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A view from the tunnel at Wembley

Entire population of San Marino could have fitted into empty seats at Wembley

Perhaps free tickets should have been given to those who live in the micro-state

Chambers and Gibbs in training

England vs San Marino team news: Arsenal duo Calum Chambers and Kieran Gibbs start in defence

Wayne Rooney in attack hoping to add to his 41 goals for England

Daley Blind on Roy Keane comparisons: 'Let's not go overboard', says Manchester United midfielder

The Dutchman has settled quickly at Old Trafford

Mesut Ozil injury: Arsenal say it is 'too early' to say how long midfielder will be out

The German FA have said he will miss 10 to 12 weeks

Ander Herrera

Ander Herrera understands becoming an 'important player' for Manchester United won't be easy

The summer signing missed the last game through injury

Mesut Ozil injury: What games will the Arsenal midfielder miss?

The Germany international could be out for as long as 12 weeks

Fabio Fognini of Italy throws his racquet during his match against Chuhan Wang

Fabio Fognini makes obscene gesture towards fans at Shanghai Masters

The Italian had just lost to world number 553

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United: Gareth Bale wants Ronaldo to stay at Real Madrid

The Ballon d'Or holder has been linked with a return to Old Trafford

Mesut Ozil 'to undergo an MRI examination' whilst the Arsenal midfielder is with national team

The Gunners will be anxiously awaiting the results

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?