Sam Wallace

Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Andros Townsend scores the equaliser against Italy
Ashley Cole has struggled on the pitch with Roma this season, having a hard time against Arjen Robben, right, in a heavy defeat to Bayern Munich, but off it has embraced life in Italy

Sam Wallace: It is sad and strange that Ashley Cole is English football's great outsider

It is more than a year now since Cole’s last cap for England, against Denmark on 5 March

Wayne Rooney explained to Kane how Italian defenders represent a very different challenge to that usually posed to strikers
The last time Phil Jones played in holding midfield for England was under Fabio Capello

Italy vs England preview: Roy Hodgson to experiment with Phil Jones in midfield while Harry Kane joins Theo Walcott in attack

Kane given his first England start as Rooney drops deeper for Italy friendly

Fabian Delph has one yellow card this season

Fabian Delph adds gentle game to star for England

Steven Gerrard will pass Billy Wright and equal Bobby Charton’s caps tally of 106 caps against Montenegro at Wembley tonight

Chris Smalling in training with the England squad

Chris Smalling: I skipped uni for Roy Hodgson's Fulham team

At the time Smalling was playing non-league football at Maidstone United and planning on going to university in the autumn.

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring against Lithuania

Aggressive England are a different proposition to last year's World Cup flops, says Wayne Rooney

England fly to Turin on Monday depleted in numbers but with seven wins out of seven since their early exit in Brazil

Wayne Rooney has scored 46 goals for England – just three shy of Sir Bobby Charlton’s record

England vs Lithuania: Wayne Rooney rules out repeat of boxing celebration after son Kai repeats it at school and focuses on goalscoring record

Wife intervenes after spotting their eldest son doing exactly the same at school

Nigerian football fans show their passion by setting off flares and blowing vuvuzelas

Cups, AK-47s and abduction: why the life of a travelling coach is far from sunshine and stars

Paul Ashworth, brother of the FA's Dan, tells Sam Wallace how life in the Nigerian top flight is far from being sunshine and stars

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