Sam Wallace

Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Joe Hart makes a save during England training in Rio this week

England v Italy: Joe Hart draws on country’s support to defeat stress of exposed spot

The phrase that Joe Hart settled upon is “trampled to the wayside”. It is what happens to goalkeepers, he says, who cannot cope with the pressure and the exposed nature of the position that they play in. There is no nice way of saying it, but he is confident that whatever occurs at this World Cup finals, it will not be his fate.

The state of the Arena Amazonia pitch is still a cause for concern

England v Italy: Are they painting the Manaus pitch green?

Threadbare pitch still off limits as workers apply final touches at stadium

Wayne Rooney admitted that he was unhappy at the last World Cup but said he will enjoy this one

World Cup 2014: Wayne Rooney death stare replaced by positive outlook for the Manchester United striker

The striker is in a happy place – but still has a dig at former team-mate Paul Scholes
Wayne Rooney in relaxed mood during training

World Cup 2014: Wayne Rooney focuses on enjoying himself to relieve finals pressure

Wayne Rooney said he was determined "to enjoy" his third World Cup finals to take the pressure off himself and hopes to deliver a performance that lives up to his reputation as the best English footballer of his generation.

Raheem Sterling talks with manager Roy Hodgson during an England training session

England v Italy: Raheem Sterling set for No 10 role but injury puts Danny Welbeck in doubt for World Cup opener

Meanwhile, England practise penalties – without a goalkeeper

World Cup 2014: England manager Roy Hodgson has no regret at long route to recognition at home

His route to the England job took him from Sweden to Switzerland to Italy. Now he will lead his country at the biggest tournament of all

Andrea Pirlo was amongst the penalty scorers who eliminated England in the shoot-out at Euro 2012

World Cup 2014: We have a plan to stop Andrea Pirlo, says Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson says that he has a plan to stop Andrea Pirlo, the man who almost passed England to death at Euro 2012 before scoring one of the penalties in the shoot-out that eliminated them.

Ross Barkley and the rest of the England squad arrive at their hotel in Rio

World Cup 2014: 'Call me Roy' Hodgson stays cool and keeps England options open before Italy game

Relaxed style has produced a happy England camp while manager avoids being beholden to star players

Ricardo Salazar sends off Brayan Beckeles of Honduras for a challenge on Leighton Baines of England during the International Friendly match between England and Honduras

World Cup 2014: Roy Hodgson pleased that players have shown they can deal with extreme provocation

Roy Hodgson was glad to see England come through their meeting with ‘a different culture’ after their frustrating 0-0 draw with Honduras

Call to arms: Roy Hodgson had to wait a long time before being appointed to manage England, but can now make his mark

World Cup 2014 Video: England's preparations have been good, but their World Cup starts now after they arrive in Brazil

VIDEO: Sam Wallace says that the lack of attention in Miami has suited Roy Hodgson and his England squad

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