Tom Peck

Tom Peck is a reporter on The Independent's news desk with an interest in just about everything. In January 2012 he became the paper's Olympics Correspondent.

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World Cup 2014: Tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades on the streets of Sao Paulo as tournament begins

But it’s not all bad as greatest football show returns to Brazil after 64 years

A street decorated with national flags near Santa Cruz Cabralia, Brazil,

World Cup 2014: Games can begin in Brazil – but at what cost?

As the football world descends on Brazil, Tom Peck finds the fans in Rio in upbeat mood, but the hosts divided on the tournament’s impact

Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana were among the willing participants in the capoeira session

World Cup 2014: England stars get a round of keep-uppy with Brazilian capoeira kids in favela sports club

The makeshift homes stretch up the mountainside, a breathtaking and poignant backdrop to the sight of a stony-faced Jack Wilshere, mistimedly clapping along as a man in a corporate branded t-shirt bangs a bean filled orb on the end of a long stick.

Fifa’s president, Sepp Blatter, is flanked by senior officials of Qatar and Russia as he awards them their World Cups in 2010
Wayne Rooney trains in Miami as the former England captain Alan Shearer rejected calls to drop the him from the team

World Cup 2014: England must keep the ball more – and play Wayne Rooney, says Alan Shearer

The part of the game in which England have struggled in recent major tournaments will, for Alan Shearer, be the crucial factor in deciding who wins the 2014 World Cup – keeping the ball.

Voice of the people Joey Barton appearing on ‘Question Time’ this week

Tom Peck: Without a trombone in sight, Bronson spread the Lurpak on thick

It’s amazing what Arsenal winning the FA Cup can do to a man 

The Independent’s Tom Peck struggles to stay upright in conditions similar to those England will find in Manaus

World Cup 2014: Five minutes in and I am done... sweat everywhere

The weight on the ball from Gerrard is trademark perfect, slid in behind the Italian centre-halves who can only stare at each other’s hipster beards in blind panic as Peck steams in from the right flank to meet it. He has to score.

Nigel Farage with supporters following good results in local elections in South Ockendon

This is just the beginning of apologising for Farage

I never imagined Nigel would humiliate me on a night bus. But he has.

Yaya Touré delivered the league title to Manchester City’s owners, and were they grateful? Not enough for Yaya
Luis Suarez is moved from Medica Uruguaya hospital after his operation, in Montevideo, Uruguay

Tom Peck: England fans rejoice - it's the new metatarsal, and Wayne Rooney hasn't succumbed to it yet

A meniscus injury had threatened to ruin Luis Suarez's World Cup this summer
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