bournemouth but says team still need to improve on recent performances against Arsenal

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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

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