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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Fans watch and argue over World Cup coverage in a bar in Brazil

Tom Peck on World Cup 2014: Never mind the actual footy, it’s pundit punditry that will get them glued to their sofas

Though their distraction proved only minor, it comes as a relief that England are now officially gone, at least in a competitive sense, from Brazil 2014.

Edinson Cavani in action for Uruguay

Uruguay v England: Edinson Cavani promises battle to the bitter end

But Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has been ruled out

England fans are in high spirits despite their team's opening game defeat

World Cup 2014: England’s travelling fans face language trouble in Sao Paulo, but spirits are high

If England should die, remember this. That there’s some corner of Sao Paulo that will be forever Grimsby, Ipswich, Doncaster, Wolverhampton, Havant and Waterlooville, and the list goes on.

World Cup 2014: Blue-and-white Argentina army invades Rio are are convinced Lionel Messi's time has come

The Barcelona forward had a subdued performance in Argentina's opening game before scoring a superb winner

Fans flanked by riot police watch Brazil play on giant screens

World Cup 2014: A beautiful game – but only on the pitch

The Brazilian World Cup has been beset by brutal police tactics, unfinished stadiums and corporate greed

Numerous pockets of empty blue seats stand out during the game between Spain and the Netherlands

World Cup 2014: Fifa and local organisers under pressure over ‘World Cup of empty seats’

TV viewers spot hundreds if not thousands of unfilled places at event’s opening matches

World Cup 2014: Spray’s the way to try to force players into toeing the line and Cristiano Ronaldo is a fan

On Thursday Yuichi Nishimura put down the first line in World Cup history

Tom Peck on the World Cup: Over a fan's long lifetime it is rancid injustice that sustains

Croatia were undone by questionable referee decisions against Brazil

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

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