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GALLERY From Messi and Muller, who has impressed us enough to make the top 50 players of this year's World Cup? And there's even room for an England player...
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Roy Hodgson leads his England players over to the fans at the World Cup

England manager Roy Hodgson reveals World Cup reception had 'a major effect' on his life as he picks his moment of 2014

Hodgson admits the reception England got in Belo Horizonte when they had been eliminated from the World Cup 'revived my faith in the average man's appreciation of football'

Cristiano Ronaldo suitably impressed by the bronze statue of himself erected in his hometown

The Real Madrid footballer beamed as he posed, thumbs up, next to the 3.4 metre bronze monument of himself, lovingly crafted in his apparent likeness

Sepp Blatter

Fifa to publish Michael Garcia's corruption report 'where legally possible' as Sepp Blatter claims 'the crisis has stopped'

Executive Committe decide unanimously to publish the American lawyer's report just days after his shock resignation from Fifa

Di Maria is congratulated by Messi after scoring against Switzerland in the World Cup

Angel di Maria beats Lionel Messi to Argentine Player of the Year award...despite scoring 47 goals less than the Barcelona forward

Di Maria was crucial in Real Madrid's Champions League run as well as Argentina's strong showing at the World Cup

Michael Garcia has agitated for a redacted version of his report to be made public

Fifa rejects Michael Garcia's protest over corruption summary

United States attorney Michael Garcia had lodged a formal appeal over the short summary

Steven Gerrard has his penalty saved by Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo in the 2006 World Cup quarter-final

Reddin works to open football's eyes to wider sporting horizon

The man who helped mastermind Team GB's 2012 Olympic glory and England’s 2003 rugby World Cup win wants to implement his ideas at Wembley in the hope of repeating the trick

Dave Reddin helped England to rugby World Cup victory

New FA leader Dave Reddin says English football is too insular

Former Olympic guru to tap into other elite sports to help achieve success

Mark Sampson will lead England in Canada next year

Draw holds no World Cup fear for England

The format and lack of depth in the women’s game means England should reach the knockout stages whatever the draw

Dan Ashworth holding an ‘England DNA’ brochure at St George’s Park yesterday

England DNA plan: Dan Ashworth believes his manifesto will breed a new era of success for the national side

The FA's director of elite development has seized the initiative at the governing body in the wake of last summer's dreadful World Cup performance in Brazil

Wembley will host the final of Euro 2020

Nations League: UEFA approve competition for 2018

The four semi-finalists will qualify automatically for the finals of Euro 2020

Franco Nieto dead: Argentine footballer dies in hooligan attack after being struck on the head with a stone

According to Nieto’s cousin Pablo Nieto, the footballer was heading to his car with his wife and their one-year-old daughter when he was surrounded

Brazilian football legend Pele looks at the FIFA World Cup trophy during a FIFA event outside the Hotel de Ville in Paris

Pele 'in special care unit' in hospital after contracting infection

The legendary Brazilian footballer remained in hospital in Sao Paulo for a second day, sparking further concerns over the condition of his health

Sergio Ramos (left) and Cesc Fabregas (right) during Spain training

Cesc Fabregas: I was p***** off with Sergio Ramos, but we've buried the hatchet now

Ramos had questioned his commitment to the national team

Pele in 'stable' condition after he's admitted to hospital for the second time this month

The footballer has undergone a "medical examination" following infection

Dejected England players applaud the fans following their team's 3-0 defeat
Clarke Carlisle
Former PFA chairman's wife confirms he is out of danger
Clarke Carlisle applauds the Northampton fans in his final appearance before retirement
REACTIONJoey Barton and Dean Ashton lead messages hoping for injured ex-footballer to make a full recovery
Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United in 2012
League Two club deny reports after manager had hinted interest
Thierry Henry will be on Sky Sports next year
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Sepp Blatter will have to stand down as football’s representative on the IOC when he reaches 80 in 2016
Fifa make surprise decision to make report into 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding public
Per Mertesacker in the shower for the BT Sport advert
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Greg Dyke
Chairman says Britain's largest ethnic minority is still not adequately represented
Baily Cargill appears to lose his wig
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Andy Carroll (left) and Carl Jenkinson
West Ham striker reveals what he would get his team-mate for Christmas
Nicklas Bendtner celebrates for Wolfsburg against FC Krasnodar earlier this month
...he was busy 'picking up a cutie'
Ronald Koeman warned about a lack of strength in depth
ANALYSISA fantastic start to the season has been followed by five straight defeats. So what has gone wrong for the once unstoppable Saints?
Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe (left) is congratulated by winning penalty taker Miguel Llera (right)
Scunthorpe eventually prevailed against Worcester

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