Sam Wallace

Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Luis Suarez to Barcelona: Liverpool to open official talks over £80m transfer involving Alexis Sanchez

There is a consensus on both sides that the Uruguay international will be at the Nou Camp next season

Lionel Messi pictured training ahead of Argentina's game with Switzerland

Argentina vs Switzerland World Cup 2014 preview: Lionel Messi has chance to seal place with immortals at this World Cup

Even his team-mates seem in awe of the Argentina captain as they seek triumph to elevate him up with Pele and Maradona

Luis Suarez apology: Liverpool had no prior knowledge of statement as striker seeks to clear way for £80m Barcelona transfer

The Uruguay international today came clean about biting Giorgio Chiellini

Brazil's golden boy Neymar coolly put away his penalty during the shoot-out against Chile

World Cup 2014: Brazil's poster boy Neymar is born to handle penalty pressure

That Brazil’s young hero stuck away that crucial fifth spot-kick on Saturday continues the narrative that he can win the World Cup for his country

Cesar also saved from Mauricio Pinilla

Brazil vs Chile World Cup 2014: Julio Cesar is the hero after saving two penalties in dramatic shoot-out

Julio Cesar told his team-mates that he would be the hero before the dramatic penalty shoot-out which saw Brazil edge out Chile and reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

Julio Cesar saves two penalties in the shoot-out as Brazil scraped into the quarter-finals of the World Cup against Chile

Brazil vs Chile match report World Cup 2014: Host nation scrape through after shoot-out win

Brazil 1 Chile 1 (aet: Brazil win 3-2 on penalties)

Tabarez argued that the punishment meted out to Suarez was too harsh - a consequence of pressure from “English-speaking” journalists
The English performance of the tournament against Italy (pictured). Struggled to do the same when moved to the wing against Uruguay and as a sub against Costa Rica. Nevertheless, one of the few successes. 6.5

World Cup 2014: Man-for-man marking - How did England's returning World Cup players rate?

The verdict on England's dismal World Cup campaign

Roy Hodgson arrives at Luton airport

World Cup 2014: Roy Hodgson reiterates intention to stay in job before heading home

Roy Hodgson was asked one more time on Tuesday night whether, having presided over England’s World Cup group stage exit with just a single point, he would consider resigning – especially in light of the decision made by the Italy manager, Cesare Prandelli.

Roy Hodgson looks on from the touchline

England World Cup 2014: The major challenges that Roy Hodgson faces next after early exit from Brazil

The captaincy is just one of a number of issues the manager must address

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