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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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VIDEO As football fans across the world come to terms with the end of arguably one of the greatest World Cups ever, a German pen maker created its own souvenir to remember Brazil 2014
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Euro 2016 Qualifier: Republic of Ireland vs Gibraltar match preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s European fixture at the Aviva Stadium

Joachim Löw trains with his Germany squad

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A look ahead to Saturday’s European fixture at Warsaw Stadium

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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

Joe Hart

England vs San Marino: Joe Hart hilariously voted man of the match despite making just ONE save

Hart spent most of the match as an observer as San Marino failed to test him until the closing stages of the match

Steven Naismith

Scotland vs Georgia: Steven Naismith not taking place for granted despite excellent start to the season

Everton striker heads into Saturday;s European Championship qualifier having already scored four times this season

England vs San Marino comment: Little sign of big idea as efficient England just go through motions

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Gareth Bale celebrates his brilliant free-kick winner for Wales against Andorra on Tuesday

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Saido Berahino

England U21s vs Croatia U21s: Cheer on Saido Berahino for one night only, Gareth Southgate tells Wolves supporters

The player is a favourite of local side West Bromwich Albion

England vs San Marino player ratings: Was Wayne Rooney the best at Wembley?

A closer look at the individual performances in England's 5-0 win

Andros Townsend

England vs San Marino: Andros Townsend defends five-goal haul at Wembley

Some had been hoping for more against the worst team in the world

Spain's Gerard Pique reacts after Euro 2016 qualifing football match between Slovakia and Spain

Euro 2016 qualification round-up: Spain shocked by Miroslav Stoch in Slovakia

Spain beaten 2-1 as Iker Casillas makes another error

Danny Welbeck is congratulated on his goal

England vs San Marino match report: Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Andros Townsend on target

England 5 San Marino 0: Even Phil Jagielka got in on the act

European Championship Qualifier: Netherlands vs Kazakhstan match preview

A look ahead to Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier at PSV Stadium

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Norwich striker Cameron Jerome in action against Leeds
Norwich striker makes accusation during Championship match against Leeds
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Marouane Fellaini
Whoever said the Germans lacked a sense of humour?
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Swansea manager Garry Monk
COMMENTSam Wallace: Diving is a problem the game is unwilling to tackle – as he has shown in the past
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Adel Taarabt hugs Harry Redknapp in 2013
Fernandes apologises to fans for 'embarrassment' caused
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CSKA Moscow fans light flares during the Russian Premier League match between PFC CSKA Moscow and FC Terek Grozny
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COMMENTIt is a country that will not even acknowledge the word
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Emile Hesky (left) and Mario Balotelli
ANALYSISWho made the better start to Liverpool career?
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COMMENTIAN HERBERT: It’s treacherous when we decide which criminals are entitled to start again
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