Sam Wallace

Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Daniel Sturridge speaks to the press alongside Danny Welbeck

Daniel Sturridge: Striker jokes that Gary Lewin 'stole my moment' after goal for England against Italy

England striker is 'hungry and confident' before Thursday’s match against Uruguay

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez

England v Uruguay: Luis Suarez says he is '100 per cent' fit, and is targeting 'deficiencies' in England defence

The Liverpool striker has been battling a knee injury, but despite playing no part in Uruguay's opening game, is confident he will be ready by Thursday

Wayne Rooney hits his most clear-cut chance wide against Italy on Saturday

Sam Wallace comment: Wayne Rooney must play against Uruguay, now would be the perfect time to prove his worth

He is being asked to do everything apart from play in his favourite position on the pitch

Italy 2 England 1: Another large step forward for Daniel Sturridge after first World Cup goal

The striker now has three goals in his last four starts for England

Wayne Rooney reacts during England's 1-0 defeat by Italy

Wayne Rooney: I don’t take my place in England team for granted, I work hard to earn it

Forward's starting place has come in question after performance against Italy

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tests his knee, injured against Ecuador

World Cup 2014: Fingers crossed, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be able to share the load

Arsenal man's tournament looked to have been wrecked by an injury in a warm-up game, but he’s on the mend

England look despondent after going behind

England 1 Italy 2 match report: Mario Balotelli rises to wreck England's ambitions after signs of promise in Manaus

Roy Hodgson’s courageous side show attacking intent and recover from early setback but former City striker makes decisive intervention after interval

The pitch looks worn in Manaus, where England play Italy in their first game on Saturday

England v Italy: Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard say they have no concerns over Manaus pitch

Both manager and captain claim to be satisfied with the surface

The England manager, Roy Hodgson, sounded a note of caution on whether to throw the likes of Raheem Sterling (left) into the fray too early

England v Italy: Roy Hodgson up against fiercest challenge of his colourful career

England’s eloquent coach explains why he has confidence in his team

Steven Gerrard is urging his team to be attacking in their World Cup opener against Italy tonight

Steven Gerrard on England v Italy: There are no excuses... It is time for England to walk the walk

Captain gives rallying cry ahead of England’s opening tie against Italy tonight and promises team will ‘not just sit back’

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Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

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In grandfather's footsteps

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Martha Stewart has flying robot

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George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
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Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
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