Sam Wallace

Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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England 3 Peru 0: Hodgson praises fans for 'perfect' World Cup send-off

Roy Hodgson said on Friday night that his England squad had enjoyed the “perfect” send-off after they beat Peru 3-0 at Wembley, their final game on home soil before they fly to Miami on Saturday for their last training camp ahead of the World Cup finals in Brazil next month.

England 3 Peru 0 match report: Daniel Sturridge goal was one moment of great quality from an England player all night

There was a delegation in the smart blazers of the Federazione Italiana Giucco Calcio at Wembley tonight, the Italian football association had come to see what Roy Hodgson has in store for their boys in Manaus on 14 June. If they reported back to Cesare Prandelli confused at the precise answer to that question, they were not alone.

World Cup 2014: Roy Hodgson's calm camp is in stark contrast to chaos of 2010 preparations under Fabio Capello

England are preparing to play Peru at Wembley tonight

World Cup 2014: Jack Wilshere ready to make up for injury time as the new England No 7

Midfielder has been given an iconic shirt for World Cup but knows he has plenty of competition to secure starting berth

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet saved Sunderland from the drop

Gus Poyet extends Sunderland contract, ending Southampton speculation

The Uruguayan was linked with the vacancy at St Mary's after Mauricio Pochettino went to Tottenham

Phil Jagielka in relaxed mood during training

World Cup 2014: Phil Jagielka refuses to let talk of John Terry spoil his Brazilian dream

Everton defender is determined to emerge from the shadows at the World Cup, take his chance and repay faith of manager Roy Hodgson

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino does not know how much he will have to spend in the summer

Mauricio Pochettino to join Tottenham: Spurs in 'advanced talks' with Southampton manager after giving up hope of luring Carlo Ancelotti

Pochettino looks set to leave Saints after Sherwood was sacked at the end of the season

Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney relax at England’s training camp in Vale do Lobo, Portugal

World Cup 2014: Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney partnership will spearhead England campaign

England coach believes partnership will click despite lack of game time together

Daniel Sturridge says the failure to win the Premier League with Liverpool is out of his thoughts

Daniel Sturridge interview: Forward-looking striker gives thanks for his many knockbacks

When you consider how central Daniel Sturridge is to Roy Hodgson’s plans at the World Cup finals it is easy to forget that he only made his first start for his country in May last year and has just 10 caps to his name. The previous 17 months at Liverpool have been all about the opportunity that has been afforded to Sturridge and the way in which he has grasped it.

Luke Shaw at England’s training camp at the Vale do Lobo resort in Portugal

Luke Shaw: The World Cup kid who hasn't yet passed his driving test

At 18, he has displaced his hero Ashley Cole from England. Sam Wallace meets the Southampton full-back whose World Cup memories stretch back only... how far?

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Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

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

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
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

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

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport