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Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Saido Berahino in action for England Under-21s. He will get his chance for the senior team tomorrow

Scotland vs England: England's next generation set to be given lesson in crowd pressure

Hodgson set to ring in the changes for Tuesday night's friendly

Wayne Rooney: Why I nearly gave up football when I was 14

England would have missed out on a great, if occasionally infuriating, talent who will win his 100th cap today had Everton’s Colin Harvey not intervened many moons ago

Left to right: England manager Fabio Capello, FA chairman Lord Triesman and David Beckham led the 2018 bid

Sam Wallace: The FA was naive to try to deal with broken Fifa

Destroy the computers, disown the man who allegedly handed out the bribes, or simply close the door on the polite American lawyer who would like to ask some questions. Truly, the Hans-Joachim Eckert report has demonstrated how the English Football Association has been taught yet another lesson in Fifa politics.

Left to right: England manager Fabio Capello, FA chairman Lord Triesman and David Beckham led the 2018 bid

World Cup bidding process: Fifa investigator claims report is ‘incomplete and full of errors’

Governing body is accused of changing its own inquiry into bidding process, which is highly critical of English FA

Fifa president Sepp Blatter, former vice-president Jack Warner and part of the FA's 2018 World Cup bid team

World Cup 2022 comment: 'Whitewash' report astonishingly claims Qatar did nothing wrong in bid to win World Cup

The FA and Lord Triesman have been heavily criticised for their role in the 2018 World Cup bid but Fifa will not take action against anyone involved

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani raises the World Cup after winning the vote

World Cup 2018: FA braced for Fifa criticism over failed bid to host tournament

Manner of loss to Russia in race to be condemned by governing body

Michael Carrick picked up a groin injury and was forced to withdraw from the England squad

England vs Slovenia: Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick sees England return ruined by groin injury

The Manchester United midfielder was only a stand-by player for the World Cup last summer

Nathaniel Clyne speaks to the media at St George’s Park

England vs Slovenia: Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne maps out armful of caps for his future

Southampton’s in-form right-back is poised to make debut at Wembley

Francis Jeffers is now coaching at Everton’s academy

Francis Jeffers interview: How Jeffers and Wayne Rooney followed different paths...

The similarities were uncanny – both Everton prodigies, both from Croxteth, both given England debuts in the same game – but then everything changed. Sam Wallace talks to the one who never played for his country again, admits his career is‘a cautionary tale’ and now looks back at unfulfilled dreams

Tottenham are mired in mediocrity created by Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini - but Mauricio Pochettino is the one who could pay

The not-so-magnificent seven bought with the Gareth Bale money have failed to make the grade - something the chairman and technical director have not taken responsibility for

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The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
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Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
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Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
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The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
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Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
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Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
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When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
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Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin